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Buy-In: $5,000
Prize Pool: $1,842,400
Entrants: 392

Event 31 - World Championship Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 19, '07 - Jun 21, '07
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 21, 07)

 
 

Schreiber Wins Event #31

Daniel Schreiber Wins Event #31 ($425,594)
The second match of the best of three series lasted only 11 hands.  Mark Muchnik was clearly disgusted with the way the first match was play and he decided to display some serious firepower.  With the blinds still $10,000-$20,000 Muchnik blasted a $300,000 raise across Schreiber's bow putting him on notice, there would be no more weak tight play.  Muchnik pulled out all the stops including a few limp reraises on the button.  It was one of those moves however, that eventually ended up sinking Muchnik on the decisive hand.  Muchnik limped on the button and Schreiber put out his standard raise of $50,000.  Muchnik reraised to $400,000 and Schreiber made the call.  The flop came J83, and Muchnik moved all in and Schreiber called for all of his chips.  Schreiber tabled K9 for the flush draw, but Schreiber had the made had at the time with QJ.  The next two cards were the 3A, shipping Schreiber almost all the chips and crippling Muchnik.  He was eliminated on the next hand when he failed to improve with Q8 against Schreiber's K2.  Muchnik takes home $230,300 for his efforts.
Player Tags: Mark Muchnik,   Daniel Schreiber
 

Schreiber Takes First Point

Schreiber Wins First
Schreiber raised to $75,000 and Muchnik made the call.  The flop was 942 and both players checked.  The turn was the 7, Muchnik checked and Schreiber bet out $100,000.  Muchnik reraised $360,000, leaving himself just $25,000 behind.  Schreiber called and bet the last $25,000 in the dark.  The river came 10 and Schreiber tabled K7.  Muchnik tossed his cards into the muck and the first point was shipped to Schreiber.
 

Heads Up Final Table

Play Begins
Heads up play is underway.  The players start with 2,560,000 in chips and the blinds are $10,000-$20,000.  There was rumors that the tourney would be best out of three, but as a floor person put it, "Were going one and done." 

Fireworks
Daniel Schreiber raised to $50,000 from the button and Muchnik made the call from the big blind.  The flop came A98 and Muchnik bet out $450,000,  Schreiber made the call and the turn brought the 3.  Muchnik kept the pressure on and bet $750,000.  Schreiber though for a few moments, then folded.

Schreiber Strikes Back
Schreiber raised to $50,000 and Muchnik made the call.  The flop was J1010 and Muchnik checked and Schreiber bet $75,000.  Muchnik smooth called and the turn was the K.  Again Muchnik checked and this time Schreiber bet $250,000.  Muchnik counted out a call, then stood up.  He took his time but eventually pushed a call out.  The river came the 6, Muchnik checked and Schreiber bet out $750,000.  Muchnik quickly called but mucked when Schreiber tables AQ for the straight. 

16
Schreiber has won 16 pots in a row, and appears to have this match under control.

Confusion
Floor staff is now saying that the match will be a best of three.  Were not sure what is happening at this point.
 

Muchnik Takes the Lead

Muchnik Advances
After wearing Block down to his final $176,000 chips, Muchnik calls Block's all in.  Muchnik tables K8, but Block shows down A10.  The board comes KJ637, Muchnik's pair of kings are good for the pot and the match.  He will now face Daniel Schrieber in the final match, starting at 10pm.
Player Tags: Mark Muchnik
 

Muchnilk Takes the Lead

Mark Muchnik vs. Keith Block
In sharp contrast to the aggressive paced battle between Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Schrieber, the play between Muchnik and Block has been...civil.  Both are making polite conversation between themselves, the spectators and the media.  Every pot played has been small, and at this point there has only been one preflop raise that has been called.

Muchnilk Fires First
Keith Block limps from the button and Muchnilk raises to $50,000.  Block makes the call and the flop comes KQJ.  Muchnilk fires out $100,000 and Block calls.  The turn is the Q and Muchnilk fires out $200,000.  Again Block calls and the river is the 5.  Muchnilk fires a third barrel for $300,000 and Block folds.

