Event #1 $25,000 Short Deck
40,000 / 80,000
A big flip sent Stephen Chidwick down to a felt-brushing stack, his all in preflop after Aaron Van Blarcum three-bet his original raise to 230,000 all in with – to a total of 1,440,000. The board brought help for Van Blarcum: and he doubled through.
Moments later Chidwick’s last 235,000 was all in preflop with his own , called by John Cynn with . Chidwick stayed ahead over the run out to keep this final six handed, but only momentarily. The high roller veteran leaves the table in 6th, winning $63,000.
|Aaron Van Blarcum||3,000,000||1,530,000|
Stephen Chidwick opened to 180,000 under the gun plus one holding , called by cutoff Wai Leong Chan with and button Cary Katz (). On the flop of , Chidwick checked, Wai Leong Chan bet 325,000, called by Chidwick alone.
The turn: . Check to Wai Leong Chan again, who now bet 600,000, eventually prompting a fold.
|Wai Leong Chan||4,745,000||740,000|
Aaron Van Blarcum opened to 250,000 in the hijack with , finding cutoff Jiang Xie He moving all in over the top holding . Now facing a total bet of 1,250,000, button Wai Leong Chan took a little while to pass his own , but did so, leaving Van Blarcum to make a quick call.
The board remained safe for the queens as it rolled out , but He’d picked up straight outs on the turn, which came good for the short stack with the river.
|Xia He Jiang||2,650,000||1,090,000|
|Aaron Van Blarcum||1,470,000||-1,430,000|
30,000 / 60,000
Multiple time bank cards were used by Cary Katz who faced a decision for his tournament life courtesy of Aaron Van Blarcum on the river of a pot that took about three times as long as any previous hand on the final.
Katz had checked behind, holding , on a flop, then bet when it was checked to him on the turn. Van Blarcum, holding , made the call, then set Katz all in when the river paired the board with the .
A pained tank ensued, as Katz ran through the possibilities regarding his opponent’s holding. These included, “You could have made a snap decision and just bluffed,” as well as the fact that, “I was ecstatic about the river – until you jammed!”
“Just tell me when I have ten seconds left,” said Katz, before finally throwing his hand into the muck.
|Aaron Van Blarcum||2,900,000||500,000|
After three-betting all in preflop with for 1,600,000 (and picking up 200,000 from initial raiser Wai Leong Chan who passed ), John Cynn lost a pot to Aaron Can Blarcum the very next hand. Cynn limped for 50,000 with , then called Van Blarcum’s raise to 225,000 (holding ) to see a flop of . Cynn checked and Van Blarcum bet 250,000. Cynn folded.
|Aaron Van Blarcum||2,400,000||390,000|
|Wai Leong Chan||4,005,000||-95,000|
|Aaron Van Blarcum||2,010,000||-25,000|
|Xia He Jiang||1,560,000||-240,000|
Cary Katz, representing for PokerGO, started the final as the short stack but has doubled through to 1,600,000 after moving all in preflop for 735,000 over the top of a preflop open from Aaron Van Blarcum with . Katz held ; “Anything high it’s over…” he sweated, as the flop came down , but the turn and river fell securing him the double.
|Aaron Van Blarcum||2,035,000||-690,000|
A fiveway limped pot – “not something you normally see on a final table,” as commentator James Dempsey noted, ended up with a pot going to Wai Leong Chan after he turned his second pair into a bluff on the river.
A flop of saw four checks to cutoff Stephen Chidwick who bet 75,000 holding , called by under the gun first limper Jiang Xia He with and his neighbour Wai Leong Chan with .
The turn brought the and two checks to Chidwick, who bet 175,000. He folded his bigger ace; Leong Chan made the call.
The river: . Now Wai Leong Chan led out for 475,000, turning his pair of queens into a bluff. After spending a timebank card, Chidwick folded.
|Wai Leong Chan||4,100,000||620,000|
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