Chris Kennedy aka the “Seoul Assasin” traveled here from Harrisburg PA for not only the 1500, but also for both the 300 and 500 Big Stax XXVI events. Not for a lack of trying, Kennedy fired 12 bullets in each even, however, he was unable to build any kind of momentum in the 300 to bag chips, and although he made day 2 of the 500, he busted out before the money. Although the cash game pro was fully prepared to fire another 12 bullets in the 1500, it only took one this time. Kennedy started day 2 with just around average in chips, and again day 3 in the middle of the pack. He remained steady and rode out the swings to bring home the victory to the ‘hottest free agent in the poker community today.’
Chris Kennedy’s recent heater bringing him neck and neck with Thai Ha, who dominated the majority of the final table, has just carried him to a victory. With a raise pre with his A♦K♣, Chris Kennedy went to battle with Thai Ha who held K♦3♣
Turn: 3♦ The two get it all in, Kennedy with his remaining 8.575 million in chips is on the line, and he is looking for one of the remaining 8 diamonds in the deck, which he promptly roots for, and indeed the 5♦ on the river gives him the A high flush vs the K high flush held by Ha. Ha is left with 300k, which he puts in the next hand with his 10 high, vs Kennedy with J high which holds up. Ta is eliminated in 2nd Place for $78,380.
Just a few minutes before the break, Ha opens to 175k on the button, Kennedy calls.
Flop: 10♠9♣6♠ Kennedy checks, Ha bets 200k, and Kennedy raises to 500k and a call from Ha
Turn: 3♥ Kennedy leads to 700k, Ha raises to 1.7 mil, and Kennedy moves all in for his total 4,375,000. Ha thinks for a couple minutes, then pulls aside the chips to make the call, and then places the chips over the betting line.
River is a meaningless 8♥, for Kennedy’s top pair, top kicker to hold and take a temporary chip lead, and with a couple small hands played out before break Ha brings things back to almost even between the two. Below are there chip stacks going into level 29.
Just over 30 minutes back from break and Ha had regained momentum over Kennedy and Worm in a series of mostly unshown hands that Ha was able to take down. With just under 2 million, Worm end up getting it all in pre on the button with K♦10♦ and called by Kennedy who holds Q♠Q♦. Kennedy fades Worm hitting a straight as he picked up a gut shot on the turn, and is eliminated in 3rd place for $51,012. Worm is currently #1 in both number of cashes and total money won in cashes, not including today’s earnings. Congratulations on your continued success, and thanks for keeping things entertaining for all of us and your adoring fans.
The banter and occasional dig is going back and forth between Thai Ha and Joe “Worm” Palma. Before the break, Worm raised to 125k pre from the button and called by Ha.
Flop: 10♦10♣2♠ Ha leads for 575k and Worm calls. Board runs out K♠7♠ with both players checking both street. Ha shows A♠3♥, Worm pauses then tables his A♣8♥ and states, “Keep trying to play hands out of position against me,” and scoops in the pot from his higher A high kicker.
Soon after, Ha opens to 175k from the SB and raised by Kennedy in the BB for 500k, Ha tanks for about 2 mins, then calls.
Flop:4♥A♦5♦ check check
Turn: J♦ Ha leads for 800k and Kennedy flats
River: K♥ Ha checks and Kennedy moves all in. Ha folds and shows his A♥.
Minutes before the break, and the banter between Ha and Worm ensues, leading Ha to boast, “Well, I still have all the chips.” and a quick retort from Worm, “No, you don’t have ALL the chips and you’ve given a lot of them away since dinner… I don’t know what you had for dinner, but I think you should reevaluate.” Worm and Kennedy, though gaining on Ha this past level, still have quite a ways to go to take over the lead. Updated chip counts below:
Just under halfway through level 27 and coming off of a much needed double up, Worm has run his stack up to about 3m. He had shoved his final 1,155,000 all in pre with pocket J’s on the button and called by A♣5♣ held by Kennedy in the BB and held. Following his double up, he has won a handful of non contested pots, while Kennedy has dropped down to around 2.6 million. Ha, the recipient of many of the pots with Kennedy, sits on about 13 million in chips.
Dinner Break; Next Level 27 (30,000/60,000/60,000)
Players Remaining: 3
The final 3 players are on dinner break and will resume at 7:40pm. This last level held some rises and falls for Worm, but ended leaving him very short, while Chris Kennedy closed the gap significantly to the chip lead still held by Thai Ha. Updated chip counts below: