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  • Apr 09, '11 - Apr 13, '11


Updates on Final Day (Apr 13, 11)


NAPT Day 4 wrap-up

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NAPT Mohegan Sun: Kenney looks to deny Selbst, Tehan second titles

napt-thumb.jpgTyler Kenney couldn’t play NAPT Mohegan Sun last year. At just 20 years old, he would’ve been kicked out the moment anyone looked at his drivers license. Now 21, he’s woken up every morning, drank a Vitamin Water, and sat down to play poker with the singular focus of making the final table. It’s served him well. He is the chip leader of the main event with eight players remaining.

Brother to well-known grinder Bryn Kenney, Tyler Kenney has $163,000 in career live tournament earnings, most of it coming from a $90,000 cash at a $5,000 event in Las Vegas. Keep in mind, Kenney is new on the live scene and has posted seven live cashes in just the past year. Now he has his shot at an NAPT title and a chance to deny two people their second win on the tour.


Tyler Kenney

Vanessa Selbst, a woman who has spent the last 12 months controlling the poker world like a small army of marionettes, is poised to put on one of the greatest shows of her career. Almost exactly one year removed from the day she won the first NAPT Mohegan Sun title, the Team PokerStars Pro has put herself in position to secure a repeat championship. She is second in chips on the way to the televised final table. On Day 3 of the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event, Selbst made taking the chip lead seem easy. Today she spent most of the day in control. It was only as Day 4 drew to a close that Kenney took over the chip lead.

The European Poker Tour has clawed its way through nearly seven full seasons without a repeat winner. Selbst is aiming to win twice inside of just a few NAPT events. It’s an achievement that is punctuated by another startling fact: she isn’t the only one who could pull off a second NAPT championship tomorrow.

Vanessa Selbst

It’s been only five months since Joe Tehan won the NAPT Los Angeles event in November. This week, he’s followed Selbst’s lead all the way to the final table. Anyone wondering if tournament poker is still a skill game need only look at Selbst and Tehan. To paraphrase Mike McDermott, “What are they? The luckiest two people on the NAPT?”


Joe Tehan

Though it drew fewer than 400 players, the NAPT Mohegan Sun field was probably the toughest of any NAPT main event yet. It was packed with professional tourney grinders who know their stuff better than most people on the tournament circuit. The final eight stand witness to the difficulty of making it this far. They will sit down tomorrow as follows:

NAPT Mohegan Sun main event final table

Seat 1: Joe Tehan (1,238,000)

Seat 2: Thomas Hoglund, Jr. (541,000)

Seat 3: Dan Shak (1,571,000)

Seat 4: Vincent Rubianes (1,711,000)

Seat 5: Steve O’Dwyer (1,032,000)

Seat 6: Tyler Kenney (3,021,000)

Seat 7: Aaron Overton (373,000)

Seat 8: Vanessa Selbst (2,249,000)

If you’d like to see how they did it, we have the blow-by-blow in our NAPT Mohegan Sun Day 4 live updates.

For all the other scoreboard-y information you might want and some added entertainment, see any of the links below.

  • NAPT Mohegan Sun chip counts

  • NAPT Mohegan Sun prizes and winners

  • NAPT Mohegan Sun videos

  • NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout coverage
  • That should keep you busy until noontime tomorrow when we’ll be back to see if Selbst or Tehan can score another NAPT title, or if the tour will get a new name on its list of champions.

    We’ll see you then.

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout B: Levels 1-4 updates (400-800-100)

    napt-thumb.jpg10pm: Level over

    Level four is over. We now usher in level five.

    9.55pm: Small pairs

    Daniel Negreanu’s bounty has been claimed.

    Joe Gibbons and the Team PokerStars Pro found themselves all-in preflop.

    Negreanu: [2d][2s]

    Gibbons: [6d][6s]

    The board, [5h][3c][jc][qs][10d], brought Negreanu no help and he was sent to the rail, leaving only two PokerStars Pro at the feature table. —AV

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    The game is up for Daniel Negreanu

    9.55pm: Klodnicki ousts Elias

    This one isn’t especially pleasant, especially if your name is Darren Elias. He got his last chips in the pot pre-flop, called by Chris Klodnicki. Klodnicki “only” had [ad][2d] and Elias probably thought he was on for a double up with his [ah][8s].

