Recently during heads-up play Ivan Raich gave Carter Gill a walk and Gill, who exposes his cards frequently, turned over the two aces. Every player’s dream scenario: get heads-up for a championship and see pocket rockets.
Not Gill’s though.
“I didn’t want to win the tournament with aces,” was his explanation, which earned a chortle from nearby floor staff.
Raich, on the other hand, wants it whichever way he can get it. And he has not give up, not by a long shot.
A succession of all-in and calls has reduced a once impassable disparity to that familiar heads-up deficit of two to one, where anything can happen.
How did that all happen?
First Raich moved in with 10♦ 9♠ and was snapped by Gill’s A♦ 3♠.
The flop came 9♦ 7♠ 4♥, the turn the Q♦, and despite Gill mentioning his intentions to “get the ace of hearts,” the river 2♥ meant Raich was back in the game.
Not too long after Gill got it in good again, this time A♥ 10♠ to Q♦ 6♣, Raich three-bet shoving all-in, slightly frustrated at being chopped down by Gill’s constant aggression.
It was the Q♠ in the door, Gill’s ritual of sweating the big screen losing efficacy. All the queens subsequently came out as the dealer pulled 10♦ Q♣ Q♥ J♣ to round out the hand.
Finally, that sequence repeated itself, Gill again with the ace, A♦ 6♣ and Raich again with live cards K♠ 4♠. The flop came J♠ 7♠ 4♦ to the crowd’s delight. The Q♦ turn and 3♥ river securing the double to respectability for Raich.
As hot as Gill’s run, he was a 54.9%, 64.1%, and 59.6% to win this tournament and missed out each time.
This brought a conclusion to the 40,000-80,000 blind level and players took a break to colour up and relieve their bladders.
With the clock paused a deal was made, Gill recognizing that his conquest of this championship was no longer nearly assured. A large degree of money was split on ICM lines and there is 24,000 left to play for. Here is how it breaks down:
Carter Gill: $194,692
Ivan Raich: $172,568
Left to play for: $24,000.
A good deal of credit should go to Ivan Raich, who was not even guaranteed to make this final table with nine players remaining. He has had the best of the preflop outcomes, yes, but his demeanor has been steady and workmanlike.
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