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Buy-In: $3,000
Prize Pool: $1,319,280
Entrants: 478

Event 37 - $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

  • Jun 19, '10 - Jun 21, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 21, 10)


Level 29 Update: Ivey Wins Eight Braclet


Flop Games: 40,000-80,000, 80,000-160,000 Limits
Stud Games: 20,000 ante, 20,000 bring-in, 80,000-160,000

Players Remaining: 1 out of 478

Notable Eliminations:

2. Bill Chen — $203,802

Big Hands:

Bill ChenBill Chen Eliminated in Second, Phil Ivey Wins Event No. 37


Bill Chen brought it in with a deuce and Ivey completed with an ace. Chen raised and Ivey re-raised and Ivey called.

Both players caught small cards on fourth and Ivey bet and Chen called. On fifth their boards looked like this.

Chen: (X-X)-2-7-6
Ivey: (X-X)-A-6-2

On fifth street, Ivey bet, Chen raised, and Ivey three-bet, allowing Chen to get the last of his chips in the middle.

Chen showed A-5 in the hole, for a made 7-6 low and Ivey had 3-5 in the hole, for a made 6-5 low. Chen was looking for a 3 to chop, which he never found, and Ivey improved to the wheel on the river, giving him the pot, the bracelet, and $329,840 to go with it.

Chen will take home $203,802 for his second place finish.


Level 28 Update: Ivey Pulling Away


Flop Games: 30,000-60,000, 60,000-120,000 limits
Stud Games: 15,000 ante, 20,000 bring-in, 60,000-120,000 limits

Players Remaining: 2 out of 478

Average Chip Count: 2,151,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Phil Ivey – 3,290,000
2. Bill Chen – 1,010,000

Notable Eliminations:


Big Hands:

Ivey Takes One


Chen: (X-X)-3Club Suit-9Club Suit-QSpade Suit
Ivey: (X-X)-6Club Suit-8Club Suit-JSpade Suit

Phil Ivey completed after Bill Chen brought it in and Chen three-bet him and Ivey called. Chen check-called fourth street, but check-folded fifth street and Ivey is up to 1,700,000.

Ivey Pulls Even


Bill Chen raised on the button and Phil Ivey called. They saw a flop of 8Diamond Suit6Heart SuitQHeart Suit and both players checked. Ivey bet the JClub Suit on the turn and the 3Diamond Suit river.

Chen called the turn bet, but released his hand to the river bullet. Ivey and Chen are now dead even with just over 2 million each.

Chen Loses A Bunch, Then Gets Some Back


Bill Chen had lose several pots in a row and was down under a million chips after getting scooped in several omaha 8 or better pots when this hand took place.

Bill Chen called a raise from Phil Ivey and the flop came QSpade Suit7Spade Suit4Diamond Suit. Chen checked and called a bet on the flop and checked and called a bet on the 3Club Suit turn card.

The river was the 4Club Suit and both players checked.

Chen showed the ASpade Suit6Club Suit7Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and scooped the pot with a 6-low and a pair of sevens.

Chen is back up to 1,500,000 after that pot and scooping the next one with a pair and a low.

Player Tags: Phil Ivey,   Bill Chen

Level 27 Update: Ivey vs. Chen for the Bracelet


Flop Games: 25,000-50,000, 50,000-100,000 limits
Stud Games: 10,000 ante, 20,000 bring-in, 50,000-100,000 limits

Players Remaining: 3 out of 478

Average Chip Count: 1,434,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Bill Chen – 2,900,000
2. Phil Ivey – 1,400,000

Notable Eliminations:

4. Ken Aldridge — $93,418
3. John Juanda — $129,553

Big Hands:

Ken AldridgeKen Aldridge Eliminated in Fourth Place ($93,418)


Ken Aldridge limped in on the button, John Juanda called in the small blind and Phil Ivey checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came 10Diamond SuitJHeart Suit2Heart Suit and Juanda checked to Ivey, who bet and was raised by Aldridge. Juanda folded and Ivey called. The 8Diamond Suit fell on the turn and Aldridge got the rest of his chips in against Ivey.

Aldridge showed the JDiamond SuitQHeart Suit3Club Suit2Club Suit, giving him jacks and deuces, and Ivey showed JSpade Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit8Heart Suit, giving him jacks and eights.

Neither player had a low draw and the 8Club Suit gave Ivey a full house and the pot, sending Aldridge home in third.

Juanda Takes One Off Ivey


Juanda: (8Spade Suit-8Heart Suit)-3Club Suit-10Club Suit-2Heart Suit-10Diamond Suit/7Spade Suit
Ivey: (QSpade Suit-7Club Suit)-6Diamond Suit-5Spade Suit-JClub Suit-9Heart Suit/4Club Suit

John Juanda was the bring-in and Phil Ivey completed. Bill Chen got out of the way and Juanda three-bet and was called by Ivey. Ivey called a bet from Juanda on fourth and bet into Juanda on fifth. It was enough to put Juanda all-in and he made the call with pocket eights.

