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Buy-In: $3,000
Prize Pool: $920,010
Entrants: 337

$3,000 Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 08, '11 - Jun 10, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 10, 11)

 
 

Tyler Bonkowski Wins Event #14 ($220,817)

Brandon Demes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($136,419)Tyler Bonkowsi

Tyler Bonkowsi and Brandon Demes came into heads-up play nearly even in chips with just about 1.5 million each, and it wasn’t long before Demes jumped out in front, even amassing a 4:1 chip lead against Bonkowski at one point in Level 26. Bonkowski played aggressive from the short stack and by Level 27 he had narrowed the gap to almost even in chips once again. Bonkowski returned from the break and continued on his ascent until he had Demes by a chip lead of nearly 4:1.

On the final hand of the night, Bonkowski button-raised and Demes called from the big blind.

The flop came 6Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 5Club Suit, Demes bet, Bonkoswki raised, Demes three-bet and Bonkowski called.

The turn was the 10Spade Suit, Demes checked, Bonkowski bet, Demes check-raised all in and Bonkowski called. Bonkowski turned over KDiamond Suit 10Club Suit for top pair while Demes showed KSpade Suit QHeart Suit.

The river was the 8Heart Suit, and Brandon Demes was eliminated in 2nd place ($136,419). Tyler Bonkowski wins the gold bracelet for Event #14 and the $220,817 grand prize.

Player Tags: Tyler Bonkowski,   Brandon Demes
 

Level 26: Demes Leads Bonkowski in Heads-Up Play

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Limits: 30,000-60,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 1,516,500

Chip Counts:

1. Brandon Demes – 1,680,000
2. Tyler Bonkowski – 1,320,000

Demes Pulls AheadBrandon Demes

Heads-up play started with both Tyler Bonkowski and Brandon Demes virtually even in chips. Demes managed to take an early lead after turning top pair in this hand about halfway through the level.

Tyler Bonkowski button-raised, Brandon Demes three-bet the big blind and Bonkowski called.

The turn was the QDiamond Suit, Demes bet, Bonkoswki raised, Demes three-bet and Bonkowski called.

The river was the JSpade Suit, Demes bet and Bonkowski called.Demes showed ASpade Suit QHeart Suit for top pair on the turn. Bonkowski mucked and Demes took a sizebale chip lead with 2.4 million to Bonkowski’s 600,000.

Bonkowski managed to chip back up to about 1.3 million to Demes’ 1.7 million by the time the level had come to an end and the players went on break.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Tyler Bonkowski,   Brandon Demes
 

Level 25: Bonkowski and Demes Even Heads-Up, Brongo 3rd, Keller 4th

Blinds: 13,000-25,000

Limits: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 1,516,500

Chip Counts:

1. Tyler Bonkowski – 1,510,000
2. Brandon Demes – 1,490,000

Eliminations:

3rd. Andrew Brongo – $100,198
4th. Shawn Keller – $74,171

Shawn KellerShawn Keller Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,171)

Shawn Keller was knocked down to just over one big blind after running into Andrew Brongo’s trip kings earlier, shipping nearly of all of his chips to Brongo in that hand.

The next hand he moved all in before the flop for his last 30,000 and Brandon Demes called.

Demes was in the lead with KSpade Suit 3Spade Suit against Keller’s JClub Suit 8Spade Suit.

The board came AClub Suit QClub Suit 3Heart Suit 3Club Suit 7Spade Suit, giving Demes trip threes on the turn. Shawn Keller was eliminated in 4th place ($74,171).

Andrew Brongo Eliminated in 3rd Place ($100,198)Andrew Brongo

Andrew Brongo button-raised and Brandon Demes called from the small blind.

The flop came AClub Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Club Suit, Demes bet and Brongo called.

The turn was the AHeart Suit, Demes bet, Brongo raised, Demes three-bet, Brongo four-bet and Demes called.

The river was the 10Diamond Suit, Demes checked Brongo bet, Demes check-raised, Brongo three-bet, Demes four-bet, Brongo moved all in and Demes called.

Brongo showed AClub Suit 7Heart Suit for a full house but Demes turned over ASpade Suit 10Heart Suit for a higher full house. Andrew Brongo was eliminated in 3rd place ($100,198) while Demes raked a huge pot, nearly evening out the chip stacks heading into heads-up play.

NOTE: With the elimination of Andrew Brongo in 3rd place ($100,198), Tyler Bonkowski and Brandon Demes began heads-up play nearly even in chips with 1.5 million each.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Level 24: Final Four Remain; Sterling 5th, Schock 6th, McCarrel 7th

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Limits: 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 758,250

Chip Counts:

1. Tyler Bonkowski – 1,400,000
2. Andrew Brongo – 816,000
3. Brandon Demes – 740,000
4. Shawn Keller – 140,000

Eliminations:

5th. Matt Sterling – $55,338
6th. Mitch Schock – $41,621
7th. Casey McCarrel – $31,547

Casey McCarrel Eliminated in 7th Place ($31,547)Casey McCarrel

Casey McCarrel opened for a raise and Brandon Demes called from the big blind.

