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NAPT PCA Bounty Shootout

  • Jan 13, '11 - Jan 16, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jan 16, 11)

 
 

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 7 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

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10.56pm: Deeb over bets the pot


Shaun Deeb opened the button for 6,500 and was called by Michael Binger in the small blind and Marko Neumann in the big blind. The board was checked down to the 8Spade Suit9Spade SuitJSpade Suit10Club Suit3Diamond Suit river which Deeb over bet for 25,500. Binger tank folded, Neumann tossed his hand as Deeb moves up to 203,500. — RD

10.48pm: Deeb retakes chip lead


Shaun Deeb is back into the chip lead with 188,000 after a battle of the blinds with Michael Binger. The limped pot brought a KDiamond Suit6Spade Suit3Club Suit flop and it was checked to the 8Diamond Suit turn. Deeb checked once more then unexpectedly raised when Binger bet 4,000. Binger called the raise to 12,200 before both players checked the QDiamond Suit river. Deeb tabled KClub Suit5Club Suit and took the pot as Binger mucked. — MC

10.35pm: Hours and hours


This is going to go on for hours. Not much has been going on. There’s still a total of 200 big blinds on the table and if Nick Binger is correct we’re not going to be done before 3am. That sounds about right.

In the last hand Deeb raised from the small blind and Binger three-bet from the big blind. Binger back to 104,000. — RD




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Michael Binger desperately trying to see the end… it is not in sight




10.25pm: Back to it


The first hand back from break saw Scott Baumstein raise from under-the-gun to 6,500 but fold to Shaun Deeb’s three-bet to 17,100 from the button.

The next hand Baumstein was folding again when Marko Neumann shoved from the small blind. — MC

10.15pm: Players returning to the studio floor


We’ve still got five players here at the Bounty Shootout with just Billy Pilossoph having been knocked out. Andrew Chen was the man to deliver that blow, picking up his $1,000 and moving up to four overall. — RD

Bounties currently stand at:


Deeb – 7


Baumstein – 6


Binger – 6


Neumann – 5


Chen – 4




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The trophy they’re all playing for (and $213,000)




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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 5 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg8.56pm: Three-way to the flop


Scott Baumstein raised from first position and was called by Michael Binger and Marko Neumann in the blinds. The flop came 8Club SuitAHeart Suit3Heart Suit and Baumstein’s c-bet for 6,800 was only called by Neumann. The turn came 10Club Suit and the second bullet from Baumstein was enough to take the pot down. — MC

8.50pm: Pilossoph doubles through Binger


Billy Pilossoph has doubled through Michael Binger with ASpade SuitKSpade Suit to 8Spade Suit9Spade Suit. Binger opened to 4,500 and Pilossoph shoved for 21,300. Binger made the call, no doubt with one eye on the bounty. — RD

Bounties currently stand at:


Deeb – 7


Baumstein – 6


Binger – 6


Neumann – 5


Pilossoph – 4


Chen – 3




8.40pm: Neumann doubles through Deeb


Phillipp Neumann has just doubled through Shaun Deeb after getting it in with KHeart SuitQHeart Suit to Neumann’s AHeart Suit10Spade Suit. A king on the flop was enough for the German to rake in the 60,000 pot. Deeb still ahead with around 170,000. — RD




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Marko Neumann flips back into the tournament




8.36pm: Nuemann shoves


Not only is Shaun Deeb ahead with 202,000 but he’s got the most bounties with seven. Michael Binger just had a chance to catch up when Phillipp Neumann moved all-in under-the-gun for 27,000 and the action folded to him in the big blind. Binger gave it some thought and passed. “Thanks, I appreciate it,” said Deeb patting Binger on the back. — RD

8.34pm: Deeb doubles to take the lead


Shaun Deeb has doubled-up to 200,600 through Marko Neumann and in turn left the German with 28,200. Deeb raised from under-the-gun and Neumann called to see the QSpade Suit7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit flop-. Deeb checked then raised to 16,500 when Neumann bet 6,500. Call. The turn came 9Diamond Suit and Deeb led for 23,800 and was called. The river came 10Heart Suit and Deeb moved all-in for 53,200. Neumann tanked and made the call but mucked upon seeing Deeb’s 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit for a flopped set. — MC

8.20pm: Three-betting and four-betting


Andrew Chen is getting involved in pre-flop raising wars with a 50% success rate over two hands. Firstly he raised but folded when Michael Binger three-bet him. He tried his luck again the next hand and this time Shaun Deeb three-bet him. He was having none of it this time and four-bet to take the pot time. — MC

8.16pm: Nuemann doubles through drawing-dead Baumstein


Phillipp Neumann has just doubled through Scott Baumstein is a very sweet spot. Nuemann raised to 4,700 from the hijack and was called by Baumstein on the button. Neumann led 7,800 into the KClub Suit10Heart Suit6Diamond Suit flop. Baumstein made the call.

Neumann checked the QDiamond Suit turn allowing Baumstein to take a stab at the pot to the tune of 10,200. Neumann check-raised to 23,0000 and Baumstein moved all-in. Call.

Neumann: KHeart SuitKSpade Suit for top set


Baumstein: KDiamond SuitQClub Suit for top two

Baumstein was drawing dead as Neumann chipped up to 120,000. — RD




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Baumstein wasn’t laughing when he found he was drawing dead




8.09pm: Post dinner aggression


The first real bit of aggression seen since the restart saw a Shaun Deeb raise to 4,200 from the hijack and an 11,500 three-bet from Scott Baumstein on the button. Deeb didn’t have the goods to continue and folded. — MC

8pm: Back from the break


The players have returned to the TV table after a 70-minute break. The last level was a dramatic one that could have seen Shaun Dee take a monster lead in chips and in bounties (the player with the most at the end of the tournament takes an extra $25,000). He got it in against Michael Binger with kings to ace-king and lost. He’s had to start grinding again and is back up to 120,000. Scott Baumstein is our chip leader with 157,000. — RD




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Shaun Deeb




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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)

