13. So lucky. So unlucky.
Let's see who it is for whom...
Freddy Deeb - Deeb has been lucky. He has 22 points
and is a lock to move to the round of 16.
Carlos Mortenson - He's not only lucky, he's been hot
- 2 straight tournament wins.
Todd Brunson - He mixes lucky and good. He's on the
border, but in the dance.
Mike Caro - Right now, he's on the border and looking
at the punch bowl that everyone at the party is
Antonio Esfandiari - The magician needs to have more
than his 5 points appear.
Bobby Hoff - 2 points. Last place. Look out for black
Hand #1 - The 'Matador' Comes out with $20,000. Deeb
has 'Big Slick' (A ? K ?) and
just calls. The Flop is 2 ?
10 ? 2 ?,
and a pair of checks gets us a 7? ( a straight draw
for Mortenson) on the turn. Mortenson bets $40,000 and
Deeb calls. The river i s a 6 ?, which gives the
Matador his straight. He bets $80,000 and Deeb folds.
Mortenson takes the first pot - and shows Deeb his
straight. How nice of Carlos.
Hand #2 - a Q ? 8 ? 9
? is a monster flop for
Brunson (Q ? J ?) and Esfandiari (10
? 8 ?). The Turn is a
6 ?, and both people have monster opportunities on the
river, but Esfandiari blinks and folds. Brunson gets
the win while the 'Magician', who needs points,
decides to be conservative tonight. Let's see how long
Hand #3 - Brunson (Q ?, 9 ?)
raises first, but Caro with a better hand (K ? J
?,) calls. a 5 ?, 8 ?, 10
?, gives Brunson a straight
draw, but a 5 ? on the turn
and a 4 ? on the river does nothing for him and the
only way to get the pot is to bluff at it. He does,
but Caro calls and takes the pot.
Hand #4 - Deeb has a K ? and
a J ? as he raises. Caro warns Deeb to e gentle, but
Deeb's rough stuff forces everyone else out of the
Hand #5 - A J ? 7 ? suited has Mortenson raising the
pot, but Caro comes over the Top with a $100,000 raise
on ...an 8 ? 2 ???? Caro,
knowing that Mortenson is very aggressive, wants a
bluff - and he gets it as Mortenson folds.
Hand #6 - Mortenson gets aggressive with a J
? 9 ?.
Brunson's comment? 'I'm up against a Mad Genius, a
Matador, a Magician, a Wizard, and a Terrorist! What
am I going to do?' Well being more politically correct
would be a good start...
Hand #7 - Mortenson goes and raises again - this time
with a 10 ? 8 ? suited. Deeb has a pair of 5's (? and
?) and he goes all-in.
Mortenson asks for a chip count and calls. The Flop -
4 ?, 2 ?, 8
?, and Carlos pairs the 8's. The 9 ? on the
Turn forces Deep to get a 5 on the river...which is
not a J ?. Deeb gets no points, which is great for the
other people who desperately need to score - like
everyone else not named Carlos Mortenson. Deeb - 'Mortenson
has enough points, so he's gambling like he doesn't
care'. Well, based on going in on the pair of 5's,
neither do you, Deeb.
Hand #8 - Esfandiari raises with a A
? 10 ?. Caro calls
with a Q ? J ?, and a 5 ?, A ? 10 ? gives him a flush
draw, It also gives Esfandiari 2 pair and he goes
all-in. Caro gets the K ? for the flush and calls, and
Esfandiari needs some Ace or 10 Magic. The river...3
?, and Esfandiari goes out the door with a single
point. 13 was not lucky for Esfandiary, who needs to
come in at least second in his 2 remaining matches to
have a shot at the play-offs.
Hand #9 - Brunson goes all-in with a A
? 5 ?,
and Caro calls with an A ?, 8
?. An A ?,
9 ? 9 ? does no one any good,
(neither does a 6 ? on the turn) and an A ? on the
river gives them a split pot.
Hand #10 - Brunson goes all-in again. Caro calls again
with a K ? 7 ?. Brunson's
cards...5 ?, 4 ?. Yick. The
flop is a monster 4 ?, 9 ?, 5 ? for Brunson, but a 6
? gives Caro an open-ended
straight. The river...is neither (Q ?) and Brunson
Hand #11 - It's Hoff who goes all-in with a K
&diams ; 2
?, but he retracts the bet because he covers
Brunson's all-in - but Brunson has a better hand (A
?, J ?).
