September 4, 2005
Last week, we had the
first match in Pool A. This week, we get the second
match and we see 2 people who will be eliminated.
Let's see what the results were ending last week -
Carlos Mortensen - 10 Points
David Grey - 7 Points
Dewey Tomko - 4 Points
Todd Brunson - 0 Points
Don't forget that at the end of this match, the top 2
people move on to the next round. The bottom two
people are eliminated from the tournament. How badly
does that zero hurt Brunson? Not only does he have to
win the tournament, but he has to have David Grey
finish in last, Dewey Tomko finish in third and Carlos
Mortensen to finish in second. Any deviation from that
and Brunson is out of the tournament. Ouch. It's not
as bad for Tomko, but he either has to win the
tournament or come in second and have Grey come in
last and Brunson comes in third. Conversely, Mortensen
is in as long as he doesn't finish in last and Grey is
in as long as he finishes in the Top 2 or third if
Tomko finishes in 4th.
Hand #1 - Mortensen, his usual aggressive self, gets
aggressive with a A ? 10 ?
and raises. Everyone else folds. Carlos takes the
Hand #2 - Mortensen pushes again - but this time he
has A ? J ?. No one pushes
back, so Carlos takes another pot.
Hand #3 - Grey had Jeopardy (K-J, for Ken Jennings)
and raises. Mortensen with an A ? 6
? calls. The Flop - 4 ?
10 ? J ?,
gives Grey Jacks with a top pair and a King kicker and
bets. Mortensen calls. the Turn is a J ? and Grey has
trips. Mortensen bets first and Grey calls. The River
- Q ? and that completes both
a flush and a straight on the board. Both people check
and Grey reels in a nice pot - nice enough to grab the
Hand #4 - Mortensen raises with a...9 ? 2 ?? Bad time
to do that, because Grey has Black Vowels (Pocket Aces
of the club and spade variety). He raises upwards to
$225,000 and everyone else bows out.
Hand #5 - Mortensen raises with a Q
? J ?. That's a little better starting hand -
and better than Brunson's 10 ?
9 ?, who calls. The Flop - 7 ?
A ? 4 ?. That helps no one,
but Mortensen bets anyway. Brunson folds, so Mortensen
helps himself to the pot.
Hand #6 - Grey calls with a 8/5 ?.
Brunson limps in with a A ? 4 ?
and to the Flop we go. A 6 ?
Q ? J ?
gives Grey a flush draw, and he bets it. Brunson needs
Grey to go out 4th, but he decides that now isn't the
time to do it and he folds. Grey increases his first
place lead, which is something that Brunson didn't
want to see happen.
Hand #7 - Mortensen raises with a 4/2
?. Yikes. Grey folds an Ace,
but Tomko, with a A/8 ?. goes all-in. Mortensen
doesn't wish to contribute any more, so he folds and
Tomko wins a pot.
Hand #8 - Now it;s Grey with a suited Ace (A/8
?). He raises, and Brunson,
with a 8/6 ?, goes all-in.
Grey folds and Brunson wins a pot. It's a small chip,
Hand #9 - Mortensen has black deuces and raises.
Everyone bails and Carlos grabs some chips.
Hand #10 - Mortensen goes all-in with pocket 3's.
Tomko folds and Mortensen keeps stealing blinds.
Hand #11 - Mortensen limps in with a 7
? 6 ?.
Grey...look out...A ? 10
?. He raises it up and
Mortensen gets out of the way. That gives Grey the
We still haven't seen any major confrontations. Will
we see one on Hand #12? We could, as Brunson has a
pair of red 10's. He raises to Tomko, who goes all-in
with a 10 c/ 8 ?? Wha? This is disaster for both
Brunson and Tomko - should Brunson call AND win, then
Brunson is in deep trouble. Stupidly, Brunson does
call and he needs a TOmko win. The Flop - A
? 8 ? 7 ?. The Turn is a 5 ?
and the River us a 6 ?. Brunson doubles up on Tomko,
as Dewey goes on Life Support - and so does Brunson.
The good news is that Brunson has the chip lead. The
bad news is that the person who may be on the way out
is not David Grey.
