Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed

Badugi - The Dealbreaker?

Chris Lee - makin' moves!


There hasn't been much action to speak of during the last part of this level, but it appears that if there's one game that's easily changing the fortunes of all these players, it's the new kid on the block - Badugi.

There's been quite a bit of chat amongst the final four players, who are still trying to work out the finer points of the game. However, in the last 10 minutes, we've just seen all four players contest a hand of the Korean lowball variant, contrary to the railbird who is holding up his iPad with a scrolling banner that reads - "Badugi! Chinese for degen".

Earlier, the action folded to Brian Haveson who called from the small blind; Travis Pearson checked and then took three cards, while Haveson took two and opened the betting. Pearson called, then drew two cards and checked after Haveson, who also checked after drawing one card.

On the third and final draw, both players took one card each and checked it down, but Pearson's {A-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} ({7-Hearts}) scooped the pot.

A couple of hands later, Shaun Deeb opened from under the gun and Chris Lee called from the big blind before drawing one card and checking to Deeb, who stood pat and opened the betting. Lee check-raised and Deeb called before both players stood pat on the second draw.

Lee bet and Deeb called, but after both players stood pat again, Lee fired out a third shell. Deeb stood up in his seat, threw his hoodie off his head and moaned. He then turned his attention to tournament supervisor Dave Lamb.

"Am I allowed to show my hand?" Deeb asked. Lamb shook his head. "You don't need to."

"Told you I was going to make a move on you," said Lee, growing ever-confident that he had Deeb beat.

Deeb did call and Lee did have him beat, showing down a badugi of {a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{9-Diamonds} to take down the pot. With those hands complete, we have a new chip leader!

Chip counts/puntos
Chris Lee us 1,320,000 470,000
Shaun Deeb us 440,000 -310,000