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Event #2: £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha

Kings Give, and Kings Take Away


A weird back-to-back pair of hands, the first of which saw Erik Friberg find {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} {7-Clubs} {5-Hearts} at the same time Jeff Lisandro picked up {K-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {A-Hearts} {4-Clubs} to double through. Straight away the newly-short Lisandro raised to 10,500 preflop and Friberg called, setting him in in return, almost, on the {4-Spades} {10-Hearts} {Q-Spades} flop. Lisandro had the Kings again, but this time they held against the {5-Spades} {5-Clubs} {6-Spades}{7-Clubs} of Friberg and we're pretty much back where we started...

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Everyone's a Winner!

Christopher Chau: Wins Fingernail-Holding Award
Christopher Chau: Wins Fingernail-Holding Award

Quite extraordinary, this day two. The stacks which were so deep in the danger zone you might worry they'd get the bends if they started rising have all gained at least double-throughs!

Most dramatically was Christopher Chau (pictured) whose three-way big pair matchup with Queens (vs. Kings and Aces) spiked a set to come back from 6k to 22!

Then Andrew Miles, too, the second most life-supported, doubled up with {A-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {K-Spades} {4-Spades}, his 16k being isolated by Samuel Stein preflop with his {Q-Diamonds} {J-Spades} {10-Hearts} {5-Spades} but holding up nicely on the {3-Spades} {Q-Spades} {3-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} board to give him 36k.

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Final 18 Players Table Draw


Table One:

Seat 1. Steve Jelinek - 20000
Seat 2. Andrew Miles - 16000
Seat 3. Yasuhiro Waki - 43,000
Seat 4. Sean Dempsey - 44,000
Seat 5. Jeff Kimber - 80,000
Seat 6. Chris Bjorin - 170,000
Seat 7. Samuel Stein - 175,000
Seat 8. Karl Mahrenholz - 145,000
Seat 9. Jeff Madsen - 144,000

Table Two:

Seat 1. Willie Tann - 120,000
Seat 2. John Racener - 350,000
Seat 3. Erik Friberg - 48,000
Seat 4. Joe Serok - 72,000
Seat 5. Filipe Ramos - 124,000
Seat 6. Jeff Lisandro - 71,000
Seat 7. Justin Smith - 81,000
Seat 8. Christopher Chau - 7500
Seat 9. Michael Schwartz - 75

John Kabbaj is the Bubble!

John Kabbaj, bubble.
John Kabbaj, bubble.

After four hours plus, and some extraordinary hanging-on displays on his table, it's John Kabbaj, not a super short stack, who finishes 19th and gets no monetary reward for his hours of struggle at the poker tables over the last two days. He threebet habitual button raiser John Racener from the small blind (22k) and after a pause Racener re-raised - this was effectively all-in for Kabbaj and he made the call/small extra raise necessary to get the cards on their backs.

Racener with {A-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {4-Hearts} had picked the wrong time to test Kabbaj who wasn't going anywhere with {A-Spades} {A-Hearts} {5-Spades} {J-Clubs}. The board had other ideas, though:

{3-Hearts} {3-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} {7-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} and the baby flush is what kicked Kabbaj from the tournament in the cruellest spot. His reaction said it all - barely a flicker of irritation and a pensive stare and then a wander off almost with a shrug - he's been here before and he'll get here again.

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Shorty Doubles


Sean Dempsey, one of the shortest stacks, has doubled up to 58,000 through John Kabbaj. Dempsey raised to 6,000 from UTG and then moved all-in for 25,600 after Kabbaj three-bet to 19,200 from the BB. Kabbaj called to create a showdown:

Kabbaj: {k-Spades}{q-Spades}{k-Hearts}{3-Clubs}
Dempsey: {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

The board ran {k-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{j-Clubs} Kabbaj flopped the nuts but lost out to a flush on the river.

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Chips From the Final Break (Just 10 Minutes This Time)

John Racener us
John Racener
Full Tilt Red Pro
us 260,000
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
Full Tilt Red Pro
us 196,000 71,000
Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
se 192,000 22,000
Samuel Stein us
Samuel Stein
us 192,000 92,000
Willie Tann gb
Willie Tann
gb 124,000 -1,000
Karl Mahrenholz gb
Karl Mahrenholz
gb 110,000
John Kabbaj gb
John Kabbaj
gb 104,000 39,000
79,000 -21,000
Jeff Kimber gb
Jeff Kimber
gb 78,000 8,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 75,000 -10,000
Jeffrey Lisandro au
Jeffrey Lisandro
au 72,000 15,000
Justin Smith us
Justin Smith
us 62,000 -43,000
Erik Friberg se
Erik Friberg
se 58,000 24,000
Yasuhiro Waki
Yasuhiro Waki
43,000 -41,600
Sean Dempsey us
Sean Dempsey
us 24,100 -8,900
Steve Jelinek gb
Steve Jelinek
gb 19,600 -15,400
Andrew Miles gb
Andrew Miles
gb 16,000 -29,000
Christopher Chau
Christopher Chau
10,300 -19,700

Bubble Still in Effect - Racener Feeling Mainly Good About It

John Racener: raisin' her
John Racener: raisin' her

John Racener has used his advantageous position as an already big stack on a table with three short ones (Andrew Miles, Christopher Chau and Sean Dempsey) to punish the bubble and raise his stack to the leading one. Raising all the time, Racener gives and takes small pots on his table, but mostly seems to take. Occasionally he gives one up - like when John Kabbaj called his button raise and proceeded to check-call him on the {5-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {K-Clubs} flop (8k) and check the {4-Diamonds} turn before betting pot (30,400) on the {A-Hearts} river. This met with a long think from Racener, and a count out of the call which was a significantly smaller proportion of his stack than Kabbaj's. But in the end he decided against it, and bubble play, amazingly, continues.

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Madsen V Smith: Round 99


It seems as if Jeff Madsen and Justin Smith have really enjoyed mixing it up with each other today. Since they were drawn together at the final 27 players stage they have played many high level, deep thinking pots against each other and are two of the players not afraid to commit chips during this endless bubble phase.

The last round of their bout went to Madsen. The flop was out reading {q-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}and Smith bet 4,300 when checked to him in the hijack. Madsen was the only caller to the {j-Hearts} turn where he himself led for 8,700. Smith called as he did when faced with a 14,600 bet on the {a-Hearts} river.

Madsen tabled {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Spades} for a full-house and the pot as Smith mucked.

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