Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

Event Info

Preispool $753,300
Players 558

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Idema Grabs the Lead

[user101598] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #81:

Daniel Idema: {x-}{x-} / {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs} / {x-}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-} / {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} / {x-}

Idema brought it in, Vengrin completed, and Idema made the call. Vengrin led out on fourth street, then slowed down on fifth, check-calling a bet. The pair checked on sixth, and then Idema checked dark on seventh.

"You win," Vengrin said.

Idema showed {8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades}, scooping the pot.

Daniel Idema ca 580,000 115,000
Matt Vengrin us 560,000 -145,000

Tags: Daniel IdemaMatt Vengrin

Paez Scoops a Big Pot

[user249920] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #73:

Mike Leah: {x-}{x-}/{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Raul Paez: {x-}{x-}/{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades}

Leah completed, and Raul Paez raised. Leah made the call, then he took the lead on fourth, firing every street until seventh. There, he check-called a bet.

"Flush and an eight," Paez said, rolling over {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Leah couldn't beat either, and Paez scooped.

Raul Paez es 415,000 195,000
Mike Leah ca 222,000 -256,000

Tags: Raul PaezMike Leah

Vengrin Reassumes the Chip Lead

[user101598] • Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Vengrin
Matt Vengrin

Hand #70:

Raul Paez: {x-}{x-} / {6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} / {x-}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-} / {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs} / {x-}

Mike Leah brought it in with the {5-Diamonds}, Paez completed, and Vengrin raised. Only Paez called.

Vengrin check-called a bet on fourth street, then led out on fifth when he made a better board. Paez called.

Vengrin led out on sixth and seventh, and Paez called on sixth only to fold his hand on seventh.

Matt Vengrin us 705,000 245,000
Raul Paez es 220,000 -214,000

Tags: Matt VengrinRaul PaezMike Leah

Getting to Know Joseph Hertzog

• Level 24: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Joseph Hertzog
Joseph Hertzog

This final table began with a wealth of well-known names in the poker world: Artie Cobb, Mike Leah, Daniel Idema, Matt Vengrin. They were joined at the unofficial final table by Linda Johnson, the First Lady of Poker. It’s easy for less famous players to get lost in that crowd, and some of them seem inclined to stay out of the spotlight.

Joseph Hertzog prefers not to draw attention to himself, but his quiet and confident presence at this final table is hard not to notice. Hertzog spent much of the final table at or near the top of the leader board, and PokerNews caught up with him at the last break to learn a little more about him.

PokerNews: You don’t play as many tournaments as some of the other players at the final table. Is there anything that brought you to this particular event?

Hertzog: No, not really. I have a friend who came out and just brought me along.

Do you consider yourself a Stud 8-or-better specialist? Or is this one of your favorite games?

No. I’m just doing well by pure luck.

How do you feel about your spot at the table right now?

I was feeling good. I felt pretty confident when I came into the final table. I just had a string of back luck the last hour and a half. Statistically speaking, if I keep myself at 500,000 to 600,000 in chips I should be alright, because there’s 2.5 million chips in play.
(At the time we spoke to Hertzog, he had 347,000 chips).

Will we see any more of you at the World Series this year?

That all depends on how I do in this one.

Tags: Joseph Hertzog



[user101598] • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante

The players are now on a 20-minute break. Counts are coming shortly.

Vengrin Chipping Back Up

[user101598] • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #58:

Joseph Hertzog: {x-}{x-} / {6-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} / {x-}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-} / {k-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{q-Spades} / {x-}

Vengrin completed, Hertzog called, and Vengrin led out on fourth and fifth street. Hertzog called both bets. Vengrin check-called a bet on sixth, then checked in the dark on seventh. Vengrin checked behind.

"Two pair," Vengrin said, showing {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Hertzog mucked, and Vengrin picked up the pot.

Matt Vengrin us 487,000 152,000
Joseph Hertzog us 375,000 -145,000

Tags: Joseph HertzogMatt Vengrin

"I Can Predict the Future!"

[user101598] • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #55:

Mike Leah: {x-}{x-} / {8-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Daniel Idema: {x-}{x-} / {3-Hearts} (FOLD)
Raul Paez: {x-}{x-} / {7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Idema brought it in, Paez completed, and only Leah called. Paez check-called bets on fourth and fifth street, then check-folded to a bet on sixth. While Paez was in the tank on sixth, his friends were talking in Spanish on the rail.

"Is that allowed?" Leah asked the tournament director.

The tournament director walked over to the rail to tell them not to speak Spanish towards the table when the players were in the hand. This made one railbird a bit unhappy.

"I can predict the future!" he yelled at Leah in a sarcastic tone.

Mike Leah ca 515,000 195,000
Raul Paez es 345,000 -55,000

Tags: Daniel IdemaMike LeahRaul Paez

Fei Chu Eliminated in 7th Place ($20,964)

[user249920] • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante
Fei Chu - 7th Place
Fei Chu - 7th Place

Hand #41:

Fei Chu: {x-}{x-}/{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-}/{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Matt Vengrin completed, Tony Gill called, and Fei Chu raised from the bring-in. Vengrin reraised, and Gill ducked out of the way. Vengrin check-called fourth after Chu picked up an additional low and a second club. He then raised Chu's fifth-street bet, and Chu reraised all in.

Vengrin called, turning over {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}. Chu had {a-Spades}{4-} for for a low draw.

"Give him a king," Vengrin said, and the dealer shipped a ten. "That works," Vengrin continued, as he improved to aces up. Chu caught a {q-} for his last card, and Vengrin's aces up had held.

Matt Vengrin us 335,000 140,000
Fei Chu US Ausgeschieden

Tags: Fei ChuMatt VengrinTony Gill