He was ahead, made two pair on sixth and stayed ahead when Ivey bricked the river. Juanda is up to 460,000 and Ivey fell to 800,000.

Ivey Loses Some to Chen


Ivey: (X-X):3Club Suit-6Club Suit-7Spade Suit-KDiamond Suit
Chen: (X-X):5Club Suit-2Heart Suit-4Heart Suit-KHeart Suit

Phil Ivey brought it in and called a completion from Bill Chen. Ivey bet both fourth and fifth street and was called by Chen both times.

On sixth street, Ivey checked and folded to a bet from Chen. Ivey is down to 600,000 and Chen is up to 3,250,000. Juanda is down to 450,000.

John JuandaJuanda Eliminated in Third Place ($129,553)


Ivey: (2Spade Suit-8Club Suit)-2Diamond Suit-4Heart Suit-8Heart Suit-10Diamond Suit/2Heart Suit
Juanda: (JHeart Suit-QSpade Suit)-3Diamond Suit-AClub Suit-7Diamond Suit-3Heart Suit/ASpade Suit

John Juanda completed on third and was raised by Phil Ivey who brought it in. Juanda called and check-raised fourth street. Ivey called the raise on fourth street and the rest of the money got in on fifth street.

“You got anything?” Juanda asked.

“Two pair,” replied Ivey.

Juanda let out an expletive as he showed his ace-high. Juanda ran two pair, aces-up, but Ivey filled up and it didn’t matter. Ivey now will go heads-up with Bill Chen for the bracelet.

Player Tags: John Juanda,   Phil Ivey,   Bill Chen,   Ken Aldridge

Level 26 Update: Slew of Bustouts Leaves Just Four


Flop Games: 20,000-40,000, 40,000-80,000 limits
Stud Games: 10,000 Ante, 10,000 Bring-in, 40,000-80,000 limits

Players Remaining: 6 out of 478

Average Chip Count:

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Bill Chen – 2,200,000
2. Kenneth Aldridge – 780,000
3. John Juanda – 780,000
4. Phil Ivey – 480,000

Notable Eliminations:

7. Albert Hahn — $38,391
6. David Baker — $50,871
5. Jeffrey Lisandro — $68,417

Big Hands:

Albert Hahn Eliminated in Seventh Place ($38,391)


Phil Ivey raised and Albert Hahn three-bet all-in preflop. Jeffrey Lisandro and Ivey made the call and the three saw the ADiamond Suit2Spade SuitSpade Suit5Spade Suit flop.

Lisandro checked, Ivey bet and Lisandro called. The turn was the 8Diamond Suit and the river was the QClub Suit, which Ivey and Lisandro checked down.

Lisandro showed AClub Suit4Diamond Suit8Spade Suit8Club Suit and Ivey showed KDiamond SuitKSpade Suit4Spade Suit7Club Suit to chop the main and side pot between each other. Hahn couldn’t beat either hand and was eliminated in seventh.

Baker Doubles Through Chen


David Baker raised from the cutoff and Bill Chen called from the small blind. Chen realized that Baker didn’t have much left behind and just bet in the dark and Baker called off in the dark.

Baker showed KSpade Suit10Diamond Suit and Chen had the JClub Suit8Club Suit.

The board ran out 7Heart SuitKDiamond SuitAClub Suit7Club SuitADiamond Suit to double up Baker to 180,000.

David BakerDavid Baker Eliminated in Sixth Place ($50,871)


John Juanda raised and David Baker made it three bets. Phil Ivey then opted to make it four bets. Juanda called and Baker called off the last off his chips.

The flop came QClub Suit9Heart Suit6Diamond Suit and Ivey bet and was called by Juanda. The turn was the 9Club Suit and Ivey fired another bullet and Juanda tossed his hand into the muck.

Ivey showed AClub SuitQClub SuitKHeart Suit2Spade Suit and Baker showed ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit6Heart Suit5Diamond Suit.

The JClub Suit fell on the river and Ivey scooped the pot to send Baker home.

Jeffrey LisandroJeffrey Lisandro Eliminated in Fifth Place ($68,417)


Jeffrey Lisandro was crippled in a stud hand with Ken Aldridge when Lisandro made a straight against Aldridge’s full house, which left him with just a few chips. This hand came shortly after.

Lisandro was all-in on third street against Ken Aldridge. Their boards ran out like this.

