Match #7's Teams:
David Benyamine & Phil Ivey
Andrew Lichtenberger & Greg Mueller
Allen Cunningham & Carlos Mortensen
Jennifer Harman & Phil Hellmuth
Benyamine & Ivey: (10H)(7C)
Harman & Hellmuth: DOUBLE FIVES (Clubs & Diamonds)
THE FLOP: (4H)(9C)(5H)- DUD
Benyamine & Ivey bet 9,800, but Harman & Hellmuth raise to 20.5K...and that's enough to win them the 46,800 pot.
The blinds move up to 800/1,600.
Harman & Hellmuth: (AD)(5C)
Cunningham & Mortensen: (JC)(8H)
THE FLOP: (4H)(9H)(4S)- DUD
Both teams bet 2,200.
TURN: JACK OF HEARTS
With Cunningham & Mortensen now having two pair (including the top pair they just hit), they bet 2,200 before Harman & Hellmuth raise them to 8,200...and Cunningham & Mortensen re-raise to 16,200 to claim a 30K pot.
Cunningham & Mortensen: DOUBLE NINES (Diamonds & Spades)
Lichtenberger & Mueller (ALL-IN): DOUBLE QUEENS (Clubs & Diamonds)
THE FLOP: (4H)(3C)(7H)- DUD
TURN: 10 OF SPADES- ANOTHER DUD
RIVER: JACK OF HEARTS- DOUBLER
The blinds are at the 1.5/3K level.
Benyamine & Ivey: (QH)(8H)
Harman & Hellmuth: (6C)(2C)
THE FLOP: (KH)(2H)(10D)
Harman & Hellmuth only have bottom pair, while the other team has a heart flush draw. They both check.
TURN: 7 OF HEARTS- FLUSH!
Both teams throw in 4.5K into the pot.
RIVER: ACE OF SPADES
Benyamine & Ivey DOUBLE UP to 32,400. After taking their timeout early in the fifth hand, Harman & Hellmuth do the same thing for a BLITZ, jumping their chip total to 59,600.
Lichtenberger & Mueller: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Diamonds)
Benyamine & Ivey (ALL-IN): DOUBLE FIVES (Clubs & Diamonds)
THE FLOP: (4D)(2D)(7C)- DUD
TURN: 9 OF DIAMONDS
RIVER: KING OF HEARTS- BENYAMINE & IVEY ZERO OUT (this is the second time in a row this has happened to Benyamine, but Ivey still has 20 points)
The blinds have gotten even bigger- 3/6K.
Lichtenberger & Mueller: DOUBLE FIVES (Clubs & Hearts)
Harman & Hellmuth (ALL-IN): DOUBLE DEUCES (Clubs & Diamonds)
THE FLOP: (7H)(9D)(6H)
Lichtenberger & Mueller are working on an inside straight draw.
TURN: 5 OF SPADES
The only way Harman & Hellmuth can stay in the match is if an eight comes up on the river, resulting in a split pot.
RIVER: JACK OF HEARTS- HARMAN & HELLMUTH ELIMINATED (Harman doubles her points, while Hellmuth gets his first four)
Lichtenberger & Mueller: (KD)(9H)
Cunningham & Mortensen (ALL-IN): (AC)(10C)
THE FLOP: (8C)(QS)(8H)- DUD
TURN: 2 OF DIAMONDS
Lichtenberger & Mueller need a nine or King on the river to win.
RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS- DOUBLER
Lichtenberger & Mueller (ALL-IN): (KD)(3H)
Cunningham & Mortensen: (AS)(2D)
THE FLOP: (9D)(9S)(7H)- DUD
TURN: 9 OF CLUBS
Lichtenberger & Meuller need a seven for a split pot, or either a three or a King to double up outright. Anything else and it's all over.
RIVER: 2 OF HEARTS- CUNNINGHAM & MORTENSEN WIN!
Mortensen & Lichtenberger both shoot to 31 each, Cunningham has 24 and Mueller's on the board.
Match #8's Teams:
Nick Schulman & Phil Gordon
Erik Seidel & Johnny Chan
Antonio Esfandiari & Chris Ferguson
Gus Hansen & Toto Leonidas
This game begins with the blinds at 800/1,600.
