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

Moving Tables


The players are moving across the room to the main stage. There's 4:17 left in this level with the clock paused.

George Lind Eliminated in 10th Place ($43,833)

George Lind - 10th Place
George Lind - 10th Place

George Lind battled as long as he could. He got the last of his money in on sixth street with trip kings, but failed to fill up and lost to Valdimir Schmelev's ace-high flush and 7-5-4-2-A low to scoop. Lind earned over $43,000 for his 10th-place finish and Schmelev increased his stack to 370,000.

With nine players left, the players are bagging up and moving over to the main stage where they will recommence at one table.

Tags: George LindVladimir Schmelev

Sergey Altbregin Eliminated in 11th Place ($37,297)

Sergey Altbregin - 11th Place
Sergey Altbregin - 11th Place

Although we missed the action, our good friend Allen Kessler was ever-so-kind to give us the info on how Sergey Altbregin busted. According to Kessler, John Juanda made aces and kings while Altbregin could only manage a pair of aces. Altbregin finished in 11th place.

Tags: John JuandaSergey Altbregin

Alessio Isaia Eliminated in 12th Place ($37,297)

Alessio Isaia - 12th Place
Alessio Isaia - 12th Place

Alessio Isaia was all in on sixth street with the ({9-Clubs})({5-Spades}) / {3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. He was up against the ({K-Spades})({9-Hearts}) / {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} of Steve Zolotow. Zolotow pulled the {3-Diamonds} on the end and wound up with two pair, fives and fours. Isaia had draws to a wheel to scoop or just make a low to chop, but the {Q-Hearts} on the end just gave him a measley one pair.

Isaia was eliminated in 12th place and took home nearly $38,000 for his effort. Zolotow increased his stack to 570,000.

Tags: Alessio IsaiaSteve Zolotow

Another Huge Pot


Another massive pot was kicked up between Sergey Altbregin, Gary Benson and John Juanda over on Table 336.

Altbregin: (X)(X) / {5-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} / (X)
Benson: (X)(X) / {6-Spades}{10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} / (X)
Juanda: (X)(X) / {7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} / (X)

The pot was already at about 300,000 chips on sixth street when a-whole-lot more money went into the middle. Juanda bet first, Altbregin raised, Benson called, Juanda reraised, Altbregin re-reraised and then Benson went into the tank. Eventually, Kirill Rabtsov called the clock on Benson, but the tournament staff didn't issue the clock because they felt Benson wasn't tanking for that long and that the decision was a big one with his tournament life possibly on the line. After a while, he made the call. Juanda also called. On seventh street, all three players checked.

Altbregin tabled the {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs} for a pair of sixes and an 8-6-5-4-A low. Benson showed a better low with the 8-6-4-3-2. Juanda took the high with the {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{5-Diamonds} underneath to complete him a diamond flush.

Benson moved up to 375,000 while Juanda moved to 530,000. Altbregin was left with 105,000 chips.

Tags: Sergey AltbreginGary BensonJohn Juanda

Chainsaw Saved by the Wheel


Allen Kessler (X)(X) / {2-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} / (X)
George Lind (X)(X) / {5-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}{7-Diamonds} / (X)
Frank Kassela (X)(X) / {Q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{8-Spades} / (X)
John Juanda (X)(X) / {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} / (X)

Kessler had the bring-in, Lind completed, Kassela and Juanda called and Kessler raised. All three opponents called. On fourth street the action was checked to Juanda, who bet. Kessler called all-in, Lind called and Kassela called. Juanda bet fifth and sixth streets and was called by both players. On the river, Kassela and Juanda checked to Lind, who bet. Kassela called and Juanda folded.

Kassela showed {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}{7-Hearts} for queens up and Lind made an 8-low. They split the side pot and Kessler scooped the main, tabling {A-Spades}{3-Hearts}{5-Clubs} as he practically squealed "Wheel!"

Kessler is out of danger and up to 380,000. Lind is on 305,000 and Kassela has 610,000.

Tags: Allen KesslerGeorge LindFrank KasselaJohn Juanda

Nice Hand, John

John Juanda
John Juanda

Frank Kassela (X)(X) / {4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} / (X)
John Juanda (X)(X) / {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{4-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} / (X)

Allen Kessler had the bring-in with the {3-Clubs}, Kassela completed, Juanda raised, Kessler gave it up and Kassela called. Juanda led out on fourth street and Kassela called. Kassela took the lead on fifth, sixth, and seventh streets, Juanda calling him down.

Kassela turned over {Q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} for a pair of fours and busted flush and low draws, but Juanda tabled {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for an ace-high straight to scoop the pot. He's up to 634,000 while Kassela is down to 685,000

Tags: John JuandaFrank Kassela

Kessler Chops and Stays Alive


Allen Kessler just put the last of his money in on fourth street against Frank Kassela. Here's how the hands ran out.

Kessler: ({K-Clubs})({5-Diamonds}) / {K-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades} / ({5-Hearts})
Kassela: ({7-Diamonds})({2-Hearts}) / {4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts} / ({4-Clubs})

Before Kessler turned up his seventh-street card, Kassela was scooping with a seven low and two pair. Kessler needed to pair the board or make trips in order to stay alive. He was able to do so with the {5-Hearts} on the end and stuck around with 90,000 chips to chop the pot.

Tags: Allen KesslerFrank Kassela