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Big buy-ins and bigger stars highlight this poker tourney.

Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN


Chris Rose & Michael Konik
EP: Henry Orenstein
Packager: HSOR for Fox Sports
Origin: Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa; Cabazon, CA
Airs: Sundays at 8p ET on FSN

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October 2, 2005

When we last left these 4 people, we had these standings...

Ted Forrest - 10
Cyndy Violette - 7
Freddie Deeb - 4
Eli Elezra - 0

Since we've done this twice already, you know the drill. Top 2 after this match advance. Ted advances by not finishing in last. Cyndy advances by making sure that Freddie leaves before she does. Freddie has to win the tournament, while Eli must win and make sure that Cyndy, Freddie and Ted leave in that exact order.

Hand #1 - Deeb calls with 3's. Violette calls with a K ? 6 ?. Elezra raises with an Ace and Deeb and Violette fold.

Hand #2 - Deeb raises with a Q ? 6 ? and everyone gets out of the way.

Hand #3 - Elezra raises with a...7 ? 3 ?? VIolette has a Q/J ? and calls. The Flop - a 2 ? 7 ? A ?. Elezra pairs the 7's but VIolette has a flush draw. VIolette bets $100,000 and Elezra goes over the top and goes all-in. Violette, who knows that Elezra needs her eliminated first, folds and Eli wins a nice pot.

Hand #4 - Elezra now has a Power Hand - A ? A ? - and limps in. Deeb calls with a A ? 8 ?. Eli goes over the top and goes all-in. Keep in mind that he doesn't want Deeb out, and the all-in is a warning to Deeb to fold. Deeb listens, folds, and shows an ace. Eli shows Freddie his 2 aces. Heh.

Hand #5 - An aggressive Elezra now has the chip lead. Elezra goes all-in - again - with a A ? 7 ?. Forrest has an...A/J ?. He has the best hand, but if he loses now, he's out of the tournament. He folds and ELi grabs more chips.

Hand #6 - Deeb has a J/8 ?. VIolette has 10's and goes all-in. Elezra, with an A ? 8 ?, calls as well. The Flop - 7 ? 4 ? 5 ?. Violette is in the lead, but both people have straights. Deeb and Elezra check through the Flop, the Turn (7 ?) and the River (5 ?). Neither of them make their straights, so Violette triples up and Deeb is now the short stack.

Hand #7 - Violette raises with an A ? 4 ?. Elezra goes over the top again and all-in with a K ? 3 ?. VIolette has to fold and Elezra, who is still the chip leader, wins the pot.

Hand #8 - Elezra raises with a Q ? J ?. Violette has a pair of red 3's, and she knows that she can't play it against Elezra, who has a 2-1 chip edge on her. She folds and Eli grabs another pot.

Hand #9 - Violette raises with an A ? J ?. Elezra goes all-in, but this time, he's got a pair of Red Jacks. Violette calls and she's not happy. The Flop - a 6 ? 5 ? A ? and Violette pairs the aces. The Turn - 7 ?. Elezra needs a Jack on the River...and finds a Q ?. Violette doubles up and she is now the chip leader. Eli is upset, 'All this hard work I did and I need to start everything all over again.'

Hand #10 - Everyone folds to Deeb's 2's. He wins a small pot - but is still the short stack.

Hand #11 - VIolette limps in with a J ? 8 ? and Eli limps in with a Q/3 ?. The Flop - 10 ? J ? 2 ?. VIolette pairs the Jacks but they both check. The Turn - K ? and Elezra has a straight draw. Violette bets $100,000 and Eli decides to go all-in...on another hand. He folds and VIolette pads the lead.

Hand #12 - Deeb asks where the good cards are. Forrest has them with a pair of Red Aces - but everyone folds before they get to him. Ted sheepishly shows everyone where the good cards were.

Hand #13 - Violette raises with a A ? J ?. Elezra decides to go all-in with a k/10 ? and Violette calls it. The Flop - 3 ? 6 ? 7 ?, which is no help to Elezra. The Turn - a 3 ?, which is also no help. Eli needs a King or a 10 to stick around and doesn't get it on the River (A ?). VIolette has a pair of Aces. Eli has a pair of last placed finishes and is eliminated from the tournament.

