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|Feb 27, '11||2011 L.A. Poker Classic||WPT Main Event||3||+|
Tom Braband Gets Double Knockout
Feb 27, '11
Joe DeNiro raised to 4,100 and was called by a player in middle position. Freddy Deeb called as well and Tom Braband called from the big blind.
The flop came down QJ10 and Braband and DeNiro checked. The middle position player moved all in for his last 23,000 and Deeb moved all in behind him for a little less.
Both Braband and DeNiro called and the turn was the 6. Braband moved all in for his last 85,000 and DeNiro eventually mucked.
The middle position player showed pocket kings and Deeb showed Q10 for top and bottom pair, but Braband was well ahead with QJ for top two pair.
The river was the 4 and Braband took the whole pot, increasing his stack to 200,000. DeNiro is still stacked with just over 300,000.
|Dec 06, '10||2010 Five Diamond World Poker Classic||WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event||4||+|
Freddy Deeb Eliminated in 24th Place
Dec 06, '10
Freddy Deeb moved all in on a short stack for 38,000 and Amit Makhija made the call preflop. Makhija had the good fortune to hold pocket jacks in the hole as the board ran out J 10 10 K 7. That made Deeb’s holdings a mute point at that juncture and he was eliminated from the tournament in 24th place, taking home $25,339 in prize money. Makhija grew his stack to 935,000 after the hand.
|Sep 26, '10||2010 World Series of Poker Europe - London||WSOPE No-Limit Hold'em Championship||4||+|
Level 16 Update: Into the Dinner Break
Sep 26, '10
NOTE: The field is now on a 90-minute dinner break. Play will resume at 8:45 p.m. local time (12:45 p.m. PST).
Blinds: 2,500-5,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 28 of 346
1. Andrew Pantling — 1,300,000
Average Chip Count: 346,000
James Mitchell Eliminated in 31st Place (â‚¤21,106)
James Mitchell moved all in on a flop of 7 4 2 and Marc Inizan made the call. Their cards:
Turn and River: 3 and 6
Mitchell was eliminated on the hand in 31st place and he will take home â‚¤21,106 in prize money.
Freddy Deeb Eliminated in 30th Place (â‚¤21,106)
Roland de Wolfe raised preflop from the small blind and Freddy Deeb reraised all in from the big blind. De Wolfe made the call and they flipped over their cards:
De Wolfe: K 8
Board: Q J 10 A
De Wolfe made a Broadway straight on the turn and that brought an end to Deeb’s tournament in 30th place. He will take home â‚¤21,106 in prize money.
Boatman Gets Chatty
Ivey bets 12,500 from late position and Barny Boatman raises it to 37,500 from the hijack. Ivey calls and the flop comes J 10 7. Both players check and the turn is the Q. Ivey checks and Boatman bets 35,500. Ivey calls and the river is the 8. Ivey checks and Boatman moves all in. Ivey asks how much it is and the answer is 175,000. He sits back and contemplates the call. Boatman then turns to him and says, â€œWere you trap-checking me on the flop?â€ Straight away Ivey gets very animated and starts repeating the question â€“ â€œWas I trap-checking you on the flop?â€ Heâ€™s almost laughing as he stares at Boatman to figure out if heâ€™s playing mind games. After a few minutes he decides to pass and Boatman adds a good few more chips to his stack.
Bryn Kenney Eliminated in 29th Place (Â£21,106)
Bryn Kenney bets 13,000 from the cut-off and Phil Ivey makes it 40,000 from the small blind. Kenny pops it to 80,000 and after about 30 seconds Ivey quietly says, â€œIâ€™m all in.â€ Kenney insta-calls and flips over K K. Ivey shows A 8 and the board is dealt 10 10 9 J A. Not only did Ivey hit his ace but it was a club giving him a flush. He adds about 170,000 to his stack.
