have seen some great action so far - and we still have
the quarterfinal and semi-final matchups to go! This
week, we start up Group 1, which features Ted Forrest,
Kathy Liebert, Scotty Nguyen and Todd Brunson. As you
all know, the people start off with chip amounts,
based on what they have done in the Round of 16. The
Ted Forrest - 850,000
Kathy Liebert - 850,000
Scotty Nguyen - 700,000
Todd Brunson - 500,000
Remember when everything was double elimination? Not
this time. This is SINGLE elimination - you lose now,
you go home. The top 2 people in each group advances
to the semifinals.
Hand #1 - Todd Brunson has Jacks (?
and ?) and raises. Liebert has pocket 10's (?
and c; and raises to 315,000. Nguyen has...Pocket
Aces. Wow. Nguyen raises and goes all-in. Brunson, who
is sensing that his Jacks may not be too good now with
2 other people going nuts behind him, lays it down.
Liebert doesn't, and someone may be going home at the
end of the first hand. The Flop - Q
? 4 ? 7 ?. The Turn is
a 7 ? and Kathy needs a 10.
She gets an A c; instead and Kathy is down to 150,000.
Hand #2 - Liebert goes All-In with a K ? 4
? Nguyen looks to finish the
job with a pair of red 9's. The Flop - A ? 2 ? 2
?. The Turn - 6 ? and Kathy
needs a King or a Spade. The River...4 c;. Kathy
Liebert, in 2 hands, is out of the Tournament, leaving
with $60,000. Ted comments that should Todd have
called, this would have been a VERY short match. This
still could be short - Todd only has 385,000 worth of
Hand #3 - Brunson decides to play with a A c; 9 ? and
Forrest calls. The Flop - A ?
7 ? Q ?.
Brunson pairs the aces and bets, while Forrest, who
matched the bottom pair, calls. The Turn - a 4 ?,
which helps no one. Brunson bets again. Forrest calls,
and we go to the River - a Q c;. Brunson's a winner
and bets on it, and Forrest pays him off. That adds
some chips to his total, but he's still the short
Hand #4 - Forrest calls with a K c; 4
?, while Nguyen limps in with
a 7 ? 2 ?. The Flop - Q
? 8 c; 7 ? and Nguyen pairs
up the 7's. The Turn - Q ?. Nguyen now has 2 pair and
bets. Forrest calls ...and wins with an 8
? on the River, as Forrest
has a nice kicker. Nguyen bets it and Forrest calls.
He's back up to 825,000, but Nguyen is still nursing a
healthy 1,565,000 chip stack.
Hand #5 - Forrest raises with an A c; 6
? and Nguyen calls with a 8 ?
3?. The Flop has 2 black 5's
and an 8, which matches Nguyen. The Turn is a 6 c; ,
and now Forrest has a flush draw with 2 pair, but
Nguyen still has the best hand. The River - 8
? and Nguyen has a full
house. He bets almost 1/2 of Forrest's stack
(320,000). Forrest decides to lay it down and Nguyen
adds to his lead.
Hand #6 - Forrest goes all-in with an A
? 7 c;. Brunson has an A/10
? and calls. The Flop is a 2
? K ?
9 ?, and Forrest has a
Diamond Draw. The Turn - 9 ?. which helps no one...and
neither does a 3 c; on the River, so Brunson doubles
up to 850,000. Forrest is now down to 185,000, and is
in great danger of joining Liebert.
Hand #7 - Forrest plays an A/5 c;. Nguyen limps in
with a 9 ? 2 ?. The Flop 0 a
6 ? 9 ?
4 ? and Nguyen not only pairs
his 9's, but now has a flush draw. He goes all-in and
Nguyen calls. The Turn - a 5 ?
and Nguyen has his flush. Forrest is eliminated and
Nguyen and Brunson both move into the semi-finals.
Now just because there's no more competition, doesn't
mean that there's nothing at stake. $30,000 goes to
the winner, as well as 1,000,000 worth of starting
chips. Just because Nguyen is up 2,430,000 Vs. 470,000
doesn't mean that Brunson can't make a game out of it.
