Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship



We Are in the Money; Ben Yu Bubbles



We have just lost Ben Yu in 17th place, and that means the remaining 16 players are now in the money. Roland Israelashvili put an end to bubble play as he managed to scoop Yu for his tournament life.

Ben Yu{A-Spades}{4-Spades} / {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs} / {3-Spades}
Roland Israelashvili{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades} / {5-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{5-Hearts} / {3-Diamonds}

Israelashvili brought it in after which Yu moved all in for his final 19,000 chips. Israelashvili tanked for about 30 seconds and made the call. The board ran out giving Yu two pair and an eight-four low, but on seventh street Israelashvili made both a seven-high straight to go with his made seven-six low. Israelashvili also improved his low to a six-five and he knocked out Yu.

We are now on a 20-minute break.

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Klodnicki vs, Bloch On Bubble


No-Limit Hold'em

From under the gun, Chris Klodnicki raised to 26,000. Andy Bloch called from the big blind and the flop came down {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. Both players checked and the turn was the {Q-Diamonds}. Bloch checked and Klodnicki bet 32,000. Bloch folded and Klodnicki won the pot.

On the next hand, action folded to Bloch in the small bind and he limped in. Klodnicki checked in the big blind and the flop came down {10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Both players checked.

The turn was the {3-Diamonds} and Bloch bet 12,000. Klodnicki raised to 40,000 and Bloch called.

The river was the {5-Spades} and Bloch checked. Klodnicki bet 200,000 and Bloch called.

Klodnicki showed the {J-Spades}{7-Hearts} to beat Bloch's {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and win the pot.

Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
us 2,525,000 1,005,000
Andy Bloch us
Andy Bloch
us 755,000 -157,000

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Yu's Not Done Yet



Ben Yu was knocked all the way down to just 3,000 chips, but he's not done yet!

Bruno Fitoussi{x-}{x-} / {5-Hearts}{10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Hearts} / {x-}
Roland Israelashvili{x-}{x-} / {6-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{J-Clubs} / {x-}
Ben Yu{x-}{x-} / {Q-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} / {x-}

Yu was all in right away for just 3,000 chips. Bruno Fitoussi had the bring in and Roland Israelashvili made the call. The hand was checked down till seventh street when Fitoussi bet. Israelashvili folded. Yu showed {5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and got half the pot with his low. Fitoussi showed {Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and took the high.

On the next hand Yu was all in again.

Ben Yu{x-}{x-} / {K-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades} / {x-}
Bruno Fitoussi{x-}{x-} / {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{q-Clubs} / {x-}
Daniel Alaei{x-}{x-} / {3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{10-Clubs} / {x-}

Daniel Alaei had the bring in and Fitoussi called. Yu called all in and the hand got checked down. Yu showed {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and won the pot.

"Go away vultures! There's no meat on these bones," Yu said with a smile as he's still by far the shortest stack left in the tournament.

Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
us 21,000 18,000

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Ben Yu Crippled


Limit Hold'em

Daniel Alaei raised under the gun and Ben Yu three-bet him from the button. Alaei called.

The flop came down {8-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{6-Spades} and Alaei check-called a bet. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and Alaei check-called again. The river was the {2-Diamonds} and Alaei checked once more. Yu fired out another bet and Alaei raised. Yu made the call.

Alaei showed {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} for a rivered flush. Yu mucked his cards and was knocked down to just 3,000 chips.

Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 850,000 60,000
Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
us 3,000 -507,000

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Cards Are Flying!

Luke Schwartz
Luke Schwartz

2-7 Triple Draw

Usually we start off the day, or the level, with a post saying 'the cards are in the air'. This is of course a poker saying, frequently used to point out that play has commenced. Over on Table 449 we just literally saw a card fly as Luke Schwartz didn't catch what he was looking for.

From the cutoff Schwartz raised and Bill Chen was his opponent as he defended his big blind. Both players drew two cards and checked.

