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Buy-In: $1,000
Prize Pool: $5,410,800
Entrants: 6012

Event 4 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

  • May 30, '09 - Jun 03, '09
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 03, 09)

 
 

Level 32 Update: Steve Sung Wins Event 4

Blinds: 100,000-200,000 with a 30,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 18,036,000
2. Panayote Vilandos — 0

Eliminations:

2. Panayote Vilandos – ($473,283)

Big Hands:

Steve Sung

Steve Sung Wins Event 4 ($771,106)

Steve Sung raised pre-flop to 500,000 and Panayote Vilandos re-raised 1,700,000 more. Sung thought about it briefly before moving all-in for about 10,000,000, having his opponent covered by only about 2,000,000. Vilandos called the additional 6,300,000 and exposed the 8Spade Suit8Club Suit. He wasn’t in a race as Sung tabled the KSpade SuitKHeart Suit. The board ran out AHeart Suit7Diamond Suit2Heart Suit6Diamond Suit7Club Suit and Sung won the huge pot, the $771,106 first place prize and a gold bracelet in the largest non-main event field in history. Vilandos took home $474,283 for his efforts.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 31: James Matz Eliminated, Heads Up Play Begins

Blinds: 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 13,000,000
2. Panayote Vilandos — 4,800,000

Average Chip Count: 9,018,000

Eliminations:

3. James Matz – ($313,826)

Big Hands:

Panayote Vilandos Gives Scotty Nguyen Impersonation

Steve Sung raised on the button and Panayote Vilandos called from the small blind. The flop came 2Spade Suit6Club SuitQHeart Suit and Vilandos checked. Sung opted to check behind and the 8Spade Suit hit the turn. Vilandos checked to Sung, who quickly fired out 520,000. Vilandos thought briefly before moving all-in and Sung instantly folded. Vilandos yelled out, “7 high, 7 high baby!” Sung started talking back to Vilandos, taunting him to show his hand. Vilandos mucked and took the small pot.

Steve Sung

James Matz Eliminated In 3rd Place ($313,826)

James Matz was in the small blind when he threw out an additional 60,000 to complete the big blind. Steve Sung wasn’t willing to see a cheap flop as he fired out a 400,000 chip bet. Matz quickly called the raise from Sung and both players saw a flop of 10Spade Suit5Diamond SuitQHeart Suit. Matz quickly led out for 475,000 and Sung went into the tank before raising to 1,100,000 total. Matz almost beat him into the pot by announcing he was all-in. Sung went into the tank once again and eventually made the call. Matz announced he had a pair when he flipped over the 5Club Suit4Club Suit for bottom pair, and was almost a coin flip against the KHeart SuitJSpade Suit of Sung. Sung had plenty of outs to bust his opponent but none of them came on the turn as it brought the 8Spade Suit. Sung needed an ace or nine for a staight, or a jack or king to make a higher pair than the fives of Matz. The AClub Suit fell on the river, giving him the nuts, and Sung added another final table elimination to his belt and entered heads up play with a substantial chip lead of 13,000,000 to just under the 5 million of Panayote Vilandos.

Left In The Deck:

At the start of the heads up match, Steve Sung asked Panayote Vilandos if he wanted to play a winner-takes-all match. Vilandos didn’t oblige.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 30 Update: Nathan Mullen And Larry Sidebotham Eliminated, Steve Sung With Majority Of Chips In Play

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 10,000,000
2. Panayote Vilandos — 4,800,000
3. James Matz — 3,200,000

Average Chip Count: 6,021,000

Eliminations:

5. Nathan Mullen – ($175,851)
4. Larry Sidebotham – ($227,254)

Big Hands:

Steve Sung

Steve Sung Eliminates Nathan Mullen In 5th Place ($175,851)

On the first hand of the level, James Matz went all-in pre-flop and everyone folded. On the second hand, Nathan Mullen went all-in and everyone folded. The third time was a charm for an elimination, as on the third hand of play in level 30, Mullen moved all-in pre-flop for 1,580,000 and was called by Steve Sung. Larry Sidebotham went into the tank in the big blind before eventually folding. Mullen tabled the JClub Suit10Club Suit and was about even money against the AHeart Suit7Spade Suit of Sung. The flop was a beauty for Mullen as it came KSpade SuitQHeart SuitJDiamond Suit, putting him out in front with a pair of jacks. Sung needed to catch one of the remaining tens in the deck to make broad way, or risk doubling up an opponent at the start of the level. The 6Club Suit hit the turn and Nathan needed to dodge one more card to double up. The dealer burned and the 10Spade Suit slid off the deck onto the felt, giving Sung the nuts, and eliminating Mullen in 5th. Sung is now up to 11,500,000.

