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Buy-In: $0
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Entrants: 27

Tournament of Champions

  • Jun 27, '10 - Jul 04, '10


Updates on Day 3 (Jul 03, 10)


Level 19 Update: Seed Wins

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 27

Notable Eliminations:

Johnny Chan – $100,000
Howard Lederer – $250,000

Big Hands:

Johnny ChanJohnny Chan Eliminated in Third Place ($100,000)

After Huck Seed folded the button, Howard Lederer made a raise from the small blind to put the extremely short stacked Johnny Chan all-in.

Chan made the call after a few moments of thought and tabled 5Diamond Suit7Spade Suit and was up against the JHeart Suit9Heart Suit of Lederer.

The fop was JSpade Suit8Spade Suit6Diamond Suit and each player had a piece. Chan had a straight draw and Lederer had top pair. The turn was the AClub Suit and the 2Diamond Suit fell on the river to eliminate Chan and leave Lederer heads-up with Seed for the title and the $500,000.

Seed Doubles Up

Howard Lederer raised to 40,000 and Huck Seed called. The flop came 6Diamond Suit5Club Suit3Heart Suit and Lederer bet 60,000 after Seed checked. Seed then moved all-in and Lederer made the call.

Lederer showed pocket tens and was up against the 9Club Suit6Club Suit of Seed. The turn came the 8Heart Suit, giving Seed an added straight draw to go along with his top pair.

The 7Diamond Suit came on the river, which filled Seed’s straight and gave him the lead. Seed doubled up to 550,000 and Lederer, who was on the verge of victory, drops to 260,000.

Howard LedererHoward Lederer Eliminated in Second Place ($250,000), Huck Seed Wins ($500,000)

A few hands after losing the chip lead, Lederer was down to just 138,000 in chips and moved all-in preflop and was called by Seed.

Lederer showed QClub Suit8Club Suit and was slightly behind Seed’s ASpade Suit2Spade Suit. The flop came 7Spade Suit6Heart Suit6Diamond Suit, which didn’t change much for Lederer, still needing an 8 or a queen.

The 9Spade Suit gave Seed a flush draw and Lederer a straight draw, but the AHeart Suit on the river kept Seed in the lead and gave him the title.

Lederer will take home $250,000 after being able to taste victory and Seed will take home a cool $500,000 for his efforts.

Player Tags: Howard Lederer,   Johnny Chan

Level 18 Update: Chan Crippled by Lederer

Blinds: 6,000-12,000 with a 1,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 270,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Howard Lederer – 415,000
2. Huck Seed – 344,000
3. Johnny Chan – 51,000

Notable Eliminations:


Big Hands:

Huck SeedLucky Sevens For Seed

Johnny Chan limped in on the button and Huck Seed raised to 47,000 from the small blind. Howard Lederer folded and Chan made the call

The flop came KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit7Club Suit and Seed led for 47,000. Chan moved all-in and Seed snap-called with his last 156,000 and showed 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit, good for bottom set and was up against the KSpade SuitQClub Suit of Chan.

After the 8Diamond Suit fell on the turn, Chan was officially drawing dead and Seed doubled up to 419,000 while Chan slipped to 115,000.

Chan Gets Some Back From Seed

Johnny Chan raised to 30,000 and Huck Seed made it 81,000. After Lederer folded, Chan moved his last 106,000 into the middle and was called by Seed.

Seed showed ASpade Suit10Heart Suit and was up against Chan’s pocket nines.

The flop was 2Spade Suit3Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and Seed now had a straight draw to go with his overcards. The turn was the 6Club Suit, making his straight draw a chop, and the QDiamond Suit doubled Chan up to 220,000.

Seed still has 325,000 after the pot.

Chan Keeps Hanging Around

Johnny chan raised from the button to 30,000 and Huck Seed called from the small blind.

The flop was JClub SuitAHeart Suit2Diamond Suit and Seed check-called a bet of 30,000 from Chan. Seed folded to the all-in from Chan when the 6Heart Suit fell on the turn.

Howard LedererChan Crippled by the Professor

Johnny Chan raised to 30,000 from the button and Howard Lederer called from the big blind.

The flop came 10Club Suit6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit and both players checked. The QClub Suit fell on the turn and Lederer checked again. Chan bet 45,000 and Lederer moved all-in for a total of 173,000.

Chan went deep into the tank for several minutes before calling.

Chan showed KClub SuitJClub Suit, for an overcard and a straight flush draw and was up against Lederer’s QClub Suit9Club Suit. The 2Diamond Suit on the river left Chan with just 45,000 and Lederer doubled up to 360,000.

Player Tags: Huck Seed,   Johnny Chan

Level 17 Update: Huck Seed is On a Roller Coaster

Blinds: 500-1,000 with a 1,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 270,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Howard Lederer – 363,000
2. Huck Seed – 250,000
3. Johnny Chan – 250,000

Notable Eliminations:


Big Hands:

Johnny ChanChan Gets it in Bad, Doubles Up

Johnny Chan raised on the button and Huck Seed moved all-in from the small blind. Howard Lederer folded and Chan made the call and was at risk.

Chan showed AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit and was between a rock and a hard place against Seed’s AClub SuitKDiamond Suit.

The flop came 7Club Suit6Spade Suit4Spade Suit and Chan would still need a queen to stay alive. The dealer gave Chan what he needed with the QSpade Suit on the turn. The 3Spade Suit on the river gave the pot to Chan and he doubled up to 360,000 and Seed dropped to 100,000.

Seed Fights Back

Just a few moments later, Huck Seed and Johnny chan were getting all of Seed’s chips in the middle again preflop.

Seed was way ahead again when he held JClub SuitJDiamond Suit against the 4Club Suit4Diamond Suit of Chan.

The board ran out 5Diamond Suit5Heart Suit3Diamond SuitJSpade Suit9Heart Suit, giving Seed a full house and he doubled back to 205,000.

Howard LedererLederer Fires With His Big Draw

Howard Lederer limped in the small blind and Johnny Chan checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit7Heart Suit and Lederer bet 15,000. Chan called and the 7Club Suit came on the turn. Lederer fired 42,000 this time and Chan eventually tossed his hand into the muck.

Lederer showed his KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit, for an open-ended straight flush draw.

Seed Gets a Fold From the Professor

Huck Seed raised to 25,000 from the button and Howard Lederer called from the small blind.

Both players checked the 4Club SuitAHeart Suit10Club Suit flop and Seed led for 20,000 on the 9Diamond Suit turn. Lederer raised to 70,000 and Seed moved all-in fr 124,000 total.

Although it was just 54,000 more, Lederer opted to fold and Seed is back up to 250,000.

Player Tags: Huck Seed,   Howard Lederer,   Johnny Chan

Level 16 Update: Hachem Eliminated

Blinds: 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 270,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Johnny Chan – 342,000
2. Howard Lederer – 235,000
3. Huck Seed – 230,000

Notable Eliminations:

Joe Hachem – $25,000

Big Hands:

Joe HachemJoe Hachem Eliminated in Fourth Place ($25,000)

Howard Lederer raised from the button and Joe Hachem three-bet to 49,000 from the small blind. Lereder moved him in for his 88,000 total and Hachem made the call.

Hachem showed AHeart Suit8Spade Suit and was up against Lederer’s 8Heart Suit8Club Suit.

“Aces of spades one time,” said Hachem. “Actually, another time. One more time.”

The board came 9Heart Suit5Heart Suit5Diamond SuitJDiamond Suit5Club Suit to send the former main event champion home just short of a money jump.

King High Works for Chan

Howard Lederer raised from button and Johnny Chan called from the small blind.

Both players checked the flop of ASpade Suit5Spade SuitADiamond Suit and Chan led for 16,000 on the 9Spade Suit turn. Lederer called and they saw the 5Heart Suit river card.