De Wolfe and Blom at it Again
Coming in preflop but slightly late into the action. Viktor Blom bets 28,500 from the button and Roland de Wolfe makes it 65,000 from the small blind. There is about 21,000 in the middle. It comes back to Blom who takes some time to think. One of the other players then calls the clock and Blom asks, â€œWho called time?â€ The player leans forward, picks up his short stack and says, â€œI canâ€™t handle the blinds going up.â€ â€œYou show?â€ Blom says to de Wolfe. â€œI told you Iâ€™d show!â€ says de Wolfe. â€œPromise?â€ asks Blom and then folds. De Wolfe shows him pocket jacks and moves up to 245,000.
Blom bets 12,000 on a flop of 7 6 2. De Wolfe bends forward to try and see Blomâ€™s hooded face, and then makes the call. The turn is the J and both players check. The river is the 3 and Blom bets 52,000. De Wolfe leans forward once again and takes a good hard look at him. Eventually, he calls and Blom shows 10 10. De Wolfe mucks and his stack moves back down again.
|Jul 08, '10||2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker||$10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event||4||+|
Level Four, Hour One: Little Chops, Then Doubles
Jul 08, '10
Blinds: 150-300 with a 25 ante
Notable Chip Counts:
1. Brent Baldrey – 150,000
Card Player Family Chip Counts
Jeff Shulman — 5,600
Little Chops Up a Big One
Jonathan Little push his opponent all in for around 10,000 and was called. Their hands:
They held the same hand, but when the flop ran 527 Little saw he had a backdoor flush draw. “Freeroll,” he said.
But the board finished without two more diamonds and they chopped the pot. Little is still relatively short with just 13,000 in chips.
Lee Busts to Aces
A short-stacked Doug Lee got all in preflop holding 77, but his opponent held the big bad AA.
The board ran 552J4 and Lee was gone.
Varkonyi Loses Big One
Robert Varkonyi’s opponent was all in, creating a pretty large pot on a board of 2948J. Varkonyi tanked for a while before making the call. Their hands:
Varkonyi’s two pair could not be his opponent’s nut flush, and the former main event champ dropped to 26,000 in chips.
The player under the gun raised to 1,000 and David Singer made it 3,400 to go. The blinds folded but the under the gun player called.
The flop came down 952 and the player bet 4,300. Singer made the call and the 9 fell on the turn.
The player checked and Singer pounced, moving all in for 10,625. His opponent mucked and Singer took the pot. He was at 20,000.
Freddy Deeb Getting Short
Four players, including Freddy Deeb, limped preflop and saw the KJ9 land on the felt. Everyone checked and the turn was the 5.
The player in seat 1 bet 700 and everyone folded. Deeb was ailing with just 9,000 after the hand.
Harman Gets Pushed
Jennifer Harman and her opponent in seat 9 saw a flop of J55. Seat 9 bet 2,600 and Harman raised it up to 6,600.
Seat 9 would not be pushed as he reraised to 14,600. Harman then went into the tank for a couple of minutes. The ESPN cameras noticed and surrounded the table. Harman shuffled her chips for what seemed like forever.
Finally, she threw away her hand and slipped to 27,000.
Rousso Jacks Up Opponent
Vanessa Rousso and her opponent saw a flop J98. The action preflop was unclear, but seat 6 eventually ended up all in for 27,250. Rousso made the call.
Rousso flopped top set but her opponent was drawing to an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the A, giving seat 6 a meaningless pair. The river was the 6 and Rousso dodged the draws to score the knockout. She was at 63,000 after the hand.
Pavilion Room Update
Johnathan Little Doubles Up
Jonathan Little bet 800 from middle position and it was folded around to a player in the small blind. The big blind raised to 1,800 and Little called. The flop came Q99. The big blind bet 2,000 and Little made the quick call. The 5 fell on the turn and the big blind bet 3,600. Little called with only 5,950 behind. An off suit four hit the river and Little’s opponent set him all in. Little made the insta-call for his tournament life. His opponent exposed the KK but was no good against the 98 of Little. Little doubled to over 30,000.
