Hands of the Weeks: Royal Flush Over Quads at RGPS Horseshoe Council Bluffs

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Over the years, we’ve captured memorable hands, many of which have become a part of poker history. In this column, we will bring you some of the biggest hands of the week as reported in the PokerNews Live Updates from the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Horseshoe Council Bluffs $575 Main Event.

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Royal Flush Over Quads

Nancy McDonaldNancy McDonald leaves after losing with quads.

On Day 2 of the tournament, it was Level 14 (2,000/4,000/4,000) and the first hand of the day at Table 3 when Nancy McDonald opened to 12,500 in early position and was called by Saif Sayah in the small blind. The flop came {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and Sayah checked to McDonald, who continuation-bet 8,000.

Action checked through the turn {7-Hearts} and the river came {7-Diamonds}. The rest of the chips made it into the center, and the room erupted.

McDonald: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Sayah: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

McDonald had hit running sevens to make quads, only to see Sayah turn over a flopped Royal Flush to eliminate her from the tournament.

Novin Back In It After a Miracle

In the same level, there was some more commotion at Table 3. Ali Novin brought about the raucousness after getting all in preflop from the cutoff against Stacy Bush in the small blind.

Ali Novin: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Stacy Bush: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Both players connected with the flop {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}{2-Spades}, leaving Novin in need of running full house outs to improve his top pair, top kicker beyond Bush’s set. Just like that, running {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} came to earn him another double.

Ryan Phan Eliminated on the Bubble by Kaleb Dunn

Ryan PhanRyan Phan

In Leve 16 (3,000/6,000/6,000) on the stone money bubble, Randy Wilson opened to 15,000 in early position and Ryan Phan re-jammed for 72,000 in the cutoff. Kaleb Dunn went into the tank for a while before announcing a call, and then Wilson spent over a minute in thought before announcing he had a made hand as he sent it to the muck.

Phan: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Dunn: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Phan was unable to find a nine on the runout {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{j-Spades} and was eliminated in 91st place as the Bubble Boy of the RGPS Conteners Tunica $575 Main Event.

Cheng Gets a Miraculous Double

Guanyun Cheng Guanyun Cheng

In Level 25 (25,000/50,000/50,000), Guanyun Cheng opened to 110,000 under the gun and action folded around to Donald Nimneh, who three-bet to 450,000 in the big blind.

“All in,” responded Cheng after about 10 seconds and Nimneh leaned back in his chair, visibly concerned with the raise.

“I’m not lying man. I’m not bullshitting. I have a very strong hand,” said Nimneh, who you might recall won a $250,000 Wynn Mystery Bounty last year. Just shy of three-and-a-half minutes went by and Nimneh announced a call.

Cheng: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Nimneh: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

Nimneh had called with a dominating hand and remained ahead through the flop {j-Hearts}{5-Spades}{j-Clubs}. The turn {8-Clubs} gave Cheng a backdoor flush draw, and it completed on the river {a-Clubs}.

“Yes!” exclaimed Cheng, clapping his hands together forcefully one time and standing up from his seat after making the nut flush.

Stacks were counted and Cheng’s was 3.05 million. After Nimneh paid him off, he was left with just 320,000

Big Payday for ClubGG Qualifier

Vicki McKee Vicki McKee

At the final table in Level 26 (30,000/60,000/60,000), Guanyun Cheng opened to 130,000 in the hijack and Vicki McKee, who qualified for the tournament by playing on ClubGG, called in the cutoff.

Action went heads up to a flop of {k-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Cheng continuation-bet 160,000. McKee raised to 460,000 and Cheng three-bet to 1.16 million.

“I’m all in,” responded McKee, and Cheng immediately announced a call.

McKee: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Cheng: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}

McKee flopped top two pair but had run it into Broadway. She needed to improve to a full house to stay alive and was unable to do so as {7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} completed the runout.

For the ClubGG qualifier, she turned her $49.99 monthly subscription into a hefty $20,765 payday!

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Chad Holloway

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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.