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10.05pm: End of level

10.02pm: Neumann’s backdoor double


Marko Neumann has doubled back to 40,000 after shoving from the small blind for 20,000 with 9Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. Scott Baumstein called in the big blind with ASpade Suit6Heart Suit. Neumann hit a great turn on the 5Diamond Suit4Diamond SuitKSpade Suit3Diamond Suit board and caught the 7Diamond Suit on the river. Baumstein back to his starting 100,000. — RD

10pm: Binger doubles


Michael Binger took trappy line versus Marko Neumann to double-up to 90,000. He limped from the small blind with 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit and snap called when Neumann set him in with AClub Suit6Heart Suit. The board ran JClub Suit2Diamond SuitKSpade Suit5Club Suit7Club Suit. The German was left with just ten big blinds after the hand. — MC

9.44pm: Binger three-bet


Michael three-bet to 14,000 from the small blind over a Scott Baumstein raise of 5,300. Baumstein made the call and fired a 16,000 at the 8Club Suit10Club Suit3Heart Suit flop. It was enough. — RD

9.39pm: Small flush good for Deeb


Scott Baumstein raised from under-the-gun and Shaun Deen called from the big blind. The flop came 6Heart SuitASpade Suit2Spade Suit and Deeb check-called a 5,500 c-bet from his opponent. The JSpade Suit10Spade Suit turn and river were checked down and Deeb tabled ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit for a flush and the pot to move up a little to 174,000. Baumstein had an off suit king-queen. — MC

9.30pm: Deeb tank fold


Shaun Deeb just tank folded to a Marko Neumann shove. Deeb opened to 5,300 and the German moved all-in for 44,000. Deeb obviously had a marginal hand but even with the bounty on offer he couldn’t find a call. — RD

9.15pm: Chen bullying, moves over 200,000


Marko Neumann opened from the button and Chen moved all-in using his big stack to push the German out of the hand. The win takes him up to 201,000. —RD




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Andrew Chen is starting to use his big stack




9.15pm: Four handed?


We thought we were about to go four handed but the board ran out as a full house to end in a chop. Shaun Deeb raised to 5,000 and called when Marko Neumann shoved for 51,000. Deeb was ahead with [aj]JDiamond Suit to his German opponent’s KHeart Suit10Diamond Suit but the board ran 2Club Suit7Spade Suit2Spade Suit2Diamond Suit7Heart Suit. Five handed play continues. — MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 1,200-2,400, ANTE 100


9.05pm: Pilossoph snaps, out in 6th


It’s taken seven hours but we finally have our first knockout. Billy Pilossoph had called from the big blind with 5Club Suit7Club Suit after Andrew Chen had raised under-the-gun. Shaun Deeb had also called.

On the 4Spade Suit5Diamond Suit4Club Suit flop Pilossoph had check-raised all-in for 49,000 after Chen had led for 7,000, which Deeb had called. Chen made the call and Deeb passed. Pilossoph found himself facing JSpade SuitJHeart Suit and failed to hit. — RD




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Billy Pilossoph is out in 6th




8.56pm: Three-way to the flop


Scott Baumstein raised from first position and was called by Michael Binger and Marko Neumann in the blinds. The flop came 8Club SuitAHeart Suit3Heart Suit and Baumstein’s c-bet for 6,800 was only called by Neumann. The turn came 10Club Suit and the second bullet from Baumstein was enough to take the pot down. — MC

8.50pm: Pilossoph doubles through Binger


Billy Pilossoph has doubled through Michael Binger with ASpade SuitKSpade Suit to 8Spade Suit9Spade Suit. Binger opened to 4,500 and Pilossoph shoved for 21,300. Binger made the call, no doubt with one eye on the bounty. — RD

Bounties currently stand at:


Deeb – 7


Baumstein – 6


Binger – 6


Neumann – 5


Pilossoph – 4


Chen – 3




8.40pm: Neumann doubles through Deeb


Phillipp Neumann has just doubled through Shaun Deeb after getting it in with KHeart SuitQHeart Suit to Neumann’s AHeart Suit10Spade Suit. A king on the flop was enough for the German to rake in the 60,000 pot. Deeb still ahead with around 170,000. — RD




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Marko Neumann flips back into the tournament




8.36pm: Nuemann shoves


Not only is Shaun Deeb ahead with 202,000 but he’s got the most bounties with seven. Michael Binger just had a chance to catch up when Phillipp Neumann moved all-in under-the-gun for 27,000 and the action folded to him in the big blind. Binger gave it some thought and passed. “Thanks, I appreciate it,” said Deeb patting Binger on the back. — RD

8.34pm: Deeb doubles to take the lead


Shaun Deeb has doubled-up to 200,600 through Marko Neumann and in turn left the German with 28,200. Deeb raised from under-the-gun and Neumann called to see the QSpade Suit7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit flop-. Deeb checked then raised to 16,500 when Neumann bet 6,500. Call. The turn came 9Diamond Suit and Deeb led for 23,800 and was called. The river came 10Heart Suit and Deeb moved all-in for 53,200. Neumann tanked and made the call but mucked upon seeing Deeb’s 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit for a flopped set. — MC

8.20pm: Three-betting and four-betting


Andrew Chen is getting involved in pre-flop raising wars with a 50% success rate over two hands. Firstly he raised but folded when Michael Binger three-bet him. He tried his luck again the next hand and this time Shaun Deeb three-bet him. He was having none of it this time and four-bet to take the pot time. — MC

8.16pm: Nuemann doubles through drawing-dead Baumstein


Phillipp Neumann has just doubled through Scott Baumstein is a very sweet spot. Nuemann raised to 4,700 from the hijack and was called by Baumstein on the button. Neumann led 7,800 into the KClub Suit10Heart Suit6Diamond Suit flop. Baumstein made the call.

Neumann checked the QDiamond Suit turn allowing Baumstein to take a stab at the pot to the tune of 10,200. Neumann check-raised to 23,0000 and Baumstein moved all-in. Call.

