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Kurganov Hits Flush to Double

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1

From the button, Igor Kurganov limped in. Daniel Negreanu completed the bet from the small blind and then Justin Bonomo checked his option in the big blind.

From there, the flop came down {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 70,000 and Kurganov raised a tall stack of red chips for about 350,000. Kurganov had less then 200,000 behind and after Negreanu folded, Bonomo moved all in. Kurganov called and the hands were tabled.

Kurganov showed the {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a queen-high flush draw. Bonomo held trip nines with the {9-Spades}{4-Hearts}, getting to see a free flop from the big blind.

The turn was the {J-Clubs} to give Kurganov his flush and the river didn't fill Bonomo up with the {10-Hearts}. Kurganov doubled and is back to over one million in chips.

Chip Counts
Justin Bonomo 2,050,000 10,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 1,100,000 425,000 pos

A Trio of Hands

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1 • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu limped in the small blind, Justin Bonomo raised to 90,000 and Negreanu folded.
Igor Kurganov raised to 60,000 in the cutoff, Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 115,000 on the button and Kurganov folded.
Philipp Gruissem raised to 60,000 in the cutoff and Daniel Negreanu in the big blind. The flop was {K-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} and Negreanu check-called a 72,000 Gruissem bet. That was the end of the action as both the {Q-Hearts} and {7-Diamonds} were checked through on fourth and fifth street. Gruissem turned over {9-Clubs} {8-Hearts} and Negreanu told him it was good.

Artem Litvinov Eliminated in 5th Place (€216,000)

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1
Artem Litvinov - 5th Place
Artem Litvinov - 5th Place

Justin Bonomo raised to 60,000 in first position and Artem Litvinov moved all in from the cutoff. The action folded around to Bonomo and he called instantly.

Bonomo tabled the {Q-Spades} {Q-Hearts} and Litvinov the {J-Diamonds} {J-Spades}. The board ran out {7-Clubs} {6-Spades} {4-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {9-Spades} and Litvinov was eliminated.

"It's a cooler," said Daniel Negreanu as Litvinov wished everyone well.

Chip Counts
Justin Bonomo 2,040,000 40,000 pos
Artem Litvinov Busted

More Aces Shown

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1 • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

From the cutoff seat, Philipp Gruissem raised to 60,000. Igor Kurganov reraised all in from the button for 588,000. Action folded back to Gruissem and he started to think. After a minute or so, he asked Artem Litvinov how much he had, making sure he had knowledge of all of the stack sizes at the table. Eventually, Gruissem folded and showed the {A-Hearts}. Kurganov showed the {A-Diamonds} and was awarded the pot.

Litvinov Jams On Bonomo

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1

Justin Bonomo opened with a min-raise to 60,000 from the cutoff seat before Artem Litvinov reraised all in from the button for 411,000. Bonomo gave it some thought, but then folded and showed just the {A-Diamonds} from his hand.

Chip Counts
Justin Bonomo 2,000,000 -100,000 neg
Artem Litvinov 536,000 11,000 pos

Threes for Bonomo

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1 • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Justin Bonomo raised to 60,000 from the button. Philipp Gruissem made the call from the big blind and the flop came down {K-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Gruissem checked and Bonomo fired 90,000. Gruissem made the call.

The {9-Clubs} came on the turn and both players checked to see the {4-Diamonds} land on the river. Both players checked.

Bonomo tabled the {3-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Gruissem mucked his hand.

Just a Pair for Litvinov

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1

From the cutoff seat, Igor Kurganov raised to 60,000. Artem Litvinov made the call from the big blind and the flop came down {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}. Both players checked and the turn brought the {4-Hearts}. Again, both players checked. The river completed the board with the {8-Spades} and both checked a third time.

Litvinov tabled the {A-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for a pair of tens with an ace kickers and Kurganov mucked his hand.

Chip Counts
Igor Kurganov 675,000 -55,000 neg
Artem Litvinov 525,000 68,000 pos

Level 23 started


Updated Chip Counts at the Break

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1
Chip Counts
Justin Bonomo 2,100,000 375,000 pos
Daniel Negreanu 1,949,000 -51,000 neg
Philipp Gruissem 1,426,000 526,000 pos
Igor Kurganov 730,000 -130,000 neg
Artem Litvinov 457,000 -153,000 neg

A Look Around the Room

Posted 2012-05-01 GMT+1 • Level 22: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
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Winner Igor Kurganov
Winning Hand ♦K♠3
Prize 1,080,000

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 3,325,000