Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"World Poker Tour"- Gold Strike World Poker Open, Part 2

Brett Faustman, Men Nugyen, Hoyt Corkins and Freddy Deeb continued their quest for almost $900K and an automatic seat in the end-of-season WPT Championship. To be more exact, here were the payouts:

CHAMPION: $892,413
RUNNER-UP: $458,267
3rd: $241,193
4th: $168,835

Corkins and Deeb played the night’s first hand.

Freddy: (AC)(8C)
Hoyt: (JS)(9D)

BASE POT: $280,000
FLOP: (5C)(10C)(3D)

Deeb made an instant club flush draw. Corkins wagered $150,000, while Deeb pushed ALL IN…and Corkins didn’t want to press his luck, so Deeb automatically doubled up to $1.18 million! The same success happened to Nguyen on the next hand, taking him to $1.47 million! New chip count after the first break:

1. Freddy- $1.55 million
2. Hoyt- $1.5 million
3. Men- $1.28 million
4. Brett- $855K

After that, Faustman had the same good fortune as the others did in the past two hands, doubling up to $990K…and then AGAIN to go to seven figures with $1,155,000. Next, Corkins and Nguyen went at it.

Hoyt: (8S)(7H)
Men: NA

BASE POT: 100 grand
FLOP: (KC)(5S)(9C)

Corkins now had a straight draw.

TURN: ACE OF HEARTS

Corkins then bet 50 grand while Nguyen finally revealed his two base cards…

MEN’S BASE CARDS: (9H)(4C)

…he had the lead at this point with a pair of 9s, and then matched the bet.

RIVER: 8 OF DIAMONDS

That gave Nguyen the $200K pot. Corkins tried to fare better in the next hand against Faustman.

Hoyt: (KD)(QC)
Brett: (JD)(8D)

BASE POT: $380K
FLOP: (6S)(5H)(AS)- DUD

Corkins bet a quarter million…which was enough for Faustman to fold, so Corkins won a $630K pot.

Next, Nguyen battled Deeb. I would like to point out that for the second time this episode, Nguyen didn’t reveal his base cards immediately- he must’ve wanted to play some strategy and let the at-home viewers play along with him.

Men: (6D)(2D)
Freddy: (6S)(5H)

BASE POT: $260K
FLOP: (JD)(2S)(7D)

Diamond flush draw on the spot for Nguyen, in addition to double deuces.

TURN: KING OF CLUBS- NO GOOD

Deeb bet 120 large this time and Nguyen matched it.

RIVER: KING OF DIAMONDS- FLUSH!

With that flush, Nguyen won a half million dollar pot. Faustman then went ALL IN against Corkins.

Brett: (AD)(4C)
Hoyt: (AH)(KC)

POT: $1.84 million
FLOP: (2C)(3D)(2H)

Instant straight draw for Faustman.

TURN: 5 OF CLUBS- STRAIGHT!

If the river card was a 4, this would be a split pot…

RIVER: 6 OF DIAMONDS

…no 4, so Faustman doubled up outright to $1.84 million and retook the lead! Rest of the players at this point:

2. Men- $1,435,000
3. Freddy- $1,285,000
4. Hoyt- $625,000

Faustman attempted to build on his success by facing Deeb in the next hand.

Brett: (KH)(9C)
Freddy: (AS)(9D)

BASE POT: $260K
FLOP: (7H)(QC)(7D)- DUD

After both checked…

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- ANOTHER DUD

…Deeb went with a $120K bet…then Faustman raised to $300K. Deeb…folded, so he got bluffed out and Faustman won the $680K pot. Corkins then won the next hand for $1,025,000 as everyone else folded out.

The next hand saw three-way action.

Brett: (AD)(3D)
Freddy: (AS)(9H)
Men: (JD)(10D)

BASE POT: $220K
FLOP: (7C)(9C)(8H)- NUT STRAIGHT!

