Event 45, $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. - Live Updates

Day 5 Live Updates

06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 – The Biggest Nguyen Yet!

Scotty Nguyen
It's gonna be all over, baby!

Las Vegas legend Scotty Nguyen has done it! It all went down in a round of Hold’em with Scotty Nguyen holding A T in the pocket and getting Michael DeMichelle to commit his remaining chips with A 3.

The Nguyen supporters gave a rousing cheer as the players threw their cards down on the table and the dealer prepared to deal the potentially tournament ending board.

The flop came A 9 6 and both players paired their ace. All Nguyen needed to do was dodge the treaded trey. The turn came 7 and Nguyen was within one card of his fifth bracelet and being the first player in history to get their name engraved on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

The dealer flipped over… the 4!

The crowd went crazy and Nguyen has indeed pulled it off. He will receive $1.9 million and the respect and admiration of all his peers. DeMichelle put in a valiant effort and will receive $1.2 million for second place.

With his big victory Nguyen will rocket to 7th place on the all-time money list right above T.J. Cloutier and just below Phil Ivey. Fine company, indeed.

Congratulations to Nguyen and all the players that laid 50 big ones on the line in pursuit of one of poker’s most prestigious titles.

Level
28
Blinds
90000/180000
Average Stack
$14,800,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - The Moment of Truth

After a deadlock that seemed like it might never break - and which took us past the 300-hand mark of the final table - we’re finally down to heads-up play. This game could end at any point.

Lindgren Left Out! (3rd)

Like so many other HORSE players before him in this event, it was the deadly Stud round that did Erick Lindgren in. Two hands in particular saw E-Dog whittled down from what wasn’t a very substantial stack in the first place, both against chip leader Scotty Nguyen.

On the first hand, Lindgren completed with the K showing and Nguyen raised with the 9 up. Lindgren check-called fourth street, which gave him the 3, and check-folded fifth street when the 7 came.

Erick Lindgren
Lindgren can't believe he went out in third place.

On the second hand, with under a million chips left in his stack, Lindgren again came in for a completion, this time with the 8 showing. Nguyen popped it with the 9 up, and Lindgren called. Lindgren called Nguyen’s bet on fourth and got all-in on fifth street for his last $575,000 with the boards reading:

Lindgren: (A 8)8 7 K
Nguyen: (x-x)9 Q 2

One of Nguyen’s hole cards was a nine, giving him the highest pair. Unfortunately for Lindgren, he bricked out on the last two streets and couldn’t beat Nguyen’s pair of nines. That left him out in third place, earning him a whopping $781,440 for a fine performance.

Chip Counts for Fantasy

Here are the beginning heads-up chip counts:

Scotty Nguyen
$12,200,000
Michael DeMichele
$2,600,000

 

Level
28
Blinds
90000/180000
Average Stack
$7,400,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - We're Running Out of Titles

We're still in action on the ESPN set - and we've still got three players left. The limits are so high that it could end at any point, though, so be sure to stick with us.

The Peanut Gallery

The longer we go into the night, the more the stands fill up with a Who’s Who of Poker. Among the railbirds tonight are Layne Flack, Todd Brunson, Gavin Smith, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Bill Edler, Chris Bell, Daniel Alaei, Joe Sebok, Phil Hellmuth, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Tex Barch, and Shannon Elizabeth.

Nguyen’s Revenge

Something- maybe his wife, maybe just desire - straightened Scotty Nguyen up during the last break. All his chips are neatly stacked now, divided into $25,000 chips and $5,000 chips on either side of him, and he’s also been playing with a fire in his belly.

He won one big pot, worth about $2,000,000, in a hold’em hand against Michael DeMichele. Nguyen flopped top pair on the Q 3 2 board, and it held up through the 7 turn and the 8 river; luckily for Nguyen, DeMichele got overaggressive on the river because he paired up with his A 8. That extra bet was worth $300,000, a very costly mistake at this point in the tournament.

Added to several Stud and Stud-8 pots that Nguyen picked up, that hand boosted the former world champion’s stack to over $9,000,000.

DeMichele Deflates

Since poker is a zero-sum game, it follows that when there’s a winner there has to be a loser. Right now Scotty Nguyen is up, and Michael DeMichele is on the way down. What was once an intimidating chip stack in front of the kid has turned into a pittance as he finds himself unable to gain any traction.

