Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"World Poker Tour" 8/11

This week was the Foxwoods Poker Classic, the last regular season event before the two biggies- the WPT Ladies’ Championship and the WPT World Championship, both at the Bellagio. At Foxwoods this night, well over $900,000 was on the line. Opening chip count:

1. Erik Siedel- $3,276,000
2. Ted Forrest- $2,343,000
3. Adam Katz- $2,307,000
4. Andrew Barta- $1,587,000
5. Robert Richardson- $492,000
6. Frank Cieri- $384,000

Cieri went ALL IN on the first hand and doubled up to $534,000 as his wager scared the others away. The chip leader then blitzed the second hand for $494,000. We then got our first taste of action in the third hand.

Robert: (KC)(5C)
Adam: (8S)(7H)

BASE POT: $209,000
THE FLOP: (4C)(10C)(6S)

Barta had a gutshot straight draw while Richardson had an instant flush draw. When Katz bet $150K, Richardson went ALL IN…Katz went for it.

TURN: JACK OF HEARTS- DUD

And the last card was…








RIVER: ACE OF HEARTS

…an Ace. Nobody got anything in this hand, but it was enough for Richardson to double up to $1,083,000.

After Cieri blitzed his second hand of the night because of an ALL IN bet, he faced Forrest in the next hand.

Frank: (AH)(9D)
Ted: (AC)(6H)

BASE POT: (5D)(2C)(JD)- DUD

Cieri raised to $140K after Forrest initially bet $40K…that was enough for Forrest to fold, winning Cieri another pot at $359,000. Next hand:

Andrew: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs and Hearts)
Adam: DOUBLE QUEENS (Diamonds and Spades)

BASE POT: $209,000
THE FLOP: (7D)(5S)(7S)

Barta bet a hundred grand, while Katz decided to raise to $360,000. That forced Barta to fold, winning Katz a $669K pot. Three-way action was abound in the next hand.

Erik: (10S)(6H)
Ted: DOUBLE 8s (Diamonds and Spades)
Frank: (AD)(5D)


BASE POT: $219,000
THE FLOP: (2H)(QD)(5H)

Middle pair for Cieri, but Forrest still had the lead. The chip leader folded while Forrest and Cieri each put a hundred grand into the pot.

TURN: 3 OF SPADES

Cieri now had a gutshot straight draw. Forrest then tried to make Cieri fold with a $150K bet…Cieri then went ALL IN….Forrest didn’t want to try the last hand, making it the third ALL IN win of the night for Cieri, taking him to $1,532,000! On the next hand, before seeing the flop, this is what we got:

Andrew: DOUBLE KINGS (Hearts and Spades)
Ted: DOUBLE 9s (Clubs and Spades)

Forrest tried to push Barta ALL IN…yes.

POT: $1,933,000
THE FLOP: (JD)(4H)(QD)
TURN: 4 OF CLUBS

The only thing that could go wrong for Barta on the river was for a 9 to show up…








RIVER: 7 OF SPADES


…a 7 kept Barta alive. We had the same situation on the next hand:

Andrew: DOUBLE 7s (Diamonds and Spades)
Robert: DOUBLE JACKS (Diamonds and Spades)

Richardson was the one ALL IN this time…but Barta wouldn’t let it go further this time, doubling up the former to $1,062,000. After the commercial break, the new chip count:

1. Erik- $3,693,000
2. Adam- $1,978,000
3. Andrew- $1,763,000
4. Frank- $1,369,000
5. Robert- $931,000
6. Ted- $655,000

The next hand brought us three-way action for the second time at this final table.

Robert: (10D)(7C)
Adam: (8H)(7H)
Ted: DOUBLE QUEENS (Clubs and Diamonds)

BASE POT: $164,000
THE FLOP: (7S)(6H)(2D)

Forrest still led while the others made top pair. Everyone called another $80K to the pot.

TURN: 10 OF HEARTS

Richardson now led with two pair but Katz now had a straight flush draw. Richardson pushed ALL IN after the other two called for $160K, which would put Forrest ALL IN…but both fold, so Richardson jumped to $1,531,000. Forrest was ALL IN for good on the next hand:

Ted: DOUBLE JACKS (Clubs and Hearts)
Robert: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs and Spades)

POT: $758,000
THE FLOP: (7D)(6C)(2S)
TURN: 3 OF SPADES

Forrest needed a miracle Jack on the river…









RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS

…no, so he left in sixth place with $103,360. He never really got it going. The chip count at halftime:

1. Erik- $4,024,000
2. Frank- $2,275,000
3. Robert- $1,847,000
4. Andrew- $1,259,000
5. Adam- $979,000

Cieri was trying to be the big comeback kid in this tournament, and he was in the next hand.

