When we last
left Group D, this is what we got -
Johnny Chan - 10
Mike Sexton - 7
David Sklansky - 4
Huck Seed - 0
Johnny advances by not finishing in last. Mike
advances by making sure that David leaves before he
does. David has to win the tournament, while Huck must
win and make sure that Mike, David and Johnny leave in
that exact order.
Hand #1 - Everyone folds to Big Blind Sklansky,
who has...crap. Well, thanks for nothing.
Hand #2 - Chan raises with a K
? J ?, while everyone else folds.
Hand #3 - Chan has another nice hand - an A
? Q ?, and raises again. Once
again, everyone folds to CHan, who actually shows his
Hand #4 - Everyone folds to Big Blind Chan. 2 Hands to
a Big Blind Fold. We haven't seen a flop Yet.
Hand #5 - Will we see one here? Nope - everyone folds
to Sklansky and his Big Blind.
Hand #6 - Sklansky calls with a 10/5
? and Sexton gets a free look with a K ? 4
?. The Flop - 5 ? Q
? 2 ?.
No luck for Sexton, but Sklansky pairs the 5's and
bets on it. Sexton folds and he drops to the low
Hand #7 - Sexton has a hand though, with an A ? 5
? and he calls. Seed, knowing
that Sexton has to leave first for him to advance,
goes All-In with... a 6/9 ??
A grumbling Sexton calls and thinks that he has the
better hand. He does - and it gets better with a 5 ? 9
? 2 ? on the Flop, but it
opens up a straight draw. The Turn - a K
? is no good, but the River
is a 6 ? and Seed pairs the
6's. Not only is Sexton out of the match, but he is
out of the Tournament. Sexton is still grumbling as he
leaves, but at least he knows that he had the better
hand going in.
Hand #8 - With Sexton leaving, that cements Chan's
position in the Next Round - so all 4 Top Seeds have
moved on into the Round of 8. There is another Seed
that wants to advance - and this time, it's Huck Seed,
who goes all-in with a 9/6 ?. Sklansky does have a
pair of black 5's, but he won't play those and he
folds. That loss drops Sklansky to the short stack.
Hand #9 - Chan now goes all in with 6's. Sklansky,
who knows that he is next on both Chan and Seed's
Hand #10 - Sklansky has the Big Blind. Seed goes
all-in on him. Sklansky
Hand #11 - Sklansky now has 7's. He calls and
Seed goes all-in with a 10 ? 7 ?.
This time, Sklansky has a good hand and calls. The
Flop - 4 ? c ? 9 ? and Seed,
though trailing, can win the hand and eliminate
Sklansky with an 8 or a 10 - which doesn't come on the
Turn (2 ?) or River (5 ?).
Sklansky doubles up on Seed and now Seed relinquishes
the chip lead to Sklansky.
Hand #12 - Everyone folds to Big Blind Sklansky,
who now has a nice chip
Hand #13 - Chan goes All-in with black 6's. Seed
can't play, because he needs Sklansky out first.
Sklansky can't play because he doesn't want to lose
it. They all fold to Chan.
Hand #14 - Seed wants another tussle with Sklansky -
and gets it with a 8 ? 5 ?.
The only problem is that Sklansky has the better hand
with a A ? 10 ?. The Flop - 2
? 6 ? 7 ?, which doesn't give Seed the lead now, but
he could win it with a 4 or 9 for a straight. He won't
win it with a 2 ? 6 ? - which
is what he gets - and Seed is out in third.
This means that Sklansky and Chan have both moved into
the Elite 8. However, there are 2 things to play for
here. #1 - $15,000 to the winner, and #2 - the more
points you get here, the more chips you will get in
the next round, so there's still plenty at stake here.
Hand #15 - Sklansky has a nice 2,050,000 to
1,000,000 chip lead on Chan. Sklansky looks to end
this one early with a spaded Big Slick, but Chan wants
none of it and folds.
Hand #16 - Sklansky folds to Chan, who wins the
blinds. Regardless, he lost some stack thanks to the
last hand and trails, 915,000 to 2,135,000.
Hand #17 - Chan (8/5 ?)
and Sklansky (10 ? 9 ?) both
limp in. The Flop - 8 ? Q ? 4 ?,
helps Chan and he bets on it. Sklansky bails out and
gives Chan the pot.