Neumann: KHeart SuitKSpade Suit for top set


Baumstein: KDiamond SuitQClub Suit for top two

Baumstein was drawing dead as Neumann chipped up to 120,000. — RD




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Baumstein wasn’t laughing when he found he was drawing dead




8.09pm: Post dinner aggression


The first real bit of aggression seen since the restart saw a Shaun Deeb raise to 4,200 from the hijack and an 11,500 three-bet from Scott Baumstein on the button. Deeb didn’t have the goods to continue and folded. — MC

8pm: Back from the break


The players have returned to the TV table after a 70-minute break. The last level was a dramatic one that could have seen Shaun Dee take a monster lead in chips and in bounties (the player with the most at the end of the tournament takes an extra $25,000). He got it in against Michael Binger with kings to ace-king and lost. He’s had to start grinding again and is back up to 120,000. Scott Baumstein is our chip leader with 157,000. — RD




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Shaun Deeb




PokerStars Blog reporting team in the Bahamas (in order of consecutive days worked here at the PCA): Rick Dacey (11) and Marc Convey (9).



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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 26 updates (30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg5.42pm: Molson motoring


William Molson can’t stop taking pots at the moment. Here he raised to 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov defended his big blind. On the ADiamond Suit6Club SuitASpade Suit flop, Lykov checked then folded quickly when Molson bet 130,000. — SY

5.40pm: On we go


Straight into level 26, then. Blinds are now 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Molson is still our chip leader with approaching four million, followed by Max Lykov on 2.2million and his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez on around one million. — SY

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Max Lykov

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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 26 & 27 updates (40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg8.50pm: Fernandez doubles


After two hands in which Molson shoved, the first a re-raise to Leo Fernandez and the second an open-shove, Leo Fernandez decided it was his turn. He moved all-in for 1,550,000 and Molson made the call:

Molson KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit


Fernandez: 2Club Suit2Heart Suit

It was a classic race for the tournament, one that Molson looked to have won when the flop came 9Heart SuitQClub SuitAClub Suit. He let out a huge cheer as he paired his ace, but it was Fernandez’ turn to shout when the 2Diamond Suit turn made his set. The river was 8Spade Suit.

Fernandez now on more than 3million to around 4.5million for Molson. — SY

8:41pm: Lykov eliminated, Molson leads heads up


Will Molson came in for a small raise from the button. Leo Fernandez folded the small blind, but Max Lykov announced all-in. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a call snap so loudly. Molson tabled 10Club Suit10Diamond Suit to Lykov’s 6Heart Suit6Club Suit. The flop was a drama bomb: 8Heart Suit5Spade Suit7Spade Suit. The dealer woudn’t be that nasty, would he? No, he would not. He put out the 5Heart Suit on the turn and JDiamond Suit on the river. Lykov went out in third place for $369,490.

Molson now has a better than 3 to 1 chip lead on Fernandez heads-up.—BW

8.35pm: Molson vs. Lykov


Max Lykov raised to 180,000 from the small blind and William Molson called from the big. On the 3Spade Suit8Diamond SuitQClub Suit flop Lykov bet 225,000 and Molson called. On the 4Club Suit turn Lykov slowed down to a check and Molson bet 250,000. Call. On the 3Club Suit river Lykov bet once more, then mucked when Molson made it 550,000. — SY

8:29pm: Where did everybody go?


The 2011 is all but over. By the time this room closes down tonight, there will be no more poker at Atlantis until next January. At this hour, there are two cash games, two side event final tables, the Bounty Shootout final table, and this $25K High Roller three-handed match-up still playing. After more than a week of needing a cattle prod to get across the ballroom floor, this place has finally cleared out. You almost wouldn’t know that one of the guys in the foreground of this picture will win more than $1 million before he leaves the room. —BW

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8:24pm: Rough counts


Eyeballing the players stacks a second ago revealed these approximate standings:

Will Molson: 2.4 million


Leo Fernandez: 1.8 million


Max Lykov: 3.3 million

In the first 25 minutes of play since the game resumed, Lykov has done all he can to force Leo Fernandez into a confrontation. Fernandez has established his opening raise at 200,000. That bet has been met with all-in shoves, three-bets, and calls. No matter which of the three it’s been, Fernandez has not raked one of the pots. This may come to a head sooner than it at fist appeared. —BW

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8.10pm: Pressure on Fernandez


Leo Fernandez is going to come under some pressure after turning down a deal. The first time he raised after the dinner break, to 200,000 from the small blind, Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind without a moment’s hesitation.

Fernandez went deep into the tank and then Lykov called the clock. The full count down to zero came and went, and Fernandez’ hand was declared dead. — SY

8:01pm: Deal scuttled


While we’re not privy to the details of the last hour, here’s what we’ve inferred from the conversation among the final three players: with the chip counts basically even and the blinds now up to 40,000-80,000-10,000, there was talk of a deal during that last hour of break time. We don’t know the terms of the discussion, but it’s clear that Leo Fernandez is the dissenter. “It’s better for the sport,” he explained.

There is currently around $2 million left to be awarded, which means that if they chopped it evenly, everybody would get better than second place money. Regardless, that’s not happening and play has resumed.

“If you want to gamble, we’ll gamble,” Max Lykov said.

The next player out will earn $369,490.—BW

8pm: Playing again


Players are back at the felt.

7:30pm: Obviously…


The 15-minute break turned into a longer one. The players decided to go have a bite to eat. They are scheduled to return at 8pm ET.—BW

6.40pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. Players are on a 15-minute break. Here’s how they stand right now: — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2,675,000


Will Molson, 2,600,000


Max Lykov, 2,260,000

6.31pm: Hellooooooo Kyrgyzstan


Yes, it’s that time again when we pay homage to our far-flung readers who are isolated in strange places. Today, we are proud to say hello to our one reader in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia who, according to our analytics, has already looked at 17 PokerStars Blog pages today and enjoyed spending 22 minutes reading the best poker tournament reporting in the world.