Larry Sidebotham Eliminated In 4th Place ($227,254)

From the button, Larry Sidebotham moved all-in for 925,000 with QClub SuitJClub Suit and was called by James Matz in the small blind with the ASpade Suit7Club Suit. The flop was ugly for Sidebotham as it came 2Spade Suit3Spade Suit9Spade Suit, eliminating some of his outs. The turn brought the 3Diamond Suit and Sidebotham and his cheering section were down to their last card to avoid elimination. The 9Heart Suit fell on the river and Sidebotham was the 4th place finisher in the massive field.

Left In The Deck:

The final three players are now on a 60 minute dinner break.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 29 Update: Steve Sung Rolling, Dan Heimiller Eliminated

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 9,400,000
2. Panayote Vilandos — 4,000,000
3. Larry Sidebotham — 2,300,000
4. James Matz — 1,300,000
5. Nathan Mullen — 1,200,000

Average Chip Count: 3,612,600

Eliminations:

6. Dan Heimiller ($145,009)

Big Hands:

Steve Sung Takes Another Pot Off Of Dan Heimiller

Steve Sung and Dan Heimiller both checked a flop of 4Spade SuitJClub Suit8Spade Suit. The 5Spade Suit hit the turn and Heimiller bet out 350,000. Sung contemplated briefly before announcing that he was all-in. Heimiller made another lay down to Sung who is picking up steam and looks poised to play heads up for the bracelet with one of the other remaining players. This was the second time Sung has made a huge all-in bet against Heimiller.

Steve Sung

Dan Heimiller Eliminated In 6th Place ($145,009)

After limping in, Dan Heimiller was faced with a raise of 350,000 by Steve Sung and a call from Panayote Vilandos. Heimiller elected to go all-in over the top of Sung’s raise and try to double up to a stack closer to what he entered the final table with. Sung called the all-in bet and Vilandos folded. Heimiller exposed the ASpade SuitKSpade Suit and had Sung’s AHeart SuitQSpade Suit dominated. The crowd gathered in anticipation as the flop of 3Heart SuitQClub Suit6Diamond Suit was magical for Sung, giving him a huge lead in the hand. Heimiller failed to catch up as the turn brought the 3Spade Suit and the 2Club Suit hit the river. Heimiller was looking strong going into the final table but has now gone out in 6th place. Sung is now in command with 9,400,000 in chips.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 28 Update: Steve Sung Takes Out Jeff Oakes

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 6 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 6,350,000
2. Panayote Vilandos — 5,450,000
3. James Matz — 3,400,000
4. Dan Heimiller — 1,900,000
5. Larry Sidebotham — 1,530,000
6. Nathan Mullen — 1,500,000

Average Chip Count: 3,010,500

Notable Eliminations:

7. Jeff Oakes ($126,613)

Big Hands:

Steve Sung

Steve Sung Rebounds, Takes Out Jeff Oakes In 7th Place ($126,613)

Steve Sung made it 220,000 to go pre-flop and was moved in on by the short stack of Jeff Oakes. Oakes only had 465,000 total and Sung made the easy call with the ASpade SuitQHeart Suit. Oakes tabled the 5Diamond Suit5Heart Suit and the players were off to a race. The flop came ADiamond SuitKClub Suit4Spade Suit, giving Sung top pair and leaving Oakes with a runner-runner straight draw or the board bringing a five to avoid elimination. The 10Heart Suit hit the turn and the AClub Suit fell on the river to give Sung trips and send Oakes home in 7th placce. Sung has rebounded back up to 1,620,000 after falling below a million.

Larry Sidebotham Doubles Up

James Matz raised to 210,000 pre-flop and Larry Sidebotham moved all-in for 465,000 more. Matz went into the tank before finally calling with 7Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit, and Sidebotham saw about the best he could hope for as he turned over his 10Club Suit9Diamond Suit. The board ran out 3Club SuitAHeart SuitASpade SuitJHeart SuitJClub Suit and Sidebotham doubled up to 1,530,000 to the delight of his loud cheering section.

