Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

There’s Always Hope

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

There is one player in the field who has 9,000 chips left with the blinds coming round shortly and 90 players from the money. He had recently got a double up in the big blind when the small blind shoved with {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and he woke up with {a-Spades}{3-Spades}.

While it's still unlikely he'll sneak into the money, anything is possible in this game.

Esfandiari Exits

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

The action folded round to Joshua Reynolds in the small blind and he moved all in to put 2012 Big One for One Drop Champion Antonio Esfandiari at risk. Esfandiari went deep into the tank for several minutes before making the call for his 88,000 total.

Esfandiari: {A-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Reynolds: {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

With Esfandiari in the lead, the dealer spread a {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop to give Reynolds the lead. Once the dealer dropped the {K-Hearts} on the turn, Esfandiari's day would be done as the {5-Hearts} completed the board on the river.

As Esfandiari headed towards the exit, the ESPN cameras followed him, and once he realized, Esfandiari headed towards the PokerNews blogging desk before adding, "Well if they're going to film me, I'm going to come join you guys!"

Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us Out

Tagovi: Antonio Esfandiari

Vohra Shows the Bluff

[user101598] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Faced with what looked a four-bet to around 50,000, Raj Vohra reached into his stack for a handful of orange T5,000 chips. Using one hand, he slid out a five-bet of around 110,000, and his opponent snap-folded.

Vohra cooly tabled {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs} for a complete air ball, and was pushed the pot.

Raj Vohra us
Raj Vohra
us 720,000 70,000

Tagovi: Raj Vohra

Patterson Sent Packing on Four-Bet Bluff

[user249920] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Tyler Patterson opened for 8,500 in the hijack and saw Artem Litvinov three-bet from the button. Patterson shoved all in after the blinds folded, and Litvinov thought only briefly before calling the 115,000 or so.

Patterson: {10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}
Litvinov: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Patterson had been caught four-bet jamming with ten-high, and he found little but a backdoor straight draw on the {q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop. A {4-Diamonds} turn ended his tournament.

Artem Litvinov ru
Artem Litvinov
ru 240,000 70,000
Tyler Patterson us
Tyler Patterson
us Out

Tagovi: Artem LitvinovTyler Patterson

Happy Meelis

[user20283] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Jolmer Meelis on Day 2
Jolmer Meelis on Day 2

Dutch pro Jolmer Meelis just made the, arguably, call of the day risking his tournament life with just ace-high.

Meelis raised from middle position to 9,000 and Steve Tripp called from the cutoff. The flop brought out {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Meelis bet 12,000, Tripp called.

On the turn the {10-Diamonds} hit and Meelis opted to check after which Tripp bet 32,000. Meelis paused for a bit but ultimately he made the call.

Meelis stared into the distance as the {2-Clubs} popped up on the river, he glanced over to the board and checked.

After about 20 seconds Tripp asked Meelis to make his stack visible, and the Dutchman complied by moving his arms.

Meelis had 100,500 chips left and after another 20 seconds Tripp moved all in. While most players, especially in this tournament close to the money, take lots of time for every big decision Meelis did no such thing.

"I call," the Dutchman said within 10 seconds.

"You got it," Tripp responded with a blank look on his face.

Meelis showed {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} and Tripp produced a meagre, "Nice call."

Players at the table were clearly impressed with Meelis' call and the Dutchman produced the tiniest of smirks as he raked in this crucial pot with 783 players remaining in the tournament.

Steve Tripp ie
Steve Tripp
ie 340,000 -345,000
Jolmer Meelis nl
Jolmer Meelis
nl 317,000 197,800

Tagovi: Jolmer MeelisSteve Tripp

More Chips for Yousefzadeh

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Mehrdad Yousefzadeh
Mehrdad Yousefzadeh

There was an open to 9,000 and Phil Ivey made the call as did Mehrdad Yousefzadeh on the button. The blinds folded so they went to a three-way flop of {4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{3-Hearts}.

The original raiser continuation bet for 16,000 and Ivey flicked his cards away, but Yousefzadeh put out the call. The turn card {4-Diamonds} was checked by both players and the {6-Hearts} completed the board. When his opponent checked Yousefzadeh counted out some chips and threw out a 30,000 bet. He got a call and turned over {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for the turned full house.

Yousefzadeh’s opponent had been on the verge of turning over what he must have thought was the winning hand and he stared at it a few moments longer before mucking.

Danny Yousefzadeh US
Danny Yousefzadeh
US 1,090,000 40,500

Life of Reilly

[user101598] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Paul Tedeschi check-called a bet of 16,000 from Tim Reilly on a board of {6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts}, and the {3-Clubs} completed the board.

Tedeschi checked, Reilly bet 36,000, and the Frenchman tank-called. Reilly showed {10-Spades}{2-Spades} for a six-high straight and Tedeschi mucked.

Timothy Reilly us
Timothy Reilly
us 605,000 125,000
Paul Tedeschi fr
Paul Tedeschi
fr 315,000 -35,000

Tagovi: Paul TedeschiTim Reilly

Richey Gets Richer

[user270022] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Brett Richey fired a bet of 40,000 into a pot of about 85,000 with a board showing {8-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. After a few moments in the tank, Richey's opponent mucked, flashing {a-}{j-}, and Richey took down the pot.

Brett Richey us
Brett Richey
us 230,000 28,000

Tagovi: Brett Richey