Kennedy and Worm Gain on Ha

  • Big Stax XXVI 1500 9:25 PM
  • Level 28 (40,000/80,000/80,000)
  • Players Remaining: 3

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:

First Last Chip Count
Thai Ha 9,055,000
Chris Kennedy 5,490,000
Joe Palma 3,995,000