Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

Tran Sent Home

• Nivo 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

J.C. Tran thought he might get fortunate with a walk in the big blind. He had just 50,000 left and it had folded all the way to Jesse Cohen in the small blind. Unfortunately, Cohen moved in on Tran and Tran called with an inferior hand. Cohen held {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Tran the {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}.

The board ran a clean {7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades} and Tran bubbled our redraw. Cohen has now chipped up to 140,000.

Oznake: J.C. TranJesse Cohen

Slepe stave:

"I thought I was ahead the whole time."

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Two big stacks collided with Nicholas Rampone and Steve Watts. From middle position Watts opened for 15,000 and Rampone called from the button. The flop came {6-Clubs} {4-Spades} {8-Clubs}, Watts checked, Rampone bet 14,000 and Watts called. The turn came {10-Hearts} and again Watts checked. Rampone bet 25,500 and Watts went into the tank.

While he was tanking he asked the dealer to spread the pot, counted out enough to call, then counted what appeared to raising chips and then went back into the tank. He eventually decided to call and the {7-Hearts} fell on the river.

Watts checked a third time and Rampone bet 80,500. Watts fished back and forth in his chair and moved enough chips out for a call. Rampone tabled {8-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds} for a rivered straight.

Watts looked down and mucked his hand and told Rampone he baffled him on that hand. Rampone simply replied, "I thought I was ahead the whole time."

Oznake: Nicholas RamponeSteve Watts

Bye-Bye, Black

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Andy Black
Andy Black

The action at table #369 folded around to Corey Hastings who shoved all in for roughly 70,000 from the button. In the small blind, Andy Black made the call, risking his own tournament life with roughly 60,000 in chips.

Hastings: {K-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Black: {K-}{J-}

While Black was ahead preflop, the flop brought bad news as it fell {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, pairing Hastings' four. The turn and river bricked out for Black, coming {3-Diamonds}, {3-Spades} and Andy Black was eliminated in 30th place. This brings Hastings' stack to roughly 140,000.

Oznake: Andy BlackCorey Hastings

Smith and Tran Battle

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

J.C. Tran opened from middle position to 13,500. Next to act, Bryan Pimlott three bet to 37,000 before Dan Smith moved all in for 127,500 from the small blind. Within a few seconds, Chan announced he was all in and Pimlott began his tank. He counted his chips a few times and eventually folded {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} face up. When Smith showed {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and Tran flipped over {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} Pimlott was not especially happy... yet. He would have ended up coming in third at showdown.

The board ran out {j-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and Smith's Jacks full of Kings bested Tran's trip Kings. Smith is now at 290,000 while Tran slips to just 35,000. Pimlott was able to conserve his stack and will play on with 140,000.

Oznake: Bryan PimlottDan SmithJ.C. Tran

Mattingsley Doubles, Benhamou Eliminated

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Brian Benhamou, after suffering a beat a few hands earlier, was down to his last 3,500 chips. As he tossed those chips all in, Getty Mattingsley announced that he was all in from the button. Bradley McFarland made the call from the small blind.

Benhamou: {K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Mattingsley: {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}
McFarland: {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{5-Spades} and Mattingsley managed to double up with his set of jacks, while also sending Benhamou home. This pot brings Mattingsley's stack up to about 142,000.

Oznake: Bradley McFarlandBrian BenhamouGetty Mattingsley

Good Day to be Tyson Marks

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Earlier, Tyson Marks had no problem admitting he got lucky when he hit a thirteen-outer with two streets left. This time he got even more fortunate.

After Sam Trickett raised, Tyson Marks moved all in for 70,000. Next to act, Brian Benhamou moved all in over the top for 73,500. The blinds and Trickett got out of the way and Benhamou found his {Q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} in a good position to bust the {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} of Marks.

But the flop was unkind. It came down {7-Clubs}{k-Spades}{5-Spades}. The turn {3-Hearts} and river {10-Clubs} were no help to Benhamou and he is left with just 3,500 chips, less than a starting stack. Marks, on the other hand, climbs all the way to 160,000.

Oznake: Brian BenhamouSam TrickettTyson Marks

Meli's Pocket Pair is Good

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

With play spread across four tables the short stacks are having no problem finding a call when going all in preflop. Salmen Behbehani moved all in from the cutoff and found a call from Anders Meli.

Behbehani: {A-Clubs} {5-Diamonds}
Meli: {J-Spades} {J-Clubs}

Board: {4-Clubs} {K-Spades} {K-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds}

Meli's pocket jacks held and Behbehani was eliminated.

Oznake: Anders MeliSalmen Behbehani

Sternberg Gets There The Hard Way

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Justin Sternberg and David Diaz were heads up on a {4-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop. Sternberg checked to Diaz who bet 12,000. Sternberg check-raised all in for another 56,000. Diaz thought for a minute, counted out the chips, thought for a bit more and made the call.

The table was impressed when Diaz flipped over {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and was ahead of the {10-Spades}{8-Spades} holding of Sternberg. The turn was the {7-Spades} which gave Sternberg some more outs, one of which he used on the {9-Spades} river to give him the flush. Diaz just frowned and shook his head as the pot was shipped to the other side of the table.

Diaz is still strong with 250,000 while Sternberg chips up to 165,000.

Oznake: David DiazJustin Sternberg

Aces No Good for Lim

• Nivo 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Arthur Lim managed to get his entire stack of 91,000 in the middle preflop while holding {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Lim was called by Richard Trigg who tabled {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}.

When the flop came out {5-Hearts}{6-Spades}{9-Spades} Lim's aces were still a good deal ahead. Trigg picked up a lot more outs, however, when the {8-Spades} turned. The river spelled heartbreak for Lim, as the {10-Spades} fell, giving Trigg the spade flush and the winning hand. Trigg is now right on our chip leader, Nicholas Rampone's heels, sitting with about 620,000.

Oznake: Arthur LimRichard Trigg