Robert: (KS)(7C)
Frank: (7S)(6C)

BASE POT: 100 GRAND
THE FLOP: (4S)(2S)(3C)

Cieri had a gutshot straight draw.

TURN: 2 OF HEARTS

Cieri then made a bet to double the pot, and Richardson betted as well to triple the base 100 grand in the pot.

RIVER: 8 OF CLUBS

Cieri’s $250K wager was enough to make RR fold, giving him a $550K pot! Next:

Robert: (KH)(7H)
Adam: (QC)(JS)

BASE POT: $270K
THE FLOP: (5H)(QH)(6S)

Top pair for Katz, but RR had an instant flush draw. Katz went ALL IN for good, even throwing in his gold watch!

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS- DUD

Richardson needed a King or a Heart…







RIVER: KING OF CLUBS

…the King appeared to give him a $1.8M pot and eliminated Katz with $151,811.

Then, it was Richardson’s turn to go ALL IN.

Frank: (JC)(10C)
Robert: (KD)(10S)

POT: $5,525,000
THE FLOP: (KC)(4C)(JD)

Cieri had middle pair and an instant flush draw while Richardson had top pair. The ALL IN bets came after the flop was revealed.

TURN: 3 OF HEARTS

To eliminate Richardson, Cieri needed a Club or a Jack…










RIVER: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

…NO, so Richardson jumped into the lead! Cieri then faced an ALL IN situation on the next hand.

Robert: (KS)(6C)
Frank: (QC)(7C)

POT: $450K
THE FLOP: (6D)(8H)(8C)
TURN: 3 OF HEARTS

To keep his comeback dream alive, Cieri needed a 7 or a Queen on the river…









RIVER: 9 OF HEARTS

…NO. He left in fourth place with $200,261.

With 33 minutes left to go, the new chip count:

1. Robert- $4,505,000
2. Erik- $4.2 million
3. Andrew- $1,675,000

Next hand:

Robert: (JC)(10S)
Erik: (AD)(KH)

BASE POT: $395K
THE FLOP: (QC)(7S)(10H)

Instant top straight draw for the former chip leader, while Richardson made middle pair.

TURN: JACK OF HEARTS

RR now paired both his base cards, but Siedel just made the best possible straight. After RR bet 200 grand, Siedel raised to $550K and Richardson called the other $350K. If a Jack or a 10 came up on the river, Richardson would steal the pot with a Full House.

RIVER: ACE OF SPADES

Seidel won this pot for $2.27 million and took the lead back! The bottom two in chips at this point were involved in the next hand.

Andrew: (QC)(9C)
Robert: (KD)(QD)

BASE POT: $255K
THE FLOP: (4H)(9H)(QH)

Barta had the top two pair while RR just had top pair. But with Hearts on the board, a big bluff was possible. RR bet 200 grand, while Barta went ALL IN…Richardson then called.

TURN: 6 OF CLUBS

The only bad card for Barta would be a King…







RIVER: 10 OF HEARTS

…no King, putting Barta in second place with $3,085,000. With about 15 minutes left, the chip count now:

1. Erik- $4,725,000
2. Andrew- $3.73 million
3. Robert- $1,925,000

The next few hands would decide whether Seidel or Barta would win this tournament.

Barta doubled up to $4.1M as he went ALL IN on the first of those hands and scared the other two away. Richardson followed his lead on the next hand to double to $2.06M. At this point, Barta had a $30K chip lead. Siedel went ALL IN on the next hand against the new chip leader. This hand would decide who won this thing.

Andrew: (AH)(QS)
Erik: DOUBLE JACKS (Hearts and Spades)

POT: $8,365,000
FLOP: (6S)(JC)(3C)

Triple Jacks for Siedel!

Barta needed the other two cards for the top straight (10 and King) or Siedel would lock up the tourney away...












TURN: 5 OF SPADES

…Siedel won! That allowed him to go on to win the tournament and $992,890!

Barta left with $281,011 as the third place finisher while Richardson took home $558.792 as the runner up.

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