    But the flop came [2c][4s][2h], the turn was [as] and the river [6c]. Klodnicki’s come-from-behind boat sent Elias out. — HS

    9.50pm: Dombrowski downs Schwartz

    Justin Schwartz is “flipping badly” – and certainly that pessimistic assertion was confirmed in the last hand he played at Mohegan Sun tonight. After Chris Dombrowski opened to 1,600, Schwartz moved all in for his last 6,000-ish. And then they were flipping.

    Schwartz: [8h][8d]

    Dombrowski: [ah][qs]

    The flop favoured the overcards. It came [kd][9c][qh] and the [js][jc] turn and river changed nothing. Schwartz is out. — HS

    9.45pm: Cannibalism

    The Team PokerStars Pros are at it again. This time it was Victor Ramdin who found himself all-in against Vanessa Selbst.

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    Victor Ramdin eliminated by Vanessa Selbst

    Ramdin held [as][kc] and was up against Selbst’s [ah][7c] on a [qh][2d][8c] flop. The turn was a [7h], giving Selbst a pair. The river changed nothing and Selbst added a PokerStars Team Pro bounty chip on top of hers. —AV

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    Vanessa Selbst in Bounty Shootout

    9.40pm: Another three way

    Joe Sweeney raised to 1,600 from the cutoff and things were about to heat up, shootout style.

    Darren Elias re-raised to 4,200 from the button and Alex Keating moved all-in for 16,450 from the big blind. Sweeney moved all-in too, and Elias, who had them both covered, quickly called.


    Sweeney: [kc][jd]

    Keating: [qh][qs]

    Elias: [ad][as]

    The flop came [kh][9s][3d], pairing Sweeney’s King. The turn, [jh], paired his other card and the [js] on the river gave him the full house.

    Sweeney won Keating’s bounty chip and is up 52,000. Elias is now down to 10,000. —AV

    9.35pm: Three way

    When you have a three way all in pre-flop before the first break, you expect to see some premium hands. So it was in a confrontation between Pat Pezzin, Jonathan Tamayo and Nenad Medic, which ended up earning Medic his second bounty, tripling up Pezzin and sending Tamayo out.

    As stated, they got it all in pre-flop. Pezzin was the short stack but had the best hand: [kc][kd]. Tamayo had Pezzin covered, but had the worst hand: [ad][qd]. Medic had the most chips and had [js][jc].

    The board ran [5c][2c][7h][6c][6s] and that meant that Pezzin won the main pot, Medic won the side pot, and Tamayo won nothing. Medic claimed the bounty from the side pot with Tamayo. — HS

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 400-800-100 IN LEVEL 4

    9.30pm: Time for Timoshenko

    The shootout massacre continues. This time, Dan Shak and Yevgeniy Timoshenko were the ones who went all-in preflop.

    Shak: [as][qs]

    Timoshenko: [jd][kc]

    The board was an unforgiving [6d][qd][jc][2h][5d] and Shak was forced to hand his bounty chip over to Timoshenko, who now has over 50,000. —AV

    9.25pm: Lind cracks Stein’s aces

    George Lind III has claimed his second bounty on the feature table, this time cracking the aces of Sam Stein. Lind had [qd][ts] but made two pair on the [kd][qc][8c][th][6c] board, which was precisely one pair more than Stein had. — HS

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    The smiling assassin George Lind III

    9.20pm: No mercy

    Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada raised to 1,400 and Alex Wice re-raised to 3,500. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier made it 7,150 to go and Cada got out of the way. Wice opted for the 5-bet option and went all-in, Mercier made the call.

    Mercier had Wice covered but Wice’s [as][kc] was ahead of Mercier’s [ah][qd].

    The flop came [kh][js][2s], giving Mercier a straight draw and déjà vu. “Now you’ve got 4 outs,” said a tablemate. “Last time you hit it on the turn,” said Ronnie Bardah.

    The turn was indeed a [10s], giving Mercier the straight and prompting suspicion among his tablemates. “Is this real life?” asked Bardah.

    The river was a [5c] and Mercier won another bounty. He’s now past the 90,000 mark. —AV

    9.10pm: Medic sends Heimiller to mortuary

    Dan Heimiller has become the latest casualty, finding this particular Medic to be particularly damaging to his health. Heimiller flopped a set with his pocket tens, but by the time the board had been dealt all the way – [9d][10h][ah][js][7d] – Nenad Medic’s [6h][8h] had made a straight. I didn’t see the action, but it seems likely that the money went in on the flop. — HS

    9.05pm: Battle of the pros

    Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein and Jason Mercier got it all-in preflop.

