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2010 World Series of Poker

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

Schwartz Doubles

Ylon Schwartz sat in thought for a full minute when the action reached him preflop. Finally, he raised, and after making the 40k bet, he had another 40k behind. Joe Leibman was the only caller. The flop came {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, and Schwartz bet. After Leibman called and the turn brought the {a-Clubs}, Schwartz tossed in his last 20,000. It was his {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} against Leibman's {a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for Ylon's tournament life. The river was the {k-Hearts}, bricking Leibman's low draw and upgrading Schwartz' set of tens to a Broadway straight. He doubled up to 110,000 with the timely scoop.

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Su Shrinking

Stephen Su was all in with {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts} against Frank Kubi's {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds} when we caught up with action. The board had already been dealt and read {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Kubi was loudly instructing the dealer to make sure he got three-quarters of the pot. "Or you could just give me all of it," he said. While they split the low, Kubi's flush was good for the top half. After getting quartered, Su is down to 85,000.

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Jeff Madsen Eliminated in 12th Place ($14,030)

Jeff Madsen makes his exit.
Jeff Madsen makes his exit.

A short-stacked Jeff Madsen ran into some bad luck after the dinner break and as a result is the 12th-place finisher. Madsen and James McWhorter got all in pre-flop, with Madsen barely having McWhorter covered. Madsen had all babies, {a-Spades} {2-Clubs} {4-Spades} {7-Hearts}, against McWhorter's {2-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} {10-Clubs} {k-Clubs}. McWhorter immediately flopped the joint, {a-Diamonds} {q-Spades} {j-Spades}, then faded Madsen's low and flush draws, {q-Diamonds} {j-Diamonds}.

That hand crippled Madsen to just 30,000 chips. He survived one all-in confrontation, but was taken out a few hands later by Michael Chow. Chow tabled {a-Spades} {a-Diamonds} {k-Diamonds} {8-Hearts}, a hand in great shape against Madsen's {a-Hearts} {k-Spades} {q-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. Madsen managed to turn two pair, {6-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {3-Spades} {q-Hearts}, but the board paired on the river {6-Spades} to give Chow aces and sixes.

"That's a good card for you," said Madsen as he killed his own hand. He shook hands with people at the table and then departed to get paid.

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Dinner Break Chip Counts

Here are the stacks the final twelve will return to after a quick dinner:

Sasha Rosewood 750,000 265,000
Michael Chow 475,000 170,000
Scott Epstein 415,000 80,000
Joe Leibman 385,000 55,000
Dan Heimiller 380,000 85,000
Fred Koubi 360,000 -260,000
Todd Barlow 255,000 65,000
Michael Cipolla 205,000 -35,000
Stephen Su 170,000 70,000
Ylon Schwartz 120,000 -180,000
James Mcwhorter 50,000 -80,000

Matusow a Cooler?

Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

Mike Matusow, on break from a different event, wandered into the feature table area of Event 4. He said a few words to Fred Koubi and then stood behind Jeff Madsen.

"I'm trying to see how many chips you have," said Matusow.

"I don't have many," Madsen replied.

"That's you're style," said Matusow. "You'll be alright."

"Here, sweat this one hand." Madsen peeked at his cards with Matusow peering in. Action folded to small blind Scott Epstein, who raised. Madsen called.

Epstein check-called a bet on a flop of {6-Clubs} {j-Hearts} {4-Hearts}, then led the {10-Diamonds} turn. Madsen called that bet and was facing another on the {k-Clubs} river. He sighed.

"Should I have just folded pre?" he asked. He debated for about a minute before folding his hand.

"I would have called," said Matusow.

"I had three aces," Madsen explained to the table. "But when he bet the turn I thought one pair might not be good."

Madsen is down to about 95,000 in chips.

Chow to Run a Bluff

Michael Chow ran a clinic on how to make a profitable bluff in a big hand against Stephen Su. The trick? Get there. Chow raised preflop, and Su called from the big blind. The flop came {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, and Su bet out. Chow raised him, and Su called. The turn was teh {2-Clubs}, and when Su checked, Chow bet. Su called, and check-called another bet after the {A-Diamonds} on the river. Though he had a monster by then, Chow seemed almost disappointed with a call since he'd have to show down. "I was trying to make a play," he told Su. "I got really lucky." Chow tabled {9-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for a runner-runner wheel to scoop the pot. Su just looked at his {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades} in disbelief. After the big hand, Su dropped to 100,000 while Chow was up over 300,000.

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