Hand of the Week: Dan Shak Makes a Straight Flush

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Setting the Scene

With just four players remaining in Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em, Dan Shak and Moshe Gabay got their respective chips in the middle in a cutoff versus button battle.

Gabay raised it up to 46,000 in the cutoff and Shak three-bet jammed on the button. Gabay then called off the rest of his stack and was the player at risk of exiting the tournament.

Gabay was in a great position for a much needed double up after seeing his {a-Hearts}{a-Spades} was up against Shak's {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}.

The aces were still ahead on the {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop but they had to dodge a ton of outs. Shak then nailed the perfect card on the {8-Clubs} turn for a straight flush and the {j-Hearts} river became a formality. Gabay was eliminated in 4th place for $58,601.

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The Aftermath

Shak would be the next player eliminated from the tournament, winning $82,678 for his third-place finish. He would then be sent to the rail by Chance Kornuth, who would go on to win the event defeating Chad Campbell in heads-up play.

Chance Kornuth
Chance Kornuth won his third WSOP gold bracelet in Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em ($194,670)

Honourable Mention

There have been some great moments in mixed game events so far at the WSOP; Adam Friedman completed the three-peat in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship as well as Anthony Zinno withstanding a Phil Hellmuth F-Bomb tirade to win Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. However, one mixed game moment that has gone under the radar involved John Esposito.

Esposito called the PokerNews live reporting team over to his table in Event #32 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. He reported to us that he had played the wrong game, but won the pot anyway.

"I was playing 8-or-better!," he exclaimed.

The game they were actually playing was Seven Card Stud.

Another observer said that Esposito had {7-}{5-}{3-} and made nines and fives. Much to the amusement of the table, an "Uncle Johnny" chant broke out as Esposito dragged in the pot.

  • Dan Shak KO'd Moshe Gabay in the $10K Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em event to ensure a top-three finish.

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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