Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fell Falls Hard

$2000 + $200 Championship Event
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Two Hands, One Fell Swoop

In a span of three hands Jeff Fell (Robbinsville, NJ) goes from a tower of chips to a seat on the rail.

Fell first mixes it up with Mirza Nagji (New York, NY) in a 266k pot and reluctantly folds to Nagji's 80k all-in river bet on a board showing 8 9 10 Q 6.

The two joust throughout the hand, both verbally and with chips, as Nagji opens the action and follows Fell's 3-bet preflop with a call. Nagji then check-calls the flop, and follows it with a check-raise on the turn.

Nagji leads out on the river, Fell goes in the tank and flashes a set of 10s before finally laying it down.

After the floor gives both players a warning for jawing at each other, Fell is left to regroup after losing 93k on the hand.

Two hands later, Fell gets involved with Anthony Balletta (New York) who calls Fell's preflop raise of 10k from the SB. The flop is 8d9 10 and Balletta leads for 4k, three bets later Fell is all-in for 115k and Balletta calls.

Balletta: J 10 (straight)
Fell: 8 9 (two pairs)

The board is no help to Fell and, just like that, he's out the door. "I had 200 thousand," says Fell, "I shouldn't have gone to the river with any hand that I didn't have the nuts or a real good read on my opponent."

Fell shows some class by twice going to Nagji's seat and apologizing for his earlier outbursts. He was clearly tilting and now that reality's set in says, "I'm going to go home and get a hug from my wife."

Level 12 (1k/2k/200 ante) continues.

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