WSOP Event #45: JC Alvarado survives two all-in showdowns

wsop2009_thn.gifYou need your fair share of luck to win any tournament, and Team PokerStars Mexico Pro JC Alvarado is getting just the help he needs on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em.

Twice he has been all-in, and twice he has been called by a better hand - but both times he came from behind to win the pot.


JC Alvarado

First he got it all in with Q♠J♠ and needed to catch a card to best Isaac Haxton's A♦8♥, and the board duly came out J♥5♦4♠Q♣3♠ to take the Mexican up over a million.

But then he doubled up Jason Lester in a straightforward A-Q vs. A-K battle to send him down to below 500,000 again. Before long Alvarado was all-in again, this time with K♥[10c] against Davidi Kitai's A♥J♥, and again the poker gods were smiling when a king hit the flop, taking him back up to near one million in chips once more.

Meanwhile Haxton, crippled when he doubled Alvarado up, went out soon after in eighth place for $82,668. All remaining players are now guaranteed $93,085.

Latest chip counts:

Davidi Kitai, 1,850,000
John Kabbaj, 1,650,000
Eric Baldwin, 1,255,000
Kirill Gerasimov, 1,000,000
JC Alvarado, Team PokerStars Mexico Pro, 940,000
Eugene Todd, 910,000
Jason Lester, 880,000


Meanwhile, in day two of the $2,500 Mixed event we have Team PokerStars Pros well in contention with just 28 players left. With the average at 140,000, Ylon Schwartz is on 245,000, Barry Greenstein on 210,000, and Gavin Griffin on 145,000. Daniel Negreanu busted in 37th for $5,757 - his sixth cash of the Series so far!


Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein