tonight, this is the last set of matches until the
post-season. This will also be the last set of matches
for 8 people in the field. Tonight could also be the
last match for someone - or someones. Let's see who
the 6 people playing are and whether it could be
anyone's last match.
David Grey - It won't be his last match. He has
30 points and is a lock for the post-season.
Ted Forrest - He doesn't have to worry either -
his 30 also guarantees him for post-season play.
Dewey Tomko - he doesn't have to worry - as
long as we doesn't finish in the bottom 2. He has 21,
and 4th place would guarantee him a chance to play
Doyle Brunson - A bad showing here could be the
end of Brunson. He needs to finish in the top half in
order to guarantee him more playing time.
Bobby Hoff - It gets very serious here. Hoff
needs to win to guarantee himself the post-season. He
can come in second too, but he would need a lot of
help form other sources. ANything less than second,
and it's bye-bye. Hoff.
Tommy Wang - You see the critique for Hoff? As
Wang has the same number of points as Hoff (12), that
also applies to him. Come in the first 2 spots or it's
Hand #1 - With 2 people who have to win this, this
match ought to be fun. Hoff is one of those two
people, and he raises with 7 ?
6 ?. Wha? Brunson, with a much more manageable Q/10
?, calls. The Flop - 10
? K ? 3 ?.
Hoff raises, but doesn't know that Brunson has mid
pair. Brunson doesn't know that Hoff is bluffing, so
Brunson folds and Hoff gets the first win of the
Hand #2 - Tomko folds with an Ace - and he is
obviously playing just to get points. Grey, who
doesn't need to do that (as he is in with 30), has an
A ? Q ? and Forrest, who can
also play loose (since he also has 30 points), with
his J/9 ?, stays in. Wang,
with a diamond Big Slick (A/K), goes all-in. Everyone
else ducks for cover, and Wang, like Hoff, wins a pot.
Hand #3 - Grey has a spaded Big Slick and raises.
Brunson has pretty ladies (Q ?
Q ?) and forces Grey to go all-in if he wants to play.
Grey calls and it's shoot-out time. The Flop - 9 ? 8
? 2 ?. The Turn is a 6
? and the River is a 4 ?.
Grey leaves with no points, which isn't a big deal, as
he was already in. Tomko is also happy, because he
gets points that he needs, while Brunson moves into
Hand #4 - The smart move for Doyle is to lay back and
collect points. We'll see if he does that as Forrest
limps in with red 3's. Wang limps in with a 4
? 2 ? and Hoff calls with a 8
? 7 ?. The Flop has a K h' 8
? 10 ? . Everyone checks that as a J ? comes off on
the turn. The river - a 3 ? and that gives Forrest a
set of 3's. Wang, who goes for a bluff, bets. Forrest
raises it up big time and Wang lets Forrest have the
pot. Forrest shows off his set, to boot.
Hand #5 - Everyone folds to Wang, who limps in with a
Q ? 10 ?.
Tomko limps in as well to see s 10 ?
4 ? 5 ?
on the Flop. A 9 ? gives Tomko a straight draw as well
as a flush draw, but Wang pairs the 10's. Tomko bets
and Wang goes over the top to force Tomko to go
all-in. He doesn't, and Wang collects many chips,
which makes him the new leader.
Hand #6 - Hoff raises with a A/6 ?. Tomko goes over
the top with a A ? K ?. Hoff
calls and has Tomko covered. The Flop is a 2 ? Q
? 6 ?. The turn is an 8 ? and
Dewey has a club flush draw. The river is... a 2
? and Tomko is out in 5th.
That could be enough for Tomko to make the play-offs,
but it's not a lock yet and he could have really used
some more points.
Hand #7 - Wang sneaks in a little raise with a K/9 ?.
Hoff goes over the top with a A/4 ?. That would trump
Wang's flush should he decide to call, but Wang
doesn't. Hoff takes the pot and moves into the chip
Hand #8 - Hoff raises with a Q ? 3 ?
and it's now Wang who goes all-in. Hoff folds out and
with the blinds, Wang retakes the lead.
Hand #9 - Forrest goes all-in with a A ? 2
?. Brunson has a K ? Q ? and
calls it from the small blind. The Flop is a 9 ? 4
? 2 ? and Forrest has the
lead with deuces. The J ? is on the turn an the 8 ? is
on the river, giving Forrest a flush. Brunson is
disgusted, as the cards don't allow him to eliminate
Forrest, who gets to double up. Brunson falls to the
Hand #10 - Everyone folds to Forrest, who has pocket
Jacks. 'That happens to me every time everyone else
Hand #11 - Forrest goes all-in again with an A
? 9 ?.