Hand #18 - Sklansky folds on the blinds and Chan
wins again. He is still
under a million chips.
Hand #19 - Sklansky folds again to Chan.
Hand #20 - Sklansky has a hand with an A ? 8
? and goes All-In. Chan,
despite having an A/10 ?,
doesn't want to play.
Hand #21 - Chan limps in with a 10 ? 8 ?, while
Sklansky has a 6/5 ?. The
Flop is a 2 ? 8 ? K ?. That
gives Chan 8's , but he checks to Sklansky, who also
checks. The Turn - a 5 ?, and now Sklansky is on the
board with a pair, but they both check again.
The River is a 6 ? and Sklansky now has the best hand
with 2 pair. Now, Chan bets at the River, but Sklansky
calls and takes more chips from Chan.
Hand #22 - Sklansky has an A / Q
? and limps in. Chan has 8
high - which
isn't going to look any better with 2 queens on the
flop. Sklansky bets and Chan gets out of the way.
Hand #23 - Chan has a J ?
9 ?, while Sklansky has a 9 ? 5 ?.
The Flop features a 5 and a 4, while the Flop and the
River don't help either person, They both check
through and Sklansky takes more chips from Chan.
Hand #24 - Chan limps in with 9/2
?. Sklansky checks with 5/2
?. The Flop - 4 ? 10 ? 3
?. Chan bets at it, but
Sklansky, with an open straight draw, bets half of
Chan's stack. Chan has no choice but to fold.
Hand #25 - Chan folds to Sklansky's blinds.
Hand #26 - Chan has a Q/10 ?.
and limps in. Sklansky calls with a 7 ? 5 ?. The Flop
- a 10 ? 8 ? 6 ?. That pairs
Chan's 10's, but SKlansky now has an open ended
straight draw - which does not come into
fruition, because the 8 ? and
a 3 ? shows up on the Turn and River. Sklansky makes a
bet at it, but Chan calls and wins the pot. The win
brings Chan to...still under a million, thanks to
Sklansky (who still has over 2 million) beating Chan
in almost every other hand.
Hand #27 - Chan folds to Sklansky and his blinds
again. This is why Chan can't get over a
Hand #28 - Chan limps in with an 8/2
?. Sklansky gets a free look
with a 9 ? 6 ?. The Flop is a
Q ? Q ? 10 ?, which helps no
one, but a bet by Chan has Sklansky folding.
Hand #29 - Sklansky has a K ?
6 ? and raises to Chan's A ? 6 ?.
Uh-oh. Chan calls, and we see a Flop of K ?, 8
? 6 ?.
That gives SKlansky 2 pair and he bets, while Chan,
who has a small pair of 6's, calls. The Turn - a 5 ?,
and Sklansky now bets half of Chan's remaining stack.
That gets Chan to fold and Sklansky keeps eating
Hand #30 - Chan folds again to Sklansky, who now
can lose an All-In and still be the chip leader.
Hand #31 - Chan calls with a 5 ? 4
?, while Sklansky does the
same with a Q 8/?. The Flop - a A ?
6 ? 6 ?. The Turn is a 5 ?
which pairs up Chan's 6's for 2 pair, while the River
is a J ?. Everyone checks
through and Chan finally wins a pot, but he's woefully
down, 785,000 Vs. Sklansky's 2,265,000.
Hand #32 - We get more limping - Chan with a 9
? 7 ?, and Sklansky with a K
? 2 ?. The Flop is a 10 ? 3 ?
Q ? and Chan makes a bet at
it. Though he has nothing, neither does Sklansky, and
he folds to Chan.
Hand #33 - Sklansky finally has something - a K/J
? and limps in. Chan goes
all-in with a A ? 8 ? and
Sklansky calls. The Flop - J ?
9 ? K ? and Sklansky gets 2
pair. The Turn - a 6 ? and
Chan has a flush draw. The River...8 ? and Sklansky
wins the match. Chan is safely in as well.
Final Standings here -
Johnny Chan - 17
David Sklansky - 14
Mike Sexton - 7
Huck Seed - 4
Next Week - we have 8 people left, which
means that it's time to get into
Quarterfinal Action. Join us in 7 days to see Group A
of the Quarterfinals.