2022 WSOP Hands of the Week: Quads, Quads, Quads, Quads!

Quads Over Quads

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Ramsdell Turns Quads to Bust Aces; Knockout Lee

In Event #27: $1,500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em, it was (Level 20: 6,000/12,000/12,000) when Paul Lee opened for 24,000 from the cutoff. Ryan Ramsdell, the small blind, was the lone caller, giving heads-up action to the flop.

Lee continued for 40,000 on the 645 flop, which Ramsdell called.

On the 5 turn, Lee fired for another 100,000. Ramsdell again found the call.

On the 9 river, Lee attempted to snap jam, but it was Ramsdell's action. Ramsdell jammed and Lee, the short stack, called.

Paul Lee: AA
Ryan Ramsdell: 55

Ramsdell had been ahead since the flop, before improving to the nuts on the turn. Ramsdell scooped the big pot, sending Lee to the rail.

Mario Navarro
Mario Navarro

In Event #16: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em, it was (Level 15: 3,000/5,000/5,000) when Mario Navarro bet 14,000 in the cutoff, and the button raised all in over the top for 98,000.

Several players were between the two, and a few minutes went by before Navarro had a chance to act.

After a player in the big blind made a fold that looked like it hurt him, Navarro called the raise from the button, and the cards were tabled. Navarro had him covered.

Button: A6
Mario Navarro: AK

Navarro was ahead, and the flop of KKJ only made it better. The button needed running hearts that didn't pair the board to best Navarro's three-of-a-kind.

A player not in the hand was asking for hearts to make it interesting, but Navarro paid him zero attention.

It would be the K to make Navarro quads, and end any hope of runner-runner for the button to pull ahead. The Q completed the board and made it official.

Navarro became one of the biggest stacks in the room, and people continued to talk about the hand at the surrounding tables while he counted his new chips.

Birkholz Hits Running Quads to Bust Aces

In Event #37: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, it was Level 1 (100/100/100) when a raise came from early position to 400, before the cutoff reraised to 1,200. Danny Birkholz, the big blind, made the call. Then thee early-position player put in a four-bet to 8,300. The cutoff wisely managed to lay down his hand, later revealed to be pocket queens, before Birkholz made the call, giving heads-up action to the flop.

The early-position player jammed on the 5x5x4x flop. Birkholz made the call.

Opponent: AxAx
Danny Birkholz: KxKx

Birkholz was behind, but that changed quickly as the Kx turn gave him a full house before the Kx river improved him to quads, more than enough to bust his opponent's aces, and scoop the pot, giving him one of the largest stacks in the field in the early stages of the tournament.

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Counterfeit Quads!

Chad Eveslage

In Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, it was Level 20 (15,000/30,000) and six players remained when Jonathan Cohen opened in middle position and Chad Eveslage three-bet from the small blind. Cohen called.

Eveslage moved all-in on the 99J flop and Cohen called.

Chad Eveslage: 77
Jonathan Cohen: A5

Eveslage was far in front with sevens and nines and improved to a full house on the 9 turn. However, the river brought the case 9 to put quads on the board for Cohen to take the pot down with his ace kicker. The sickening runout brought gasps from the table as the Day 2 chip leader exited the final table in sixth place for $44,194.

Luong Runs Into Quads

In Event #69: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed, it was Level 4 (300/500/500) when Christopher Csik raised to 1,700 and earned two callers in Khoa Luong and Ehsan Amiri. David Prociak then reraised to 9,500 before Csik potted to 46,700. Luong called all in and the other two players opted to get out of the way.

Khoa Luong: 8765
Christopher Csik: AA84

The A93A4 board gave Csik quads and sent Luong to the rail.

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Dobric Wins Huge Pot with Quads

Matija Dobric
Matija Dobric

On Day 5 of the 2022 WSOP Main Event, it was Level 23 (20,000/40,000/40,000) when action was caught with around 1 million in the pot on the 852105 flop. Matija Dobric checked in the small blind before Martin Stashin bet 600,000 from the hijack. Dobric then moved all in for 1,900,000 and Stashin went deep into the tank.

After thinking through the hand, he settled on a call. Dobric proudly turned over his 55 for rivered quads while Stashin had the 22 for deuces full of fives. After the stacks were counted, Stashin just had 100,000 remaining and then busted shortly after.

Quads Over Quads in the Main Event

Quads over Quads
The hand as it happened!

On Day 2d of the Main Event, it was Level 10 (1,000/2,000/2,000) when Claus Marcussen opened from early position and found one caller from late position, Jay S.

The board showed up 87K. Marcussen continued with a bet and S put in the call in position.

When the K turn hit, Marcussen checked. Jay S. took the lead with a bet and Marcussen called.

The river fell the 7. Marcussen chose to lead the river. Jay S. moved all in over his bet and Marcussen committed his stack with no fear.

Claus Marcussen: KK
Jay S: 77

In what would often pay a bad beat in a cash game, Jay S.'s quads cost him a large portion of his stack while Marcussen benefited with the big double.

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