$10,600 Main Event

McDonald and Falk Chop

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

Canada's Mike McDonald raised from early position to 3,500, and play folded to Sweden's Carl Falk in the big blind. Falk made the call, and the flop came down {5-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Clubs}. After Falk checked, McDonald bet 5,000. Falk made the call.

The turn was the {2-Hearts}, and both players checked to see the {6-Clubs} land on the river and put a straight on the board. Both Falk and McDonald checked again.

Falk tabled the {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, and McDonald showed the {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Each were playing the board, and they chopped up the pot.

Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 244,000 55,000
Carl Falk SE
Carl Falk
SE 120,000 43,600

Oznake: Mike McDonaldCarl Falk

"He Was Drunk and On Tilt"

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

Those were the words a player used to describe Connor Drinan's exit. Fortunately we were able to garner some details.

In the very next hand after running kings into Joshua Wilson's pocket aces, Drinan open-shoved for 30,000 and ended up getting called by Keanu Simpson.

Simpson: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Drinan: {5-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

Drinan was behind, but he was drawing to two live cards. The {5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Clubs} flop paired Simpson, but it also gave Drinan an open-ended straight flush draw. The {K-Diamonds} turn was no help to Drinan, and neither was the {8-Clubs} river.

Just like that Drinan went from a big stack to busto in two hands.

Keanu Simpson AU
Keanu Simpson
AU 340,000 30,000
Connor Drinan us
Connor Drinan
us Izpadel

Oznake: Keanu SimpsonConor Drinan

Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Running Now Through Feb. 11, 2015

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open

The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, now through Feb. 11, 2015, held in the resort’s ballrooms. The series will feature 21 main events along with several secondary events and qualifiers. The exciting live poker action culminates with the Seminole Hard Rock WPT Lucky Hearts $3 Million Guaranteed Championship beginning Feb. 5-11, with a $3,500 buy-in and three starting flights. The live streamed Championship final table will be held at the resort’s Paradise Live theater in Seminole Paradise.

The LHPO schedule can be found at www.SHRPO.com.

The annual series kicks-off on Jan. 22 at 11a.m. ET with a four-day $570 buy-in deep-stack no-limit hold'em event featuring a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with six starting flights.

Super Bowl weekend will bring even more action with the WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS), which will kick off its 2015 tour at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. WPTDS is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the world’s most established poker tour, WPT®, and the world’s fastest growing poker tour, DSPT. The $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 Guarantee WPTDeepStacks-Hollywood will start Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. ET in the resort’s ballrooms.

Other highlight tournaments include a $350 buy-in deep-stack no-limit hold'em, $250,000 guarantee with five starting flights, from Jan. 25-28 and a two-day $150 buy-in no-limit hold’em $150,000 guarantee with eight starting flights from Jan. 28-31.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Jan. 22-Feb. 7, 2015.

Registration for all LHPO events will be open Dec. 15, 2015. To participate, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise, located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way.

For more information and schedule visit www.SHRPO.com.

Oznake: Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Op

Ivey Soaring as Toothpick Taken Out

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Antonis Kambouroglou ran sevens into an opponent's pocket queens to bust but most of the damage to his stack was done in the previous hand versus a certain Phil Ivey.

Around 70,000 had made it into the middle by the time the board rested as 7d]{7-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. Kambouroglou checked to Ivey who bet 40,000 and opened {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for trips once he was called. Kambouroglou flashed the {a-Spades} and mucked.

Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 265,000 124,000
Antonis Kambouroglou au
Antonis Kambouroglou
au Izpadel

Oznake: Antonis KambouroglouPhil Ivey

Timoshenko Almost Out

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Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Yevgeniy Timoshenko was preparing to get up and leave his seat but the turn saved him and doubled his short stack.

He was down to 14,500 when he moved all in from under the gun. Andrew Chen was in the big blind and made the call.

