Main Event

Can a Finn Make an Italian Fold?


Judging purely on the result of this hand, the resounding answer would be no.

The flop was reading {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades} and PokerStars qualifier Aki Votkin had check-raised all in for 33,450 over the top of a 5,700 bet from Ignazio Calendrino. The latter tanked for a couple of minutes, "King-king? Ace-ace?" he inquired.

Finally Calendrino decided he couldn't relinquish his hand and made the call, turning over {Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for merely top two pair. Votkin looked sad, his {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} having been outflopped and the Finn was unable to spike a set on the {4-Diamonds} turn or {A-Spades} river. Calendrino has about 70,000 while Votkin is almost out.

Ignazio Calendrino
Ignazio Calendrino

Break It Up, One More Time

MarcC • Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante

Another break has come around. After this, we'll be back for one more level before a one-hour dinner break.

Easy Come Easy Go

YorkshirePud • Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante
James Dempsey: The Triple Crown is on
James Dempsey: The Triple Crown is on

James Dempsey, looking a nice shade of orange at the far end of the room, the result of a little too much sun has just been involved in back-to-back pots.

The first saw him open to 600 only for him to pick up the blinds and antes then the very next hand he opened to 600 again, this time from UTG+1 but he did get some action this time around from Marion Nedellec on the button who made it 1,600 to play. Dempsey gave her the once over before deciding to not play a hand out of position and mucked his hand.

Dempsey is looking for the third and final piece of the coveted Triple Crown jigsaw as he is already in possession of a World Series of Poker bracelet and a World Poker Tour title.

Tags: James DempseyMarion Nedellec

Misuraca Doubles Up

YorkshirePud • Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante

We joined the action over on Table 3 where there had been an all-in and a call. Carlo Misuraca was the at-risk player having committed his 7,500 stack preflop with {J-Clubs}{J-Spades} and found himself against the {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} of [Removed:273] of Spain.

The {J-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop was rather final and when the turn and river were the {8-Spades} and {2-Hearts} respectively the hand was over and Casals handed over 7,500 to his opponent.

Tags: Carlo Misuraca

Casale Receives Two Hand Penalty

YorkshirePud • Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante

Damian Casale has just been given a two hand penalty from the tournament director. Apparently he folded out of turn so he could head off to the rail and the TD took exception.

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Who Slayed the Dragomir?

Am I drawing dead? Yes, I'm drawing dead.
Am I drawing dead? Yes, I'm drawing dead.

Cristian Dragomir just busted in a hand with an interesting play. Some might describe it in other ways, but we're sticking with interesting.

We picked up the action on the turn where the board read {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{a-Clubs} and three players were involved.

Dragomir was in the big blind and led for 1,800. Jose Severino was in early position and raised to 6,000. The action was nowhere near over though as Nicola Bordignon three-bet to 15,000 and Dragomir moved all in for just 75 chips more. Severino then showed his strength as he shoved behind causing Bordignon to tank fold.

Severino said to the Romanian, "You have pocket eights, right?" as he tabled his monster {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

He was way off the mark though as Dragomir opened the multi-drawing, or the drawing dead {7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. The river fell {2-Hearts} and Dragomir headed off very quickly. Severino meanwhile is the new chip leader.

Jose Severino pa
Jose Severino
pa 110,000
Cristian Dragomir
Cristian Dragomir

Tags: Cristian DragomirJose SeverinoNicola Bordignon