LA Poker Classic
I am a fan of the game of poker. I can play it for hours on end, and I can watch it being played (well) for hours on end. But I would be lying to you if I said that Thursday’s final table for Event # 8 of the LA Poker Classic was thrilling to watch. Filled with ten players with neither a propensity for action, or for chatter this final table was all business.
In sharp contrast to the prior evening’s final table, where Men “The Master” Nguyen, and Freddy Twin kept the chips flying, and everyone at the table loose, this final table was more conservative, and quiet. Also adding to the mix was the fact that this wound up being by far the longest final table of the series so far. If there wasn’t a deal cut at the first possible moment, I might still be there.
It was nearly sixty minutes before anything worth reporting happened. At that time, Bashar “Charlie” Satoot (in his second final table in 48 hours) set a trap for Scott Lazar, and it worked to perfection. Scott moved in at the pot with a board that read 8 9 10 7, and Charlie called him in a flash with KJ for a straight. Scott’s over pair of KK looked good in his hand, but not in relation to the board, as he was dead to a jack for a split pot. No J came, and Scott Lazar was out in 10th place, and picked up $3,259. Charlie was now the clear chip leader, with over 7,000 of the 31,000 chips in play More – cbetcasino.fr
Next out was Brandon Wong. Brandon had been playing well thus far, executing good steals, and building a bit of a stack. But his luck ran out when he bluffed at a board that read 7 10 J.all hearts. Brandon moved in with his top pair, with only Scotty Brown to beat. Unfortunately for Brandon, Scotty had Kh 8h, for a flopped second nut flush. There was no miracle coming for Wong, who got up, and went to the desk to collect his $4,074 for 9th place.
Next, some balancing of the chips at the table took place. Kenny Cruz, who seemed to be the short stack all day, doubled up as his JJ held on against Charlie’s 66. On the next hand, the other short stack, Dan Pugilese doubled up when his AK spiked a king against Todd Berman’s QQ. Now, all eight players had at least 20 times the big blind, and I knew we were in for a long night.
Todd Berman, however, was not in for such a long night. A few hands later, Todd came over the top of Charlie’s raise, and moved in with AQ. Charlie was in a gambling mood, and called him with 89 of clubs. Charlie was open ended on a flop of J 10 5, and you know what is coming next.yep, the 7 on the turn gave Charlie a straight, and sent Todd Berman packing. Luck was not on Todd’s side this day, but he wound up with $5,093 and an eighth place finish to sooth his wounds.