Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Brandon Cantu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($74,269)

Brandon Cantu

Don Zewin brought it in with a {K-} and was met with a completion by Phil Hellmuth. Brandon Cantu came along for the ride, Zewin got out of the way, and it was off to the turn. Cantu ended up with the lead and bet out, which prompted Hellmuth to ask for a count.

"Can't afford to let you bluff me," Hellmuth said. "Let's put it all in." He then raised and put the pressure back on Cantu, who though for about 40 seconds before three-betting. Sure enough, his chips ended up in the pot and his tournament life was at risk.

Cantu: {4-}{9-} / {5-}{2-}{3-}{J-} / (x)
Hellmuth: {A-}{5-} / {7-}{8-}{4-}{10-} / {6-}

Hellmuth had the best hand when the money went in and maintained the lead through sixth. Hellmuth quickly showed the {6-} he received on seventh, which meant Cantu needed either a six, seven or ace on the river to win. He squeezed it out slowly and there were no pips visible, meaning it could be an ace. He said it was also a heart, and the {A-Hearts} was alive. He completed the squeeze and all the tension disappeared when he turned over the {3-Hearts}.

Hellmuth's hand held to send Cantu to the rail in third place, and also give him a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up play.

Player Chips Progress
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 1,900,000 100,000
Don Zewin us
Don Zewin
us 400,000 -40,000
Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us Busted

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