USPC Update

by , Oct 6, 2007 | 4:59 pm

Louis Lee continues to kick arse at the US Poker Championship in Atlantic City. They’re down to three and he’s the middle in chips. Go Louis!

By the way, one hand that deserves mention … Louis knocked out Victor Ramdin, who was previously belittling his play and claiming he would take all of Lee’s chips. From PokerListings:

Louis Lee raises to $68,000 on the button and Victor Ramdin comes over the top all-in for another $205,000 from the small blind. Ed Brogdon gets out of the way in the big blind and the action’s on Lee, who ruminates for a few minutes, saying, “This would be the sickest thing in the world if I called this.”

It is the sickest thing in the world, because Lee calls with [cards]Kd 7c[/cards] and is way behind Ramdin’s [cards]Ah Ks[/cards]. The flop is cruel, coming [cards]Qc 7d 6c[/cards], and after the turn is the [cards]Qs[/cards] the river is the [cards]9s[/cards] and Victor Ramdin, who yesterday told Lee he’d take every last one of his chips before the tournament was over, has been eliminated at the hands of the man he’d trash talked.

Ramdin is out in fifth place and will take home $71,586 to add to the coffers.

Awesome. You can see why I am such a big Louis Lee fan.

UPDATE: They’re down to heads-up. Louis is guaranteed $318k … winner takes home $606k. He has 1.6 million chips, to Adam Gerber‘s 3.8 million.

UPDATE: Rough hand … but Lee couldn’t lay down his boat and he got 2nd place:

Louis Lee limps-in and Adam Gerber pops it to 125,000. Lee makes the call and the flop comes [cards]6d 6c 5c[/cards]. Gerber checks and Lee bets 200,000. Gerber immediately pops to 500,000 and Lee makes the call. The turn is the [cards]6h[/cards] and Gerber moves all-in, putting Lee to a decision for his tournament life.

Lee tanks for a good five minutes, standing and pacing and trying to figure out his move. After an agonizing deliberation he makes the call, shoving his stack into the middle and turning up [cards]5s 3s[/cards] for the boat. Gerber has a better boat, however, with [cards]8s 8h[/cards] and Lee is drawing dead. After the [cards]Kc[/cards] hits the river it’s official; Adam Gerber is USPC Champ!

While Louis may be rethinking the call for a while, one thing that probably makes it a little more stomach-rumbly is the chop he turned down. When they got to heads-up, Gerber (the 2.5x bigger stack) offered him $450,000 and they’d play for the bracelet and a Rolex. Very fair, he agreed, but Louis wanted to play it out.

Still, nice debut performance on the high-stakes circuit. Big congrats to LL.

3 Comments to “USPC Update”

  1. California Jen

    I admire those who choose not to chop. Though I don’t begrudge anyone who does, I think it’s admirable to play it out. Just the humble opinion of someone who has never made a final table – LOL.

  2. DanM

    I hate chops that just end the tournament before it’s over. But I don’t mind re-adjusting the payouts.

  3. BJ Nemeth

    Because money still matters to me, I have no problem chopping a huge (life-changing) prize. As long as both players continue to play their best for the title (and the bracelet), I see no loss in integrity. Personally, I would set up a deal where first place still gets more money — in this case, perhaps $50,000 more than second.

    Even as a big believer in the “sport” of poker, I have no problem with final table deals. There’s too much money at stake, and since the prizepool was created by the players themselves, I believe it is theirs to do as they wish. (Freeroll invitationals are another matter, but it’s practically impossible to enforce a “no deals” policy.)