If you noticed the
standings, you see that a lot of people at the bottom
have yet to play Match #4. This week should be
fascinating just for that reason - whoever loses here
is in big trouble of missing out in the post-season,
while whoever wins is going to be in great shape.
Let's see who we have this week...
David Sklansky - David doesn't have much
pressure on him. He has 23 points and is easily
coasting to the semifinals.
Mike Sexton - Mike has 17 and needs 1 or 2 more
David Grey - He also has 17. He also needs one
more good showing to be safe.
Barry Greenstein - Barry is one of those people
who needs points. He has 11, which is not enough to ge
into the Top 16.
John Myung - John also needs help - he has 6
points and he has to think about winning the matches,
instead of just playing well.
Huckleberry Seed - Seed, with 8 points, is
right along with Myung. He can't afford to finish
lower than third.
Hand #1 - Grey has a K ? and
a 5 ? and raises. Huck Seed
goes over the top and all-in - with a 8 ? 5 ?. Wha?
Well, it works - Grey folds and Seed starts with some
Hand #2 - Myung has a 10 ?
and a 9 ? and raises. Sexton
folds a pair of black 7's. Wha? We have early
weirdness as everyone else folds and Myung wins.
Hand #3 - Myung has pocket 4's (?
and ?) and raises again. Seed goes all-in again, but
this time, he has something better - an A ? and a 5
?. Myung backs off and Seed
is 2 for 2.
Hand #4 - Sklansky now has an Ace and a 5 (both
hearts) and raises. Myung calls with a K
? and a Q ?,
but he has the same suit as Sklansky, and his hand is
higher. The Flop has A ? A ? 6 ?
and Sklansky has trip Aces. Sklansky sets the trap and
checks. Myung falls for it and bets and Sklansky
calls. a 9 ? on the turn
gives both men a flush draw, which does neither person
no good because a 6 ? on the river gives Sklansky a
boat. Sklansky bets and wants to get more money from
Myung, but doesn't get it as Myung folds.
Hand #5 - Myung needs to win hands, not be over
aggressive. He is though, and goes all-in with a Q
? J ?.
Sklansky, with most of Myung's chips already, calls
him with a J ? J ?. Myung,
who needs a Queen, gets no help on the Flop (9
?, 2 ?, A ?),
Turn (4 ?) or River (10 ?),
and Myung, who couldn't afford to take no points, does
Hand #6 - Seed goes All-in with a A
? J ?. Everyone else
bails and he wins the pot.
Hand #7 - It's Grey that goes all-in...with nothing (9
? 8 ?). Everyone folds,
including the hyper all-in Seed.
Hand #8 - Seed goes all-in yet again, but this time,
he's got a Big Slick. Everyone bails again and Seed
grabs some more chips. After a quick bio from Seed and
how he won the World Series of Poker in 1996, we get
Hand #9 - Seed goes all-in again, and he gets
stare-down from Sexton. He should, since he has more
garbage (9 ? 8 ?).
Hand #10 - Seed does it again with an A
? J ?. Sexton has a pair of
4;s, but he threw out a pair of 7's before. He throws
the 4's out as well and we get more chips for Seed.
Hand #11 - Sexton goes all-in with 9's (?
and ?). Seed will call with suited spades (8 and 5).
the flop is J ?, 7 ? J
?, which looks good for
Sexton, and a 6 ? on the turn and a j
? on the river keeps Sexton
alive for another hand.
Hand #12 - Seed goes all-in again with a 9 ? and a 4
?, but his hand gets caught
in the cookie jar by Sklansky, who has a K
? 10 ?. the flop is 5
?, K ? 8 ?,
which pairs Sklansky's Kings. We get a 4 ? on the
turn, which means that Seed needs another 4 or he's
eliminated. The River is....4 ?!. That gives Seed trip
4's and keeps him around for another hand as well.
Hand #13 - Sklansky now goes all-in with a K
? 8 ?.
Greenstein will call with a J ? 9 ?.
The flop is 4 h, Q ? 7 ?, so
Sklansky is still ahead. a 7 ?
on the turn and a 10 ? on the river doesn't help
Greenstein, so Sklansky gets to double up.
