Event 1 Flight F: Oscar Valdes Cracks Aces & Kings to Stay Alive; Scott Baumstein Knocks Out the Bubble Player to End Flight F

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Flight F Players Remaining: 47 of 477

Oscar Valdes
Oscar Valdes

Two eliminations away from the money (and the end of Flight F), there was a three-way all-in situation, and the big stack has pocket aces. If the aces held up, the field would reach the money with no Money Bubble.

Jeffrey Niedelman:  AdAc
Small Blind:  KsKh
Oscar Valdes:  AsQs

But the board came Qd9h5sQc3h, and Valdes paired his queen on the flop and turned trips to win the main pot and triple up thru aces and kings.

Niedelman still won the side pot to eliminate the small blind, which meant hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble would begin on the next hand.

Oscar Valdes  –  230,000  (29 bb)
Jeffrey Niedelman  –  285,000  (36 bb)

Scott Baumstein, WPTDeepStacks Champion
Scott Baumstein won the opening event of last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

After half a dozen or so hands of hand-for-hand play, one of the short stacks was all in for 3,000 with As5s, and in pretty good shape to stay alive against Scott Baumstein’s Ks5h.

But the river card brought a king, giving Baumstein the final elimination of the night to end Flight E and burst the Money Bubble.

Scott Baumstein  –  336,000  (42 bb)