Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

The Truth Denied

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

From the hijack, Michael Binger opened to 9,000 and Paul Pierce made the call in the cutoff before Christopher Smith three-bet the button to 17,000. Binger folded, but Pierce made the call as the dealer spread a {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop.

Smith continued for 15,000 and Pierce check-called as the {6-Spades} rolled off on the turn and Pierce tapped the table for a second time. Smith cut out a bet of 35,000, and after a few moments deliberating, Pierce tossed in calling chips.

The dealer dropped the {4-Spades} on the river and Pierce paused, then announced he was all in. Smith asked for a count, and Pierce pushed each of his stacks towards the dealer where it was revealed that the bet was for 129,000 total.

As Smith dove into the tank, Pierce waved off his masseuse, stood up and rubbed his hands together before putting them behind his back as he towered high over Smith waiting for his opponent to come up with a decision. A further few minutes went by with Smith cutting out the necessary calling chips before eventually sliding them in and tabling {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} for top two pair.

Pierce lent down over the table, retrieved his hand, tapped the table with it and then revealed his {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a rivered two pair while uttering, "Damn!"

As Pierce shook hands with Smith, the rail chimed in with a few claps before Pierce added, "good run!"

Although Pierce may not have reached the money in this year's Main Event, his $15,333,334 salary from his previous season with the Brooklyn Nets means that for every two-and-a-half minutes of game time last season he made the equivalent of the $18,406 min-cash.

Christopher Smith us
Christopher Smith
us 419,000 194,000
Paul Pierce us
Paul Pierce
us Out

Tagovi: Christopher SmithMichael BingerPaul Pierce

A Big Cooler

[user20283] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The board read {Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts} and a player bet 120,000 into an already big pot. Thomas 'Doc' Applegate moved all in for just 27,000 more chips.

The player who had made the larger bet on the river freaked out, jumped up from his chair and almost fell to the ground out of agony.

"No, no, no," the player said as he put in the call for just a little bit more.

Applegate showed {Q-}{Q-} for a full house and his opponent flashed {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for a lower full house. The player who lost the hand left the tournament room to cool down, but he's still left with about 150,000 chips.

Thomas Applegate US
Thomas Applegate
US 464,000 464,000

Tagovi: Thomas Applegate

Abe Mosseri Doubles Through Eric Hicks

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Abe Mosseri
Abe Mosseri

We didn't catch the pre-flop action but according to Abe Mosseri all the chips went in pre-flop and he was all in and at risk against the big stack of Eric Hicks. Mosseri held {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Hicks held {A-}{3-}. The board ran out {K-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Mosseri's set of sevens was more than enough to win him the pot and keep him alive.

Eric Hicks us
Eric Hicks
us 715,000 -175,000
Abe Mosseri us
Abe Mosseri
us 277,000 -23,000

Tagovi: Abe MosseriEric Hicks

More Amazon Purple Chip Counts

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Raul Mestre es
Raul Mestre
es 908,000 -2,500
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 650,000 45,000
Tony Ruberto us
Tony Ruberto
us 645,000 95,000
Taylor von Kriegenbergh us
Taylor von Kriegenbergh
us 427,000 37,000
Mike Gogliormella us
Mike Gogliormella
us 280,000 -41,000
Ariel Celestino br
Ariel Celestino
br 255,000 75,000
David Paredes us
David Paredes
us 255,000 145,000
Chris DeMaci us
Chris DeMaci
us 240,000 -10,000
Hasan Habib us
Hasan Habib
us 198,000 74,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 185,000 -32,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 165,000 -325,000
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 147,000 12,000
Garrett Greer us
Garrett Greer
us 145,000 45,000
Joseph McKeehen us
Joseph McKeehen
us 135,000 -60,000
Bryan Devonshire us
Bryan Devonshire
us 114,000 -116,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 100,000 -107,000
Andrew Scott TD
Andrew Scott
TD 96,000 36,000
Ryan Tepen us
Ryan Tepen
us 90,000 6,000
Anton Makiievskyi ua
Anton Makiievskyi
ua Out
Haralabos Voulgaris ca
Haralabos Voulgaris
ca Out

Pierce Slams All In On Kaczka

[user68268] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

From under the gun, Harry Kaczka raised to 9,000 with 113,000 behind. Action then folded to NBA star Paul Pierce in the small blind, and he reraised all in for a little under 200,000, having Kaczka covered. After a bit of tanking — and painful tanking at that — Kaczka folded.

"Seven-deuce!" yelled out Pierce, hinting that he shoved all in with seven-deuce — the worst starting hand in hold'em. "All in with seven-deuce off suit!"

Paul Pierce us
Paul Pierce
us 205,000 25,000
Harry Kaczka US
Harry Kaczka
US 113,000 3,000

Tagovi: Paul PierceHarry Kaczka

Updated Chip Counts from Brasilia

[user249920] • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Morgan Popham us
Morgan Popham
us 580,000 60,000
Paul Klann ca
Paul Klann
ca 405,000 80,000
Brian Roberts us
Brian Roberts
us 403,000 127,000
Curtis Rystadt us
Curtis Rystadt
us 398,000 99,000
Kevin Eyster us
Kevin Eyster
us 341,000 171,000
Gennady Shimelfarb us
Gennady Shimelfarb
us 220,000 30,000
Brett Richey us
Brett Richey
us 202,000 -28,000
Vladimir Shchemelev ru
Vladimir Shchemelev
ru 185,000 -10,000
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 167,500 25,500
Tatiana Barausova ru
Tatiana Barausova
ru 158,000 -19,000
Mike Dentale us
Mike Dentale
us 122,500 -85,500
Tyler Patterson us
Tyler Patterson
us 110,000 38,800
Ismael Bojang at
Ismael Bojang
at 95,000 -15,000
Jonathan Aguiar us
Jonathan Aguiar
us 87,000 -73,000
John Gordon us
John Gordon
us 80,000 80,000
Jens Kyllonen fi
Jens Kyllonen
fi 79,500 10,500
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
us 59,000 -5,500
Thayer Rasmussen us
Thayer Rasmussen
us 37,000 -23,000

Little by Little

• Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jonathan Little reported that he ran his stack up to 110,000 by stealing and then dwindled to 70,000 by not stealing. Little was then all in with {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} versus {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and held after a {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop to finish on 134,000 at the break.

Little opened to 8,000 just after the break and got one caller in the cut-off. They saw a flop of {6-Spades}{a-Spades}{4-Spades} with neither player wagering chips so the dealer put out the turn card {7-Hearts}. This time Little check-called a bet of 13,000, whereupon his opponent remarked, “You can write more hands for your book.”

The river card was the {10-Spades}. No chips went forward and Little turned over {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}for the nut flush. Perhaps that one will make his next book after all.

Jonathan Little us
Jonathan Little
us 158,000 24,000

Tagovi: Jonathan Little