€1,000,000 Big One For One Drop

Pots for Baldwin and Bord

[user265690] • Level 4: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

In a number of ways, this isn't like any other poker tournament but in plenty of ways it is. The fundamental rules still apply, of course, the blinds go up and at the beginning, they are relatively low compared to the stacks in play. That all means that as per normal the early stages of a tournament feature a ton of small pots rather than heavy action.

This is neatly illustrated in small pots won at different tables by Bobby Baldwin and James Bord. In the first, I picked up the action to see the 1978 WSOP Champion raising to 100,000 on the button, a bet that was called by Anatoly Gurtovoy. The board ran {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{A-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts} and a bet of 300,000 from Baldwin on the river was good enough to earn him the pot.

Meanwhile, on Table 7 James Bord was heads-up against Zuo Wang in a pot that had reached the turn. A {7-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts} board was on the felt and Wang bet 133,000. Bord, who's been getting a massage throughout this tournament, asked for a count and then called. The {6-Clubs} river was checked through in lightning fashion and Bord's {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} was the winner.

Tags: Anatoly GurtovoyBobby BaldwinJames BordZuo Wang