The saving grace for DeMichele has been his ability to survive all-ins. On one Stud hand he made a full house on the river and got Lindgren to raise him on the river.

Meanwhile, Lindgren is hurting, partly thanks to that Stud hand against DeMichele. He’s back down to life support territory after surging earlier on. With a structure this good and the overall skill level this high, it’s more a test of endurance than anything else.

Chip Counts from Heaven

Here are your current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Scotty Nguyen $11,400,000
Michael DeMichele
$2,300,000
Erick Lindgren
$1,100,000

 

Level
27
Blinds
75000/150000
Average Stack
$4,933,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - The Song About the Song Remains the Same

We’re still three-handed and waiting to see who’s going to make the heads-up match. Will it be the two veteran pros fighting it out for the bracelet? Or will one of them fall by the wayside, leaving the other to battle young up-and-comer Michael DeMichele?

Equality Rules the Roost

After Erick Lindgren went on a tear during Hold’em in the last hour to get back in the game, things have evened out. Nobody has been dominant in the last hour at all; instead, the money is making its way from stack to stack. One rush could be all it takes at this point, though, especially if there’s a multi-way pot in the mix. With the limits up to $150,000-$300,000, nobody is immune to a bad run.

Scotty Really Wants to Nguyen

Scotty Nguyen appears to be a man divided tonight. On the one hand, he’s determined to make up for his failure to make last year’s Main Event final table. On the other, he’s drinking heavily, failing to stack his chips at all, and yelling at the dealers or floor staff over seemingly random transgressions.

Nguyen’s chips appear to be pretty indicative of his mental state right now: scattered across the felt, with enough of them to still be a force at the table but no sort of an organization to them at all. We’re pretty sure this has a good bit to do with the fact that a waiter is camping out near the table, ready to serve Nguyen two beers at a time whenever he’s summoned.

The NASCARization of Poker

Before coming to the WSOP, Jeffrey Pollack was once the commissioner of NASCAR. His influence is showing at this final table, particularly with Michael DeMichele. The kid is sporting four patches on the front of his shirt, one on his shoulder, and a logo on his hat - as if he needed any more cash after going this deep in the biggest buy-in event of the year.

Bedtime Chip Counts

Here are your current chip counts, courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael DeMichele $5,730,000
Scotty Nguyen
$4,605,000
Erick Lindgren
$4,465,000

 

Level
28
Blinds
90000/180000
Average Stack
$4,933,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - Who Let the E-Dog Out?

We’re still three-handed on the ESPN set. It looked earlier like Erick Lindgren might be down and out, but a big rush has helped him get back into the mix.

Lindgren Likes the Texas Hold Them…

Some of Erick Lindgren’s best results throughout his career have come in limit hold’em, so it comes as no surprise that the limit hold’em portion of the rotation is where he’s begun to make his comeback. He took the first four hold’em hands, dropped the next one to Michael DeMichele, and then took the last three hands of the round.

Erick Lindgren
I'm not dead yet!

The biggest of those pots came in a blind-versus-blind confrontation at the expense of Scotty Nguyen. Lindgren’s A 6 hit the nut flush on the A Q 5 2 8 board, trumping Nguyen’s A-J and claiming a big pile of chips.

That big rush has Lindgren right back in the middle of things, to the delight of his crowd of supporters behind him in the stands.

…And Nguyen Likes the Omaha...

Scotty Nguyen didn’t do so well in the last round of hold’em, but the Omaha-8 hands have been a lot better to him. He scooped both of the first two pots, taking one from Lindgren and one from Michael DeMichele. That was good news for Nguyen, who needed to put the brakes on his skid before finding himself in the danger zone.

...But DeMichele Just Likes HORSE

Despite the jockeying for position between Lindgren and Nguyen, our chip leader is still Michael DeMichele. He's actually widened the gap a bit while his opponents beat up on each other, now sitting on just more than double the stack of Erick Lindgren. 

Are You Ready for the Chip Counts?

Here are the current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael DeMichele$7,900,000
Erick Lindgren
$3,900,000
Scotty Nguyen
$3,000,000

 

Level
26
Ante
30000
Average Stack
$4,933,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/30/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - The Song Remains the Same

Things haven’t changed that much since the last update, despite a full hour of poker being played. Scotty Nguyen has managed to pull a little closer to Michael DeMichele, while Erick Lindgren continues to look for a spot to pick up a healthy pot and get back into the mix. He’ll need some help soon, as the level has just gone up and he only has about 6 or 7 big bets left in his stack.