Hand #14 - Violette is now up to 1,935,000 and no one else is close. Deeb goes all-in with a K ? J ? and Forrest, who has now guaranteed himself a place in the next round, calls with a Q ? J ?. The Flop - A ? 6 ? 8 ?. The Turn - an A ? and Ted needs a Queen to eliminate Deeb. He doesn't get it on the River (4 ?) so Deeb doubles up and now Forrest is on a very short stack.

Hand #15 - Deeb calls with a J ? 3 ?. VIolette (8/7 ?) and Forrest (A ? 3 ?) call. The Flop - A ? 4 ? A ? and Forrest has a set of Aces. He goes all-in and Violette and Deeb follow suit. The turn - a 9 ? and everyone checks that - and a K ? on the river. Like what happened a few hands a go, the person with the short stack wins, and Forrest triples up on both Violette and Deeb.

Hand #16 - Deeb has pocket vowels (A ? A ?) and raises. Violette (A/9 ?) raises Deeb to go all-in and Deeb calls. Cyndy sees how behind she is and would like to take the bet back. The Flop is a 6 ? 4 ? Q ? and Violette is on fumes. The Turn is a 6 h and we don't need to see the River (5 ?) to know that Deeb has doubled up. He is now the new chip leader, while Violette is still in a healthy second. Forrest - not a very healthy third, but since he is advancing to the next round, he may not care that much.

Hand #17 - Deeb raises with a 6/5 ?. Forrest, who already has most of his chips in, calls with a K/3 ?. The Flop is a 2 ? K ? 7 ? and Forrest goes all-in, while Deeb calls. Forrest leads with Kings, but Deeb has a flush draw. Deeb needs a club, but a 3 ? on a Turn and a Q ? on the River aren't clubs. Forrest doubles up and that gives Violette the chip lead back.

Hand #18 - Deeb goes all-in with a...7 ? 2 ?? Everyone else folds and Deeb takes the chip lead back with junk.

Hand #19 - Forrest raises with Black Jacks. Violette goes all-in with a K ? J ? and Forrest, who now has more chips than Violette, calls. The Flop - 6 ? 7 ?, 8 ?, The Turn is a Q ? and only a King saves Cyndy. The River - a Q ?, and Cyndy gets busted out. She finishes in third, and she needs Forrest to win, because a win would force a playoff between herself and Deeb.

Hand #20 - But it's Forrest who has the lead as they go into the next hand. Forrest has an A/3 ? and limps into Deeb's J ? 6 ?. The Flop - a J ? J ? 8 ?. Deeb has trip Jacks and Forrest...raises $600,000? He's hoping that Deeb has junk, but Deeb calls. The Turn - an 8 ? and Deeb has a boat. He goes all-in and Forrest, who knows he can't win the hand, folds, giving Deeb the lead back.

Hand #21 - Forrest goes all-in on a A/6 ?, while Deeb calls with a 7 ? 4 ?. The Flop - a 3 ? 10 ? A ?, and that's no help to Deeb as Forrest pairs Aces. The Turn - a 9 ? and Forrest doubles up without needing to see a K ? on the River. Forrest gets the win, but he still trails Deeb in chips.

Hand #22 - Forrest goes all-in with a Q ? 10 ?. but now it's Deeb ahead with a A ? 7 ?. The Flop - 8 ?, K ?, A ? and Deeb pairs the Aces. Ted needs a Jack for a straight, but we get deuces on the Turn and River. Deeb wins the Match and he now moves into the Round of 8, displacing Cyndy Violette.


Ted Forrest - 17
Freddie Deeb - 14
Cyndy Violette - 11
Eli Elezra - 0

Next week - We get into the final match in the round of 16 with Johnny Chan, David Sklansky, Mike Sexton and Huck Seed. Join us next week as we see who will get the upper hand in the first round of Group D.

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