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

Kuzmin Straightens Out Smith


Alexander Kuzmin moved all in for 470,000 from middle position, and after some deliberation, Benjamin Smith made the call from the big blind.

Kuzmin: {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Smith: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

The {6-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop gave Kuzmin outs to a chop along with his seven, and when the {5-Clubs} landed on the turn he found eight more to a straight to stay alive.

Fortunately for the Russian, the {9-Clubs} landed on the river to ensure him the double up and see him climb to over a million in chips as Smith slips to just over 1,800,000 in chips.

Tags: Alexander KuzminBenjamin Smith


Manole Fails to Decide


With Benjamin Smith making it 105,000 preflop, Mihai Manole opted to three-bet to 275,000 from the small blind. After much thinkage, Smith made the call.

On the {Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop, Manole slid a continuation bet of 275,000 across the felt, but Smith played back at him by deep-reaching for four columns and pushing 825,000 into the middle.

Manole seemed quietly tortured by the decision, and after mulling over his options for a couple of minutes, was put on the clock by Alexander Kuzmin who pleaded that he was short stacked and the blinds were about to go up.

The countdown commenced, and concluded, with Manole failing to come to a decision, and after the announcer had reached one, his cards were whisked away and Smith took the pot.

Manole - 1,075,000
Smith - 2,300,000

Tags: Benjamin SmithMihai Manole

Nines Double for Kuzmin


Alexander Kuzmin moved all in from the cutoff for his last 250,000 and Michael Linn made the call from the small blind.

Kuzmin: {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Linn: {A-Clubs}{2-Spades}

The board ran out {10-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts}{9-Clubs} to see Kuzmin double through to 575,000 as Linn slips to 1,370,000 in chips.

Tags: Alexander KuzminMichael Linn

Erle Mankin Eliminated in 8th Place ($59,082)

Erle Mankin
Erle Mankin

Erle Mankin made a standard raise preflop with {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, but ran into the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} of chip leader Taylor Larkin who put him all in for 505,000 total.

The {2-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} flop increased Mankin's outs, especially as another player confessed to folding a jack, but it made little difference as the {8-Clubs} turn and {10-Hearts} river both bricked out to send him home.

Seven remain.

Tags: Erle MankinTaylor Larkin

Taylor Ships It


The action passed round to Taylor Larkin in the small blind.

He turned towards his fellow blind opponent Alexander Kuzmin and asked how much he had.

Kuzmin replied with something inaudible from our blogging station, but looked to be in the 400,000-chip mark.

Larkin deliberated for a little before announcing he was all in for inexcess of 2,500,000 to prompt a rather quick fold from Kuzmin.

Tags: Alexander KuzminTaylor Larkin

Chop It Up


Alexander Kuzmin moved all in from early position for 385,000 and Michael Linn made the call.

Kuzmin: {A-Spades}{10-Spades}
Linn: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop produced backdoor flushes, but both players (as well as a blood-thirsty rail) groaned as the turn brought an uneventful {4-Clubs} turn. The {10-Hearts} river was therefore academic, but did make a difference to Erle Mankin who claimed to have folded {A-}{J-}.

Tags: Alexander KuzminMichael Linn