Shawn Sheikhan Outplayed
It was folded around to the small blind. Shawn Sheikhan was in the big blind and was asking for a walk. However, the small blind completed and Sheikhan checked. The flop came KK10 and it was checked to Sheikhan. He fired out a bet of 800 before being check-raised to 2,000. Sheikhan quickly folded and his opponent showed him the 52 for 5-high. Sheikhan was at around 20,000 after the hand.
Thomas Marchese Loses a Pot
With about 10,000 in the middle on a board of 1053Q6, Marchese checked and his opponent checked behind. Marchese’s opponent announced pair and tabled A5. Marchese mucked and was down to 23,000 after the hand.
|Jul 01, '10||2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker||Event 52 - $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed||2||+|
Level 15: Seidel Not Going Quietly
Jul 01, '10
Blinds: 4,000-8,000, Ante: 1,000
Players Remaining: 30 out of 191
Average Chip Count: 324,468
1. Daniel Negreanu — 1,260,000
Seidel Doubles Up
Facing a raise from Sam Trickett, Erik Seidel reraised all in for 91,000 and Trickett made the call. Their hands:
Seidel was a heavy favorite and the board didn’t change that. It ran 10K987 and Seidel doubled up to 194,000.
Trickett dropped to 300,000 after the hand.
Freddy Deeb Loses Flip, Eliminated
Steven Kelly raised to 20,000 and Freddy Deeb moved his last 115,000 all in from the big blind. Kelly called and they showed down:
The flop brought J62, and Deeb still needed to catch an ace or queen. The K turn card gave him some more outs, but the 3 completed the hand and sent Deeb to the rail.
Kelly had around 508,000 after the hand.
|Jun 09, '10||2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker||Event 19 - $10,000 2-7 No-Limit Lowball Championship||1||+|
Level Eight: Last Level Of The Night
Jun 10, '10
Blinds: 300-600 with a 150 ante
Players Remaining: 74 out of 101
Average Chip Count: 40,946
1. Homan Houshiar – 116,100
Players Twitter Accounts:
Erick Lindgren Busts
Dan O’Brien raised to 1,500 before the draw. The action was on Erick Lindgren who shoved all in for his remaining 13,000.
O’Brien made the call and drew one card. Lindgren tabled 10-8-6-4-3.
O’Brien took his drawn card and then tabled 8-7-5-3-2 to best Lindgren and send him to the rail on the last level of the night.
Mizrachi Straightens Out Grey
Michael Mizrachi raised to 2,000 before the draw and the action was then on David Grey. Grey made the call and both players drew one card.
Mizrachi then led out with 4,000 and Grey mucked his hand. Mizrachi then showed Grey a straight, 8-7-6-5-4, a wicked smile on his face as he showed off his bluff.
Grey had shown a face card and probably would have taken the pot down with a call. Mizrachi was at 30,000 after the hand.
Richey Completes The Comeback
Freddy Deeb raised to 2,000 before the draw and the action folded to Brett Richey. He reraised to 6,000. The big blind then repopped it to 20,000. Deeb mucked and Richey raised to 26,200 total, putting himself all in.
The big blind made the call and drew one card. Richey stood pat and showed down J-8-7-3-2. It was just enough as the big blind tabled Q-8-6-4-2. Richey was once down to his last 1,000 in chips but rebounded all the way up to 55,000 after that double up.
Level Seven: No Snow In Vegas
Jun 10, '10
Blinds: 250-500 with a 125 ante
Players Remaining: 86 out of 101
Average Chip Count: 35,233
1. Tommy Vedes – 92,000
Players Twitter Accounts:
Kassela’s Snow Job Doesn’t Convince Anyone
We caught up with the action after the draw. Frank Kassela fired a bet of 4,000 into the pot with Freddy Deeb and Brett Richey next to act.
Deeb pondered his decision for awhile and made the call. Richey did not hesitate as long to make the call.
A wry grin appeared on Kassela’s face as he turned over 7-7-5-4-3.
“That didn’t go quite the way I planned,” he joked.
Deeb then addressed Richey, saying that if he didn’t have a pair he had the pot. Richey turned over 10-8-6-5-2 and took down the pot.
