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

Gipson Beats the Odds to Double Through Makarov

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 9

No-Limit Hold'em

Alexey Makarov opened for 4,700 from middle position only to have Keith Gipson, who was seated to his direct left in the hijack, three-bet to 15,000. Action folded back around to Makarov and he opted to four-bet to 30,000. Gipson immediately moved all in for 97,500 and Makarov snap-called.

Makarov: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Gipson: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

It was a bad spot for Gipson as he had run his big pair into an even bigger pair. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Makarov was an 81.31% favorite to win the hand while Gipson had just an 18.25% chance of coming from behind. Wouldn't you know it, the {2-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop gave Gipson a set and made him an 88.18% favorite.

Makarov, who saw his chances of winning drop to 11.82%, was clearly upset and stood from his seat. He then watched the {3-Diamonds} turn drop his chances to 4.55% and the {5-Clubs} river flatline it to zero. With that, Gipson was pushed the nearly 200,000 pot.

Alexey Makarov ru
Alexey Makarov
ru 210,000 -87,500
Keith Gipson
Keith Gipson
200,000 102,500

Oznake: Alexey MakarovKeith Gipson

Kravchenko Puts Sexton Out of his Misery

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 9


We noticed Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton wasn't in his seat, and a quick check with Mike Leah confirmed he had busted. According to him, Sexton got his last 13,000 or so in the pot straight away holding {a-}{4-}{4-} and was up against Alex Kravchenko, who started with {a-}{2-}{2-}. Kravchenko ended up making jacks and deuces, which was enough to eliminate the unimproved Sexton.

Likewise, Argentina's Nacho Barbero has been sent to the rail.

Alex Kravchenko ru
Alex Kravchenko
ru 130,000 20,000
Nacho Barbero ar
Nacho Barbero
ar Izpadel
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us Izpadel

Oznake: Alex KravchenkoMike Sexton

No Third Poker Players' Championship This Year for Mizrachi

Shamus • Nivo 9
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

No-Limit Hold'em

We just came on a big hand involving 2010 and 2012 $50K Poker Players' Champion Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Cole South.

Fifth street had been dealt, and with about 60,000 in the middle the board read {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. It appeared South had checked and Mizrachi had fired a bet, as the latter had 35,000 sitting out in front of him with only about 25,000 left behind.

South paused for several seconds, then announced he was all in, his stack well exceeding that of Mizrachi. The Grinder sat up and leaned forward, beginning a couple of minutes' worth of consideration of what to do next.

"I got a pretty big hand," he said at one point, with South offering no response. Finally Mizrachi called, asking "full house?" as he did.

South let his cards provide the response. He didn't have a full house, but his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} meant he'd made a club flush. Mizrachi slumped a little as he saw a hand that beat the one he was holding. He started to muck face down, then flipped his cards over and ahead where they landed in the middle of the table — {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

Mizrachi got up, wished everyone luck, and departed.

Cole South us
Cole South
us 275,000 40,000
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us Izpadel

Oznake: Cole SouthMichael Mizrachi

Dinner Break Humor

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 9
Ben Yu[email protected]: "I'm going to die driving around on one of these dinner breaks." @scott_seiver: "Nah, you don't make enough of them."

"A 100,000 Pot Over Here"

Chad_Holloway • Nivo 9


Andrey Zaichenko: {x-}{x-} / {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs} / {x-}
Matthew Ashton: {x-}{x-} / {6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} / {x-}
Ofir Mor: {x-}{x-} / {5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} / {x-}

"A 100,000 pot over here," Allen Kessler informed us. Sure enough, we made our way over just in time to catch the action on seventh. It was at that point that Ofir Mor and Andrey Zaichenko both checked to Matthew Ashton, who bet. Mor made the call, Zaichenko folded and Ashton rolled over the {2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} for trip deuces.

Mor simply shook his head, gathered up his cards and then sent them to the muck.

Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
gb 450,000 70,000
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
ru 230,000 -25,000
Ofir Mor us
Ofir Mor
us 110,000 -35,000

Oznake: Matthew AshtonOfir MorAndrey Zaichenko

Bach Rockin'

Shamus • Nivo 9

Limit Hold'em

Yuval Bronshtein raised from middle position and David Bach called from the big blind. The flop came {9-Clubs}{A-Spades}{5-Clubs}. Bach checked, Bronshtein bet, Bach check-raised, and Bach called. The turn then brought the {10-Hearts}. Bach bet this time, and Bronshtein responded with a raise, which Bach called.

The river was the {7-Spades}. Bach checked, Bronshtein bet, and Bach called. "Seven," said Bronshtein without turning over his cards, at which Bach tabled his {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} for aces. With his headphones on and head nodding to the music, the 2009 $50K H.O.R.S.E. winner gathered the chips to add to his stack.

David Bach us
David Bach
us 382,000 -28,900
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
il 114,000 -22,000

Oznake: David BachYuval Bronshtein

Back to Work

Shamus • Nivo 9

The remaining 104 players are mostly back from the dinner break and Level 9 has begun. They'll be playing two more 100-minute levels tonight before bagging up.

Nivo: 9

Triple Draw 2-7 - Limit Hold'em - Omaha-8 - blinds 2,000-4,000; limits 4,000-8,000
Razz - Stud - Stud-8 - ante 1,000; bring-in 1,000; complete 4,000; limits 4,000-8,000
No-Limit Hold'em - Pot-Limit Omaha - ante (NLHE only) 500; blinds 1,000-2,000

Full House for Friedman

Shamus • Nivo 8

No-Limit Hold'em

The last hand before dinner saw Adam Friedman and Scott Clements lingering to finish a hand of no-limit hold'em, with the board showing {J-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades}, about 15,000 sitting in the middle, and Friedman having made a bet of a little less than 12,000.

Clements thought about the situation for a while as players exited from the nearby tables, then finally called. Friedman tabled {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a runner-runner full house, and Clements showed that his {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} had been outdrawn before departing.

That hand nudges Friedman up over 400,000.

Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 408,000 235,000
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
us 52,000 -79,000

Oznake: Adam FriedmanScott Clements