The Scotty Nguyen Fan Club

Todd Brunson is hanging out in the stands directly behind Scotty Nguyen, sitting beside Nguyen’s wife Julie and cheering him on every time he wins a pot. Brunson is even sporting a homemade t-shirt reading “GO SCOTTY BABY!” in black magic marker.

As for Scotty, he’s still drinking beer at the table. We’re not sure exactly what brand it is, but we can say it’s not the Beast - after all, if it were the official beer of the WSOP, its label wouldn’t be obscured by electrical tape.

I Went to the Bar and a $50K World Championship Broke Out

The only problem with beer at the final table seems to be that it isn’t coming around fast enough for Scotty Nguyen. After dropping two big hold’em pots to Michael DeMichele, Scotty started yelling at the tournament director. We didn’t catch the first part of his rant, but it ended with “I have to wait an hour every f***ing time!”

Luckily for everyone involved, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack stepped in and grabbed two beers from the bar outside. Then Layne Flack played waiter, delivering the beers to Scotty as the crowd applauded. A hand or two later, Nguyen was back to his usual jolly self, winning pots and laughing.

Old MacDonald Had a Chip Count

Here are the current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael DeMichele $6,875,000
Scotty Nguyen
$5,800,000
Erick Lindgren
$1,560,000

 

Level
26
Ante
30000
Average Stack
$4,933,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/29/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - And Then There Were Three

A lot of times you’ll see the stands empty out as players at a final table are eliminated, but that’s not the case tonight. With the ESPN cameras rolling and the fans filling up the No Limit Lounge, the atmosphere definitely has a championship quality to it. Any pot that involves two players facing down, no matter how many streets they might actually see, will result in cheering from one portion of the crowd or another. It’s a virtual guarantee that this place is going to go nutso when we find our winner at the end of the night.

Glantz Gone! (4th)

Matt Glantz came in on the short stack today but managed to bide his time well. As it turned out, all that time was borrowed - he’s been knocked out in fourth place.

It was Omaha-8 that proved to be Glantz’s undoing. Scotty Nguyen raised before the flop and Glantz called from the big blind. When the flop came down Q 6 5, Glantz led out and Nguyen raised; Glantz called all-in with K J 10 10, while Nguyen turned up A 2 7 K.

It looked like things might go chop-chop, but the A on the turn gave Nguyen a pair of aces with the nut flush draw. The 5 fell on the river, giving Scotty the nuts on both ends of the hand, sending Glantz home in fourth place with $568,320.

Lindgren Leaps Back In

Erick Lindgren found himself third on the leaderboard after Matt Glantz’s elimination, holding on to just $1,000,000 in chips, but he wasted no time getting back in the mix. He won eight of the first thirteen hands after the cards got back into the air, most of them in the Razz round, and boosted himself back up to $2,200,000. There’s still a long way for him to go, but with the limits this big just a few good hands are all it really takes to jump ahead.

DeMichele Dominant

While Lindgren has managed to climb back into the match, it's Michael DeMichele who's running the show right now. He isn't firing at every single pot, but he's playing smart, aggressive poker against two players who aren't giving anything away. Things continue to go his way, and he's solidifying his lead at the moment.

Goodbye Mr. Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael DeMichele
$7,800,000
Scotty Nguyen
$5,600,000
Erick Lindgren
$1,800,000

 

Level
25
Ante
20000
Average Stack
$4,933,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/29/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - From Five to Four

We’re back from dinner and the atmosphere has changed a bit thanks to the fact that all Vegas restaurants are more than happy to serve alcohol at the drop of a hat. Scotty Nguyen has been extremely animated since his return, laughing out loud at the slightest provocation and generally playing the role of Life of the Table. That makes for great entertainment in the crowd, but we have to wonder if it was the best idea for Scotty.

Berman Bombed! (5th)

It didn’t take long after coming back from dinner to knock out another player. This time it was Lyle Berman who found himself on the wrong side of the tracks in a Razz hand.

