Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

Grinder Rolled Up and Lit on Fire

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A player showing the {J-Hearts} opened, and another gentleman with the {3-Hearts} called. Michael Mizrachi three-bet showing the {7-Hearts}, and off they went three-handed.

Raiser: (x-x) / {J-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} / (x)
Player 2: (x-x) / {3-Hearts}{a-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} / (x)
Mizrachi: (x-x) / {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} / (x)

The raiser checked on fourth, and Player 2 bet. Both Mizrachi and Raiser called, and Raiser checked again on fifth. Player 2 bet, Mizrachi raised, and both opponents called again to go to sixth. There, the Raiser picked up four to a straight, and he led out with a bet. Player 2 and Mizrachi called, and that action repeated on seventh street. Player 2 would not factor in the showdown.

"Rolled up sevens," Mizrachi said, but it was no good. Mr. Raiser revealed {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} in the hole, and his kings full were the winner. After dropping that big pot, Mizrachi has just 500 lonely chips left.

Oznake: Michael Mizrachi

Beauty and the Beast

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Phil Hellmuth completed with the {Q-Clubs}, and Maria Ho came along heads-up showing the {J-Clubs}.

Hellmuth: (x-x) / {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{4-Hearts} / (x)
Ho: (x-x) / {j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} / (x)

Ho check-called a bet on fourth street, then led out when she paired on fifth. Hellmuth called, and he called another bet on sixth street as well. Both players checked on seventh.

Ho revealed {J-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades} down, and her three pair were good. She's crossed 10,000 now, while Hellmuth slides back to about 13,000.

Oznake: Maria HoPhil Hellmuth

Slepe stave:

Winner, Winner

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We've got a prize pool and stuff.

The total number of entrants for this Event #23 is closed at 489 players. That's an increase of 8% from last year's field size, and it's generated a prize pool of $1,112, 475. The final 48 players will split that chunk of cash with the majority of it being paid out at the final table. The bottom payout is worth $4,883, not quite twice the buy-in. Everyone at the final table will make at least $25,000. The top three all get six figures, and the top prize is worth a healthy $278,144.

And there's that jewelry, too.

Brunson Loses Big Pot in Razz

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Opponent 1:(x)(x) / {2-Hearts}{j-}{10-} FOLDED
Opponent 2: (x)(x) / {3-}{5-}{8-}{k-} (x)
Brunson: {7-}{6-}{9-}{j-} / (x)

We just caught Todd Brunson in the middle of a big razz pot that didn't end up going his way. Opponent 1 brought in and opponent 2 raised. Brunson and hte bring in called, and they both called when Opponent 2 bet fourth street. On fifth, Brunson was the only caller, and he also called on sixth street. On seventh street, both players made their hands, and it inflated the pot. The players capped the betting, and opponent two showed {2-}{7-}{4-} for a 7-5 low. Brunson showed {a-}{2-}{4-} for a 7-6 low, and Brunson's chips were shipped on over. He's down to 2,200 after the pot.

Oznake: Todd Brunson

Billirakis Busts One

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When we came to the table, the board read {10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Spades}. Billirakis was a short stack, but he had just slightly more then his opponent, and the two got in a raising war that saw all the chips get in the middle.

Billirakis: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

Billirakis's opponent was drawing dead to a queen, and it didn't come on the river, as it came the {7-Clubs}. Billirakis scored the knockout, and bumped his stack back up to around 8,200.

Oznake: Steve Billirakis

Parting Thoughts

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Jonathan Wein just came walking past us with that frown that can only mean one thing. "I'm going home," he said.

"What game?" we asked.

"There were lots of 'em. I had no idea what was going on."

Oznake: Jonathan Wein

Raymer Out

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A player with the {5-Diamonds} showing completed, and Greg Raymer called with the {7-Hearts} up. The two went heads up the rest of the way.

Raymer: (x-x) / {7-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs} / (x)
Opponent: (x-x) / {5-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{q-Spades}{3-Diamonds} / (x)

Raymer called bullets the entire way as his opponent barreled all the way through seventh street. At showdown, the {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades} {4-Diamonds} was better than Raymer's mystery down cards, and that loss knocked "Fossilman" down to just 1,500.

He was eliminated just a few minutes later.

Oznake: Greg Raymer

Free Time is Expensive

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"Hey, Bryan. How much would you make that bet for?" Scott Seiver's voice turned our attention to a conversation in between two adjacent tables. Seiver was leaning back in his chair, looking over his shoulder to talk with Bryan Colin.

"Against you?" Colin asked.

Seiver nodded. "Fifty K?"

Colin considered for a moment, and we surmised it was a last-longer bet they were negotiating. "Yeah, I'd do fifty. Well, I can't play tomorrow. So any other time. But yeah."

"Hang on there, big fella," Seiver spun all the way around now. From the next seat over, Shaun Deeb joined the conversation.

"So why would you register?" he asked. Like he didn't know the answer already:


Oznake: Scott SeiverShaun DeebBryan Colin

Rinkema's Dogballs

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The player in the cutoff seat opened with a raise, and Remko Rinkema three-bet from the button. The two were heads-up to the {K-Spades} {Q-Spades} {6-Clubs} flop, and it went check-check. The {2-Diamonds} turn drew a leading bet of 500 from the cutoff, and Rinkema flatted to see the {J-Clubs} river. Check-check again.

Rinkema waited until his opponent essentially surrendered -- holding his cards over the muck face-down -- then showed {8-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} to take the pot.

He's back up to 7,100 now, a good run back towards his starting stack from the low point around 1,400.

Oznake: Remko Rinkema