Steve O'Dwyer is engaged in a heads-up battle with Matthew Salsberg, a producer known for his work on Entourage and Weeds. Only the winner will advance to round two of this tournament tomorrow. Salsberg has the bigger stack, and often looks like he's getting the better of the recent EPT Grand Final Main Event winner, but O'Dwyer enjoyed a recent double up and is still battling hard.
On the double up hand, Salsberg raised to 800 from the button, and O'Dwyer immediately pushed all-in. After asking for a count, Salsberg quickly called and tabled . He was slightly behind O'Dwyer's . The board ran out , and O'Dwyer won the pot to stay alive. He now has 17000 in chips, but is still well behind Salsberg's larger stack.
Preflop, Makoto Yoshimichi made it 800 from under the gun. Two players called and Phil Hellmuth moved all in from the big blind for 10,700 chips.
Yoshimichi went into the tank and while he did, Hellmuth went to throw away his salad. "I think he's gonna fold, and you're gonna call," Hellmuth said to a player as he was coming back to the table. "I'm gonna have 25,000 chips after this hand."
But Hellmuth was wrong, Yoshimichi moved all in over the top, and both other players folded.
The board ran out and that was all she wrote for Hellmuth in this tournament. Yoshimichi creeped into the chip lead at his table after that hand.
Phil Hellmuth was just involved in a 3-way all-in pre-flop confrontation. Hellmuth put in the first raise from under-the-gun, to 800. Another player called, and then the button 3-bet to 1,800. Hellmuth quickly announced all-in. The caller asked Hellmuth for a count, and he responded about 9500. The player then announced all-in, and the button called for less.
Here are the players' hole cards:
The flop was good news for Hellmuth. It fell , giving Hellmuth a pair of aces and the lead over his opponents' pairs. The turn card, however, was the , giving one of his opponents outs to a flush. The river was the , completing the runner-runner flush for the button, but giving Hellmuth the small side pot.
Hellmuth is now down to 1050, but he has not given up and is trying to rebuild his stack.
Phil Ivey returned, but only long enough for a few hands. In one hand, somehow all the money got in the middle and Ivey was holding . He was called by a player holding , but Ivey had him covered.
The board rolled out and Ivey was knocked down to just about 2,000 chips. On the next hand Ivey moved all in after seeing a flop. He was called by two players and after the turn and river, one player showed . Ivey mucked, and left the Brasilia room post haste.