Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

Ly Increases Lead

Shamus • Level 22
Minh Ly
Minh Ly


Scott Seiver: (X)(X) / {7-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} / (X)
Minh Ly: (X)(X) / {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades} / (X)
Ben Lamb: (X)(X) / {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} / (X)

After the trio had already put in a few bets by fifth street, it checked to Lamb who bet and the other two called. Then on sixth it checked to Seiver who bet and Lamb and Ly called.

On seventh Ly bet, Lamb called, Seiver raised, then Ly reraised. Lamb folded and after tanking for some time Seiver folded as well.

Seiver drops back to 1.225 million after that one. Meanwhile, Ly -- whose chips are variously stacked at the moment -- looks to have around 5.9 million and a sizable chip lead.

Tags: Minh LyScott Seiver

Ly Up, Ahmed Down



Owais Ahmed: (X)(X) / {j-Hearts}{2-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} / (X)
Minh Ly: (X)(X) / {a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} / (X)

Ahmed completed, Ly raised, Ahmed called. Ly led on every street, Ahmed called him down, and Ly tabled {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Spades} for aces and sixes.

Ahmed mucked, and Ly took down the pot.

Minh Ly us
Minh Ly
us 3,900,000 500,000
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
us 1,700,000 -685,000

Tags: Minh LyOwais Ahmed

Let's Play Razz

Shamus • Level 22
Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver


Phil Hellmuth: (X)(X) / {3-}{9-}{K-}{5-} -- FOLDED
Scott Seiver: (X)(X) / {3-}{Q-}{9-}{4-}

They're playing razz over on the not-quite-final final table. In this one Hellmuth completed and Seiver called, then Hellmuth bet fourth and Seiver called again. On fifth Seiver was the one betting and Hellmuth calling, and on sixth street Hellmuth folded to Seiver's bet. Hellmuth showed his down cards -- {5-}{2-} -- as he folded.

Seiver has 1.86 million now, and Hellmuth right about 2 million.

Tags: Phil HellmuthScott Seiver

'Unofficial' Final Table

[user101598] • Level 22
1Brian Rast3,300,000
2George Lind1,580,000
3Phil Hellmuth2,650,000
4Owais Ahmed2,385,000
5Scott Seiver1,333,000
6Minh Ly3,400,000
7Ben Lamb920,000
8Jason Lester680,000
9Matt Glantz2,775,000

Vladimir Shchemelev Eliminated in 10th Place ($168,529)

[user101598] • Level 22
Vladimir Shchemelev - 10th Place
Vladimir Shchemelev - 10th Place


Phil Hellmuth: (X)(X) / {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} / (X)
Vladimir Shchemelev: (X)(X) / {k-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{8-Spades} / (X)

Hellmuth completed, Shchemelev raised, and Hellmuth called. Hellmuth led on fourth street, and Shchemelev called.

On fifth, Shchemelev made the best board, and led out. Hellmuth raised, Shchemelev re-raised all in and Hellmuth called.

Hellmuth: {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}
Shchemelev: {k-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

Sixth street changed nothing for either player, and Shchemelev turned over the {9-Hearts} as soon as it was dealt to him on seventh. Hellmuth turned over the {a-Hearts}, giving him a better pair of kings. Neither player had a low, so Hellmuth scooped the pot and eliminated Shchemelev from the tournament.

Hellmuth stood up, clapped his hands with excitement, and gave a hearty fist pump. Shchemelev on the other hand was speaking to the dealers and the entire table in Russian, and while we couldn't understand him, he didn't sound too pleased.

Hopefully $168,529 will cheer him up - that's what he'll receive for his 10th place finish.

Tags: Phil HellmuthVladimir Shchemelev

Rast Draws Chips from Seiver

Shamus • Level 22

2-7 Triple Draw

Scott Seiver raised from the button, Brian Rast reraised from the big blind, and Seiver called.

On the three draws, both players drew one, then one again, then stood pat. After the first draw Rast bet, Seiver raised, and Rast called. Following the second, Rast check-raised a bet from Seiver, and Seiver called. Then after the third draw, Rast bet, Seiver tanked for some time, then let his hand go.

That one took Rast up to 3.3 million and Seiver down to 1.35 million.