    Mercier: [kd][qh]

    Greenstein: [qs][qd]

    The flop came [9c][jd][3d], giving Mercier the straight draw. The [10c] came on the turn, giving Mercier his straight.

    “Oh God no, a king is coming,” Mercier said as the river was being dealt.

    But it was a [6h], proving his gut wrong and earning him a Barry Greenstein bounty chip and autographed copy of “Ace on the River.”

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    Barry Greenstein hands over his book to Jason Mercier

    “Three years I’ve been playing against Barry,” said Mercier. “And I finally win a book.” —AV

    9pm: Waxman wilts

    Max Waxman has become the second player to depart from Greg DeBora’s table, following Bryn Kenney out the door. This time it was Kyle Loman who took the bounty after the following.

    Allen Bari opened to 1,200 from the cut off. Waxman moved all in for his last 1,900 from the button. Loman re-raised to 5,000 from the small blind, which was enough to get Bari out the way, and the two of them were heads up with Waxman under threat.

    Waxman: [as][2d]

    Loman: [10c][10s]

    The board blanked and Waxman melted. Bounty goes to Loman. — HS

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS: 300-600 IN LEVEL 3

    9.05pm: Not the worst hand

    Kyle Loman raised to 400 from under the gun and Jonathan Jaffe raised to 2,600. Both Matt Waxman, in the big blind, and Loman made the call.

    The flop came [9d][3d][7c] and action was folded to Jaffe who bet 4,600. Waxman moved all-in, Loman folded and Jaffe made the call.

    Jaffe showed [7s][3d] for bottom two pair and Waxman tabled his [qd][qc].

    “I’ll take a nine said Waxman,” looking for the counterfeit.

    But an [8s] on the turn and an [ac] on the river wasn’t what he was looking for. Jaffe doubled up to 50,000 while Waxman is now under the 2,000 mark. —AV

    8.50pm: Lind busts Li, makes for uncomfortable road trip

    George Lind III and Andrew Li are heading off on a road-trip after this event, but there was no love lost between the buddies on the feature table. Lind has just sent Li out of the tournament, giving him ample time to prepare the car.

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    Andrew Li, center, and George Lind III, left

    It was a straight race. Li had [9s][9d] and Lind had [ad][jd]. The jack flopped and did Li could not pull off a redraw. That was that. — HS

    8.45pm: Kenney’s resurgence cut short by Illingworth

    Bryn Kenney was the last player to register for this event, but he has become the first to leave. Jonathan Jaffe opened the pot, making it 1,000 to go from the cut off. Daniel Illingworth, on the button, raised to 2,500 and Kenney moved all in from the small blind.

    Jaffe folded, but Illingworth called. He had Kenney covered despite the latter’s recent double up through Greg DeBora. It was another flip for Kenney, who had [ad][kh] against Illingworth’s [jd][jh].

    The board again favoured the pair. It came [10c][9s][4c][9c][5h] and Kenney was sent packing. — HS

    8.35pm: Kenney climbing

    With only 3,800 left, Bryn Kenney moved all-in from early position. Everyone folded and he took down the blinds.

    The very next hand Kenney employed the same technique. This time, Team PokerStars Pro Greg DeBora decided to call.

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    Greg DeBora

    Debora showed [ad][jc] and Kenney showed a small pair, [4s][4h].

    “Anyone fold an ace?” asked DeBora, and one player raised his hand. “What about a Jack?” And another player raised his hand, diminishing his odds.

    The board fell 3[2c][kd][8h][9c] and Kenney doubled up to about 11,000. DeBora is down to 14,500. —AV

    8.25pm: Great minds think alike

    Allen Bari raised to 400 from under the gun and Jonathan Jaffe re-raised to 1,200. Bari 4-bet to 2,575 and Jaffe made the call.

    The flop came [9c][7h][6h] and both players suspiciously checked. The turn, [10c], brought another round of checks. The river was an [8d] and both players checked yet again.

