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Savage Triples Despite Cheong's Best Efforts

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We don't know exactly how the action went before the flop, but we know that Matt Savage moved all in for around 6,500 from the cutoff and had two callers. 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong called from early position and Jeffrey Delcastilho made the call from the hijack. A side pot was created, and Savage was forced to wait while the other two battled it out.

The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs} prompting a check from Cheong and a bet of 15,000 from Delcastilho. Cheong moved all in, a bet that would put the shorter stacked Delcastilho all in and was snap called. Cheong was the only one not at risk and told the table he had the nuts. Cards were then flipped over and this is what they looked like.

Cheong: {K-Spades}{J-Spades}
Savage: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Delcastilho: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Cheong had indeed flopped the nut straight, but both of his opponents had flopped sets. So long as Cheong could avoid the board from pairing he would deliver the double knock-out. Unfortionately for Cheong the dealer landed the {q-Clubs} on the turn, pairing the board and giving the hand to the other two players.

The {A-Diamonds} on the river made Cheong's straight stronger but it mattered not as Savage came out the other side with the best of it and would receive a much needed triple up. Delcastilho was able to scoop up the side pot between him and Cheong and finishes the hand with a profit. The only loser in the hand ended up being Cheong, who now hovers around 40,000 in chips.

Now here is some field reporting from the two players in the hand.

Chip Counts
Joseph Cheong us 37,700 -47,075
Matt Savage us 21,000 14,025

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