UltimateBet.net's Aruba Poker Classic

Venue: Bayalinda Beach Resort, Aruba

Prize Pool: near $3.2 million

Final prize: $1 million and $25,000 buy-in to the WPT Championship.

Opening Chip Count:

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB
Las Vegas
$1,920,000
DEVIN PORTER
Salt Lake City
$1,769,000
JOHAN STORAKERS
Stockholm, Sweden
$913,000
JOSH SCHLEIN
Owings Mills, MD
$867,000
STACY MATUSON
Hollywood, FL
$619,000
ROBERT BORDER
Las Vegas
$356,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$8,000/$16,000

Whoever wins this will be an instant millionaire. Let's shuffle up and deal!

Josh Freddy (BB)
A♥9♥ 9♣8♦
RAISE: $35,000 CALL: $19,000
75% 23%
FLOP: K♣2♠5
  CHECK
CHECK
89% 11%
TURN: J♣
CHECK
CHECK
94% 6%
RIVER: A♦
FOLD
WIN: $82,000

Another friendly game of poker ends with a win for the 20-year-old. Josh is the youngest player to make a final table.

Josh Johan (BB)
7♥5♥ A♥9♦
RAISE: $43,000 CALL: $27,000
39% 61%
FLOP: J♠7♠6♣
  BET: $67,000
CALL: $67,000
(only has second pair)
73% 27%
TURN: 4♦
CHECK
CHECK
83% 17%
RIVER: 5♠
BET: $215,000
CALL: $215,000
WIN: $670,000
Two pair
7♥7♠5♥5♠J♠

That signals changing of the guard... somewhat...

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $1,943,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,739,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,237,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $643,000
STACY MATUSON $532,000
ROBERT BORDER $350,000
Ante/Blinds: $2,000/$8,000/$16,000

They don't call it Big Slick for nothing. Check this out...

Johan Freddy Stacy (BB)
A♦K♥ 6♥6♣ 9♣8♣
RAISE: $45,000 CALL: $45,000 CALL: $29,000
41% 29% 30%
FLOP: K♦Q♣5♣
    CHECK
BET: $180,000 FOLD FOLD
WIN: $335,000

 

Devin Robert (BB)
A♦6♦ K♦Q♣
RAISE: $56,000 CALL: $40,000
55% 44%
FLOP: 8♦6♠2♠
  BET: $100,000
ALL-IN: $1,715,000 FOLD
WIN: $1,947,000

 

Josh Devin (BB)
A♠Q♠ K♥J♠
RAISE: $60,000 RAISE: $101,000
CALL: $100,000
61% 39%
FLOP: A♥K♠5♥
  CHECK
CHECK
74% 26%
TURN: 5♠
CHECK
CHECK
6% 94%
RIVER: 3♣
BET: $101,000
CALL: $100,000
WIN: $540,000
Two pair
A♠
A♥5♠5♥K♠

Despite that last misstep, Devin has taken the chip lead. And did we mention that the stakes are getting higher?

CHIP COUNT
DEVIN PORTER $1,880,000
FREDDY DEEB $1,820,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,504,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $643,000
STACY MATUSON $434,000
ROBERT BORDER $163,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$12,000/$24,000

 

Freddy Stacy (B) Robert (SB)
J♠9♠ 8♦8♣ 10♠10♣
RAISE: $64,000 RAISE: $164,000 ALL-IN: $160,000
CALL: $100,000
28% 19% 52%
FLOP: 10♦6♣5♦
CHECK ALL-IN: $267,000  
FOLD BET LOWERED: $160,000
7% 93%
TURN: K♠
RIVER:
6♥
WIN: $522,000
Full house
10♠10♣
10♦6♣6♥

 

Johan Freddy (B) Devin (SB)
A♦6♣ K♥10♥ Q♣9♣
RAISE: $75,000 CALL: $75,000 CALL: $63,000
38% 35% 26%
FLOP: K♣9♦4♥
    BET: $90,000
FOLD CALL: $90,000
80% 20%
TURN: A♥
BET: $150,000
CALL: $150,000
94% 6%
RIVER: A♣
BET: $200,000
CALL: $200,000
WIN: $1,147,000
Two pair
A♣
A♥K♥K♣10♥

That will put Freddy Deeb back into the chip lead.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,398,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,468,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,279,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $520,000
ROBERT BORDER $513,000
STACY MATUSON $266,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$12,000/$24,000

