Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:39 AM Local Time
Richard Ashby has just lost back-to-back pots against Eugene Katchalov. In the second hand, Katchalov raised under the gun and Ashby defended his big blind.
The flop fell and Ashby check-called the bet from Katchalov. The same went down on the turn before Ashby once again checked the river. Katchalov bet and Ashby open-folded -X-X for the nut low draw that missed.
Ashby is down to 1.5 million with Katchalov up to 2.8 million.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:34 AM Local Time
Ian Gordon raised, and Eugene Katchalov three-bet. Gordon called, and the flop fell . Katchalov bet out, and Gordon raised. Eugene called, then both checked the turn and river. Katchalov showed , and his aces were good enough to scoop.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:32 AM Local Time
Ian Gordon raised, and Marco Johnson reraised. Gordon made it four bets, and Johnson was all in for not much more.
Marco didn't want to see Gordon's ace-deuce low draw, but he quickly felt better about that when the flop brought three high cards and two spades. The on the turn gave Johnson a flush and ended the hand. After the irrelevant river, Gordon paid to double Johnson to 870,000. He was left with 2.4 million.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:25 AM Local Time
Matt Glantz opened with a raise from under the gun for all of his last 130,000 chips and action folded around to Richard Ashby in the big blind who insta-called with .
"I only looked at one..." said Glantz revealing the . He squeezed his other card and was thrilled to find the .
The race was on but the board bricked to leave Ashby's queens in front to take the pot. Glantz departs in 5th place for a collect of $135,040.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:22 AM Local Time
Eugene Katchalov raised the button and Ian Gordon called in the big blind. The flop landed and Gordon checked to Katchalov who bet. Gordon announced a check-raise and Katchalov called.
The turn was the and Gordon tapped the table. Katchalov bet and Gordon called. The river brought the and again the action went check, bet call.
"You win..." sighed Katchalov but we raised his eyebrows when Gordon unveiled a creative for sevens and treys.
Katchalov slips to 1.65 million with Gordon up to 2.85 million.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:18 AM Local Time
Marco Johnson raised under the gun with 120,000 of his total 200,000. It folded to Eugene Katchalov, who couldn't decide what to do. After a minute, he raised to get it over with and put Marco all in. Johnson showed and with a chuckle, Katchalov turned up . Marco would have preferred not to sweat the two live cards, but he held his breath and watched the board come out . Queen-high held, and he doubled to 440,000.
Johnson was in the blinds next and folded both, dropping back to 320,000.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:13 AM Local Time
Matt Glantz raised it up from the cutoff before Ian Gordon popped it up from the big blind. Glantz made the call.
The flop landed and Gordon fired out a bet. Glantz put in a raise and Gordon called.
The turn was the and Gordon checked, then called the bet from Glantz.
The river was an intriguing to put a straight on board and Gordon led out with a bet. Glantz splashed calling chips into the middle but didn't like it when Gordon showed him for the backdoor nut flush.
Glantz is now down to just 200,000, with Gordon up to 1.9 million chips.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:10 AM Local Time
Action folded around to Eugene Katachalov in the small blind and he raised it up to put Marco Johnson all in from the big blind.
The board bricked out and Johnson's king plays for the double up to around 240,000 chips.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:07 AM Local Time
This is $10k Championship event with some of poker's most respected players. And there are barely ten people on the rail. Richard Ashby had the standard British rail earlier, but they disappeared during the break.
Daryll Fish, Adam Levy, and Amit Makhija just arrived to join David Baker in supporting Marco Johnson. Eugene Katchalov has two people on the rail, there are three other people here, and that's it.
I guess it is 3:00 a.m., but still. Grab a Red Bull and come on down!
Saturday, June 26, 2010 2:04 AM Local Time
One table just isn't enough for some people. During the break, Richard Ashby ran over to the PLO-8 tournament that began at 5:00 p.m. His starting stack of 15k was blinded away all night, but he managed double up in the last 20 minutes. They just finished bag and tag, so he'll end the day above starting stack with 18k.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:37 AM Local Time
Time for another 20-minute break. Marco Johnson hurried out with a few curses, and everyone is relieved to breathe for a few minutes without the tension of watching someone in total agony.
