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Champ vs Champ

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6 • Level 28: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The heads up battle features two champions from the WSOPC trail. Ryan Eriquezzo won the Caesars Atlantic City Main Event and Nikolas Stone won the Casino Championship at the Harrah's St. Louis stop.

Heads Up Chip Counts

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Nikolas Stone 2,550,000 -450,000 neg
Ryan Eriquezzo 2,260,000 1,060,000 pos

Huy Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($186,265)

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6
Huy Nguyen is eliminated in 3rd
Huy Nguyen is eliminated in 3rd

Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the small blind and put the pressure on Huy Nguyen, who only had 365,000 in the big blind. The latter made a quick call and was the favorite to double.

Showdown
Nguyen: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Eriquezzo: {K-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

Nguyen's supporters were optimistic, but their hope was drowned out when Eriquezzo's rail erupted on the {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{K-Spades} flop. Their man had paired his king to take a commanding lead. Nguyen sat helplessly as the {4-Clubs} turn and {10-Spades} river put an end to his National Championship run in third place.

Chip Counts
Huy Nguyen Busted

Eriquezzo Battling Back

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6 • Level 28: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Nikolas Stone opened for 95,000 from the small blind and Ryan Eriquezzo called from the big blind. The flop came {Q-Spades} {A-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds}, Stone checked and Eriquezzo bet 110,000. Stone called and the turn came {2-Clubs}. Stone checked, Eriquezzo bet 165,000 and Stone folded.

Matt Keikoan Eliminated in 4th Place ($137,485)

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6
Matt Keikoan is interviewed by Kara Scott after busting out in 4th.
Matt Keikoan is interviewed by Kara Scott after busting out in 4th.

Nikolas Stone put in a standard raise from under the gun and was called by Matt Keikoan on the button. Both blinds got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the {J-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} flop. Stone check-called a bet of 100,000, bringing about the {9-Clubs} turn.

Stone checked once again, but this time he check-raised Keikoan's bet of 200,000 up to 600,000. Keikoan thought for a few moments before moving all in, and Stone snap-called.

Showdown
Keikoan: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Stone: {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Stone held the nuts with a queen-high straight, but Keikoan held a set and could still win if the board paired on the end. The crowd was on its feet as the dealer burned and put out the {7-Diamonds}. Keikoan collected his card protector and exited in fourth place, good for $137,485.

Chip Counts
Nikolas Stone 3,000,000 1,250,000 pos
Matt Keikoan Busted

Eriquezzo Doubles Through Nguyen

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6
Ryan Eriquezzo
Ryan Eriquezzo

Huy Nguyen opened for 80,000 and Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the big blind. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.

The board ran {8-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {J-Spades} {5-Spades} {10-Spades} and Eriquezzo doubled up to stay alive.

Chip Counts
Ryan Eriquezzo 1,150,000 685,000 pos
Huy Nguyen 750,000 -500,000 neg

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6 • Level 28: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The cards are back in the air following the break.

Level 28 started

Level:
28
Blinds:
20000/40000
Ante:
5000

Here We Go Again on a Break

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6 • Level 27: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Players are now on a ten-minute break.

Crowd is Growing Restless

Posted 2012-07-11 GMT-6 • Level 27: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

The spectators here at the ESPN Feature Stage seem to be dying for something to cheer for. In the absence of a big hand each rail will cheer when their player gets a walk.

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Winner

Winner Ryan Eriquezzo
Winning Hand ♠K♥J
Prize 416,051

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 1,570,000