Matt Glantz brought it in with a king showing and Berman completed to $80,000 with a 7 showing. Scotty Nguyen called, and Michael DeMichele raised. Glantz declined, and Berman made it three bets; Nguyen then bumped it to four bets, and DeMichele made it five bets total. Berman called all-in and Nguyen called to make a side pot. He and DeMichele went down to the river, betting and calling, with the boards like so:

Nguyen: (x-x)-7-A-A-J-(x)
DeMichele: (9-7)-3-4-5-8-(2)
Berman: (x-x)-7-3-9-10-(x)

Berman stood up and started putting his jacket on before anyone ever turned up their cards; DeMichele took down a huge pot with his 7-5, Nguyen mucked, and berman went off to do his interviews and collect his $444,000 prize.

Cheers, Mate!

Of all the remaining players, Scotty Nguyen is certainly the sentimental favorite. It's easy to understand why, given the former world champ's magnetic personality and flair at the table. Erick Lindgren also has a fairly substantial cheering section, including pros Gavin Smith, Layne Flack, Chris Bell, Bill Edler, and Peter Feldman.

Chip Counts and Juice

Here are the current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael DeMichele
$5,640,000
Scotty Nguyen
$4,910,000
Erick Lindgren
$2,550,000
Matt Glantz
$1,620,000

 

Level
23
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$2,960,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
06/29/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - Five Alive!

The remaining five players are still on their 90-minute dinner break right now. They’re due to return at 9:30 p.m local time, just about 30 minutes from now, when we’ll be looking for a number of answers.

Can Michael DeMichele can hold on to his newly-acquired chip lead against some of the stiffest competition in poker and claim his first major tournament win?

Can Erick Lindgren recover from dropping the lead just before dinner and come back to win the bracelet, as well as the lead in the Player of the Year race?

Can Scotty Nguyen continue to play some of his best poker in years and claim his first WSOP bracelet since 2001?

Join us for the answers to these questions in 30 minutes

Level
23
Blinds
30000/60000
Average Stack
$2,960,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
06/29/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 45 - Rack 'Em, Stack 'Em, Try To Crack 'em

The players have been on a 20 minute break in the last hour but once they resumed play it didn't take long for the explosions to go off.

This led to one of the most famous players at the final table busting and here is exactly how that came to be.

It's All Over Baby!(Greenstein OUT - 6th)

Barry Greenstein was always going to struggle with his shortstack unless he went on an insane rush. The only insane rush he'll be going on is the rush to the rail though, as Scotty Nguyen has seen the bearded veteran off.

Greenstein bet into Scotty on every street with a pair of Aces showing in Stud-8, only for Nguyen to finally reveal pocket sevens in the holeon seventh matching one of his upcards for trips. Greenstein had Aces up, but it wasn't good enough to stop his elimination and we lose Greenstein, who is still in the running for player of the year, but is no longer in the running for the HORSE bracelet.

He received $355,000 for his 6th place finish.

DeMichele-shock For Lindgren

Erick Lindgren has relinquished the lead of the competition to Michael DeMichele, who has been lurking menacingly in 3rd position for a while, and he has now leapfrogged both E-Dog and Nguyen in the chip counts.

This hand in the limit section was a fairly big one, with DeMichele raising, Lindgren three betting and DeMichele capping.

The flop came out 9 8 6 and DeMichele bet it, Lindgren called.

The turn was the 8, bet by DeMichele, call by Lindgren.

River: J.

A final bet by DeMichele was not called by Lindgren, causing a big chip swing and promoting DeMichele to the chip lead for the first time.

This could prove a key moment in determining the victor of the competition.

Here are the current stacks as the race for the bracelet gets closer and closer...

Michael DeMichele
$4,200,000
Scotty Nguyen
$3,300,000
Erick Lindgren
$2,300,000
Matt Glantz

$1,300,000

Lyle Berman

$1,250,000

Following this, the players have broken for a 90 minute dinner break.

Hit us back for the gripping finale to this prestigious event.

Who will take it down?

Level
23
Blinds
30000/60000
Average Stack
$2,960,000
Players Left
5
1 2

Event Information

Event Name
Event 45, $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-25
Final Day
2008-06-29
Buy In
$50,000
Entrants
148
Prize Pool
$7,104,000
First Prize
$1,989,120

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Scotty Nguyen $1,989,120
2 Michael DeMichele $1,243,200
3 Erick Lindgren $781,440
4 Matt Glantz $568,320
5 Lyle Berman $444,000

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