Richard Ashby ran out to play 20 minutes of PLO-8 where's been blinded out all evening.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:34 AM Local Time
It's not often you get to see a really good bluff during a limit game, but sometime the stakes are so high and every chip worth so much that it opens opportunities for something special.
Marco Johnson completed with Matt Glantz making the call. Johnson led on fourth before Glantz announced a raise on fifth. Johnson called, and then led out again on sixth. Glantz called and they went to the river.
Johnson: (X-X) / / (X)
Glantz: (X-X) / / (X)
Johnson checked and Glantz appeared to squeeze his river card. He then came out with a bet that sent Johnson deep into the tank. It was clearly a pained decision and his table mates gave him all the time he needed to think about it. He went through all the scenarios, and after about six minutes in the tank, he decided to make a big fold and save his last 230,000 for another spot.
As the pot was pushed his way, Glantz then looked up and said to Johnson, "I haven't looked."
This sent Johnson off as he stormed away in disgust as he realized that he'd been bluffed off the pot.
"Do you want to see it? It's up to you," said Glantz.
Johnson nodded and Glantz produced for just a pair of sevens - clearly the second best hand.
"I'm only showing you because you're a friend," continued Glantz as Johnson was clearly rattled.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:24 AM Local Time
No one was happier than Marco Johnson to see the game change to stud. He was under 400,000 at the start of what would be his last stand if he didn't take it down.
Johnson: (X-X) / / (X)
Ashby: (X-X) / / (X)
Johnson completed, and Richard Ashby called. Ashby started off the action on fourth with a check, then called a bet from Marco. He check-called again on fifth but started to bet out on sixth. Matt Glantz stopped him, pointing out that Johnson had paired his five, giving him first action. Johnson bet, leaving himself 35,000. Then Ashby appeared confused. "What are my options?" he asked, literally scratching his head.
"You can call, fold, or raise like any other poker hand," Glantz responded dryly. He elected to just call, and Johnson put in his last 35,000 dark. "Here's another 35 for you," he said, miserably looking at Ashby's board. They each got one last card, and Marco turned over for a king-high flush. Ashby showed the and the and didn't have anything close to an ace-high flush.
Johnson doubled up to 870,000 without cracking a smile. His section of the rail (exactly two people - David "Bakes" Baker and "Dainty" Jon Aguiar) mustered the energy for a golf clap.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:14 AM Local Time
It hasn't been a good razz round for Marco Johnson. He's now on the short stack after losing two hefty pots.
In the first hand he completed the action and fired fourth, before calling fifth and sixth, and folding on seventh against Eugene Katchalov.
Katchalov: (X-X) / / (X)
Johnson: (X-X) / / (X)
Shortly after, he got a little stubborn and frustrated against Ian Gordon. Johnson completed, Gordon raised and Johnson called. Gordon fired on fourth and Johnson slammed a call onto the table despite bricking. Johnson tank-called on fifth before again slamming chips onto the table when he paired on sixth. When the river landed Gordon bet once again and Johnson started chattering away to himself. He finally convinced himself to call.
Gordon: ( ) /
Johnson: (X-X-X) /
Gordon showed a seventy-six which was good to collect the pot and leave Johnson with just 430,000 chips.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:06 AM Local Time
Ian Gordon was in rough shape, but the day has favored those in need of a double up.
Gordon: (X-X) /
Ashby: (X-X) /
Unusually, Gordon had the bring in since his was the highest up card. Richard Ashby completed, and Gordon called. Ashby bet out on fourth, and despite catching a king, Gordon made the call. On fifth, Ashby paired but bet anyway. Gordon raised all in for an extra 35,000, and Ashby called. "How did you know!" he said, tabling for a draw to an unimpressive jack-nine. Ashby's was in the lead.
The table has been teasing Ashby all day about how well he runs, so they were sure he was a lock to bust Gordon. "Come on! Ace one time!" Ashby requested. And of course, he got what he wanted. Gordon also fared well with a , giving him a made nine. Ashby squeezed his last card but flipped up a for a pair. Gordon's was inconsequential, and he doubled to nearly 600,000.
