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Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Ramdin Rivered

Victor Ramdin prior to his elimination.
Victor Ramdin prior to his elimination.

No-Limit Hold'em is a game of ups and downs. Right before break, Victor Ramdin nearly quadrupled his stack and now he is busto.

Ramdin was headed towards the cage when he bumped into one of our tournament reporters. According to him, he was all in preflop with {q-}{q-} against an opponent's {k-}{q-}. The flop and turn were clean, but a {k-} on the river eliminated him from the tournament.

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Ramdin on Fire

Victor Ramdin
Victor Ramdin

According to Dan Frank, Victor Ramdin is on a serious heater.

Frank told us that the PokerStars Team USA Pro raised five straight pots and took them all down uncontested before moving all in on the sixth hand. Ramdin's {a-}{q-} dominated Stephen Chidwick's {a-}{q-} and held when the board ran {j-}{2-}{4-}{7-}{a-}.

Ramdin doubled to 410,000 chips and Chidwick slipped to 213,000.

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Life of Bryan


The cut-off raised to 18,000, only for both Ayaz Mahmood (85,000) and Bryan Porter (105,000) to move all in behind. With the initial raiser stepping out of the way, we had a showdown, Mahmood coin flipping for his tournament life with {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} versus {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}.

The {J-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} flop was rather decisive, as was the {Q-Hearts} turn, and by the {6-Hearts} river it was all over, Porter eliminating the recent bracelet winner to see his stack blossom into 198,000.

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Gold Rush


With the board reading {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Spades}, Keyyong Song bet 30,000 from middle position and Michael Goldfarb moved all in for 168,500 with the button. Song called and the hands were opened.

Song: {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}
Goldfarb: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Goldfarb was ahead, but needed to fade the heart. The {q-Spades} on the turn took one out, the {5-Hearts}, away from Song. The turn was red, but the {10-Diamonds} did nothing for Song and he was crippled to 32,000 chips

Goldfarb doubled through and now sits with 370,000 chips.

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Safieddine Takes One Down


Sam Trickett raised it up preflop from early position to 20,000, only for Alex Millar to make a small reraise to 42,000 from the cut-off. Francois Safieddine called from the button, as did Trickett.

On the {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop, the action checked around to Safieddine who led for 120,000. Despite inquiring as to how much he had behind, Trickett made the fold and Miller followed suit.

Trickett - 375,000
Alex Millar - 130,000
Safieddine - 385,000

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Coon Trips Odell


Facing a re-raise to 40,000 from Kevin Odell, John Coon moved all in for his last 140,000 chips. Odell quickly made the call.

Odell: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Coon: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

The dealer wrapped the table before fanning {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}.

Boom goes the dynamite.

Odell couldn't find the case queen on the turn or the river, and Coon doubled to 280,000 chips.

"I folded an ace too," said another player at the table.

Odell lost a sizable pot, but is still healthy with 577,000 chips.

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Failla Falls


Will "The Thrill" Failla was all in for his last 90,000 and Keyyong Song called having him covered.

Failla: {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Song: {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}

Failla failed to improve on the {10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} board, and was sent to the rail while Song is up to 270,000 chips.

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