Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $3,433,050
Players 2,543

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Linn's Ladies

Michael Linn
Michael Linn

First to speak, Michael Linn opened for 150,000 from under the gun, only for Taylor Larkin to make it a 425,000 from the small blind. Going against common trends in which the big blind normally side steps out of the way, Miahai Manole had other ideas and duly slid in a four-bet to a whopping 1,025,000.

Linn immediaely moved all in (although his stack crumbled en route), whilst a disgruntled Larkin folded what he later revealed was {A-}{K-}. Manole, meanwhile, shrugged his shoulders, asked for a count, and made the call.

Manole: {A-Spades}{10-Spades}
Linn: {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}

Despite a hair-raising {8-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{3-Spades} flop, the {J-Hearts} turn and {7-Diamonds} river were both blanks and Linn doubled through to 3,800,000, whilst a disappointed Manole sank to 2,490,000.

Tags: Michael LinnMihai Manole

Sevens-Up for Larkin


Michael Linn opened to 150,000 from under the gun and Taylor Larkin made the call from the small blind.

The flop fell down {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and Linn fired out 160,000 after Larking checked it to him.

Larkin made the call before both players checked the {6-Hearts} and {10-Hearts} on the turn and river.

Larkin tabled his {7-Spades}{6-Spades} for two-pair, and collected the pot after Linn mucked.

Tags: Michael LinnTaylor Larkin

Psychological Battles


The atmosphere is rather tense at the moment as the four remaining players continue to engage in a psychological battle. Every move, every decision, is deliberately and meticulously made, and the other players are always suspicious that someone else is making a move.

The last pot of note saw Benjamin Smith raise to 175,000 from the small blind and Taylor Larkin call from the big. On the {J-Spades}{K-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, Smith led for 250,000 and Larkin called. On the {9-Clubs} turn, however, Smith conceded the hand by check-folding to a bet of 400,000. As a result, Smith had dropped down to around the million mark and is currently the shortest stack at the table.

Tags: Benjamin SmithTaylor Larkin

Club-licious for Taylor


Michael Linn opened the button to 150,000 and Taylor Larkin made the call from the big blind.

Both players checked the {Q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop to see the {4-Clubs} land on the turn and a 225,000-chip bet follow from Larkin.

Linn made the call before the dealer peeled the {Q-Hearts} on the river and Larkin fired out 435,000 to prompt a fold from Linn as he slipped to 1,820,000 in chips.

Tags: Michael LinnTaylor Larkin

Larkin Slips Through a Manole

Mihai Manole
Mihai Manole

Proving himself not as invincible as initially thought, Taylor Larkin has dropped down to 4,180,000 after doubling through crowd favorite Mahai Manole.

It was actually Michael Linn who got the ball rolling, his raise to 150,000 from under the gun flat called by Larkin in the small blind. The action halted on Manole who, after a brief pause, announced all-in. Linn folded, but Larkin called quicker than Concorde.

Manole: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Larkin: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

The crowd erupted like Mount Vesuvius as a third 10 hit the {10-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop. No change on the {A-Diamonds} turn and {6-Spades} river and the Romanian doubled through to 2,800,000.

Tags: Mahai ManoleMichael LinnTaylor Larkin


Break Time


The remaining four players are heading on a 20-minute break.