Lisandro: (5Diamond Suit-5Heart Suit)-6Club SuitClub Suit-JDiamond Suit-QHeart Suit-4Heart Suit/KHeart Suit
Aldridge: (8Club Suit8Spade Suit)-JClub Suit-KDiamond Suit-3Heart Suit-QClub Suit/4Diamond Suit

Both players started with a pair, but neither improved, meaning that Aldridge’s eights bested Lisandro’s fives, sending Lisandro home in fifth.


Level 25 Update: Chad Brown Eliminated


Flop Games: 15,000-30,000, 30,000-60,000 limits
Stud Games: 7,000 ante, 10,000 bring-in, 30,000-60,000 limits

Players Remaining: 7 out of 478

Average Chip Count: 614,571

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Bill Chen – 1,350,000
2. Jeffrey Lisandro – 700,000
3. John Juanda – 660,000
4. Phil Ivey – 580,000
5. Kenneth Aldridge – 520,000
6. Dave Baker – 380,000
7. Albert Hahn – 200,000

Notable Eliminations:

8. Chad Brown — $29,046

Big Hands:

PlayerNameChad Brown Eliminated in Eighth Place ($29,046)


Chad Brown raised from the cutoff and was called by Bill Chen in the big blind.

The flop came 5Club Suit10Heart Suit4Spade Suit and both players checked. The turn the 2Heart Suit and Chen led out and Brown raised all-in and was called by Chen.

Both players were drawing when brown showed the JHeart Suit9Heart Suit and Chen showed the 7Spade Suit6Club Suit. Brown had the best hand with jack-high, but the 6Diamond Suit came on the river and Brown was the first casualty of the official final table.

Juanda Tops Lisandro


Juanda: (X-X)-4-9-7-A-(X)
Lisandro: (X-X)-3-10-2-2-(X)

John Juanda completed on third and was raised by Lisandro on his left. Juanda called and caught better on fourth and fifth and bet both streets and was called by Lisandro.

Juanda kept the aggression by betting sixth and seventh street as well. Lisandro called on sixth but folded seventh, showing that he had the 4-5-2 in the hole and couldn’t muster up better than a 10-low.

Lots of Checking for Big Hands


Chen: (X-X)-5Spade Suit-2Spade Suit-3Heart Suit-4Spade Suit/X
Lisandro: (X-X)-10Club Suit-JHeart Suit-9Diamond Suit-8Heart Suit/X

Bill Chen completed thirHeart Suit street and was called by Jeff Lisandro. Chen bet fourth after Lisandro checked and Lisandro bet fifth and was called by Chen.

Both players checked sixth street and Chen checked his hole cards several times.

“Want to check again?” asked Lisandro.

“You check? Ok, I check. I have queens up,” said Chen as he showed QClub Suit-QSpade Suit-2Diamond Suit in the hole. Lisandro showed JDiamond Suit-JHeart Suit-8Club Suit, good for jacks-full and took the pot.

David BakerBaker Doubles Through Ivey


Ivey: (2Diamond Suit-4Diamond Suit)-8Diamond Suit-8Spade Suit-6Heart Suit-7Club Suit/10Heart Suit
Baker: (ASpade Suit-AHeart Suit)-6Spade Suit-8Heart Suit-6Club Suit-9Club Suit/JSpade Suit

Ivey double-bet an open pair of eights on fourth and was called by Baker. Ivey bet fifth street and Baker moved the rest of his chips in and was called by Ivey. Going to the river, Ivey needed an eight or five to improve, but the 10 that he caught gave Baker the pot before he even looked at his own river card.

Player Tags: Bill Chen

Level 24 Update: Official Final Table Set, Hughes Gone


Flop Games: 13,000-25,000, 25,000-50,000 Stakes
Stud Games: 5,000 Ante, 7,000 Bring-in, 25,000-50,000 Limits

Players Remaining: 8 out of 478

Average Chip Count: 537,750

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Bill Chen – 1,232,000
2. Phil Ivey – 709,000
3. Kenneth Aldridge – 633,000
4. Jeffrey Lisandro – 574,000
5. John Juanda – 400,000
6. Albert Hahn – 303,000
7. Dave Baker – 284,000
8. Chad Brown – 147,000

Notable Eliminations:

9. Ryan Hughes — $22,849

Big Hands:

Ryan HughesRyan Hughes Eliminated in Ninth Place ($22,849)

Stud 8

Ryan Hughes completed and was called by Jeffrey Lisandro, Chad Brown, and Kenneth Aldridge who was the bring-in.

On fourth street, Hughes moved all-in for his last 14,000 and was called by all three other players. Lisandro led out on fifth street getting called by Brown and Aldridge and got his last chips in the middle against Aldridge on sixth.

