We continue round 3 with
Elimination Match #10. We have 6 more people, some
of which would love more points, others which more
likely need them. Let's see
who fits in what mold...
Kathy Leibert - She already has won 2 matches and 20
points. She just needs
to make sure she doesn't pull a Moneymaker and she's a
David Grey - 1 First, 1 Second. 17 points. He only
needs to collect a few
more non-lasts and he's good to go.
Carlos Mortenson - He got the Royal Goose Egg in his
first match, but then
turn around and took a first place. What's he going to
Todd Brunson - He also got a Goose Egg - but a second
place gets him 7 points
and a border spot.
Antonio Esfandiari - The magician needs to conjure up
more points. He only
has 4 of them.
Chris Moneymaker - Why did I say not pull a
Moneymaker? Because with only 1
point, you can rename him a pointgiver instead of a
We start with Hand #1, as Kathy has a 3 ?, 7 ?. Carlos
has a Q ? and a 9 ?,
while Todd, with a J ? and a 10 ?, calls. The flop ( 8
? 3 ?, 10 ?) helps no
one, and neither does the A ? turn. Carlos makes a
play at it and Todd folds.
Hand #2 - Remember when Carlos bluffed the first time?
He doesn't this time,
as he has a A ? J ?. Todd raises to all in with a pair
of threes, and Carlos
gives Todd the pot this time.
Hand #3 - Carlos likes Aces - this time, he gets an A
? Q ?. Moneymaker has a
pair of Queens (Spades and DIamonds) and raises. Now
Chris won the WSOP in
2003, but his reputation is that he is not a good
player and he just got the
luckiest ride of his life. This time, Carlos respects
Chris and gives him the
pot. Moneymaker takes the early lead, but everyone is
still within $150,000 of
Hand #4 - And the blinds are already up. Grey has
matching 8's (Clubs and
Diamonds) and this time, Mortenson, with an A ? Q ?,
goes all in. Grey calls, as
we see the flop of... 3 ?, Q ?, 5 ?. A 3 ? on the turn
and a 6 ? on the river
drops David all the way down to $3,000 in chips, which
Hand #5 - and Grey is forced to go all in with a J ?
and a 4 ?. Moneymaker (A
?, 7 ?) and Brunson (k ? and 5 ?,) play on, and
Moneymaker bows out when the
flop (5 ?, 9 ?, 3 ?) gives Brunson a pair of 5's. A 6
? on the turn and a K ?
spells the end of Mr. Grey, but that's only his first
misstep of the
tournament and with 17 points, he's still in great
Hand #6 - Esfandiary starts with a J ? and a 10 ? -
and bets half of his
stack on it. Wha? Liebert, with a A ? Q ?, calls, and
a 8 ?, 3 ?, 4 ? forces him
to fold. That cripples him with under $100,000 left in
Hand #7 - Liebert, with already 2 wins and now in
second place, is now
yapping it up. Esfandiary now has to go all-in with a
9 ?, 2 ? - which looks
really bad against Mortenson's A ?, Q ?. The flop
has...a K ?, 4 ? and a 2 ?,
giving the magician a pair of deuces. The flop is a 5
? and the river is a K ? as
Esfandiary stays alive - but still has less then what
he had to start Hand #6.Mortenson and Liebert are comfortably ahead of
Hand #8 -
Esfandiary, still on the short stack, goes all-in with
a 9 ?, 8 ?. Mortenson, who
only needs to put in $40,000, since he's in the Big
Blind, calls with a 7 ?, 6
s;. The Flop is... 3 ?, 5 ?, 2 ?, so Esfandiary is in
the clear so far. The
turn is...a 7 ?, which spells disaster for him as
Mortenson picks up a pair of
7's. Esfandiary still has outs - a 6, 8 or 9 bails him
out. The river is...a 6
?! Once again, Esfandiary doubles up at Mortenson's
expense and Antonio gets
back into the match.
Hand #9 - Todd Brunson plays his pair of black deuces.
has a A ? 10 ? and calls. The Flop is...2 ? 3 ?, 7 ?.
That gives Brunson Trip
deuces and goes all-in. Esfandiary calls and sees that
he's in deep trouble.
The turn is a 9 ? and Esfandiary is drawing dead.
