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Buy-In: $2,500
Prize Pool: $1,112,475
Entrants: 489

$2,500 Eight Game Mix

  • Jun 13, '11 - Jun 15, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 15, 11)

 
 

John Monnette Wins Event #23 ($278,144)

Eric Buchman Eliminaed in 2nd Place ($171,855)
John Monnette

Stud 8

Eric Buchman started heads-up play with a chip deficit and John Monnette managed to further widen the gap during the initial Stud portion of the final match. Buchman was short by the time Stud-8 rolled around and got it all in on fourth street in this last hand of the night.

Buchman: QClub Suit 2Club Suit 10Club Suit JSpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 6Heart Suit
Monnette: 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit AHeart Suit JClub Suit JDiamond Suit KDiamond Suit 8Club Suit

Monnette paired jacks on fifth street while Buchman paired sixes on the river and without a low hand, Eric Buchman was eliminated in 2nd Place ($171,855). John Monnette grabbed the gold bracelet and the $278,144 grand prize for winning Event #23.

Michele LimongiMichele Limongi Eliminated in 3rd Place ($109,425)
Limit Hold’em

Erich Buchman button-raised, Michele Limongi three-bet the small blind, John Monnette four-bet the big blind, Buchman folded and Limongi called.

The flop came QSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit, Limongi checked, Monnette bet and Limongi called.

The turn was the 8Diamond Suit, Limongi moved all in and Monnette called. Monnette turned over ASpade Suit AHeart Suit for the best hand while Limongi was drawing dead with AClub Suit 2Diamond Suit. Michele Limongi was eliminated in 3rd place ($109,425) while John Monnette took a big chip lead against Eric Buchman going into heads-up play.

 

Level 27: Brent Hanks Eliminated in 4th Place ($78,774)

NOTE: Sixty minute levels with games changing every eight hands.

Limits: 40,000-80,000

Triple Draw 2-7 – Hold’em – Omaha 8:
Blinds: 20,000-40,000

Razz – Stud – Stud 8:
Ante: 10,000
Bring In: 10,000
Completion: 40,000

Players Remaining: 3 out of 489

Average Chip Count: 1,222,500

Chip Counts:

1. John Monnette – 2,250,000
2. Eric Buchman – 860,000
3. Michele Limongi – 610,000

Eliminations:

4th. Brent Hanks – $78,774

Brent HanksBrent Hanks Eliminated in 4th Place ($78,774)
Stud 8

Brent Hanks started the level as the short stack and didn’t wait long before getting it all in on the river with an open pair of sixes against John Monnette.

Hanks: 8Club Suit 6Heart Suit 9Spade Suit 6Club Suit
Monnette: KDiamond Suit Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit

Hanks saw fourth street for one bet and it was checked to fifth. Monnette bet the last three streets and Hanks ended up calling all in for the last bet on seventh street. Monnette turned over KClub Suit 7Club Suit 2Spade Suit for a pair of kings (high) and a 7 – 6 – 4 – 3 – 2 low, scooping the pot. Brent Hanks was eliminated in 4th place ($78,774).

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Player Tags: John Monnette,   Brent Hanks
 

Level 26: Desmond Portano Eliminated in 5th Place ($57,692)

NOTE: Sixty minute levels with games changing every eight hands.

Limits: 30,000-60,000

Triple Draw 2-7 – Hold’em – Omaha 8:
Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Razz – Stud – Stud 8:
Ante: 7,000
Bring In: 10,000
Completion: 30,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 489

Average Chip Count: 916,875

Chip Counts:

1. John Monnette – 2,100,000
2. Michele Limongi – 815,000
3. Eric Buchman – 590,000
4. Brent Hanks – 236,000

Eliminations:

5th. Desmond Portano – $57,692

Desmond Portano Eliminated in 5th Place ($57,692)Desmond Portano
Razz

Desmond Portano was all in on third street against John Monnette.

Portano: QClub Suit 4Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit
Monnette: 10Spade Suit 3Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 2Club Suit 5Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit

Portano made a 10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 3 low but was beat by Monnnette’s 10 – 7 – 5 – 3 – 2. Desmond Portano was eliminated in 5th place ($57,692).

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Player Tags: Desmond Portano,   John Monnette
 

Level 25: Juanda Denied Second Bracelet of Summer, Out in 6th ($42,897)

NOTE: Sixty minute levels with games changing every eight hands.

Limits: 25,000-50,000

Triple Draw 2-7 – Hold’em – Omaha 8:
Blinds: 12,000-25,000

Razz – Stud – Stud 8:
Ante: 5,000
Bring In: 7,000
Completion: 25,000

Players Remaining: 5 out of 489

Average Chip Count: 733,500

Chip Counts:

1. Michele Limongi – 1,205,000
2. John Monnette – 1,095,000
3. Eric Buchman – 1,075,000
4. Desmond Portano – 270,000
5. Brent Hanks – 71,000

Eliminations:

6th. John Juanda – $42,897

John JuandaJohn Juanda Eliminated in 6th Place ($42,897)
Limit Hold’em

Eric Buchman raised from the small blind, John Juanda three-bet all in from the big blind and Buchman called.

Juanda turned over KHeart Suit 2Diamond Suit and was ahead of Buchman’s 8Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit.

The board came ASpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit 6Club Suit, giving Buchman a straight on the river. John Juanda was denied his second bracelet of the summer as he was eliminated in 6th place ($42,897).