Richey was once extremely short but clawed back to 24,000 after the hand. Kassela was at 32,000 while Deeb was at 34,000.
Cantu Bets Out Richey
A few hands after the one against Deeb and Kassela, Brett Richey called a raise by Brandon Cantu before the draw.
Richey then elected to take one card while Cantu did the same. Cantu then led out with 2,100 and Richey quickly mucked.
Cantu took down the pot and was at 38,000.
Elezra Jacks Up Mercier And Baker
We caught up with this hand after the draw. Eli Elezra, Jason Mercier and David Baker had built the pot to around 6,000.
Eli Elezra showed down J-10-8-5-2 after all three players checked their option. Mercier and Baker mucked their hands and Elezra took down the pot.
He was at about 30,000 after the hand.
Level One: Turner And Lindgren Start Off Well
Jun 09, '10
Blinds: 50-75 with a 25 ante
Players Remaining: 70
Players Twitter Accounts:
Turner Bets Out Chen And Monnette
Picking up the action on the draw, John Monnette stood pat, Yan Chen drew one card and Jon Turner drew two cards.
Chen then led out with 400 and Monnette quickly folded. Turner then popped it to 1,600 and Chen released his hand just as quickly as Monnette.
Turner took the 1,600 pot and was off to a good start.
Brown’s Nine Bests Alaei
We caught up with this hand at showdown and Chad Brown turned over 9-6-4-3-2. Alaei mucked his hand and Brown took an early 800 chip pot, his three add-on chips still by his side.
Bellande Gets Jacked
Alessio Isaia raised to 1,800 and Jean-Robert Bellande made the call. Bellande drew one card while Isaia stood pat.
Bellande then fired 3,600 and Isaia thought for a few moments before making the call.
“I got a queen,” Bellande said as he tapped the table.
Isaia showed J-9-7-6-2 and he took a nice pot early in the day.
Greenstein Takes One Down
Jean-Robert Bellande raised to 250 before the draw and he was called by John Kabbaj and Barry Greenstein.
Bellande stood pat, Kabbaj took one and Greenstein took two cards on the draw. The three players then checked and Greenstein turned over a perfect jack-low, J-5-4-3-2.
He took down the 1,000-chip pot and was off to a positive start.
Lindgren Takes Pot Off Four Players
Erik Seidel, John D’Agostino, Nikolay Evdakov, Erick Lindgren and the player in seat 6 each had 300 in the pot before the draw.
Seidel and D’Agostino each drew two cards, Lindgren and seat 6 drew one and Evdakov stood pat.
Lindgren then led out for 900 and only Evdakov stuck around to look him up. Lindgren showed 9-6-5-4-3 and Evdakov mucked, surrendering the 1,350 pot to Lindgren.
Mizrachi Beats Seed
Huck Seed raised to 225 and Michael Mizrachi three-bet to 600. Seed made the call and Mizrachi stood pat on the draw.
Seed drew one card and both players checked. Mizrachi then turned over 10-9-8-4-2 and Seed mucked, surrendering the 1,350 pot to Mizrachi.
Left In The Deck
Reload When Ready
The players have started the tournament with 7,500 in chips in front of them. But they also have three red add-on chips worth 7,500, thus making the starting stacks equal 30,000. The players are free to use the chips at any time during the first four levels, after which they will be forced to cash them in.
Come Back In 45 Minutes
Freddy Deeb and Steve Sung were just a couple of players who registered late for this event. As a result, the floor has told them that they will be a part of the second flight and must return at the beginning of the second level. The entrants list reads 70 at the moment, but that number is sure to grow by the time the dinner break hits after level four.
Player Tags: Erik Seidel, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Huck Seed, John D'Agostino, Michael Mizrachi, John Monnette, Jean-Robert Bellande, Steve Sung, Jon Turner, Freddy Deeb, Nikolay Evdakov, Alessio Isaia
|May 28, '10||2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker||Event 2 - $50,000 Players Championship||1||+|
Level Four: Durrrr Eliminated
May 29, '10
Note: Following this round the players have agreed to cut the break down from 20 minutes to 10 minutes.
