Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Tran Plays It Like a Swede


An interesting hand just developed between Erik Hellman of Sweden and Tom Tran of Las Vegas.

It began as a five-way limped pot, with Hellman in the small blind and Tran in middle position. The flop came {3-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}, and Hellman led out with a bet of 25,000. A player sitting under the gun called, then Tran raised to 75,000, forcing everyone but Hellman to fold.

The turn was the {7-Spades}. This time Hellman checked, Tran bet 125,000, and Hellman paused just a short while before calling. The river then brought the {K-Spades}, putting a fourth spade on the board. Hellman checked once more, and Tran unhesitatingly carved out a bet of about 180,000, pushing it forward.

Hellman studied Tran's bet for a moment, then folded his {4-Spades}{3-Spades} face up. "I got lucky," said Tran, who then showed his hand quickly — two red cards, the {Q-Diamonds} and what looked like the {10-Diamonds}.

"Wow," said Hellman, impressed with the bold bet. "You should go to Sweden sometime," he added with a grin, alluding to the Swedes' reputation for aggressive, daring play. "It would suit you."

Mängija Žetoonid Progress
Erik Hellman
Erik Hellman
1,820,000 -180,000
Tom Tran
Tom Tran
1,250,000 50,000

Märksõnad: Erik HellmanTom Tran