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Prize Pool: $1,201,200
Entrants: 880

Event 12 - Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 06, '08 - Jun 08, '08


Updates on Final Day (Jun 08, 08)


Jimmy Shultz Wins Event No. 12 ($257,105)

Jimmy ShultzeZach Fellows made one last run at the chip lead, and almost regained it before a nearly fatal hand delivered him a huge blow. Fellows and Jimmy Shultz built a pot up to 900,000 with A42QQ on the table. They turned up their cards and Shultze held Q6. Fellows mucked his hand and Shultz took an insurmountable chip lead. A few hands later it was all over. Fellows was all in preflop and Shultz had him covered while holding 103. Fellows held pocket threes and the board rattled off Q766J to make a heart flush for Shultz. He won his first gold bracelet along with $257,105 (25 percent of which he will donate to the fire department in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina). Fellows was awarded $165,165 for his hard fought runner-up finish.






Player Tags: Zachary Fellows,   James Shultz

Limit HE - Final Table - Heads Up Part I

Blinds/Limits: 25,000-50,000 with 50,000-100,000 limits

Players Left: 2

Chip Counts:

Zach Fellows: 2,100,000
Jimmy Shultz: 500,000



Big Hands and Storylines:


The two competitors in the heads-up battle have started things off by trading chips back and forth. This eventually evened them up before they took turns holding the chip lead over the first hour. It may take a major cooler to evoke some major action.

Shultz Pulls Away

Jimmy Shultz took down two substantial pots to take a 2-to-1 chip lead on Zach Fellows. Shultz held pocket fives on the first of these hands, and on the second he turned up A7 on a board of Q77810 to take down the hand. After seeing the bad news Fellows mucked his hand and flashed a single 10 in the process.

Zach FellowsFellows Fights Back

The board read AQ459 and 640,000 sat in the pot when Fellows revealed 88 for a flush to defeat the Q-9 of Shultz. This hand pulled the two even, with Fellows holding a slight advantage.

Shultz Pulls out the Pressure

Shultz took down three hands in a row to put his chip advantage back in the 2-to-1 neighborhood. He then increased that lead to a 4-to-1 advantage when he took down the largest pot of heads-up play. Each player contributed 100,000 on every single street on a board of 976A3. They turned up their hands on the end and the cooler arrived in the form of pocekt jacks (Fellows) vs. pocket kings (Shultz). 

Player Tags: Zachary Fellows,   James Shultz

Limit HE - Final Table - Vinny Vinh Eliminated in Third Place

Blinds/Limits: 20,000-40,000 with 40,000-80,000 limits

Players Left: 2

Chip Counts:

Jimmy Shultz: 1,610,000
Zach Fellows: 1,025,000


3rd Place: Vinny Vinh ($99,099)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Shultz Takes Down a Huge Pot

Jimmy Shultz raised preflop and Vinny Vinh made the call. The flop was dealt A102 and Vinh bet 30,000. Shultz made the call and the turn hit the table 10. Vinh bet 60,000 and Shhultz raised to 120,000. Vinh reraised to 180,000 and Shultz capped the action by raising to 240,000. Vinh made the call and the the river brought the 9. Vinh bet one last time and Shultz made the call. They turned up their hands and Shultz held J10 for trip tens. Vinh flashed A-Q as he mucked and took a huge hit to his stack.

Vinny VinhVinny Vinh Warned About his Behavior

The entertainment of Vinny Vinh's actions has failed to dissappoint at the final table, but not everyone is a fan. He just receieved a warning from the tournament staff that he needed to calm down.

Vinny Vinh Doubles Up

Vinh shipped all of his chips into the middle of the table preflop and Shultz made the call. Their cards:

Vinh: J8
Shultz: K10

Board: A9822

Vinh doubled up on the hand but he was still low on chips.

Vinny Vinh Eliminated in Third Place ($99,099)

Vinh moved all in on a flop of K75 and Shultz made the call. Vinh turned up Q-2 and Shultz turned over 76. The turn and river fell 23 and Vinh was eliminated in third place. He took home $99,099 in prize money. Vinh's wild ride has come to a close for today.