Timoshenko: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Chen: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The board ran {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

Andrew Chen ca
Andrew Chen
ca 220,000 59,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
ua 31,000 -46,000

Oznake: Andrew ChenYevgeniy Timoshenko

Five Hands with Defending Champ Ami Barer

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

Ami Barer is the reigning champ here at the Aussie Millions, and after the last five hands his chances of a title defense have increased significantly. When we began watching the Canadian he was sitting with around 215,000 in chips. Here's what happened.

Hand #1 (Big Blind): Manny Stavropoulos opened the action with a raise to 3,400 from early position and Barer defended from the big blind. Both players checked the {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{3-Spades} flop and then Barer check-folded to a bet of 4,500 on the {2-Spades} turn.

Hand #2 (Small Blind): James Rann raised to 3,300 from the cutoff, the button three-bet to 10,000, and Barer folded the small blind. Rann ended up folding as well.

Hand #3 (Button): Action folded to Barer on the button and he raised to 4,000. Stavropoulos called from the big blind and then led out for 5,300 on the {3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop. Barer folded.

Hand #4 (Cutoff): Barer bumped it to 3,200 from the cutoff and Stavropoulos called from the small blind. Both players checked the {7-Spades}{k-Spades}{q-Hearts} flop, and then Stavropoulos check-called a bet of 3,600 on the {3-Diamonds} turn. After Stavropoulos checked the {3-Spades} river, Barer bet a tiny 1,600, which elicited a strange look from Stavropoulos, who literally kissed his chips goodbye before making the call. Stavropoulos was good though as Barer mucked his hand.

Hand #5 (Hijack): Rann raised to 3,500 under the gun and Barer three-bet to 11,400 from the hijack. Phares Bouya, the uncle of Van Marcus (who was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame earlier today), then four-bet to 31,400. Action folded back to Rann and he released his cards. Barer thought for a moment before making the call and then the dealer put out the flop — {2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Two checks brought about the {9-Spades} on the turn, and Barer opted to bet 24,900. Bouya didn't take too long to call and the two watched the {5-Hearts} complete the board on the river. Barer paused, used both hands to grab two towers of chips, and came out with a big bet of 116,000.

Bouya didn't act too quickly, but after about a minute he put in the chips to make the call. Barer excitedly rolled over the {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for the flopped flush, and Bouya slapped the table in frustration before sending his cards to the muck.

The defending champ was clearly excited to win that monster pot, and rightfully so as it has given him the chip lead!

Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca 380,000 185,000
Phares Bouya
Phares Bouya
10,000 -96,500

Oznake: Ami BarerManny StavropoulosPhares Bouya

Joe Hachem Departs

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Joe Hachem
Joe Hachem

Aussie legend Joe Hachem has left the building. The WSOP champ from ten years ago (Can you believe it was that long ago?) was down to his last 22,900 when he three-bet all in.

Alex Lynskey had opened from under the gun and Hachem was a couple of seats further along. The big blind cold-called and Lynskey called as well. The flop was king high and a queen rolled off on the turn but no chips went in to create a side pot. At showdown, the big blind opened pocket jacks and scooped as Lynskey had tens and Hachem mucked.

Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au Izpadel

Oznake: Alex LynskeyJoe Hachem

Deadman Picks Off Walthaus Bluff

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Simon Deadman seems very adept at getting opponents to bluff into him. He did it twice on Day 1a for full double ups and just won a sizeable pot off Jorn Walthaus to edge closer to the 200,000-mark.

At the turn, the board read {k-Spades}{5-Spades}{a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and Deadman (UTG+1) checked to face a 11,700 bet from the Dutchman (cutoff). He called to see the {7-Diamonds} river and checked again. Walthaus grabbed some chips but seemed a little unsure of how much to bet. He settled on 26,700 and was called again and had to show {4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Deadman opened {k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for two pair and collected all the chips.

Simon Deadman gb
Simon Deadman
gb 185,000 156,300
Jorn Walthaus nl
Jorn Walthaus
nl 88,000 -95,000

Oznake: Jorn WalthausSimon Deadman