Event 19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Balaguer Smashes a Double, Leads

We picked up the action on a {2-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} flop, heads-up between Cliff Goldkind and Adria Balaguer. We're not sure what the preceding action was, but when we arrived, Goldkind had 176,000 chips out in front of him. It was either a bet or a check-raise, we're not sure which. In any event, Balaguer made the call.

The turn came the {3-Diamonds}, and now Goldkind knocked the table. Balaguer took his cue to slide out a bet of 215,000, but Goldkind check-raised all in for 710,000 total. Snap-call, cards up.

Goldkind: {K-Diamonds} {K-Hearts}
Balaguer: {6-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds}

Balaguer had smashed his flush on the turn, but he needed to fade the rest of the diamonds to stay in front. The river was safe, the black {3-Clubs}, and that's the biggest pot we've seen this tournament. If it's not 2 million chips, it's awfully close. We'll mark Balaguer down for 1.95 million until he finishes stacking up.

Adria Balaguer 1,950,000 1,060,000
Cliff Goldkind us 450,000 -1,020,000

Tagit: Adria BalaguerCliff Goldkind