06/02/13 09:52:50 PM PST
Tong Rivers Wheel to Get it Back
Just a couple of hands ago Mike Gorodinsky won a huge pot to get back up to a million, but Kristopher Tong has just fired back, taking a huge pot of his own. We caught up with the action on the turn, with the board showing . Tong bet the turn, and Gorodinsky called.
The river brought the , and Tong fired out again. As soon as Tong dropped his chips, Gorodinsky snapped the chips he had in his hand in a frustrated manner. He tanked for at least a minute before begrudgingly putting the chips in, and Tong showed for a rivered wheel. Gorodinsky shook his head, and mucked his hand, dropping him to 700,000, while Tong is back up to 1.45 million.
|Kristopher Tong||1,450,000||250,000 |
|Mike Gorodinsky||700,000||-300,000 |06/02/13 09:46:37 PM PST
Big Scoop for Gorodinsky
From the button, Mike Gorodinsky raised. Both Kristopher Tong in the small blind and Matthew Ashton in the big blind made the call, and the dealer produced a flop. On the flop, Tong checked, Ashton bet, Gorodinsky called, then Tong called.
The turn was the , and Tong checked. Ashton also checked, and Gorodinsky fired a bet. Tong called, and Ashton called.
The river was the , and Tong and Ashton both checked. Gorodinsky bet, Tong called, and Ashton called.
Gorodinsky showed the for a flush and a seven-six low. Tong and Ashton mucked, giving Gorodinsky the pot.
|Kristopher Tong||1,200,000||-400,000 |
|Mike Gorodinsky||1,000,000||500,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||570,000||-355,000 |06/02/13 09:40:41 PM PST
Tong Extends Chip Lead
Tong: / /
Gorodinsky: / /
Kristopher Tong brought in with the nine, and Gorodinsky completed with the jack. Tong made the call, and he proceeded to call another bet on fourth street. The two players both knuckled on fifth and sixth street, and on seventh, Tong fired out. Gorodinsky peaked down at his hole cards a few times before sending them to the dealer, dropping him to 500,000 in the process.
Meanwhile, Tong is starting to distance himself from the other two, sitting on 1.6 million, which is over half the chips in play.
|Kristopher Tong||1,600,000||200,000 |
|Mike Gorodinsky||500,000||-50,000 |06/02/13 09:34:01 PM PST
Owais Ahmed Eliminated in 4th Place ($62,631)
|Owais Ahmed||( ) / / ( )|
|Kristopher Tong||( ) / / ( )|
Kristopher Tong brought in, Owais Ahmed completed, and then Tong raised. Ahmed made the call. On fourth, fifth and sixth street, Ahmed called bets from Tong. It was on sixth street that Ahmed made his final call to put all of his chips in the middle. When the hands were opened, Ahmed had a pair of sevens and was behind the two pair for Tong.
Ahmed failed to improve on the river, meaning the 2011 winner of this event would have to settled for a fourth-place finish worth $62,631.
|Kristopher Tong||1,400,000||150,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||0||-220,000 |06/02/13 09:29:12 PM PST
Tong Takes Huge Pot from Gorodinsky
Mike Gorodinsky has been either first or second for the entirety of this final table, but he has just lost a handful of pots that have seen his stack dwindle down to just over half a million.
Mike Gorodinsky started the action by raising, and Christopher Tong reraised from the button. The blinds, and Gorodinsky called to send us to a flop of . Both players checked, and the turn brought the . Gorodinsky check called a bet from Tong, and the hit the river. Gorodinsky checked, and Tong fired out again. Gorodinsky went into the tank, and eventually found a call, though he didn't look thrilled about it.
Tong tabled for trip kings, and Gorodinsky dropped his cards in front of the dealer. After that pot, Tong is our new big chip leader, with 1.25 million.
|Kristopher Tong||1,250,000||325,000 |
|Mike Gorodinsky||550,000||-210,000 |06/02/13 09:18:42 PM PST
George Fotiadis Eliminated in 5th Place ($46,048)
Matthew Ashton raised from the cutoff seat, Mike Gorodinsky called from the button, and George Fotiadis called from the big blind. On the flop, Fotiadis checked, Ashton bet, Gorodinsky called, and then Fotiadis called all in for 18,000.
With Fotiadis all in, there was a side pot of 14,000 between Ashton and Gorodinsky. The turn was the , and Ashton bet. Gorodinsky called.