Both players checked and Chan showed the KDiamond SuitQClub Suit and Chan took the pot as Lederer flashed pocket fours that got counter-fitted by the board.

Seed Doubles Up

Johnny Chan folded on the button and Huck Seed moved all-in for 112,000. Howard Lederer made the call from the big blind and it was off to the races.

Seed showed AHeart Suit9Club Suit and Lederer held pocket fives.

The board came 7Heart Suit4Club Suit3Diamond SuitKClub SuitASpade Suit, giving Seed the ace on the river to take the pot from Lederer and stay alive.

Player Tags: Huck Seed,   Howard Lederer,   Johnny Chan,   Joe Hachem

Level 15 Update: Lederer Surging, Greenstein Gone

Blinds: 3,000-6,000 with a 500 ante

Players Remaining: 4 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 202,500

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Howard Lederer – 340,000
2. Johnny Chan – 240,000
3. Huck Seed – 140,000
4. Joe Hachem – 95,000

Notable Eliminations:

Barry Greenstein – $25,000

Big Hands:

Howard LedererLederer Takes a Big One off of Hachem

Action folded to Howard Lederer in the small blind and limped in. Joe Hachem checked his option in the big blind and the flop came ADiamond SuitQDiamond SuitJClub Suit.

Lederer bet 7,000 and Hachem called. Lederer fired another 16,000 when the 7Club Suit fell and was once against called by Hachem.

The 4Diamond Suit came on the river and this time Lederer fired a hefty bet of 45,000. Hachem took his time to contemplate his options and eventually came up with a call.

Lederer showed him the JDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit, giving him a flush and knocking Hachem down to 110,000, while he surged to 185,000.

Seed Ramps Up the Aggression

There haven’t been too many showdowns or hands that have gone past the flop in this level.

Huck Seed is a big part of that as he has three-bet Barry Greenstein twice in fifteen minutes as well as moving all-in over the top ofa raise from Johnny chan, and three-betting Joe Hachem’s open once.

His aggression has got him up to 115,000.

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Eliminated in Fifth Place ($25,000)

Barry Greenstein raised to 15,000 and Howard Lederer called from the big blind.

The flop came AHeart Suit8Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and all of the chips got into the middle. Greenstein held 3Heart Suit4Heart Suit giving him a straight and flush draw and Lederer showed ASpade Suit10Spade Suit, good for top pair.

The turn was the 10Diamond Suit, which kept Lederer in the lead and gave him two pair, and the river was the 7Diamond Suit. Greenstein missed both of his draws and takes home $25,000 for his efforts.

Lederer is now up to 340,000 and is the chip leader.


Level 14 Update: Harman and Negreanu Out the Door

Blinds: 2,000-4,000 with a 500 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 162,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Johnny Chan – 234,300
2. Joe Hachem – 183,900
3. Barry Greenstein – 182,500
4. Howard Lederer – 117,800
5. Huck Seed – 91,500

Notable Eliminations:

Jennifer Harman – $25,000
Daniel Negreanu – $25,000

Big Hands:

Jennifer HarmanJennifer Harman Eliminated in Seventh Place ($25,000)

After being severely short stacked, Jennifer Harman tripled and then doubled up, but was still short on chips. She was all-in again and was in trouble against Barry Greenstein.

Harman held AHeart Suit4Club Suit and needed an ace against the KClub SuitKDiamond Suit of Greenstein.

The JDiamond Suit4Heart Suit6Club Suit gave her a few more outs, but the JSpade Suit and 5Diamond Suit on the turn and river didn’t give her what she needed and Greenstein sent her home.

Lederer Doubles

Huck Seed raised and Howard Lederer moved all-in for 30,400. Johnny Chan cold-called the all-in and Seed found that scary enough to fold.

Lederer showed AHeart SuitADiamond Suit and Chan tabled 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit.

