Monday, October 29, 2007

Score One for the Bankroll-Challenged Guys

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a blogger at the final table of the Poker News Cup.

Jordan Lamberg, aka JL514, goes into today's final table second in chips with 1,619,000. Prior to this tournament, his poker experience was largely confined to multi-tabling $25 NLHE online. A student at the University of Miami studying abroad in Melbourne, Jordan wrote only a few weeks ago about having $200 to his name to last him to the end of the semester. Now he's guaranteed at least $23,880 for his tournament finish. And if he wins? Well, what college loans?

Lamberg acquired the majority of that big stack by making a sick, sick call. Here's what I wrote about the hand on Poker News:

With the board reading {10-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Hearts} on the turn, Con Angelakis moved all in for over 500,000 and Jordan Lamberg made the call. Lamberg turned up {5-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a pair and a flush draw while Angelakis showed {K-Spades}{J-Spades} for king high. The river was the {7-Diamonds} and Angelakis was eliminated, while Lamberg's stack shot up to 1,800,000. He's our new chip leader.

Jordan thought for a long time on that hand, and his bullshit detector must have been in overdrive to make that call.

The final table kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (GMT+9). That's 10 p.m. Sunday night on the west coast and 1 a.m. Monday morning on the east coast. Pauly and I will be doing hand-for hand coverage live on Poker News. Tune in and cheer on one of our own!


Jordan said...

Thanks for the coverage, was great to meet you guys. On that hand, I was pretty sure I was good. It was possible that he had top pair, but with a pair and a flush draw I had so many outs. I was really close to laying it down, but thought "fuck it, go big or go home." I was already happy with the money I was guaranteed, and there was a pretty decent chance I was ahead. If not, lots of cards caught up for me.

Definitely was a sick call. He whined about it after the hand saying "i guess i didn't raise enough preflop to get the crap out." Which is the truth, he raised to 55k, and I had my 20k BB in already, definitely was a big hand though :)

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