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Player Tags: John Juanda,   Eric Buchman
 

Level 24: Buchman Leads Final Six; Kornuth 7th, Racener 8th

NOTE: Sixty minute levels with games changing every eight hands.

Limits: 20,000-40,000

Triple Draw 2-7 – Hold’em – Omaha 8:
Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Razz – Stud – Stud 8:
Ante: 5,000
Bring In: 5,000
Completion: 20,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 489

Average Chip Count: 611,250

Chip Counts:

1. Eric Buchman – 1,015,000
2. Michele Limongi – 935,000
3. John Monnette – 825,000
4. John Juanda – 545,000
5. Desmond Portano – 155,000
6. Brent Hanks – 155,000

Eliminations:

7th. Adam Kornuth – $32,373
8th. John Racener – $24,797

Brent Hanks Doubles Through Eric Buchman

Brent Hanks completed with AClub Suit, Eric Buchman raised with JHeart Suit, Hanks reraised and Buchman called.

Hanks: ASpade Suit 3Diamond Suit AClub Suit 4Club Suit QDiamond Suit 4Heart Suit
Buchman: JClub Suit 6Heart Suit JHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit QHeart Suit 10Heart Suit

Hanks got the rest of his chips in on fourth street with split aces against Buchman’s split jacks. Hanks double-paired on sixth street while Buchman failed to improve. Brent Hanks doubled up to over 200,000 to stay alive.

John RacenerJohn Racener Eliminated in 8th Place ($24,797)
Stud 8

Racener: ASpade Suit 3Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit KDiamond Suit KHeart Suit
Buchman: JDiamond Suit 7Diamond Suit ADiamond Suit 8Club Suit 2Diamond Suit

John Racener was all in on fifth street with a pair of kings against Erich Buchman’s flush draw. Buchman hit the flush on sixth street with the 5Diamond Suit, and although Racener double-paired the 3Heart Suit on sixth, he bricked the river and was the first to go, eliminated in 8th place ($24,797).

Adam Kornuth Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,373)
Adam Kornuth
No-Limit Hold’em

Michele Limongi limped in before the flop, Adam Kornuth shoved for 265,000 from the small blind and Limongi called.

Kornuth turned over 8Spade Suit 8Heart Suit but was behind Limongi’s 10Heart Suit10Club Suit.

The board came 7Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 2Club Suit 7Heart Suit JDiamond Suit, no help for Adam Kornuth wo was eliminated in 7th place ($32,373).

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

 

Level 23: Geyer Eliminated 9th, Final Table Now Underway

NOTE: Play ended last night with 25 players in accordance with the ten-level rule and resumed at 3:00pm. With the elimination of Adam Geyer in 9th place ($19,268), the official eight-handed final table is now underway.

NOTE: Sixty minute levels with games changing every eight hands.

Limits: 15,000-30,000

Triple Draw 2-7 – Hold’em – Omaha 8:
Blinds: 8,000-15,000

Razz – Stud – Stud 8:
Ante: 3,000
Bring In: 5,000
Completion: 15,000

Players Remaining: 8 out of 489

Average Chip Count: 458,437

Chip Counts:

1. Eric Buchman – 1,045,000
2. John Monnette – 990,000
3. John Racener – 380,000
4. Michele Limongi – 315,000
5. Desmond Portano – 310,000
6. Adam Kornuth – 245,000
7. John Juanda – 280,000
8. Brent Hanks – 190,000

Payouts:

1st. $278,144
2nd. $171,855
3rd. $109,245
4th. $78,774
5th. $57,692
6th. $42,897
7th. $32,373
8th. $24,797

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

 

Final Day Begins at 3:00 p.m.

John RacenerThere are only 25 players still in the hunt for the gold bracelet in the $2,500 8-game mix, searching for the top prize worth $278,144.

Notables still remaining include Rami Boukai, Shawn Buchanan, John Monnette, Eric Buchman, John Racener, Ylon Schwartz, Adam Geyer, Max Pescatori and John Juanda. The overnight chip leader is Racener with 363,300.

It promises to be a long day, but tournament officials hope we can crown a champion before the scheduled ten levels have elapsed.

Here is a look at the chip counts at the end of play:

Table Seat Player Chips
280 1 Rami Boukai 107,700
280 2 Sirous Baghchehsaraie 122,200
280 3 Shawn Buchanan 126,300
280 4 John Monnette 199,500
280 5 Konstantin Puchkov 41,900
280 6 Eric Buchman 203,400
280 7 EMPTY
280 8 EMPTY
286 1 EMPTY
286 2 EMPTY
286 3 Michele Limongi 237,800
286 4 John Racener 363,600
286 5 Mikko Pispala 125,500
286 6 Greg Dyer 93,300
286 7 Sanjay Pandya 32,900
286 8 Ben Yu 138,200
292 1 EMPTY
292 2 EMPTY
292 3 Nikolay Evdakov 38,100
292 4 Hooman Nikzad 95,700
292 5 Owais Ahmed 39,200
292 6 Ylon Schwartz 185,300
292 7 Adam Geyer 278,800
292 8 John Juanda 187,000
298 1 EMPTY
298 2 Robert Rosengarten 42,700
298 3 Desmond Portano 68,900
298 4 Max Pescatori 24,400
298 5 Marco Traniello 153,500
298 6 Mayu Roca Uribe 327,100
298 7 Adam Kornuth 241,200
298 8 Brent Hanks 211,200

Be sure to check back for full level-by-level live updates from the final table.

 
 
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