    Bari showed [as][ks] and Jaffe showed the same cards with different suits, [ad][kc]. They chopped the pot but Bari won the extra green 25 chip. —AV

    LEVEL UP. PLAYING 200-400-50 IN LEVEL 2

    8.25pm: Strong-arm Junglen

    Adam Junglen just quietly suggested to Jim Alex that tangling with him is a bad idea, putting Alex to a decision for his tournament life on the last hand of level one.

    The two of them were at a flop of [jh][ah][8h] and Junglen, who had been under-the-gun pre-flop, bet 1,000. Alex, on the button, raised to 3,000 and Junglen immediately eyed his opponent’s stack.

    “You have 19 behind?” said Junglen. That was indeed what Alex still had left. After a few seconds, Junglen moved 19,000 of his own in the middle. Alex thought for a couple of minutes, twitched his mouth, and folded. — HS

    8.20pm: Raskin roasts Li

    Micah Raskin has just doubled up through Andrew Li, leaving Li very short indeed. Li opened the pot pre-flop and Daniel Negreanu raised. Micah Raskin then four bet, before Li five-bet to 21,525. Negreanu folded, but Raskin called for all his chips, and the two of them were racing:

    Raskin [ah][kc]

    Li: [qh][qd]

    Raskin got there the hard way, making a flush to his king on the [9c][3c][8c][4c]x board. Li had Raskin covered, but he is now in big trouble, while Raskin leads the feature table. — HS

    8.10pm: Cada outmuscles Dombrowski

    This is a stacked field and no mistake, and while the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu and Victor Ramdin, among others, do battle on the feature table, there’s also a wealth of talent on table four.

    In a row there are Joe Cada, Adam Junglen and Alex Wice, then comes the Team PokerStars Pro duo of Jason Mercier and Barry Greenstein. Mercier also happens to be the defending champion in this event.

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    Joe Cada at Bounty Shootout

    Chris Dombrowski isn’t one to be intimidated, although he was just forced to lay something down to Cada after the 2009 World Champion found a check raise. Dombrowski had opened to 500 from the button and both Cada and Junglen had called from the blinds.

    The flop came [8d][5s][7s] and after Cada and Junglen checked, Dombrowski bet 800. Cada then bumped it to 2,800, which turned out to be enough to drive both of them away. — HS

    8.05pm: Tamayo takes some

    The board read [qd][kd][3s] and Dan Heimiller bet out 1,100. Jonathan Tamayo raised to 3,000 and Heimiller shot back with a blue chip, raising to 8,000.

    Tamayo made the call and a [4s] came on the river. Both players cautiously checked and Tamayo showed [qc][qs] for a set of queens. Heimiller looked at his cards, sighed and threw them in the muck. He now has just over 16,000. —AV

    8pm: Counterfeit, but still good

    Kyle Loman opened for 550 from early position and Daniel Illingworth called on the button. That tempted Scott Baumstein in from the big blind, and he ended up happy to have been tempted.

    The flop came [5c][3s][9h] and Baumstein checked. Loman bet 850, which Illingworth raised to 2,225. After Baumstein called, Loman thought better of it and folded.

    The turn was [9s] and Baumstein led for 3,275. Illingworth called. The river was [5c] and Baumstein now tickled 2,000 at that. Illingworth called the small bet quickly, and Baumstein said: “I got a counterfeited boat.” He tabled [3d][3c].

    He seemed to be fearing the worst, but ended up scooping as Illingworth mucked. — HS

    7.50pm: Re-organising again

    The continued delay to the start here is because the Main Event has just wrapped for the day, allowing Vanessa Selbst and Dan Shak, both of whom are on that final table, to join the Bounty Shootout action. Steve O’Dwyer, another Main Event final table-ist, opted not to play here despite having registered. His seat has been filled by Bryn Kenney.

    7.35pm: Two down

    It seems as though Dan Shak and Steve O’Dwyer will not be playing in the Bounty Shootout. Both of them are still involved in the Main Event, which is now nine handed. — HS

    7.30pm: Starting?

    After the mandatory 30 minute delay, players have now arrived to the Bounty Shootout room and flight B should be starting in about 10-15 minutes.

    7pm: Flight B to begin

    After a quick-fire flight A of the $10,000 Bounty Shootout, during which Scott Blackman, Eugene Katchalov, Jimmie Guinther and Michael Pesek booked their spot at the final, you join us now for Flight B, with a bigger field and a few very famous names.