Limit Games: 800-1,500; 1,500-3,000 Stakes
Players Remaining: 112 out of 116
Notable Chip Counts:
Hasan Habib – 200,000
Dwan Gets Short, Busts
Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan and Shawn Buchanan checked a flop of A 94.
After the J fell on the turn Negreanu bet 5,000 and both Dwan and Buchanan called.
The 10 hit on the river and Negreanu and Buchanan checked to Dwan who bet 11,200. Negreanu folded but Buchanan called Dwan down and showed QJ109 for two pair. Dwan said, “Ace” implying he had a pair, and mucked.
Shortly after, Dwan busted out of the tournament.
Seiver doubles through Dario
After several significant preflop raises, Scott Seiver managed to get his 75,100 all in against Dario Minieri. With a board of 642 Seiver showed A6 to Dario’s AK, and the board finished with 38 to give Seiver a flush and double him up back over the day’s starting count of 150,000.
Floor Ruling Costs Deeb A Little More
Steve Zolotow raised to 2,100 from under the gun and Ralph Perry called behind him. Action folded around to Freddy Deeb who reraised to 12,100. Tim Phan made the call from the button and Zolotow and Perry mucked.
The flop came down A104 and Deeb fired 13,000. Phan made the call and the turn was the 5.
Deeb threw out a 5,000 chip and announced, “Fifteen.” While it was likely Deeb meant 15,000, Zolotow pointed out that the bet was more likely 1,500 since the chip was valued lower than 15,000. The floor was called over and ruled that the bet was 15,000.
Phan made the call regardless and both players checked the 7 on the river.
“Nines,” Deeb told Phan, never turning over his hand.
Phan then turned over AQ when Deeb confirmed he did not have a club. Phan took down the pot with top pair and Deeb was down under 100,000. Phan improved to around 200,000.
Arieh Takes Big Pot Off Phan
On the very next hand at the table, Tim Phan raised to 6,500 after seat 7 made 2,100 to go. Josh Arieh then repopped it to 16,800 from the button. Seat 7 mucked but Phan made the call.
The flop came down 553 and Phan checked. Arieh bet 25,000 and Phan called.
The turn was the 4 and both players checked. They did the same on the 8 river and Arieh tabled 99. Phan mucked and was around 175,000 after the hand. Arieh took down the pot and was at 215,000.
Binger getting into opponent’s heads
Michael Binger is making his table think. First, he brought the topic of time travel into the table’s conversation. If you could time travel 20 years backward for forward, where would it be? Jeff Lisandro answered, "Who cares? As long as you know the Kentucky Derby winners. Doyle Brunson mirrored that response with, “And Super Bowl winners.” It’s all making the money, Lisandro concluded.
The following hand, Binger bet 2500 on a flop of 882 and Nick Schulman folded.
Binger High Fives Schulman
On a board showing 75410, Michael Binger bet 3,000 into the pot and Nick Schulman made the call.
The river brought the J and Binger fired another bet of 3,000. Schulman made the call once more and Binger turned over 55 for a flopped set.
Schulman mucked and was down to 182,000. Binger improved his stack to 123,000.
Habib Bests Schulman
On a flop of J97, Nick Schulman led out with 1,500 from the big blind. Hasan Habib made the call from the hijack and the 4 fell on the turn.
Schulman led out again, this time for 3,000. Habib then raised it to 6,000 and Schulman made the call.
The river was the 8 and Schulman checked to Habib who fired 3,000. Schulman called and Habib tabled A5103 for the nut flush and a 8-7-4-3 low. Schulman mucked and was down to around 135,000. Habib took the pot and was around 200,000.
Ivey, Benyamine clash in a friendly game of poker
The most entertaining table in event 2 has to be the one containing Scotty Nguyen and Chau Giang. Giang has been especially energetic, while sharing stories to keep the table smiling. During these story times there has also been some poker.
On the other side of the table Phil Ivey check-called David Benyamine all the way down on a board of J74Q4. Benyamine showed AA510, prompting Ivey to say “very nice,” and muck.
