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“Mixed Game Specialist” Depaulo Eliminates Defending Champ Hellmuth
In Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw, Phil Hellmuth was looking to defend his title but was stopped in his tracks by one of the industry’s most popular vloggers in Ryan Depaulo. It happened on Day 2 in Level 12 (1,000/2,500/3,500) when Hellmuth raised in middle position and Depaulo moved all in from the button, slightly covering Hellmuth’s roughly 90,000 chip stack.
Both players stood pat and the hands were revealed.
The win vaulted Depaulo into the upper echelon of chip stacks in the room and called for a celebratory “PARKOUR!”
D’Ambrosio Talks His Way Into the Right Call
On Day 1 of Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack, it was Level 20 (10,000/15,000/15,000) when an early-position player raised to 28,000 and both Jimmy D’Ambrosio and the big blind came along.
The flop was , the big blind checked and the original raiser bet 37,000. Only D’Ambrosio called.
On the turn , the early position player check-called a bet of 27,000 from D’Ambrosio.
Things got interesting on the river to put four hearts out there. The early-position player sized up to 70,000 and sent D’Ambrosio deep into the tank.
D’Ambrosio gave his opponent an intense staredown before starting his patented table talk.
“Blocker bet, right?” he inquired, to no response from his opponent.
“If I put you all in would you get excited or would you shift in your seat?” asked D’Ambrosio.
“Let me see your throat,” he said next, as his opponent humored him.
Finally, D’Ambrosio settled on a call and his opponent tabled for top pair. D’Ambrosio had that beat though with his for a straight and picked up a nice pot.
Zhu Gets Some More Off Ross…With a Royal Flush!
On Day 3 of Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, seven players remained in Level 29 (80,000/160,000) when Ben Ross raised from early position and both Steven Wolansky and Yueqi Zhu came along from the blinds.
All three players checked the flop before Zhu bet on the turn.
Only Ross called to the river, when Zhu put out another bet.
“If you have a flush, you’re good,” Ross said as he called.
Zhu didn’t have just a flush. He turned over the for a royal flush as he stopped to take a picture of the board before players went off on break.
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Vengrin Spikes Pure One Outer on River to Stay Alive
Due to a massive turnout, and the following hand, Event #7: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better required a fourth day to finish. However, late on Day 3 in Level 35 (200,000/400,000) Amnon Filippi raised to 800,000 from the button and Matt Vengrin defended to see a flop of .
Vengrin checked, Filippi bet, and the former check-raised to 800,000. Filippi called and the dealer burned and turned the .
Vengrin bet 800,000, Filippi popped it to 1.6 million, and Vengrin thought long and hard before calling, which left him just 750,000 behind.
When the completed the board on the river, Vengrin bet all in and Filippi called.
“I have quads,” Vengrin said and tabled the . That caused Filippi to shoot out of his chair.
“You have jacks?” Chino Rheem asked from the rail.
“Of course I have jacks,” a stunned Filippi said before showing the for a flopped full house.
It was a brutal river card that gave Vengrin new life.
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Mather and Alleyn, Set Over Set
On Day 1c of Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em, it was Level 13 (3,000/6,000/6,000) when Bob Mather was all in for his remaining stack from the button and Anthony Alleyn snap-called from the big blind.
After they tabled their cards, Mather stood up and put on his backpack. The flop was , and Alleyn was well in the lead. Lightning struck on the turn, and Mather spiked the for a set, almost prompting him to sit back down in his seat. However, lightning would strike twice, as the gave Alleyn the better set.
Alleyn clapped loudly in celebration, and Mather was eliminated.
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