Sir/Madam, we salute you. Please spread the word around your lovely city of Bishkek. — SY

6.25pm: Fernandez ahead


Leo Fernandez has inched ahead in this three-way race. Their reasonably even, which means I am starting to get a little worried about making my flight home tomorrow. — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2.9million


Will Molson, 2.4million


Max Lykov, 2million

6.20pm: Lykov all-in


Will Molson made it 120,000 from the button and Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind. Molson seemed to be reasonably interested, but after thinking things over he elected to fold. — SY

6.15pm: Good few minutes for Fernandez


Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez seems to have moved through the gears and has moved up to a stack of 2.3million, level with Max Lykov. He raised to 175,000 from the small blind and Lykov called from the big. On the 6Heart Suit5Club Suit8Spade Suit flop, Fernandez checked, Lykov bet 160,000 and Fernandez announced he was all-in. The Russian mucked in surprise.

Soon after that Fernandez made it 150,000 from the button and Will Molson defended his big blind. On the 4Heart Suit4Spade Suit8Diamond Suit flop Molson checked and Fernandez bet 150,000 to take it down. — SY

6:04pm: Fernandez all-in…all the time


Leo Fernandez isn’t necessarily short-stacked now, but he’s loathe to see a flop. Three out of the last four hands he’s played have been all-in re-raises or all-in four-bets. He’s not been called yet and managed to pick up more than half a million in chips without seeing a flop. —BW

5.42pm: Molson motoring


William Molson can’t stop taking pots at the moment. Here he raised to 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov defended his big blind. On the ADiamond Suit6Club SuitASpade Suit flop, Lykov checked then folded quickly when Molson bet 130,000. — SY

5.40pm: On we go


Straight into level 26, then. Blinds are now 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Molson is still our chip leader with approaching four million, followed by Max Lykov on 2.2million and his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez on around one million. — SY

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Max Lykov

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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 26 - 28 updates (50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg9:52pm: Cagey


The game dynamic has shifted a bit. The hands aren’t going far very often. The biggest hand we’ve seen came just a moment ago. Leo Fernandez opened to 250,000, Will Molson three-bet to 475,000, and Fernandez called. Both players checked the 7Heart Suit4Spade SuitJHeart Suit flop. On the 5Spade Suit turn, Molson checked again, and Leo announced “All-in.”

Molson sighed audibly and run his hands through his hair. “All-in?” he asked. “Wow.”

A few more seconds ticked by before Molson muttered, “Nice hand,” and folded.—BW

9.30pm: Molson doubles back up


After that brutal beat a little while ago, William Molson has now doubled back up to 3.5million, only 400,000 less than Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez had been open-shoving a lot, four times in recent hands, but this time Molson said: “I guess I have to call.”

He showed KHeart SuitJHeart Suit against Fernandez’ pocket fives. The flop was a teasing [10h]2Spade Suit6Heart Suit while the 8Heart Suit turn filled his flush. The 3Spade Suit mattered not.


We’re back to close to even. — SY

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Leo Fernandez spots the flush

9:11pm: Confirmed: Will Molson is cursed


Let’s be clear here. We don’t feel bad for anybody in poker. We’re way beyond the point of sympathy for anyone. That said, anyone who doesn’t currently feel a little pain for Will Molson is probably dead. As you probably know by now, Molson has finished second in this event two times in as many years. Moments ago, it looked like he’d bagged the win, then Fernandez spiked the deuce on the turn to double up.

And now this:

Will Molson min-raised from the button to 200,000 and Leo Fernandez shoved for 2,570,000. Molson called in a shot with QDiamond SuitQSpade Suit, way out ahead of Fernandez’s ugly nine-seven. And then the flop…KDiamond Suit9Club Suit7Spade Suit. That’s right. Fernandez flopped two pair, Molson didn’t catch up, and now Fernandez has a commanding chip lead. He’s holding more than five million chips and has a 2-1 advantage on Molson’s 2.5 million.—BW

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Realizing the curse




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9pm: Level up


We’re now on level 28, with blinds at 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante. — SY

8.50pm: Fernandez doubles


After two hands in which Molson shoved, the first a re-raise to Leo Fernandez and the second an open-shove, Leo Fernandez decided it was his turn. He moved all-in for 1,550,000 and Molson made the call:

Molson KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit


Fernandez: 2Club Suit2Heart Suit

It was a classic race for the tournament, one that Molson looked to have won when the flop came 9Heart SuitQClub SuitAClub Suit. He let out a huge cheer as he paired his ace, but it was Fernandez’ turn to shout when the 2Diamond Suit turn made his set. The river was 8Spade Suit.

Fernandez now on more than 3million to around 4.5million for Molson. — SY

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Heads-up with Leo Fernandez, left, and William Molson

8:41pm: Lykov eliminated, Molson leads heads up


Will Molson came in for a small raise from the button. Leo Fernandez folded the small blind, but Max Lykov announced all-in. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a call snap so loudly. Molson tabled 10Club Suit10Diamond Suit to Lykov’s 6Heart Suit6Club Suit. The flop was a drama bomb: 8Heart Suit5Spade Suit7Spade Suit. The dealer woudn’t be that nasty, would he? No, he would not. He put out the 5Heart Suit on the turn and JDiamond Suit on the river. Lykov went out in third place for $369,490.

Molson now has a better than 3 to 1 chip lead on Fernandez heads-up.—BW

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Max Lykov busts

8.35pm: Molson vs. Lykov


Max Lykov raised to 180,000 from the small blind and William Molson called from the big. On the 3Spade Suit8Diamond SuitQClub Suit flop Lykov bet 225,000 and Molson called. On the 4Club Suit turn Lykov slowed down to a check and Molson bet 250,000. Call. On the 3Club Suit river Lykov bet once more, then mucked when Molson made it 550,000. — SY

8:29pm: Where did everybody go?


