Well, folks, this is the biggie among all the PokerStars.net tournaments. There is a total prize pool here of $12,674,000, and the champion will win the second-biggest prize in GSN history- $3 Million! When we begin the coverage, there are 32 players remaining. We start with the blinds at 8,000 and 16,000, and the ante value is worth 1,500.
As it turns out, we already lose one of the players- Germany’s Daniel Kratz, sending him home with $40,000. And we might lose somebody else on the first aired hand of the night:
Vicky Coren: DOUBLE 6s (Hearts & Spades)
Jason Paster: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Spades)
Paster’s the one ALL IN; he’s American.
THE FLOP: (4D)(AS)(JS)- DUD
TURN: QUEEN OF SPADES
Paster has the spade flush advantage over Coren (he also has a Royal Flush Draw). All he has to avoid on the river is a third 6…
RIVER: 5 OF DIAMONDS
…no flush, but he still doubles up. BTW, we’re starting at Table 4.
Coren, a Swede, is virtually forced ALL IN on this next hand:
THE FLOP: (10S)(3C)(8H)
Baker has top pair while Coren has an inside straight draw.
TURN: KING OF HEARTS- DUD
She needs a Jack or a Queen to stay alive…
RIVER: JACK OF HEARTS
…and there’s a Jack to double her up!
At this point, an unknown has been eliminated in 31st place and also leaves with $40K.
Here’s the third aired hand:
Baker: DOUBLE QUEENS (Hearts & Spades)
Coren & Justin Rollo are BOTH ALL IN.
THE FLOP: (2C)(KH)(5D)
Coren makes middle pair, but Baker still has the best hand.
TURN: 2 OF SPADES
If this river card is neither a 5 or an Ace, we will have a double elimination on this hand…
RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS
…Coren does make two pair, but it’s not good enough to avert the double knockout. That sends her and Rollo home with $40K apiece.
The antes are now at 2,000; the blinds are at 10,000/20,000. Early on at another table, Canadian Todd Sisley finishes in 28th and also gets a $40K check. Now for the next hand:
Baker: DOUBLE 10s (Diamonds & Hearts)
Dan Heimiller: (9C)(7S)
THE FLOP: (6D)(JD)(8D)
Baker has a diamond flush draw, while Heimiller has an open-ended straight draw. Both bet 60,000 apiece.
TURN: KING OF HEARTS- DUD
Heimiller bets 130,000 this time…and Baker folds, so Heimiller bluffs him out and wins the 384,000 pot.
Next to leave with $40K is the USA’s Brian Paris in 27th place.
Heimiller: DOUBLE 3s (Hearts & Spades)
THE FLOP: (QC)(8H)(4H)
Benny Chen, a Canada native, doubles his Queens. Both check.
TURN: 9 OF SPADES- DUD
Both bet 95,000 apiece.
RIVER: 4 OF DIAMONDS
Both throw in another 130K a pop, giving Chen a total pot of 634,000. Next up:
Andrew Fitzpatrick: (JS)(10H)
THE FLOP: (8H)(AS)(JH)
Greim makes the best possible pair while Fitzpatrick has twin Jacks. Both bet 70 grand.
TURN: QUEEN OF CLUBS
Fitzpatrick now has an inside straight draw while Greim has a great two pair. Following an 85K bet by Fitzpatrick, Greim goes ALL IN…and Fitzpatrick runs for cover, giving Greim a 767,000 pot. Next is three-way action:
THE FLOP: (5H)(6H)(KS)
Instant heart flush draw for Paster (as well as top pair), while Greim makes bottom pair. Chen bets 85,000, Paster calls and Greim folds.
TURN: 9 OF DIAMONDS
Chen now has a gutshot straight draw as both check.
RIVER: 8 OF SPADES
Chen only has a pair of 8s, so Paster wins the 334,000 pot.
Hafiz Khan from the U.S. then blitzes the next hand for 44,000. We then make it back to the flop with the action from this next hand:
Chen: DOUBLE 6s (Clubs & Spades)
THE FLOP: (2C)(9C)(5C)
Chen likes that flop, as he has a club flush draw right away. Heimiller has a wheel draw. Chen’s 67K bet is answered by a raise to 140K by Heimiller. Chen doesn’t like that raise, so he folds and gives the 361K pot to Heimiller. Now, for the top 8 chip count at this point:
1. Kevin Saul (USA): 2,785,000
2. Benny Spindler (Germany): 2,229,000
3. Benny Chen (Canada): 1,862,500
4. Dustin Dirksen (USA): 1.8 million
5. Alexandre Gomes (Brazil): 1,686,000
6. Dan Heimiller (USA): 1,458,000
7. David Baker (USA): 1.45 million
8. Jason Paster (USA): 1.15 million
Antonio Bueti is then sent packing with $40K after finishing 26th.
And now, for our last hand of the night, we’ll see how well you do in Khan’s shoes. His starting pair of cards are a 10 of Diamonds and an Ace of Hearts. Khan then raises to 55 grand; would you have done that? Playing against him in this hand as we go to the flop are Greim & Fitzpatrick.
THE FLOP: (QC)(7C)(JC)
We now have an Ace-high straight draw, but those three clubs might scare you a bit. Everybody checks.
TURN: 5 OF CLUBS
This is not looking good if you were Mr. Khan…and said player folds.
Greim: DOUBLE 4s (Clubs & Diamonds)
If you folded, you did the right thing. Fitzpatrick then takes a big chance by going ALL IN on a bluff…IT WORKS, as Greim throws away his flush! Fitzpatrick wins a 264K pot as a result.
This episode ends with a whimper for Canada’s Elizabeth Bennett-Martin, as she’s axed in 25th place, taking home $40K for her troubles.