We didn't catch the action and aren't sure of the card order, but we do know Paul "Eskimo" Clark was just eliminated from the tournament with laid out in front of him. He took one last glance at his opponent's before making a silent exit from the Amazon Room.
The numbers are in! Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better has drawn 622 players and created a prize pool of $839,700. That will be distributed to the top 64 finishers, with $201,559 being reserved for first. Here are the payouts in full:
We stumbled upon Table 409 just in time to see Phil Hellmuth and Eli Elezra tangling.
Hellmuth had bet fourth street and then checked to Elezra, who nonchalantly said, "Bet." Hellmuth toiled over the decision before flashing his hole cards and conceding the hand. "Ace-king high is the best hand," Elezra said with a smile as he showed his own hole cards. "I'm happy Phil likes me. If Phil didn't like me he was going to go all the way."
It's also worth noting that former WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro, who won three stud-variation bracelets in 2009, was also at the table earlier before he met an untimely demise.
While most of our readers are familiar with the big-bet games in poker like No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha, today's Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better will be played in a limit format and one some people may not be acquainted with.
Seven Card Stud is the most popular version of stud poker and generally played anywhere between two and eight players at a time. Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better is a split-pot variant of that game and the one that's featured in today's 5:00 PM event, an event won by Chris Viox in 2011, and an event won by Phil Ivey back in 2002.
If a player stays in until the end of a hand, he or she will receive a total of seven cards. To start, each player is dealt two cards face down followed by a third card face up. Each player would then receive three more cards face up followed by the seventh and final card face down. There is a betting round after each street and often an ante before anyone receives any cards.
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