The 2011 is all but over. By the time this room closes down tonight, there will be no more poker at Atlantis until next January. At this hour, there are two cash games, two side event final tables, the Bounty Shootout final table, and this $25K High Roller three-handed match-up still playing. After more than a week of needing a cattle prod to get across the ballroom floor, this place has finally cleared out. You almost wouldn’t know that one of the guys in the foreground of this picture will win more than $1 million before he leaves the room. —BW

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8:24pm: Rough counts


Eyeballing the players stacks a second ago revealed these approximate standings:

Will Molson: 2.4 million


Leo Fernandez: 1.8 million


Max Lykov: 3.3 million

In the first 25 minutes of play since the game resumed, Lykov has done all he can to force Leo Fernandez into a confrontation. Fernandez has established his opening raise at 200,000. That bet has been met with all-in shoves, three-bets, and calls. No matter which of the three it’s been, Fernandez has not raked one of the pots. This may come to a head sooner than it at fist appeared. —BW

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8.10pm: Pressure on Fernandez


Leo Fernandez is going to come under some pressure after turning down a deal. The first time he raised after the dinner break, to 200,000 from the small blind, Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind without a moment’s hesitation.

Fernandez went deep into the tank and then Lykov called the clock. The full count down to zero came and went, and Fernandez’ hand was declared dead. — SY

8:01pm: Deal scuttled


While we’re not privy to the details of the last hour, here’s what we’ve inferred from the conversation among the final three players: with the chip counts basically even and the blinds now up to 40,000-80,000-10,000, there was talk of a deal during that last hour of break time. We don’t know the terms of the discussion, but it’s clear that Leo Fernandez is the dissenter. “It’s better for the sport,” he explained.

There is currently around $2 million left to be awarded, which means that if they chopped it evenly, everybody would get better than second place money. Regardless, that’s not happening and play has resumed.

“If you want to gamble, we’ll gamble,” Max Lykov said.

The next player out will earn $369,490.—BW

8pm: Playing again


Players are back at the felt.

7:30pm: Obviously…


The 15-minute break turned into a longer one. The players decided to go have a bite to eat. They are scheduled to return at 8pm ET.—BW

6.40pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. Players are on a 15-minute break. Here’s how they stand right now: — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2,675,000


Will Molson, 2,600,000


Max Lykov, 2,260,000

6.31pm: Hellooooooo Kyrgyzstan


Yes, it’s that time again when we pay homage to our far-flung readers who are isolated in strange places. Today, we are proud to say hello to our one reader in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia who, according to our analytics, has already looked at 17 PokerStars Blog pages today and enjoyed spending 22 minutes reading the best poker tournament reporting in the world.

Sir/Madam, we salute you. Please spread the word around your lovely city of Bishkek. — SY

6.25pm: Fernandez ahead


Leo Fernandez has inched ahead in this three-way race. Their reasonably even, which means I am starting to get a little worried about making my flight home tomorrow. — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2.9million


Will Molson, 2.4million


Max Lykov, 2million

6.20pm: Lykov all-in


Will Molson made it 120,000 from the button and Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind. Molson seemed to be reasonably interested, but after thinking things over he elected to fold. — SY

6.15pm: Good few minutes for Fernandez


Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez seems to have moved through the gears and has moved up to a stack of 2.3million, level with Max Lykov. He raised to 175,000 from the small blind and Lykov called from the big. On the 6Heart Suit5Club Suit8Spade Suit flop, Fernandez checked, Lykov bet 160,000 and Fernandez announced he was all-in. The Russian mucked in surprise.

Soon after that Fernandez made it 150,000 from the button and Will Molson defended his big blind. On the 4Heart Suit4Spade Suit8Diamond Suit flop Molson checked and Fernandez bet 150,000 to take it down. — SY

6:04pm: Fernandez all-in…all the time


Leo Fernandez isn’t necessarily short-stacked now, but he’s loathe to see a flop. Three out of the last four hands he’s played have been all-in re-raises or all-in four-bets. He’s not been called yet and managed to pick up more than half a million in chips without seeing a flop. —BW

5.42pm: Molson motoring


William Molson can’t stop taking pots at the moment. Here he raised to 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov defended his big blind. On the ADiamond Suit6Club SuitASpade Suit flop, Lykov checked then folded quickly when Molson bet 130,000. — SY

5.40pm: On we go


Straight into level 26, then. Blinds are now 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Molson is still our chip leader with approaching four million, followed by Max Lykov on 2.2million and his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez on around one million. — SY

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Max Lykov

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2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 26 - 29 updates (60,000-120,000, 10,000 ante)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg10:49pm: Will Molson breaks his curse, wins PCA $25K High Roller


Will Molson has finally broken this runner-up curse. After two straight years of taking second in this very event, he’s won it all. The final hand came moments ago when Leo Fernandez shoved all-in with JDiamond Suit2Heart Suit. Molson called with ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit. The board ran out 5Heart Suit3Diamond Suit7Club SuitKHeart SuitQHeart Suit. Molson shook Fernandez’s hand then ran for the rail to hug his supporters. His take for the win? $1,072,850.

Fernandez picked up $554,925 for second place. —BW

10.40pm: Wait! Fernadez doubles again


This could go on for hours. Just when it looked like Leo Fernandez was on his last legs, he goes and doubles up to 1.9million. He raised to 285,000, William Molson moved all-in and Fernandez called:

Molson: ASpade Suit5Club Suit


Fernandez: QClub Suit7Spade Suit

It was a sweet spot for Molson who only had to fade a seven or a queen (barring any unlikely straight) to finally win this PCA High Roller at the third time of asking.

The flop was 7Heart Suit6Club SuitKClub Suit.

So much for that. The 5Heart Suit turn offered Molson some hope of adding running trips to his three ace outs, but the 4Diamond Suit failed to deliver.

On we go. — SY

10:34pm—Molson crushes Fernandez


Will Molson has been looking for a reason to be happy all day long. He just got it. Leo Fernandez came in for a raise to 275,000. Molson cut out 620,000 and slid it in front of him. Fernandez didn’t think long before moving all in. Molson beat him into the pot and flipped up ADiamond SuitAHeart Suit. Fernandez was way behind with ASpade Suit3Diamond Suit. The board run 8Spade Suit6Diamond SuitJHeart SuitAClub Suit8Club Suit. Fernandez had Molson covered, but not by much. Molson doubled his 3,450,000 stack. He now has a huge lead on Fernandez.

