Las Vegas brings the heat. We bring the dough.
And yet, no one has brought their game big enough to win anything more than
$40,000. Will that change today.
Our first qualifier today is THAN THANGAVEL, a
graduate of law school from Beverly Hills, CA. He runs an investment advisory by
day. By night, he's a playboy jet-set man-about-town. But how will he do against
Than chooses the Ace of Clubs for being at the
club. He's a former WPT Player of the Year. The Ace of Clubs is... E-Dog, Erick
$40,000 Round: Erick Lindgren
As always, we start with $20,000 a pop, and
blinds are at $200 and $400.
Erick has Q-J to Than's 7-6. Flop: 3-5-5. Erick
bets $1000 more... Than with a gust-shot draw... calls it. Turn: Qd. That's a
pair for Erick. River: 4c. Gin for the qualifier. Erick bets $2000. Than raises
$10,000. Erick smells 7-6.... and lays it down. First pot goes to the qualifier.
Erick has 4-2d. Than raises on A-9 and takes down
another pot. Then he calls on 9-7 to Erick's J-7. Flop: 3-2-5. Both players flop
top pair, but Erick has top kicker. Than raises... and Erick goes all-in. Than
has three outs, all 9s. Than lets it go. Good lay-down.
After three, Than leads. He ends up folding the
next hand. Erick does the same hand after. So nothing really changes there. Than
calls with 10-6s to Erick's K-3. Flop: 3-Q-10. Check. Turn: 9d. Check. River:
5h. Than wins with a pair of 10s.
Erick makes it $800 to 7-5h. Than calls with A-3.
Flop: 4-A-9. Erick bets... and Than calls. Turn: 6d. Flush draw for Than. River:
9h. Than wins another pot, playing passively.
Blinds raised to $400/$800. Than starts with a
big hand, A-K. He raises to $2500. Erick folds. Next hand, Erick raises on K-5.
Than calls with K-10. Flop: J-A-6. Than gives up his hand.
Still a slight advantage to the qualifier. That
may change if Erick continues his aggressive play. Erick plays 6-5d next to
Than's A-10. He goes all-in there. Erick folds, and Than picks up his money.
Than picks up jacks. Erick makes it $2000 on A-Kh. Than chips it all-in. Erick
calls. Flop: A-3-A. Turn: 10d. Than needs one of two jacks to win $40,000. The
river card... 3s. Erick doubles up on Aces full of 3s. Than's left with some
And Ali raises the stakes again, $600/$1200.
Erick's all-in with Q-6. Than has 9-6h... mucked. Than next plays all-in with
J-3. Erick calls with 10-9. In comes the crowd... Flop: 6-9-K. Turn: 10d. Than
needs a queen to stay alive. River... 7s, and Erick eliminates Than.
Next up in the qualifier seat, BRIAN TWITTY, a
real estate appraiser by day, a bassist by night from Cypress, CA. He'd love to
play against Phil Ivey. Cocky much? Well, he has to beat the best in order to
win some money for his upcoming baby.
Brian chooses the Ace of Hearts... One of the
best mixed games players in the circuits. The Ace of Hearts is... Jennifer
Harman! No, this is not a repeat from last month, folks.
$40,000 ROUND: Jennifer Harman
So far, the bassist for the Twitty Committee
raises on A-K. Jennifer folds, and the qualifier picks up the first pot of the
match. Jennifer then makes it $1700 on K-4. Brian calls on A-K again. Flop:
6-5-3. Checks. Turn: 10c. Jenn bets on the straight draw and Brian folds.
Brian picks up 4-2c and raises. Jen calls on
Q-3c. Flop: 3-9-4. Middle pair for Brian, as he bets $2600. Jen calls. Turn: 2h.
Big bet on Brian's end. Jen folds and Brian picks up the pot.
Q-9 for Jen, K-8s for Brian. Flop: J-10-2, flush
draw for Brian. Jen bets $4500 on a straight draw. Brian just calls the $4500.
Turn: 4s for the nut flush. River: Ah. Brian moves all-in and picks up a nice
Brian picks up K-4, limping in. Jenn checks with
7-5s. Flop: 4-4-10. Trip 4s for the qualifier. Turn: Jd. River: 6s. Brian's
all-in again, and he picks up even more of Harman's money.
K-J on Jenn's hand. Brian's all-in with A-9. Jenn
has to go. She calls it. Flop: 8-3-7. Turn: 7c. A king or jack will keep the pro
alive. River... Ks. Jennifer Harman doubles up. Ouch.
Brian goes all-in again with A-Q. Jennifer calls
with A-3. "Susie Q, I love you." Flop: 8-Q-5. Brian's sitting pretty. Turn: 3c.
Never easy. One more 3, and it's over... River... 5d, and Brian doubles up.
Next, Brian folds 5-2. Then Jen goes all-in with
Q-8d. Brian calls with K-J. He needs Kojak. "Who loves you, baby!" Flop:
10-10-10! Turn: J. Brian has 10s full, but he needs to dodge a queen or a 9d.
River... Ad. Brian wins $40,000 with a full house!
The question now... does he want to risk that for
$160,000 more OR does he want to take the $40,000 and go home? Brian Twitty is
going to... GO HOME! Hey, he's got money for a good cause, you know.
We're back on January 2 to wrap the run.
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