Saturday, November 10, 2012

Event 1: Luckwick Exposes Self Revealing Winner

$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

In a hand that has the Signature Room buzzing, chip leader Jordan Ludwick (Cherry Hill, NJ) knocks out two players including the healthy stack of Dan Wach (Boonton, NJ).

Michael Azzaro (Yonkers, NY) moves all in for 240k and Ludwick calls before facing the all in bet of Wach for 540k more.

At this point the hand is told from varying perspectives, but we'll distill the facts to this.

Ludwick tabled A K♣ and said something along the lines of, "I don't think I can call."

Without knowing Ludwick's clear intention, Azzaro (J 10) and Wach (A♠ Q♣) both turn over their cards and that's when all heck breaks out.

Ludwick says he never folded and Tournament Director Tab Duchateau is called to the table.

The ruling is that Ludwick's hand is live and play continues with three-way all in action.

Flop: J 9♠ 6♣ (Azzaro pair of jacks)

Turn: A (Ludwick pair of aces, king kicker)

River 7♠ (no change)

Ludwick outkicks Wach to win the hand with a pair of aces to knockout both players.

Ludwick is apologetic, while Wach considers the premature exposed cards as angle shooting. But Wach also understands that it was his responsible to understand Ludwick's action before turning over his cards.

The unofficial count has Ludwick with well more than 3 million chips, three times the chip average and more than 100 big blinds. He's also assessed a warning for exposing his cards, the next time it happens Ludwick receives a one orbit penalty.

Intention and interpretation are the biggest topics of conversation as everyone has an opinion on the hand.

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