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Over the years, we’ve captured memorable hands, many of which have become a part of poker history. In this column, we will bring you some of the biggest hands as reported in the PokerNews Live Updates from the last couple of weeks in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
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A Pair of Deuces Never Loses … in PLO?
On Day 2 of the Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship it was a game of pot-limit Omaha (PLO) in Level 9 (2,000/4,000/4,000) when Yuval Bronshtein raised to 9,000 in the cutoff and Luke Schwartz called on the button. Lyle Berman then announced raise out of the small blind without declaring an amount and first pushed nine yellow T-1,000 chips forward before he attempted to raise it to 30,000 in total.
The floor was called and since the ruling had been changed a few years ago, it was ruled as a forced min-raise to 14,000. That brought David Williams in the big blind along and the calls by Bronshtein and Schwartz followed with Bronshtein joking that this might develop into a huge pot.
On a flop of , Berman bet 60,000 and Williams raised to 240,000 near instantly. “Oh wow, it might really happen,” Bronshtein said and gave it some consideration before he then moved all in. That got rid of Schwartz and Berman before Williams asked for a count.
“It’s around 450k,” Bronshtein said almost immediately and Williams then asked for an exact count, which happened to be 436,000. The call of Williams followed and the cards were turned over.
“I am winning, no deuce please,” Bronshtein said with a big smile on the face.
The turn was a blank but the brutal fell on the river, as Bronshtein’s smile froze. Both stacks were quickly checked and Williams had indeed slightly more chips at his disposal to win the large pot with a mighty pair of deuces.
Ivey Hits an Ace from Space
On Day 2 of Event #42: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em it was Level 19 (75,000/150,000/150,000) and just five players remained when Ben Heath opened to 350,000 in the cutoff and Phil Ivey jammed all in for 4,300,000 in the small blind. Gregory Jensen woke up with a monster in the big blind and re-shoved all in, getting Heath to quickly fold.
Jensen held a commanding lead with his pocket kings and the flop of left it that way. However, the on the turn soared Ivey to the lead and the rail let many gasps. The completed the board and Ivey earned himself a double up in the last hand before the dinner break.
Jukich Hits Two-Outer All-In on the River to Take Commanding Chip Lead
With just two players remaining in the 2022 WSOP Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em Mateusz Moolhuizen was one card away from winning a gold bracelet.
In Level 42 (1,500,000/3,000,000/3,000,000), Mike Jukich opened to 8,000,000 with and Mateusz Moolhuizen called from the big blind with .
The gave Moolhuizen two pair while Jukich flopped top pair, setting up the action. Jukich continued for 6,000,000 and Moolhuizen raised to 19,000,000. Jukich called.
With the pot at 58,000,000, the turn gave Moolhuizen the full house, and he continued for 20,000,000 more. Jukich would go in the tank and eventually shove. Moolhuizen snap-called and needed to fade two outs for his first bracelet.
The river brought the to stun the entire crowd and give Jukich a commanding chip lead. He went on to win the tournament for $966,577.
Colten Yamagishi Bubbles the $1,100 MSPT Main Event in Brutal Fashion
While this hand wasn’t at the WSOP, it was so sick we just had to include it. The hand took place in Level 15 (3,000/5,000/5,000) of the 2022 MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event on the stone money bubble when Santiago Soriano raised to 11,000 in the hijack and Colten Yamagishi three-bet to 31,000 with all action folding behind. Soriano moved all in for 450,000 and Yamagishi called for his last 390,000.
The flop came out with no improvement being brought to Soriano’s hand. The turn gave the eight-two an open-ended straight draw and the river straightened out the board for Soriano’s hand and Yamagishi became the last player in the field to not receive a payout. The remaining 225 players were then all guaranteed a minimum of $2,079.
Noori Wins Set Over Set… Over Set… Over Set!
In Level 8 of Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event it was a round of No-Limit Five Card Draw High when Ryan Leng, Benny Glaser, Daniel Negreanu, and Michael Noori all committed chips to draw cards. Leng drew three and then went all in for 22,200. Glaser drew one and called, as did Negreanu. Noori drew three and took some time contemplating his next play before also making the call.
Noori turned over three aces, while Leng revealed three sevens. Glaser showed three fives, before Negreanu showed three nines. Noori’s aces were best, and Leng immediately made his way to re-enter.
It was a wild hand that Negreanu also broke down in his wildly popular vlog:
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