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Event #38: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

Hellmuth Sticks Around


Phil Hellmuth told us that he was about to play a pot with {Q-Hearts} {3-Hearts} when his phone rang. It was his parents calling from the rail, so Hellmuth ditched his hand to go chat with the folks. When he returned to the table, the board showed {Q-} {8-} {9-} {Q-} {10-}, and a player with jack-nine had made a straight on the river. Hellmuth said he would have gone broke in that pot.

On the next hand, Hellmuth played pocket deuces in a heads-up pot. The flop came {Q-} {9-} {2-}, and Hellmuth was able to stack a player who got it in with queen-jack.

Rather than going broke with queen-trey, Hellmuth has knocked out a player and nearly doubled his way up to 43,000, his high point since joining the field about an hour ago.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Lellouche Mauls Mizzi


There was already 12,000 in the pot on the river, the board reading {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. Antony Lellouche checked from the small blind and Sorel Mizzi bet 10,800. Lellouche raised to 25,000 straight and Mizzi made the call.

Lellouche turned over {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for tens full of eights and raked in a pot worth more than 62,000. He is up to 81,000 while Mizzi was left with only 3,600 in chips.

Tags: Antony LelloucheSorel Mizzi

Kabrehl KOs Cousineau


Martin Kabrhel opened from middle position, Phil Hellmuth called, David Baker called on the button and Tony Cousineau made it 8,000 to go from the small blind. Kabrhel reraised to 14,400, both Hellmuth and Baker folded and Cousineau called all-in.

Cousineau {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Kabrehl {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Cousineau was eliminated. Kabrehl is the new chip leader with 190,000.

Tags: Martin KabrehlTony Cousineau

Count 'Em Down

107,000 56,000
106,000 55,000
80,000 -7,000
80,000 5,000
70,000 10,000
65,000 20,000
63,000 8,000
61,000 16,000
60,000 5,000
58,000 2,000
58,000 -2,000
54,000 2,000
53,000 26,000
53,000 11,000
52,500 -12,000
48,500 6,200
48,500 -9,500
48,000 17,000
48,000 10,500
46,500 22,500
45,000 3,700
44,000 5,000
43,000 15,500
42,000 2,000

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Brunson Confirmed Busto


Todd Brunson and Jamie Pickering got into it preflop, and the raising war ended with all of Brunson's ~13,000 chips in the middle. Pickering had him just barely covered, and the cards were on their backs:

Brunson: {A-Spades} {Q-Hearts}
Pickering: {7-Clubs} {8-Diamonds}

The board frowned on Brunson as it ran out {10-Hearts} {9-Spades} {5-Clubs} {J-Spades} {5-Hearts}

That's no good for Todd, and he has been sent to the rail. Pickering nearly doubles with those chips, and he's up to 28,000.

Tags: Todd BrunsonJamie Pickering

Missing, Presumed Busto


We haven't seen any of these players in quite a while, and we presume them to be out:

Brian Rast
Praz Bansi
Dan "djk123" Kelly
Daniel Alaei
Nick Schulman
Mike Sowers
Erik Cajelais
J.P. Kelly
John Juanda
Hasan Habib


Chip Check

82,000 20,000
60,000 54,000
56,500 -1,500
56,000 32,000
54,000 13,500
48,000 13,500
45,000 16,000
32,000 -11,000
32,000 -11,500
25,500 -3,300
25,000 -16,000
15,000 -11,000
9,000 -8,200

Yellowsub, Grinder Double


Jeff "yellowsub86" Williams scored a double-up after getting his stack in with {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} against {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. Although his opponent flopped top pair, WIlliams turned a set and rivered eights full of sevens to increase his stack to 22,000.

Across the room, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi also doubled up when he flopped a set and rivered a boat, taking him back up to 26,000.

Tags: Michael MizrachiJeff Williams

Marchese Ropes O'Dwyer


A player in early position raised to 1,500, and Tom Marchese reraised to 4,600. That brought the action to Steve O'Dwyer, and he was having trouble with the math. "Okay, so what's the maximum I could raise it should I be interested in doing that?" he asked carefully. When he learned the number, he settled on a reraise to 14,600 straight. That folded the monkey in the middle, but Marchese announced an all-in reraise right back over the top. O'Dwyer shrugged, and he said, "Did I run into aces again? I think I did..." as he pushed his remaining chips into the pot. Both men had about 80,000 chips to start the hand, so there was a chip-leading put up for grabs.

Marchese: {K-Spades} {K-Hearts}
O'Dwyer: {A-Hearts} {K-Clubs}

It wasn't quite as bad as aces for O'Dwyer, but he was still drawing dangerously slim for his survival.

The flop was a little sweat for Marchese, but the board of {J-Hearts} {10-Hearts} {6-Spades} {9-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} held his overpair to earn him that big pile of chips in the middle of the table. When the stacks were counted down, O'Dwyer was covered, and he wished his table luck as he headed out the door shaking his head.

Marchese is now the chip leader with 158,000.

Tags: Steve O'DwyerTom Marchese