September 25, 2005
So far, both #1 seeds have
made it through. In this round, we get Ted Forrest,
Freddie Deeb, Cyndy Violette and Eli Elezra. As in the
other 2 matches, each person gets a chip count based
on where they finished. Let's see that chip count,
Ted Forrest - 1,000,000
Freddie Deeb - 825,000
Cyndy Violette - 650,000
Eli Elezra - 575,000
Hand #1 - Forrest, with the big stack, raises with
crap. No one has anything to challenge him, so Forrest
takes the blinds. This is what's known as 'pushing
around' the little guys, so the strategy is good.
Hand #2 - This time Forrest has good stuff - a A
? 7 ?. He raises and Deeb
re-raises with a...J ? 8 ??
He does and Forrest decides not to challenge him.
Hand #3 - Forrest raises again with a K ? 9
?. Elezra has something
better - A /7 ? - but just limps in. The flop is a 5 ?
9 ? Q ? and Forrest has
flopped 9's. They both check to the Turn, which is a 3
?. They both check again and
we see a 5 ? on the River. Eli checks to Ted, who also
checks. Ted wins the small pot with 9's and 5's.
Hand #4 - Elezra decides to play a Q ? 10 ? right into
Forrest, who has a pair of 7's (?
and ?). Forrest re-raises and Elezra folds. That's now
2 straight hands that Eli has contributed a bunch of
chips to, and he's starting to be short-stacked.
Hand #5 - Forrest, once again with a decent hand (K ?
10 ?) raises once again. Eli
has a A ? J ? and goes over
the top and all-in. Forrest calls and we get our first
race. The Flop - 6 ? 4
? 8 ?,
which is no help to anyone. The Turn is a 5
? and Forrest now has a flush
draw, but a 7 that's not a 7 will make a split pot.
The River...7 ?, and we do have a split pot. Ted
smiles, but Eli isn't looking too happy.
Hand #6 - Eli goes all-in once again with a A
? 10 ?.
Deeb has a A/3 ? and doesn't want to play it, so Eli
FINALLY wins a hand. He's still in last in chips,
Hand #7 - VIolette decides to limp in with a Q ? J
?. Eli calls with an A/4 ?.
The Flop - a 5 ? J ? 8 ? and
Cyndy has paired the Jacks. The Turn is a 7 ? and with
a possible flush on the table, Cyndy decides to bet.
Eli has nothing to he bails out and Cyndy wins a pot.
Hand #8 - The lady has ladies - Cyndy has a Q ? Q
? and raises. Ted goes all-in
with s A ? 7 ? and Cyndy quickly calls. The Flop - 5 ?
7 ? Q ? and Cyndy has 3
Queens. The Turn is a K ? and it doesn't matter what
the River is. Cyndy doubles all the way up to first
place. Ted, with his hugs chip lead, is still in a
comfortable second place.
Hand #9 - But Ted may be losing more of it as he goes
all-in with an A ? 3 ?....or
maybe not, as everyone else folds.
Hand #10 - Ted's got some nice power now - an A/Q ?
makes him raise. A K ? J ? by
Deeb makes him call. The Flop is a 6
? J ? 4 ?, and Freddie
pairs the Jacks. He bets and Ted folds.
Hand #11 - Ted limps in with a J/9 ? and Deeb will
check with a 4 ? 3
?. The Flop is a 10 ? 8 ? Q ?
and Ted's made a straight. He bets and Freddie, with
his 4/3 off-suit isn't going to stick around long in
Hand #12 - He'll stick around for an A ? 3
? and raise. Eli, with an A
? 10 ?
goes all-in. Freddie decides to call and doesn't like
what he sees. The Flop - 9 ?