Muchnilk Takes Huge Lead
Block makes it $50,000 to go from the button and Muchnilk calls.  The flop comes 1096, and Muchnilk leads for $100,000.  Block makes the call and the turn is the 7.  Muchnilk makes it another $100,000 and Block calls again.  The river is the 7, and this time Muchnilk checks.  Block bets $260,000, and Muchnilk goes into the tank.  He finally makes the call and table K10.  Block chucks his cards into the muck and is down to less then $400,000 in chips.
Player Tags: Mark Muchnik,   Keith Block
 

Heads Up Action

Daniel Schrieber def. Vanessa Selbst
Daniel Schrieber wasted no time to secure his spot at the final table of the heads up event.  In a match that lasted only 10 minutes, he let Selbst's aggressive play get the best of her.   Schrieber raised $30,000 on the button and Selbst called.  The flop came 1054, Selbst checked and Schrieber bet out $55,000.  Seblst check $150,000 more and Schrieber made the call.  The turn came 8, and again Selbst checked.  Schrieber bet out $400,000 and Selbst pushed all in.  Schrieber insta-called with J3 and Seblst dejectedly tabled 109, meaning she was drawing dead.  The river was a meaningless K and Schrieber advances.


 

Final Four Set

Keith Black def. Steve Sarrafzadeh
After a 3 hour heads up battle, Keith Black has finally defeated Steve Sarrafzadeh.  It was a shame the that match ended on a big pair vs big pair hand, but such is poker.  Black raised to $55,000 on the button and Sarrafzadeh reraised to over $150,000.  Black pushed all of his chips in the middle, and Sarrafzadeh looked sick as he made the call with JJ.  His dreadful feelings were realized when Black tabled KK.  The board came 97323, offering no help for Sarrafzadeh.  He is eliminated, and Black will now face Mark Muchnik in the final four.

Final Four Set:

Here are the final four matchups:

Mark Muchnik vs. Keith Black
Vanessa Selbst vs. Daniel Schrieber
Player Tags: Shahrokh Sarrafzadeh
 

Heads Up

Mark Muchnik def. Jared Davis
After a long session, Mark Muchnik has defeated Jared Davis.  Davis and Muchnik batted to a draw for most of the match, but a string of losses in small and medium pots left Davis on the short stack.  He eventually shoved preflop with Q7 and Muchnik called with A2.  The board came A8333, and Muchnik's full house was good to take the pot and the match.  He is awaiting the winner of the Steve Sarrafzadeh vs. Keith Black match.  Currently Black holds a 2-1 chip lead over Sarrafzadeh.
Player Tags: Jared Davis,   Mark Muchnik
 

Heads Up

Vanessa Selbst def. Shannon Shorr
Vanessa Selbst has continued her domination of some of the top players in world.  She has just defeated Shannon Shorr to enter the final four.  On the last hand of play, Shorr limped on the button and Selbst raised to $15,000.  Shorr shoved for his last $160,000 and Slebst called with A10.  Shorr was again dominated with A2, and got no help when the board came KJ3106.  Selbst will now take on Daniel Schrieber in the final four.

Grinding the wheels
In the other two matches going on, no player has established a large chip lead over the other. Pots have been small and play tight.  Look for these to go the distance before a winner is declared. 
 

Heads Up

Vanessa Selbst def. Shannon Shorr
Vanessa Selbst has continued her domination of some of the top players in world.  She has just defeated Shannon Shorr to enter the final four.  On the last hand of play, Shorr limped on the button and Selbst raised to $15,000.  Shorr shoved for his last $160,000 and Slebst called with A10.  Shorr was again dominated with A2, and got no help when the board came KJ3106.  Selbst will now take on Daniel Schrieber in the final four.

Grinding the wheels
In the other two matches going on, no player has established a large chip lead over the other. Pots have been small and play tight.  Look for these to go the distance before a winner is declared. 
 
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