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2010 World Series of Poker

Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

Koubi Involved in Lots of Pots

Fred Koubi has been playing lots of pots on the secondary table, and it's been a mixed bag. In one three-way pot, he bet the {q-Clubs} {6-Spades} {5-Hearts} flop and also the {10-Spades} turn. Each time Ylon Schwartz checked and then called. When the river fell {k-Clubs}, Schwartz checked a third time.

"I can't bet," said Koubi. "If you don't have it, you can't call. If you do have it you might check it." Koubi checked behind and tabled a set of queens, {q-Hearts} {q-Spades} {9-Spades} {5-Hearts}. It turned out that Schwartz did indeed "have it"; he turned up a Broadway straight, {a-Diamonds} {j-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}.

A few hands later, Koubi was one of four players in for one small bet. Three continued for another small bet on a {9-Diamonds} {k-Diamonds} {5-Spades}, and all checked the {6-Spades} turn. At the river {9-Spades}, action checked to last-to-act Dan Heimiller, who threw out a bet. Koubi was the only player to call.

Heimiller showed one card, the {a-Spades}, and then paused. Then he mucked the rest of his hand. Koubi tabled a flush, {k-Diamonds} {j-Spades} {3-Spades} {2-Spades}, to claim the pot.

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Mike Puskarich Eliminated in 17th Place ($9,099)

Mike Puskarich raised on the button, and Jeff Madsen called from the small blind. The flop fell {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, and Madsen bet out. Puskarich raised, and Madsen three-bet for most of his stack. He didn't have to worry, however, Puskarich folded, leaving himself about 45,000.

The next hand, Puskarich got all of those chips in preflop against his nemesis. It was Puskarich's {A-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} against Madsen's {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. The flop brought the cases aces, {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, and gave Madsen a low draw. The {5-Hearts} on the turn was a perfect card for him and a deadly one for Puskarich. The {10-Hearts} river was a blank, and Madsen scooped the pot with a low and aces full of fives. Puskarich hung on all the way to 17th place since being short-stacked yesterday afternoon, but his ride ends here. Madsen's is just starting. He's over the 200k mark now.

After Puskarich was eliminated, Chris Viox was moved to the feature table to balance each one at eight players.

Tags: Jeff MadsenMike Puskarich

Inspiration from the Mouth

Fred Koubi
Fred Koubi

Fred Koubi had just lost both halves of a big three-way pot when Dan Heimiller and Sasha Rosewood chopped up Koubi's double-suited aces, {a-Hearts} {a-Clubs} {k-Clubs} {4-Hearts}.

"You missed a bet," said Heimiller.

"What do you mean I missed a bet?" replied Koubi. "I'm not getting a penny out of this pot."

Heimiller looked back at the board. He amended his previous statement. "I guess we missed a bet."

Mike Matusow happened to wander by the table at that exact moment for a few words with Ylon Schwartz and Koubi

"I just got f***ed in the ass," Matusow said as he strolled by. "But that's negativity. Think positive."

"Some people like getting f***ed in the ass," said Chris Viox. But Koubi didn't look please by the hand at all.

Tags: Fred KoubiDan HeimillerSasha Rosewood

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Table 372 Chip Counts

And here are the counts for Table 372 in seat order:

Hamid Salari 235,000 112,000
Mike Puskarich 173,000 138,000
Scott Epstein 155,000 -2,000
Andreas Krause 149,000 141,000
Jeff Madsen 127,000 -21,000
Stephen Su 81,000 -16,000
Michael Chow 77,000 -15,000
James Mcwhorter 72,000 -30,000

Table 365 Chip Counts

Here are the break-time chip counts for Table 365 in seat order.

Sasha Rosewood 606,000 207,000
Joe Leibman 515,000 372,000
Fred Koubi 390,000 118,000
Dan Heimiller 265,000 54,000
Ylon Schwartz 245,000 79,000
Todd Barlow 230,000 91,000
Michael Cipolla 173,000 -102,000
Robert Ferdinand 155,000 -43,000
Chris Viox 42,000 -71,000

Break Time

After a breakneck first two levels that saw the eliminations of nine players, including David Bach, Shawn Buchanan, and Huck Seed, the remaining 17 have 20-minutes to take a breather.

Huck Seed Eliminated in 18th Place ($9,099)

Huck Seed - 18th Place
Huck Seed - 18th Place

Huck Seed doubled through Jeff Madsen when they were both seated together at their first table of the day. Stuck with each other again after the redraw, they continued to challenge each other in big pots. The last one spelled doom for Huck Seed, who was ousted by Madsen in 18th place. He can now mosey on over to the 2-7 Triple Draw event that is just starting.

After snatching Huck's chips, Madsen is up to 125,000.

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Chow Takes a Bite out of Epstein

Scott Eptsein raised preflop, and only small bind Michael Chow went with him to a flop. It came out {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and Chow fired a bet. Epstein flat called to see the {j-Clubs} on the turn. Chow bet again, and this time, Epstein raised. Chow moved all in for his last 23,000. Epstein called the extra 3,000, and they were on their backs.


Epstein: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Chow: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Chow was in the lead with aces and jacks, but Epstein had a low draw for half the pot. The {2-Hearts} floated out on the river, bricking for Epstein. Chow doubled to 116,000, leaving Epstein with 150,000.

Tags: Michael ChowScott Epstein