    The organisers have squeezed an additional table into the Bounty Shootout room, and have put an extra chair around most of them. We’re now going to watch four nine-handed tables and one eight-handed one, with the 44 players angling for that final table felt.

    Players will earn $40,000 if they win their heat ($36,000 for the eight-handed table) and $2,000 for each bounty chip they pick up. At time of writing, two of the registered players (Dan Shak and Steve O’Dwyer) are still going in the Main Event, so they may un-register from this. We will obviously keep you posted.

    Here’s the table draw for this second flight, and please click over to the results page to see who won what earlier on.

    Flight B table assigments

    Table 1 – Spades

    1 Joe Sweeney

    2 Darren Elias

    3 Chris Klodnicki

    4 Alex Keating

    5 Dan Suied

    6 Gregory Merson

    7 Dan Shak

    8 Yevgeniy Timoshenko

    9 Charbel Azzi

    Table 2 – Hearts

    1 Nick Binger

    2 Eric Froehlich

    3 Dan Heimiller

    4 David Paredes

    5 Pat Pezzin

    6 Jason Somerville

    7 Jonathan Tamayo

    8 Nenad Medic

    9 Taylor von Kriegenbergh

    Table 3 – Diamonds

    1 Joe Gibbons

    2 George Lind III

    3 Andrew Li

    4 Bryan Colin

    5 Victor Ramdin

    6 Daniel Negreanu

    7 Micah Raskin

    8 Sam Stein

    Table 4 – Clubs

    1 Jim Alex

    2 Chris Dombrowski

    3 Joe Cada

    4 Adam Junglen

    5 Alex Wice

    6 Jason Mercier

    7 Barry Greenstein

    8 Justin Schwartz

    9 Ronnie Bardah

    Table 5

    1 Kyle Loman

    2 Greg DeBora

    3 Pat Walsh

    4 Jonathan Jaffe

    5 Daniel Illingworth

    6 Steve O’Dwyer

    7 Scott Baumstein

    8 Allen Bari

    9 Matt Waxman

    Levels last 30 minutes and starting stacks are 25,000.

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    Television table at Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout

    Reporting team: Howard Swains and Alex Villegas. Photographs: Joe Giron.

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout: Levels 5-10 (1,500-3,000-400)

    napt-thumb.jpg5pm: End of flight A

    Flight A is now complete. There will be another five tables starting at 7pm as we look to fill that final.

    See the full results of this flight on the results page. — HS

    4.50pm: Berg sunk by Guinther

    We are done for flight A as Jimmie Guinther has finished off Elijah Berg. The final hand was cruel on Berg, but it also played itself.

    They got it all in pre-flop, and both had the goods. Berg’s [qh][qc] was ahead of Guinther’s [ad][10s], but Guinther had something like four times as many chips, so it was the owner of the queens who was in peril.

    The flop increased the tension. It came [kd][2d][3d] to give Guinther the flush draw. Berg dodged trouble on the [9h] turn, but the [6d] river was emphatic. Berg was sunk.

    Guinther moves into the final on Thursday. — HS

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    Jimmie Guinther Bounty Shootout heat winner

    4.40pm: Katchalov wins

    One table to go. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov claims Chau Giang’s bounty and wins $40,000 for winning the only 9-handed table of the event.

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    Eugene Katchalov, bounty shootout heat winner

    Katchalov’s [kc][js] was up against Giang’s [ad][8d]. The flop was [9h][kh][7s] and Katchalov caught his king. The turn was a [2h] and Giang started pushing all his chips towards Katchalov.

    “I get to keep this though,” Giang said as he picked up Nick Schulman’s bounty chip.

    The river was a [4s] and Giang was sent to the rail. —AV

    4.30pm: Kelly canned

    Eugene Katchalov has just ended Steven Kelly’s resurgence, and will go heads-up with a huge chip lead against Chau Giang. Kelly and Katchalov were looking at a flop of [8c][7s][4s] and Katchalov checked. Kelly bet 6,000 and Katchalov moved all in, comfortably covering his opponent.

    Kelly took his time about it, but figured himself priced in and called. Katchalov tabled [7d][5d] for middle pair, with a gutshot draw. Kelly had [ad][9h] for overcards.

