Championship Day 1A: Dean Baranowski is a “Beautiful Man,” and He Also Made Quads to Double Thru Nick Palma

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Entries:  480

Dean Baranowski
Dean Baranowski

Nick Palma and Dean Baranowski gave us details on a huge hand they played a little while ago that propelled Baranowski to a massive chip stack.

When the blinds were still at 100/200, a player raised to 800, and two other players called before Palma and Baranowski called.

The flop came 7x6x3x with two spades. Palma bet 4,000, Baranowski called, and everyone else folded.

The turn card was a non-spade 4x, Palma bet 6,500, and Baranowski called.

The river card paired the board with another 3x (not a spade), Palma bet 25,500, Baranowski moved all in for 42,000, and Palma called with 6x6x for a full house, sixes full of threes.

But Baranowski turned over 3x3x for quad threes to win the pot and knock Palma down below 10K.

Dean Baranowski  –  122,000  (610 bb)
Nick Palma  –  8,000  (40 bb)

There was no love lost for Palma, who sincerely called Baranowski “a beautiful man,” and excitedly relayed the details of the hand to us, even though he was on the losing end of it.

Nick Palma
Nick Palma

The tournament clock shows 480 entries, though the actual number is at least 550 based on alternates. Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (around 9:15 pm), and players are allowed one entry and one re-entry per starting day (maximum of four entries).

There will be a 90-minute dinner break at the end of Level 6, around 5:30 pm, and action is scheduled to continue tonight until the end of Level 10, around 11:15 pm.