$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship

Cimpan New Chip Leader

12:54am -- How *DO* You Get Rid of a Bad Penny and Keep It From Coming Back?

Binh Nguyen opened for 500,000, then snap-called after Cornel Andrew Cimpan moved all in for more than 3.0 million chips.

Nguyen: {A-Spades} {9-Spades}
Cimpan: {K-Clubs} {Q-Clubs}

For the second time, Nguyen had Cimpan all in with the worse hand. Nguyen's supporters were chanting his name as the dealer burned and turned a flop of {2-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {J-Spades}, pairing Cimpan's king! How does he do it? The guy runs so good! He improved again with the {K-Diamonds} that hit the turn, making an unbeatable trip kings. The river {10-Diamonds} completed the board, ensuring that Cimpan would once again double up. He is now the chip leader.

12:50am -- Cimpan Bored Again?

Last time Cornel Andrew Cimpan moved in preflop two hands in a row, it was right after he told the crowd he was bored. He moved in after Binh Nguyen opened to 500,000, the second time in a row he's done so. Nguyen asked for a count (3,300,000) but opted not to call.

12:48am -- Again, Cimpan All In But Gets No Action

Binh Nguyen made his new standard raise to 500,000. Cornel Andrew Cimpan moved all in, bringing some whistles from the crowd, but Nguyen folded. Cimpan flashed {J-Spades} {2-Spades}.

12:43am -- New Level, New Style?

Andrew Cimpan was first to act and, oddly enough, raised to 600,000. There was no call from Binh Nguyen.

Meanwhile, the rail is really getting punchy. A few started whistling the Jeopardy! theme music, and all cheered uproariously when Binh Nguyen raised the next hand to 500,000, breaking his pattern for the last 90 minutes of raising to 375,000. Of course, with blinds at 100,000 and 200,000, a raise to 375,000 is not a legal raise at this point.

12:38am -- Cimpan's Turn

Cornel Andrew Cimpan and Binh Nguyen limped into a flop of {2-Hearts} {3-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds}. Nguyen check-called 250,000, then check-folded to a bet of 500,000 when the turn fell {9-Hearts}.

12:32am -- Back and Forth, Back and Forth

We seem to be at a standstill, with neither player able to string together a few pots necessary to change the tide. It was Binh Nguyen's turn to take a pot down. He did it by check-raising Cornel Andrew Cimpan on a {2-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {Q-Clubs} {J-Hearts} board from 200,000 to 600,000.

12:28am -- Cimpan's Brave Turn Call Produces Results

Binh Nguyen's button brought the standard raise to 375,000. Cornel Andrew Cimpan called for a flop of {10-Spades} {J-Hearts} {4-Hearts}, which both players checked. On the {K-Diamonds} turn, Cimpan checked and then called another 375,000 from Nguyen. Both players checked the {2-Spades} river. Nguyen showed ace high, {A-Diamonds} {6-Hearts}, a hand that was beaten by Cimpan's {A-Spades} {2-Diamonds} with a rivered pair of deuces.

12:25am -- Ten Million Chips

Binh Nguyen's chip stack is once again north of 10 million. He took a limped flop of {2-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {7-Spades} with Cornel Andrew Cimpan. Both players checked to the {J-Clubs} turn, where Nguyen check-called a bet of 250,000. The action on the {5-Clubs} river went check, check, with Nguyen tabling {K-?} {7-?} for a pair of sevens and the winning hand.

Tags: Binh NguyenCornel Andrew Cimpan