Involuntarily, Molson’s poker face finally cracked into a wide grin. “Now I can smile,” he said.—BW

10.20pm: All quiet


It’s all a bit cagey at the moment. Nothing to see here.

10.10pm: Off we go again


Leo Fernandez and William Molson are back in their seats. This is level 29 and blinds are now a meaty 60,000-120,000 with a 10,000 ante. — SY

9.56pm: Break


That’s the end of the level and players have gone on a 15-minute break. — SY

9.55pm: Did the five help


Leo Fernadez made it 250,000 and William Molson called. The flop was 5Spade SuitADiamond Suit9Heart Suit and Molson check-called Fernadez’ 250,000. Both then checked the 2Heart Suit turn, and on the 5Diamond Suit river Fernandez made it 500,000. Molson did not like that. “So the five helped you, did it?” No reply from the man from Argentina. Molson mucked. — SY

Here are the current counts:


Leo Fernandez, 4,365,000


William Molson, 3,185,000

9:52pm: Cagey


The game dynamic has shifted a bit. The hands aren’t going far very often. The biggest hand we’ve seen came just a moment ago. Leo Fernandez opened to 250,000, Will Molson three-bet to 475,000, and Fernandez called. Both players checked the 7Heart Suit4Spade SuitJHeart Suit flop. On the 5Spade Suit turn, Molson checked again, and Leo announced “All-in.”

Molson sighed audibly and run his hands through his hair. “All-in?” he asked. “Wow.”

A few more seconds ticked by before Molson muttered, “Nice hand,” and folded.—BW

9.30pm: Molson doubles back up


After that brutal beat a little while ago, William Molson has now doubled back up to 3.5million, only 400,000 less than Leo Fernandez.

Fernandez had been open-shoving a lot, four times in recent hands, but this time Molson said: “I guess I have to call.”

He showed KHeart SuitJHeart Suit against Fernandez’ pocket fives. The flop was a teasing [10h]2Spade Suit6Heart Suit while the 8Heart Suit turn filled his flush. The 3Spade Suit mattered not.


We’re back to close to even. — SY

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Leo Fernandez spots the flush

9:11pm: Confirmed: Will Molson is cursed


Let’s be clear here. We don’t feel bad for anybody in poker. We’re way beyond the point of sympathy for anyone. That said, anyone who doesn’t currently feel a little pain for Will Molson is probably dead. As you probably know by now, Molson has finished second in this event two times in as many years. Moments ago, it looked like he’d bagged the win, then Fernandez spiked the deuce on the turn to double up.

And now this:

Will Molson min-raised from the button to 200,000 and Leo Fernandez shoved for 2,570,000. Molson called in a shot with QDiamond SuitQSpade Suit, way out ahead of Fernandez’s ugly nine-seven. And then the flop…KDiamond Suit9Club Suit7Spade Suit. That’s right. Fernandez flopped two pair, Molson didn’t catch up, and now Fernandez has a commanding chip lead. He’s holding more than five million chips and has a 2-1 advantage on Molson’s 2.5 million.—BW

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Realizing the curse




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9pm: Level up


We’re now on level 28, with blinds at 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante. — SY

8.50pm: Fernandez doubles


After two hands in which Molson shoved, the first a re-raise to Leo Fernandez and the second an open-shove, Leo Fernandez decided it was his turn. He moved all-in for 1,550,000 and Molson made the call:

Molson KHeart SuitQDiamond Suit


Fernandez: 2Club Suit2Heart Suit

It was a classic race for the tournament, one that Molson looked to have won when the flop came 9Heart SuitQClub SuitAClub Suit. He let out a huge cheer as he paired his ace, but it was Fernandez’ turn to shout when the 2Diamond Suit turn made his set. The river was 8Spade Suit.

Fernandez now on more than 3million to around 4.5million for Molson. — SY

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Heads-up with Leo Fernandez, left, and William Molson

8:41pm: Lykov eliminated, Molson leads heads up


Will Molson came in for a small raise from the button. Leo Fernandez folded the small blind, but Max Lykov announced all-in. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a call snap so loudly. Molson tabled 10Club Suit10Diamond Suit to Lykov’s 6Heart Suit6Club Suit. The flop was a drama bomb: 8Heart Suit5Spade Suit7Spade Suit. The dealer woudn’t be that nasty, would he? No, he would not. He put out the 5Heart Suit on the turn and JDiamond Suit on the river. Lykov went out in third place for $369,490.

Molson now has a better than 3 to 1 chip lead on Fernandez heads-up.—BW

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Max Lykov busts

8.35pm: Molson vs. Lykov


Max Lykov raised to 180,000 from the small blind and William Molson called from the big. On the 3Spade Suit8Diamond SuitQClub Suit flop Lykov bet 225,000 and Molson called. On the 4Club Suit turn Lykov slowed down to a check and Molson bet 250,000. Call. On the 3Club Suit river Lykov bet once more, then mucked when Molson made it 550,000. — SY

8:29pm: Where did everybody go?


The 2011 is all but over. By the time this room closes down tonight, there will be no more poker at Atlantis until next January. At this hour, there are two cash games, two side event final tables, the Bounty Shootout final table, and this $25K High Roller three-handed match-up still playing. After more than a week of needing a cattle prod to get across the ballroom floor, this place has finally cleared out. You almost wouldn’t know that one of the guys in the foreground of this picture will win more than $1 million before he leaves the room. —BW

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8:24pm: Rough counts


Eyeballing the players stacks a second ago revealed these approximate standings:

Will Molson: 2.4 million


Leo Fernandez: 1.8 million


Max Lykov: 3.3 million

In the first 25 minutes of play since the game resumed, Lykov has done all he can to force Leo Fernandez into a confrontation. Fernandez has established his opening raise at 200,000. That bet has been met with all-in shoves, three-bets, and calls. No matter which of the three it’s been, Fernandez has not raked one of the pots. This may come to a head sooner than it at fist appeared. —BW

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8.10pm: Pressure on Fernandez


Leo Fernandez is going to come under some pressure after turning down a deal. The first time he raised after the dinner break, to 200,000 from the small blind, Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind without a moment’s hesitation.

