all to the middle of series #5. We are at Match #19,
and it's getting serious. Remember how we were talking
about everyone being around the line? Well, tonight,
no one has 20 points, which means that no one is safe.
Ted Forrest - Ted's the safest with 20. That
being said, he still needs some points to be
Dewey Tomko - At 16, he's sort of safe. A good
win by him will make him completely safe.
Barry Greenstein - He's also at 16 points. More
points from him will get him into the 20's and pretty
much secure him a spot in the Top 16.
Doyle Brunson - He is only 1 point behind Tomko
and Greenstein in 15. The only problem is that 15
right now is under the cut-off line. Brunson needs to
get points now and not worry about win and get help
for Match #6.
Tommy Wang - He has 12. The cut-off is 16. Wang
can't be satisfied with anything less than a third
placed finish and then another Top 3 finish in his
Bobby Hoff - He's really not safe. At 5 points,
he needs to come in first or second or he will be
joining Moneymaker and Myung in the Suck Pond.
Hand #1 - This is what you call making a play. Hoff
has pocket Queens. No one wants to give money to Hoff
and everyone else folds off of his raise.
Hand #2 - Hoff has another pair - this time he has
7's. (? ?). Wang has a set of
chips. 'I'm getting excited. This is my small blind
for the next hand.' He folds and Hoff wins another
pair. Like Moneymaker, the other players don't mind
giving him blinds - they just don't want him to make a
move at someone else's expense, as a huge win from him
means trouble for someone at the table.
Hand #3 - Tomko raises with an A ? 4 ?. Everyone is
playing very tight right now, and Tomko gets to win
Hand #4 - Wang plays a little loose with a Q ? 8 ?. He
picked a really bad time to do it because Greenstein
goes all-in with Cowboys (?
and ?). Wang gets out of the way and Greenstein wins a
Hand #5 - We still have yet to see a flop. We may now
as Wang goes all-in with a ..7 ?
4 ?? Wha? They all bail and
Wang wins the pot. Wow. He still has some catch-up to
do, as Greenstein, who took Wang's raise a few hands
ago, it still the leader.
Hand #6 - Wang decides to raise with a J
? 10 ?.
He's hoping that people will drop out, but Hoff goes
over the top and goes all-in with a A/J
?. Wang folds and Hoff takes
a nice pot. Wang, who
We see a profile on Hoff, who is nicknamed 'The
Wizard' and who is supposedly one of the best money
players around. He spoke about destroying fraternity
card games in the 1960's with his play. Welcome to the
big leagues and 2,000, Bobby.
Hand #7 - Hoff is starting to speed with a Q ? 5 ?.
Everyone is respecting him right now and he's taking
Hand #8 - Hoff does it again with an 8/6 ?.
Eventually, Hoff is going to get caught by a better
hand. It won't be this one, though, as Hoff collects
more chips off of everyone else's folds. The
aggressive play has given him the lead. Wang is still
the short stack.
Hand #9 - Hoff raises, but this time he has something
- an A ? Q ?. Wang, with a
J/6 ?, goes all-in. Hoff
calls and we FINALLY get a Flop AND a Showdown. That
said Flop is a 4 ? 5 ? Q ?.
Hoff pairs the queens and Wang is in deep trouble. The
3 ? ends the match and the 3 ?
on the River is inconsequential. Wang takes a huge
loss with no points. He could not afford that. and he
has to win his last match AND get help.
Hand #10 - We finally hear from some new people.
Forrest raises. Everyone folds. New people, same
result. Forrest shows his cards and says that this was
the best hand of the day. Everyone else chuckles.
Hand #11 - Forrest limps in again with a J
? 9 ?.
Tomko limps in with a K ? 10
?. The Flop has a 9 ? 3 ? 5 ?. Forrest pairs the 9's,
but he has no clubs and he doesn't know if Tomko does.
Forrest tests the waters with a $40,000 bet. Tomko has
no clubs either, so he folds and Forrest wins his
second straight pot.
Hand #12 - The short stack is now Greenstein, who has
red Queens. He goes all-in with them. Forrest calls
with an A ? 9
?. The Flop, with a 3 ? K
? A ? and Greenstein talks
about how he never wins with Queens. The 3
? and the 8
? come out on the Turn and River, and
Greenstein is out, thanks to Forrest pairing up his
aces. Greenstein comes in 5th with a point, and he is
really on the bubble for his final match.
Hand #13 - Forrest and Brunson are complaining about
their hands. Forrest won't complain with a K/5
? and raises. Brunson and
Tomko are both short stacked, but neither of them go
in. Hoff does, with...both red Aces. This spells big
time trouble for Forrest, but he folds without getting
involved in Hoff's re-raise.
