Friday, March 9, 2012
Joe Serock was all in preflop holding the [9s][9c] against the [Kc][Qc] of Moon Kim. The [8s][6d][3h] flop was safe for Joe, but the [Ks] fell on the turn, leaving Joe needed one of the two remaining nines on the river to avoid elimination. It was not to be, as the [7d] fell, sending Joe to the rail in 3rd place. He will earn $320,400 for his efforts.
Posted 11:54 PM
Erik Cajelais was all in preflop and was called by both Moon Kim and Habib Ubaid. The two checked it down on a board of [Ks][Kd][7h][5d][Qc] and Erik could only flash an ace as he hit the rail, Habib winning the pot with Q-9. Erik will earn $256,300 for his 4th place finish.
Posted 11:34 PM
Within 2 hands of each other, we saw Ubaid Habib double through Joe Serock, and then Joe Serock double through Ubaid Habib.
In the first hand, Joe min-raised the button and called Habib's all-in from the big blind for 1.26 million. Joe Serock was in the lead with [Ah][Jd] against Habib's [Qs][2c], and he extended the lead immensely when the flop fell [As][8h][5s]. Habib would need runner-runner flush, straight, or trips to survive. The turn [4d] gave Habib a bit of hope as he picked up a gutshot straight. The river [3c] gave Habib the miracle he needed, leaving Joe stunned and earning Habib the doubleup.
Just two hands later, the two got into a pot and Joe check-raised all-in on the river on a board showing [Ad][Jh][8d][Jd][6d]. Habib quickly called and tabled [Qd][9h] for a queen high flush, but Joe had a full house holding pocket aces.
After those two hands, Joe has just over 2 million and Habib has just under 2 million.
Posted 11:29 PM
Andrew Badecker raised the 60,000 big blind to 130,000 before Moon Kim moved all in from the big blind, having Andrew covered. Andrew quickly made the call, tabling [Ac][Kc]. It was a classic race as Moon held the [4h][4d]. The flop was huge for Andrew as it fell [As][5s][2s], leaving Moon drawing to 6 outs or runner runner spades to chop. The turn [3h] changed everything, giving Moon a straight. Andrew could now only tie with one of the two remaining fours on the river. It was not to be as the [8d] hit the river, and Andrew was sent to the rail in 5th place, good for $192,300. Moon Kim now has a monster chip lead with over 5 million in chips, almost twice of Erik Cajelais in second place.
Posted 10:09 PM
Joe Elpayaa moved all in preflop with [Qh][Js] and was called by Andrew Badecker in the big blind, who woke up with [Kd][Kc]. Andrew actually had less chips, so he was the one at risk. The board ran out [Ac][5s][3s][6c][Ad], and Joe was left with just 35,000 chips.
On the next hand, Joe got the last of his chips in with [Ac][6c] against Andrew's [Kd][Jh]. Andrew got the rest of Joe's chips when the board ran out [Jd][9h][8h][3c][9d].
Joe Elpayaa will receive $128,200 for his 6th place finish.
Posted 9:02 PM
Joe Serock was all in preflop holding [6s][6c] against the [Ac][Qd] of Joe Elpayaa. Elpayaa flopped an ace, but Serock also flopped a set, when the flop fell [Ah][6h][5d], and there was no miracle full house for Elpayaa when the turn and river fell [9c][7h]. Serock has over 1.8 million, and Elpayaa has dropped to under 600,000.
Posted 8:52 PM
Joe Elpayaa was all in preflop with [Jd][Td] against the [Ac][Kd] of Ubaid Habib. Once again, the shorter stack got lucky as the flop fell [Ts][7d][2c]. Habib failed to hit one of his two overcards when the turn and river fell [6d][6c], and Joe has doubled up to approximately 1.7 million chips.
Posted 8:30 PM
Joe Elpaya was all in preflop with [6d][6c] against the [Qs][Qd] of Erik Cajelais. Joe hit the card he needed on the flop when it fell [9d][6h][5c], and Erik failed to hit his bigger set when the turn and river came [Ad][7h]. Joe will double up to just over 1,250,000.
Posted 7:21 PM
On a [Ac][9h][2s], Joe Elpayaa bets 80,000 before Moon Kim check-raises to 180,000. Joe called, and the turn fell [4c]. Moon bet 200,000 and Joe made the call. The river fell [7d] and Moon once again bet, this time 600,000. Joe went deep into the tank and eventually folded A-K face up. Moon showed his [Jh][8c], which was a stone cold bluff, and Moon overtook the chip lead with that hand.
Posted 7:10 PM
After winning a pot with A-K to Moon Kim's K-Q on a K-3-2-5-K board, Ubaid Habib has taken the chip lead at the final table. Ubaid has almost 2.8 million now, though both Moon Kim and Erik Cajalais both are right on his heels. Andrew Badecker is still the short stack with under 700,000 chips.
Posted 6:45 PM
Seat 1: Joe Elpayaa - 908,000 (6th)
Seat 2: Joe Serock - 952,000 (5th)
Seat 3: Ubaid Habib - 2,274,000 (2nd)
Seat 4: Moon Kim - 2,098,000 (3rd)
Seat 5: Erik Cajelais - 3,648,000 (1st)
Seat 6: Andrew Badecker - 1,040,000 (4th)
Posted 3:40 PM