Jean-Robert Bellande raised from early position before action folded to the small blind. He reraised and then Bellande made it four bets to go. His opponent raised again to cap the action and Bellande called.
The flop came down with a monotone and the small blind bet. Bellande raised and his opponent called.
The turn was the to pair the board and Bellande bet after his opponent checked. The player made the call.
The river was the and Bellande bet again after his opponent checked. The player made the final call.
Bellande showed the and his opponent tabled the . Bellande did flop a freeroll, but was unable to get there and the two players chopped with the same hand.
OK, get ready for a mouthful on this one. It may seem like a lot of information, but it's an important hand that sent both Jeff Madsen and Matt Affleck to the rail.
Mike Cole: (X)(X) - - (X)
Andre Akkari: (X)(X) - - (X)
Matt Affleck: (X)(X) - - (X)
Jeff Madsen: (X)(X) - - (X)
Unknown Player: (X)(X) - - (X)
To start off the action, a player with the brought in. Mike Cole completed with the and Team PokerStars Pro Brazil's Andre Akkari called. Affleck raised and then Madsen raised all in. The fifth player in the hand called and the player who brought in folded. Cole made the call and Akkari did as well before Affleck put in another raise. Madsen was all in so action skipped him to the fifth player. He called and Cole and Akkari followed suit.
On fourth street, Affleck bet all in for his last 50 chips. The unknown player with the eight-six up raised. Cole and Akkari called. On fifth street, the unknown player bet after Akkari checked. Cole called, then Akkari called. On sixth street, Affleck picked up a pair of queens which meant action moved to the unknown player first. He checked and Cole checked. Akkari bet his hand and was called by both of his active opponents.
Seventh street was dealt face down to everyone while Affleck and Madsen stood ready to sweat it out for their tournament lives. The unknown player bet, Cole called, Akkari tanked and then raised, the unknown player called and then Cole back-raised after having just called the original bet. Akkari called and the unknown player called.
Cole tabled the to reveal a low of . Akkari showed for a straight to the ten and a worse low. The unknown player showed the for a diamond flush and beat Akkari's straight for the high. Both Madsen and Affleck mucked their hands without showing, but Madsen did mention, "I made jacks up." He also went on to say, "I don't want to leave," but unfortunately he had to.
Cole moved to 13,400 in chips while Akkari dropped to 1,900.
We caught up with the action with the board reading and Scotty Nguyen involved in a pot with three other players. Nguyen bet 200 after the flop and all three players made the call. The turn card fell and the action intensified.
After three checks to him, the Prince of Poker fired a bet of 400 into the middle, forcing two opponents to fold. One opponent decided to make the call, however, and the notoriously talkative Nguyen told the dealer "pair the board, baby!"
The dealer delivered exactly what Scotty had ordered and his opponent checked it to Nguyen, who fired another bet of 400 into the pot. He was surprised to see his opponent check-raise to 800, however, and made the crying call, saying "I think we got the same straight, baby."
His opponent responded with "no, I have a full house actually" while flipping up his for a full boat on the turn. Nguyen showed two of his cards while mucking, the for the nut straight and a flush draw on the turn, and the pot was shipped to his opponent. Nguyen still has a healthy stack, however, and this loss was not devastating to his chances.
We caught up with the action as the board read . Tom "durrrr" Dwan had bet 400 chips and "Cowboy" Kenna James raised to 800 from the button. Durrrr three-bet to 1,200 and James made the call.
With 2,600 in the pot already, Dwan led out for a bet of 400 and James stood up to survey the board, as if calculating whether or not his hand could be good for the low and a chopped pot. Eventually, "Cowboy" Kenna made the call and Dwan gave him the bad news, flipping up his . Durrrr held top pair, top kicker with his ace-king, with an A2457 low.
James furrowed his brow as he continued studying the board, saying "the ace-king is good, but can I beat your low?" Apparently he could not and after a few more seconds of delay, he mucked his hand. Dwan scooped a pot of 3,400 chips and continued building his stack in one of the first hands dealt after returning from break.
We caught the action as Eric "E-Fro" Froehlich was involved in a hand with a lone opponent. The board read and Froehlich had called a bet by the other player.
E-Fro was playing for the low half of the pot with his A2458, but saw the bad news when his opponent revealed A2358 for a better low and a pair of tens for the high hand. Froehlich's opponent scooped the pot and Froehlich took an early hit to his stack.