Event #37: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

Sabic Busto



Sebastien Sabic was already all in by the time we got to his table, and the cards were flying out rapid-fire. He was drawing dead by the time the river card came down, his {4-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} having absolutely no shot at beating Yuebin Guo's two pair, {2-Diamonds} {k-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} {6-} {6-}. Sabic never even turned up his river card. Instead he stood up and quickly strode out the door of the Amazon Room.

Tags: Sebastien SabicYuebin Guo


Break Time


The players are on a twenty-minute break.

Brown Turns the Screws



Action passed to Chad Brown on the button. He opened pre-flop and was called only by the big blind. The big blind checked the {8-Hearts} {q-Diamonds} {j-Diamonds} flop, allowing Brown to continue with a bet that the big blind raised. Brown called.

The turn fell {3-Clubs}. The big blind bet, then folded to a raise from Brown. Dragging the pot increased Brown's count to 140,000.

Tags: Chad Brown

Juanda Surrenders



Juanda: X-X / {10-Hearts}{a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{2-Hearts} / X
Puchkov: X-X / {3-Spades}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades}{k-Hearts} / X

John Juanda's been having an excellent day but even he has hit a few snags here and there. Juanda bet fifth street against Event 31 champion, Konstantin Puchkov. Puchkov called and made open kings on sixth street. His bet was called by Juanda.

Puchkov fired again on seventh street, but Juanda wasn't interested in a showdown. He folded, preserving his stack at 115,000. Puchkov is up to 86,000.

Tags: Konstantin PuchkovJohn Juanda

Evdakov Keeps Head Above Water



Nikolay Evdakov raised it up from middle position before being three-bet by his opponent on the button. Evdakov called off the last of his chips.

Evdakov: {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Button: {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

The board fell in favor of Evdakov as it arrived {9-Spades}{10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{10-Spades} to give him a full house and the double up to 12,500.

Tags: Nikolay Evdakov

Sung Rolled Up; Brix Happy To Chop



Eric Brix is thankful that the game was Stud-8 and not just Stud, after chopping a pot against Steve Sung in fortunate circumstances. Brix completed, and Sung raised with Brix calling off his last chips. Brix started with split aces but Sung had rolled up queens! The boards ran out:

Brix: ({A-Spades}{5-Spades}) / {A-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} / ({10-Hearts})
Sung: ({Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}) / {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs} / ({3-Diamonds})

Sung didn't improve any further but Brix made a seventy-six low to collect half and stay alive with about 13,000.

Tags: Eric BrixSteve Sung

Young's Six Earns a Pot



Young: X-X / 3-2-A-J / X
Myerson: X-X / 2-4-10-8 / X

Jason Young's board started developing very well. He bet the lead on fourth street and then again on fifth street, showing three to a wheel. Alan Myerson called each time.

On sixth street, Myerson's board was slighly lower than Young's, causing him to take over the lead. He bet it and was called by Young. Down the river, Myerson checked and then called a bet. Young turned over 6-5-10 for a six-five low. Myerson couldn't beat it and as a result slipped to about 10,,000 in chips. Young has roughly 117,000.

Tags: Jason YoungAlan Myerson

Weirdly Slow


It seems odd for the tournament 's pace to be slowing at this spot but that's what we're witnessing right now. In the 90 minutes since the dinner break ended, only 15 players have been eliminated. Pots played to showdown are a rarity. It might take a while for this tournament to reach the money bubble -- where things will slow down even more.