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Buy-In: $25,000
Prize Pool: $4,536,250
Entrants: 191

Event 52 - $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed

  • Jun 30, '10 - Jul 03, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jul 03, 10)


Level 28 Update: Dan Kelly Wins

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

Players Remaining: 1 out of 191

Notable Eliminations:

2. Shawn Buchanan – $812,941

Big Hands:

Shawn BuchananShawn Buchanan Eliminated in Second Place ($812,941), Dan Kelly Wins

After a few relatively small pots that went Dan Kelly’s way, Kelly had amassed a small chip lead heads-up

Dan Kelly raised to 200,000 from the button and Shawn Buchanan three-bet to 650,000 from the big blind. Kelly four-bet to 1,425,000 and Buchanan moved all-in after asking Kelly how much he had behind. Kelly made the call and turned over AClub Suit10Diamond Suit and Buchanan held JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit.

The flop came 6Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit, keeping Buchanan in the lead. The turn was the 5Heart Suit and Kelly gained some outs for a chop. He did better than a chop as the ADiamond Suit hit the river and Kelly was able to take the whole pot and the title, along with $1,315,581.

Buchanan made his largest career cash with his second place finish with his $812,941 second place parting gift.

Player Tags: Shawn Buchanan,   Daniel Kelly

Level 27 Update: Let Heads-Up Play Begin

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

Players Remaining: 2 out of 191

Average Chip Count: 4,775,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Shawn Buchanan – 7,870,000
2. Dan Kelly – 6,460,000

Notable Eliminations:

3. Frank Kassela – $556,053

Big Hands:

Shawn BuchananBuchanan Gets Over the Four Million Mark

Shawn Buchanan raised to 175,000 from the button and Dan Kelly three-bet from the big blind to 480,000. Buchanan made the call and they saw a flop of 2Diamond Suit6Heart Suit7Spade Suit and Kelly bet out 365,00.

After a few minutes of thought, Buchanan raised to 770,000 and Kelly folded quickly with a frown.

Buchanan Bluffs Kassela

Frank Kassela raised to 175,000 from the button and Shawn Buchanan three-bet to 535,000 from the big blind and was called by Kassela.

The flop came JClub Suit10Club Suit6Spade Suit and both players checked. The turn was the 2Club Suit and Buchanan bet 425,000 which was called by Kassela. The river brought the 5Club Suit and Buchanan fired 1,060,000, which caused Kassela to fold.

Buchanan showed KDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit and is up to 5,200,000.

Frank KasselaFrank Kassela Eliminated in Third Place ($556,053)

Shawn Buchanan completed the small blind and Frank Kassela checked the big blind. The flop came QDiamond Suit4Club Suit3Heart Suit and Buchanan check-raised Kassela’s 80,000 bet to 260,000. Kassela then made it 710,000 and Buchanan tossed in a call.

The turn was the 10Diamond Suit and Buchanan checked again. Kassela bet 1,000,000 and Buchanan moved all-in. Kassela made the call and the cards were turned up.

Buchanan showed 5Heart Suit6Club Suit, giving him an open-ended straight draw and Kassela showed QClub Suit3Diamond Suit, giving him two pair. Kassela sprung back in his chair when he saw Buchanan’s hand and was even more shocked when the 2Spade Suit hit the river to give Buchanan his straight.

Buchanan is now heads-up with Dan Kelly with a slight chip lead for the bracelet and the first place money.

Player Tags: Frank Kassela,   Shawn Buchanan

Level 26 Update: Thuritz and Somerville Gone

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 191

Average Chip Count: 4,775,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Dan Kelly – 6,270,000
2. Frank Kassela – 4,180,000
3. Shawn Buchanan – 3,780,000

Notable Eliminations:

5. Mikael Thuritz – $272,084
4. Jason Somerville – $386,125

Big Hands:

Mikael ThuritzMikael Thuritz Eliminated in Fifth Place ($272,084)

Dan Kelly raised to 125,000 under-the-gun and Mikael Thuritz called on the button and Jason Somerville called from the big blind.

