Main Event

Out of the Basement, Then Back In


Alax Casals came into the day with the short stack of 100,000, and he managed to double that up once before this coin flip unfolded. Roberto Rivera was the preflop raiser, and Warren Strong flatted the 25,000 in position. From the small blind, Alex Casals moved all in for 223,000, and Strong quickly folded. Rivera made the call, though, and it was he and his 205,000 chips that were at risk.

Rivera: {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades}
Casals: {8-Diamonds} {8-Clubs}

The flop was a lovely {Q-Spades} {Q-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} to essentially change nothing, though it did add one extra out to Rivera's chances. The {A-Spades} turn was his money card, and the big full house left Casals drawing dead. Just for the rub, the {8-Hearts} came on fifth street, but it was too little, too late for Casals.

After that big pot, Casals has been reduced back to just 18,000 — once again the shortest stack in the room.

Chip stacks
Roberto Rivera 445,000 214,000
Alex Casals es 18,000 18,000

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