The flop came 6Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit, Demes checked, McCarrel bet, Demes check-raised and McCarrel called.

The turn was the JSpade Suit, McCarrel got it all in and turned over 10Heart Suit 10Club Suit for a a pair but was drawing dead to Demes’ 5Club Suit 4Club Suit made straight. Demes jumped up the leaderboard this hand while Casey McCarrel was eliminated in 7th place ($31,547).

Mitch SchockMitch Schock Eliminated in 6th Place ($41,621)

Mitch Schock opened for a raise, Tyler Bonkowski three-bet from the small blind and Schock called.

The flop came QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit 5Spade Suit, Bonkoswi bet and Schock called.

The turn was the QHeart Suit, Bonkowski bet and Schock called.

The river was the 9Spade Suit, Bonkowski bet, Schock raised, Bonkowski three-bet and Schock called.

Bonkowski showed ASpade Suit QClub Suit for quad queens and Schock threw his hand into the muck. After this hand, Schock was left with just 5,000 in chips.

Schock managed to quadruple up shortly thereafter, but then got it all in pre-flop with JClub Suit 6Club Suit against Tyler Bonkowski’s ASpade Suit AHeart Suit.

The board came 9Spade Suit 7Heart Suit 4Club Suit QDiamond Suit 5Club Suit, no help for Mitch Schock who was eliminated in 6th place ($41,621).

Matt Sterling Eliminated in 5th Place ($55,338)Matt Sterling

Matt Sterling and Andrew Brongo capped the betting before the flop and Sterling got the rest of his chips in on a flop of JClub Suit 4Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit.

Sterling turned over 10Club Suit 9Spade Suit but was behind Brongo’s QSpade Suit QClub Suit.

The turn and river were the AClub Suit and the 5Club Suit, no help to Matt Sterling who was eliminated in 5th place ($55,338).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Level 23: Ron Burke Eliminated in 8th Place ($24,095)

Blinds: 8,000-15,000

Limits: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 433,385

Chip Counts:

1. Tyler Bonkowski – 700,000
2. Brandon Demes – 620,000
3. Andrew Brongo – 455,000
4. Mitch Schock – 420,000
5. Matt Sterling – 290,000
6. Casey McCarrel – 290,000
7. Shawn Keller – 72,000

Ron Burke Doubles Through Andrew Brongo

Andrew Brongo opened the pot for a raise, Ron Burke moved all in, Casey McCarrel called from the big blind and Brongo called the raise as well.

Both players checked to the river on a board of 9Heart Suit 6Spade Suit 4Club Suit 4Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit.

Burke turned over AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit for two pair, Brongo tossed a pair of fives into the muck and McCarrel folded as well. Burke tripled up to just about 120,000 this hand, though still on the short stack.

Ron Burke Eliminated in 8th Place ($24,095)Ron Burke

Shortly after tripling up at the beginning of the level, the crippling blinds finally got the best of Ron Burke.

Andrew Brongo button-raised, Ron Burke three-bet from the small blind and Brongo called.

The flop came AHeart Suit QClub Suit 5Diamond Suit, Burke bet and Brongo called.

The turn was the 5Diamond Suit, Burke bet, Brongo raised, Burke three-bet all in and Brongo called.

Burke turned over ADiamond Suit JSpade Suit for top pair on the flop but Brongo showed ADiamond Suit 4Club Suit for two pair on the turn.

The river was the 8Club Suit, no help to Ron Burke who was eliminated in 8th place ($24,095).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Ron Burke,   Casey McCarrell,   Andrew Brongo
 

Level 22: Jeff Shulman 9th ($18,547), Final Eight on Dinner Break

NOTE: The remaining eight players went on a one-hour dinner break at the conclusion of Level 22 and should return at approximately 8:45pm to resume play.

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Limits: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 8 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 379,125

Chip Counts:

1. Brandon Demes – 845,000
2. Tyler Bonkowski – 480,000
3. Shawn Keller – 440,000
4. Matt Sterling – 370,000
5. Mich Schock – 290,000
6. Casey McCarrel – 290,000
7. Andrew Brongo – 240,000
8. Ron Burke – 37,000

Eliminations:

9th. Jeff Shulman – $18,547

Jeff ShulmanJeff Shulman Eliminated in 9th Place ($18,547)

Jeff Shulman opened for a raise from under the gun, Casey McCarrel three-bet from the big blind and Shulman called all in.

Shulman turned over AHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit for the lead against McCarrel’s JClub Suit 8Spade Suit.

