$100,000 Challenge

Hansen Helps Himself to Kagawa's Chips

Masa Kagawa - out

Mikhail Smirnov was the preflop three-bettor in the small blind, and he and three others went to the flop after committing 10,500 chips apiece. The dealer gave them {J-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {3-Spades}, and Gus Hansen led out with 14,000 from his under-the-gun seat. Jason Mercier folded in position, Smirnov check-called, and Masa Kagawa check-raised all in for 28,500 total. Hansen raised it back up to 44,000 total, and Smirnov tanked and called again.

The turn brought the {8-Diamonds} and another bet from Hansen — 45,500 this time. It was a full 30 seconds before Smirnov folded, and Kagawa and Hansen showed up their hands. "I hope you don't have much," Hansen said as he tabled {10-Clubs} {7-Clubs} for one pair. He was ahead, but Kagawa's {K-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} had plenty of outs to try and chase down.

The river was a blank {2-Diamonds}, though, and that's the end of the road for Kagawa. With his chips, Hansen moves his way up into the chip lead with 278,000 — there or thereabouts.

Chip stacks
Gus Hansen dk 278,000 83,000
Masa Kagawa Ude

Tags: Gus HansenMasa KagawaMikhail SmirnovJason Mercier