Event #5: €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em (Split Format)

Event Info

Buy-in €10,400
Prize Pool €1,200,000
Players 125


Level 21
Blinds 6,000 / 12,000
Ante 2,000


The pre flop action was limp and check and we saw a flop of {6-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {2-Clubs} and both players checked their option. The turn was the {10-Spades} and Roger Hairabedian check-called a 25,000 Michael Mizrachi bet. The river card was the sprakling red {A-Diamonds} and Hairabedian checked to Mizrachi who immediately bet 90,000 and the bet put Hairabedian into deep thought mode.

"What's your kicker?" Mizrachi said after a few minutes whilst simultaneously doing a karate kick motion with his leg.

"You have a good kicker? You have nothing this time," replied Hairabedian.

"Come on you are giving me a heart attack," said Mizrachi after another few minutes of thought.

Eventually Hairabedian folded his hand, "that was a good fold for me," said Mizrachi.

"I know," said Hairabedian.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 1,221,000 -47,000
Roger Hairabedian fr
Roger Hairabedian
fr 1,177,000 47,000

Tagovi: Roger HairabedianMichael Mizrachi

Five and Dime

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Roger Hairabedian and Michael Mizrachi played a pot rather passively until the river on a {K-Hearts} {5-Spades} {3-Clubs} {6-Hearts} {5-Clubs} board. When the last card fell, though, Mizrachi put out a near-pot-sized bet of 56,000, and Hairabedian got chatty before splashing in the call. "I think only two pair," he said, wagging his finger at Mizrachi.

But Grinder tabled {10-Spades} {5-Diamonds} for trips, probably expecting to win the pot outright. But Hairabedian's {10-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} was equal, and they take their money back.

Tagovi: Roger HairabedianMichael Mizrachi


The final tableRoger HairabedianShawn BuchananMichael MizrachiNoah SchwartzPeeking inFlorida RepresentOver the shoulderRoger Hairabedian

Checkity-Check Start For Hairabedian and Mizrachi

The two big stacks have started of very cagily and have yet to clash in any pot of significance. The stacks are pretty much the same as when we started and we are seeing more checks than bets and calls and not one post flop raise to speak of as yet.

Roger Hairabedian raised to 19,000 and Michael Mizrachi made the call. The flop was {8-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} {6-Clubs} and both players checked. The turn of {K-Diamonds} was also checked through before we saw the {6-Spades} on the river. Mizrachi bet 40,000 and Hairabedian folded {8-Diamonds} face-up after at least three-minutes thought.

Roger Hairabedian fr
Roger Hairabedian
fr 1,210,000 -51,000
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 1,188,000 52,000

Tagovi: Roger HairabedianMichael Mizrachi


Buchanan Floats to the Top

From the button, Shawn Buchanan opened to 13,000, and Noah Schwartz defended.

The flop came out {9-Spades} {8-Spades} {4-Hearts}, and Buchanan repeated himself with a 13,000-chip bet. Schwartz check-raised to 33,000, though, and Buchanan flatted to see the turn. It was the {3-Hearts}, and Schwartz fired 48,000 at the pot. Buchanan called again, and the {6-Hearts} completed the board. Schwartz paused and checked this time, and Buchanan took his cue to make a big bet at the pot -- 154,000. The move sent Schwartz deep into the tank, and he cut out the calling chips from his stack to survey the potential damage. He had about 610,000 left in his stack, so the call was for about 25% of his chips.

After several minutes of deliberation, Schwartz released his hand into the muck.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 749,000 79,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 610,000 -79,000

Tagovi: Shawn BuchananNoah Schwartz

The Final Four

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

With ten minutes left in Level 18, the button has been drawn, and the cards are in the air for the Mixed-Max semifinals!