are up to the penultimate match-up - Elimination Match
#23. Who can hold on to first? Who can hold on to a
good seed? Who can just hold on? Let's see where
everyone is and what they need to do to hold what
Carlos Mortenson - He has 40 points. A win will
guarantee him no worse than a tie for the most amount
of chips going into the post-season.
Freddie Deeb - He has 32 points. He needs a win
and a quick exit from Mortensen to have any shot at
taking over the chip lead.
Chau Giang - He has 19 points. As long as he
doesn't finish in the bottom two, he will make the
play-offs. If he does fall 5th or 6th, then he is out
and Eli Elezra will be very happy.
Mimi Tran - She is on the outside looking in
with 18 points. She needs to finish in the Top 3 to
make the post-season. Anything less than that and she
will be the only female to not advance.
Mike Caro - He has a tougher road to hoe. At 16
points, the Mad Genius must come in the Top 2, or he
will be mad because he won't get any more screen time
Chris Moneymaker - With a measly 5 points so
far, he's not going to get any more screen time. A win
gives him $10,000, but that would be around it.
Hand #1 - Everyone folds to Moneymaker - who has
bullets. Ouch! Such has been the life of Moneymaker,
who has been in Suckville for the whole tournament.
Hand #2 - Moneymaker plays a Q ?
10 ? and raises it. Giang has Big Chick (A
? Q ?) and calls. Caro calls
with a K/J ?. Meanwhile, Deeb has a A
? 6 ? and goes ALL-IN!
Moneymaker folds. Giang Folds. Caro folds. Deeb wins
with a hand that's not the best at the table.
Hand #3 - Now it's Tran who has bullets. She was a
little raise to $45,000. Caro has Big Slick (A ? K ?)
and goes ALL-IN! Deeb has pocket red tens...and folds.
Apparently, he sensed something, and he's right as
Tran calls and shows everyone her vowels. The Flop - 4
? K ? 9 ?. Caro pairs his
kings, but he needs another one to better the Aces. A
J ? is on the Turn. The River...3 ?
Caro is not only out of the match, but because he was
under the cut-off line, he's also now out of the
tournament. Bye-bye, Caro. He's not the only one
eliminated - because he leaves now, that guarantees
that someone will jump over Bobby Hoff, which means
that he TOO is now eliminated. Bye-bye, Hoff. Hello
Elezra, who now gets in because of Caro's elimination.
Holy ramifications, Batman.
Hand #4 - Tran has a K ?/ J
? and raises. Deeb re-raises
with a...7/5 off-suit? Wha? Tran goes over the top and
goes all-in and Deeb has no choice but to fold.
Let's profile Chris Moneymaker. He first went to
college for biology, then spent more time in
Accounting. He wants to stay there and make poker a
hobby, but right now, he wants to play for the next 5
years and see what happens. If he keeps playing
miserably like this, then he'll be doing taxes sooner
rather than later.
Hand #5 - Deeb plays a 10 ? 8
? and raises it again. Deeb is getting punch drunk.
Mortensen is watching this and is smiling. Moneymaker
calls with a K/5 ?. The Flop is a 4 ? J ? 9
? and whle Deeb has a
straight draw, Moneymaker has a flush draw. They both
check and a 2 ? pops out on
the turn. This time, Moneymaker does bet and Deeb lets
Moneymaker win the hand. That now gives Moneymaker the
Hand #6 - Moneymaker goes All-In with a K
? 6 ?, but Tran, with a pair
of black 7's, catches Moneymaker's hand in the cookie
jar and calls. The Flop, 10 ? 10 ? Q ?, favors Tran.
The Turn (A ?) and River (8
?) also favor Tran, so she doubles up and chips away
at Moneymaker's chips.
Hand #7 - Everyone folds to Deeb, who wins with an
Ace/2 Off-suit. Deeb goes after Giang for not playing
a hand yet. Giang knows that he only needs two people
to be knocked off, so he's not going to play anything
Hand #8 - Giang FINALLY plays - and goes All-In with a
K ? Q ?. Mortensen calls with
a J ? 10 ?
and Giang has the better hand. The Flop is a Q ? 6
? K ? and while Giang has 2
pair (Kings and Queens),an Ace or 9 will give
Mortensen the straight and eliminate Giang from the
competition. The turn (5 ?)
and the river (4 ?) doesn't give Mortensen the
straight and Giang stays alive by doubling up.
Moneymaker is still an overwhelming leader.
Hand #9 - Mortensen raises with a J
? 9 ?. Tran decides to call with a Q/J
?. the Flop is a 6 ? 2
? 3 ?
and Tran has a flush draw. Indeed, she goes all-in on
it and Mortensen, who gets nothing from the draw, gets
out of Tran's way.
Hand #10 - Mortensen has...A ? A ?.
That's the third time today that we've seen pocket
Aces! He raises small and looks to get a fish. He's
got one in Deeb, who lims in with a 5 ? 3
?. The Flop is 3 ? 7
? J ?
and Deeb pairs the 3's (though Mortensen is still in
front with the Aces). Carlos bets the minimum $30,000
(and Deeb calls) with his pair of Aces. Make it a set
of Aces with a A ? on the Turn. Mortensen once again
bets the minimum abd Deeb once again calls. The River
is a 9 ? and this time, Mortensen $60,000. Deeb
doesn't bet now and Mortensen takws a nice pot.
Hand #11 - Moneymaker plays a K/J ?. Mortensen calls
with a K/3 ?. The Flop has a
6 ? 5 ?