Lisandro Bets Out Doyle
After a flop of J67, Jeffrey Lisandro bet 1,500 and Doyle Brunson made the call.
Bill Chen folded his hand and the turn was the 2. Lisandro fired another bet, this one 3,000. Brunson tagged along and the two players saw the 5 fall on the river.
Lisandro bet 3,000 again and Brunson had enough as he mucked his hand. Lisandro took the pot and was around 142,000 while Brunson was at 145,000.
Player Tags: Josh Arieh, Hasan Habib, Daniel Negreanu, Steve Zolotow, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, Shawn Buchanan, Jeffrey Lisandro, Chau Giang, Phil Ivey, Tim Phan, Michael Binger, Nick Schulman, Tom Dwan, Dario Minieri, Freddy Deeb, Scott Seiver, Ralph Perry
And so it begins -- $50,000 Players Championship Underway
May 28, '10
The 2010 World Series of Poker is officially underway. Cards are in the air for event No. 2, The $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
The event will rotate every eight hands through eight forms of poker â€” limit holdâ€™em, Omaha hi-low split-8 or better, seven card razz, seven card stud, seven card stud hi-low split 8 or better, no limit holdâ€™em, pot limit Omaha and 2-7 triple draw lowball.
The tournament will run five days through 90 minute levels. Players will start with 150,000 in tournament chips.
The event’s $50,000 buy-in is the most expensive among the 57 events featured in this yearâ€™s WSOP, and the richest entry fee for a North American event.
|Apr 20, '10||2010 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT)||WPT No-Limit Hold'em Main Event||3||+|
Abe Mosseri Busts Freddy Deeb
Apr 20, '10
On a flop of 732, Freddy Deeb was all in with K7.
Abe Mosseri made the call with 73 and it held when the turn and river fell J10. Deeb is out, but Mosseri is still short with 98,000.
Erik Seidel Doubles Up
Apr 20, '10
Erik Seidel raised from the button to 6,000 and Freddy Deeb reraised all in from the big blind for 72,000. Seidel went into the tank and he eventually made the call for 21,900. Their cards:
Seidel doubled up with a full house and he grew his stack to 61,000. Deeb was knocked down to 43,500.
|Jan 06, '10||2010 PokerStars.com EPT Caribbean Adventure - Season VI||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event||2||+|
Level 4 Update: Dwan and Pieter de Korver Eliminated
Jan 06, '10
Players Remaining: 700 of 835
Average Chip Count: 35,785
Notable Chip Counts:
Vanessa Rousso — 120,000
Pieter de Korver Eliminated
One player raised to 3,000 preflop and Team PokerStars pro Pieter de Korver reraised all in for 16,000 with pocket aces in the hole. His opponent made the call with pocket kings and had de Korver covered. Four clubs then rolled out on the board to give de Krover’s adversary a king-high club flush. The 2009 EPT Grand Final champion then exited the field after a rough day.
Freddy Deeb Takes a Hit
Adam Levy bet 1,075 on a flop of 10107 and Freddy Deeb raised to 2,200. Levy made the call and the turn fell K. Both players checked and the river fell J. Levy bet 7,000 and Deeb mucked, choosing not to move all in for his final 6,500. Levy grew his stack to 20,000 after the hand.
Darryll Fish Grows his Prospects
A flop of 942 sat on the table when Darryll Fish bet 1,000. One opponent called and the turn fell J. Fish bet 2,100 and his opponent called again.
The river brought the 8 and Fish checked. His opponent tanked and then bet 6,200. Fish tanked next and then made the call. His opponent turned over A5 and Fish showed down A10. Fish won the hand to grow his stack during a profitable level.
Mike Matusow Gets Knocked
Mike Matusow limped under the gun for 300 and Team PokerStars pro Vicky Coren made the call. Armenak Kizirian raised to 800 and Matusow reraised to 3,400. Coren mucked and Kizirian made the call. The flop was dealt A94 and both players checked.
