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

An Evdakov Double


It's Russia vs. Russia over on Table 292.

We mentioned that Mikhail Smirnov took the full 600,000 chips to start the match, but Nikolay Evdakov is chipping away at that tower. He has 152,400 chips left when he got his money in with {K-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}. We'll be honest and say we were too late to catch Smirnov's hand, because it was quickly mucked after the {3-Spades} {9-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} board. Whatever Smirnov had, Evdakov could beat it, and he's worked his 200,000 chips into 304,800 now.

Tags: Mikhail SmirnovNikolay Evdakov

Paredes Opens a Leak


We picked up the action on the turn as the board showed {5-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {9-Diamonds} {3-Spades}. Kunimaro Kojo checked, and David Paredes put out a bet of 18,000 into a pot of about that much. Kojo snuck in a check-raise to 55,000, and Paredes eventually made the call to see the last card.

It was the {6-Clubs}, and Kojo stacked up 120,000 chips and slid them forward. That sent Paredes' cards into the muck rather quickly, and he's down to about 125,000 from his first bullet.

Tags: David ParedesKunimaro Kojo

A Few Updates

[user66118] • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Anthony Guetti and Richard Lyndaker have both taken their full 600,000 chips up front. Only one other player took all three bullets at once, and that was Mikhail Smirnov.

Jonathan Jaffe and Jake Cody both started with just the initial 200,000, but we just recently saw both men cash in one of their lammers for another stack to bring the match to 400,000 apiece.

Other than that, the only real news is that there's a pretty sizable rail assembled in front of the Dwan/Hansen match.

Cody Calls Jaffe's Bluff to Take Early Lead

[user197301] • Level 12: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

After the players saw a flop of {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Spades}, Jonathan Jaffe bet 17,000 and Jake Cody bumped it up to 35,000. Jaffe made the call and the two both checked when the turn came {J-Spades}. The dealer revealed the {5-Hearts} on the river and Cody bet 37,300 chips. After a brief pause, Jaffe declared himself all-in only to see Cody insta-call. Jaffe looked glum as he said, "just a jack," and Cody turned over his {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} to capture his opponent's opening stack of 200,000.

Tags: Jake CodyJonathan Jaffe


Round 4 Draw

[user66118] • Level 11: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

The fourth round shapes up to be a great one with the "Durrrr" vs. Gus Hansen match headlining. Here's the rest of the bracket:

Anthony Guetti vs. Richard Lyndaker
Jake Cody vs. Jonathan Jaffe

Tom Dwan vs. Gus Hansen
Steve Billirakis vs. Matt Marafioti

Eric Froehlich vs. John Duthie
Mikhail Smirnov vs. Nikolay Endakov

Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs. Olivier Busquet
Kunimaro Kojo vs. David Paredes

The fourth round begins at 8:00 P.M. sharp, less than a half hour from now!

Benyamine Crippled, Then Eliminated

Paul_Oresteen • Level 11: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

David Benyamine raised preflop from the big blind and Anthony Guetti moved all in. Benyamine made the call holding pocket eights and Guetti tabled {A-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds}. The board ran {A-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {9-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} shipping the pot to Guetti.

Benyamine was left with 96,000 and stuck it all in on the very next hand. Benyamine had {Q-Spades} {8-Hearts} and Guetti held {A-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs}. The board paird Guetti right away falling {A-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {7-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {10-Spades}. Guetti advanced to the round of 16.

Tags: Anthony GuettiDavid Benyamine

Benyamine Doubles Back into the Lead

[user66118] • Level 10: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

The Benyamine/Guetti match has turned into a shove-fest, and David Benyamine was the one shoving the last hand. He put his last 168,000 into the middle from the button, and Anthony Guetti squeezed out {A-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} to make the call. Benyamine was in good shape to double, turning up {A-Hearts} {10-Hearts} with his tournament life on the line.

The board ran {9-Spades} {10-Diamonds} {3-Hearts} {4-Clubs} {Q-Hearts}, and that win pulls Benyamine back into the lead. He's got 336,000 now, overtaking Guetti for the first time in a long time.

Tags: David BenyamineAnthony Guetti

Chop Only Delays the Inevitable, Kojo Downs Schulman

[user197301] • Level 10: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

With both players all-in before the flop, Kunimaro Kojo held {Q-}{10-} and Nick Schulman tabled {Q-}{4-}. The final board read {J-}{4-}{9-}{8-}{10-} and both players stood, with Schulman offering a "nice hand sir". The dealer was ready to push the pot to Kojo when Schulman realized that they both held the same straight, and after some study of the board, the chips were split and the players resumed the match.

On the very next deal, however, the players were all-in again before the flop. Kojo held {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Schulman flipped up the {6-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. The dealer ran a final board of {3-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Kojo finally earned the victory.

Tags: Kunimaro KojoNick Schulman

Third Time Isn't a Charm

Paul_Oresteen • Level 10: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

Daniel Alaei and Gus Hansen had a seesaw battle much of the afternoon. Hansen was low early, but worked his way back to a small chip advantage. Three times in a row Alaei moved all in preflop and twice Hansen didn't call. But the the third time Aleai was on the button and shoved for 236,000.

Hansen called and tabled {K-Hearts} {6-Hearts} and Alaei held {J-Hearts} {8-Spades}. The board ran {4-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {J-Spades} {K-Spades} and Alaei's day was done.

Tags: Daniel AlaeiGus Hansen