$2.5M River Card

April 26, 2008

Gus Hansen, the man with 85% of chips in play, down to two at the WPT Championship, $25k event at the Bellagio is currently blessed with the anti-doom switch.  He’s had a set over set situation to bust Tommy Legend, he needed a non-flush 7 outter on river to bust another, and shoved with 7hi flush draw against second place chips with 4 left….GG Gus, $3.3M is alright.  I’m sure the other guys that play high stakes PLO with him on Tilt are excited.

Check out the biggest pot of the tourney, where he was involved with Cory Carroll – nice call Cory – tough result, a $2.5M ish downtick, but nice call anyway: as reported by cardplayer….

Cory CarrollHand #16  –  David Chiu has the button in seat 3, and there is no small blind. Hansen raises from the cutoff to 480,000, Carroll reraises from the big blind to 1.65 million, and Hansen thinks for a bit before he calls. The two chipleaders apparently aren’t afraid to mix it up in a big pot. 

The flop comes QJ6, Carroll checks, and Hansen stands up to get a better look at Carroll’s chip stack across the table. After about two minutes of thinking with a pained expression on his face, Gus Hansen moves all in, and the crowd gasps. 

Carroll looks surprised, but he takes his time, rechecking his cards and taking a close look at his own chip stack. If he calls and wins, he would be a dominant chipleader with 15 million, but if he loses, he’s out of the tournament in fourth place. If he folds, he’ll still have a little less than 6 million in chips, which is still a solid second on the leaderboard. Carroll seems to be studying everything but his opponent — he only gives occasional glances Hansen’s way. 

Several times, it looks like Carroll has come to a decision, but then he continues thinking. He’s definitely not Hollywooding it here. 

Carroll finally calls all in for 6,925,000, and the crowd gasps. Carroll shows AJfor a pair of jacks. Hansen shows 75 for a diamond flush draw, and he’ll need to improve to bust Carroll here. 

The turn is the Q, and Carroll is still in the lead with two pair. Hansen needs any diamond but the queen (which would give Carroll a full house) to win the pot. 

The river card is — the 3

The crowd screams as Gus Hansen rivers a diamond flush to win the biggest pot of the tournament. 

Cory Carroll made the right call but got the wrong result, and he is eliminated in fourth place, earning $593,645. 


Recent News and Degeneracy

April 22, 2008

WPT Championship:  The $25k Main Event is going on right now at the Bellagio.  This is a super deep stack event, in which each player starts with 50k in chips with 50/100 blinds.  There have been a lot of notable front runners throughout the event including Gus Hansen, Tom ‘Durrr’ Dwan, Antonio Esfandiari, and Daniel Negreanu.  Through the end of day 3, Robert Mizrachi is currently the Chip Leader with about 140k chip lead over second place.  There are 188 out of 545 players left, and first place is $3.4M.  Weeeeee.

Prop Bets: Durrr lost an ‘on-time’ bet in meeting up with some friends…and now as payment, has to wear some gay hats around for the rest of the tourney.

Durrr in hats....

Bodog Founder, Calvin Ayres, Retires:  Here is an example of a smart gambler; getting out while he still can.  He’s got more money than he knows what to do with, living the good life in Antigua.  He’s traveled the world.  He’s partied everywhere.  Now it’s time for a little R+R and philanthropy.  Good for him.  GG.

Cool Chip Stack

April 26, 2007

Cool Chip Stack

This is one of the cooler chip stack configurations I’ve seen – coming from Carlos Mortenson @ the WPT Championship, $25k event @ the Bellagio – first prize is approx $4mil – not bad: