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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 of the week as reported in the PokerNews Live Updates. Last week, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was at Bally’s Black Hawk in Colorado. It was there that Gianluca Pace topped a 460-entry field to win the title and $ 74,562 top prize. Billyray Gallegos took down that tournament for $ 104,890.
Meanwhile, the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Series Open kicked off with Event # 1 $ 560 NLH, which saw Daniel Kusnerak prevail to claim a $ 62,223 top prize.
Below are five of the biggest and most interesting hands captured by the PokerNews Team while live reporting those events.
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Quad Alert For Bullard
On Day 2 of the MSPT Bally’s Black Hawk $ 1,110 Main Event, it was Level 17 (4,000 / 8,000 / 8,000) when action was picked up on the flop as the board read. All three players in the hand put chips in the middle as the dealer pulled it in and dealt the on the turn.
Sergio Sanchez bet 40,000 from under the gun and Brady Bullard called from the hijack. Brian Leitch folded with some frustration from the big blind.
After the river came the, Sanchez checked and Bullard jammed all in for 274,000 into a pot of about 170,000. Sanchez thought for about a minute before he called.
It was the dream scenario for Bullard as he tabled the for quads to win the massive pot after Sanchez mucked.
Seven from Heaven for Jensen
With 22 players remaining in Level 22 (15,000 / 25,000 / 25,000), Michael Monetti jammed from the small blind over a raise from Ben Jensen in the big blind. Jensen thought for a long time before calling.
The flop sent Monetto ahead as it came to pair his king, and the turn kept him firmly in the lead.
“C’mon hold,” said Monetti.
All he needed to do was dodge a seven, but that didn’t happen as the river was a cruel. Monetti did not hold as he had hoped and he was dramatically spilled out of the tournament in 22nd place for $ 4,759.
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Brutal River English Impales
At the final table in the above tournament, five players remained in Level 28 (50,000 / 100,000 / 100,000) when Jared Ingles jammed all in from the cutoff, Brady Bullard called from the button, and the cards were turned over after both blinds folded.
The flop came to keep Ingles ahead. The turn changed nothing, but it was the river that spelled doom as the came off to send English packing in fifth place for $ 34,373.
Mroczkowski Cracks Aces for a Double
In Level 23 (15,000 / 30,000 / 30,000) of the 2022 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Series Open Event # 1 $ 560 No-Limit Hold’em, Dickie Malone raised to 65,000 from under the gun and David Yeazell three-bet to 150,000. Edward Mroczkowski four-bet shoved for just over 400,000 and Malone ducked out of the way. Yeazell called immediately and Mroczkowski was at risk.
The board ran out and the flopped queens held on to give Mroczkowski a big double late in Day 2 action. He went on to finish in 11th place for $ 5,047.
Singh Doesn’t Win Them All
At the final table, it was Level 26 (30,000 / 60,000 / 60,000) when Jonathan Strange raised from the cutoff and Raminder Singh shoved his last 300,000 in from the big blind. Action was heads-up and Singh was at risk.
The board ran out and the queens held to knock Singh out of the tournament in ninth place for $ 6,322. It was actually a pretty standard hand in the grand scheme of things, but what made it somewhat unique is that Singh lost, something he’s not accustomed to doing. In fact, Singh has established himself as one of the best and hottest players in South Florida and even in Las Vegas when he recently won the RGPS All-Stars ProAM.
Chad Holloway Executive Editor US
US Executive Editor, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.
Matt Hansen Live Reporting Executive
Las Vegas-based PokerNews Live Reporting Executive, originally from Chicago, IL