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The best poker players in the world descend upon the World Series of Poker to find out who exactly is the best.

Recaps by Lee DiGeorge, GSNN


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What follows are televised-hand-by-televised-hand accounts. Obviously, since it's only an hourlong show, most hands are not televised so you're going to see a lot of jumping of the dealer button. Also, although I'm MIGHTY close, I'm not perfect. If you notice any factual errors in this recap, please e-mail digeorgefiles@yahoo.com and they will be corrected.

What's a "dealer button"? What's "all-in"? What the heck is this weird poker game they're playing? See GSNN's Poker Primer.


No Limit Hold'em Tournament - July 20 (9pm)
 
Tournament #9 of WSOP – Chip counts and positions going into the final table:
 
Starting left of the dealer, going clockwise.
 
Seat #1 – Tonio Scalia - $101,000
Seat #2 – Kent Washington - $163,000
Seat #3 – Jason Viriyayuthakorn - $110,000
Seat #4 – Scott Epstein - $176,000
Seat #5 – Scott Fischman - $161,000
Seat #6 – Rollo Johnson - $104,000
Seat #7 – Blair Rodman – $188,000
Seat #8 – Marc Magazu - $70,000
Seat #9 – Joe Awata – $196,000 (chip leader)

HAND 1: Jason V – (8 clubs / 8 hearts)   BET – All In
Scott F – (A diamonds / A clubs)   CALL. Everyone else folds.
 
Flop: 3 clubs / K spades / K clubs
Turn: A spades
 
Jason is drawing dead (no cards can help him…) Last card is not shown on TV. Analysis: Jason made a bold move early, looking to double up, but ran into pocket aces. Jason's play might have been a little too aggressive this early in the final table.
 
Jason V. – 9th place - $22,940
 
HAND 2: Washington – (8 hearts / 8 diamonds) – BET $50,000
Scali – (K spades / 8 spades) – ALL IN ($42,000)
 
Flop: 6 hearts / 10 hearts / 5 hearts
 
(no help for anyone.. Washington has a flush draw)
 
Turn: Q clubs
River: 7 diamonds
 
Washington wins, Scali out of the tournament. Analysis: Scali had no choice with the short stack to make the move. Unfortunately, it was his last.
 
Tonio Scali – 8th place - $34,400
 
HAND 3: Awada – (10 hearts / 10 spades) – BET $45,000
Washington (Q spades / Q clubs) – ALL IN
Awada folds.
 
Analysis: Great laydown for Awada… Many great poker players would be out of the tournament after that hand.
 
HAND 4: Fischman – (J spades / J clubs) - BET $35,000
Washington (A clubs / K spades) – ALL IN
Fischman folds.
 
Analysis – Fischman was only a 2% favorite going into the hand, so the laydown was appropriate. A bit nerve wracking, though, as Fischman loses a chunk of chips.
 
HAND 5: Johnson – (6 spades / 6 diamonds) – ALL IN
Awada – (A spades / 3 diamonds) – CALL
 
Flop – A clubs / K diamonds / Q spades
Turn – Q clubs
River – 7 spades
 
Analysis: Awada makes a poor call, but pulls out a miracle flop to end Johnson's tournament.
 
Rollo Johnson – 7th place - $45,880
 
HAND 6: Washington – (A clubs / J spades) BET $40,000
Rodman – (9 clubs / 9 spades) ALL IN (Raise of $100,000)
Washington CALL
 
Flop – J diamonds / 2 spades / K diamonds
Turn – 8 spades
River – 7 diamonds
 
Washington wins, Rodman out of the tournament. Analysis: Another coin-flip hand, Washington and his overcards wins!
 
Blair Rodman – 6th place - $57,340
 
HAND 7: Magazu – (K clubs - ????? (did not look at other card) ) ALL IN
Washington – (A hearts – 8 diamonds) CALL
 
(note: Magazu’s second card is 5 diamonds)
 
Flop – 10 spades / 9 hearts / 4 spades
Turn – 3 diamonds
River – Q clubs
 
Analysis: Magazu makes an interesting play without looking at his second card. I, personally, would not have played that way, but with a short stack, he played strong into a very loose player)
 
Mark Magazu – 5th place - $68,800
 
HAND 8: Epstein – (K hearts / 5 hearts) ALL IN
Fischman – (K spades / 7 spades) CALL
 
Flop – 5 clubs / 2 hearts / 9 hearts (Epstein catches a great flop!)
Turn – 7 diamonds (oops… spoke too soon!)
River – Q clubs
 
Epstein is out! Analysis: Again, the short stack makes a player go all in with a sub-par hand. This ends as it should, mathematically.
 
