Mirage Poker Showdown

Venue: Mirage Casino, Las Vegas, USA.

Prize Pool: over $3 million

Final prize: over $1.1 million and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
KIDO PHAM
Garland, TX
$1,760,000
CHRIS BELL
Raleigh, NC
$1,417,000
TED FORREST
Las Vegas, NV
$1,370,000
EUGENE TODD
Brooklyn, NY
$763,000
GAVIN SMITH
Guelph, ON
$687,000
MARK ELLERBE
Richmond, TX
$353,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$6,000/$12,000

Let's shuffle up and deal!

Eugene (D) Chris
8♥8♦ A♣Q♦
RAISE: $30,000 RAISE: $105,000
RERAISE: $220,000 CALL: $115,000
55% 45%
FLOP: 10Q♠K♥
  CHECK
RAISE: $250,000 FOLD
9% 87%
WIN: $714,000
Pair of 8s
 

Some play during the break...

CHIP COUNT
KIDO PHAM $1,628,000
TED FORREST $1,458,000
CHRIS BELL $1,360,000
EUGENE TODD $909,000
GAVIN SMITH $722,000
MARK ELLERBE $273,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$6,000/$12,000

   

Eugene (D) Chris
10♦10♣ K♣Q♣
RAISE: $44,000 CALL: $44,000
52% 48%
FLOP: 5♣9♥A♦
  CHECK
BET: $80,000 RAISE: $180,000
"Representing the Ace"
FOLD  
70% 30%
  WIN: $372,000
Ace high
Wondercam shows a 10 on the turn and a 9 on the river. Had Eugene played on, he would have won with 10s full of 9s.

 

Kido (D) Mark
5♠5♥ J♣10♥
RAISE: $40,000 CALL: $40,000
53% 46%
FLOP: 3♣5♣9♦
  ALL-IN: $273,000
CALL: $273,000  
91% 9%
Needs two runners to make a straight
TURN: 3♥
WIN: $656,000
Full house
OUT: 6th Place

Mark draws dead and returns to Texas with $106,729. And then there were five...

CHIP COUNT
KIDO PHAM $2,025,000
CHRIS BELL $1,482,000
TED FORREST $1,431,000
EUGENE TODD $741,000
GAVIN SMITH $671,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$6,000/$12,000

  

Kido Eugene (SB)
K♦7♣ K♥Q♥
RAISE: $40,000 CALL: $34,000
24% 71%
FLOP: 10♣J♦7♥
CHECK
CHECK  
52% 45%
TURN: 4
BET: $54,000
CALL: $54,000
RIVER: J♠
BET: $80,000
Post Oak Bet: a small bet into a large pot in the hope that your opponent will fold.
CALL: $80,000 WIN: $370,000
Two pair

The price of poker just went up: $2,000 antes with blinds of $10,000 and $20,000.

Gavin Kido (D)
Q♠10♠ 9♣8♣
RAISE: $65,000 CALL: $65,000
62% 37%
FLOP: J♣J♠2♠
CHECK BET: $150,000
ALL-iIN: $693,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,013,000
Pair of Jacks

After the break...

CHIP COUNT
KIDO PHAM $2,000,000
CHRIS BELL $1,427,000
TED FORREST $1,369,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,011,000
EUGENE TODD $543,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$10,000/$20,000

 

Kido Gavin (BB)
A♠7♠ Q♠Q♣
RAISE: $70,000 CALL: $50,000
32% 67%
FLOP: 8♥K♥5♣
CHECK
BET: $80,000 CALL: $80,000
17% 83%
TURN: 3♦
CHECK
BET: $300,000 FOLD
WIN: $620,000
Ace high
Kido shows the bluff...

 

Kido Eugene (SB)
Q♣9♦ 10♠10♦
RAISE: $80,000 RAISE: $220,000
CALL: $140,000  
25% 74%
FLOP: J♦8♠5♦
ALL-IN: $213,000
FOLD WIN: $683,000
Pair of 10s

 

Gavin Kido (D)
A♥3♥ K♥Q♦
RAISE: $65,000 RAISE: $200,000
ALL-IN: $763,000 CALL: $563,000
56% 44%
FLOP: 6♠2♣J♥
71% 29%
TURN: 8♦
84% 16%
RIVER: A♦
WIN: $1,566,000
Pair of Aces
 

That oughta shake up the standings a bit...

CHIP COUNT
GAVIN SMITH $1,566,000
TED FORREST $1,421,000
CHRIS BELL $1,409,000
KIDO PHAM $1,299,000
EUGENE TODD $655,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$10,000/$20,000

 

Gavin Kido Eugene (D)
K♥9♥ 5♥3♥ A♠J♥
RAISE: $65,000 CALL: $65,000 CALL: $65,000
32% 25% 42%
FLOP: J♠K♦K♣
CHECK
BET: $135,000 FOLD CALL: $135,000
97% 3%
TURN: 9♣
    BET: $125,000
ALL-IN: $453,000*   "No guts, no glory."
ALL-IN: $453,000
100%   DEAD
WIN: $2,312,000
Full house
  OUT: 5th Place

Eugene goes back to Coney Island with $137,223. The two amateurs are gone, only the four pros remain.

CHIP COUNT
GAVIN SMITH $2,312,000
TED FORREST $1,419,000
CHRIS BELL $1,387,000
KIDO PHAM $1,232,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$10,000/$20,000

 

Kido Gavin (BB)
K♦K♣ J♣7♣
RAISE: $70,000 CALL: $70,000
80% 19%
FLOP: 10♦3♠7♦
CHECK
BET: $250,000 CALL: $250,000
79% 21%
TURN: 9♣
  CHECK
BET: $500,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,198,000
Pair of Kings
 

Price of poker's going up again: $3,000 ante with blinds at $15,000 and $30,000.

Kido (SB) Ted (BB)
9♣5♥ 4♥4♦
BET: $15,000 CHECK
44% 54%
FLOP: 5♠2♦4♠
CHECK BET: $70,000
RAISE: $220,000 CALL: $150,000
1% 96%
TURN: K♠
CHECK BET: $300,000
ALL-IN: $1,062,000* ALL-IN: $1,062,000
  WIN: $2,887,000
Three 4s

Kido lowered deep into short-stack territory...

CHIP COUNT
TED FORREST $2,690,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,985,000
CHRIS BELL $1,485,000
KIDO PHAM $190,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$15,000/$30,000

 

Kido Ted (D) Chris (SB)
A♣5♦ A♠9♠ 9♥9♦
ALL-IN: $187,000 CALL: $187,000 CALL: $172,000
11% 17% 63%
FLOP: 8♠K♥4♠
CHECK
BET: $200,000 FOLD
WIN: $200,000
Ace high
9% 80%
TURN: 9♣
RIVER: 4♣
OUT: 4th Place WIN: $803,000
Two pair

Kido is out in fourth, winning $182,964, although Ted betting into a dry side pot was seen as a tactical error.

Gavin (SB) Ted (BB)
K♣Q♣ 8♠7♠
CALL: $15,000 CHECK
65% 34%
FLOP: K♠A♣K♦
BET: $50,000 CALL: $50,000
97% 3%
TURN: 8♦
BET: $120,000 CALL: $120,000
100% DEAD
RIVER: 7♣
BET: $500,000 FOLD
WIN: $909,000
Three Kings
 

After the break...