A ?, which gives Moneymaker the lead, but it also
gives Mortensen a flush draw. Both players check. The
Turn is a 6 ?. Mortensen
checks, but Moneymaker bets $60,000. Mortensen calls
and looks for a flush. He doesn't find it, but he does
find a 3 ? on the River for a pair and the best hand.
They both check and Moneymaker should have fired a
bet. That gives Mortensen both the win and now the
Hand #12 - Mortensen has some lovely ladies (?
?) and calls. Moneymaker, who
is probably steamed from the last hand and could be on
Tilt, calls with a 8 ? 5
?? Has Moneymaker been taking
Deeb lessons? The Flop is a 2 ? 4 ? 2
? and Mortensen, who is
firmly in control, bets. Moneymaker inexplicably calls
as we see a 9 ? on the turn. Mortensen check and sets
the trap for Moneymaker, who falls right in and bets
$125,000. Mortensen goes over the top and goes all-in.
Moneymaker, who sees that he is on tilt, gets off the
Tilt button and folds. Moretnsen has over $800,000 in
Hand #13 - Deeb is All-In with...8 ?
5 ?? What's up with 8/5 off-suit? Moneymaker also goes
all-in with a K ? 6 ?. The
Flop - 10 ? 9 ? Q h. The 4
? is on the Turn and Freddie
needs an 8 or a 5. The river is a 2
? and Deeb is eliminated. The top 5 are all
happy, but Giang and Tran are the happiest from this,
as they are both only 1 spot from getting into the
Hand #14 - Giang goes All-In with a J ? 10
?. Mortensen calls with...a 7
? 6 ? and Moneymakes also
calls with a 8 ? 7 ?. The
Turn - 6 ? and the River - 3 ?.
Everyone checks through and Mortensen wins it with
6's. Giang is out in 4th place.
We have more ramifications from that. Tran is now in
the Play-offs. Giang, due to a tie-breaker win over
Tomko, is also in the Playoffs. Tomko is not in such
good shape anymore, while Doyle Brunson is now hanging
to his playoff hopes on by a small thin thread.
Hand #15 - Moneymaker goes All-In with a A
? 6 ?. Tran, with a K.2
? and with no presure
anymore, calls. She's happy with a 7
? 3 ? K ? on the Flop (because it gives her a
pair of Kings)...then unhappy with a A
? on the Turn (because it
gives Moneymaker a pair of Aces)...then thrilled with
a K ? on the River (because it gives Tran 3 Kings and
the win)! All of that frustrates Moneymaker, but this
is what he's been dealing with throughout the
tournament, so why should now be any different?
Hand #16 - Mortensen goes all-in with a A
? 10 ? and Moneymaker, with a
very short stack, now has to call witha 9 ? 5
?. The Flop is a 3
? 6 ? 7 ?,
and Moneymaker has two chances with a straight with a
4 or an 8. The 4 ? on the turn gives Moneymaker the
straight and he wins an All-In. Whoopie!
Hand #17 - Moneymaker goes All-In again with a J/3
? and Tran calls with a A ? 5
?. The Flop is a 6 ? 6
? 10 ?,
which is no help to Moneymaker. Neither is a 9
? on the Turn or a K ? on the
River. Moneymaker is gone in 3rd place. The good news
is that it was his best performance. The bad news is
that he won't be able to improve on that, because he's
not making the post-season.
Hand #18 - Mortensen has $865,000, while Tran, taking
Moneymaker's stash, has $635,000. Tran goes All-In
with a Q ? 8 ?. Mortensen has little red deuces - and
calls. The Flop - 4 ? K ? Q ?
and Tran gets a pair of ladies. Mortensen needs a
deuce, which isn't on the Turn (8 ?)
or River (K ?). Tran now leads 1,270,000 to $230,000
and Mortensen's 4 week win streak is in Jeopardy...
Hand #19...and it's riding on his 8 ? 5
?. Again with the 8/5 off
suit???!!!?? Tran calls with a Q ? 4
? and Mortensen needs help. He's not going to
get it on the Flop, with a Q ?
K ? 8 ? K ? 5 ?. Tran gets
the win, $10,000 and a nice boost to her post-season
It's important to someone else - Kathy Liebert can be
the overall point leader with a victory on the next
show. Chan, with a win, can tie for the leadership
position with Mortensen. This is making the last match
very interesting. Let's see how this sets up the last
*47 - IN - Carlos Mortensen
*40 - IN - Ted Forrest
40 - IN - Kathy Liebert
37 - IN - Johnny Chan
*35 - IN - David Sklansky
*33 - IN - Freddie Deeb
*30 - IN - David Grey
26 - IN - Todd Brunson
*26 - IN - Cyndy Violette
*25 - IN - Mike Sexton
*24 - IN - Huck Seed
*23 - IN - Eli Elezra
*22 - IN - Chau Giang
*22 - Dewey Tomko
*21 - Doyle Brunson
21 - Scotty Nguyen
*19 - OUT - Bobby Hoff
*18 - IN - Mimi Tran
*17 - OUT - Tommy Wang
17 - Barry Greenstein
*16 - OUT - Mike Caro
*12 - OUT - John Myung
*10 - OUT - Chris Moneymaker
7 - OUT - Antonio Esfandiari
* - Have played in 6 matches
14 out of the 16 post-season spots are set. Next week,
Kathy Liebert and Johnny CHan look to take the first
placed spot from Carlos Mortensen, whlie Scotty Nguyen
and Barry Greenstein look to take over the last two
positions, which are currently held by Doyle Brunson
and Dewey Tomko. Join us next week to see if any of
these people achieve their objectives