The turn brought the 4 and Matusow checked. Kizirian bet and 3,100 and Matusow called. The river fell 5 and Matusow once again checked. Kizirian bet 5,100 and Matusow called. Kizirian showed down AQ and Matusow mucked pocket queens. He was down to 17,000 after the hand. Kizirian held 50,000.
|Oct 26, '09||2009 Festa al Lago Classic||WPT Festa Al Lago Championship -- No-Limit Hold'em||6||+|
Level 15 Update: Day 3 Ends
Oct 23, '09
Blinds: 4,000-8,000 with a 500 ante
Players Left: 37 of 275
Average Chip Count: 445,946
1. Jonas Entin — 1,120,000
Corwin Cole Eliminates Bob Safai and Grows Chip Stack to 1 Million
Bob Safai moved all in preflop and Corwin Cole (pictured right) made the call. Their cards:
Cole made aces up and Safai was eliminated. Cole grew his stack to more than 1 million on the hand.
Scott Clements Eliminated
With 80,000 in the pot and a board of 975A sitting on the table Scott Clements bet 80,000 from the big blind and Freddy Deeb called in middle position. The river card fell K and Clements checked. Deeb moved all in for 15,000 and Clements made the call. Deeb showed down pocket aces and Clements mucked. Deeb doubled up to 470,000 and Clements watched his stack plummet down to 3,000. He was eliminated a few minutes later.
Level 18 Update: In The Money Eliminations
Oct 24, '09
Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Left: 18 of 275
Average Chip Count: 916,000
1. Jason Lavallee — 3,050,000
27. Markus Gonsalves — $23,885
Markus Gonsalves Eliminated in 27th Place ($23,885)
Markus Gonsalves got the rest of his short stack all in for 167,000 and Mark Seif made the call. Larry Berg then moved all in for 147,000 and Seif called that as well.Berg showed pocket queens, Gonsalves showed pocket kings and Seif was behind with A9.
The board ran out 1032QA and Berg’s set of queens gave him the near triple up and send Gonsalves to the rail. Berg now has 635,000 and Seif takes a hit down to 660,000.
Prahlad Friedman Eliminated in 26th Place ($23,885)
Prahlad Friedman (pictured right) raised in middle position and Jason Lavallee called on the button. The flop came down 1077 and Lavallee bet 59,000.
Freidman moved all in for 340,000 and Lavallee called with pocket jacks. Friedman showed AK and needed help, but it didn’t come when the Q and 4 completed the board.
Friedman is now eliminated and Lavallee is over the 2 million mark.
Chris Ferguson Eliminated in 25th Place ($23,885)
Chris Ferguson raised to 40,000 and Jonas Entin reraised to 178,000 from the small blind. Ferguson moved all in for 300,000 and Etin called.
Ferguson showed AQ and was in major trouble to Entin’s AA. The board offered no miracles and Ferguson was eliminated, boosting Entin’s stack back to 1 million.
Mark Seif Eliminated in 24th Place ($23,885)
Mark Seif has been eliminated from the tournament by Larry Berg. Seif held top pair, but ran into the set of sixes from Berg, who chips up to 1.4 million.
Chad Batista Eliminated in 23rd Place ($23,885)
Chad Batista was all in with a superior A-K against Corwin Cole’s A-J. Batista looked fine until the board produced a jack and sent him to the rail.
Lee Markholt Eliminated in 22nd Place ($23,855)
The perpetually short stack Lee Markholt was eliminated during the chaos of the level and details are unknown.
Corwin Cole Eliminated in 21st Place ($23,855)
Freddy Deeb raised and Jason Lavallee called on the button. Corwin Cole then reraised to 188,000 from the small blind. Deeb folded and Lavallee moved all in.
Cole instantly called with pocket aces and is in great shape against Lavallee’s pocket jacks. Unfortunately, the flop brings a jack and Cole’s tournament comes to an end. Lavallee now has over 3 million, more than double his closest opponent.
Jonas Entin Eliminated in 20th Place ($23,885)
Jonas Entin raised to 42,000 from under the gun and Kido Pham made the call. The flop came down KQ7 and Entin bet 100,000.
