WSOP Event #45: JC Alvarado reels in Fish

wsop2009_thn.gifThings had not been going so well for JC Alvarado on the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em final table. He had not really got into his stride and then he doubled up Jason Lester.

It was a battle of the blinds - and the two had history as when they were ten-handed they clashed in the exact same situation and Alvarado came out on top. This time it ended the other way.


JC Alvarado

The action was folded around to the Team PokerStars Mexico Pro, and he made it 120,000 from the small blind. Lester moved all in over the top for 175,000 more. Call!

Lester: A♠A♥
Alvarado: 9♦[10h]

He was a mile behind and the board failed to bring the necessary help, running out 7♦4♥3♠K♥8♥.

That knocked Alvarado down to the chip count, but he got much of it back by busting Darryll Fish soon after. Again it was a battle of the blinds - this time Fish made it 120,000 from the small and Alvarado moved all in over the top. Fish called for his tournament life:

Alvarado: 7♦7♥
Fish: A♠8♦

The board ran J♥9♦4♣Q♥2♠ and Fish busted for $77,136, while Alvarado recovered his stack to just under 500,000.

Current chip counts:

John Kabbaj, 1,840,000
Davidi Kitai, 1,665,000
Isaac Haxton, 1,215,000
Eric Baldwin, 1,125,000
JC Alvarado, Team PokerStars Mexico Pro, 710,000
Jason Lester, 610,000
Eugene Todd, 565,000
Kirill Gerasimov, 530,000

And here are the prize payouts they're still fighting for:

1 $633,335
2 $391,369
3 $259,534
4 $183,638
5 $138,375
6 $110,431
7 $93,085
8 $82,668