Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

Brunson Stands Pat

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 10

2-7 Triple Draw

Action folded to Allen Kessler in the cutoff and he raised to 10,000. The button folded and then Doyle Brunson three-bet to 15,000 from the small blind. After the big folded, Kessler called and then drew two after Brunson stood pat.

Brunson bet, Kessler called and the action repeated itself after Kessler drew another two. On the final draw, Brunson stood pat and Kessler drew one. Brunson slowed down with a check and before looking at his card Kessler said, "I'm 0 for whatever all day."

Kessler then squeezed out hit card and showed the {Q-Clubs} to signify a check. Brunson then tabled the {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for an eight-low to win the pot.

Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
us 95,000 15,000
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 84,500 -89,500

Oznake: Allen KesslerDoyle Brunson

Racener Out

Shamus • Nivo 10
John Racener
John Racener

Limit Hold'em

Down to a short stack and all in before the flop with {Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} against the {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} of Brandon Cantu, 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener saw the board come {2-}{3-}{6-}{3-}{J-}, thereby ending his Event #55 run with about a half-hour to go on Day 2.

Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 272,000 7,000
John Racener us
John Racener
us Izpadel

Brunson Doubles Through Harman

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 10
Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson


Doyle Brunson: {x-}{x-} / {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Hearts} / {x-}
Jennifer Harman: {x-}{x-} / {4-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{k-Clubs} / {x-}
Ofir Mor: {x-}{x-} / {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades} Fold

We picked up the action on fourth when Doyle Brunson bet and both Jennifer Harman and Ofir Mor called him.

Harman paired aces on fifth and promptly bet, which elicited a fold from Mor and a call from Brunson. The ten-time bracelet winner then called a bet on sixth and called off his last 1,100 on seventh.

Harman tabled the {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for aces and sixes, but it was no good as Brunson, who is playing his first event of the summer, tabled the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades} for a flush. Ship the double to Texas Dolly.

Jennifer Harman us
Jennifer Harman
us 95,000 -165,000
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
us 80,000 40,000
Ofir Mor us
Ofir Mor
us 50,000 -110,000

Oznake: Doyle BrunsonOfir MorJennifer Harman

Hang Gets Galfond

Shamus • Nivo 10
Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond


After earlier knocking out Gus Hansen, Tommy Hang has now eliminated Phil Galfond from the tournament as well in a razz hand.

Galfond was sitting in Hansen's old seat, in fact, and down to just a few thousand when he saw Hang complete with an {A-} showing. Galfond raised all in with an {8-}, and when it got back around Hang called.

They tabled their cards — {4-}{10-} / {A-} for Hang, and {6-}{2-} / {8-} for Galfond.

Hang ended up drawing {6-}{8-}{9-}{2-} with his remaining cards for an 8-6-4-2-A. Meanwhile Galfond kept picking up eights — {8-}{3-}{8-}{7-} — to end with an 8-7-6-3-2 and hit the rail with about 83 players still left.

Still just hours removed from his runner-up in Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six-Handed), Galfond tweeted afterwards that last evening's finish may have been occupying his thoughts some today:

Phil GalfondOut of the 50k. I've still been thinking over last night and probably didn't play my best today. A little break will be nice.
Tommy Hang us
Tommy Hang
us 355,000 65,000
Phil Galfond us
Phil Galfond
us Izpadel

Oznake: Phil GalfondTommy Hang

A Few More Eliminations

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 10
John DAgostinoWorst feeling every summer is busting the 50k, lost every hand all day long and made a few stubborn mistakes
John D'Agostino us
John D'Agostino
us Izpadel
Tom Schneider us
Tom Schneider
us Izpadel
Alexey Makarov ru
Alexey Makarov
ru Izpadel

Cassidy Takes on the 2005 Main Event Champion

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 10

No-Limit Hold'em

Joe Cassidy opened for 5,300 from early position and cleared the field to 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe Hachem on the button. The Australian proceeded to three-bet to 13,200, Cassidy called and the flop came down {7-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}.

Cassidy checked, Hachem bet 18,000 and Cassidy called. Both players checked the {J-Diamonds} turn and then Cassidy came out firing 27,000 when the {5-Hearts} completed the board on the river. Hachem snap-folded and Cassidy was pushed the pot.

Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 200,000 -30,000
Joe Cassidy us
Joe Cassidy
us 160,000 18,000

Oznake: Joe CassidyJoe Hachem