Event 1: Alex Torres Triples Up in a Big Pot

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  135 of 7,703

Alex Torres
Alex Torres

Five players limped to see a flop of 10s9h7s, and both blinds checked. The next player bet 80,000 in middle position, Ronald Collins called from middle position, John Gorsuch called from the button, and Alex Torres check-raised all in from the small blind for 540,000.

The big blind folded, and the middle-position player tanked for a while before he moved all in over the top for 835,000.

Collins called, covering both players, and then Gorsuch asked for an exact count. Gorsuch folded, claiming he had queen-jack of hearts (for an open-ended straight draw).

These were the cards for the three all-in players, listed in descending order of chip stacks:

Ronald Collins:  3s2s  (spade flush draw)
Middle-Position Player:  Jc10h  (pair of tens, gutshot straight draw)
Alex Torres:  Jd8d  (jack-high straight)

Torres had flopped a straight, and needed it to hold to stay alive.

The turn card was the 2c, the river card was the Kh, and Torres won the pot with his jack-high straight to more than triple up in chips.

His opponent in middle position won the much smaller side pot with his pair of tens to stay alive with 590,000, though he still took a loss of 285K on the hand.

If Gorsuch had called with his queen-jack suited, he would have rivered a king-high straight to knock out all three players and catapulted to more than 6.2 million in chips.

Alex Torres  –  1,940,000  (49 bb)
John Gorsuch  –  1,965,000  (49 bb)
Ronald Collins  –  1,820,000  (46 bb)

With about 135 players remaining from a field of 7,703, the average chip stack is around 1,140,000 (29 big blinds). The field is in the money, with the remaining players guaranteed at least $2,415 each.