the first match of the last round being played, we are
very aware of who is rooting for whom. If you are at
the top, you are rooting for the middle people to
knock off the leaders and to secure your position at
the top. If you around the cut-off, you are rooting
for the top or the eliminated players to beat the
other contenders so you can sneak into the
post-season. So who's playing this week in Elimination
Match #22 and what do they need - or don't need - to
David Sklansky - A second or first place finish
gives him the new point lead and gives Forrest no shot
of having the Top seed. You better believe that
Forrest, Liebert, Mortenson and Chan are looking for
him to have a quick exit.
Cyndy Violette - She's probably in even if she
takes no points. That being said, a top 4 finish
guarantees her post-season play.
Eli Elezra - He's in the same boat as Cyndy,
but getting any points will jump him over Tomko and
will give him a HUGE buffer to get in the play-offs.
Mike Sexton - He's under the cut-off, so points
is a priority. Finishing in the Top half will almost
guarantee a play-off spot.
Huck Seed - He has 14 points. A win gets him
into the post-season. Second place could get him in,
but he needs some serious help. Anything less, and he
probably goes bye-bye.
John Myung - He is already mathematically
eliminated, but $10,000 could be his should he win
Hand #1 - Violette decides o play with a A
? 2 ?. Seed goes all-in with
a 10 ? 3 ?
and Violette doesn't think here hand is good enough.
She folds and Seed does what he needs to do - be
Hand #2 - Elezra is also aggressive, but he's not
going to play a 4/3 off-suit. Seed will play a 8
? 5 ? off-suit and Myung,
with a 9 ? 7 ?, calls. The
flop is a Q ? 8 ? 5 ?, Both
people check on that and the turn of a 3 ?. They also
check on the J ? on the
river, which is silly for Seed, because he has 2 pair
and the win. Could that be a blown opportunity for
Seed to be aggressive and get chips?
Hand #3 - Elezra tests the waters with a Q
? J ?. Sklansky however is a
shark with an A ? Q ? and
calls it. The Flop has a 7 ?
6 ? 9 ?, which gives Elezra
flush and straight possibilities. A J
? on the Turn gives Elezra
the lead with a pair and the K ?
on the river gives Elezra a flush. It's Sklansky who
bets, though, and Elezra quickly calls and takes some
chips from Sklansky as well as the early lead.
Hand #4 - Sklansky limps in with pocket 5's (? and
?). Myung has pocket 4's (?
and ?) and raises. Elezra calls with a J/8
?, as does Sklansky with his
5's. The Flop is 10 ? K ? 2
?, and with no help to anyone, Sklansky still has the
best hand. Everyone checks to the Turn, which is a 3
?. Again no help to anyone and again, Sklansky has the
best hand. Elezra decides to test the waters and bet.
Sklansky folds, but Myung calls, and Sklansky's
bailing out gives Myung the best hand. The river is
the 6 ? and Myung is the
winner, unless Elezra bluffs him out of it, as Eli
tries to do with a $100,000 bet. Myung calls and
Elezra takes a huge hit on his chips.
Hand #5 - Elezra is short-stacked, and decides not to
play the hand. Sklansky does, and he goes all-in with
a A ? 6 ?. Seed calls with a A ?
10 ?. The Flop - 2 ? 3 ? 7 ?. The Turn is a 7
? and Sklansky needs a 2, 3
or 6. The River is none of that - 8 ?. Sklansky, who
is the person who is the least hurt with a goose egg,
gets exactly that, and Chan, Mortenson, Liebert,
Forrest, and everyone else at the table not named John
Myung is celebrating and benefitting.
Hand #6 - Seed (Q ?, 5
?) and Myung (7 ?, 3
?) call. The Flop - 10 ? 10 ?
10 ?. Wow. The Turn (3 ?) and
the River (K ?) gives Myung a Boat, but they both
check through for a small gain for either person.
Hand #7 - Myung goes all-in with black 6's. Everyone
else folds and Myung, with some blind collections, now
takes the chip lead.
Hand #8 - Seed's got picture cards of a K ?J
? and raises. Elezra has a
Q/9 ? suited and limps in. Sexton actually folds a
pair, as his strategy os just to collect points. The 3
? K ? 9 ? is on the Flop, the
3 ? is on th e Turn and the 8
? is on the River. The players check through - but
Seed, who has the best hand with 2 pair, bets $80,000
on the river. Elezra calls and he loses another chunk
of his money, firmly placing him on the short stack.
Hand #9 - Elezra (K/9 ?) goes all-in. Violette (A ? /
K ?) calls, as does Myung (K
? / J ?). The Flop is a Q ?
5? 3 ? which is smooth sailing for VIolette. The turn
is a 3 ?, which is also good
for Violette, but the J ? is
disaster on the River, because that pairs Myung and
gives him the win. He forces VIolette to go all-in.
She calls, and she is out in 4th place. Elezra
finishes in 5th, because VIolette had more chips than
him on that last hand. The 4th place finish will get
Violette in the finals, while Elezra is in great
Hand #10 - That is huge for Sexton, who can now go
all-in as he is in third. All-in for him is a A/J ?,
but Myung has 7's (? and ?)
calls - and raises to keep Seed out of the action.
