$10,600 Main Event

Flipping for the Chip Lead

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

A massive pot just went down over at Table 25 that resulted in Isaac Lau taking over the chip lead.

It began when Lau opened for 5,000 from middle position and Jan Suchanek called. Another player then three-bet to 22,000, Lau four-bet to 55,000, and Suchanek got out of the way. The other player tanked for a long time before someone called clock on him, and with about 20 seconds remaining to make a decision he five-bet to 120,000. Lau, who had the bigger stack, wasted little time in six-betting all in and his opponent called off his remaining 70,000.

Lau: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

It was a flip, and obviously there was a lot on the line. Lau, who had most of his chips at risk, was on his feet hoping his ladies would hold. They did on the {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop as well as the {8-Spades} turn. With one card to come the dealer burned and put out the {10-Hearts}. Lau clapped his hands together in celebration as his dejected opponent exited the tournament area.

Isaac Lau AU
Isaac Lau
AU 475,000 322,000

Oznake: Isaac Lau

Roy vs. Spindler; WPT vs. EPT

• Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

It was dubbed the battle of the WPT champ versus the EPT champ; Germany versus Canada; man versus man. Okay, it wasn't a boxing match, but Joanthan Roy and Benny Spindler played out a hand.

The action had reached the turn with around 25,000 in the middle and the board read {4-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. Roy checked from the big blind and called when Spindler bet 11,500 from under the gun. The {6-Clubs} came on the river and Roy checked again.

Spindler thought (it seemed) about betting but ultimately checked behind and opened {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}. Roy showed {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs} for a pair of nines and took the pot.

Benny Spindler de
Benny Spindler
de 210,000 182,000
Jonathan Roy ca
Jonathan Roy
ca 115,000 30,000

Oznake: Benny SpindlerJonathan Roy

Jacks for O'Dea Against Trevallion

[user68268] • Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

From the cutoff seat, Eoghan O'Dea raised to 4,500. Alex Trevallion reraised on the button to 14,600, and play folded back to O'Dea. He called, and the flop came down {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. O'Dea checked, Trevallion bet 11,700, and O'Dea called.

The turn was the {6-Hearts}, and both players checked to see the {8-Diamonds} land on the river. Both players checked again.

O'Dea tabled the {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} to beat Trevallion's {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}, and the former member of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table won the pot.

Eoghan O'Dea ie
Eoghan O'Dea
ie 164,000 34,000
Alex Trevallion au
Alex Trevallion
au 70,000 -55,000

Oznake: Alex TrevallionEoghan O'Dea

Cates Done in by Flourentzou's Big Slick

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Dan "jungleman12" Cates opened the action with a raise — how much we're not sure — and then Panayotis Flourentzou three-bet to 13,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Cates and he four-bet shoved for 57,000. Flourentzou made the call and it was off to the races.

Cates: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Flourentzou: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

Cates, who finished Day 1b second in chips, got it in good, but his lead evaporated on the {5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{a-Clubs} flop. Cates was looking for a ten to score the double, but it wasn't in the cards as the {3-Diamonds} blanked on the turn followed by the {J-Hearts} on the river.

Panayotis Flourentzou AU
Panayotis Flourentzou
AU 175,000 146,600
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us Izpadel

Oznake: Panayotis FlourentzouDan Cates

Cates Pays; Barer Joins Table

• Nivo 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Dan Cates
Dan Cates

Danes Cates' life got doubly difficult at the same time; he lost a pot to drop to 44,000 and at the same time, chip leader and defending champion, Ami Barer joined the table. Wasn't it hard enough already with Terrance Chan, Andrew Chen and Yevgeniy Timoshenko for company?

Cates raised from the button and the big blind peeled to see a {6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop appear. Cates continued for 6,500 and was check-called before both players checked the {3-Diamonds} turn. The board completed with the {8-Clubs} and Cates called a 7,000 bet. His opponent opened {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for a straight and Cates just looked at the board for a while before reality set it and he mucked.

Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca 390,000 45,000
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 44,000 -22,000

Oznake: Dan Cates

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Last Break of the Night

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Players are now on their last 15-minute break of the day. When they return they'll play one more 90-minute level before bagging and tagging for the night. That's because tonight all players are invited to the Aussie Millions Welcome Party, as seen here:

Mattsson Doubles Through McDonald

[user68268] • Nivo 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Shortly after he chopped a pot with Carl Falk, Mike McDonald was back battling with another Swede from his table. This time it was Simon Mattsson.

The two got all the money in preflop, and it was Mattsson's {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} dominating the {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} for McDonald. Despite flopping a gutshot on the {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop, McDonald couldn't come from behind after the {7-Spades} turn and {5-Spades} river.

Mattsson was all in for 49,100 and double to just about 100,000. McDonald was kicked back to 195,000, but that's still plenty healthy with the average around 122,000.

Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 195,000 -49,000
Simon Mattsson se
Simon Mattsson
se 100,000 68,100

Oznake: Mike McDonaldSimon Mattsson