 

Josh (SB) Stacy (BB)
A♦K♦ A♣7♣
RAISE: $90,000 ALL-IN: $263,000
CALL: $173,000
65% 30%
FLOP: J♦J♣7♥
(Stacy went from 2-1 dog to 3-1 favorite)
TURN:
3♦
RIVER: Q♦
WIN: $544,000
Flush
A♦K♦Q♦J♦3♦
OUT
6th Place

It's a man's game now after that bad beat.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,555,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,748,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,276,000
ROBERT BORDER $459,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $406,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$12,000/$24,000

 

Devin (B) Robert (BB)
Q♦J♦ A♠5♣
RAISE: $90,000 ALL-IN: $456,000
CALL: $366,000
41% 59%
FLOP: 10♦10♠5♠
TURN:
K♦
RIVER: J♣
WIN: $939,000
Two pair
J♣
J♦10♦10♠K♦
OUT
5th Place

And the river card knocks someone out again.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,591,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,920,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,623,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $310,000
Ante/Blinds: $3,000/$12,000/$24,000

 

Freddy (B) Devin (SB) Josh (BB)
10♠4♠ 8♦6♠ A♠5♦
CALL: $24,000 CALL: $12,000 CHECK
28% 32% 39%
FLOP: 10♥6♣6♦
  CHECK CHECK
CHECK
9% 90% 1%
TURN: 10♣
CHECK CHECK
BET: $100,000 CALL: $100,000 FOLD
98% 2%
RIVER: J♦
CHECK
BET: $350,000 CALL: $350,000
WIN: $984,000
Full house
10♣10♠
10♥6♣6♦

Inflation!

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,870,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,840,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,080,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $655,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$20,000/$40,000

 

Johan (SB) Freddy (BB)
2♠2♣ Q♣7♣
CALL: $20,000 CHECK
47% 52%
FLOP: 5♣2♥2♦
(Freddy is now dead; no card in the deck can help him)
CHECK BET: $40,000
CALL: $40,000  
TURN: 5♦
RIVER: 10♠
ALL-IN: $180,000 FOLD
WIN: $750,000  

Small hit for Freddy.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,420,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,970,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,330,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $725,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$20,000/$40,000

Freddy comes over the top on Johan again and wins another pot.

Johan (B) Freddy (SB) Devin (BB)
A♠A♣ A♥5♥ 9♥8♣
RAISE: $90,000 CALL: $70,000 CALL: $50,000
67% 12% 19%
FLOP: Q♥J♠3♥
  CHECK CHECK
BET: $150,000 RAISE: $500,000 FOLD
ALL-IN: $475,000    
63% 36%  
TURN: 8♦
RIVER: 3♣
WIN: $1,240,000
Two pair
A♠A♣
3♥3♣Q♥
   

Johan is back in the thick of it.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,155,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,800,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,250,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $1,240,000
Ante/Blinds: $5,000/$20,000/$40,000

 

Devin (SB) Josh (BB)
7♠3♥ 7♦3♣
CALL: $20,000 CHECK
2% 2%
FLOP: A♣5♠6♠
BET: $60,000 CALL: $60,000
3% 0%
TURN: A♠
CHECK BET: $80,000
RAISE: $141,000 CALL: $141,000
18% 0%
RIVER: 9♠
BET: $150,000 ALL-IN: $1,475,000
FOLD WIN: $2,285,000

Stolen pot off of a stone bluff!

Johan Freddy (B) Josh (BB)
A♣2♥ 4♦4♣ K♥J♥
RAISE: $120,000 CALL: $120,000 CALL: $80,000
24% 37% 38%
FLOP: Q♠Q♦3♦
    CHECK
BET: $250,000 RAISE: $500,000 FOLD
FOLD WIN: $1,150,000  

Surf's up... and so are the blinds and antes...

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $2,630,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $1,665,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,435,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $715,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$30,000/$60,000

 

Freddy (B) Devin (BB)
7♥3♥ A♠J♣
CALL: $60,000 RAISE: $180,000
CALL: $120,000
39% 60%
FLOP: K♠Q♣10♦
NUTS BET: $110,000
FOLD WIN: $570,000

Josh steals a small pot on a position raise. That gives him the chip lead.