Player Tags: Zachary Fellows,   James Shultz

Limit HE - Final Table - Bustout Bonanza

Blinds/Limits: 15,000-30,000 with 30,000-60,000 limits

Players Left: 3

Chip Counts:

Jimmy Shultz: 1,000,000
Zach Fellows: 800,000
Vinny Vinh: 600,000

Average Stack: 880,000


7th Place: Ali Eslami ($41,441)
6th Place: Markus Golser ($53,453)
5th Place: Teddy "Iceman" Monroe ($67,867)
4th Place: Brendan Taylor ($82,882)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Ali EslamiAli Eslami Eliminated in Seventh Place ($41,441)

Ali Eslami was knocked down to 70,000 on the first hand after dinner, and that put him in dire straights when he had already committed over half of his chips to a pot and the flop hit the table 744. Eslami bet 20,000 and Jimmy Shultz put him to an all-in decision with a raise. Eslami made the call and they turned up their cards. Eslami held 95, while Shultz held A5. The turn brought the A, which was too much for Eslami who busted in seventh place. He took home $41,441 in prize money.

Markus Golser Eliminated in Sixth Place ($53,453)

Shultz raised to 40,000 preflop and Markus Golser made the call. The flop rolled out Q109 and Golser moved all in for 20,000. Shultz made the call and the two players turned up their hands.

Golser: AJ
Shultz: 97

The turn and river bricked out and Golser was eliminated in sixth place. He took home $53,453 in prize money.

Vinny Vinh Doubles Up

Vinny VInh was perilously low on chips when he got all of them into the middle of the table preflop against Shultz. Their cards:

Vinh: A8
Shultz: K3

Board: 8227Q

Vinh doubled up on the hand to 90,000, but he still needed some more ammo to climb back into contention. He used the momentum created on this hand well to eventually grow his stack to the half-million mark.

Teddy MonroeTeddy "Iceman" Monroe Eliminated in Fifth Place ($67,867)

Shultz raised to 40,000 preflop and Teddy "Iceman" Monroe made an all-in call for 30,000. Brendan Taylor also made the call and the flop hit the table 1092. Taylor and Shultz then checked the board as the the 8 fell on the turn, and the J fell on the river. Shultz reached for a bet on the river, but Taylor mucked his hand. Shultz revealed 87 and Monroe was out in fifth place when he mucked after the hand. The Iceman took home $67,867 in prize money.

Brendan Taylor Eliminated in Fourth Place ($82,882)

Vinny Vinh got the best of Brendan Taylor after his vocal antics may have induced him to get invloved in heavy action on every street of a board that read 332Q3. Taylor made an all-in call on the river, but then mucked when Vinh revealed pocket eights. Taylor was eliminated in fourth place, and he took home $82,882 in prize money.


Back from Dinner

The players are back from dinner break and seven remain. Blinds will now be 10,000-20,000 with 20,000-40,000 limits. Next post up at 11 p.m.


Tournament Announcement

The players are on dinner break until 10 p.m.


Limit HE - Final Table - Christoph Niesert Eliminated in 8th Place

Blinds/Limits: 8,000-15,000 with 15,000-30,000 limits

Players Left: 7

Chip Counts:

Zach Fellows: 660,000
Jimmy Shultz: 600,000
Vinny Vinh: 575,000
Brendan Taylor: 360,000
Ali Eslami: 240,000
Markus Golser: 140,000
Teddy "Iceman" Monroe: 100,000

Average Stack: 377,142


8th Place: Christoph Niesert ($32,432)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Christoph Niesert Eliminated in 8th Place ($32,432)

Christoph Niesert was all in preflop and both Zach Fellows and Jimmy Shultz had him covered. The two players checked down a board of J95KQ before Fellows flipped up K8. Shultz mucked and then Niesert mucked as well as he exited the tournament area. He took home $32,432 in prize money.

Markus GolserMark Golser Crippled

Mark Golser and Vinny VInh got involved in a hand where they each put in 120,000 on a board of K966Q. On the end Vinh flipped up 96 for two pair, and he took down the pot. This left Golser decimated with only 20,000 left in front of him to work with.

Golser Triples Up

With his chip stack on life support, Golser raised all in for 27,000 preflop and he was called down by both Ali Eslami and Brendan Taylor. The flop fell J55 and Taylor bet. Eslami mucked and then the final two players turned up their hands. Golser held J9 and Taylor turned up K10. The turn and river failed to help Taylor and Golser survived to triple up.


Limit HE - Final Table - Lindgren Just Misses the Final Table

Blinds/Limits: 6,000-12,000 with 12,000-24,000 limits

Players Left: 8

Chip Counts:

Jimmy Shultz: 910,000
Vinny Vinh: 425,000
Ali Eslami: 400,000
Markus Golser: 400,000
Brendan Taylor: 310,000
Zach Fellows: 200,000
Teddy "Iceman" Monroe: 140,000
Christoph Niesert: 65,000

Average Stack: 330,000


10th Place: Erick Lindgren ($14,774)
9th Place: Chung Law ($23,423)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Erick LindgrenErick Lindgren Eliminated in 10th Place ($14,774)

Erick Lindgren raised preflop to 10,000 and Markus Golser reraised. This put Lindgren to an all-in decision for the last of his 7,000, and he decided to call. They then turned up their hands:

Lindgren: J8
Golser: KK

Board: 7649Q

Lindgren was eliminated in 10th place, and he took home $14,744 in prize money.