Brunson moves up to $436,000
and once again, Esfandiary, with $54,000, goes back
into short stack mode.
Hand #10 - Esfandiary has a J ? and a 6 ? and goes
all-in - again. Brunson,
with an A ? and a 2 ?, calls from the small blind.
Liebert (5 ? 2 ?) checks it
from the Big Blind as we see a K ? 3 ? 10 ?. Everyone
checks as we see a 6 ?
on the Turn and a 8 ? on the river. That gives
Esfandiary a pair of 8's - and
a triple up from Liebert and Brunson. Brunson wins the
small side pot, but
that bails out Esfandiary, leaving the short stack to
...Moneymaker, who now needs to make a move. On hand
#11, Esfandiary makes
the move instead with a Q ?, 10 ?. Mortenson calls
with a A ? J ? and once
again, Esfandiary is the underdog. The flop - 5 ?, 6
?, 5 ?, does no help. A 7 ?,
doesn't either, as Esfandiary needs a Queen or a 10.
He doesn't get it on the
river (K ?) and The Wizard will once again disappear
with another measly point
(and 5 total).
Hand #12 - Brunson calls with a 10 ? 9 ?, while
Liebert plays the 7 ? 4 ?
from the Big Blind. When the flop shows up, Liebert
goes all-in. Brunson can't
play a 10/9, so he folds out.
Hand #13 - Moneymaker finally makes a move and goes
all-in with a K ? Q ?.
Mortenson has a A ? 6 ? and calls. Moneymaker needs
some high cards, but an A s;
is too high for him (with a 9 ? and a 5 ?. A 5 ? on
the Turn knocks out
Moneymaker and we don't see what's on the river. The
good news is that Moneymaker
triples his points with the win, but 4 points after
three matches is deadly to
any playoff chances.
Hand #14 - We are up to $50,000 and $100,000 blinds
and down to 3 people.
Mortenson goes all in with a set of red 10's and
Brunson, with half of his chips
committed to the pot, calls with a J ? 4 ?. Brunson
needs diamonds. He gets a
6 ?, 9 ? 5 ?, all black. A 6 ? on the turn and a 5 ?
on the river eliminates
Brunson as he takes 5 points for third.
The good news for Liebert is that she once again is in
the final 2. The bad
news is that with Mortenson wiping everyone out, he is
up 1,222,000 to 28,000.
Hand #15 - Kathy gets a pair of Kings and Mortenson
calls...with a Q ? 2 ??
Well, that's not too good for Carlos, as he gets
smoked and Kathy doubles up.
Liebert talks about smacking someone who blew smoke in
her face, and she
smacked him. She is smacking Mortenson around right
Hand #16 - Liebert has a Q ? 10 ?, while Mortenson has
a Q ? 9 ?. Liebert
needs to avoid a 9...and she does. Liebert doubles up
and we now have a tie ball
game. Mortenson and Liebert are no longer smiling -
this is serious.
Hand #17 - Mortenson goes all-in with a...6 ? 5 ?? Wha?
Liebert calls with a
A ? J ? and it looks like Liebert will win her third
straight. The flop is a K
?, 3 ?, 8 ? and the Turn is a 7 ?. The low cards help
Mortenson, because a 4
or 9 now gives him an open ended straight and a 5 or 6
pairs him up. Any of
those cards gives him the match. If not, Kathy wins
it. The River is...4?! A
shocked Liebert can only look on as Mortenson grabs
victory from the jaws of
Mortenson wins his second straight win, but Liebert
still takes second, which
makes her the clear points leader. Let's see how the
board looks now...
27 - Kathy Liebert
22 - Freddie Deeb
20 - David Sklansky, Carlos Mortenson
17 - David Grey
15 - Cyndy Violette
14 - Scotty Nguyen
13 - Ted Forrest
12 - Mike Sexton, Todd Brunson
11 - Dewey Tomko
10 - Johnny Chan, Tommy Wang
8 - Mimi Tran, Barry Greenstein
7 - Eli Elezra, Huck Seed
6 - John Myung
5 - Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandari
4 - Chris Moneymaker
3 - Mike Caro
2 - Chau Giang, Bobby Hoff
Moneymaker and Esfandiary are in deep doodoo, while
Liebert and Mortenson are
looking very good. Join us in 7 days as we classify 6