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After four rounds of heads-up matches, only 16 players remain from a starting field of 136 entrants in Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Sam Stein and Taylor Paur all in the hunt, as are a few heads-up specialists like Tommy Chen and Jason Koon, who have made deep runs in heads-up events in the past. Ankush Mandavia has also had major success in heads-up tournaments on the virtual felt.
Here are the matches for tomorrow:
|Erik Seidel||-||Scott Baumstein|
|Max Silver||-||Sam Stein|
|Jason Koon||-||Dee Tiller|
|Alberto Gomez||-||Scott Davies|
|Tommy Chen||-||Daniel Negreanu|
|Daniel Colman||-||Taylor Paur|
|Davide Suriano||-||Serkan Kurnaz|
|John Smith||-||Ankush Mandavia|
Of the remaining 16 players, all but one were fortunate enough to only play three matches. Serkan Kurnaz was the only one to not receive a first-round bye, therefore having to play four matches.
Play resumes tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. where the plan is either play down to the final four or to the championship match. Be sure to keep it here at PokerNews for updates on all of the exciting action as it takes place.
|Match||Round of 128||Round of 64||Round of 32||Round of 16|
|Alec Torelli||Erik Seidel|
|2||Glen Bickerstaff||Glen Bickerstaff|
|Aram Saatchian||Eros Nastasi|
|4||James Carroll||James Carroll|
|Jason Les||Samuel Touil|
|6||Scott Baumstein||Scott Baumstein|
|Conor Shelly||Darren Elias|
|8||Kyle Julius||Ben Warrington|
|Don Nguyen||Max Silver|
|10||Antonio Esfandiari||Sorel Mizzi|
|Kevin Eyster||Timothy Adams|
|12||Jose Garcia||Branden Hampton|
|David Schnettler||Sam Stein|
|14||Bryn Kenney||Bryn Kenney|
|Sam Trickett||Sam Trickett|
|16||Jeff Gross||Joe Cada|
|John Juanda||John Juanda|
|18||Jason Koon||Jason Koon|
|Timothy Tenpas||Thomas Cannuli|
|20||David Benefield||Michael Ferrell|
|Dee Tiller||Dee Tiller|
|22||Jonathan Duhamel||Jonathan Duhamel|
|Yevgeniy Timoshenko||Jared Jaffee|
|24||Bertrand Grospellier||Scott Clements|
|Jonathan Azoulay||Jonathan Azoulay|
|26||James Chen||Salvatore Bianco|
|Nick Schulman||Alberto Gomez|
|28||Max Altergott||Max Altergott|
|Scott Davies||Scott Davies|
|30||Tim West||Tim West|
|Russell Rosenblum||Dimitar Danchev|
|32||Micah Raskin||Dan Smith|
|Drake Bronk||Bill Klein|
|34||Tommy Chen||Tommy Chen|
|Jonathan Jaffe||Jonathan Jaffe|
|36||Connor Drinan||Connor Drinan|
|Richard Lyndaker||Andrew Lichtenberger|
|38||Sylvain Loosli||Sylvain Loosli|
|Joseph Melancon||Brice Lin|
|40||Daniel Negreanu||Daniel Negreanu|
|Joseph McArthur||Joseph McArthur|
|42||Thiago Nishijima||Thiago Nishijima|
|Chae An||Jason Mercier|
|44||Daniel Colman||Daniel Colman|
|Doug Polk||Doug Polk|
|46||Gaetano Preite||Michael Pickett|
|Kevin Song||Sergey Rybachenko|
|48||Taylor Paur||Taylor Paur|
|Davide Suriano||Davide Suriano|
|50||Bryan Pellegrino||Dan Cates|
|Matt Marafioti||Robert Tepper|
|52||Shane Moran||Shane Moran|
|Serkan Kurnaz||Serkan Kurnaz|
|54||Martin Finger||Martin Finger|
|Mark McGovern||Stephen Chidwick|
|56||Mark Radoja||Mark Radoja|
|Pablo Fernandez||Pablo Fernandez|
|58||John Smith||John Smith|
|Charles Furey||Phil Ivey|
|60||Nick Guagenti||Aaron Jones|
|Vanessa Selbst||Ankush Mandavia|
|62||Faraz Jaka||Faraz Jaka|
|Tobias Reinkemeier||Chris Whitcomb|
|64||Helio Liberman||Helio Liberman|
Phil Ivey shoved on the button for about 120,000 and John Smith called from the big blind.
The board ran out , no help whatsoever to Ivey, giving Smith the victory to close out the Round of 32.
Phil Ivey raised to 25,000 on the button, and John Smith called. Smith check-shipped over Ivey's continuation-bet of 25,000 on the flop, and Ivey folded.
Ivey called preflop shortly after, and Smith checked. Ivey fired out 12,000 on the flop, and Smith called. When both players checked the turn, the hit and prompted another check from Ivey. Smith took the pot with a 25,000 bet.
It was Ivey's turn to win one shortly thereafter, as he raised to 30,000 and was called. Action checked until the board read , and Ivey raised to 40,000 after Smith bet 16,000. Smith mucked.
Taylor Paur raised on the button, Michael Pickett three-bet shoved for about 180,000 from the big blind and Paur called.
The board rolled out , safe for Paur to clinch the victory.
Ankush Mandavia pushed all in from the button, and Chris Whitcomb called off.
Whitcomb's hand stayed best on the flop, but a turn gave Mandavia lead with a pair. All wasn't lost for Whitcomb, as he could hit a club or an ace to stay alive, but a meant the end.
"Good match," Mandavia said. "Crapshoot there at the end."
At the other table, Taylor Paur just got ran down when he was all in pre with and Michael Pickett paired a queen with to stay alive. The two are nearly even now.
John Smith raised on the button to 25,000, Phil Ivey called from the big blind and the flop came down . Ivey led out for 25,000, Smith called and both checked the turn. The river completed the board and Ivey shoved for about 80,000. Smith gave it some thought, but ultimately folded.
A few hands later Ivey limped on the button and Smith checked his option. The flop came down and Smith check-called 12,000 from Ivey to see the turn. Smith check-called another 30,000 from Ivey, landing the river where Smith checked for a third time. Ivey bet 75,000, but this time Smith couldn't find a call.
Chris Whitcomb was all in for 106,000 with against Ankush Mandavia's . The board ran out , giving Whitcomb two pair to double up.
Taylor Paur opened for 25,000, and Michael Pickett defended. Both players checked the flop, and Pickett bet 30,000 on the turn. Paur called, and the river brought the . Pickett cut out 75,000, only to see Paur shove all in.
"Wow," Pickett whispered before calling.
Paur held for trips, but the key was his superior kicker since Pickett had also turned trips with .
Pickett had just 69,000 left, but he doubled the next hand by jamming on the button and holding against .