This hand saw Bernard Dimaala start the action with an under the gun raise. The short stack to his immediate left called and then the hijack position shipped all in.
Dimaala calls and the shortest stack calls to put his tournament life at risk also.
Dimaala shows pocket threes, the short stack shows 9? 10? off-suit, and the hijack turns over pocket queens.
The board came down J♥ 6♦ 10♣ 7♥ 5♦, holding up the queens to knock out the shortest stack (Mr ‘What-was-I-doing-in-this-pot-anyway?’) and put a dent in Dimaala.
The board showed J♣ 3♠ 4♥ 2♣ 10♣ when we caught up with Ron Regis’ table.
His opponent, Perry de la Rosa, put 1,075 into the middle, and Regis made the call.
De la Rosa showed A♦ 4♥ for what was a midpair but Regis flipped 5♣ 7♣ for the flush!
More Mondalo news. And of course, if you’re one of the more outspoken players at the tables you’d definitely get noticed by our hand reporters.
The board already had 9♠ 7♣ 3♣ 6♥ 9♦ when Jun Mondalo’s opponent bet to 1,625 prompting Mondalo for a quick call and showing the ladies Q♦ Q♣
Opponent’s 10♣ 2♣ apparently missed the flush and Mondalo screams, not with curses this time, but with joy.
We only caught up with this one on the turn but weren’t surprised when it became more bad news for the player holding two-pair.
The board showed 5♦ 8♦ J♦ 9♣. The player from the hijack position pushed all in for 12,000 and was called by John Sen who showed 6♦ 4♦ for the flush. His opponent turns over 9♣ 8♠ for the dreaded two-pair and is drawing to only four outs.
The river K♠ is no help and another two-pair victim bites the dust!
The board already had 3♣ 7♣ 8♥ 9♥ 2♣ when we caught up with Jun Mondalo’s table.
A man in yellow whose name escapes us as of this moment bet 2,500 putting Mondalo on tank mode. Mondalo would eventually make the call and he was shown 9♣ Q♣ by his opponent for the made-flush!
Mondalo cursed at the flushes and mucked his hand.
We caught another example of why two-pair can be a love-hate relationship for every poker player.
John Ang raised to 400 and received one customer. The board came out 9♦ A♥ 3♦ and Ang made a strong continuation bet of 2000. His opponent called and Ang fired another 5000 into the middle on the 5♣ turn. The all in from his opponent was quickly called by Ang who showed pocket threes for three-of-a-kind.
Too bad for the A♣ 9♦ of the now crippled opponent. Their only consolation perhaps being that not even Phil Ivey could have got away cheaply from that one.
With the board showing 7♠ 6♠ 7♣ 8♦, Ronnel Sto. Tomas put the last of his chips worth around 6,000 against Francis Beliran who had over 12,000.
Beliran quickly folded giving the nice little pot to Sto Tomas.