The flop came out 9Club SuitJHeart Suit4Heart Suit and Somerville and Kelly checked. Thuritz took this opportunity to bet 220,000. Somerville released quickly, but after some thought and neck rolls, Kelly raised to 600,000. Thuritz quickly moved all-in and Kelly called just as quickly.

Kelly showed 5Heart Suit6Heart Suit, giving him a flush draw and Thuritz was ahead with ASpade SuitJSpade Suit.

The 7Spade Suit fell on the turn, giving Kelly a straight draw along with his flush draw, and the 8Heart Suit on the river completed both of those draws, giving Kelly the pot and is up to 7,500,000 in chips.

Kassela Continues Aggression

Frank Kassela raised from the cutoff to 140,000 and Dan Kelly called from the small blind.

The flop was ASpade Suit4Diamond Suit3Club Suit and Kelly check-called a bet of 180,000 from Kassela. Both players checked the 7Club Suit on the turn.

The 8Club Suit came on the river and Kelly bet out 400,000 and Kassela raised to 1,025,000. Kelly eventually threw his hand away and Kassela showed ADiamond Suit10Club Suit.

Kassela Holds Over Kelly

Frank Kassela raised to 140,000 from the button and Dan Kelly called from the big blind.

The fop was AClub Suit9Club Suit8Spade Suit and both players checked. The turn was the 4Heart Suit and Kelly bet 165,000. Kassela called and the the JDiamond Suit hit on the river. Kelly checked and Kassela bet 275,000, which drew a fold from Kelly.

Jason SomervilleJason Somerville Eliminated ($386,125)

Frank Kassela raised to 140,000 and Jason Somerville moved all-in for 1,100,000. Dan Kelly folded, and Shawn Buchanan thought for a while before moving all-in over the top. Kassela got out of the way and Buchanan turned over ADiamond SuitAClub Suit.

Somerville was in bad shape when he showed ASpade SuitJHeart Suit. The flop came KClub Suit5Club Suit4Diamond Suit and when the 5Heart Suit came on the turn, Somerville was officially drawing dead.

Somerville headed for the exits and Buchanan is up to 3,900,000.


Level 25 Update: First Elimination in First Level

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

Players Remaining: 5 out of 191

Average Chip Count: 2,865,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Dan Kelly – 5,680,000
2. Frank Kassela – 3,360,000
3. Shawn Buchanan – 2,500,000
4. Jason Somerville – 1,405,000
5. Mikael Thuritz – 1,400,000

Notable Eliminations:

6. Eugene Katchalov – $194,559

Big Hands:

Eugene KatchalovEugene Katchalov Eliminated in Sixth Place ($194,559)

Dan Kelly raised to 100,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov moved all-in from the small blind. Kelly made the call and the cards were turned up.

It was a classic race situation when Kelly showed his 6Club Suit6Diamond Suit against Kathalov’s QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit. The flop was QHeart Suit4Club Suit3Spade Suit, giving Kelly the best hand.

The JHeart Suit on the turn kept Kelly in the lead and the 4Spade Suit on the river sealed the hand for Kelly and eliminated Katchalov. Kelly is now up over 6,000,000.

Buchanan Takes One off of Kelly

Dan Kelly raised to 125,000 from the small blind and was called by Shawn Buchanan in the big blind.

The flop was AClub Suit10Spade Suit2Spade Suit and Kelly bet 150,000 and was called by Buchanan. Both players checked the JHeart Suit and the 4Club Suit and Buchanan took the pot showing his 10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit.

Four-Bet for Frank

Frank Kassela raised to 125,000 from the button and Dan Kelly made it 350,000 out of the big blind. Kassela made it 650,000 and Kelly eventually tossed his hand into the muck.

A few hands later he took a more cautious route as he bet one street with top pair against Jason Somerville and took it down.

He is up to 3,360,000 with those two pots.


Final Table Begins at 2:30 p.m.

The remaining six players in the $25,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event will return to action at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Here are the final-table players with chip counts:

Seat 1: Frank Kassela – 2,610,000
Seat 2: Jason Somerville – 1,665,000
Seat 3: Dan Kelly – 5,895,000
Seat 4: Eugene Katchalov – 475,000
Seat 5: Shawn Buchanan – 2,110,000
Seat 6: Mikael Thuritz – 1,535,000

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