4 ? 4 ? and Eli keeps the
lead, until a 9 ? shows up and with the 2 pair and
both of them having Aces as kickers, it looks like
another split pot. With a 10 ?
on the River, it IS another split pot and Eli is
Hand #13 - Eli goes all-in again with a K ? J
?, and Ted, with a A
? 7 ?,
calls. The Flop - A ? 5 ? Q
?. Ted pairs the aces, and
the 4 ? doesn't help Eli on
the Turn. Eli needs a 10 to stick around and the river
is...Q ?. Eli is the first person eliminated and he
had a long road to hoe next week.
Hand #14 - Ted raises with a J ?
6 ? and Cyndy calls with a 10 ?
9 ?. The Flop - K ? 8 ? A ?.
Neither person has anything, but Cyndy is the first
person to bet. Hence, Ted folds.
Hand #15 - Ted raises with a K/6 ?
and Cyndy, with 7's (? ?),
calls. The Flop - K ? 6
? 4 ?
and Ted has 2 pair, but they both check. The turn is a
2 ? and Ted bets at it. Cyndy calls as we see the
River - a Q ?. Ted has the
best hand and Cyndy checks to Ted, who makes a nice
bet. Cyndy calls and makes a huge error in judgement
as she not only gives Ted the lead back, but she loses
a huge chunk of her chips and is a very short stack.
Hand #16 - Ted goes all-in with a Q ? 5 ?. Freddie
calls with a A ? J ?. Freddie
has the lead going into the Flop, but a 9 ? 5
? K ?
gives Ted a pair of 5's. The Turn is a 7 ? which is no
help to anyone. The River - a 10 ? and Freddie gets
knocked out of the match. The good news for Cyndy is
that she's guaranteed no less than second. The bad
news is that she's trailing in chips 2,810,000 to
Hand #17 - Ted limps in with a K ? 5 ?. Cyndy limps in
with a Q ? 3
?. The Flop, a 10
? Q ?
4 ?, and Cyndy pairs her Queens. Ted forces Cyndy
all-in, and Cyndy gladly calls. The Turn is a J ? and
the river is a 7 ?, neither
of which helps Ted, so Cyndy doubles up. She'll need
to do that 3 more times to take the lead.
Hand #18 - Ted has an 8/6 ? and goes all-in. Violette
calls with a A ? 10 ? and
here we go. The Flop - A ? 7 ? 4 ?.
Cyndy has Aces, but Forrest has both a straight and a
flush draw. The Turn is a 9 ?
and Ted has more outs...but he doesn't find any of
them with a 9 ? on the River. Cyndy doubles up again
and now she needs to double up 2 more times to take
Hand #19 - Cyndy goes all-in again with a A ? 4 ? and
Ted calls - this time with 6's. The Flop - 10 ? A
? 2 ? and Cyndy pairs the
Aces. The Turn is a 2 ? and the match will continue as
long as a 6 doesn't show up. The River - K ? and Cyndy
doubles up yet again.
Hand #20 - Ted limps in with a J ?
9 ?. while Cyndy just checks the 9 ?
5 ?. The Flop - Q ? 2
? 4 ?
as Ted still has the lead, but Cyndy has a flush draw.
They check to the Turn, which is a 7
?. Cyndy has a flush, but Ted can get a higher
one if a heart shows up on the River. Ted bets and
Cyndy re-raises him. Ted folds and Cyndy is only
170,000 behind Ted.
Hand #21 - Cyndy raises with a K ? 9
?. Ted has a A ? 10 ?
and goes all-in. Cyndy, who now has chips, now folds
and will try to find another time to take the lead.
Hand #22 - Ted goes all-in with 5's. Cyndy calls with
9's. The Flop - 2 ? K ? 4 ?, which helps no one. the
Turn is a 3 ? and Ted can now
make a straight with an Ace or a 6. The River....6
?! Ted makes his straight,
eliminates Cyndy and wins the Match.
Here's the quick standings after the first Match.
Ted Forrest - 10
Cyndy Violette - 7
Freddie Deeb - 4
Eli Elezra - 0
During Match #1, the guy with the goose egg snuck into
the next round. During Match #2, the top two people
advanced. Join us in 7 days to see how this one winds