With only a few tournaments left on the schedule before the Main Event kicks off on Saturday, Canada’s Xioa “Cheryl” Peng saw her chance to register for the $1,500 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em. As many of our readers know, Vanessa Selbst captured her third gold bracelet in the $25,000 Mixed-Max at the start of the series, and yesterday Peng tried to follow in her footsteps.
1,475 entrants were cut down to 10 very strong players on day 3, where Peng started the day in 4th place with 654,000 in chips. Chip leader was WPT champion Jared Jaffee with online boss Mark “dipthrong” Herm in second and two-time bracelet winner Brandon Cantu in third.
As the mixed-max format dictated the play continued on four-handed tables. Michael Coleman was the first to go and soon after Gustavo Kamei was eliminated. Down to the final two tables Anton Smirnov missed multiple draws to go bust in 8th place.
Peng scored a huge pot when she hit trip kings against Jared Jaffee, and after Jeff Gross was sent to the rail in 7th place, Peng busted Brandon Cantu in 6th, when he was all in with his last 12 big blinds. Cantu had and he failed to improve against Peng’s . Peng was now second in chips with 1,190,000 against chip leader Jared Jaffee’s 3,190,000. Joseph Alban was the short stack with only 500,000 in chips.
Unfortunately Peng lost a big pot to Mike Watson, when he hit trip kings on the flop and Peng paid him off on multiple streets. Peng was now the short stack, and she was all in a couple of time, where she took down the blinds and antes uncontested. Soon after is was over for Peng, when she was all in with and was looked up by Mark Herm’s that hit a flush on the flop.
Xioa “Cheryl” Peng received $53,614 for her 5th place finish and her great run. Peng is no stranger to going deep in tournaments. In 2013 she took home over $70,000 with deep runs in different events at Asian Pacific Poker Tour, among them a second place finish in the Ladies Asian Championship.