Japan’s Tetsuya Tsuchikawa opens the action in early position and raises to 950 before the USA’s Adam Legg three-bets to 2,200 from the cutoff. Tsuchikawa checks the 9♦ 7♣ K♠ flop, Legg c-bets 2,800 and after some deliberation Tsuchikawa makes the call.
The 2♥ turn elicits another check from Tsuchikawa, but he’s just playing possum. After Legg double-barrels for 6,000 Tsuchikawa check-raises all-in and Legg doesn’t waste much time before finding the fold. Tsuchikawa flashes pocket Kings before leaning forward to rake in a pot worth over 16,000, which takes him up to just over 30,000 in chips while Legg slips down to 8,000.
Proving he can mix it up with the best of them, Hung-sheng Lin has decided to play some small ball poker. Following an early position limp Lin makes the call from the cutoff and both China’s Chen Lu and Romania’s Andrei Percaru complete from the blinds.
Everyone checks the 2♦ 10♣ J♥ flop, and the A♥ turn, and following three more checks in front of him when the 7♦ hits the river, Lin decides to take a stab for 750. Both Lu and Percaru decide to play sheriff and make the call, but both can only fold when Lin tables A♠ J♦ for top pair. It’s not exactly a monster pot, but every little helps and Lin rakes in a pot worth 3,325.
With a raise to 1100 and call in front of him, it was a good time for Korea’s Taemin Hwang to pick up K♥ K♣. From the cutoff he adds some more juice to the pot with a repop to 4300. “Cindy” Keyue Wang is in the big blind and makes the call before the others elect to fold.
When the dealer tables 5♣ 8♦ 2♠, Wang checks and Hwang bets 5400. Wang responds with an all-in shove for 27,000 and soon finds out why a lot of people hate picking up Pocket Jacks. Her J♦ J♥ is a long way behind Hwang’s Kings and two blanks on the cards to come mean Wang is out of the MPCC.
While he may have won the last MPCC, Germany’s Julian Hasse is going to have to work hard if he is to repeat chance again. One player who is making sure he does so is Japan’s Makoto Yoshimichi, who opts to call Hasse’s middle position raise to 725 from the big blind.
After Yoshimichi checks, Hasse c-bets 850 on the 2♦ 10♠ 4♥ flop, only to see Yoshimichi check-raise to the tune of 2,350 in total; Hasse makes the call and it is the turn of Yoshimichi to lead out on the 5♠ turn, and he does so for 3,100.
Hasse has a little visit to the think tank before calling, only to fold after Yoshimichi fires out a bet of 6,425 when the 7♥ hits the river.
Despite taking a big hit after running into Sun Hee Park’s Pocket Aces earlier, Tom Sheng Hu is staging an impressive come back and has just got full value for a monster hand courtesy of Allen Lu.
Following a limp from under-the-gun and a raise to 800 from a player in early position, Hu makes the call from the cutoff as does Lu from the big blind and the original limper also decides to come along for the ride.
After the flop falls 5♣ 7♥ 9♣ action is checked around to Hu, who fires out a bet of 2,400. Lu makes the call, the rest of the players in the hand get out of the way and the dealer burns and turns the 6♥, prompting checks from both players.
With 8,225 out there in blinds and antes, when the 9♥ hits the river to bring in a possible flush, Lu leads out for 3,000 only to see Hu raise to 10,000 in total. Lu doesn’t appear to like this turn of events, and shakes his head before muttering to himself under his breath and counting his chips. After tanking for a few minutes Lu eventually finds the call, though wishes he hadn’t after Hu proudly flips over 9♠ 9♦ for quads – he’s now up to over 45,000 in chips while Lu slips below the 20,000 mark.
Epic Poker League Main Event #2 runner-up David Steicke has some more breathing room after doubling up through Nigel Jones from the UK. Jones was the first to act from early position and juiced up the pot with a 725 preflop raise. Three of his opponents made the call including Steicke in the hijack position.
With a flop of 7♦ 2♥ K♣ Jones c-bet 1525 and, after a fold in front, Steicke looks like he might do the same. However, he makes the call and the turn delivers a 3♦. Jones continues with another 2500 into the middle. Steicke again looks a little displeased and takes his time before announcing all in for 9900 more.
Jones quickly calls but sees that Steicke was just giving him a bit of a Hollywood after flopping a set holding 2♣ 2♦. Jones flips over K♠ J♥ but is drawing dead and Steicke locks up a nice double up.
Normally, well in the cartoons at least, Speedy Gonzales always makes a quick getaway, usually at the expense of Sylvester the Cat. However, real life is not like the cartoons. If it was then the Mexican mouse’s namesake – the Philippines’ Martin Gonzales – would have got away with the cheese after becoming involved in this particularly cruel hand against Hung-sheng Lin.
Looking down to see J♦ J♥ Gonzales decides to get cute and limps from under-the-gun. Taking the bait, Lin opts to get aggressive with A♣ 4♣ and raises to 4,000 from the big blind. Trap sprung, Gonzales moves all-in for 7,450 in total with a priced in Lin duly making the call.
Already in front, the 5♦ 9♣ 5♠ flop shoots Gonzales further in to the lead, until he trips and falls achingly short of the finishing line with the appearance of the A♦ on the turn. There is no miracle Jack on the river and instead of cheese Gonzales is left with a bowl of rice – a measly 225 in chips.
Gonzales moves all-in from the big blind the very next hand and despite tripling up when his 9♠ 5♠ hits a runner-runner straight, he is left with too much off a marathon to run and bows out a scant few hands later.