Aldridge: (10Spade Suit-4Spade Suit)-2Spade Suit-10Club Suit-7Diamond Suit-4Heart Suit/JDiamond Suit
Lisandro: (3Spade Suit-5Club Suit)-4Diamond Suit-2Club Suit-6Heart Suit-8Club Suit/8Diamond Suit
Hughes: (ASpade Suit-6Spade Suit)-AClub Suit-QHeart Suit-3Diamond Suit-AHeart Suit/JHeart Suit

After all the cards were dealt, Lisandro would take the whole pot as his six-high 760straight was good for the high and the low portion. Ryan Hughes was eliminated as his three aces could not trump Lisandro’s straight and was sent home with just over $22,000 in his pocket.

Juanda Makes Jacks Full


Phil Ivey completed on third street and was called by John Juanda. Ivey bet fourth and fifth street and was called by Juanda each time. Juanda then led sixth and seventh and was called down by Ivey.

Ivey: (X-X-X): 6Spade Suit-10Spade Suit-4Heart Suit-8Heart Suit
Juanda: (JHeart Suit-6Diamond Suit-JSpade Suit)-JClub Suit-3Heart Suit-5Diamond Suit-6Club Suit

Ivey slips to 760,000 and Juanda climbed to 820,000.

Lisandro Doubles Without Showdown


Jeff Lisandro was the bring-in and called Chad Brown’s completion. Brown bet fourth street and was called by Lisandro. Lisandro then bet fifth street and Brown let it go.

Lisandro: (X-X)-10-3-9
Brown: (X-X)-4-3-Q

Lisandro almost doubled up growing his stack to 190,000. Brown is down to 450,000.

Bill ChenBill Chen Chips Up


Bill Chen raised from the cutoff preflop and was called by John Juanda from the big blind.

The flop came 4Spade Suit4Club Suit8Heart Suit and Juanda checked and called a bet from Chen. The JSpade Suit came on the turn and Juanda led into Chen and was called. The 3Heart Suit peeled off on the river and Juanda bet again and was raised by Chen.

Juanda made the call and mucked when Chen showed AClub SuitASpade Suit. Chen is up to 1,200,000 and Juanda fell to 410,000.

Player Tags: John Juanda,   Ryan Hughes,   Phil Ivey

Final Table Set, Ivey Chip Leader

Phil IveyThe final table for event no. 37, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, is set and none other than Phil Ivey is the chip leader as the final table begins. Ivey has just under 1,000,000 in chips and has just over a one-hundred thousand chip lead on the second place stack, Kenneth Aldridge.

Ivey is rumored to have millions in side bets riding on his future bracelets. One of which is with Howard Lederer, reportedly worth $5 million for three bracelets in two years.

John Juanda, David Baker, Chad Brown, Ryan Hughes, Bill Chen, and Jeffrey Lisandro fill out the star-studded final table.

Here are a look at the chip stacks.

1. Phil Ivey – 950,000
2. Kenneth Aldridge – 840,000
3. Bill Chen – 715,000
4. John Juanda – 690,000
5. Dave Baker – 406,000
6. Albert Hahn – 350,000
7. Chad Brown – 325,000
8. Jeffrey Lisandro – 190,000
9. Ryan Hughes – 145,000

Stay tuned to Card Player as we give you level-by-level coverage of this final table.


Day 3 to Start at 3 p.m.

John JuandaThe 25 players left in event no. 37, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E event, and they will come back later today at 3 p.m. to continue play. John Juanda looks to be the chip leader coming into the day with 393,000.

Phil Ivey and David Baker are also among the top stacks in the room. Other notables to survive that will be returning to the Rio for the final day include Jeffrey Lisandro, Dan Heimiller, David Singer, Chad Brown, Scott Seiver, David Benyamine and William Chen.

The money bubble has popped and everybody still remaining is guaranteed at least $8,008, but everybody has their eyes on the top spot of $389,840. Monday is the last scheduled day for this event, so by the end of play on Monday, there will be another bracelet winner.

Check out some twitter accounts from players who are still in the field.

Chad Brown
William Chen
Phil Ivey

Check back with Card Player for updates on the event.

Here are the chip counts heading to the final day:

1 John Juanda 393,000
2 Dave Baker 373,000
3 Ryan Hughes 354,000
4 Daniel Makowsky 312,000
5 Kenneth Aldridge 257,000
6 Brent Wheeler 256,000
7 Phil Ivey 205,000
8 Jeffrey Lisandro 193,000
9 Mitch Schock 189,000
10 Alexandre Luneau 182,000
11 Dan Heimiller 180,000
12 Ming Reslock 173,000
13 Jordan Siegel 161,000
14 Bill Chen 158,000
15 David Benyamine 137,000
16 Yuebin Guo 109,000
17 Chad Brown 108,000
18 Scott Seiver 105,000
19 Albert Hahn 100,000
20 Farzad Bonyadi 98,000
21 David Singer 93,000
22 Zachary Milchman 71,000
23 Dale Phillips 57,000
24 Mark Johns 31,000
25 George Trigeorgis 15,000
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