After Week #8, we have
solid standings, since everyone would have played 2
matches. Let's see who starts up Round 3...
Elimination Match 9 -
Freddie Deeb - 15 points - looking good.
Ted Forrest - 13 points - also looking good
Cyndy Violette - 12 points - the all ladies three some
earlier on this season was a boost for her.
Dewey Tomko - 6 points - not wonderful shape, but not
awful. He has some work to do.
Scotty Nguyen - 4 points - this is starting to border
on awful. He needs to get some points here.
Bobby Hoff - 1 point - Yikes. I don't knoe eho he is,
but he is looking very overmatched here.
Hand #1 - Deeb raises to $40,000 with a K
? 8 ? . Hoff with a 9 and 10
?, calls. We see a flop of Q
? A? 4 ?.
Deep bets $60,000 and Hoff gets out of the way, giving
Deeb the first pot.
Hand #2 - Deeb bets more money - but he has a A? Q ? ,
so he can back it up. Tomko goes all in with K ? K
?, and all-in is $250,000.
Deeb thinks about it, and lays it down.
Hand #3 - We hear from Ted Forrest, and with a K
? Q ?,
and he calls. Deeb, however, has an A
? K? and raises. a J
?, 7 ?,
Q ? gives help to both people, but Forrest, with a
pair of queens and a flush draw, bets it. Deeb
counters and goes All-In, and Forrest calls. The flop
- A ?, which gives Deeb the
high hand. Forrest can still win with a heart, but a 8
? shows up, which allows Deeb to double up and take
the early lead with $465,000. Forrest is severely
crippled with only $17,500 left.
Hand #4 - He hear from Violette now too, but her hand
is only a Q? J ? . Deeb, with an A ?
4 ?, goes all in and attempts
to punch around VIolette. He does so successfully as
she folds her cards.
Hand #5 - With he blinds up to $20,000, Forrest, with
his $17,500 is forced to go all in with a K? 3?.
Nguyen has 10 s 10 h' and calls, while Tomko, with A ?
and Q? raises. Violette has both red queens (?
and ?) and goes all in. Tomko
and Nguyen both lay out as we see a flop...10
? 8 ?
8?, The flop (4?) gives Forrest a flush draw, but an 8
d' gives Violette a boat and Forrest leaves the table
and takes no points.
Hand #6 - Hoff tries it again with a K ? 8 ? and
raises. Everyone else lays out and Hoff wins a rare
hand. Deeb lays out and tells Hoff that he has a tell.
Is this psychology or does Deeb know something?
Hand #7 - VIolette start is up with a A?
6? . Tomko has an A ? 7
? and just calls - but as the
person with a shirt stack, he may be going in soon. a
5 ? , 10 ? j ? does nothing
to help either person, and a 2 ?
on the turn and a 9 ? on the river doesn't tempt
either person to bet. With that, Tomko wins a pot, but
he's still the short stack...
Hand #8 - ...and with blinds up to $20,000 and
$40,000, people have to start making moves. Nguyen has
an A? 10? and does so. Hoff has an A
? 8 ?, and knows he
also has to make a move. He goes all in on Nguyen, who
calls. Hoff needs diamonds, but a j
? 9 ? 8 ? gives Hoff the lead with a pair. A 10
? on the turn gives Nguyen
the lead back and a 10 ? gives Nguyen trips. Hoff
trips out of the room with only 2 points in three
matches. He better start winning tournaments for the
second three matches he is in, or he's going to be
very irrelevant on match #6.
Hand #9 - Nguyen folds with an Ace, and Violette has a
6? 3?, but balks quickly when Deeb goes all in. Deeb
tells Nguyen that he owes him $90,000, while Nguyen,
who may have felt something, just smiles.
Hand #10 - Maybe Nguyen was waiting for this one - A?
K ? Now it's Deeb's turn to fold and they both share a
laugh over it. Nguyen talks about how an honor it is
to play with all of those people.
Hand #11 - Violette, with a Q ?
Q ? , raises a little, hoping for a call. She gets it
- but it forces her all-in from Nguyen's A ? K
?. The flop is...2
?, A? 2? , which gives Nguyen
Aces. The turn...8 ?. Cindy
needs a queen on the river, which is..A
?. It's now Violette who's on
the outside looking in. She does get 3 points, which
will help her with the 12 she already had.
Hand #12 - Tomko goes in with an A ?
4 ?, but Nguyen has the lead
with aan A ? 6
?. Tomko gets a 4 on the flop
with a 4? K ?, 9
? for the lead, but the
turn... a 6?, which gives Nguyen the lead back. The
river (6 ?) does nothing for
Forrest, and for the second straight all-in, the turn
gives Nguyen the lead and an eliminated opponent -
this one being Forrest.
We are down to Nguyen Vs. Deeb for 10 points, and
Nguyen with his little 4 points, needs it much more
than Deeb, who has 15 going into this. We start Hand
#13 with a A ? K
? for Deeb, and he raises it.
Nguyen has a Q? 6 ? and lays it down. Hand #14 comes,
and Nguyen takes a blind steal back his way.
We see Deeb limp in with a 4 ? 3 ?
and Nguyen calling with a A? 6 ? . The flop is an A ?
, J ? 9 d, and Nguyen pairs up Aces. It's Deeb who
bets, however, and Nguyen raises. A scared Deeb folds
and Nguyen takes another pot. A few more hands gives
him a 1,165,000 lead to Deeb's 335,000.
And with Hand #15, an A? K? by Nguyen looks like he's
going to make more money. Deeb folds out and Nguyen
takes more blinds. We get a bio from Deeb about how
his dad found out that he was playing poker for a
living, but at Hand #16, Nguyen picks up more blinds
and is not up $1,245,000 to $255,000 for Deeb.
Deeb FINALLY goes all in with a K? 7
?, and Nguyen, with a Q ?
9 ? , calls. The flop is 7?, 2 ? , J
?, the turn usually helps out Nguyen, and a 10
? gives him a straight
draw...which he gets when the Q ?
shows up on the River. Nguyen wins the all-important
10 points, but a second 7 points from Deeb almost
guarantees that he will make the round of 16 - even
only 3 matches in.
And on everyone else, let's see the totals -
22 - Freddie Deeb
20 - David Sklansky, Kathy Liebert
17 - David Grey
15 - Cyndy Violette
14 - Scotty Nguyen
13 - Ted Forrest
12 - Mike Sexton
11 - Dewey Tomko
10 - Johnny Chan, Tommy Wang, Carlos Mortenson
8 - Mimi Tran, Barry Greenstein
7 - Eli Elezra, Todd Brunson, Huck Seed
6 - John Myung
5 - Doyle Brunson
4 - Antonio Esfandari
3 - Mike Caro
2 - Chau Giang, Bobby Hoff
1 - Chris Moneymaker
With that, we will be back for Elimination Match #10.
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