Main Event

A Snapshot of Table 8 - Main Event Galway

• Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Sometimes it’s fun to just watch a table for a while and see how the table dynamics play out between the pros and the recreational players when the bubble has burst.

Ryan Straub, a Full Tilt qualifier has a decent stack of chips and is clearly enjoying himself. He offered some chewing gum around the table and a few players accepted. “How about some chips?” replied one refusing the gum. “Salt and vinegar?” Straub shot back.

Straub raised from first position. “That gum must be worth a walk surely.” He stated. Lo and behold it was and he picked up the blinds and antes.

Next it was the turn of PokerStars player Renee Xie, shrouded in a grey hoodie, to open Under The Gun for 13,000 only to get called by seat 8 and the blinds. The flop was {4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}. When the blinds checked Xie continued with the aggression and bet 16,000. No one put up any resistance and she took it down.

The next hand Adrian Tracey, a recreational player from Ireland, was Under The Gun and moved his short stack all-in. Folded round to Xie’s big blind, she took off her hood for the first time we can remember at the table and studied her opponent. A little speech about calling him if she had ace-queen, and Xie let the hand go.

Stephen Ng moved all in and Straub found a hand good enough to call from his superior stack. Ng tabled {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} against Straub’s {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. We saw the board run out {5-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} to counterfeit Straub’s pair and keep Ng alive.

Next hand Xie has the button and bet 13,000. Simon Brooks from the UK calls from the big blind and they saw a flop of {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. Check / check. The turn is the {5-Spades}. Check / check again and the river is {8-Diamonds}. Brooks decided to have a stab and bet 13,000.

Xie riffled her chips in frustration, seemingly unable to put Brooks on a hand, or at least one she could beat. She folded.
The action continues.