Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Doubles Poker Championship" 9/11

Match #9's Teams:

Phil Hellmuth & Toto Leonidas
Annette Obrestad & Annie Duke
Phil Laak & Phil Ivey
Jennifer Harman & Phil Gordon

Duke, Hellmuth & Laak all need at least a second-place finish in this match just to stay mathematically alive. Thus, by the end of the match, at least one of those three will be going home after their final regular-season match. On the flip side, if either Gordon or Ivey are on the winning team in this particular match, they will clinch a playoff berth.

1.

Gordon & Harman: (JS)(10S)
Ivey & Laak: DOUBLE SIXES (Diamonds & Spades)
Duke & Obrestad: (QS)(7H)

POT: 6,600
THE FLOP: (4C)(AH)(4D)

Gordon bets 3,200, the ladies fold and the guys call.

TURN: 4 OF SPADES- DOUBLE FULL HOUSE!

Ivey breaks up the split pot situation with an 8,000 bet to win the 21K pot for his team.

2.

Duke & Obrestad: (JH)(9S)
Gordon & Harman: (KC)(9C)
Ivey & Laak: (QC)(JD)

POT: 9.5K
THE FLOP: (10C)(7C)(8C)- GORDON & HARMAN FLOP THE NUTS WITH A CLUB FLUSH!
TURN: KING OF SPADES
RIVER: 6 OF HEARTS

Gordon & Harman win a total pot of 91,700!

3.

Ivey & Laak: (QH)(2H)
Duke & Obrestad (ALL-IN via a raise): (QS)(10D)
Gordon & Harman: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Hearts)

POT: 11,100
THE FLOP: BOTH BLACK FIVES AND THE SEVEN OF DIAMONDS

At this point, the women need one of the two remaining Queens.

TURN: 7 OF HEARTS
RIVER: 4 OF DIAMONDS- ANNIE DUKE ELIMINATED

4.

Ivey & Laak: DOUBLE SIXES (Clubs & Hearts)
Hellmuth & Leonidas: (4H)(2C)

POT: 11,600
THE FLOP: THE REMAINING TWO SIXES AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES- IVEY & LAAK WIN THE 75.5K POT WITH QUADRUPLE SIXES!!!
TURN: KING OF CLUBS
RIVER: JACK OF HEARTS

5.

Hellmuth & Leondias (ALL-IN): (AS)(KD)
Ivey & Laak: (AD)(QC)

POT: 62,800
THE FLOP: (AH)(6H)(QH)
TURN: 5 OF CLUBS

Only a King will keep Hellmuth's playoff hopes alive.

RIVER: 4 OF SPADES- PHIL HELLMUTH ELIMINATED

Meanwhile, Leondias now has 15 points in the standings.

HEADS' UP CHIP COUNT:

Ivey & Laak: 107K
Gordon & Harman: 93K

The blinds are at the 1,200/2,400 level.

On the sixth hand, Gordon & Harman automatically DOUBLE UP to 115,200 after both teams use their timeouts and a BLITZ occurs.

7.

Ivey & Laak (ALL-IN w/ raise): DOUBLE THREES (Clubs & Diamonds)
Gordon & Harman: DOUBLE JACKS (Diamonds & Spades)

POT: 81,600
THE FLOP: (10C)(5D)(6D)- DUD
TURN: 7 OF SPADES

With that card, Ivey & Laak have an inside straight draw. They need either to complete that or their set of threes to keep this match going...

RIVER: 8 OF HEARTS- GORDON & HARMAN WIN!

...NO, so Gordon's moving on in this competition with 44!

As for Gordon's partner Harman, she has a pretty good chance to join them with 28, leaving Laak on the bubble with 15.

Match #10's Teams:

Carlos Mortensen & Huck Seed
Allen Cunningham & Mike Matusow (he's in the same situation as three other players were in the night's first game)
Johnny Chan & Tony Guoga
Antonio Esfandiari & Tom Dwan

1.

Dwan & Esfandiari: (AD)(7H)
Chan & Guoga: (KH)(9D)

POT: 7K
THE FLOP: FIVE OF DIAMONDS AND THE BLACK EIGHTS- DUD

They both bet four grand.