Chan & Seidel: (8H)(6H)
Gordon & Schulman: (KS)(6C)
THE FLOP: (QC)(KD)(10H)
Gordon & Schulman have made top pair and bet five grand, but Chan & Seidel have raised to double that amount and Gordon & Schulman call TO...which results in Chan & Seidel folding them out and winning the 24K pot.
At this point, the blinds are already at the 1.5/3K plateau.
Gordon & Schulman: (7H)(2H)
Hansen & Leonidas: (KH)(5C)
THE FLOP: (7D)(2C)(KC)
Gordon & Schulman instantly make two pair, although Hansen & Leondias do pair the Kings. After the leaders bet four large, Hansen & Leondias go ALL-IN...and Gordon & Schulman call!
FINAL POT TOTAL: 77,600
TURN: KING OF DIAMONDS- DOUBLER!
RIVER: 4 OF SPADES
Chan & Seidel: (JH)(10H)
Hansen & Leondias: (KH)(QS)
Esfandiari & Ferguson: (AC)(KC)
THE FLOP: (KS)(3D)(AS)
Esfandiari & Ferguson have paired up the black Aces & Kings, Hansen & Leondias have just the middle pairing and Chan & Seidel have a gutshot straight draw, but they fold following Hansen & Leondias betting 7.5K...and Esfandiari & Ferguson raise ALL-IN to 28.5K! After the TO by Hansen & Leondias...this hand's over and Esfandiari & Ferguson hang on to a 60K pot!
Hansen & Leonidas: (JD)(10D)
Esfandiari & Ferguson: (KS)(QH)
THE FLOP: (6C)(9D)(AD)
Hansen & Leondias could make a flush by the time this round's over. In the meantime, a double check occurs.
TURN: ACE OF SPADES- DUD
RIVER: 7 OF CLUBS- ANOTHER DUD
Following a 12K wager from Hansen & Leondias, Esfandiari & Ferguson call time...and then call to win this pot worth 52K!
Esfandiari & Ferguson: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs & Hearts)
Hansen & Leondias (ALL-IN): (10H)(9H)
THE FLOP: (7D)(6S)(4C)
Hansen & Leondias have the gutshot straight draw.
TURN: 5 OF HEARTS
Hansen & Leondias need an eight for an outright doubler, or a three for a split pot. If neither of those pops up on the river, they will NOT be adding to their 11 points so far in this stage of the tournament tonight.
RIVER: QUEEN OF CLUBS- GOOSEEGGED
Chan & Seidel (ALL-IN): (AH)(10C)
Gordon & Schulman: (QH)(10D)
THE FLOP: (KS)(3H)(QC)
Gordon & Schulman get a necessary Queen, but it also gives Chan & Seidel the Broadway Straight draw.
TURN: 8 OF HEARTS- DUD
RIVER: JACK OF SPADES- DOUBLER!
Gordon & Schulman (ALL-IN): (3S)(2H)
Esfandiari & Ferguson: (KS)(6S)
THE FLOP: (4S)(JH)(9D)- WORTHLESS
TURN: 8 OF CLUBS- ANOTHER DUD
RIVER: QUEEN OF HEARTS- GORDON & SCHULMAN ELIMINATED (they now have 24 apiece)
Chan & Seidel: (9D)(6D)
Esfandiari & Ferguson: (JH)(3H)
THE FLOP: (QD)(9C)(9H)
Good news for Chan & Seidel- they've flopped trip nines. After they go ALL-IN several seconds later...they win the 115K pot!
Chan & Seidel: (JS)(6S)
Esfandiari & Ferguson: (4D)(2C)
THE FLOP: (4H)(JD)(AD)
Chan & Seidel lead with the middle pairing over Esfandiari & Ferguson's lower one and bet nine thou...which is answered by an ALL-IN raise from Esfandiari & Ferguson, and Chan & Seidel call!
FINAL POT TOTAL: 170K
TURN: 7 OF DIAMONDS
To stay alive, Esfandiari & Ferguson need to either complete their diamond flush or get any other four or two.
RIVER: 10 OF HEARTS- CHAN & SEIDEL WIN!
Chan's tied for the points lead with Huck Seed at 40 apiece! Elsewhere, Seidel has half that as a result of this win and both Esfandiari & Ferguson stand at 15 each.