The river was the , and Ashton checked. Gorodinsky bet, and Ashton called.
The side pot was first, and both Ashton and Gorodinsky chopped it up. Ashton showed the for deuce-three low. Gorodinsky showed the for a straight to the seven.
For the main pot, Fotiadis could beat neither of these hands and was eliminated in fifth place. He earned $46,048.
|Matthew Ashton||925,000||100,000 |
|Mike Gorodinsky||760,000||-10,000 |
|George Fotiadis||0||-85,000 |06/02/13 09:11:25 PM PST
Ahmed Wins Short Stack Battle
Owais Ahmed brought in, and it folded around to Fotiadis, who completed. Ahmed then put in a reraise, and Fotiadis called. Ahmed bet again on fourth street, and Fotiadis folded, taking the small, but very crucial pot between the two severe short stacks.
|Owais Ahmed||220,000||25,000 |
|George Fotiadis||85,000||-185,000 |06/02/13 09:08:53 PM PST
Tong Pushes Ashton Out
Ashman: / FOLD
Matthew Ashton completed, and Kristopher Tong quickly put out a raise. Ashton made the call, and Tong quickly bet again on fourth street. Ashton called, and yet again, Tong took hardly anytime to bet on fifth. Ashton seemed to take the hint, as he checked his hole cards, tanked for a bit, then released, giving the hand to Tong.
These two are currently battling for second in chips, and Tong has the slight edge at the moment.
|Kristopher Tong||925,000||80,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||825,000||95,000 |06/02/13 09:04:01 PM PST
Lull in the Action
With Owais Ahmed and George Fotiadis pretty short in chips, it seems the other three players are more waiting for one or both of them to bust before really getting involved. That said, there has been a decent lull in the action on the table and not much has happened in terms of pots.
06/02/13 08:53:47 PM PST
Straight and a Low for Ashton
Owais Ahmed raised on the button, Matthew Ashton called from the small blind, and Mike Gorodinsky called from the big blind. The three players took a flop of , and action checked around to see the land on the turn. Ashton bet, Gorodinsky called, and Ahmed folded. The river completed the board with the , and Ashton bet. Gorodinsky called.
Ashton tabled the , which was good for a seven-high straight and an ace-five low. Gorodinsky couldn't beat either and mucked his hand.
|Mike Gorodinsky||770,000||-220,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||730,000||250,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||195,000||-60,000 |06/02/13 08:43:25 PM PST
|Mike Gorodinsky||990,000||10,000 |
|Kristopher Tong||845,000||165,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||480,000||95,000 |
|George Fotiadis||270,000||-130,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||255,000||-15,000 |06/02/13 08:41:17 PM PST
Scramble And Gamble
The players are back from their short "dinner" break, and the cards are in the air once again.
06/02/13 08:23:23 PM PST
The players are on a 15-minute break.
06/02/13 08:20:28 PM PST
Fotiadis Continues To Climb
George Fotiadis was down to less the one big bet just an hour ago, yet somehow, he has mounted a ridiculous comeback that now has him back at 400,000. In the first big hand, Fotiadis raised out of the small blind, and Owais Ahmed called from the big blind. The flop came down , and Fotiadis fired out again. Ahmed called, and when the hit the turn, the rest of the money got in the middle.
Fotiadis had hit his gin card on the turn, making the wheel. Ahmed could only hope for a chop, but the on the river brought no such luck. That got Fotiadis up to 300,000, while Ahmed fell to 280,000.
Fotiadis: / /
Gorodinsky: / /
A few hands later in the stud-8 round, Mike Gorodinsky raised it up, and Fotiadis called. He checked called another bet from Gorodinsky on fourth street, and when he caught the second eight on fifth, he fired out. Gorodinsky called, and the same action happened on sixth and seventh.
Fotiadis rolled over for eights full, and Gorodinsky quickly gathered his cards togheter, checked them one more time, then mucked.
|Mike Gorodinsky||980,000||-30,000 |
|George Fotiadis||400,000||129,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||270,000||-310,000 |06/02/13 07:57:41 PM PST
Fotiadis Gets Another Boost
Mike Gorodinsky raised on the button, and George Fotiadis called from the big blind to see the flop come down . Fotiadis checked, Gorodinsky bet, and Fotiadis raised. Gorodinsky called.