Fernandez went deep into the tank and then Lykov called the clock. The full count down to zero came and went, and Fernandez’ hand was declared dead. — SY

8:01pm: Deal scuttled


While we’re not privy to the details of the last hour, here’s what we’ve inferred from the conversation among the final three players: with the chip counts basically even and the blinds now up to 40,000-80,000-10,000, there was talk of a deal during that last hour of break time. We don’t know the terms of the discussion, but it’s clear that Leo Fernandez is the dissenter. “It’s better for the sport,” he explained.

There is currently around $2 million left to be awarded, which means that if they chopped it evenly, everybody would get better than second place money. Regardless, that’s not happening and play has resumed.

“If you want to gamble, we’ll gamble,” Max Lykov said.

The next player out will earn $369,490.—BW

8pm: Playing again


Players are back at the felt.

7:30pm: Obviously…


The 15-minute break turned into a longer one. The players decided to go have a bite to eat. They are scheduled to return at 8pm ET.—BW

6.40pm: Break


That’s the end of the level. Players are on a 15-minute break. Here’s how they stand right now: — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2,675,000


Will Molson, 2,600,000


Max Lykov, 2,260,000

6.31pm: Hellooooooo Kyrgyzstan


Yes, it’s that time again when we pay homage to our far-flung readers who are isolated in strange places. Today, we are proud to say hello to our one reader in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia who, according to our analytics, has already looked at 17 PokerStars Blog pages today and enjoyed spending 22 minutes reading the best poker tournament reporting in the world.

Sir/Madam, we salute you. Please spread the word around your lovely city of Bishkek. — SY

6.25pm: Fernandez ahead


Leo Fernandez has inched ahead in this three-way race. Their reasonably even, which means I am starting to get a little worried about making my flight home tomorrow. — SY

Leo Fernandez, 2.9million


Will Molson, 2.4million


Max Lykov, 2million

6.20pm: Lykov all-in


Will Molson made it 120,000 from the button and Max Lykov re-raised all-in from the big blind. Molson seemed to be reasonably interested, but after thinking things over he elected to fold. — SY

6.15pm: Good few minutes for Fernandez


Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez seems to have moved through the gears and has moved up to a stack of 2.3million, level with Max Lykov. He raised to 175,000 from the small blind and Lykov called from the big. On the 6Heart Suit5Club Suit8Spade Suit flop, Fernandez checked, Lykov bet 160,000 and Fernandez announced he was all-in. The Russian mucked in surprise.

Soon after that Fernandez made it 150,000 from the button and Will Molson defended his big blind. On the 4Heart Suit4Spade Suit8Diamond Suit flop Molson checked and Fernandez bet 150,000 to take it down. — SY

6:04pm: Fernandez all-in…all the time


Leo Fernandez isn’t necessarily short-stacked now, but he’s loathe to see a flop. Three out of the last four hands he’s played have been all-in re-raises or all-in four-bets. He’s not been called yet and managed to pick up more than half a million in chips without seeing a flop. —BW

5.42pm: Molson motoring


William Molson can’t stop taking pots at the moment. Here he raised to 100,000 from the button and Max Lykov defended his big blind. On the ADiamond Suit6Club SuitASpade Suit flop, Lykov checked then folded quickly when Molson bet 130,000. — SY

5.40pm: On we go


Straight into level 26, then. Blinds are now 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante. Molson is still our chip leader with approaching four million, followed by Max Lykov on 2.2million and his fellow Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez on around one million. — SY

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Max Lykov

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Galen Hall wins the 2011 PCA Main Event



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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 3 updates (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

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4.55pm: Binger doubles up


Andrew Chen opened from late position and Mike Binger shoved with ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit from the small blind for 36,000. Chen slowly made the call with ASpade Suit9Spade Suit. Binger hit a king on the flop and Binger is up to 78,000 and Chen is down to 101,000, just a little over his starting stack. — RD

4.50pm: Play resumes


Level three has begun and we’re still to lose a player but a couple of players are getting to the danger level stage. Here’s the current standings:

1. Andrew Chen – 137,000


2. Shaun Deeb – 164,200


3. Mike Binger – 36,000


4. Marko Neumann – 61,200


5. Scott Baumstein – 163,900


6. William Pilossoph – 37,700




Shaun Deeb is running the show at the moment




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PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg6.50pm: Dinner break


The players are now in dinner break. Play will resume at 8pm.

6.45pm: Chen chips up off Binger


Andrew Chen is up to 130,000 chips after taking a pot off Michael Binger. The Canadian raised from the button and Binger defended from the big blind to go to the 8Diamond SuitKSpade Suit5Heart Suit flop. Both players checked it to the 8Heart Suit turn where Binger check-raised his opponent’s 5,000 bet up to 14,500. Chen thought before making the call to see the 7Spade Suit river. Binger was first to act and thought for a Binger amount of time before checking. Chen checked behind and took the pot with his JClub SuitJSpade Suit to move up to 120,000. Binger could only muster ace high with ASpade Suit2Spade Suit. —MC

6.34pm: Deeb stops the rot


Shaun Deeb’s stack is back on the up after winning a small pot from Michael Binger. Deeb raised to 4,000 from the cut-off and Binger called from the next seat to go to a KClub Suit2Diamond Suit5Club Suit flop. Deeb checked to Binger who bet 5,500 and he called. Both checked the 9Diamond Suit and the 4Spade Suit river. Binger tabled 6Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit and lost and to Deeb’s 6Heart Suit6Spade Suit. —MC

6.27pm: Neumann three-bets, Binger procrastinates passes


Marko Neumann has just three-bet Michael Binger off his 3,800 opening raise by pumping it up to 10,100. Binger plays a very deliberate game and he sat studying Neumann for some time before passing his hand. Neumann is up to 57,000. — RD

6.20pm: Deeb doubles another


Shaun Deeb’s stack continues to slide as he’s just doubled up Marko Neumann. Deeb opened with a raise to 4,000 and called when Neumann shoved for 29,100. Neumann opened AClub Suit6Club Suit, ahead of Deeb’s QClub Suit9Club Suit. Clubs were no good for him but the flop offered hope by coming 8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit10Club Suit. His outs failed to materialise though through the 4Diamond Suit8Club Suit turn and river. — MC

6.08pm: Binger cracks kings, adds hours to play


Michael Binger has just doubled through to 149,000 after getting it in with AHeart SuitKClub Suit against Shaun Deeb’s KHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. Deeb had opened for 4,000 and Binger three-bet to 11,000. Deeb replied with a very small four-bet to 21,000, heavily polarising his range. Binger moved all-in and Deeb instantly made the call.