Ashby's still healthy with 1.75 million, but he's worried about his run good. "I'm done for," he laughed. "I'm coming fifth. If I can't suck out there, it's over."
Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:55 AM Local Time
Ian Gordon is now on the short stack after losing back to back Omaha-8 pots.
In the first hand he tangled with Richard Ashby on a board of . We caught it on the turn where Gordon bet and Ashby put in a raise saying "all in". Of course, that move wasn't allow in a limit game, but the raise stood, and Ashby tried to go "all in" again on the river. The bet was 120,000 and Gordon looked him up. Ashby opened for nut low and flush which was good to scoop.
Next hand, Gordon raised the button and Matt Glantz called in the big blind. Glantz check-called on the flop before the turn and river were checked down on the board. Surprisingly, Glantz opened for just sevens which were good.
Gordon is down to 300,000, Glantz has just over 1 million while Ashby is up over 2.1 million and looking strong.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:41 AM Local Time
It's been an interesting few hands for Matt Glantz. He was ready to pack his things after this one:
Glantz raised, and Ian Gordon and Richard Ashby both called in the blinds. The flop came , and Ashby checked to Glantz, who bet. Gordon folded, and Ashby called. The turn brought the . Glantz checked, and when Gordon bet, he folded in disgust, leaving himself just 330,000.
But after this hand, Glantz is back in business:
Gordon raised, but Richard Ashby had already put the chips to limp out in front of him. He tried to make it look like he'd just suddenly decided to shuffle a few extra inches away from himself, but no one was going to buy it so he gave up quickly and called the raise. Glantz and Eugene Katchalov both called as well.
The flop fell , and from the small blind, Glantz put in 50,000 bet. Katchalov folded, but the other two came along. All three checked the turn to see a free on the river. Glantz bet one of his last 100,000 stacks, and Gordon folded. Ashby called, and Glantz tabled for a jack-high flush. Ashby could only muck his nine-high flush, sending the giant pot to Glantz. He's back out of the danger zone and over 800,000 now.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:33 AM Local Time
Richard Ashby seems to be in the middle of everything at the moment and once again he was mixing it up in a hold'em hand against Ian Gordon.
Catching the action on a flop of , Gordon checked, Ashby bet and Gordon check-raised. Ashby made the call and a dangerous looking hit the turn. Gordon checked and Ashby fired a bet. Gordon tanked for a long time before finally making the call and the hit the river. Both players quickly checked it down.
Ashby opened for a set which was good as Gordon mucked.
"Nice turn card Rich!" exclaimed his railbirds and Ashby agreed but he was happy enough to rake in the pot and move up to 1.45 million chips.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:28 AM Local Time
When stud-8 pots get to showdown, most end up chopped. It's rare to see three big scoops in one round, but we're not complaining when there's something to see.
In the second of the three, Matt Glantz started things off, and Marco Johnson called.
Glantz: (X-X) / / (X)
Johnson: (X-X) / / (X)
Glantz bet fourth, fifth, and sixth, and Johnson called each time. After checking his last card, Glantz checked. "Nines up," said Johnson, showing . Glantz stood up and shook his head, having a hard time believing that he couldn't beat it, but he couldn't and had to muck. Marco moved up to 1,330,000. Glantz fell hard to 500,000.
In the third big stud pot, Eugene Katchalov completed, and Ian Gordon called.
Katchalov: (X-X) / / (X)
Gordon: (X-X) / / (X)
Gordon check-called all the way. Katchalov showed for the king-high flush and a seven-five low to scoop. His chip lead increased, while Gordon was left with 1,350,000.
Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:19 AM Local Time
In the first hand of Stud-8, Richard Ashby completed and Eugene Katchalov called after bringing it in.
Ashby led with a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth. On sixth, Ashby checked, Katchalov checked and Ashby called before both players checked the river.
Ashby: ( ) /
Katchalov: (X-X-X) /
Neither player wanted to open their cards and when Ashby opened just a pair of fours, everyone looked at each other with a strange look on their face as Katchalov mucked. Incredibly a pair of fours for Ashby is good for the scoop! He's up to 1.1 million.