Thursday, March 11, 2010
After playing 10-handed for almost six hours, three players were knocked out, and we have now combined to our final table of seven. Play will continue until we have our six players that will be filmed tomorrow for the World Poker Tour. Blinds are currently 6k/12k with a 2k ante. Here are your final seven and their approximate chip counts:
Seat 1 - Elon Diamond - 370,000
Seat 2 - Hassan Habib - 900,000
Seat 3 - Phil Hellmuth - 1,150,000
Seat 4 - Andy Seth - 1,500,000
Seat 5 - Matt Keikoan - 460,000
Seat 6 - McLean Karr - 1,200,000
Seat 7 - Daniel O'Brien - 900,000
Scotty Nguyen was all in preflop holding [Jh][8h] against the [Kh][Qd] of Andy Seth. Once the flop fell [Qc][4d][2s], Nguyen was all but eliminated. He was drawing dead after the turn fell the [5d], and the river was a meaningless [As]. Nguyen will earn $58,600 for his finish, and Seth will collect the $5,000 bounty.
Dave Forster was unlucky enough to pick up [Kh][Kc] against the [As][Ah] of Matt Keikoan, but got pretty lucky when the flop fell [Kd][8h][5h]. The board failed to materialize an ace when the turn and river fell [4s][Js], and Forster doubled up to over 700,000.
Scotty Nguyen was all in on a [Qc][Td][7d] flop holding [Kh][Jh] against Andy Seth's [8h][8d]. Nguyen could catch any nine or ace to make a straight, or a king or a jack to make a bigger pair. That card came in the form of the [Ks], and Nguyen's hand stayed the best hand when the [7s] hit the river to double him up to around 400k.
The first time was the hand after Diamond was crippled, when he tripled up against Phil Hellmuth and Scotty Nguyen. Diamond held [As][Jh], Hellmuth held [Kd][Jc], and Scotty Nguyen held [9s][5s], and the board ran out [Qh][7s][4s][Qc][7h].
Shortly thereafter, in a blind vs. blind confrontation, Hellmuth check-called Diamond's all in on a [Td][6d][4d] flop. Diamond had the best hand with [6h][2c], but had to fade a lot of outs as Hellmuth held straight, flush, and a pair draw with his [8d][5h]. The turn came the [Jh] and the river came the [Qh] and Diamond doubled up.
On the last double-up, the room went nuts when Diamond's AQ held up against Andy Seth's QJ. After that, Diamond 4-bet and was not called. He is now up to over 300,000.
"Miami" John Cernuto was all in on a T♣T♦2♦ flop holding Q♥T♥ vs. McLean Karr's 8♦4♦. Cernuto had to fade a diamond to double up, and he looked good when the 6♣ hit the turn. But when the 7♦ hit the river, Karr completed his flush and collected Cernuto's bounty.
"Miami" John Cernuto was all in on a [Tc][Td][2d] flop holding [Qh][Th] vs. McLean Karr's [8d][4d]. Cernuto had to fade a diamond to double up, and he looked good when the [6c] hit the turn. But when the [7d] hit the river, Karr completed his flush and collected Cernuto's bounty.
Seat 1 - Dave Gamon
Seat 2 - Elon Diamond
Seat 3 - Scotty Nguyen
Seat 4 - Andy Seth
Seat 5 - Brian Rast
Seat 6 - Phil Hellmuth
Seat 1 - Dave Forster
Seat 2 - Matt Keikoan
Seat 3 - John Cernuto
Seat 4 - Hassan Habib
Seat 5 - Daniel O'Brien
Seat 6 - McLean Karr