2010 PCA Main Event

Levy Springs a Leak

We caught up to this hand a bit late, but we managed to join as the dealer was putting the turn card down on a board reading {4-Diamonds} {J-Clubs} {4-Spades} {7-Clubs}. An unknown player had the betting lead, and he fired 3,075 chips at the pot. Adam "Roothlus" Levy was the other player in the hand, and he didn't waste too much time making the call.

The last card off was the {9-Diamonds}, and the aggressor stuck a big stack of 20,000 chips into the middle, enough to put Roothlus to a decision for the rest of his own chips. Levy had about 13,000 left to work with, and he eventually decided folding was the most prudent course of action, sending his cards back to the dealer and saving his remaining chips for a better spot.

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Kings Win Small Pot for Baldwin

Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin raised preflop and was called by the player in the small blind. After the flop came down {A-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds}, both players checked.

The turn brought the {5-Spades} and the small blind bet 1,250. Baldwin made the call.

The river was the {5-Clubs} and both players checked again. The small blind revealed the {10-Diamonds} {10-Clubs}, but was second best to Baldwin's {K-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}. Baldwin's up to 32,000.

Tags: "basebaldy"Eric Baldwin

Ante Up

The players have returned to play. There is now an ante of 25 required to be posted by each player as we continue on.

Breaking Things

We've hit the end of another two levels, and it's time for a 15-minute break.

De Korver KO'd

Pieter de Korver has begun this new year running pretty poorly. An ugly pot early on left de Korver with less than 20,000 after his pocket kings were run down by an opponent's ace-king.

Just moments ago, we spotted de Korver doing an interview with the Dutch television crew, so we assumed he had been eliminated. A chat with the Team PokerStars Pro a few minutes later confirmed his demise, and he filled us in on the details.

With the blinds at 150/300, an opponent opened the pot with an over-raise to 3,000. De Korver looked down at pocket aces and moved all in for about 16,000. His opponent immediately called with pocket kings. The flop was pretty uneventful, but a third club hit fourth street, and the only club in either hand was the king of the covering player. Sure enough, de Korver's hopes were slashed as a fourth club peeled off on the river, flushing him out of here in the middle of Day 1b.

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Deeb Left Low

On a flop of {10-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {7-Clubs}, Adam "Roothlus" Levy bet out 1,075. Freddy Deeb raised to 2,200. Levy made the call.

The turn brought the {K-Diamonds} to the board and both players checked. After the river fell the {J-Diamonds}, Levy fired 7,000, which was enough to put Deeb all in for his last 6,500. Deeb mucked and Levy scooped the pot to push back up to 20,000.

Tags: "Roothlus"Adam LevyFreddy Deeb

Sarwer Drops One

Jeff Sarwer
Jeff Sarwer
From under the gun, Jeff Sarwer raised to 800. Tony Cousineau called from middle position, Liz Lieu called from the small blind and the big blind called as well.

The flop came down {K-Spades} {K-Diamonds} {3-Hearts} and the two blinds checked to Sarwer. He fired a continuation bet of 2,100. Cousineau folded, as did Lieu. The big blind made the call though.

The turn brought the {6-Hearts} and the big blind checked. Sarwer fired 3,500 and his opponent called.

The river was the {8-Clubs} and the big blind fired 4,300. Sarwer looked him up with the call, but his opponent wasn't fooling around as he revealed {K-Hearts} {8-Hearts} for a full house on the river. Sarwer is down to 50,000.

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Fish Snags the Bait

Daryll "DFish" Fish
Daryll "DFish" Fish
Daryll Fish fired a bet of 1,000 on the flop of {9-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} facing one opponent. The player called and the turn brought the {J-Clubs}. Fish fired 2,100 this time and again his opponent called.

The river completed the board with the {8-Spades} and Fish checked. His opponent took some time and then fired a bet of 6,200. It was now Fish's turn to tank. The massage therapist kept working on Fish's back muscles while his brain worked out the answer to the equation. Finally, he made the call.

"I don't have a pair," announced Fish.

"I don't either," said his opponent, tabling {A-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds}. Fish then showed {A-Clubs} {10-Spades} and held the past hand, with his ten kicker playing.

"They're playing on a different level," commented the player. Fish is up to 65,000 chips.

Tags: Daryll Fish