The turn was the , and Fotiadis bet out. Gorodinsky made the call to see the pair the board on the river. Fotiadis bet all in for 21,000, and Gorodinsky folded.
|Mike Gorodinsky||1,010,000||-290,000 |
|George Fotiadis||271,000||176,000 |06/02/13 07:52:03 PM PST
Gorodinsky Gets a Surprise Scoop
Gorodinsky: / /
Ahmed: / /
Fotiadis: / FOLD
Owais Ahmed brought in, and Mike Gorodinsky called, as did Goeroge Fotiadis. Gorodinsky fired out when it was checked to him, and both players called. Gorodinsky bet again on fifth, and this time, Fotiadis got out of the way. On sixth street, Gorodinsky checked, and Ahmed fired out this time. Gorodinsky called, and both players checked on seventh.
Gorodinsky showed for a pair of eights and an 8-7-4 low. Ahmed showed and started to collect his bets, thinking it was a chop. However, upon further inspection, Ahmed had just an 8-7-5 low, giving the whole pot to Gorodinsky. Ahmed then admitted "I misread my hand I thought i had a seven low," and that mistake cost Ahmed an extra bet, and half of the pot.
Gorodinsky is back up to 1.3 million, while Ahmed falls down to 580,000.
|Mike Gorodinsky||1,300,000||192,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||580,000||-55,000 |06/02/13 07:39:44 PM PST
Ashton Finds a Key Scoop
From under the gun, Kristopher Tong limped in. Owais Ahmed raised on the button, Matthew Ashton called from the small blind, Mike Gorodinsky called from the big blind, and Tong called following his limp. That brought the four players to the flop, and Ashton checked. Gorodinsky also checked, as did Tong, before Ahmed fired a bet. Ashton raised, Gorodinsky and Tong folded, then Ahmed called.
The turn was was the , and Ashton fired a bet. Ahmed made the call to see the come on the river. Ashton checked, and Ahmed checked behind.
Ashton showed the for an ace-five low and two pair, sixes and threes. Ahmed showed the for the second best hand for both the high and the low, giving Ashton a key scoop.
|Mike Gorodinsky||1,108,000||-192,000 |
|Kristopher Tong||680,000||200,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||635,000||-165,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||385,000||55,000 |06/02/13 07:37:48 PM PST
Fotiadis Doubles Through Ahmed
Shortly after getting knocked down to 15,000, Fotiadis was able to get some chips by chopping a four handed pot that got to the river. On the next hand, Fotiadis got the rest of his money in preflop, and Ahmed was the lone caller.
Fotiadis was going to be in great shape if the board brought high cards, and that's what happened, as the board ran down , giving Fotiadis the complete double to 95,000.
|Owais Ahmed||800,000||-49,000 |
|George Fotiadis||95,000||80,000 |06/02/13 07:22:36 PM PST
Fotiadis Knocked Way Down, but Fights To Stay Alive
|George Fotiadis||( ) / / ( )|
|Kristopher Tong||( ) / / ( )|
George Fotiadis check-called on fourth street before calling bets from Kristopher Tong on fifth, sixth and seventh street. Tong had trip deuces and scooped the entire pot against Fotiadis, who mucked his hand.
That pot left Fotiadis with just 7,000 in chips, but he was able to chop the next hand of stud-8 by making a low against Matthew Ashton's two pair to get some chips back. He then chopped the next hand in Omaha-8 with three queens against Mike Gorodinsky's nut low, giving him a little bit more life, but not much.
|Kristopher Tong||480,000||70,000 |
|George Fotiadis||15,000||-132,000 |06/02/13 07:15:46 PM PST
Gorodinsky Still has Ashton's Number
Mike Gorodinsky has been sitting on Matthew Ashton's throughout the final table, and he hasn't been making life easy for Ashton. He has just taken another pot off Ashton that has strengthened his chip lead in this tournament. Ashton raised it up, and Gorodinsky three bet from the button. George Fotiadis called from the small blind, and Ashton also called. The flop came down , and it was checked to Gorodinsky, who bet out. Both players called, and when Gorodinsky bet the on the turn, only Ashton called. The river was the , and Ashton check called once more.
Gorodinsky tabled for the nut low and a pair of sevens, and Ashton studied his hole cards for a bit before kicking them in. After that one, Ashton is down to 358,000, while Gorodinsky is up to 1.3 million.
|Mike Gorodinsky||1,300,000||355,000 |
|Matthew Ashton||330,000||10,000 |
|George Fotiadis||147,000||-128,000 ||