TURN: QUEEN OF HEARTS- ANOTHER DUD

Dwan & Esfandiari's 9,100 bet wraps up this hand for a 24,100 pot.

2.

Cunningham & Matusow: (4C)(2H)
Mortensen & Seed: (AH)(7C)
Dwan & Esfandiari: DOUBLE NINES (Diamonds & Spades)

POT: 4,800
THE FLOP: (8H)(AD)(3S)

Mortensen & Seed have the best possible pair, while Cunningham & Matusow have a Wheel Straight draw. After the other two teams bet three grand, Seed & Mortesen raise to triple that amount...and Dwan & Esfandiari make the continuation call.

TURN: 9 OF CLUBS
RIVER: 8 OF DIAMONDS- DWAN & ESFANDIARI WIN A 39,300 POT

Mortensen & Seed WASTED their TO during the last part of that hand. The blinds are now at 1,200/2,400.

3.

Chan & Guoga (ALL-IN via raise): (AS)(JH)
Cunningham & Matusow (after calling their TO): (AD)(8C)

POT: 56,800
THE FLOP: (2D)(9H)(AH)
TURN: 6 OF SPADES- DUD

The only thing that could go wrong for Chan & Guoga is if an eight pops up next.

RIVER: 7 OF CLUBS- DOUBLER!

After the blinds hit the 1.5/3K plateau, the same team BLITZES the next hand to RE-DOUBLE UP!

5.

Cunningham & Matusow (ALL-IN): DOUBLE KINGS (Clubs & Hearts)
Dwan & Esfandiari: (10C)(8S)

POT: 104,100
THE FLOP: (7C)(AC)(4C)

One more club and we will automatically have a split pot.

TURN: KING OF DIAMONDS- DOUBLER!
RIVER:
ACE OF DIAMONDS

6.

Cunningham & Matusow: RED EIGHTS
Mortensen & Seed (ALL-IN via raise): (KD)(3S)

POT: 26,800
THE FLOP: RED THREES AND THE EIGHT OF CLUBS- FULL HOUSE FOR CUNNINGHAM & MATUSOW!
TURN: 10 OF SPADES

Mortesen & Seed will ZERO OUT of this game pending this river card isn't the other three in black.

RIVER: 4 OF SPADES- OUT

7.

Dwan & Esfandiari: (JD)(10D)
Chan & Guoga: DOUBLE NINES (Hearts & Spades)

POT: 17K
THE FLOP: (8S)(8D)(4D)

Chan & Guoga have two pair, but Dwan & Esfandiari are building on a diamond flush draw and they go ALL-IN...and Chan & Guoga calls!

FINAL POT TOTAL FOR THIS HAND: 76,400

TURN: 9 OF CLUBS- DWAN AUTOMATICALLY OUT OF THE TOURNEY DUE TO A FULL HOUSE
RIVER: 7 OF CLUBS

Esfandiari joins those on the bubble with 19.

HEADS' UP CHIP COUNT:

Cunningham & Matusow: 102K
Chan & Guoga: 98K

The blinds are worth 2/4K.

8.

Cunningham & Matusow: (6H)(3C)
Chan & Guoga: (8D)(5D)

POT: 8K
THE FLOP: (6S)(4D)(6D)

Cunningham & Matusow have just flopped trip sixes, but Chan & Guoga have a gutshot straight flush draw. Both duos throw 4K into the pot.

TURN: 9 OF CLUBS- DUD
RIVER: 10 OF DIAMONDS- CHAN & GUOGA WIN A 36K POT WITH THEIR FLUSH!

9.

Cunningham & Matusow (ALL-IN via raise): (KS)(2H)
Chan & Guoga: RED SIXES

POT: 121,600
THE FLOP: (7D)(3S)(5D)

Chan & Guoga have a chance to seal the deal with an inside straight opportunity.

TURN: 4 OF CLUBS- STRAIGHT!

This match will go in the books unless another six magically shows up on the river.

RIVER: 2 OF CLUBS- CHAN & GUOGA WIN!

Chan's the only player in this event TO WIN HIS FIRST THREE MATCHES!!! By winning with him in that match, Guoga might also clinch a playoff spot with the other 31-point players. Cunningham has definitely also clinched with a new total of 35 and Matusow's on the bubble with the rest of the 15-point people.

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