The board came 8Spade Suit4Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit7Heart Suit9Club Suit and Lederer’s aces held up to double up to 80,000. Chan is still way out in front of the pack with 235,000.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu Eliminated in Sixth Place ($25,000)

Daniel Negreanu was once the chip leader, but was run over by Johnny Chan throughout the last two levels and dropped under 100,000.

We found Negreanu getting all in on a flop of 2Spade Suit6Club Suit5Diamond Suit and was called by Joe Hachem.

Negreanu tabled AHeart SuitADiamond Suit, but Hachem showed 5Club Suit5Heart Suit, giving him a set of fives. The turn was the 3Club Suit, giving Negreanu some chop outs, but the 10Club Suit on the river kept Hachem’s set in the lead and eliminated the one-time chip leader earlier than he would have liked.

Barry Hits the River

On the last hand before the dinner break, Barry Greenstein raised to 10,000 and Huck Seed called and they saw a flop of JHeart Suit6Club Suit3Diamond Suit.

Greenstein bet 14,000 and Seed made it 34,000. Greensstein moved in for 77,000 and Seed called instantly.

Seed KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit and was way ahead of Greenstein’s QSpade Suit6Spade Suit.

The 4Spade Suit came on the turn, but the 6Diamond Suit on the river gave Barry the lead with trip sixes and doubled up to 182,500 and Seed dropped to 91,500.


Level 13 Update: Annie Duke Eliminated

Blinds: 1,500-3,000 with a 400 ante

Players Remaining: 7 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 115,714

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Johnny Chan – 215,000
2. Joe Hachem – 147,000
3. Daniel Negreanu – 135,000
4. Barry Greenstein – 127,000
5. Huck Seed – 96,000
6. Howard Lederer – 58,700
7. Jennifer Harman – 5,500

Notable Eliminations:

Annie Duke – $25,000

Big Hands:

!(left){height:255px;width:170px;margin:3px 10px;border:3px solid;}(Johnny Chan)!Chan Takes Chip Lead From Negreanu

Johnny chan raised to 6,000 on the button and was three-bet by Daniel Negreanu to 20,000 from the small blind. Chan called and the flop was KClub Suit8Club Suit7Spade Suit.

Both players checked the and QDiamond Suit fell on the turn. Negreanu checked again and Chan bet 30,000. Negreanu made the call after a few moments of thought.

The river was the 2Heart Suit and Negreanu checked for a third time. Chan bet 60,000 and Negreanu went into the tank and saying that Chan probably had missed spades. Negreanu folded and fell to 160,000 and Chan moved up to 200,000 and the chip lead.

Hachem Muscles Up Against Harman

Joe Hachem raised to 8,000 and Jennifer Harman three-bet to 18,000. Hachem sat in thought for a minute or so before announcing he was all-in.

Hachem had more than enough to cover Harman and it didn’t take very long for Harman to toss her cards into the muck.

Greenstein Doubles Through Harman

Barry Greenstein raised on the button to 7,500. Jennifer Harman then raised all-in from the small blind and Greenstein quickly called.

Greenstein tabled ASpade SuitADiamond Suit and was way ahead of Harman’s 4Spade Suit4Club Suit. The board ran out 7Club Suit6Diamond Suit9Club Suit9Diamond SuitQSpade Suit and Greenstein took the pot.

Greenstein is now up to 87,000 and Harman is left with just a few chips.

Annie DukeAnnie Duke Eliminated ($25,000)

Annie Duke moved all-in for 33,000 from early position. Barry Greenstein isolated Duke by moving all-in over the top.

Jennifer Harman tanked for a while before releasing her hand. Duke showed ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit and was way ahead of Greenstein’s AClub SuitJClub Suit.

The flop came 8Diamond Suit3Heart Suit2Spade Suit and Duke was still way ahead. The turn was the 7Diamond Suit, giving her a flush draw, but Greenstein got there on the river with the JSpade Suit and hit his two-outer to take the pot and is now up to 127,000 while Duke is on her way to the rail.


