MSPT Showdown Series
Event #15: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,598,000
Players 170

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 0 / 0
Ante 0

Schmelev Doubles


Vladimir Schmelev's run hasn't been halted yet. He just doubled up Christopher George a little while ago, but more recently doubled his own stack against Alessio Isaia. Schmelev made trip kings against Isaia's trip deuces and now has about 270,000 chips.

Tags: Christopher GeorgeVladimir SchmelevAlessio Isaia

Blair Rodman Eliminated in 15th Place ($28,221)

Blair Rodman - 15th Place
Blair Rodman - 15th Place

Kirill Rabtsov: (X)(X) / {4-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}
Blair Rodman: (X)(X) / {10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}

Rabtsov bet on fourth, fifth and sixth after being checked to each time. Rodman stuck around with a call on every street before sixth. On sixth, he raised. Rabtsov reraised and then Rodman called and was all in. Rabstov turned up the {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, having been rolled up. Rodman had the {A-Clubs}-X in the hole for a pair of aces. Rodman bricked seventh street with the {10-Spades} and was sent to the rail. Rabtsov now has 775,000 chips.

Tags: Blair RodmanKirill Rabtsov

George Doubles


Christopher George: ({3-Clubs})({2-Diamonds}) / {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{A-Hearts} / ({10-Diamonds})
Vladimir Schmelev: ({A-Spades})({7-Diamonds}) / {A-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs} / ({9-Hearts})

On fifth street is where all the money went in. Schmelev bet first and then George raised all in for 9,000 more. Schmelev made the call. On sixth street, George hit a wheel and went on to scoop the pot from Schmelev and double up to 190,000. Schmelev dropped to about 160,000.

Tags: Christopher GeorgeVladimir Schmelev

Jen and Marco Split


Sounds like a tabloid headline, right? Nah, this was the other Marco in Jen Harman's life right now-- her tablemate Marco Johnson.

Johnson (X)(X) / {9-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} / (X)
Harman (X)(X) / {9-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} / (X)

Johnson had the bring-in and Harman called. Harman proceeded to check-call Johnson's bets all the way to the river.

Johnson turned over {Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for an 8-7 low while Harman revealed {Q-}{Q-} in the hole for trips. They split the pot.

"C'mon, you know I had to have it calling you down with that board!" Harman said as she stacked her chips.

Tags: Jennifer HarmanMarco Johnson

George Hangin' Tough


Christopher George (X)(X) / {A-Diamonds}[Qs{7-Spades}{K-Spades} / (X)
Steve Zolotow (X)(X) / {2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{A-Spades} / (X)
John Juanda (X)(X) / {4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades} / (X)

Zolotow had the bring-in, George completed, Juanda called and Zolotow called. On fourth street the action was checked to Zolotow, who bet. George raised all-in for 33,000 and both Juanda and Zolotow called. Juanda check-called Zolotow's fifth street bet and both players checked on sixth. Zolotow check-called one more bet on the river.

Juanda turned over two fives for trips and won the high half of the side pot while Zolotow showed a 7-6 low for the low half of the side. George took the high side of the main pot, showedin {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Spades} for a flush and Zolotow collected the low half of the main.

George is still fighting away with a bit over 50,000 in chips.

Tags: Christopher GeorgeJohn JuandaSteve Zolotow

Death Watch


Both George Lind and Christopher George are the two players on death watch as we move into a higher level. George has about 30,000 chips and Lind has just 60,000. At any moment now one of these two could be sent home.

Tags: George LindChristopher George

Dealing Bricks


Allen Kessler brought in with the {2-Diamonds} and then Gary Benson completed with the {A-Hearts}. Blair Rodman called with the {4-Clubs} up and then Kirill Rabtsov called with the {5-Spades} up. Kessler also called.

On fourth street, the dealer dealt Rabtsov the {A-Diamonds}, Kessler the {K-Spades}, Benson the {9-Diamonds} and then Rodman the {9-Spades} in that order. Benson started by checking and then Rodman followed suit. Rabtsov fired a bet with the only decent looking board out of the four and everyone folded.

"That's the first time he's dealt out so many bricks," commented Frank Kassela.

Tags: Allen KesslerFrank KasselaKirill RabtsovGary BensonBlair Rodman


Steve Zolotow Cripples Christopher George

Steve Zolotow
Steve Zolotow

Alessio Isaia (X)(X) / {2-Spades}{J-Clubs}
Steve Zolotow (X)(X) / {8-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{2-Hearts} / (X)
Christopher George (X)(X) / {A-Spades}{5-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} / (X)

We picked up the action on fourth street with George leading out. Isaia folded and Zolotow called. George led again on fifth and got a call, then check-called Zolotow's bet on sixth street. George checked dark on the river, then called one more bet.

George showed {Q-Hearts}{8-Spades}{5-Clubs} for aces up, but Zolotow tabled {6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} for a six-high straight and scooped the pot. He's up to 465,000 while George is on fumes with only 15,000.

Tags: Steve ZolotowChristopher George