Friday, June 25, 2010

The Nuts

$2000 + $200 Championship Event
$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool (Day 1A)

For the first 90 minutes of this tournament all of the action is at Table 4 and after a flop of K J Q, more chips are flying.

From the small blind "Torpedo" Habashzada leads out for 2k. Kerry Small (Ventor, NJ) raises to 6k from the hi-jack and gets a call from Craig Snyder (Allentown, PA), who's on the button.

The action's back to Habashzada, who moves all-in for 4k more and the table asks for clarification on if the two remaining players have the ability to reraise.

The dealer and floor personnel count out the chips and confirm that Habashzada's raise is legal and keeps the betting open. Small goes in the tank and asks Snyder for a count, which is right around 24k.

Small tanks even more and, expecting heavy action behind him, gets out of the way saying, "I'm folding two pairs," as he flashes KQ.

Snyder calls and shows the nuts with A 10 for a straight, while Habashzada has middle pair with Q 4 and needs perfect-perfect to stay alive.

When the 5 hits the turn, the Torpedo is officially deep sixed from the tournament.

"I had two bad hands," says Habashzada, who put herself and many Borgata players on a roller coaster the last few days. After winning the $560 Deep Stack earlier this week, she played in several other events and had her Championship table back pedaling most of the time.

Habashzada says her strategy was to build a stack by putting maximum pressure on the table at all times, but in the end her wild play eventually catches up with her.

As for her new nickname, the Torpedo says, "it's beautiful."

Level 2 is complete and players are on a 10 minute break.

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