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WATCH: High Rollers Flip For It All At World Series Of Poker Final Table

Nick Schulman And Noel Rodriguez Play For Massive Pot In Sick Spot


Nick Schulman Heads Up Against Noel RodriguezHigh-stakes pro and poker commentator Nick Schulman earned his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet on Tuesday, taking down the $25,000 High Roller and banking $1,667,842. Noel Rodriguez finished runner-up, settling for a career-best payday of $1,111,897.

The results shouldn’t be too surprising, given that at one point with eight players left, the two players combined for nearly half of the chips in play. But that is exactly when a massive cooler developed that threatened ICM disaster.

With blinds at 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante, Rodriguez raised to 700,000 from the small blind with AClub Suit KSpade Suit. To start the hand, both had about the same size stacks at around 11 million with Rodriguez just slightly ahead of his opponent.

Schulman looked down at QSpade Suit QHeart Suit in the big blind and quickly three-bet to 2.5 million. Rodriguez riffled his chips a bit and eventually announced that he was all in.

Schulman called, visibly uneasy about the situation, and the two chip leaders were suddenly playing for a pot worth 21.2 million. Exiting in eighth would mean collecting just $153,302 compared to the seven-figure paydays for the top two spots and meanwhile, there were two players remaining with less than 15 big blinds.

The pocket queens had a 57% chance to win the pot, due to some folded outs. The winner would have a mountain of chips afterward, and the other would be left with not much more than an unfortunate story.

“I didn’t know what the f**k to do,” said Rodriguez.

“It’s not a fun spot to be in,” replied Shaun Deeb, who was also at the final table.

The flop came 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit and Schulman remained ahead. The turn was the JSpade Suit, giving Rodriguez two more outs, but the river was the 8Heart Suit, shipping the pot to Schulman.

Watch the full hand below.

Schulman would go on to use his newfound chips to bully the table and run away to victory. Rodriguez was left with only 500,000, but despite being left the short stack he waged a valiant comeback, doubling up a few times soon after this big hand.

It wasn’t long until he was out of the danger zone entirely and back in second place. Although he was never able to seriously challenge Schulman again for the title, he did well to earn himself a much bigger cash.

Deeb ultimately finished in eighth place for $153,302, while bracelet winner Ben Heath took fifth for $376,762. You can read the full tournament recap here.

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