WSOP Event #53: Savage slowroll

wsop2009_thn.gifOuch. That one had to hurt.

We're keeping close eye on the $1,500 Stud-8 final table where Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown is now fighting seven-handed for his first WSOP bracelet.

Involved in a three-way pot with famed tourney TD Matt Savage and chip leader William Kohler, Brown was showing a pair of sixes and a likely low when he raised Kohler's bet on seventh street.

Savage, who was almost certainly shooting for the bottom half of the pot, tossed in his remaining chips and stood up. The look on his face already had him at the cage cashing in for seventh place money. Kohler said, "I'm only calling. I have three aces."

Brown tabled his cards. He had two pair--no good for the top--but an 8-7-6 low.

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Savage screwed up his face and tossed his cards in front of him. They didn't hit the muck, but it was clear Savage was no long interested in them. He turned around to talk to someone on the rail, when an eagle-eye floor person held the dealer for a moment.

By this point, Brown had already pulled back his additional bets and was stacking them up. Savage saw the floor person peering over the cards.

"Wait, what do you have there?" Savage said leaning over the table and studying Brown's holding.

That's when Savage's cards were assembled to make an 8-7...4. Brown was beat both ways, and in a not-too-nice way.

There began the process of Brown having to reassemble his bets and ship them across the table.

Savage was a bit embarrassed. "Give me my ticket," Savage joked of the cash-out cards the eliminated players get. Then he changed his mind, pointed to the pot and said, "Give me half of that."

Brown's jaw set firm. It wasn't an intentional slowroll, but the effect was the same.

Brown is down to around 250,000 in chips and now has some work to do to catch up to Kohler's 600,000 stack.

Brad Willis
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