CHIP COUNT
TED FORREST $2,399,000
CHRIS BELL $2,369,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,582,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

Chris (SB) Gavin (BB)
Q♦J♠ J♥3♠
CALL: $15,000 CHECK
74% 22%
FLOP: K♠10♣7♠
BET: $60,000 CALL: $60,000
85% 10%
TURN: 8♥
CHECK BET: $165,000
CALL: $165,000
93% 7%
RIVER: 10♦
BET: $450,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,015,000
Queen high
 

 

Ted (D) Chris (SB)
A♣J♣ 7♦6♦
RAISE: $140,000 CALL: $115,000
60% 40%
FLOP: 8♣7♥J♠
CHECK
BET: $170,000 CALL: $170,000
20% 78%
TURN: 2♠
  CHECK
BET: $250,000 RAISE: $700,000
CALL: $450,000
88% 12%
RIVER: 7♣
  ALL-IN: $1,580,000
FOLD WIN: $3,665,000
Three 7s

Brilliant defense, but better offense...

CHIP COUNT
CHRIS BELL $3,665,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,655,000
TED FORREST $1,030,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

Gavin (SB) Ted (BB)
10♦8♦ A♥7♥
CALL: $25,000 RAISE: $180,000
CALL: $130,000
44% 56%
FLOP: Q♦8♣5♠
ALL-IN: $1,470,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,845,000
Pair of 8s

Again, Ted has to be a little hot under the collar...

CHIP COUNT
CHRIS BELL $3,575,000
GAVIN SMITH $1,875,000
TED FORREST $900,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$25,000/$50,000

 

Chris (D) Gavin (SB)
A♠9♥ A♦J♣
BET: $200,000 RAISE: $600,000
CALL: $400,000
24% 69%
FLOP: 5♣9♠7♥
ALL-IN: $1,270,000
CALL: $1,270,000
84% 14%
TURN: 7♦
RIVER: J♠
WIN: $3,805,000
Two pair

Gavin pulls the upset on the river of dreams to take this monster pot.

CHIP COUNT
GAVIN SMITH $3,690,000
CHRIS BELL $2,115,000
TED FORREST $545,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

Gavin (D) Ted (SB) Chris (BB)
9♦9♣ A♠7♥ A♥K♠
RAISE: $300,000 ALL-IN: $535,000 ALL-IN: $2,105,000*
FOLD 24% 71%
FLOP: J♥Q♠7♦
TURN: 4♥
RIVER:
Q♦
WIN: $2,970,000
Two pair

 

Chris (D) Gavin (SB)
8♠8♣ A♠Q♦
RAISE: $240,000 ALL-IN: $3,030,000*
ALL-IN: $1,420,000
55% 45%
FLOP: 7♦K♥A♣
TURN: 10♣
RIVER:
9♦
OUT: 3rd Place WIN: $2,950,000
Pair of Aces

And after the Bell is finally cracked with $289,693, the ladies are out with the money, the trophy, and the chip set, meaning that Gavin Smith and Ted Forrest are HEADS UP! Over $117 million won in three seasons on the WPT. Tonight, we add another $1.1 million to it.

CHIP COUNT
GAVIN SMITH $4,590,000
TED FORREST $1,760,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$40,000/$80,000

 

Ted (SB) Gavin (BB)
J♦J♣ 9♦4♥
RAISE: $200,000 FOLD
WIN: $300,000

 

Gavin (SB) Ted (BB)
Q♦Q♣ A♣J♣
CALL: $40,000 RAISE: $230,000
ALL-IN: $4,490,000* CALL: ALL-IN - $1,840,000
68% 31%
FLOP: K♠10♦9♣
TURN: 5♦
RIVER: 4♣
WIN: $3,700,000
Pair of Queens
OUT: 2nd Place

And Gavin Smith is the winner of the Mirage Poker Showdown! Ted leaves with $579,386, while Gavin leaves with over $1.1 million and a seat at the championship at the end of the season. And as we toast our champ, we look to our next stop, the Bicycle Casino and the Legends of Poker Tournament.

And of all the changes, the salute remains the same: "May all your cards be live, and your pots be monsters!" We'll see you next week on the World Poker Tour!

*bet lowered to match opponent's all-in bet.