Deeb meanwhile had a pair of 9s. Everyone bet $80K except for Faustman, who folded.

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- DUD

Deeb was now drawing dead. Nguyen put $150K into the pot…as did Deeb.

RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS

Now with a Queen high straight, Nguyen won a $1.18 million pot!

Down to only $195K, Deeb went ALL IN against Nguyen.

Men: (AH)(2S)
Freddy: (KC)(6S)

POT: $460K
FLOP: (5D)(KD)(2D)
TURN: 5 OF HEARTS

By getting that King during the flop, Deeb made top pair and at this point had a better two pair. The last card couldn’t be an Ace or Deuce…








RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS

…it was a lucky seven, meaning Deeb doubled up. He tried to do it again against Faustman.

Brett: (AH)(KH)
Freddy: (8D)(7D)

POT: $1.03 million
FLOP: (6H)(4D)(6S)

Instant gutshot straight draw for Deeb.

TURN: 6 OF CLUBS

That river card needed to be a 5, a 7 or an 8 for Deeb to stay alive…







RIVER: 9 OF CLUBS

…no, he was one off. He left with the $168,835 payout.

At the halfway mark, here was the new chip count:

1. Brett- $2,555,000
2. Hoyt- $1.34 million
3. Men- $1.29 million

In the next hand at that point, it was Faustman and Nguyen playing.

Brett: (JC)(7C)
Men: (AH)(8H)


BASE POT: $360K
FLOP: (8S)(10D)(QS)

Instant gutshot straight draw for Faustman. After a double check…

TURN: 9 OF CLUBS- STRAIGHT!

…Faustman made his Queen high straight. However, a Jack on the river would result in a split pot.

RIVER: 4 OF HEARTS

…no tie here, so Faustman won a $480K pot. Nguyen then went ALL IN against Corkins.

Men: (KD)(10D)
Hoyt: (JS)(JC)

POT: $2.3 million
FLOP: (9S)(8H)(3S)
TURN: 7 OF SPADES

Before the river, Nguyen had an open-ended straight draw. He now needed a 6, a Jack or a King that wasn’t in Spades or he lost…







RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS

…it was a Queen, so he went home with $241,193.

MONEY PRESENTATION: TRAYS OF MONEY

Here’s the chip count heading into head’s up:

Brett: $2,645,000
Hoyt: $2.54 million

The first hand:

Hoyt: (AS)(QC)
Brett: (5C)(4C)

BASE POT: $540K
FLOP: (9C)(5D)(2C)

Instant flush draw for Faustman, in addition to a pair of 5s. That prompted Corkins to bet $400K, and Faustman pushed ALL IN. Needless to say, Corkins folded and Faustman increased his leading total to $3,315,000! Second hand:

Brett: (KS)(7S)
Hoyt: (8S)(4D)

POT: $140K
FLOP: (KH)(3S)(6H)

Faustman now had top pair. Corkins bet 80 large but Faustman answered with a $280K raise. That caused Corkins to fold, resulting in another $500K in chips going to Faustman. Hand #3:



Hoyt: (AD)(3S)
Brett: (QD)(10S)

BASE POT: $140K
FLOP: (JC)(6H)(8S)

Straight draw for Faustman.

TURN: JACK OF SPADES

Faustman wagered $90K as did Corkins.

RIVER: 9 OF SPADES- STRAIGHT!

Despite a straight, Faustman had to settle for a $320K pot. The new chip count after the break:

1. Brett- $3,215,000
2. Hoyt- $1.97 million

Next hand:

Hoyt: (QS)(10H)
Brett: (10D)(4C)

BASE POT: $140K
FLOP: (5C)(KD)(6H)- DUD

TURN: 7 OF SPADES

Now, an open-ended straight draw came up for Faustman, and he threw in $80K to the pot. But Corkins proceeded to raise to $580K…and Faustman folded, meaning he got bluffed out and Corkins won an $800K pot. Next:

Brett: (AD)(10D)
Hoyt: (QC)(10H)

BASE POT: $320K
FLOP: (5H)(8C)(5C)
TURN: 4 OF CLUBS

Corkins now had a flush draw. But both still checked.