Vinny Vinh Puts on a Show on the Way to Second Chip Position

Vinny Vinh has easily been the most interesting feature on the final day. He showed up 45 minutes late, and then it was not apparenet that he realized things were down to a final table when the final 10 players took their seats. He has followed up these antics by dominating card play at the final table, and dominating the airwaves with his trash talk. He took down a hand that he bet on every street with pocket jacks, and then he took down a pot from Markus Golser with A4 on a board of Q6374. This took Vinh to well over 300,000, but he didn't stop there. Vinh then confronted the chip leader Jimmy Shultz, and won. Shultz mucked to a Vinh's bet on the turn of a board that read J1064. Vinh now holds over 400,000, and he is currently second in chips.

Chung Law Eliminated in Ninth Place ($23,423)

Chung Law got all of his chips into the middle holding high hopes with pocket tens, but he ran right into the pocket jacks of Shultz. The board rattled off Q8897 and Law was eliminated in ninth place. He took home $23,423 in prize money.


Limit HE - Final Day - Down to a Final Table (of 10)

Blinds/Limits: 5,000-10,000 with 10,000-20,000 limits

Players Left: 10

Chip Counts:

Jimmy Shultz: 830,000
Ali Eslami: 4400,000
Zach Fellows: 320,000
Brendan Taylor: 280,000
Markus Golser: 235,000
Vinny Vinh: 150,000
Teddy "Iceman" Monroe: 130,000
Chung Law: 90,000
Christoph Niesert: 80,000
Erick Lindgren: 50,000

Average Stack: 264,000


13th Place: John O'Brien ($11,771)
12th Place : Steve Shkolnik ($14,774)
11th Place: Zach Henderson ($14,774)

Big Hands and Storylines:

John O'Brien Run into Aces (Eliminated in 13th Place - $11,771)

John O'Brien moved all in after the flop and quickly discovered some bad news. He was called down by Brendan Taylor, who was currently the proud owner of pocket aces. O'Brien was dominated with A-K and no help came on the turn and river. He was eliminated on the hand in 13th place, and took home $11,771 in prize money.

Steve ShkolnikSteve Shkolnik Crippled and then Eliminated in 12th Place ($14,774)

Steve Shkolnik ran into some terrible, no good, very bad news when Jimmy Shultz turned up KQ on a board of K7483. Shkolnik mucked his hand and was so crippled that the big blind took almost his entire stack to call. He got the rest of his chiips into the middle with 6-4 and Lindgren called him with pocket tens. The tens held for E-Dog and Shkolnik was eliminated in 12th place. He took home $14,774 in prize money.

Taylor Strikes Again (Zach Henderson Eliminated in 11th Place - $14,774)

Taylor went to work and busted another player shortly thereafter. This time he held pocket jacks to do his bidding, which were more than enough to eliminate Zach Henderson on a board of 106359. Henderson was eliminated in 11th place, and he took home $14,744 in prize money.


Limit HE - Final Day - Stubborn Hour

Blinds/Limits: 4,000-8,000 with 8,000-16,000 limits

Players Left: 13

Chip Counts:

Jimmy Shultz: 500,000
Markus Golser: 335,000
Zach Fellows: 330,000
Ali Eslami: 320,000
Vinny Vinh: 245,000
Christoph Niesert: 190,000
Erick Lindgren: 145,000
Steve Shkolnik: 144,000
John O'Brien: 140,000
Zach Henderson: 125,000

Average Stack: 203,076



Big Hands and Storylines:

Vinny VinhVinny Vinh Takes a Hit

Jimmy Shultz raised preflop and Vinny Vinh made the call. The flop hit the table 865 and the two players four-bet the action. The turn fell A and Vinh check-raised Shultz's 16,000 action to 32,000. The river fell A and Vinh bet out. Shultz made the call and they turned up their hands. Vinh held 85 and Shultz turned up pocket tens. Shultz took down the pot, which grew his stack to over 300,000, and gained the chip lead. Vinh was dwon to 150,000 after the hand.

Steve Shkolnik Triples Up

Steve Shkolnik moved all in prelop and both Chritsop Niesert and Zach Fellows made the call before the Q33 hit the table. Fellows bet out after the flop and Niesert mucked. Fellows then showed pocket fives and Shkolnik turned up pocket eights to triple up after the turn and river fell 6Q.

Break Time

The players went on a 20-minute break at the end of the level.

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