Hand #14 - Greenstein now goes all-in with a K ? 3 ?.
Sexton, with an A ? 9 ?, goes
over the top and all-in himself. Greenstein has Sexton
covered, but he may not have to worry with a 7?
2 ? 9?
on the Flop to pair his 9's. A K ? on the turn though
gives Greenstein a pair of Kings for the lead. Sexton
needs an Ace or a 9, but a 7 ?
on the river eliminates Sexton. Still his only error
won't hurt him that much - as long as that's the only
error that he makes.
Hand #15 - Greenstein (K ? 8
?) goes all-in again. Sklansky (Q ?
J ?), who is covered by
Greenstein, calls. The flop is J ?
J ? K ? gives Sklansky Trips, and a J ? on the River
gives him QUAD JACKS. Sklansky now takes the lead and
Greenstein is now the short stack.
Hand #16 - Greenstein goes all-in with Q ? and 10
?. Seed calls with a K
? 7 ?
and he's the favorite. The flop, with a 10
?, A ?,
6 ?, dictates otherwise. A 7 ? on the turn helps Seed,
but the 8 ? on the river means that Greenstein doubles
up for the lead and Seed is now the short stack.
Hand #17 - Grey has a Vowel Special (A
? A ?). Seed is all-in for
the blinds with a 9 ? 2
?. Seed needs diamonds and
gets 1 on the flop (Q p, 3 ?,
7 ?), but a non-diamond on
the turn ends his night. He finishes in 4th and needs
to do some major damage in his last 2 matches.
Hand #18 - Greenstein goes all-in again with a K
? 6 ?.
Sklansky has painted A 4 (both clubs) and calls. We
get a Q ? A ? 4 ? and
Sklansky has 2 pair. We get a K ?
on the turn, and Greenstein needs a King to knock out
Sklansky. He doesn't get it (6 ?) and Sklansky moves
back into first.
Hand #19 - David Grey has a hearted Big Slick.
Greenstein has to go all in on the blinds with a Q?
6 ?. The Flop is a 3 ?, K ?,
8 ?, and Greenstein needs to find a runner-runner. a 5
? isn't is and Barry is gone with 5 points.
Hand #20 - Sklansky's turn to get the Vanna Special (A
? A ?) and Grey calls with an
8 ? 6 ?.
The flop is 4 ?, Q ?,
4 ? on the Flop, and an A ?
gives Sklansky a boat. He throws some money in and
Grey bails out.
Hand #21 - Grey goes all-in with a Q
? 7 ?. Sklansky calls
with an A ? Q ?, which looks great...until a K ? 6 ? 7
? on the flop. The 6 ? and Q
? on the river does no good and Grey has a huge lead.
Hand #22 - Grey goes all-in with a Q ? and a 10
?. Sklansky calls with a A ? j ? (which he has
to do, because he doesn't have enough for even a small
blind). The Flop is 4 ? 3
? 3 ?, which is good for Sklansky, but a 10 ?
on the turn gives Grey the lead with a pair of 10's
and a Q ? ends the match.
Grey wins $10,000 and the match, but Sklansky is still
up on the leaderboard.
That gives us some more people on the top - and over
*37 - Kathy Liebert
*30 - Carlos Mortenson
*30 - David Sklansky
*27 - David Grey
*22 - Freddie Deeb
20 - Johnny Chan
*19 - Todd Brunson
*18 - Mimi Tran
*18 - Cyndy Violette
*18 - Mike Sexton
*16 - Dewey Tomko
*16 - Barry Greenstein
*15 - Mike Caro
*14 - Chau Giang
14 - Scotty Nguyen
13 - Ted Forrest
12 - Doyle Brunson
*12 - Tommy Wang
*11 - Huck Seed
7 - Eli Elezra
*6 - John Myung
*6 - Antonio Esfandari
*5 - Bobby Hoff
4 - Chris Moneymaker
* - Have played in 4 matches
As you can tell, 5 of the last 6 people to play match
#4 are all around the cutoff line. That's what will
make the next episode so very interesting. Join us in
7 days to see the results of it.