Level 12 Update: Seidel Bursts the Bubble

Blinds: 1,200-2,400 with a 300 ante

Players Remaining: 8 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 101,250

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Daniel Negreanu – 240,000
2. Johnny Chan – 130,000
3. Joe Hachem – 125,000
4. Huck Seed – 88,000
5. Barry Greenstein – 48,000
6. Howard Lederer – 38,000
7. Jennifer Harman – 35,000
8. Annie Duke - 32,000

Notable Eliminations:

Erik Seidel
T.J. Cloutier – $25,000

Big Hands:

Erik SeidelSeidel Eliminated, Bubble Bursts

Erik Seidel open shoved all-in for his last 18,700 and Jennifer Harman quickly called, tabling ASpade SuitAHeart Suit. Seidel turned up the QClub Suit8Heart Suit and knew he was in some serious trouble.

The flop came AClub SuitKClub SuitKSpade Suit and Seidel was just about drawing dead. The turn was the JClub Suit and now Seidel had picked up miracle royal flush outs.

The river was the JSpade Suit, however, and Seidel was eliminated from the tournament. Everybody left is now guaranteed a minimum of $25,000.

Duke Wins Race, Doubles Up

Jennifer Harman raised to 5,500 on the button and Annie Duke moves in for 15,000 more from the big blind. Harman made the call and it was the classic coin flip situation.

Harman showed the ASpade SuitKHeart Suit and Duke held the JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit. The board fell 10Heart Suit5Spade Suit5Club SuitQClub Suit9Heart Suit and Duke’s jacks held up against the dreaded overcards.

Duke is up to 33,000 with the double up and Harman dropped to 35,000.

T.J. CloutierT.J. Cloutier Eliminated in Ninth Place ($25,000)

Daniel Negreanu raised and T.J Cloutier called from the button. Annie Duke joined from the big blind and the flop came KClub SuitJClub Suit5Spade Suit. Duke and Negreanu both checked and Cloutier bet 12,000.

Duke folded and Negreanu called. The turn came the 6Club Suit and Negreanu put out enough chips to move Cloutier all-in. Cloutier made the call and showed ASpade SuitJSpade Suit.

Cloutier was in deep trouble against the KHeart Suit10Club Suit of Negreanu. The river was the 7Spade Suit and Negreanu moved up to 240,000 with the knockout.


Level 11 Update: Money Bubble Causes Action to Slow

Blinds: 1,000-2,000 with a 300 ante

Players Remaining: 10 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 81,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Daniel Negreanu – 195,000
2. Johnny Chan – 130,000
3. Joe Hachem – 125,000
4. Huck Seed – 94,000
5. Barry Greenstein – 54,000
6. TJ Cloutier – 48,000
7. Howard Lederer – 46,000
8. Jennifer Harman – 41,000
9. Annie Duke – 34,000
10. Erik Seidel – 30,000

Notable Eliminations:


Big Hands:

Annie DukeDuke Doubles

Annie Duke open shoved all-in for 14,000. Joe Hachem thought for a moment before calling.

Duke showed ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Hachem held the 9Club Suit9Spade Suit. The flop came KHeart SuitKClub SuitQDiamond Suit and a cheer came from the crowd. The turn was the 8Club Suit and the river was 7Club Suit and Duke doubled to 115,000.

Hachem Takes Some Back

Johnny Chan raised to 5,000 and Jennifer Harman called from the cutoff. Joe Hachem made it 20,000 and got a call from Chan.

The flop came JClub Suit9Heart Suit5Spade Suit and Hachem bet 28,500, which brought a fold from Chan. Hachem moved up to 140,000 while Chan slid to 130,000.

Negeanu Plays Pot Control

Jennifer Harman raised to 4,500 and was called by Joe Hachem in position and Daniel Negreanu from the big blind.

Negreanu and Harman checked the flop of 10Diamond Suit8Spade Suit7Spade Suit and Hachem bet 9,000. Negreanu made the call and Harman tossed her hand into the muck.