Hoff, who would be going all-in instead with a call,
calls him with a A ? K ? Big
Slick. The Flop is a 3 ? 8 ?
10 ?. The Flop is a 10
? and the River is a 10 ?,
which does no good to Forrest. It's now Hoff who
doubles up and grabs the chip lead.
Hand #12 - A short-stacked Brunson goes all-in with a
A ? 6 ?. Wang decides to call
it with a 8 ? and a 5 ?. The
Flop is Q ? 7 ? A
?. The Turn is a Q ? and
Brunson stays alive, as Aces and Queens is better than
what Wang can do on the River. Brunson stays alive in
the match, and possibly the tournament.
Hand #13 - Everyone folds to Hoff, with a Q ? 2 ?.
It's not that important, except that the blind
collection makes him the new chip leader. By picking
up Forrest's blinds, it also makes Forrest the short
Hand #14 - Brunson decides to go all-in with a A ? J
?. Forrest calls with his
9's, which makes Forrest go all-in. The Flop has...a K
? K ? A ? and that's a huge
Flop for Brunson. The Turn is a 8 ?, which means that
Forrest needs a 9. The River....9?!!!!
Forrest stays alive and Brunson is seriously crippled.
Hand #15 - Brunson has to go all-in with whatever he
has, which is a Q/8 ?.
Forrest goes all-in with a K/10 ?. The Flop - a J ? A
? 2 ?.
The turn is a 7 ? and Brunson needs an 8. The
River...2 ?. Like Tomko,
Brunson takes points, but not enough to solidify a
post-season slot. Brunson needs Forrest to win the
Match, as that would knock out both Hoff and Wang from
contention and put both Brunson and Tomko in at the
Hand #16 - Hoff goes all-in with a A
? 3 ?. Forrest will answer the call with a A
? 9 ?. A 9 ? 10
? J ? greets both people,
which gives Forrest a pair. A q ?
gives both people a straight draw, and the River, an 8
?, gives both people a split pot with a straight.
Hand #17 - It's Wang who goes all-in with a K ? 6 ?
and Forrest calls with a 7 ? 7 ?.
Wang can't finish in third place or he'll be out. The
Flop is a A ? 5 ? 6
?, which gives Wang a pair of
6's, but Forrest still has 7's. A 4
? ensures that Wang needs a 6 to stick around,
and a 2 ? ain't it. Wang is
out in third place, and 5 points won't cut it. Wang is
eliminated from post-season action. Wang says that
this was the best that he has played all tournament
(which he has), but this is a classic case of too
little, too late.
Hand #18 - Hoff starts the hand with the chip lead.
Forrest goes all-in with a A/4 ?.
Hoff calls with a A ? 8 ?.
The flop is a 7 h. 2 d. 6 ?. The turn..a 4
?! An 8 or 5 finishes the
match for Hoff, but a 9 ?
gives Forrest the win and a huge chip lead - 1,090,000
Hand #19 - Hoff goes all-in again with a K
? 3 ?. Forrest calls him with
a A ? 4 ?. Back to another
race...the Flop is a 10 ? J ?
7 ?. The turn is a 4 ? and Hoff needs a King. He
doesn't get one on the River (9 ?) and Forrest makes
Brunson and Tomko happy. It's good news for another
Brunson, as well - Todd is now mathematically in the
play-offs thanks to Forrest stopping Tomko and daddy
Brunson from passing him.
Ted Forrest wins his third match and moves into a 3
way tie for first-placed points, while Hoff, though
over the cut-off for now, really needs some crashing
and burning if he wants to see another match. So who
are the people who need to crash and burn to make Hoff
*40 - IN - Ted Forrest
40 - IN - Kathy Liebert
40 - IN - Carlos Mortenson
37 - IN - Johnny Chan
35 - IN - David Sklansky
32 - IN - Freddie Deeb
*30 - IN - David Grey
26 - IN - Todd Brunson
23 - Cyndy Violette
*22 - Dewey Tomko
22 - Eli Elezra
*21 - Doyle Brunson
21 - Scotty Nguyen
*19 - Bobby Hoff
19 - Chau Giang
18 - Mimi Tran
18 - Mike Sexton
*17 - OUT - Tommy Wang
17 - Barry Greenstein
16 - Mike Caro
14 - Huck Seed
7 - OUT - John Myung
7 - OUT - Antonio Esfandiari
5 - OUT - Chris Moneymaker
* - Have played in 6 matches
Next week - more people need to play like their
existence is riding on it - because it is. Join us in
7 days to see who could be having an out-of-body