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.
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.
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.
Ted: DOUBLE 8s (Diamonds and Spades)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Erik: DOUBLE JACKS (Hearts and Spades)
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.