RIVER: DEUCE OF CLUBS- FLUSH!

That flush got Corkins a pot worth…520 grand. After the break, the new chip count:

1. Brett- $2,635,000
2. Hoyt- $2.55 million

And the next hand:

Hoyt: (9H)(5D)
Brett: DOUBLE ACES (Spades and Hearts)

BASE POT: $140K
FLOP: (5H)(6S)(6H)

Both had two pair now, but Faustman still led thanks to his Aces. After a $60K bet by Corkins, Faustman unleashed a 200 grand raise. Corkins then re-raised to triple that amount…and Faustman went for it by betting the other 400 grand.

TURN: 7 OF HEARTS

Corkins now had a straight flush draw! Faustman also had a flush draw.

RIVER: 4 OF HEARTS- FAUSTMAN FLUSH!

With that Ace of Hearts to begin with, Faustman won a $1.74 million pot! Next, please:

Brett: (7H)(2H)
Hoyt: (JD)(8H)

BASE POT: $420K
FLOP: (8S)(QH)(3C)

Middle pair for Corkins.

TURN: 6 OF CLUBS- DUD

Faustman was drawing dead, and he wisely folded after a $180K bet by Corkins, for a total pot this hand of 600 large. The new chip count after the break:

1. Brett- $2,605,000
2. Hoyt- $2.58 million

Next hand:

Brett: (KD)(4S)
Hoyt: (6D)(2H)

BASE POT: $180K
FLOP: (8C)(QC)(6H)

Corkins got a pair of 6s to start.

TURN: 2 OF DIAMONDS

Corkins now had two pair, leaving Faustman drawing dead once again. Faustman attempted a bluff with a $180K bet..but Corkins then made an $800K raise…and that was enough to make Faustman fold, so Corkins won the $1.16 million pot and took over the lead! Let’s see if he could build on that momentum in the next hand:

Hoyt: (8D)(3S)
Brett: (KC)(QC)

BASE POT: $180K
FLOP: (3H)(2H)(3D)

Instant triple 3s for Corkins. Both bet $80K here.

TURN: 9 OF HEARTS

Faustman was drawing dead for the third hand in a row, but continued to try by wagering 200 grand…Corkins matched that.

RIVER: ACE OF DIAMONDS

Corkins took down another pot, this time at $740K. Next:

Brett: DOUBLE DEUCES (Spades and Diamonds)
Hoyt: (7C)(2H)

BASE POT: $180K
FLOP: (AS)(9H)(2C)

Faustman now had triple 2s. All the deuces were now gone, and both bet $80K.

TURN: 3 OF SPADES

Faustman bet $140K, while Corkins raised to 600K…and Faustman pushed ALL IN, and with an immediate fold by Corkins, Faustman stayed in contention with a pot win of $2,735,000! We move on to this hand:

Brett: (7S)(3H)
Hoyt: (JD)(5D)

POT: $180K
FLOP: (2S)(JS)(KH)

Corkins made middle pair.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS- WORTHLESS

Faustman was drawing dead for the fourth time in five hands. After an 80K bet by Corkins, Faustman raised to a quarter million…AND CORKINS FOLDED SO HE GOT BLUFFED OUT BIG TIME, giving a $510K pot to Faustman! He then won the next hand for $380K…










AND HE HELD ON FOR THE VICTORY!! By far, the tightest head’s up action I’ve seen all season long! His winning hand, just for the record:

Hoyt: DOUBLE DEUCES (Hearts and Clubs)
Brett: DOUBLE QUEENS (Spades and Diamonds)

FLOP: (9H)(3C)(9C)
TURN: 6 OF SPADES
RIVER: JACK OF SPADES

The amateur wrestler did it, taking home the near $900K jackpot!

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