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Event #8 - Limit 7 Card Stud Results & Report

California State Poker Championship

Event #8 - Limit 7 Card Stud
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6131 East Telegraph Road, Commerce
Los Angeles, CA, 90040, US
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Raymond "Iceberg" Sitra RAY 'ICEBERG' SITRA SINKS LEVI FOR WIN IN 7-CARD STUD EVENT Ray "Iceberg" Sitra came to the final table of the $500...
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Profile: Raymond "Iceberg" Sitra
Date: June 13, 2003 Time: 3:30 PM

Buy-In: $500 + $40
Prizepool: $48,000
Entries: 96
Game Type: Limit 7 Card Stud

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Raymond "Iceberg" Sitra $19,200
2 USA George Rechnitzer $11,040
3 USA David Levi $5,760
4 USA John Marinca $3,360
5 Hossein Razmi $2,880
6 USA Charlie Shoten AKA "Scotty Warbucks" $2,400
7 USA Nick Harris $1,920
8 USA Randy Carter $1,440

Tournament Report


Ray "Iceberg" Sitra came to the final table of the $500 7-card stud event with a big lead, but had to stave off a challenge by a surging David Levi, who won the earlier $300 7-stud event. After Levi pulled in a monster pot, he took the lead, but Sitra pummeled him in late going, finally blowing him away with rolled-up aces.

Actually, Sitra's final opponent was George Rechnitzer, but the Beverly Hills realtor was so short-chipped that it was almost a formality. Interestingly, the two finalists had played heads-up several times before, and when Rechnitzer walked into the tournament room, Sitra had predicted that the two would again be the last men standing.

Sitra is a film producer who in July will release a "heist" movie called "T Snap" that has some poker content. It stars Joe Mantegna and Chad Brown. The Iceberg has also been a columnist for both Card Player and Poker Digest magazines. He has a stud bracelet from the 1985 World Series and also a couple of stud titles at L.A.P.C.

It took about an hour of hand-for-hand play before Dave Rosenthal finally went broke to set the final table. He went all in with split queens and didn't help. Levi had two tens and made sevens full.

Sitra arrived with $36,650, about 38 percent of all the chips in play. The key hands for him to that point came when he made a flush against aces early in the tournament, and, with 11 players left, made a full house and busted a player who had a straight.

Limits started at $800-$1,600 and three minutes later went to $1,000-$2,000, with $150 antes and a $300 bring-in. On hand six, contractor Randy Carter raised with buried kings. Levi called with split jacks, caught a third jack on fourth street to put Carter all in, then turned a fourth jack to turn Carter loose in eighth place.

As play continued, Levi made a very astute observation. When Levi raised him, Scotty Warbucks folded and asked, "How do you know I wasn't rolled up?" "Because you folded," Levi replied logically.

Nikki Harriss, meanwhile, had started lowest-chipped with $2,150. She had gone all in twice, once staying alive by making a straight against Hossein Razmi's aces-up, and again with a set of fives. Finally, on hand 17 she went with her buried fours and bet all in with an 8-K showing. She didn't help while Razmi, starting with buried sevens, added a pair of deuces on the turn to leave her in seventh place.

Warbucks lost a lot of bucks when he went up against Razmi. When a third diamond came on board, Razmi bet out strongly. Giving him credit for a flush, Warbucks mucked on seventh street, and Razmi confirmed that he had diamonds. Three hands later, Warbucks bet his last few chip showing A-J-10. "Not much," he said, turning up a 9-6 after Sitra called. Ray had queens in the hole and made jacks full.

As limits went to $1,500-$3,000 with $200 antes and a $500 bring-in, Sitra dominated the table with $43,000. His four opponents had between $9,600 and $19,700 each. Four hands later, after he had picked up more chips, Levi got involved in a $40,000 pot with Razmi that was raised on every street. Razmi, starting with buried queens, made a set, but Levi made a flush and now was about tied with Sitra. Razmi's last $300 was lost on the next hand when John Marinacci made kings-up to beat Razmi's smaller two pair.

The extra chips didn't do Marinacci, a consultant/actor, much good. He moved all in for $2,700 on fifth street with split aces and ended up fourth after Levi hit an inside straight. The surging Levi now had about 48k to Sitra's 41k and Rechnitzer's 9k.

But Levi suddenly went into a slump as Sitra took the initiave. He beat Levi the next six times they were in a pot, showing him a straight and then a set of 10s the last two times.

Sitra now had a commanding lead of $73,200, compared to $13,000 for Rechnitzer and $10,800 for Levi. Immediately after limits went to $2,000-$4,000 with $300 antes and a $500 bring-in, Levi announced he was "gonna gamble," and raised all in for $3,900 with 9-2/2-Q-4. It was the wrong time to gamble. He hit an Iceberg because Sitra had rolled-up aces and won easily.

The heads-up prediction had come true, but the lopsided match lasted only three hands. Rechnitzer started with buried jacks and immediately went all in, ending up with two pair. Sitra started with three spades and made a six-card flush to walk off with a convincing victory in his game of choice.

--Max Shapiro

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