Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Hand #155: Ben Lamb

• Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Pius Heinz, Pius Pius Heinz, Pius Heinz had the button, and he opened to 2.1 million. It was time for another three-bet shove, but this time it wasn't Martin Staszko. It was Ben Lamb, down to 26.05 million, announcing his all in. Heinz folded, and Lamb keeps his head above water for now.

He's still got close to 30 big blinds, but the level is just about to go up to squeeze him down under 25bb.

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Hand #154: Pius Heinz

donpeters • Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Matt Giannetti had the button.

Pius Heinz raised to 2.7 million from the small blind and won the pot.

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Hand #153: Pius Heinz

• Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Martin Staszko had the button, and once again, Pius Heinz took a stroll in the big blind. He's within a three-bet of crossing the 100-million-chip milestone.

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Hand #152: Matt Giannetti

donpeters • Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Ben Lamb started the hand with the button.

Lamb raised to 2.1 million. Matt Giannetti reraised to six million out of the big blind. Lamb folded and Giannetti won the pot.

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Hand #151: Martin Staszko

• Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Pius Heinz had the button, and the table folded around to the blinds. Ben Lamb limped in for the minimum, and Martin Staszko raised to 2.75 million in the big blind. Lamb folded, and Staszko's fans celebrate again.

The Czech is catching up to Lamb now, about 6 million chips behind him.

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Hand #150: Another Three-Bet from Heinz

donpeters • Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Matt Giannetti started the hand with the button.

Giannetti raised to 2.2 million and Pius Heinz three-bet to 6.1 million for the second hand in a row. Giannetti folded and Heinz won the pot.

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Hand #149: Pius Heinz

• Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante

Martin Staszko had the button, and he raised to 2.1 million. Pius Heinz reraised to 4.8 million from the big blind, and Staszko let him have it.

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Hand #148: Shove from Staszko

donpeters • Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante
Martin Staszko
Martin Staszko

Ben Lamb began the hand with the button.

Pius Heinz made it 2.1 million to go from under the gun. In the small blind, Martin Staszko reraised all in for 21.025 million. Heinz gave it up.

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On the Rail

• Nível 39: 500,000-1,000,000, 150,000 ante
Ben Lamb's fans
Ben Lamb's fans

The crowd has thinned out by about half here, but that was to be expected. What wasn't necessarily a given was the post-dinner exuberance of those who are assembled. Despite the absence of the particularly rowdy rails of Bob Bounahra and Phil Collins, the theater was surprisingly lively and loud during Jack Effel's introductions at the start of the level, and they've continued that off-and-on even though the play has been relatively slow.

"Let's Go Ben-Ba!" has been the predominant chant, but Mr. Staszko has gathered a small but loud group of his own fans on the rail, too.

We also see a fair amount of familiar faces in both the red-tinted bleachers and the blue-tinted orchestra pit down in front of the stage. On the right side of us, Amnon Filippi has been hanging around rooting for Matt Giannetti all day long, as have David Williams and Nenad Medic. They've just been joined by Chino Rheem, and we also spot Noah Schwartz and Tommy Vedes over there in Camp Giannetti. Across the stage is Ben Lamb's crowd, and they are vast. Most notably we see a shaved-headed Shaun Deeb, but we also spot Sam Stein, Chris DeMaci, Doc Sands, and Erika Moutinho. Johannes Strassmann is among the German contingent here cheering for Pius Heinz, and they occasionally break into a unison chant with a confusing rhythm. We don't recognize many Czechs, unfortunately, and we haven't seen Jan Skampa or Martin Hruby here today.

The theater isn't exactly buzzing right now, but it's still got a little life left in it here as the clock ticks past 9:00 PM local time.