Event 10: Nancy Birnbaum Triples as Cord Garcia Rises and Falls

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 Ante

A player got it all in for 1,050,000 from the small blind, and he was poised to double up with KsKd against the As10c of Cord Garcia — but beware painful river cards.

The board came QhJh7c10h10d — Garcia turned a pair of tens and rivered trips to win the pot and bust his opponent, who slammed the table when he saw that river card. That pot propelled Garcia back into the chip lead as the first player with at least 3 million in chips.

Cord Garcia  –  3,100,000  (103 bb)

But Garcia’s time at the top of the leaderboard was about as brief as it could be. The next hand saw a three-way all-in situation between Garcia, Nancy Birnbaum, and a short-stacked player in the hijack. Here were their hands, in descending order of chip counts:

Cord Garcia:  7h7c
Nancy Birnbaum:  AsAc
Short-Stacked Hijack:  AdQc

The board came 9c6h3d9dJc, and the board never brought much hope to anyone but Birbnaum — her aces held up for her to more than double her stack of 765,000 to nearly 1.8 million. And Garcia lost his chip lead.

Nancy Birnbaum  –  1,780,000  (59 bb)
Cord Garcia  –  2,345,000  (78 bb)

Nancy Birnbaum
Nancy Birnbaum

Birnbaum is now one of three women remaining in the field (including Lisa Albrecht and Nichole Stringer), as Michelle Shah was just eliminated.

There are now 53 players remaining, with an average chip stack around 1.1 million (37 big blinds).