September 18, 2005
It's time for the second
and final match in Group B. Let's see what happened
last week -
Scotty Nguyen - 10
Kathy Liebert - 7
Chau Giang - 4
Mimi Tran - 0
If you remember from 2 weeks ago, the road is much
easier for Scotty and Kathy than it is for Chau and
Mimi. But if you also remember from 2 weeks ago, Todd
Brunson was in last - and he wound up getting into the
Quarterfinals. Can Mimi or Chau do the same?
Hand #1 - Chau raises with 5 ?
3 ? junk. Everyone else folds
and the junk wins the hand.
Hand #2 - Tran raises with 10 ? 8 ?...not exactly
junk, but not great. Everyone else folds anyway and
Mimi wins the blinds.
Hand #3 - Nguyen raises with Q ? 10
?, so the hands are getting better. Kathy's
hand is better too, and she calls with a K
? Q ?.
The Flop - A ? 8
? 5 ?. Scotty, with nothing,
bets, and Kathy, who also has nothing, folds, giving
Nguyen his first winning hand in the show.
Hand #4 - Liebert has an A/4 ?
and raises. Tran, with a 9/8 ?,
goes over the top and goes all-in. Liebert, who knows
that in order for Tran to advance, she has to be
eliminated first, folds and Mimi moves up to second
place on the chip count.
Hand #5 - Giang has 21 (Black Jacks) and raises to
95,000. No one else wants to play and Giang grabs the
Hand #6 - Giang has more hot hands - this time it's
Vowels (A ? A ?). This time,
he limps in and hopes to get a player. He gets two in
Scotty (Q ? J ?) and Mimi (9
? 8 ?). The Flop is a 3
? K ? 5 ?.
Chau bets and everyone folds. At least Chau got a
little more than the blinds this time - but not much
Hand #7 - This time Chau has a Q/4 ?
and raises. Liebert has 9's (? and ?)
and she limps in. We get a 10 ? 9 ?
A ? on the Flop and Kathy has Trip 9's. She bets
$150,000 into it and Chau folds. Kathy shows the 9's
and Chau, who is talking to himself, drops to the
short stack. That's no good for Mimi, as she needs to
see Chau eliminated second, not first.
Hand #8 - Scotty raises with a 10/3
?, hoping to steal a blind. Kathy tells him to
take it - and he does.
Hand #9 - Kathy is actually looking to play - but she
can't find a good hand. That allows Mimi to grab the
Hand #10 - Mimi goes all-in with a...8
? 6 ??
This AFTER Kathy folds? Well the strategy is that
Scotty can't be eliminated first, and he knows it, so
he folds. Tran is now only 30,000 behind Liebert, and
the goal is to get more chips so she can all-in Kathy
and knock her out.
Hand #11 - Tran goes All-in again with a 7/6
?. Everyone else folds and
Tran is now the chip leader.
Hand #12 - Tran is all-in again with a 9/7
?. This time, Kathy has an
A/J ? Uh-oh. This time, Mimi
has more chips, so if she goes all-in and loses, Mimi
gets what she needs. Kathy knows this and folds, and
you can see the frustration on Mimi's face.
Hand #13 - Tran is all-in again with a 7 ? 3
?? She's trying to grab some
more blinds to increase her stack, but this time,
Kathy calls - and with a J ? J ?.
Tran looks like she has her hand caught in the cookie
jar, but a Flop of 5 ? 4
? 2 ?
gives Tran an open ended straight, with Mimi needing
an Ace or a 6 to eliminate Kathy. The turn...K
?, is no help for Mimi, and
the River...3 ?. Kathy avoids a major bullet and
doubles up, while Mimi is now severely crippled.
Hand #14 - Giang has Jacks (?
?) and he decides to go all-in. Everyone else realizes
their position, and they can't lose chips to Chau, so
they all fold. Chau curses everyone out, as once
again, he can't get any action.
Hand #15 - Liebert limps in with a Q/2 ?. Scotty, with
a Q ? 3 ?. calls. Mimi goes
all-in with a J ? 6 ? so she
goes over the top and all-in with the little amount of
chips that she has left. The Flop (9
? 4 ? 8 ?) helps no
one, but a Q ? on the Turn
gives Scotty and Kathy both pairs. Kathy decides to go
all-in and Scotty, knowing that Kathy has him covered,
has no choice but to fold. Mimi needs a 10 on the
River, which is...a 5 ?. Mimi
is eliminated from both the match and the Tournament.
Hand #16 - Scotty is in the tournament. Chau is only
in if he wins the tournament - or if Kathy is knocked
out now. With the pressure off Scotty, it's time for
him to start pounding on the blinds. Scotty goes all
in with a 9/6 off-suit. Kathy has a 7/4 off-suit and
she isn't thinking about calling with her trash.
Hand #17 - No it's Liebert's turn to play all-in with
a A ? 7 ?. Scotty has a K ? 9
?, but he is very covered on
a 4-1 ratio by Kathy. Scotty folds and Kathy takes
Hand #18 - This time Scotty has something good - a A
? J ?. He goes all-in and
Kathy, with a 9 ? 6
?, decides to call him. The
Flop - Q ? Q ? 10 ?. Kathy is
still leading, but a King gives Scotty a straight. a 6
? on the River, however, gives Kathy a pair of 6's,
and Scotty is now trailing. He needs a Jack, an Ace or
a King, and gets...a 7 ?.
Scotty is out, though he will be advancing to the
Who will be joining him? The person who wins between
Chau and Kathy. Liebert is up 2,070,000 to 1,030,000.
Who's going to win?
Hand #19 - Liebert has a Q ? 9 ?
and limps in. Chau has a nice A/10 ?
and goes all-in. Kathy can't call with that and Chau
wins the blinds.
Hand #20 - Now it's Giang that limps in with a J ? 9
?. Liebert limps as well with
a 10 ? 4 ?. The Flop - K ? 5
? 4 ?. Kathy pairs her 4's
and bets. Giang doesn't want to play and folds. Kathy
takes the blinds back.
Hand #21 - Liebert goes all-in with a A/8
?. Giang, with a Q ? J
?, folds and Kathy wins the
pot. Kathy is back to an over 3-1 edge.
Hand #22 - Giang folds out an 8/5 off-suit, not even
waiting to see Kathy's K/4 ?.
Hand #23 - Liebert limps in with a Q
? 10 ?. Giang calls
with a 8 ? 3 ?. The Flop is a
10 ? 7 ? 3 ? and both people
catch part of the Flop - Chau gets the 3's and Kathy
gets the 10's. Chau goes all-in and Kathy calls. The
Turn is a 2 ? and Chau needs an 8 or a 3 or the match
is over. The River...Q ?. Kathy has Queens and Tens
and she moves into the Quarterfinals.
FInal Standings -
Kathy Liebert - 17
Scotty Nguyen - 14
Chau Giang - 11
Mimi Tran - 0
Unlike Group A, where we had a surprise winner, this
time things happen as planned, where the top 2 people
advance. What's going to happen Next Week, when we see
the first set of matches between Ted Forrest, Freddie
Deeb, Cyndy Violette and Eli Elezra? Join us in 7 days
to find out.