CHIP COUNT
JOSH SCHLEIN $2,315,000
FREDDY DEEB $1,910,000
DEVIN PORTER $1,635,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $585,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$30,000/$60,000

 

Freddy (B) Devin (SB) Josh (BB)
Q♥4♥ K♦4♦ J♣10♥
CALL: $60,000 CALL: $30,000 CHECK
23% 42% 32%
FLOP: Q♦5♦4♣
  BET: $100,000 FOLD
RAISE: $500,000 FOLD  
WIN: $820,000    

And here come the ladies... what can we say, we have a demographic to crack.

Johan (B) Freddy (SB)
A♣J♠ A♠4♠
ALL-IN: $455,000 CALL: $420,000
70% 22%
FLOP: Q♠Q♣Q♦
TURN: Q♥
TIE: $505,000
Four Queens
Q♠Q♣
Q♦Q♥A♣
TIE: $505,000
Four Queens
Q♠Q♣
Q♦Q♥A♠

 

Freddy (B) Devin (SB)
A♥K♠ A♦10♠
RAISE: $200,000 ALL-IN: $1,235,000
CALL: $1,035,000 22%
68% 26%
FLOP: 8♣6♥3♠
TURN: 2♣
RIVER:
K♦
WIN: $2,570,000
Pair of Kings
K♠
K♦A♥8♣6♥
OUT
4th Place

And one of the two young'uns is out.

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $3,365,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $2,695,000
JOHAN STORAKERS $385,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$30,000/$60,000

 

Johan (B) Freddy (SB) Josh (BB)
J♦8♣ A♣J♣ A♠7♠
ALL-IN: $375,000 CALL: $345,000 CALL: $315,000
23% 45% 23%
FLOP: K♦J♥9♣
(Both Freddy and Josh go check/check)

TURN: 5♥
  BET: $300,000 FOLD
7% 93%  
RIVER: K♠
OUT
3rd Place
WIN: $1,155,000
Two pair
K♦K♠J♣J♥A♣
 

The ladies return on ATVs as Phil Hellmuth leads them and the money to the table for HEADS UP!

CHIP COUNT
FREDDY DEEB $4,135,000
JOSH SCHLEIN $2,310,000
Ante/Blinds: $10,000/$30,000/$60,000

Josh takes an easy $320,000. Blinds are now at $50,000 and $100,000.

Freddy (SB) Josh (BB)
K♥4♦ Q♣9♦
CALL: $50,000 CHECK
56% 43%
FLOP: Q♥4♣2♥
  BET: $200,000
CALL: $200,000  
24% 76%
TURN: 9♠
  BET: $400,000
CALL: $400,000  
11% 89%
RIVER: 5♣
  ALL-IN: $1,520,000
FOLD WIN: $2,940,000

 

Josh (SB) Freddy (BB)
4♥3♠ A♠2♦
RAISE: $250,000 CALL: $150,000
41% 58%
FLOP: K♣J♦6♠
  CHECK
BET: $400,000 FOLD
WIN: $920,000  

 

Freddy (SB) Josh (BB)
10♦3♥ J♠6♣
CALL: $50,000 CHECK
36% 62%
FLOP: K♣7♠6♠
  CHECK
BET: $100,000 CALL: $100,000
 14% 86%
TURN: 6♥
  BET: $400,000
FOLD WIN: $820,000

Josh has taken the chip lead in heads-up!

Josh (SB) Freddy (BB)
3♥3♠ A♦4♣
RAISE: $300,000 ALL-IN: $2,825,000
CALL: $2,525,000
54% 45%
FLOP: J♠7♠5♥
TURN: 5♦
RIVER: 4♥
  WIN: $5,670,000
Two pairs
5♦5♥4♣4♥A♦

Heartbreak on the river! Just when you think Josh has this tournament all sewn up...

Freddy (SB) Josh (BB)
J♦3♦ J♣2♠
CALL: $50,000 CHECK
32% 21%
FLOP: J♥8♦3♥
  CHECK
BET: $100,000 ALL-IN: $665,000
CALL: $565,000  
81% 1%
TURN: Q♦
RIVER: A♦
WIN: $1,550,000
Flush
A♦Q♦J♦8♦3♦
OUT
2nd Place

So cockiness is the difference between a half-mill payday and a $1 million check, as Freddy Deeb wins $1 million and a $25,000 buy-in into the World Poker Tour Championship in June. Next stop on the WPT, Vegas for the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship. We'll see you then.