On the second draw both players took two cards again, Chen bet and Schwartz raised. Chen made the call and both players took another card. Chen bet.

"Of course you are going to bet," Schwartz sighed as he started squeezing his final card.

With a frightening roar Schwartz found out he had missed his draw and shot the card off the table. It hit the table behind him, and that's when Michael Mizrachi came checking up on the action.

"You know you can't bluff after you do that, right?" Mizrachi said with a smile after Schwartz took his loss.

"It was fifty-fifty," Schwartz said stating that he was in good shape to catch what he needed.

Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
gb 1,100,000 -320,000
Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 860,000 180,000

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Monnette Eliminated with a Few Choice Words for Chen



Bill Chen{x-}{x-} / {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
John Monnette{x-}{x-} / {3-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

Bill Chen completed on third and John Monnette raised. Chen made the call. On fourth street, Chen checked and Monnette bet. Chen called. On fifth, things got a little interesting.

Chen checked and Monnette bet. After thinking for a little bit, Chen said, "All right, I'll put you in." There was a question about what that actually meant and the floor was called over. It was ruled that the verbalization from Chen was a raise and he had to raise. Monnette called and was all in.

"I've got nothing," said Chen as he turned over the {Q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

"I know you have nothing, " said Monnette, showing the {3-Spades}{2-Spades} for a pair of threes.

On sixth street, Monnette picked up the {K-Clubs} and Chen the {Q-Hearts}. Chen took the lead with his pair of queens and Monnette was on the ropes.

Both players got seventh street down and Chen asked Monnette if he wanted to show first or not.

"You're first you f***ing idiot," responded Monnette.

Chen then showed the {K-Hearts} and Monnette pulled the {5-Hearts}. Chen's pair of queens were best and he won the pot to eliminate Monnette in 18th place. After the hand, Monnette had a few choice words for Chen.

"You think you're a genius," said Monnette to Chen, "But you're f***ing retarded."

Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 680,000 45,000
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Monnette Getting Short



John Monnette{x-}{x-} / {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{5-Clubs} / {x-}
Luke Schwartz{x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{A-Clubs}{2-Spades}{J-Spades} / {x-}

John Monnette completed on third and Luke Schwartz called. On fourth, Schwartz bet after Monnette checked and was called.

On fifth, Monnette bet and Schwartz raised. Monnette called. Then on sixth, Monnette check-called a bet from Schwartz. Monnette led seventh and Schwartz called.

Schwartz showed the {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a pair of aces and a seven low. Monnette mucked and Schwartz won the pot.

Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
gb 1,420,000 180,000
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 163,000 -377,000

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Blom Gets Shorter



Viktor Blom{x-}{x-} / {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{K-Spades}{7-Clubs} / {x-}
Mike Wattel{x-}{x-} / {5-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} / {x-}

On fourth street Viktor Blom bet and Mike Wattel called. On fifth they repeated this process was repeated, but on sixth Blom checked to Wattel. Wattel bet and Blom called.

On seventh street Wattel fired out another bet and Blom folded. Wattel showed {5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{A-Hearts} as he took down the pot. Both players are still among the short stacks as we are close to the money bubble!

Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us 483,000 -117,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 470,000 -110,000

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Hennigan Doubles To Stay Alive

John Hennigan (Day 1)
John Hennigan (Day 1)

Pot-Limit Omaha

Action folded to Daniel Alaei on the button and he raised to 25,000. John Hennigan reraised to 87,000 from the small blind and Roland Israelashvili tank-folded from the big blind. Alaei then made the call.

The flop came down {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Hennigan bet all in for 129,000. Alaei took about 30 seconds and then called.

Alaei: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
Hennigan: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

The turn was the {J-Diamonds} and river the {A-Hearts}. Hennigan made a Broadway straight and doubled up to stay alive.

Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 720,000 -200,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 444,000 254,000

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