Saturday, September 11, 2010

Down to the Final 10

Event 3: $500 + $60 No Limit

With 11 players left, there was a big hand at each of the final two tables, but only one resulted in an elimination. (Which means we've reached the final table.)

On one table, there was a flop of K 8 7 between Cuong Phung and Perry Johnston. Johnston checked, Phung bet 50k, and Johnston called. The turn card was the 5, putting three hearts on the board, and Johnston bet 95k. Phung asked for a count of Johnston's remaining stack (229k behind), and tanked for a while until someone called the clock.

Cuong Phung tanks during the hand

Shortly after the clock was called, Phung folded, and Johnston showed 109 for a ten-high flush with an open-ended straight-flush draw. Phung dropped down to about 555k, while Johnston moved up to about 530k.

At the other table, Dan Retallick moved all in from the small blind for about 200k, and Matthew Klein called from the big blind with KQ. Retallick's Q9 was dominated, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Q 6 5 8 10, and Klein won the pot with a pair of queens and his king kicker to eliminate Retallick in 11th place.

Dan Retallick (11th Place)

The final 10 players redraw for seats at a single table, and a seat map with chip counts will be posted soon.

11th: Dan Retallick (Morrisville, PA) - $2,352