Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)

Schaff Scuppered

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Aaron Shaff's WSOP dream ended in a nightmare and a 17th place finish.

Schaff got his last 20,500 chips into the middle holding {Q-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and was looked up by Raymond Dandrea and his {K-Spades}{8-Spades}. A {4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} board later and Schaff's tournament ended abruptly.

Aaron Schaff us
Aaron Schaff
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Tags: Raymond Dandrea


Jaffee Check-Raises Lafosse

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jared Jaffee opened the preflop betting round with a raise to 9,000 and then called when Antonio Lafosse three-bet to 20,000. Jaffee then checked the {6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop, Lafosse made a 16,000 continuation bet and Jaffee sprung into life with a check-raise to 41,000. Lafosse remained completely still for the count of ten, before checking his cards and flicking them into the muck.

Tags: Antonio LafosseJared Jaffe

Stephen Chidwick Sends Nicolas Cardyn Home

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Stephen Chidwick Has Chipped Up Consistently Throughout Day 2
Stephen Chidwick Has Chipped Up Consistently Throughout Day 2

A short-stacked Nicolas Cardyn moved all in for his last 83,500 out of the small blind, and at a four-handed table his {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs} actually figured to be a favorite against a caller with a random hand.

Sure enough, Stephen Chidwick looked him up with {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, and Cardyn was in good shape to score the double if the board ran out clean.

The flop of {7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Spades} was clean enough, but the {Q-Diamonds} on the turn was dirty for Cardyn. When the {Q-Spades} fell on the river, Cardyn's tournament was over in 18th place, and Chidwick added another notch to his belt.

Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 305,000 -35,000
Nicolas Cardyn fr
Nicolas Cardyn
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Tags: Nicolas CardynStephen Chidwick

D'Souza Likes His Hand

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jonathan D'Souza was first to act from his seat under the gun and he raised to 9,500. Antonio Lafosse was the small blind and he pushed a stack of yellows forward and re-raised to 20,000. D'Souza called once Jamie Rosen had folded and it was heads-up to the {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{J-Clubs} flop.

Lafosse led for 20,000 and D'Souza had no trouble in calling that bet. The {9-Hearts} turn prompted a check from Lafosse, a bet of 60,000 from D'Souza and a fold from Lafosse.

"I like my hand!" said D'Souza as he exposed his {J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

Lafosse showed no emotion and tossed his ante into the middle of the felt.

Tags: Jamie RosenAntonio LafosseJonathan D'Souza

The Dragon Devours Dandrea

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
David "The Dragon" Pham Here on Day 2
David "The Dragon" Pham Here on Day 2

After an opening raise, Raymond Dandrea three-bet to 24,000, with David "The Dragon" Pham four-betting to 65,000. After Dandrea flatted to see the flop fall {q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, Pham checked and then snap-called Dandrea's all-in bet, which actually put "The Dragon" all in for his last 83,000.


Pham: {Q-Spades}{6-Spades}
Dandrea: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Pham hit the flop hard with top two pair, and he was way in front of Dandrea's pocket nines. The {6-Diamonds} on the turn gave Pham a full house, and the {4-Clubs} on the river gave him the win. This hand left Dandrea essentially crippled, while Pham solidified his position as the march to the final table continues.

David Pham us
David Pham
us 295,000 197,000
Raymond Dandrea us
Raymond Dandrea
us 29,000 29,000

Tags: David PhamRaymond Dandrea

Ivan Another River Card

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Ivan Demidov Was One Card Away from Eliminating Nick Schwarmann
Ivan Demidov Was One Card Away from Eliminating Nick Schwarmann

With the Day 1 chip leader Nick Schwarmann on the ropes, Ivan Demidov went for the kill shot with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}, after the short-stacked Schwarmann moved all in for his last 69,000 with {J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}.

The dealer fanned a flop of {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} across the felt, and while Demidov found four diamonds, Schwarmann jumped into the lead with trip jacks. The {K-Clubs} on the turn gave Demidov a pair, and a pair of additional outs with which to eliminate Schwarmann, but the {6-Spades} on the river was the definition of a blank.

Little did Demidov know, but this blank on the river would prove to be pivotal, as it gave Schwarmann a second lease on life and about 140,000 in chips. Soon afterward, Schwarmann and Demidov tangled again, with the Russian pro and member of the original November Nine coming up on the wrong end of things once more.

Schwarmann eliminated the dangerous Demidov to move back into the familiar position of holding a dominant chip lead at his table.

Nick Schwarmann us
Nick Schwarmann
us 486,000 449,500
Ivan Demidov ru
Ivan Demidov
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Tags: Ivan DemidovNick Schwarmann

Park's Back From his Extended Dinner

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Daniel Park is back in his seat and has got straight back to business.

"How long have we been playing?" quizzed Park as he approached his seat.

"Twenty-minutes," the dealer pointed out.


As we suspected, Park believed he was on a 90-minute dinner break and not the 60 minutes as on the schedule.

Tags: Daniel Park

Juanda Frustrates Garcia

YorkshirePud • Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Myro Garcia seems to be getting frustrated with either himself or John Juanda. We've walked past his tables a couple of times during this level and each time we have seen him open to 9,000 from the button and then quickly fold when Juanda moved all in on him.

The second time we witnessed this Garcia shook his head in apparent disbelief that Juanda had moved in on him again.

Ironically, one hand after Juanda shoved on Garcia, Garcia opened again to 9,000 and folded to an all-in three bet from Justin Oliver.

Tags: Justin OliverJohn Juanda

Mike DeGilo Busts One, Blinds Off Another

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Daniel Park's Defenseless Stack Presented Easy Pickings for Mike DeGilio
Daniel Park's Defenseless Stack Presented Easy Pickings for Mike DeGilio

Just a few hands into the latest level of play, Mike DeGilio and Vojtech Ruzicka found themselves playing a heads-up contest, as the chip leading Daniel Park has yet to return from the recent dinner break.

With nobody left to play against but each other, DeGilio and Ruzicka soon engaged in a clash, as DeGilio took his {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} against the Czech pro's {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs} in an all-in pot. When the board rolled out {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, DeGilio notched the knockout, and left himself with nobody to play with but Park's solitary stack.

After the dealer pitched a pair of hands, one to DeGilio and the other to Park's chips, a pot comprised of blinds and antes was immediately pushed to DeGilio.

"This is the easiest tournament I've ever played in," said DeGilio, raking in another small portion of Park's stack. "I'm running good."

After five or six hands of this the fun ended for DeGilio, and two new tablemates arrived to present some living breathing competition.

Mike DeGilio us
Mike DeGilio
us 405,000 253,000
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
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Tags: Daniel ParkMike DeGilioVojtech Ruzicka