MSPT Deadwood 2021 NJSCOOP 2021 MISCOOP
Event 2 - £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.



Andy Black has just been eliminated from the tournament by Austrian pro Ivo Donev.

JJ Hazan was charged the bring-in showing the {4-Clubs}, and when the action folded around to Black he kicked it up to 300. Donev then reraised, making it 600 to play and all folded back around to Black, who made the call:

Black: [{A-?} {Q-?}] {J-Diamonds}
Donev: [{J-Spades} {9-Hearts}] {J-Hearts}

On fourth street, Donev picked up the {5-Spades} and led out with a 300 bet. Black, dealt the {4-Hearts}, opted to raise, making it 600 to play and Donev again called.

Black: [{A-?} {Q-?}] {J-Diamonds} {4-Hearts}
Donev: [{J-Spades} {9-Hearts}] {J-Hearts} {5-Spades}

Both players picked up threes on fifth Street, and both checked:

Black: [{A-?} {Q-?}] {J-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {3-Clubs}
Donev: [{J-Spades} {9-Hearts}] {J-Hearts} {5-Spades} {3-Spades}

On sixth, Donev fired a bullet after receiving the {A-Hearts}, at which point Black tossed his last three 25-denomination chips into the middle and was all in:

Black: [{A-?} {Q-?}] {J-Diamonds} {4-Hearts} {3-Clubs} {2-Clubs}
Donev: [{J-Spades} {9-Hearts}] {J-Hearts} {5-Spades} {3-Spades} {A-Hearts}

The players' hands were then revealed and Black needed a five to stay alive. None came, however, as Donev drew a second nine for two pair and Black blanked out with a king.

After the hand, Donev stacked up right around 10,000 in chips.

Tags: Andy BlackIvo Donev

Stenheim Eliminated by Ferguson and Bloch


Also no longer with us is Morten Stenheim, who became involved in a three-way encounter with Chris Ferguson and Andy Bloch. With Stenheim all in on fifth street, betting continued between Ferguson and Bloch, and come showdown the cards read as follows:

Bloch: {A-Spades} {4-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} {8-Clubs} with {7-Hearts} {7-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds}
Ferguson: {8-Spades} {A-Hearts} {4-Clubs} {2-Clubs} with {5-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}
Stenheim: {K-Diamonds} {5-Spades} {A-Diamonds} {7-Clubs} with {6-Spades} {6-Hearts} {J-Diamonds}

Thus Ferguson and Bloch chopped it up, and Stenheim made his exit.

Tags: Andy BlochChris FergusonMorten Stenheim

Chad's Had It

Coffee can't help him now
Coffee can't help him now

While some kind of ruckus was taking place involving Mike Matusow apparently lambasting Chris Ferguson's tournament record, followed by Phil Hellmuth high-fiving Ferguson and astoundingly ordering Matusow to, "Shut up," Chad Brown was eliminated in a massive three-way hand.

Brown raised all in on a {5-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {7-Hearts} flop to a bet from Jean-Robert Bellande and a call from Robert Williamson III, and both players made it to the {Q-Clubs} turn and {10-Hearts} river.

Williamson III: {8-Hearts} {6-Clubs} {3-Spades} {A-Clubs}
Bellande: {6-Diamonds} {3-Hearts} {2-Hearts} {K-Clubs}
Brown: very quickly flashed his cards but it wasn't good enough.

Williamson III and Bellande chopped the pot, and Brown disappeared into the casino night.

Tags: Chad BrownJean-Robert BellandeRobert Williamson III

Levi Your Chips Over There


Allen Cunningham raises it up from early position and David Levi calls from the big blind before the flop brings us {5-Clubs} {6-Clubs} {3-Spades}.

Levi check-calls Cunningham's bet before doing the same on the {J-Spades} turn. The river {4-Hearts} sees Levi lead out and Cunningham calls, but mucks when he sees Levi's {A-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} for the straight.

Tags: Allen CunninghamDavid Levi

Hoivold Makes Quads; Plays Professionally


I catch the action on the river, the board reading {8-Spades} {K-Hearts} {3-Spades} {Q-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} and Alessio Isaia betting 600 into a very sizeable pot. Andreas Hoivold makes it 1,200 and with a sigh Isaia calls, but mucks when Hoivold turns over {Q-Clubs} {Q-Hearts} for very unlikely quads.

"Now that's how you play a hand professionally," pipes up Mike Matusow.

Tags: Andreas Hoivold

Play Resumes

Cards are back in the air.

The Dinner Bell Tolls

The tournament clock has been paused while the players break for dinner. Play will resume in two hours at approximately 9:18 local time.

Table Talk

Gus Hansen: "Phil (Ivey), how much do you have?"

Ivey: "Ten..."

Hansen: "I'll give you two-to-one on a last longer."

Ivey: "How much do you have?"

Hansen: "Eleven."

Ivey: "Ha ha . . . That's why nobody likes you."

Tags: Gus HansenPhil Ivey

Dicing With Disaster

David Williams - Doubler Upper
David Williams - Doubler Upper
Stud 8:

Short stack Michael Craig looked as unworried as a squirrel with a key to the nut factory despite having shrunk to just 600 chips at one point. Back around the 2,000 mark, the Stud 8 round saw him get it all in no fewer than three times; I caught two of them.

The first time it was David Benyamine who gave him a spin for his tournament life, Craig betting until fifth street when their hands were like so:

Benyamine: {2-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}
Craig: {6-Hearts} {6-Spades} {7-Clubs}
Now Benyamine raised him to 800 (in the process getting rid of third player Ola Brandborn) and then verbally agreeing to call him all in. They turned up their hands and waited for the dealer to pass judgement...

Benyamine: [{3-Hearts} {4-Hearts} ]{2-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}...{10-Hearts} ...{7-Spades}
Craig: [{Q-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs} {6-Hearts} {6-Spades} {7-Clubs} ...{8-Spades} ...{3-Spades} Chop it up.

The very next hand...

Craig got it all in against David Williams showing {A-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {4-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} , and when he turned his final {10-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {3-Hearts} it turned out that his two pair pipped Williams' Sevens and Sixes and scooped a 6,000 pot that pulled him back from the brink of elimination.

Tags: David BenyamineDavid WilliamsMichael Craig