Steve Sung

Steve Sung takes Over The Chip Lead

Dan Heimiller raised to 210,000 pre-flop and Steve Sung called from the big blind. Both players saw a flop of 8Diamond SuitADiamond Suit10Spade Suit and Sung bet out 300,000 into Heimiller. The former chip leader made the call and the turn brought the JClub Suit. Sung fired out again, this time turning up the heat with a 650,000 chip bet. Heimiller announced raise and put out 1,500,000 total, for a raise of 850,000. Sung went into the tank before shoving the remainder of his chips into the middle. It didn’t take too long for Heimiller to fold, and Sung took down the huge pot. He is now the chip leader with 6,350,000.

Left In The Deck:

The players are currently on a 20 minute break.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 27 Update: Phong Huynh Eliminated, Steve Sung Falters

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 7 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Panayote Vilandos — 5,800,000
2. James Matz — 4,400,000
3. Dan Heimiller — 3,100,000
4. Steve Sung — 1,600,000
5. Nathan Mullen — 1,300,000
6. Jeff Oakes – 1,080,000
7. Larry Sidebotham — 670,000

Average Chip Count: 2,580,428

Notable Eliminations:

8. Phong Huynh – $117,414

Big Hands:

Phong Huynh Runs Into Set Over Set, Eliminated In 8th Place

Larry Sidebotham, James Matz and Phong Huynh all saw a board of JClub Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit7Heart Suit. Sidebotham fired out 370,000 on the turn and Huynh smooth called before James Matz moved all-in for 1,250,000. Sidebotham folded and Huynh thought briefly before calling off the remaining of his chips. Matz turned over the JHeart SuitJSpade Suit for top set and Huynh exposed 3Spade Suit3Club Suit for bottom set. Huynh was down to just two outs after eliminating an opponent earlier. The AClub Suit fell on the river and Huynh was eliminated in 8th place.

Steve Sung

Steve Sung Loses Big Pot

Steve Sung limped in from late position and Panayote Vilandos raised to 150,000. Sung made the call and the flop came 8Spade Suit5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit. Sung bet out 250,000 and Vilandos min-raised to 500,000. Sung threw in another limit like bet and Vilandos made the additional 250,000 chip call. The 8Diamond Suit hit the turn and Sung led out for just 700,000, prompting Vilandos to move all-in. Sung quickly folded and is rapidly going down the chip counts. He is now at 1,600,000 in chips.

Left In The Deck:

The players are currently on break.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 

Level 26: Final Table Begins, Danny Fuhs Eliminated

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 8 out of 6,012

Chip Counts:

1. Steve Sung — 4,200,000
2. Dan Heimiller — 4,050,000
3. Panayote Vilandos — 1,940,000
4. Phong Huynh — 1,900,000
5. James Matz — 1,885,000
6. Jeff Oakes – 1,680,000
7. Larry Sidebotham — 1,500,000
8. Nathan Mullen — 1,210,000

Average Chip Count: 2,257,875

Eliminations:

9. Danny Fuhs ($114,168)

Big Hands:

Danny Fuhs Eliminated In 9th Place ($114,168)

On the third hand of play, Danny Fuhs raised to 120,000 pre-flop and was called by Phong Huynh on the button. The flop came 10Spade SuitAClub SuitJClub Suit and Fuhs fired out a continuation bet of 180,000 into Huynh. Phong contemplated briefly before making the call. The 2Club Suit hit the turn and Fuhs led out again, this time for 400,000, the majority of his remaining chips. Huynh quickly announced he was all-in and Fuhs instantly called. Huynh exposed the 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit for a set and Fuhs tabled the dominated ADiamond SuitJHeart Suit for top two pair. Fuhs still had outs to stay alive and avoid being the ninth place finisher in the 6,021 player event. The 5Diamond Suit hit the river however, and Fuhs was sent packing with a payday of over $100,000. Huynh is now up to 2,250,000 in chips.

Steve Sung

Steve Sung Builds Stack

Phong Huynh raised pre-flop from the cut-off and was re-raised to 275,000 by Steve Sung from the big blind. Huynh called and both players saw a flop of 8Club SuitKClub Suit4Spade Suit. Sung checked over to Huynh who checked behind. The turn was the 9Spade Suit and Steve Sung fired out a bet of 500,000. Huynh folded. Sung is now up to 4,200,000 and is the chip leader.

Left In The Deck:

The players are now on a short 10 minute break.

Player Tags: Steve Sung
 
 
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