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Taylor von Kriegenbergh Cracks Aces to Double Up
Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante
Photo: Justin Zaki (right), who finished third in this event last season, watches as defending champion Taylor von Kriegenbergh moves all in.
The under-the-gun player limps or makes a small raise, and defending champion Taylor von Kriegenbergh reraises. The small blind makes it 3,200, and the UTG player calls.
Action is back on Von Kriegenbergh, and he thinks for a bit before he moves all in for a little less than 10,000. The small blind reraises over the top, and the UTG player folds.
Von Kriegenbergh shows KK, but he's dominated by his opponent's AA. Von Kriegenbergh packs up his things as he expects imminent elimination.
The flop comes 1076, and Von Kriegenbergh says, "It's over. The run is over."
The 8 on the turn puts a gutshot straight draw on the board, and a nine would chop the pot. Von Kriegenbergh sounds ever-so-slightly optimistic as he says, "I guess a nine ..."
The river card is -- the K.
Von Kriegenbergh catches a set of kings on the river to stay alive and double up in chips, and expresses his disbelief that he actually won the hand.
Taylor von Kriegenbergh - 24,000
08:05 PM, 04/18/12