Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Antonio Busts One; Gunning For Hellmuth

OHairDJ • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

A a short-stacked player raised all in from the button and Esfandiari called from the small.

Esfandiari: {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Opponent: {K-Spades}{J-Spades}

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and Esfandiari's ace-high was good enough to scoop the pot and chip him up to 380,000.

Immediately after the hand, Esfandiari got up out of his seat and headed over to Hellmuth's table to see how he was doing. Before he left, he said, "Nobody here bust him! He's mine!"

Everyone, including Hellmuth, enjoyed a laugh.

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Hellmuth Hurting for Action

OHairDJ • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Phil Hellmuth opened from the button and found one caller from the small.

The flop came {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and both players checked. When the {2-Diamonds} fell on the turn, Hellmuth checked and his opponent bet 20,000. Hellmuth immediately pushed his entire stack (about 87,000) into the middle, sending his opponent into the tank.

Hellmuth stood up and acted very casual, "I'll show if you call," Hellmuth said. "C'mon, call, I want you to call."

His opponent continued to tank in silence but eventually mucked.

"You wanna see?" Hellmuth said. His opponent shook his head and Hellmuth mucked, sending the table into a bit of a stir.

"Are you crazy? I wanted to see!" a fellow table-mate said.

Hellmuth is back up to 150,000.

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Radu Junc Ravages Opponent's Stack With Kings


We caught up with Radu Junc as he tried to secure a much needed double up. The deaf player, who has captivated the room during his run to the final forty, watched an opponent raise to 15,000 from under-the-gun.

Junc motioned to the dealer for a raise, waving his upwards with a flourish before placing 50,000 into the middle. After some confusion over whether the gesture constituted an all-in or simply a raise, the UTG player was faced with a tough decision.

Following a minute or so of pondering, the opponent pushed all-in for his remaining 75,000 chips. Junc made his intentions known by placing his his hand to head, thumb to his ear and pinky finger to his mouth. The implication was clear as day and no words were needed: Junc was calling.

He stood up and proudly showed down his {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}, which had his opponent's {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} dominated. With his fellow deaf players and friends rushing to the rail to watch the action, the flop fell {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

Junc raised his fist in triumph when he saw the diamond free flop, and after the {5-Diamonds} arrived on the turn Junc knew he had earned the much needed double-up. His friend and fellow deaf poker player Brad Gibson rushed over to give his impressions on the hand, furiously typing his thoughts into a text message so we could know how proud he was of Junc.

"Played it perfectly" Gibson said with a smile on his face, adding "He trapped him, looked weak and then got him!"

Radu Junc
Radu Junc
210,000 37,000

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Esfandiari Pulls One Outta the Hat

OHairDJ • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We caught up with the action just as Antonio Esfandiari was scooping a sizable pot. It appeared that an opponent had gotten all in against Esfandiari preflop. Esfandiari had {4-}{4-} and his opponent had {A-}{A-}, however, a four landed on the flop, giving Esfandiari a set. His opponent was unable to improve on the turn or river and was sent to the rail.

With that hand, Esfandiari has chipped up to 320,000.

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Baker Busts One


After a flop of {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}, a short-stacked player ended up all in against David Baker.

Baker: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Opponent: {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

The {q-Diamonds} on the turn gave the all-in player a few more outs, but the {5-} on the river was no help to him and his chips were shipped over to Baker's stack.

David Baker us
David Baker
us 235,000 -70,000

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Brickity-Break Time

[user198205] • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Players are now on another 20-minute break while the T500 chips are raced off. Vroom vroom! See you in 20!