The 6Spade Suit came on the turn and both players checked. Both players checked again when they saw the board pair with the 8Diamond Suit on the river. Negreanu turned up Kc10c and Hachem mucked. Negreanu is up to 195,000 and Hachem is back to 125,000.

Player Tags: Annie Duke,   Joe Hachem

Level 10 Update: Players Dropping Like Flies, Down to 10

Blinds: 800-1,600 with a 200 ante

Players Remaining: 10 out of 27

Average Chip Count: 81,000

Tournament Leaderboard:
1. Daniel Negreanu – 180,000
2. Johnny Chan – 160,000
3. Joe Hachem – 150,000
4. Huck Seed – 69,000
5. TJ Cloutier – 61,500
6. Jennifer Harman – 52,000
7. Barry Greenstein – 51,500
8. Erik Seidel – 35,000
9. Howard Lederer – 28,000
10. Annie Duke – 20,000

Notable Eliminations:

Mike Matusow
Chris Ferguson
Antonio Esfandiari
Scotty Nguyen
Allen Cunningham
Bertrand Grospellier

Big Hands:

Mike MatusowThe Mouth Is Out

We picked up the action on the turn with the board reading KHeart SuitJSpade Suit10Spade Suit5Heart Suit. Mike Matusow was moving all-in and before he could even finish getting the words out of his mouth, Negreanu had already made the call.

Negreanu showed KClub SuitKHeart Suit, good for top set and Matusow showed KSpade Suit3Diamond Suit, giving him top pair and zero chance at winning the hand.

The 6Spade Suit on the river was a mere formality and Matusow is on his way out of the tournament area. Negreanu chipped up to 160,000

Jesus Can’t Find a Miracle

T.J. Cloutier raised from the cutoff and Chris Ferguson moved all-in on the button. Cloutier called and saw the good shape he was in.

Ferguson tabled 8h8d and Cloutier was way out in front with his 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit.

The board came ASpade SuitKDiamond SuitJClub Suit2Spade Suit7Spade Suit and you will notice that none of those cards were the 8 that Ferguson was looking for. Ferguson is eliminated while Cloutier is up to 60,000.

Antonio EsfandiariEsfandiari Gone

The board read 10Spade Suit7Diamond Suit4Diamond SuitQClub Suit and Antonio Esfandiari was getting all of his chips in the middle against Johnny Chan.

Chan tabled 10Club Suit10Heart Suit, giving him top set, and Esfandiari was drawing dead with AClub SuitQDiamond Suit. The river was meaningless and the magician will have to wait for another tournament to play.

“I folded sevens, Johnny,” said Jennifer Harman as Esfandiari was parting way with the table.

Scotty Nguyen Eliminated

The action has really picked up in this level. We saw Scotty Nguyen getting all of his chips in on the river, but mucking to Joe Hachem when Hachem showed trip sixes.

Bertrand GrospellierElky Eliminated

Daniel Negreanu raised under-the-gun and Bertrand Grospellier movedl all-in. Negreanu made the call and tabled ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and was off to the races when he saw the 2Club Suit2Diamond Suit of Grospellier.

The board ran out QSpade Suit7Club Suit3Club SuitJDiamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Negreanu eliminated Grospellier, leaving us with just 11 players.

Hellmuth Can’t Hold On Any Longer

Phil Hellmuth was down to just two big blinds when and was in the big blind. Action folded to Howard Lederer in the small blind. Lederer raised and Hellmuth called without looking.

Lederer showed ADiamond Suit9Spade Suit and Hellmuth want to look at his cards after the board was dealt. Negreanu insisted he just turn his cards over and he turned over the 6Diamond Suit while the dealer peeled off the flop of ASpade Suit9Diamond Suit3Spade Suit.

Hellmuth was going to need help regardless of what his other card was and after the dealer put out the 4Club Suit on the turn, Hellmuth revealed his JDiamond Suit as his other card and he was officially drawing dead.

The players are combining to one ten-handed table and will be on the money bubble after an extended break.

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