Tuesday, April 08, 2008

"World Poker Tour" 4/7- Conclusion of Bellagio Cup III

When we left off, Mike Matusow, Kevin Saul, Shane Schleger and Danny Wong were left.

On the second hand of the night, Wong went all in against Saul. Here were the openers:

Danny: (9S)(8D)
Kevin: (KS)(QS)

POT: $2,698,000
THE FLOP: (8S)(8C)(KH)
THE TURN: THREE OF HEARTS

In order for Saul to eliminate Wong, he needed another King...





...but it was an 8 of Hearts, so Wong doubled up with all four 8s and went to $2,698,000! After the first break, here was the new chip count:

1. Kevin- $3,049,000
2. Mike- $3,002,000
3. Danny- $2,673,000
4. Steve- $1,982,000

Saul then lost the next hand to SS after SS went all in, forcing Saul to fold his hand. After the second break, the new chip count read as follows:

1. Kevin- $2,945,000
2. Mike- $2,836,000
3. Danny- $2,498,000
4. Shane- $2,427,000

Saul made a club flush, but only won a $100,000 pot on the hand he made it on. Now, for the next chip count:

1. Kevin- $2,955,000
2. Mike- $2,855,000
3. Danny- $2,548,000
4. Shane- $2,337,000

MM lost at least four hands in a row. After his latest loss, here was the new chip count:

1. Danny- $3,655,000
2. Kevin- $2,907,000
3. Shane- $2,093,000
4. Mike- $2,051,000

I would like to point out that early on in this tournament, Matusow was benched 20 minutes for being caught using a cell phone.

He then tried to have much better luck on the next hand against Saul. Base stats:

Kevin: (QS)(8H)
Mike: (AH)(QD)

BASE POT: $304,000
THE FLOP: (JD)(10D)(KS)

Instant Ace-high straight for Matusow! Both bet $163,000, and the turn was a 7 of Diamonds, giving MM a flush draw. Matusow then bet $200,000, and Saul folded, so MM got the $830,000 pot! New chip count:

1. Danny- $3,695,000
2. Kevin- $2,672,000
3. Mike- $2,366,000
4. Shane- $1,973,000

MM won the next hand, while Saul won the hand after that and a pot of over $1 Million. After the break, the new chip count:

1. Danny- $3,576,000
2. Kevin- $3,251,000
3. Mike- $2,045,000
4. Shane- $1,834,000

Matusow then faced Wong in the next hand. Here were the basics:

Danny: (8H)(2D)
Mike: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs and Hearts)

BASE POT: $100,000
THE FLOP: (10D)(QC)(KH)

Instant straight draw for MM! He won the $150,000 pot after Wong folded. MM then faced his big rival of this tournament, Saul, with all of this to start:

Mike: DOUBLE JACKS (Clubs and Hearts)
Kevin: (KS)(9C)

BASE POT: $320,000
THE FLOP: (10H)(3C)(8H)

Boring flop there. After Matusow bet $200,000, Saul folded, so he won a $520,000 pot. At this point, the blinds were raised to $30K and $60K. SS then went ALL IN on the next hand against Saul. The basics:

Shane: (AH)(6S)
Kevin: (AC)(JH)

POT: $3,478,000
FLOP: (10D)(JD)(6H)
TURN: KING OF SPADES

With that King, if a Queen came up, it would be a split pot. If a 6 came up, SS doubled up outright. Otherwise, he was eliminated...









...it was a 4 of Diamonds, so Double S was eliminated and sent home with $232,490. After the break, the new chip count:

1. Kevin- $4,550,000
2. Danny- $3,976,000
3. Mike- $2,180,000

Saul won the next hand for $5,530,000 when he pushed ALL IN and MM folded. The next chip count:

1. Kevin- $5,530,000
2. Danny- $3,381,000
3. Mike- $1,305,000

After Wong won the next few hands, one for over $1.7 million, the chip count now read:

1. Danny- $5,232,000
2. Kevin- $4,284,000
3. Mike- $1,190,000

All of the remaining players participated in the next hand. Here was how they started:

Kevin: (KS)(JC)
Danny: (8D)(3H)
Mike: (AH)(7H)

BASE POT: $195,000
FLOP: (9S)(7C)(QH)

Saul had a straight draw at this point, while MM made a pair of 7s. Wong folded, while the other two each bet $125,000, and the turn card was...an Ace of Spades, giving Matusow two pair. Matusow won the $745,000 pot after Saul folded. Next base hands for everybody:

Mike: (QD)(8H)
Kevin: (JD)(3D)
Danny: (7S)(6H)

BASE POT: $195,000
FLOP: (6D)(7D)(3S)

Wong made an instant two pair, while Saul had a flush draw. MM folded, Saul bet $100,000, but then Wong raised $350,000. After Saul bet the other $250,000, the turn card was...a Jack of Spades, meaning Saul took the lead with a better two pair (3s and Jacks). After Saul bet 100 grand, Wong raised $700,000. Saul then went ALL IN and Wong called. If a 6 or 7 came up, the final two were decided...







...but it was a 9 of Spades, so Saul took over the lead with $8,273,000! Here was the new chip count after the break:

1. Kevin- $8,268,000
2. Mike- $1,345,000
3. Danny- $1,093,000

Saul made another successful ALL IN wager as Wong folded, taking Saul to $8,458,000! He faced Matusow in the next hand:

Mike: (8D)(6S)
Kevin: (KS)(5H)

BASE POT: $135,000
FLOP: (AC)(6H)(JC)

Matusow got a pair of 6s. After both bet $85,000, the turn was...a 9 of Diamonds. Matusow then bet $100,000 and the leader folded, giving Matusow the $405,000 pot. He then faced Wong in the next hand, where Wong went ALL IN. Base hands for both:

Danny: (AD)(3D)
Mike: (KC)(JS)

POT: $1,991,000
FLOP: (10D)(7S)(5H)

No help to anybody. The turn was...a Jack of Hearts, giving MM the lead! Wong needed the river to show an Ace or else...







...but it was a 10 of Clubs, so Wong finished in third place with $361,480 and we got a Matusow-Saul final!

MONEY PRESENTATION: Trays of money

After the break, the chip count:

Kevin: $8,613,000
Mike: $2,093,000

First hand of the final:

Kevin: (10D)(5S)
Mike: DOUBLE EIGHTS (Hearts and Spades)

BASE POT: $280,000
FLOP: (JH)(2D)(4H)

Dud flop. Matusow then went ALL IN, and Saul folded, winning a $2,753,000 pot. Next hand:

Mike: (AD)(6C)
Kevin: (JC)(9D)

BASE POT: $350,000
FLOP: (7C)(3S)(6H)

MM got a pair of 6s. Both then bet $200,000, and the turn was...a Queen of Clubs. Both checked, and the river card was...a Jack of Diamonds, meaning Saul would win this pot if he didn't get bluffed out...no bluff, so he won the $1,650,000 pot and was all but home free now! Did he hang on for the big win?....












...YES HE DID!!!! Here was the winning hand just for the record:

Kevin: DOUBLE QUEENS (Hearts and Spades)
Mike: (8C)(7C)

POT: $5,426,000
FLOP: (10H)(5C)(6C)
TURN: 3 OF DIAMONDS
RIVER: KING OF DIAMONDS

He won this with two pair. And not only did he win $1,342,320, he made WPT history- he's the first player EVER to lead this tournament wire-to-wire!!! Matusow left with $671,320.

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