Tags: Brian RastScott SeiverYan Chen

Another Escape for the Amazing Lind

Shamus • Level 22
George Lind
George Lind


George Lind has been hanging on with the short stack pretty much since we returned from dinner break. And he's been all in with his tourney life on the line too many times to count. Take a look at his tweets since then (@GeorgeLindIII):

Lol was down to 17k then won 2 all in triple draw hands got 200 now #wsop55

Last break was down to 17k then won 3 straight allins and a couple more hands got 690k now 14ppl left #wsop55

524k won another allin in razz hanging around 11ppl left #wsop55

We noted last level how he'd survived another all-in situation after hitting a three-outer on the river in a limit hold'em hand. Now here's the story of another Houdini-like escape from Lind…

George Lind: (X)(X) / {2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs} / (X)
Owais Ahmed: (X)(X) / {4-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} - FOLDED
Vladimir Shchelemev: (X)(X) / {4-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{J-Spades} / (X)

A reraise by Lind chased Phil Hellmuth out on third and got two callers in Ahmed and Shchelemev. Ahmed bet fourth and Lind and Shchelemev called. Then Ahmed checked fifth, Shchelemev bet, Lind raised, Ahmed folded, Shchelemev three-bet, and Lind was all in.

Shchelemev had {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs} in the hole, then drew the {2-Spades} on seventh to end with aces and deuces and no low. Lind turned over {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}, then squeezed his seventh street card… the {K-Clubs}! Trip kings for Lind to scoop, and he survives yet again!

Lind goes from the brink of elimination to 1.58 million, while Shchelemev now has 610,000.

Tags: George LindVladimir Shchemelev

Shchemelev Back Over a Milly



Vladimir Shchemelev: (X)(X) / {k-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} / (X)
Jason Lester: (X)(X) / {8-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} / (X)

Shchemelev completed, and Lester called. Shchemelev led on fourth street, Lester called, and both players checked on fifth. Lester led on sixth, Shchemelev called, and both players checked on seventh.

Shchemelev opened up {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{k-Spades} for trip kings, Lester mucked, and Shchemelev won the hand.

Vladimir Shchemelev ru
Vladimir Shchemelev
ru 1,380,000 580,000
Jason Lester us
Jason Lester
us 585,000 -230,000

Tags: Jason LesterVladimir Shchemelev

Jeff Lisandro Eliminated in 11th Place ($143,400)

Jeffrey Lisandro - 11th Place
Jeffrey Lisandro - 11th Place


The days of Jeff Lisandro doubling up are over, as he's been eliminated by Phil Hellmuth on this last hand of Stud.

Jeff Lisandro: ({K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}) / {K-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} / ({10-})
Phil Hellmuth: ({Q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}) / {5-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} / ({A-Clubs})

Five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro completed the bet on third and eleven-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth raised. Lisandro made the call when action got back to him and the two went to fourth street.

On fourth, Lisandro bet, Hellmuth raised and Lisandro called all in for 135,000 total. Lisandro held a pair of kings and Hellmuth a pair of fives at the time of Lisandro's all in. Lisandro went on to make kings up, kings and nines, on fifth, but on sixth street, Hellmuth was able to pull in front with trip fives. Hellmuth's tip fives held up and he was able to eliminate Lisandro in 11th place.

Although Lisandro won't be earning his sixth gold bracelet, he will leaving over $143,400 in prize money.

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 2,120,000 330,000
Jeffrey Lisandro au
Jeffrey Lisandro
au Busted

Tags: Phil HellmuthJeff Lisandro

Some for Sleepy Seiver

Shamus • Level 22

Pot-Limit Omaha

As the clock approached 4 a.m., a PLO hand arose on Table 280 which began as a four-way limped pot involving Scott Seiver (UTG), Brian Rast (button), Minh Ly (SB), and Ben Lamb (BB).

The flop came {5-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Ly bet 150,000 and only Seiver called. The turn was the {10-Clubs}, and Ly bet 350,000 this time. Seiver again made the call.

The river was the {K-Spades}. Ly checked, and Seiver checked behind. Seiver then tabled his hand -- {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades} -- and Ly mucked.

Noting that he had a flush and failed to bet it, Seiver said "Tired… I'm playing bad."

Seiver has 2.37 million now, and Ly 2.96 million.

Tags: Minh LyScott Seiver