Monday, June 9, 2014

WSOP Event #19 –– The Fall of Divkovic After Dinner Break

After the dinner break, WSOP Event #19: No-Limit Hold'em tournament players seemed to be feeling the cumulative effect of getting through a field of 2,000 and were anxious to bring the action to a close. Divkovic raised to 125,000 with pocket sevens from the button and Ted Gillis reraised to 500,000. Arguably, given Gillis’ sustained aggression over the past couple hours, Divkovic had no choice but to shove all-in over the top. Gillis insta-called with AJ and the flop came an ace and three diamonds, placing him ahead but giving Divkovic a chance at trips or a flush. Unfortunately, nothing hit and once the dust had cleared, Divkovic had only 500,000 chips left, while Ted Gillis had jumped to a commanding lead of more than 2 million. 

Divkovic did claw back J-J all in vs. Hennigan’s Q-3, and had a surprise reprieve from the chopping block when Fernandez lost a classic all-in race against Divkovic, 10-10 vs. A-K. He was out in fourth, with a payday of $166,000.

Divkovic (far right) clearly elated to see Hennigan hit his A en route to felting Fernandez.

Despite his smallish stack, Divkovic made what I consider a tactical mistake when he pushed all in with A-6 versus Gillis’ A-Q. With a Q peeling off on the flop, his fate as third place finisher was sealed. He did have the consolation of a $222,429 prize, his largest live take  ever.

An up-and-comer with a lot of potential––Divkovic in happier times jawing with a bemused Hennigan.

Now comes the break before the storm, with Ted Gillis holding about 6 million chips and about to face off against former WSOP bracelet winner John Hennigan and his stack of 3 million. With big blinds only at 60,000, there is still plenty more poker to play. 

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