2011 World Series of Poker

Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Days: 3

Jean Luc Marais Building His Own Eiffel Tower

Kenneth Griffin raised to 230,000 from the small blind and Jean Luc Marais defended his big blind with a substantial raise. The Frenchman made it 660,000 to go and Griffin immediately announced himself all-in.

Marais stood and slammed his {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} on the table after making the snap-call. Griffin also rose to his feet while revealing his {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, telling his rail "I gotta get lucky here boys."

The flop fell {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and despite the baby cards on board, Griffin's eights had not matched up. His supporters began hollering for a seven to hit on the turn, which would give their man additional outs to a straight, but the {10-Clubs} arrived in its place.

The turn card did give Griffin a gutshot straight draw and he would now need an eight or a seven to fall on the river to take the pot.

River: {9-Spades}

Both players flinched when the nine hit the board, as it looked suspiciously like the prized eight Griffin needed, but it turned out to be a blank and both players retook their seats. Griffin gave up the chip lead to Marais and the two essentially traded chip stacks after the hand.

Player Chips Progress
Jean Luc Marais
Jean Luc Marais
4,600,000 2,300,000
Kenneth Griffin us
Kenneth Griffin
1,950,000 -2,350,000

Tags: Jean Luc MaraisKenneth Griffin