Event #25: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better

Pappas' River Raise Scoops the Lot

• Taso 16: 3,000-6,000, 700 ante

Pappas: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{A-Spades}{10-Hearts} / {x-}
Sexton: {x-}{x-} / {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} / {x-}
Boeken: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{A-Spades}{10-Hearts} / {x-}

Mike Sexton completed and was called by Noah Boeken and John Pappas (not that one), the last of these three fired on fourth and Sexton and Boeken both called. Sexton checked on fifth and Boeken bet, Pappas and Sexton both calling with the same happening on sixth street.

On seventh, Boeken bet again after a Sexton check, Pappas raised and Sexton tanked before folding, Boeken made the call.

Pappas showed {5-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs} for 6-5-4-2-A and a pair of tens, Boeken turned over {A-}{4-}{Q-} for a seven low and ace-king high. However, when Sexton folded, his {Q-Clubs} came over the top of Boeken's cards which made it look like Boeken had a pair of queens until everyone realised the mistake.

Pappas scooped the pot (apparently Sexton folded a better high) and is up to about 150,000

Tagit: John PappasMike SextonNoah Boeken

Violette and Kassela Chop it Up

• Taso 16: 3,000-6,000, 700 ante

Kassela: {x-}{x-} / {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{7-Spades} / {x-}
Violette: {x-}{x-} / {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{J-Hearts} / {x-}

Frank Kassela raised showing an ace and Cyndy Violette made the call. Kassela proceeded to check-call all the streets and showed {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{10-Spades} for aces which chopped with Violette's {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{4-Clubs} which had made a qualifying low.

Tagit: Frank KasselaCyndy Violette

Kravchenko Eliminated

• Taso 16: 3,000-6,000, 700 ante
Alexander Kravchenko - seen here showing amazing tenacity in the face of gravity.
Alexander Kravchenko - seen here showing amazing tenacity in the face of gravity.

With the elimination of Alex Kravchenko, we're down to our final 40 players and five tables.

Tagit: Alex Kravchenko

The End of Nicholson

Fast: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{2-Spades} / {x-}
Stavrakis: {x-}{x-} / {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} / {x-}
Nicholson: {x-}{x-} / {6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} {x-}

Joining the action on fourth street and Filippos Stavrakis checked, Ryon Nicholson bet and Ron Fast raised before Stavrakis check-raised to three bets, Nicholson called all in and Fast also called. Fast hit the ace and took the lead, betting fifth, sixth and seventh streets and Stavrakis called him down.

Fast showed {4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} for 7-4-3-2-A and a pair of sevens.
Stavrakis showed {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for queens full of nines.
Nicholson showed {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Spades} for a 7-6-5-4-A and a pair of tens, not good enough for either half of the pot and hence eliminated.

Filippos Stavrakis us 70,000 44,000
Ron Fast us 48,000 -12,000
Ryon Nicholson Ulkona

Tagit: Filippos StavrakisRon FastRyon Nicholson



Mchugh: {x-}{x-} / {9-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{2-Spades} / {x-}
Cernuto: {x-}{x-} / {3-Spades}{Q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{K-Spades} / {x-}

Joining the action on forth street and Mchugh led out, Cernuto raised and Mchugh made it three bets which Cernuto called. Both players checked fifth street before Cernuto bet out on sixth and Mchugh called. Finally Mchugh bet seventh street and Cernuto called.

Mchugh showed {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a flush and a 7-6-4-2-A low to scoop the pot.

Christopher Mchugh us 66,000 -14,000
John Cernuto us 4,400 -13,600

Tagit: John CernutoChristopher Mchugh

Frank Trips Up

Cernuto: {x-}{x-} / {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} FOLDED
Ma: {x-}{x-} / {8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs} / {x-}
Kassela: {x-}{x-} / {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Hearts} / {x-}

John Cernuto and Tony Ma limped in and Frank Kassela completed and both called. Kassela paired his aces and bet, Cernuto folded his eight but Ma called. Kassela bet fifth and sixth as well but on the latter Ma raised, Kassela made it three bets and Ma made it four. Kassela called then bet seventh only for Ma to raise again and this time Kassela just called.

Ma showed {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for an eight high straight and 7-6-5-4-2 low, Kassela had {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{J-Clubs} for trip aces only and so Ma took the entire pot.

Tony Ma us 145,000 60,000
Frank Kassela us 47,000 -30,000

Tagit: Frank KasselaTony Ma

Russian Battle

• Taso 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Yakovenko: {x-}{x-} / {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} / {x-}
Gerasimov: {x-}{x-} / {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} / {x-}

Nikolai Yakovenko called Kirill Gerasimov's raise on third and then led out himself on fourth, fifth and sixth street before players checked seventh. Yakovenko showed {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Hearts} which enough to scoop as Gerasimov must have missed his low draw.

Tagit: Kirill GerasimovNikolai Yakovenko

It's Alright, Ma

• Taso 15: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Ma: {x-}{x-} / {6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{K-Clubs}{8-Spades} FOLDED
Gerasimov: {x-}{x-} / {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}

Kirill Gerasimov check-called bets on fourth and fifth street from Tony Ma, but on sixth Ma hit a third low card and Gerasimov gave up the pot.

Tagit: Kirill GerasimovTony Ma