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Buy-In: $4,850 + $150
Prize Pool: $762,129
Entrants: 162

Caesars Palace Classic -- Main Event Championship

  • Oct 27, '09 - Oct 29, '09


Updates on Final Day (Oct 29, 09)


Isaac Baron Wins Caesars Palace Classic

Isaac Baron Wins the 2009 Caesars Palace ClassicJust a few hands into the heads-up match Isaac Baron raised 30,000 on the button and Michael Benvenuti reraised all in for 399,000. Baron made the call and Benvenuti turned over AHeart Suit9Diamond Suit. Baron flipped over ADiamond Suit7Club Suit and he needed a seven to win the tournament. The board obliged when it was dealt QDiamond Suit7Spade Suit4Diamond Suit10Spade SuitKDiamond Suit, and Baron was the champion of the 2009 Caesars Palace Classic. Benvenuti was awarded $129,562 in prize money for his runner-up finish and Baron took home the top prize of $246,928. He was also awarded the championship trophy and championship watch.

Player Tags: Isaac Baron,   Michael Benvenuti

Heads-Up Play Begins

The final two players have returned, the trophy, championship watch, and prize money is on the table, and heads-up play has begun. Isaac Baron holds 3.6 million and Michael Benvenuti holds 560,000. The blinds are 12,000-24,000 with a 3,000 ante.


Heads-Up Chip Counts

Michael Benvenuti — 595,000
Isaac Baron — 3,280,000


Glen Chorny Eliminated in Third Place ($76,213)

Glen ChornyIsaac Baron raised on the button to 54,000 and Glen Chorny moved all in for about 250,000 in the big blind.

Baron instantly called with AHeart SuitKHeart Suit and Chorny showed down a dominated ASpade Suit9Diamond Suit.

The board ran out 8Heart Suit4Spade Suit2Diamond SuitJHeart Suit3Spade Suit and Chorny was eliminated.

Player Tags: Isaac Baron,   Glen Chorny

Alex Keating Eliminated in Fourth Place ($60,970)


Isaac Baron raised to 54,000 on the button and Alex Keating called in the big blind. The flop came down QHeart SuitQClub Suit4Heart Suit and Keating checked.

Baron bet 75,000 and Keating check raised to 170,000. Baron made it 270,000 and Keating reraised to 420,000.

The dealer brought in the 270,000 and Baron moved all in for an additional 1,295,000. Keating made the call, having Baron covered by about 15,000 in chips, not even enough for a big blind.

Baron showed AClub SuitQSpade Suit and had Keating’s QDiamond Suit9Spade Suit out kicked. The turn and river fell 3Heart SuitJDiamond Suit and Baron took a commanding lead of over 3.2 million in this tournament.


Keating was all in on the very next hand preflop and Glen Chorny made the call. Baron might have called, but he was still stacking up his millions and millions of chips. Keating showed 7Club Suit6Club Suit for his final stand and Chorny showed 8Heart Suit2Spade Suit. The board was dealt AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit5Spade Suit10Heart Suit4Diamond Suit and Keating was eliminated in fourth place.

Player Tags: Isaac Baron,   Glen Chorny,   Alex Keating

Glen Chorny Doubles Up Through Isaac Baron

Shortly after the break, Glen Chorny was all in holding pocket sixes against the A-10 of Isaac Baron.

The board ran out cleanly for Chorny and he doubled up to 550,000 in chips.

Player Tags: Isaac Baron,   Glen Chorny

Level 21

The players have returned from the break to increased blinds of 12,000-24,000 with a 3,000 ante.


Break Time

The players are on a 10-minute break.


Jimmy Tran Eliminated in Fifth Place ($45,728)

Jimmy TranJimmy Tran got the last of his chips into the middle preflop against Alex Keating and they turned over their cards. Tran held AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit and Keating showed QSpade SuitQHeart Suit.

The board was dealt JClub Suit8Spade Suit8Diamond Suit2Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Tran was eliminated.

Keating is now tied for the chip lead with 1.4 million.

Player Tags: Jimmy Tran,   Alex Keating

Chip Count Update

As we were grabbing chip counts, Glen Chorny lost half of his stack to Baron. Chorny was facing an all-in river bet but couldn’t find a call, putting his stack back where it was before the double up.

Michael Benvenuti — 700,000
Alex Keating — 1,050,000
Jimmy Tran — 490,000
Glen Chorny — 435,000
Isaac Baron — 1,400,000

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