The board came JDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit KSpade Suit, giving McCarrel top pair on the flop. Jeff Shulman was eliminated in 9th place ($18,547).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Jeff Shulman,   Casey McCarrell
 

Level 21: Sterling and Burke Double, Shulman On The Short Stack

Blinds: 5,000-10,000

Limits: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 337,000

Chip Counts:

1. Brandon Demes – 800,000
2. Shawn Keller – 690,000
3. Tyler Bonkowski – 474,000
4. Andrew Brongo – 420,000
5. Mitch Schock – 240,000
6. Casey McCarrel – 162,000
7. Matt Sterling – 117,000
8. Ron Burke – 115,000
9. Jeff Shulman – 58,000

Matt Sterling Doubles Through Andrew Brongo

Matt Sterling raised from the cutoff and Andrew Brongo called from the big blind.

Both players checked to the river on a board of ASpade Suit JDiamond Suit 7Heart Suit 2Spade Suit 6Club Suit.

Brongo checked the river, Sterling moved all in and Brongo called. Sterling showed ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit for top pair and Brongo was outkicked with KDiamond Suit JSpade Suit. Sterling doubled up to about 150,000 this hand while Brongo dipped down below 500,000.

Ron Burke Doubles Through Casey McCarrel

Casey McCarrel raised from the cutoff and Ron Burke called from the big blind.

The flop came ASpade Suit QClub Suit 10Spade Suit, Burke checked, McCarrel bet, Burke check-raised and McCarrel called.

The turn was the 3Diamond Suit, Burke bet, McCarrel raised and Burke called all in.

Burke showed ADiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit for two pair while McCarrel showed AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit for top pair.

The river was the 8Club Suit, and Ron Burke doubled up to about 160,000 while McCarrel dropped down to just over 100,000.

Jeff Shulman on the Short Stack
Jeff Shulman

Jeff Shulman hasn’t been able to get much going at this final table, despite some aggression at times. With several of the shorter stacks finding early double ups, and a few missed flops, Shulman now finds himself on the short stack.

Casey McCarrel raised from the small blind, Jeff Shulman three-bet from the big blind, McCarrel four-bet and Shulman called.

The flop came KHeart Suit 9Club Suit 5Club Suit, McCarrel bet and Shulman folded.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Jeff Shulman,   Ron Burke,   Andrew Brongo
 

Level 21: Jeff Shulman Makes Final Table, Labbe 10th

NOTE: Play ended last night with 18 players and resumed today at 3:00pm. The final 10 players consolidated to one table, and with the elimination of Leo Labbe in 10th place ($14,388), the official nine-handed final table is now underway.

NOTE: Card Player blogger Victor Ramdin just missed the final table and was eliminated in 13th place ($11,288) while Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman is looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet as he heads to the final table 6th in chips with 222,000.

Blinds: 5,000-10,000

Limits: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 337

Average Chip Count: 337,000

Chip Counts:

1. Shawn Keller – 710,000
2. Andrew Brongo – 480,000
3. Tyler Bonkowski – 450,000
4. Brandon Demes – 420,000
5. Mitch Schock – 370,000
6. Jeff Shulman – 222,000
7. Ron Burke – 210,000
8. Matt Sterling – 100,000
9. Casey McCarrel – 95,000

Payouts:

1st. $220,817
2nd. $136,419
3rd. $100,198
4th. $74,171
5th. $55,338
6th. $41,621
7th. $31,547
8th. $24,095
9th. $18,547

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Final Day Begins at 3 p.m. -- Jeff Shulman Goes for First Bracelet

Jeff Shulman

Action on day 2 finished in the early morning hours on Friday, as just 18 players bagged and tagged their chips. A total of 337 players had entered the event, creating a prize pool worth $920,010 and a first-place prize worth $220,817 along with a gold bracelet will go to the eventual champion. Here are the chip counts for Friday’s restart at 3 p.m.

Table 298
Seat Player Chip Counts
1 Mitch Schock 289,000
2 Alex Keating 81,500
3 Shawn Keller 520,000
4 Mike Schiffman 48,000
5 Casey McCarrel 108,000
6 Dmitry Gromov 368,500
7 Jeff Shulman 197,000
8 Matt Sterling 58,500
9 Jeremy Heartberg 36,500
Table 297
Seat Player Chip Counts
1 Leo Labbe 124,500
2 Victor Ramdin 287,000
3 Brandon Demes 128,000
4 Mark Gryglik 120,500
5 Sorel Mizzi 88,500
6 Ron Burke 14,700
7 Tyler Bonkowski 289,000
8 Andrew Brongo 73,500
9 Matt Suelflow 76,500

Stay tuned as Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman is vying for his first career World Series of Poker bracelet. He will face some tough competition in Sorel Mizzi, Alex Keating, and Victor Ramdin.

Player Tags: Jeff Shulman
 
 
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