Deeb was clear on the 10Heart Suit6Club Suit4Spade Suit flop but the ADiamond Suit saw the pot swing over to Binger with just the case king left to hit. The 4Diamond Suit river card was not it. Deeb is down to 114,000 and Binger is up to 147,000




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Michael Binger celebrates the ace-ball




Had Deeb won that hand he would have had 261,000 and a player as aggressive as he is may have torn through the remaining players. Combine that with the fact that Binger consistently takes far longer than any other player at the table to act we can safely say that turn card has added a couple of hours to his final table. — RD

5.58pm: Chen forces Deeb off one


Andrew Chen and Shaun Deeb just got involved in another pre-flop raising war. Chen opened and Deeb three-bet him. Chen, like before, came back over the top of Deeb with a four-bet. Deeb didn’t have another raise in him and folded. — MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 800-1,600, ANTE 200


5.51pm: Great Scott


Scott Baumstein has got some chips back off Andrew Chen. He raised to 2,800 from the hijack and called when Chen three-bet to 7,000 from the button. The flop came KSpade Suit4Heart Suit3Diamond Suit and Baumstein led for 8,000 and was called. The turn came 9Club Suit and Baumstein fired again, for 12,500. Chen got the message and folded. — MC

5.49pm: Binger bouncing back


Michael Binger opened for 2,900 from the button and was raised to 7,100 by Marko Neumann. Binger sat and stared the German down before setting him in for his remaining 33,000 stack. Neumann did not like that and passed.

Binger went on to win the next two hands and is back up to 75,000. — RD




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Michael Binger is back up near to his starting stack




5.43pm: Billy bullied off hand


Billy Pilossoph is below the 50,000 chip mark after he folded to a river bet from Scott Baumstein. Pilossoph raised under-the-gun and Baumstein called from the big blind. Pilossoph bet 3,000 on the AClub SuitJClub SuitASpade Suit flop and was called. Both checked the 10Heart Suit turn before Baumstein led for 3,300 on the KHeart Suit river. Pilossoph folded quickly. — MC

5.33pm: Baumstein gets paid with the nuts


Scott Baumstein has just taken a chunk of Billy Pilossoph’s stack after turning the nuts. Baumstein had opened from the cut-off and Pilossoph had called from the button. Baumstein led 3,300 into the 3Club Suit9Diamond Suit7Club Suit flop and was called. Both players checked the 6Spade Suit turn before Baumstein led 14,200 into the river. Pilossoph made the call and was shown 10Diamond Suit8Club Suit for the nuts. Baumstein is up to 155,000, Pilossoph down to 40,000. — RD

5.22pm: Deeb time


The action really came alive in this hand and it all happened pre-flop. Billy Pilossoph opened (2nd hand in-a-row) to 3,000 from the cut-off before Andrew Chen three-bet to 7,500 from the button and Shaun Deeb four-bet to 17,100 from the small blind. Michael Binger was in the big blind and looked like he was going to do something but he folded, as did Pilossoph. Chen wasn’t finished though and he five-bet to 35,000. Deeb was determined to have the last word though and he threw in his bounty chip to declare himself all-in.

“You got it” said Chen and mucked to move down to 107,000. Deeb has over one third of the chips in play now with 205,500. — MC




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Andrew Chen’s five-bet bluff did not work out




5.09pm: Pilossoph picks up pace


Billy Pilossoph has battled back to 55,000 after backing into a set of jacks on a dangerous looking KDiamond SuitAHeart Suit8Club SuitQClub SuitJClub Suit board. A small 6,000 bet extracted some thin value from Mike Binger, who drops to 57,500.

Pilossoph had three-bet Marko Neumann off an opening raise the hand before. — RD




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Billy Pilossoph is trying to elbow his way back into this final table




5.02pm: Chen catches bluff


Andrew Chen caught the bluffing Scott Baumstein to move up to 138,200. Chen raised from first position and was called in three spots to a JSpade SuitJHeart SuitQDiamond Suit flop. He continued with a 5,500 bet and was only called by Baumstein in the small blind. Both players checked the JClub Suit turn before Baumstein led for 10,000 on the river. Chen just flatted with AClub SuitQHeart Suit for top full house and took the pot as his opponent had already mucked. — MC

4.55pm: Binger doubles up


Andrew Chen opened from late position and Michael Binger shoved with ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit from the small blind for 36,000. Chen slowly made the call with ASpade Suit9Spade Suit. Binger hit a king on the flop and Binger is up to 78,000 and Chen is down to 101,000, just a little over his starting stack. — RD

4.50pm: Play resumes


Level three has begun and we’re still to lose a player but a couple of players are getting to the danger level stage. Here’s the current standings:

1. Andrew Chen – 137,000


2. Shaun Deeb – 164,200


3. Mike Binger – 36,000


4. Marko Neumann – 61,200


5. Scott Baumstein – 163,900


6. William Pilossoph – 37,700




Shaun Deeb is running the show at the moment




PokerStars Blog reporting team at the Bounty Shootout (in order of need for coffee): Rick Dacey (Ran to Starbucks at the break) and Marc Convey (Let Dacey run to Starbucks at the break on his behalf).



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