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Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Berger Ballin’ After Busting Montgomery

Scott Montgomery
Scott Montgomery

We might just have a new chip leader after we walked up to see Fred Berger winning a huge pot to bust Scott Montgomery.

The board read {8-}{6-}{2-}{J-}{J-} with two hearts on the flop and Berger had {J-Hearts}{9-Hearts} for a flush draw on the flop that turned into trips by the end. Montgomery had {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for top pair on the flop and two pair by the end.

It appeared as though the 56,000 that Montgomery had in front of him went in on the river but no matter when it went in, it now belongs to Berger as Montgomery is out. After stacking up his chips, it looked like Berger might be the first to crack the 200,000 chip mark with around 207,000. With a little under a half hour left in the day, we’ll see if Berger can hold onto his big stack to end the day atop the leaderboard.

Scott Montgomery ca
Scott Montgomery
ca Busted

Tags: Fred BergerScott Montgomery

A Few for Hastings

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Three players, including Brian Hastings in the small blind, saw a flop come {4-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Spades}. It checked around to the player on the button who bet 1,500, then Hastings pushed out a reraise to 5,300. The player in the cutoff folded, and the player on the button thought a beat before folding as well.

Hastings has been up and down a bit today, but now sits with 31,100 -- just a touch above the starting stack, though now below the average in the room which is presently around about 46,000.

Tags: Brian Hastings

A Busquet of Chips

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante
Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

A middle position player limped, the hijack raised to 1,500, and Olivier Busquet called from the button. The big blind also called, then MP limper repopped it to 4,000. Just Busquet and the big blind called the reraise, and the three of them saw the flop come {8-Spades}{9-Clubs}{A-Spades}.

It checked to Busquet who fired 6,500, and both of his opponents folded. Busquet has been steadily accumulating chips all day, and now sits with more than 130,000.

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Spindler Tank Folds For 50,000 Chip Pot


We came into this hand when we saw a ton of chips in the middle and an all in player.

The board read {3-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Benny Spindler had already been in the tank for a couple minutes. There was around 30,000 in the pot and Emilio Boyd had shoved his last 16,200 from the small blind on the river. After another five or so minutes passed, someone at the table called the clock on Spindler. The camera crews rushed over as did a floor person and Spindler was given one minute. After time was up, Spindler still hadn't acted and his hand was dead.

Matt Glantz told Boyd, "Show the bluff for the camera crews." Boyd declined and threw it into the muck. He scooped the big pot and moved up to around 50,000. Spindler was still left with 35,000 but he looked on the verge of tears after the obviously frustrating hand.

35,000 -6,000

Tags: Benny SpindlerEmilio Boyd

Judah Doubles Shorty


Mel Judah raised to 1,000 in middle position and the button shoved for 2,775 total. Judah called as the players turned up their hands.

Judah: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}
Button: {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts}

Judah was slightly ahead until the {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} flop came down to have him drawing dead only to running aces. The {6-Hearts} on the turn sealed the double up for the button and the river was the {10-Hearts}. The small hit dropped Judah below the starting stack.

Mel Judah
Mel Judah
27,500 -500

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A Quick Tour of Berlin

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Nachman Berlin, runner-up to Andre Akkari in Event No. 43 ($1,500 NLHE), had built up his starting stack early on today but recently has found himself running in place a bit.

Just now Berlin watched an early position player raise to 1,000, then Berlin reraised to 3,800, forcing folds all around, including from the original raiser.

On the next hand, Berlin was playing the aggressor again, opening with a raise to 1,025 from the hijack seat. The player on the button reraised to 2,600, the blinds folded, and Berlin called.

The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Berlin checked. His opponent bet 2,500, and Berlin quickly called. The turn brought the {J-Diamonds} and another check from Berlin. This time his opponent fired 6,000, and Berlin instantly tossed his cards to the dealer.

Berlin finds himself right about at 30,000 as we approach the halfway point of Level 5.

Tags: Nachman Berlin

Candio Doubles


Picking up the action on a {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} board, a series of raises between Filippo Candio and an opponent ensued. It culminated with Candio all in for 32,900 with {7-Hearts}{7-Spades} looking to dodge his opponent's straight outs of {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. The river was the {4-Diamonds}, securing the double for Candio.

Filippo Candio
Filippo Candio
77,000 37,000

Tags: Filippo Candio

Jaka Busto


Right before dinner break, Faraz Jaka was up to around 65,000 and well above average. When we stopped by his table about five minutes ago, he had clearly fallen a bit and had just scooped a pot that put him back in the 30,000 range. But just now when we came back, he had his bag in his hand and was leaving his table.

We missed the hand but right afterward he tweeted "Busted UTG raise1k I 3bet to 2.7k w/ AA he calls w/ k10o flop 689 he check calls, turn K I bet 7k he raises 15k I shove 14k more he calls, river K Bye"

A tough beat for Jaka who is known for being especially loose and aggressive with his play. Jaka had a tough WSOP with only one cash in the form of a 28th place finish in the $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. Either way, his exciting play and colorful outfits will be missed from the WSOP as we wrap up with the Main Event

Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us Busted

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What’s So Funny Tattytats?

Tatjana Pasalic
Tatjana Pasalic

It looked like Tatjana Pasalic limped in late position and the big blind checked his option as the two saw a {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop come down. The big blind checked to Pasalic who was standing and asked, “Why are you laughing at me?” to the big blind before she checked as well.

Both players checked the {3-Clubs} turn too and when the {K-Spades} fell down on the river, the big blind checked one last time. Pasalic was done with checking now and threw out an orange T5,000 chip but it sounded like she announced 2,000.

Whatever the amount was, it was good enough to get the big blind to fold as Pasalic clapped her hands and said, “Yay!” The player to her right told us, “Make sure you write that down”, so here you go Sir.

Tatjana Pasalic
Tatjana Pasalic
23,000 -2,000

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Chips for Chisholm

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

Three players had built a pot of about 7,000 before the arrival of the {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{J-Spades} flop. The small blind checked, Derek Chisholm fired 4,500 from early position, then the player to his left reraised to 11,000.

The small blind folded, and Chisholm thought for a moment before declaring he was all in. His opponent rechecked his cards, then wordlessly set them forward, conceding the pot.

Chisholm has pushed up to about 78,000 now.

Tags: Derek Chisholm