Event 18: Danny Chang Drops Down to 5 Big Blinds, Then Doubles Up

$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 94

Danny Chang
Danny Chang

With the board showing Qs8s3hKsJd on the river and about 190K already in the pot, Zhen Cai bet 90,000 from the big blind, and Danny Chang raised from the button to 250,000.

Cai asked how much Chang had left in his stack, and it was 135K. Cai moved all in, and Chang quickly folded.

Cai showed his Kh8c first, saying he was value-betting his two pair on the river. But right after he bet, he realized that his other two cards, Ac10s, rivered an ace-high straight.

Chang took the loss in stride, smiling and saying, “I’m in my comfort zone. No chips.”

Zhen Cai  –  1,335,000  (53 bb)
Danny Chang  –  135,000  (5 bb)

The next hand, Chang got it all in from the big blind for 110,000 against Zhen Cai in the small blind.

Zhen Cai:  Qs10c9d4d
Danny Chang:  AhQcJh7h

The board came Ac9c5h7d4s, and since neither player made a qualifying low hand, Chang won the pot with a higher two pair, aces and sevens, to double up in chips.

Danny Chang  –  260,000  (10 bb)
Zhen Cai  –  1,225,000  (49 bb)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is around 625,000 (25 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $11,900 each.