Seed folds and we have a race situation. The Flop - 10
?, J ?, 4 ?. The turn is a 10
? and the only think that
bails out Myung is a 7. The River - a 10
? and Sexton has a boat.
Sexton and Myung are now tied with $460,000, while
Seed is leading both of them with $580,000.
Hand #11 - The Flop is a 2 ?
9 ? 7 ?.
That is a flush draw and Sexton has no diamonds. Myung
doesn't either but he bets and Sexton folds.
Hand #12 - Sexton limps in with a K
? 10 ? Seed raises
with...5 ? 2
?? Sexton curses himself out
Hand #13 - Myung plays and calls an A/J
?. Sexton goes all-in with a
A ? 7 ? and that's trouble as Myung calls. The Flop is
huge for Sexton, as a 7 ? 5
? 5 ? pops out. the Turn is
an 8 ? and the Rivers is an A ?.
Sexton now takes the lead and Myung is on life support
Hand #14 - Myung goes all-in with 6's. Sexton calls
with a Q ? 7 ? while Seed also calls with a 9 ? 8 ?.
The Flop has Q ? Q ? 3 ?,
giving Mike a set of Queens. A J ? comes on the Turn
and Myung is drawing dead. the 5 ? on the River
doesn't matter and Myung is out in third. It doesn't
matter what happened, as Myung goes bye-bye.
Hand #15 - It's now heads up between Sexton and Seed.
The Flop is a 3 ? 3 ? 3 ?.
Neither of them has 3's but Sexton has the best hand
with a King high. Seed bets and Sexton calls. the Turn
is a Queen of clubs and we have a pair of checks. The
River is... a 10 ? and Sexton is the winner - unless
Seed can bluff him out, and he tries to with a
$150,000 bet. Sexton calls and he wins a huge pot from
Seed. Sexton leads big, $1,270,000 to $230,000 and
Seed, who really needs to win this match to advance to
the post-season, is in serious trouble.
Hand #16 - Seed wants to bet with a J
? 7 ?.
Sexton, with a K/4 ?, limps
in. No hearts with a 5 ? 2 ? J ?
and a 7 ?, but that, and a Q
? on the River, gives Seed 2 pair and a winning hand.
Seed bets, but this time he has something. Sexton
smells that something is up and he bails.The lead is
now cut to 890,000 for Sexton Vs. 610,000 for Seed.
Hand #17 - Sexton is not fooling around with Vowels (A
?, A ?) but it's Seed who
raises with J ? 10 ?. Oops.
Sexton goes all-in and Seed has a decision to make. He
decides to not make it and folds, putting Sexton back
over the million chip mark.
During the break, Seed takes the Chip Lead. Of course,
we dont see THAT hand.
Hand #18 - Sexton goes all-in with a 9/8
? Seed calls with a K/5 ?.
The Flop is...6 ? 2 ? 10;
Sexton needs a 7 for a straight. A Q ? comes up on the
turn and now Sexton needs a 7, 8, 9, 10, or Jack to
stick around. The River...a J ?! Sexton takes the chip
lead back and the tables are reversed.
Hand #19 - Seed goes all-in with a K ? 8 ?. Sexton
calls with...Black Queens. Yipes. The Flop this time
is a A ? 3 ? K
? and Seed retakes the lead.
The Turn is a 7 ? and Sexton
needs a Queen to win the competition. The River is a
10 ? and Seed takes the lead right back.
Hand #20 - Sexton folds. Seed wins and builds his
Hand #21 - Seed goes all-in again with a 6 ? 5
?. This time, Sexton, with a
A/10 ?, catches Seed's hand in the cookie jar and
calls. The Flop - K ? J ? 8
? Things are looking good for
Sexton to double up, and a 4 ? will only help. The
only thing that will stop Sexton from continuing in
the match is a 5, 6, or 7. The River....6
?!!! Huck Seed wins the Hand,
wins the match, wins $10,000 and will qualify for the
Sexton, Seed and Violette are now safely into the
post-season. Elezra is almost in. This does no favors
to Hoff, who is hanging on by a thread, and Brunson,
who will seriously need some help. Let's see who else
needs help as we see the standings.
*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
*26 - IN - Cyndy Violette
*25 - IN - Mike Sexton
*24 - IN - Huck Seed
*23 - Eli Elezra
*22 - Dewey Tomko
*21 - Doyle Brunson
21 - Scotty Nguyen
*19 - Bobby Hoff
19 - Chau Giang
18 - Mimi Tran
*17 - OUT - Tommy Wang
17 - Barry Greenstein
16 - Mike Caro
*12 - OUT - John Myung
7 - OUT - Antonio Esfandiari
5 - OUT - Chris Moneymaker
* - Have played in 6 matches
Next week - We see more people secure their spots to
continue playing. Could this spell the end of Mr.
Hoff? Tune in on 7 days to find out.