Pham then moved all in and Entin called for his last 200,000. Pham showed pocket sevens for the set and Entin was in major trouble with AQ.
The turn and river came 43 and Entin was eliminated. Pham now has 1,500,000 in chips.
Terry Ryan Eliminated in 19th Place ($23,855)
Terry Ryan was just eliminated by Jason Lavallee when he moved all in on the river and was snap called by a spade flush.
Level 16 Update: Dan Shak Takes Horrible Beat
Oct 24, '09
Blinds: 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Left: 33 of 275
Average Chip Count: 500,000
1. Jonas Entin — 1,070,000
Chad Batista Gets Lucky To Stay Alive
Chad “lilholdem954” Batista (pictured right) found himself all in for over 300,000 in chips holding pocket jacks and was in bad shape against chip leader Corwin Cole’s pocket queens.
No problem for the online pro, however, when the board came J972A, giving him the winning set.
He now has over 630,000 while Cole took a hit down to 685,000.
Dan Shak Takes Really Tough Beat
Dan Shak and Tommy Vedes got into a raising war preflop that saw Shak’s AK go up against Vedes and his AQ.
The flop came out KK10 giving Shak trips, but the turn was the J, giving Vedes the Broadway straight.
Shak needed help on the river, but it was the 9 that ended his tournament, giving Vedes a huge pot and a stack of over 1 million.
Freddy Deeb Slows Down Jason Lavallee
Jason Lavallee raised to 25,000 and Freddy Deeb called in the cutoff. The flop came A76 and both players checked.
The turn was the A and Lavallee bet 41,000. Deeb minraised to 82,000 and Lavallee just called.
Both players checked down the 5 on the river and Lavallee showed AQ to win the pot and cross the million dollar mark.
Cliff Josephy Eliminated by Kido Pham
Some more bad luck for Cliff Josephy when his pocket jacks were cracked by the AJ of Kido Pham.
The board was safe until an ace hit the turn, giving Pham the elimination credit and a new stack of 700,000 in chips.
Freddy Deeb Eliminated in Fourth Place ($278,300)
Oct 26, '09
Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 10,000 ante
Average Chip Count: 5,500,000
Freddy Deeb moved all in under the gun for 975,000 and Tommy Vedes called on the button.
Deeb showed A4 and Vedes showed pocket sixes. The board came safely in the form of 87210Q and Deeb was eliminated in fourth place. Vedes now has a monster stack of 9.7 million.
Tommy Vedes Spikes Two-Outer to Grab Chip Lead
Oct 26, '09
Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante
Average Chip Count: 4,125,000
Freddy Deeb raised to 400,000 from under the gun and Tommy Vedes reraised to 1,250,000 from the button.
Deeb announced all in and Vedes called off the rest of his stack with pocket queens. Deeb showed pocket kings and was in great shape to take out Vedes, but the board ran out J956Q and Vedes spiked a queen on the river to double up to the chip lead with 6.25 million. Deeb is now the short stack with less than 2 million.
Jason Burt Eliminated in Fifth Place ($208,725)
Oct 26, '09
Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante
Average Chip Count: 4,125,000
Freddy Deeb raised to 400,000 from under the gun and Jason Burt moved all in from the cutoff for his last 1.1 million.
Deeb called with AQ, dominating Burt’s AJ. The board came out KQ498 and Burt was eliminated in fifth place.
Deeb is now stacked with 4.6 million.
Freddy Deeb Extends His Chip Lead
Oct 26, '09
Blinds: 40,000-80,000 with a 5,000 ante
Average Chip Count: 2,750,000
Freddy Deeb raised to 255,000 and Shawn Cunix called on the button. The flop came down K104 and Deeb checked. Cunix bet 350,000 and Deeb made the call.
The turn was the 6 and deeb checked again. Cunix bet 600,000 and Deeb called. The river was the A and both players checked.
Deeb showed pocket queens and Cunix mucked, putting his stack down to 2.3 million. Deeb is now even stronger with 4.9 million.
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