Scott Epstein – 4th place - $80,280
 
HAND 9: Washington – (Q hearts / 9 clubs) BET $40,000
Awada – (9 hearts / 9 spades) ALL IN ($67,000 raise)
Washington CALLS
 
Flop: J spades / 3 hearts / J hearts
Turn: 2 hearts
River: A diamonds
 
Awada doubles up! Analysis: Ugh! Terrible call by Washington, being beat by a good number of hands. Awada doubles up and becomes a force in the tournament.
 
HAND 10: Awada – (K diamond / K clubs) CALLS Big Blind
Washington – (A clubs / 5 clubs) RAISE $40,000
Awada – RAISE ALL IN
Washington CALLS
 
Flop: 5 spades / J spades / 10 hearts
Turn: Q spades
River: 10 diamonds
 
Awada doubles up again! Analysis: ANOTHER terrible call by Washington! I wish I was playing against him! Awada keeps on making money off of the loose calling Wahington.
 
HAND 11: Fischman – (7 diamonds / 8 clubs) CALLS Big Blind
Awada – (K hearts / 8 hearts) CHECKS
 
Flop: 8 spades / 3 spades / 4 clubs.
 
Fischman CHECKS
Awada BETS $35,000
Fischman RAISES to $75,000
Awada RAISES ALL IN
Fischman folds
 
Analysis: Fischman assumed Awada to be on a flush draw (spades), and wound up laying down the hand. As we saw, Awada also had the same pair that Fischman had, but a much better kicker (high card). Fischman asked for there to be a “double rabbit hunt” (showing the turn and river to the audience. (K spades / 3 hearts)
 
Televised hand #12
 
Washington – (3 spades / 3 diamonds) ALL IN
Fischman -  (A diamonds / Q spades) CALL
 
Flop: A hearts / 6 diamonds / 8 clubs
Turn: 4 diamonds
River: K hearts
 
Washington out! Analysis: Another coin-flip hand, but ultimately, Washington’s big calls earlier with marginal cards garnered him NO respect at the table, as Fischman called and won the hand.
 
Kent Washington – 3rd place - $91,740
 
HAND 13: Heads up!
 
Awada – (8 diamonds / 5 hearts) CALL Big Blind
Fischman – (10 spades / 9 hearts) CHECK
 
Flop: 5 spades / 9 clubs / 8 hearts
 
Fischman: BET $40,000
Awada: RAISE to $100,000
Fischman: CALL
 
Turn: 2 spades
 
Fischman: BET ALL IN
Awada: CALL
 
River: 5 diamonds
 
Awada doubles up and has the chip lead! Analysis: Great hand, Fischman thought he had the best hand, moved all in, and lost a great amount of chips. Well played hand by Awada!

HAND 14: Awada – (5 hearts / 5 spades) BET $50,000
Fischman – (A hearts / K spades) RAISE to $150,000
Awada CALLS
 
Flop: 9 spades / 7 hearts / 4 spades
Fischman BETS ALL IN
Awada CALLS
 
Turn: 9 hearts
River: 7 spades
 
FISCHMAN DOUBLES UP ON A MIRACLE RUNNER-RUNNER!
 
Analysis: The hand of the tournament; as Fischman was definitely in trouble when he moved all in. Ultimately, the board pairing twice ultimately led the A kicker to beat Awada’s 5 kicker. Unbelievable hand.
 
HAND 15: Fischman – (A spades / 6 spades) RAISE ALL IN
Awada – (K hearts / 7 hearts) CALL ALL IN ($75,000)
 
Flop: A clubs / K diamonds / 4 spades
Turn: 8 diamonds
River: J hearts
 
The tournament is over! The 23 year old Fischman wins!
 
Winner: Scott Fishman - $300,000
Runner-up: Joe Awata - $156,320

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