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

Feldman Puts the Kibosh on Kabbaj


John Kabbaj opened to 1,125 on the button, and Andrew Feldman three-bet with a pot-sized reraise from the big blind. Kabbaj called.

The flop came out {10-} {9-} {7-} with two hearts, and Feldman pushed out a bet of 6,850. Kabbaj called, committing about a third of his remaining stack. That brought them to the turn {3-Hearts}, and Feldman moved all in for Kabbaj's 15,000 effective chips. Kabbaj called it off with {A-} {7-} no hearts, and Feldman was poised for the knockout with {J-Hearts} {J-Clubs}.

The river {8-Spades} further improved Feldman to the straight, eliminating Kabbaj from the field. Feldman is sitting in the former seat of the 2008 champion of this event, Nenad Medic, and now he's knocked off the 2009 champion. "Maybe it's good luck," he said with a shrug.

He is up to 49,000 courtesy of that pot.

Tags: Andrew FeldmanJohn Kabbaj

Death by Chainsaw


A series of bets and raises ended with Allen Kessler calling his opponent's all-in on a {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop. Kessler held pocket fours for bottom set and was up against {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}. The turn was the {5-Hearts}, the river was the {7-Clubs} and Kessler doubled up to 58,000.

Tags: Allen KesslerFrank Kassela

Enter Hellmuth


With four and a half hours already ticked off the tournament clock, Phil Hellmuth has at last made his entrance. His stack is still in pretty good shape, having been only blinded down to 25,700.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth


David Bach
David Bach

David Bach's tableside massage has come to an abrupt end. He ran his {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} into {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}, putting the rest of his chips in on the turn on an {8-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades} board.

Tags: David Bach

Batista Misses, Down to 5k


With the board reading {K-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}{9-Clubs} on the turn, Chad Batista faced a bet of 5,400. He raised to 23,700, his opponent re-potted all-in and Batista called.

Batista needed a nine, a spade, or a jack on the river to improve, his {J-Spades}{9-Spades} up against {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. The river, however, was the {2-Hearts} and Batista's stack plummeted to 5,000.

Tags: Chad Batista

Chips For Dessert

146,000 11,000
58,000 20,000
56,000 -4,000
55,000 16,000
51,000 -2,000
46,000 -15,000
45,500 -12,500
42,300 7,300
42,000 2,000
41,300 22,100
40,000 -9,000
33,500 -6,500
33,500 -3,500
33,000 -23,000
27,300 900
26,500 3,000
23,500 -4,500
22,000 -5,500
20,500 -1,500
15,500 3,000
14,500 -20,000
8,000 -25,500

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Fossilman, Meet Landfish

Greg Raymer
Greg Raymer

Steven Landfish is the proud new owner of a fossil, and that must mean that Greg Raymer has been eliminated. A quick check with Landfish and his table gives us the dirt:

Raymer opened with a raise to 1,200 under the gun, and Landfish was the only caller. They took a heads-up flop of {K-} {Q-} (X), and Raymer led out with 2,000 chips. Landfish flatted, and the {A-} on the turn drew a check from Fossilman. Landfish took his cue to bet 4,100, Raymer check-raised to 14,000, and Landfish moved all in. Raymer had just a couple thousand left, and he went ahead and put them into the pot to put himself at risk.

Raymer turned up {Q-} {Q-} for the flopped set, but Landfish had turned Broadway with {10-} {J-}. Raymer couldn't fill up on the river, and he pulled a pen out of his pocket to sign a friendly message to Landfish.

Raymer is gone, and Landfish is up near the top of the board with 96,000

Tags: Steven LandfishGreg Raymer

Action Resumes


We're back, we're fed, we're caffeinated and we're playing four more levels tonight.