We hit a lull in the action once we reached the final ten here in the $1,500 NLHE, but things managed to pick up. Here’s the blow-by-blow.
The Way of Yeh
Philip Yeh had a big chip lead earlier in the day but found himself in second position coming into this ten-handed table. He’s been keeping active, trying to build his stack back up, but things haven’t really gone according to plan.
One spot that was good for Yeh was a position re-raise agaisnt Barry Schultz, the other big stack at the time. Yeh repopped Schultz’s $82,000 preflop raise to $230,000, making Schultz muck his A♣ J♦.
Not so good for Yeh was a big pot with Bobby Firestone. Firestone raised from the button to $80,000 and Yeh called from the blind. Both players checked the Q♥ 6♦ 9♦ flop and Yeh fired out $120,000 on the 4♠ turn. Firestone called, and when the 9♥ fell on the river Yeh fired out $250,000. Firestone didn’t take long to call with Q♠ J♦, good enough to beat Yeh’s mucked cards and boost his stack to $1,500,000.
Yeh managed to get $180,000 of his chips back from Firestone a few minutes later, which ended up being a very good thing. On the very last hand of the level, Kenneth Terrell opened up for $140,000 and Yeh made it $280,000 to go. The action folded back to Terrell, who shipped it for $615,000 total.
Yeh quickly called and tabled Q♣ Q♦, but he was far behind Terrell’s A♥ A♦. Neither of the other queens in the deck came and Yeh was down to just $435,000; Terrell, meanwhile, was up to $1,315,000.
Gargano Garotted! (10th)
Tony Gargano was looking to pick up easy chips when the action folded to him and he shoved from the small blind for $400,000, but his aggressive strategy ran into Vitaly Lunkin’s A♦ J♦ in the big blind. Gargano’s Q♦ 2♣ wasn’t able to catch up, and he left in 10th place with $36,567.
Yeh Nayed! (9th)
It should have been a much bigger day for Philip Yeh, given his stack and his playing style, but the poker gods appeared to have a different fate in mind for him. The action folded to him in middle position and he open-shoved for his last $405,000. Vitaly Lunkin made the call from the cutoff with A♣ J♥, a great decision since Yeh held A♠ 9♦.
The flop brought a jack, putting Yeh even further into the hole than he’d begun. The rest of the board missed Yeh completely, sending him home in 9th place for $57,990.