Hand #13 - Tomko goes All-in with a A ? 8 ?. Brunson,
with a Q ? 7
? calls and hopes to double
up Tomko. The Flop - 3 ? A ?
6 ? and Tomko pairs the Aces. The Turn - 5 ? and that
helps Brunson - but he doesn't want the help. The
River - a Q ?, and Tomko does double up, which makes
Brunson happy. Goofy, Huh?
Hand #14 - Grey has black 9's and he now raises to put
Tomko all-in. Brunson goes all-in with a Q/8
? to try to get some chips
from Grey. Tomko has...Cowboys!...and also goes
all-in. Grey folds before he can do any more damage to
himself. The Flop - 10 ? 4 ? 7 ?. The Flop is a 7 ?
and the River is a 3 ?. Tomko triples up and he's now
the leader, while Grey is the short stack. This helps
out Brunson big time, though he really took the weird
route to do it.
Hand #15 - Tomko has 3's and...folds? Wha? Mortensen
has a 10/8 ? and ...raises? Brunson has Jeopardy (K
? J ?) and calls. The Flop -
6 ? K ?
Q ?. Mortensen bets at it, but Brunson has the lead
with the kings. Brunson raises it and Mortensen folds
out, giving Brunson the pot and the chip lead back.
Hand #16 - Brunson calls with a Q ?
10 ? Tomko limps with a K ? 5
? to the Flop - a 4
? J ?
5 ? gives Tomko 5's. He bets at it and Brunson, who
knows he can't knock out Tomko, folds. Tomko gets the
chip lead right back.
Hand #17 - Grey, as the short stack, has to make a
move and goes all-in with a Q ?
10 ?. Brunson, seeing his moment, calls with a A
? 3 ?. The Flop - 8
? A ?
7 ? and Brunson pairs the Aces. The K ? is on the
Turn, and Grey needs a Jack. The River - a 9
? and Grey, who finishes with
no points, is out of Poker Superstars 2. With that,
Mortensen punches his ticket to the next round.
Hand #18 - Brunson's stage #1 is done. Now for stage
#2 - Tomko has to finish in third. As for said Tomko,
he advances as long as Brunson does not win the match.
Tomko has a J/7 ? Vs. Mortensen's 10
? 8 ?. The Flop - a Q ?
10 ? A ?. The Turn is a 2
? and a River is a Q
?. Mortensen wins as both
players check. Mortensen gets the win and moves closer
to Brunson while the loss bounces Tomko to the short
Hand #19 - Tomko, with 4's, goes all-in. Mortensen
calls with A ? K ?. Brunson
needs a Mortensen win, but a 8 ?
2 ? 10 ? doesn't help Mortensen. Neither does a 10
? on the turn, but on the
river...a K ?! That gives
Mortensen Kings and that eliminates Tomko. Dewey is
out in third, but he can still get in should Mortensen
defeat Brunson in head-to-head play.
Hand #20 - Mortensen has 5's and raises them. Brunson
folds his King and Mortensen wins a blind.
Hand #21 - Brunson doesn't even bother with the 5/2
off suit, but that gives Mortensen the chip lead.
Hand #22 - Mortensen goes all-in with a A
? 7 ?.
Brunson has...9's. He calls and here we go. The Flop -
2 ? 5 ?
10 ? and Brunson has the lead. The Turn is a Q
? and Mortensen has a Diamond
Flush Draw. The River - 8 ? and Brunson doubles up.
Hand #23 - With a very short stack Mortensen goes
all-in with A/9 ?. Brunson has a K ? 2
? and calls. The Flop - 8 ? 5
? K ?. Brunson has a pair of kings, but Mortensen has
a flush draw. He doesn't make it on the Turn (Q
?) or the River (Q ?) and
Brunson not only wins the match, but he moves into the
next round because he got everyone else to finish
exactly where he needed to finish. Tomko follows Grey
on the way out the door.
Here's the final standings for the first Match of 16 -
Carlos Mortensen - 17 Points
Todd Brunson - 10 Points
Dewey Tomko - 8 Points
David Grey - 7 Points
Next week - it's Kathy Liebert playing Scotty Nguyen,
Mimi Tran and Chau Giang. Join us in 7 days to see if
Liebert, like Mortensen, can successfully defend her