Hand #8 - Brunson has pocket 9's while Nguyen floats
in with a Q ? 8 c;. Brunson raises it and Nguyen bails
Hand #9 - Nguyen has a 6 ? 2
? and limps in to Brunson's K/J ? and goes all-in.
Nguyen certainly isn't going to go in with that and
Hand #10 - Brunson has a k/5 ? and raises 450,000.
Nguyen has an A ? 7
? and reraises to go all-in.
Brunson calls. the Flop - K ?
9 ? Q c; and Brunson pairs
the Kings. The Turn is a 8 c; and the River is a 3 ?.
Brunson does double up, but Nguyen still has a huge
Hand #11 - Brunson calls with a Q ? 5
?. Nguyen, with deuces, just
limps in. The Flop - 3 ? 6 ?
6 ?. The Turn is a 3 c; and
the River is a 5 c;, which pairs up Todd and makes him
a winner - unless he folds on Nguyen's bet. He
doesn't, and he wins it. Nguyen still has the chip
Hand #12 -Nguyen goes all-in with an A ? 3
?. Brunson has a pair of
8's...and calls. The Flop - 3 c; 7 ?
7 ?. Brunson's pair will
hold...er...make that Trips when a 8
? comes out. that makes Brunson a winner and
Brunson doubles up to within 60,000 of Nguyen.
Hand #13 - Brunson comes in with a A ? 5
? while Nguyen goes in with a
6 c; 5 ?. The FLop - a 7 c; 2 ? 3 ?. Nguyen has a
straight draw -which doesn't come up on the Turn (10
?), but Nguyen bets on it
anyways. Brunson folds and Nguyen gets his lead back.
Hand #14 - Nguyen raises with 10's and Brunson calls
with a J/5 ?. The FLop - 5 ?
6 ? 4 ?.
Brunson pairs the 5's, but Nguyen still has the lead
and bets it. Brunson folds and Nguyen builds his chips
back up to 2 million.
Hand #15 - Scotty raises on a K ? 3
? and Brunson calls with a 10/6
?. The Flop - a K c; Q c; Q
?, as Scotty leads. The Turn
is an A ?, so Nguyen still
lead...until the River, which is a J ? and which gives
Brunson a straight. Brunson finally bets when he has a
straight and Nguyen calls, Brunson gets some more
Hand #16 - Brunson has a 6 c; 5 ?
and calls. Nguyen limps in with a K d ?. The Flop - 2
? 7 ?
3 ?. The Turn - 9
?. The River - A
?. That gives both people
flushes, but Nguyen's is higher and he bets half of
Brunson's stack. Brunson calls, and he is severely
Hand #17 - The Flop is a 10 ?
8 c; 3 ?, which is good for
Brunson, who has 10 c; 8 ?.
Nguyen has a 8 ? 4
? and has a flush draw.
Brunson goes all-in and Nguyen calls. The Turn is a 3
c;, which helps no one, and the river is a 10 c;,
which gives Brunson a boat and a double-up. Nguyen
still has a huge lead.
Hand #18 - Brunson raises with a K c; 10 h. Nguyen has
a K/J...but folds. Hmmm...
Hand #19 - Brunson has another nice starting hand -
this one a K c; Q ?. Nguyen
limps in with a 5 ? 4 ? - and
then pairs it with a 9 c; 8 c; 4 ?
on the Flop. The Turn - a Q ?, which pairs Brunson's
queens. He bets and Nguyen folds.
Hand #20 - Brunson has a K ?
10 ? and limps in. Nguyen also limps in with a 7
? 2 ?. The Flop - a 7
? A ? 10 c;. Nguyen pairs the
7's, but Brunson pairs the 10's and bets. Nguyen folds
and Brunson now has the chip lead.
Hand #21 - Nguyen has an A ?
5 c; and raises. Brunson goes all-in - with A
? A c;. The Flop - 9 c; K
? K ?.
That doesn't help Nguyen - and the 4
? on the Turn ends the match. Todd Brunson wins
$30,000, but Scotty Nguyen also advances.
Next week - Carlos Mortenson, Johnny Chan, David
Sklansky and Freddie Deeb. This should be a wild one.
Join us in 7 days to see how wild it will get.