Hand #14 - With the blinds going up, Brunson goes
all-in with A ? Q ?. Hoff has
A ? Q ? and also goes all-in. Only a flush is going to
mean anything, as Brunson has a 1% chance to win it
outright and Hoff has a 2 % chance to win it outright.
A 3 ? A ?
10 ? with no flush draw, gives both people a 0% chance
to win it outright and they split the pot.
Hand #15 - Forrest goes all-in with a K/5
?. Unfortunately, it's now
Tomko with the Red Aces and he calls. The Flop is 10
? 5 ?
Q ?. Forrest has 5's and has a straight possibility. A
4 ? on the Turn gives Forrest
more possibility to crack the aces, but a 3 ? on the
River isn't any of those possibilities. Tomko doubles
up, but that still keeps him in third and Forrest in
Hand #16 - Tomko goes all-in. Brunson does too.
Neither person has looked at their hand. Tomko has...
K ? 8 ?. Brunson has...6 ? 2 ?.
Ick. a Flop of 6 ? 5 ? 7
?, however, pairs Brunson's
6's and he's in the lead. An A ? on the Turn is good
for Doyle, and a Q ? on the river gives Brunson the
double-up in the dark. 'Sometimes, good things happen
in the dark', says Tomko, who is now the short stack.
Hand #17 - Hoff raises with a Q/5 ?, right into
Forrest's A ? 10
?. Forrest calls, and we see
a flop of K ? J ? 2 ?. That
does nothing for either person, and the first bet
should win this one. That comes from Hoff with
$280,000. Forrest folds and Hoff takes the pot.
Hand #18 - Hoff now has more than Forrest, Tomko and
Brunson combined. He looks to add to it with pocket
10's (? and ?). He goes
all-in and Forrest folds, but Tomko is forced to call
with a K ? 9 ?. The Flop
gives Tomko the lead with a K ? J ?, 3
?, An A ? gives Hoff a
straight draw, meaning that Tomko doesn't want to see
an Ace or a Queen. The River...a 4 ?,
which doubles Tomko up and shrinks Hoff's lead a
Hand #19 - Hoff goes all-in again on pocket 5's (?
and ?). Brunson has an A ? 6
? and calls. The Flop - 2 ?
10 ? 3 ?. Unlike Forrest, Brunson isn't getting and
help from that, the 2 ? on
the Turn, or the 9 ? on the
River. Brunson finishes in 4th and gets 3 important
points for him. That moves him over the cut-off, which
means that good play from him in the last match will
get him into the post-season.
Hand #20 - Forrest goes all-in with a A ? 10 ?. Tomko
calls with a A ? 3 ?. Hoff wants no part of that and
folds. The flop is a K ? 5 ? 10 ?
and Forrest pairs his 10's. The Turn is a K
? and Tomko can get a split -
but not with a 4 ? on the River. Tomko is out in third
place with 5 more points, but he's now over the 20
mark and is looking much better.
Hand #21 - Hoff is in great shape to win this match.
Forrest limps in and Hoff checks. The Flop - a j
? K ?
Q ?, matches Forrest's Queens
(Q ? 5 ?) and he bets. Hoff
(with an inside straight draw with his J
? 8 ?) folds. With the blind
steal, it's now Forrest who has the lead and the upper
Hand #22 - Forrest has Big Slick. Hoff bails.
Hand #23 - Hoff gets aggressive and now Forrest bails.
Hand #24 - Hoff tries to get aggressive with a 9
? 7 ?
and goes all-in. Forrest, with a A ? 5
?, calls and catches Hoff
with his hand in the cookie jar. The Flop - 4
? 6 ?
7 ?, which gives Hoff the pair, but it gives Forrest a
straight draw. It doesn't come on the turn (2
?), but it does on the river
(8 ?) and Forrest wins the match with a straight.
The good news for Hoff is that he finally got to have
a good showing. The bad news it that he is almost
going to have to win the last match to have a shot at
advancing at the post-season. Who has the shots as we
look at the standings now?
*40 - Kathy Liebert
*40 - Carlos Mortenson
*35 - David Sklansky
30 - Johnny Chan
*30 - David Grey
*30 - Ted Forrest
*26 - Todd Brunson
*23 - Cyndy Violette
22 - Freddie Deeb
*22 - Eli Elezra
*21 - Scotty Nguyen
*21 - Dewey Tomko
18 - Mimi Tran
*18 - Doyle Brunson
*18 - Mike Sexton
*17 - Barry Greenstein
*16 - Mike Caro
14 - Chau Giang
*12 - Bobby Hoff
*12 - Tommy Wang
11 - Huck Seed
*7 - John Myung
6 - Antonio Esfandari
*5 - Chris Moneymaker
* - Have played in 5 matches
With Hoff's nice showing this week, that shows
Esfandari and Giang that they can do the same. In
order to have any shot at the post-season, they are
going to have to. Join us in 7 days to see if they do.