The flop is a 3 ?, 7
?, 7 ?, and a 7
?, could open up a split
possibility. The river is a Q ?, as Brunson now
doubles up again. Hoff is now the one on life support.
Hand #12 - Hoff goes all in with a pair of black 7's.
Mortensen calls with a Q ? 5 ?, while Caro , with a J
? 5 ?,
also joins the party. A 2 ?,
J ?, 9 ? gives the Mad Genius a pair of jacks. He
scares Mortenson out of the pot and it's between him
and Hoff. a 2 ? and a J ?
gives Caro a full house, and it gives the
now-eliminated Hoff 4th place.
Hand #13 - THIRTEEEEEEN!!!!!! EEEEEK! Caro finds an A
? 5 ?
lucky and raises the pot. Brunson with the A ? 3 ?
goes all-in and Caro calls. The flop has a 10 ? 7 ?, 7
?, which helps no one. A Q ?
on the turn gives Brunson a flush draw, but an 8 ?
comes up and we have another chop tie. So #13 was
lucky to...no one, but unlucky to...also no one. For
all that build-up, we're not getting much action.
Hand #14 - Mortenson will make up for the lack of
action with a pair of black cowboys. Caro goes all-in
with an 8 ?, 6 ?. Oops. The
Flop is J ? 10
? 7 ?. With the Turn of a 4
? and the River of a 10 ?,
Caro plays himself out and Mortenson has a huge
$1,170,000 - $330,000 lead on Brunson.
Hand #15 - Mortenson has a Q ?
and a 10 ?, Brunson has an
8/2 off suit. Brunson folds.
Hand #16 - Carlos takes a Q ?
7 ? to Brunson, who has a 7 ?
4 ?. He gets a free look at
an 10 ? A ?,
6 ?. An 8 ?
has Brunson going all-in on absolutely nothing but an
inside straight draw. Mortenson doesn't stick around
to see if he hits it and folds. Brunson wins, but he's
down to $300,000 in chips.
Hand #17 - Brunson has a Q ?
8 ? and he is contemplating
an all-in from Mortenson with a 10 ?
8 ?. He calls, which gives him the lead, and a K?, 7
?, 8 ? gives him the lead. a Q ? pairs him up, but a
spade gives Mortenson the flush. The river...5 ?, and
Brunson doubles up. It's now a much closer game -
780,000 for Mortenson, 720,000 for Brunson.
Hand #18 - We have garbage this hand - a 6
? 3 ? for Brunson and a 8 ?,
6 ?, for Mortenson. There's a 2 ?, 4
?, 3 ? on the Flop and the dealer was going
right to the turn - without allowing a bet on the
Flop. Oops. Well, a lot of people are tired. Brunson
bets. Mortenson folds out - but wants to see what the
card would have been. He doesn't get to see it as
Brunson pulls even closer.
Hand #19 - Brunson wants to go all-in with a K
?, 8 ?. The only problem here
- Mortenson has an A ? Q ?,
and it gets worse when a 3 ? A ? 7 ?
shows up and pairs Mortenson's aces. Todd needs a pair
of runners, and when he doesn't get one on the turn,
Mortenson wins the match and pockets another $10,000,
while Brunson gets another 7 points for second. Caro
also betters himself, while Deeb stays where he is and
Hoff and Esfandiari are now in deep trouble.
Let's see who's holding a lucky rabbit's foot and
who's holding an amputated rabbit.
*30 - Carlos Mortenson
27 - Kathy Liebert
23 - David Sklansky
*22 - Freddie Deeb
20 - Johnny Chan
*19 - Todd Brunson
18 - Mimi Tran
17 - David Grey
17 - Mike Sexton
15 - Cyndy Violette
*15 - Mike Caro
14 - Scotty Nguyen
13 - Ted Forrest
12 - Doyle Brunson
11 - Dewey Tomko
11 - Barry Greenstein
11 - Tommy Wang
8 - Huck Seed
7 - Eli Elezra
7 - Chau Giang
6 - John Myung
*6 - Antonio Esfandari
*5 - Bobby Hoff
4 - Chris Moneymaker
* - Have played in 4 matches
Next week - we get to Elimination Match #14. Join us
in 7 days to see who prefers #14 over #13.