Event #2: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Durrrr Doubles Up

Paul_Oresteen • Level 1: 600-1,200, 0 ante

Tom Dwan doubled through Ashton Griffin holding {9-Spades} {3-Spades}. They got it all in on the turn with a board of {9-Hearts} {2-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}. Griffin held seven eight offsuit and needed help on the river. He whiffed and cashed in one of his rebuy chips.

Tags: Ashton GriffinTom Dwan

Benyamine Draws First Blood

[user197301] • Level 1: 600-1,200, 0 ante

In the opening hand of his match with Anthony Guetti, David Benyamine saw a flop of {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{Q-Clubs} and led out for 2,700 chips. Guetti raised to 6,300 and after some thought, Benyamine made the call. The {2-Clubs} on the turn brought a bet of 8,500 chips from Guetti and after more deliberation, Benyamine called. After the {K-Hearts} fell on the river, Guetti slowed down and checked, provoking a bet of 18,500 from Benyamine. When Guetti called, the Frenchman said "Queen," showed his {Q-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for trips and scooped a pot of nearly 70,000 chips.

Tags: Anthony GuettiDavid Benyamine

Enter a Half-Clothed Gus

[user66118] • Level 1: 600-1,200, 0 ante

With his shirt open and flapping in the Amazon Room air conditioning, Gus Hansen has just joined Daniel Alaei for their match.

Over on table Paredes/Juanda, John Juanda asked if he had the option to wait for his opponent to show up. The floor staff told him that the dealer had to "deal" two hands per minute, and that the blinds would have to be picked away from David Paredes' stack. With 300,000-chip starting stacks and 600/1,200 blinds, that doesn't sound too imperative, but the clock is ticking fast with these quick levels and the quick structure.

Tags: Gus Hansen

Empty Seats

[user66118] • Level 1: 600-1,200, 0 ante
John Juanda waits for David Paredes
John Juanda waits for David Paredes

We're stuck at 30 players in the room as two matches have yet to get going. John Juanda (who was involved in a bit of a skirmish yesterday with James Bord) is still waiting for David Paredes to show up, and Gus Hansen is also AWOL. Daniel Alaei is the one waiting for Mr. Hansen, and both he and Paredes are being blinded off at the rate of one blind per minute.

Tags: David ParedesGus Hansen

Game Time

[user66118] • Level 1: 600-1,200, 0 ante

We're off and running on Day 2. We'll play two rounds today, this one at 3:00 and the fourth round at 8:00, there or thereabouts.


Welcome to Day 2 $25,000 Heads Up World Championship


The $25,000 Heads Up World Championship will start with 32 players each hoping to cash in the event. The steep buy in has left a field of poker household names. Players will play two rounds today; starting 3 p.m and 8 p.m. Players that win their first match will be in the money for a guaranteed min cash of $67,436.

The stacked field features some incredible matchups like Tom Dwan vs. Ashton Griffin, Daniel Alaei vs. Gus Hansen and John Duthie vs. Carlos Mortensen. All the matchups are as follows:

David Benyamine vs. Anthony Guetti
Chris Moorman vs. Richard Lyndaker
Dani Stern vs. Jake Cody
Isaac Haxton vs. Jonathan Jaffe

Ashton Griffin vs. Tom Dwan
Daniel Alaei vs. Gus Hansen
Steve Billirakis vs. Trevor Pope
Matt Marafioti vs. Maxim Lykov

Eric Froehlich vs. Steve Zolotow
John Duthie vs. Carlos Mortensen
Jason Smirnov vs. Darren Elias
Erik Cajelais vs. Nikolay Endakov

Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs. Amritraj Singh
Olivier Busquet vs. Andrew Robl
Kunimaro Kojo vs. Nick Schulman
David Paredes vs. John Juanda

Players will start with 100,000 stack with two rebuy chips worth 100,000 each. Players are free to use the rebuy chip at anytime between hands. Players have started to trickle in slowly, so achieving an on-time start is questionable.

Tags: Ashton GriffinCarlos MortensenDaniel AleaiGus HansenJohn JuandaTom Dwan

Event #2: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
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