Last time on the felt, Don Topel took out
two poker stars for $200,000. Now he's going to face a third for his
shot at a million, but if he loses, he loses everything.
Don decides to pick the Ace of Clubs...
He wants it to be Jennifer Harman. Well, it isn't. He's the WPT season 4
player of the year.... GAVIN SMITH.
Round 3: Gavin Smith.
Both players are starting out with 500K
in chips, with 2K and 4K blind. Don starts with A-J, betting $15K. Gavin
has Q-2d. He folds it, giving the first shot to Don.
Gavin picks up K-8. Don checks with J-10.
Flop: 5-Q-K, top pair for Gavin, open-ender for Don. Gavin calls. Turn:
7s. Eight outs. River: 6c. Not one of them. Gavin bets $21,000. Don
folds and Gavin takes the lead.
Don has A-5, raising. Gavin has 7-6 and
calls. Flop: K-4-Q. Don bets $25K. Gavin folds and Don retakes the lead.
Blinds raised to 3K and 6K. Don has K-7.
Gavin, A-5. Flop: 3-4-4, two diamonds. Turn: 9d. Both players pick up a
flush draw. River: 10c. Gavin shows Ace-high and takes the pot.
Gavin limps on K-5, while Don has 8-4.
Flop: A-2-5. Don calls on a gut-shot. Turn: 4d. River: Jd. Gavin stings
him for another pot.
Then Steve orders pizza and like the
gentleman he is, offers a slice. Don has Q-4. Gavin has 8-3. Flop:
2-10-A. Gavin folds, giving another $22K to Don.
Don is sitting on Queens to Gavin's Q-10.
Flop: 10-8-K. Checks. Turn: As. River: 7s. Don bets out and wins
Gavin picks up A-7 to Don's K-5d. Flop:
6-10-Q. Turn: 10h. Gavin bets out, and Don folds.
Don has 9-2, and folds to Gavin's Kings.
Then Gavin picks up 8-K to Don's 5-4d. Flop: 6-3-6. Gavin bets $15K. Don
calls. Turn: 4s. River: 3d. Don plays $35K, and Don collects $85K.
Don picks up Q-9 to Gavin's Q-10d. Flop:
5-Q-10. Gavin check-raises. Turn: 3s. Don is drawing dead here, and he
knows it. Gavin gets $192K.
Blinds are up to 10K and 20K. Gavin limps
with 9-4. Don checks on 5-4. Flop: K-4-A. Don bets. Turn: 3s. A 41%
chance of a tie. River: 6d. Two checks, and Gavin's kicker wins him
So far, Don is losing ground, 725K to
275K. Don's got K-J to Gavin's Q-5. Flop: 6-Q-9d. Turn: 7c. Gavin bets
$30K. Don needs to hit a diamond, a King or a 10. River: Js. Gavin bets
and wins $250,000.
Don has seven big blinds left. He calls
on K-5. Gavin has A-6 and puts Don all-in. Don pulls the trigger for all
the marbles. Win and he doubles up. Lose, and it's all over. Flop:
A-3-4, two clubs. Turn: 9s. Don needs a deuce and a deuce ONLY. The
miracle card... 4h. And Don Topel loses the $200,000 he won earlier,
while Gavin takes down $10,000 for his charity.
Next up to face the ace is a poker
amateur and registered nurse from Troy, IL, MARCIA OWENS. She says she
plays 60% live poker and 40% online.
Her first Ace... is the Ace of Diamonds.
Her first pro... is from Denmark. He won three WPT open titles... It's
the Great Dane, GUS HANSEN!
Round 1: Gus Hansen
Blinds start at 200 and 400, with each
player bankrolled $20,000. Marcia's first hand goes into the muck. The
second... 9-2 to Gus' 8-6. Flop: J-Q-3. Gus bets. Marcia raises and wins
the pot on 9-high.
Marcia calls on Q-10h. Gus raises on A-8.
Marcia insta-calls. Flop: 6-7-A, top pair for the ace. Turn: 2h. Marcia
has a heart draw. River: 3d. Gus bets... Marcia folds, giving Gus $8000.
Gus draws 10s and makes it $1900 to
Marcia's A-10. She raises... He calls. Flop: 3-3-10. Gus is riding on a
boat, doo-dah, doo-dah... Turn: 6s. Marcia leads out drawing dead. Gus
calls. River: Ah. Marcia has top two pair to Gus' 10 full. Gus raises to
$10,000. She... CALLS?! WHA?! HUH?!
Marcia is down to only a few chips and an
Underdog card protector. She is severely short-stacked against the Ace
here. She only has $2400. Blinds go up. She limps with A-8. Gus puts her
in with 5s. Marcia pulls the trigger. She's a wild woman. Flop: 3-9-7.
She needs an Ace or an 8 still. Turn: As. Now can she avoid a 5? Yes!
She doubles up to $4800.
Ali just raised the blinds to 600 and
1200, meaning that Marcia is down to four big blinds. She folds the next
hand. Gus lands A-4 next. Marcia has Q-8 and goes all-in. She needs
help. BADLY. Flop: K-6-6. She needs an 8 or a Queen. Turn: 9c. River...
6s. GAME OVER. That was rather quick.
Well, come on back to Vegas next month
for more big poker and more big money. See you then!
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