Event #36: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Svetlana Takes the Lead


We've yet to do an official survey of the field, but after this last hand we are confidant that Svetlana Gromenkova is our chipleader.

Gromenkova raised to 800 from the cutoff and was re-raised to 2,200 by Mark Harris, who was sitting in the small blind. Gromenkova thought for a moment and made the call.

The players checked all the way through to the river until we had a board reading {8-Spades}{k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{3-Spades} at which time Harris checked and Gromenkova bet 4,000. Harris thought for a moment before making the call.

Gromenkova turned over {4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a straight and Harris mucked his {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} face up, stood and left the room. He wasn't eliminated, but he probably needed to cool down.

At our count, Gromenkova is up to 57,000 chips.

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Salut for Saout


In middle position, Antoine Saout opened the pot with a 1,000-chip raise, and player on the button called.

The flop spread {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}, Saout lead with a 1,500-chip bet and was called. The turn card was a {8-Clubs} and Saout check-raised to 7,000 a 3,500-chip bet from his opponent.

The big blind tanked and eventually folded.

The 2009 November Nine is now up to 34,000 chips.

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He Can Dodge Bullets


Adam Goulding opened the pot in the hijack seat with a 750-cup raise and the player in the small blind went all in for about 4,000 chips. The big blind called and Goulding folded too.

The small blind tabled {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and the big, pocket aces.

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} and the small blind is out of the tournament.

"I fold a big suited ace!", said Goulding, nice fold sir!

Tags: Adam Goulding

James Akenhead Eliminated by Kenneth Damm

James Akenhead
James Akenhead

We were a little suspicious about what James Akenhead had when he limped in from middle position. A player in late position called as well, but Kenneth Damm raised to 1,250 from the cutoff. At this point Akenhead moved all in with the other player folding and Damm making the call.

Before cards were turned over Damm asked, "Do you have aces? Because I have kings" Damm showed his {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and Akenhead shook his head and turned over {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}.

Upon seeing Akenhead's cards Damm asked, "Please hold up one more time," to which Akenhead said, "All he gets are aces and kings."

The flop was an unexciting {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}. The turn of {8-Spades} and the {j-Clubs} on the river did nothing to change the situation and Akenhead exited the area wishing the players good luck.

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Mark Harris Surges


We got to this hand to see a flop of {6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{q-Spades} and about 10,000 chips in the pot. Mark Harris had just moved all in and Kenneth Damm was contemplating a call.

"If you have aces or kings it's a flip," said Damm before hesitantly making the call.

Damm: {9-Spades}{10-Spades}
Harris: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Damm was excited about his outlook, but quickly lost enthusiasm as the board ran out with the {3-Hearts} on the turn and the {5-Hearts} on the river. As Harris calmly collected his chips, Damm couldn't help but shake his head at what could have been.

Harris is now up to 31,500, while Damm has fallen to 8,500

Tags: Kenneth DammMark Harris

D'Angelo Climbing


A player in middle position opened the pot with a 600-chip raise and Ryan D'Angelo re-popped it to 1,700. His opponent called.

The flop came out {8-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and D'Angelo called a 3,400 check-raise by his opponent to his 1,400-chip bet.

The turn card brought a {9-Hearts} to the tabled and both players ended up all in.

D'Angelo: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Opponent: {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}

The river card was a {7-Diamonds} and Ryan D'Angelo is now up to 30,000 chips.

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