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Eight Flops In a Row for the Late Reg Table
Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
"We like flops," Christian Harder says of his table. "We don't three-bet. We just call and see flops."
This is the same table with a line-up of several notable names that have been duking it out all afternoon. Rather than back off and stay out of each other's way though, this group is keen to play pot after pot with one another, including a stretch where the table saw eight flops in a row.
Before we run down the action, first a look at the line-up which has changed a bit since this morning as players like Corey Burbick and Keith Ferrera busted out and their seats were filled with new players:
Seat 1: unknown player
Seat 2: unknown player
Seat 3: Justin Zaki
Seat 4: Matt Waxman
Seat 5: Jesse Cohen
Seat 6: Noah Schwartz
Seat 7: Christian Harder
Seat 8: unknown player
Seat 9: unknown player
Seat 10: Matt Stout
First, Waxman raised to 1,200 from middle position, Noah Schwartz called behind him, and the player in the cutoff reraised to 4,400. The player on the button cold-called, Waxman folded, and Schwartz called, telling the dealer, "I'm thinking of a flop."
The flop comes 998 and all three players check. Schwartz checks when the turn brings the J, the player in the cutoff bets 6,000, and both the player on the button and Schwartz fold, giving him the pot.
Then Harder raised to 1,200 from middle position and the player in cutoff called. Harder bet 1,525 on the 874 flop, which was good enough to take the pot.
Harder decided to keep the aggression going and raised to 1,200 the very next hand. The same player from the previous hand called, as did the player in the small blind and Justin Zaki in the big blind.
The flop came 744 and the player in the small blind checked. Zaki bet 2,500 and only the player in the hijack called. The two players check it down as the turn brings the Q and the river the 9 and Zaki takes the pot with A7 for two pair, sevens and fours.
A player in middle position raises to 1,500, Stout calls, and the player on the button calls as well. The flop comes J86 and action checks to the player on the button, who bets 3,600. The initial raiser folds and Stout calls. Both players check the K on the turn and the river brings the A. Stout checks, the player on the button bets 5,600 and Stout calls.
The other player shows A9 for a rivered pair of aces to take the pot.
Schwartz raises to 1,300 from under the gun, Harder calls behind him, and Zaki calls on the button. The flop comes A108 and Schwartz checks. Harder bets 2,100, Zaki calls, and Schwartz calls as well.
The trio checks it down as the turn brings the 5 and the river the 5. When it comes time for showdown, everyone seems a little reluctant to turn over their cards. Zaki turns over A7 for two pair, aces and fives, and takes the pot.
A player in middle position raises to 1,400, Stout calls, Waxman calls on the button, and Schwartz defends. The fop is AK5 and Schwartz and the initial raiser both check. Stout bets 2,700, Waxman calls, Schwartz folds, and the initial raiser calls.
The action slows down after that and the players check around after the A on the turn and check again when the river brings the 10.
The initial raiser shows KQ fo two pair, aces and kings and takes the pot. As he stacks his chips, the attention of the table turns to the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the LA Lakers. Like the rest of the basketball world, they are fascinated by Jeremy Lin and are part of the "Linsanity" sweeping the nation.
The player under the gun limps, then the player behind him raises to 1,500. Harder is in the big blind and calls. The limper calls as well. The flop is 975 and actions checks to the raiser, who bets 3,500. The other two players fold and he takes the pot.
The player under the gun raises to 1,500, a player in middle position calls, and Jesse Cohen reraises to 4,200 from the cutoff. Both of the other players call.
The flop comes J98 and action checks to Cohen, who moves all-in for his last 8,100. The initial raiser quickly gets out of the way, but the third player in the hand needs an exact count and some time to think.
While that player deliberates and Cohen sits stone-faced and all-in, Jason Mercier pays a visit to the tabl to talk, you guessed it, NBA basketball. Half the table is talking about tonights' games and the betting lines and almost don't notice the player fold and Cohen take the pot.
Harder raises to 1,200 on the button, the player in the small blind calls, and the player in the big blind reraises to 4,000. Harder gets out of the way, as does the player in the small blind, and, for the first time in nearly an orbit, someone takes down a pot without seeing a flop.
08:46 PM, 02/10/12