    The [6s] turn filled Katchalov’s straight, but also gave Kelly outs to a bigger straight. But the [8s] river didn’t alter things, and Kelly offered his hand and left. — HS

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    Eugene Katchalov goes heads up with Chau Giang

    Seems like a good time to see what Katchalov had to say to the video bloggers earlier on:

    4.25pm: Giang and Kelly

    Steven Kelly called from the small blind and Chau Giang, who had Kelly covered, moved all-in.

    Kelly called and showed [qs][js] to Giang’s [ad][5d]. A [qd] on the flop gave Kelly top pair, the turn and river brought blanks, making Kelly’s queens good enough for the double up.

    Kelly now has close to 70,000 while Giang is the table’s short stack with about 35,000.

    4.20pm: Kelly busts Vo

    Short-stacked Steven Kelly had moved all in pre-flop about four times, all unchallenged, and all that blind stealing meant that when he shoved again from the button and Tony Vo called, it was Vo whose life was in danger.

    It was a flip. Vo showed pocket fours to Kelly’s [as][qd]. And the board favoured the small pair. It came [8s][6d][3d]. But just as one of Vo’s supporters said: “Hold!”, the dealer burned and turned the [qh]. “Why did I open my mouth?” said the rueful railbird.

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    Tony Vo busts

    The [5s] rivered, and that was it for Vo. Kelly is still shorter than his table-mates Chau Giang and Eugene Katchalov, but he’s fighting. — HS

    4.15pm: Berg doubles

    After Elijah Berg moved all-in from the small blind a couple of times, Jimmie Guinther, with a commanding chip lead, decided to do the same.

    Berg snap called, showing [jh][jd]. Guinther showed [ac][6s].

    The flop fell [3c][ks][10c], giving Guinther a backdoor flush draw. The [6c] on the turn would give him a regular flush draw. A [10s] came on the river and Berg doubled up to 55,600. —AV

    LEVEL UP. PLAYING 1,500-3,000-400 IN LEVEL 9

    3:40pm: The last diamond

    In the last hand of the level, Michael Pesek claimed Paul Matteo’s bounty, the last one at the Diamonds table.

    Pesek bet 6,000 into an [8c][2c][6s][ac] board, and Matteo raised to 16,000. Pesek moved all-in and Matteo called.

    Matteo showed [as][3s] for top pair, but Pesek showed [ah][ad] for top set. A [3h] came on the river and Matteo was eliminated.

    Pesek is now our second shootout winner of the day and will take $36,000. He only won one bounty, but it was the crucial one.

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    Michael Pesek only won one bounty, but it’s all he needed

    Players are now on a 15-minute break —AV

    3.30pm: One down, three to go

    Scott Blackman has survived the first shootout round. He earned $36,000 and Dan O’Brien’s bounty chip in the process.

    Blackman and O’Brien were all-in preflop. Blackman held [js][jc] and was up against O’Brien’s [as][ks], it was an old-fashioned coin flip for the win.

    The flop brought [4s][qs][6d] and strong emotions from both players.

    “That’s great,” shouted O’Brien as the last flop card was dealt.

    “That’s just disgusting,” Blackman said as he slumped down in his chair. “You have like every out in the deck.”

    Then they geared their conflicting emotions towards the dealer.

    “Come on Tara,” O’Brien cheered, but Blackman begged her for mercy. “Tara, do not do this to me.”

    The turn was a [4h], and a [3c] on the river sent O’Brien home, making Blackman the first winner of the day. —AV

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    Scott Blackman, table winner

    3.27pm: A tale of two hearts

    Nick Mitchell was eliminated and the Hearts table is now heads up.

    Short-stacked again, Mitchell moved all-in and got called by Dan O’Brien. Mitchell showed [as][qh] and O’Brien moved his cards towards Mitchell.

    “Flip over your own fate,” said O’Brien.

    Mitchell complied and flipped over a [5d], followed by a [7s].

    The flop was [2c][kd][jh] and Mitchell stayed in the lead. A [5h] on the turn would change that.

    “I got this one,” said Mitchell, now the underdog.

    “Ehhh…”O’Brien said as he looked at Mitchell skeptically.

    “I’m kidding, I’m not feeling good about this.

    There was indeed no ace on the river (literally or metaphorically) for Mitchell and he was sent to the rail. — AV

    3.23pm: Pilgrim looking for pastures new

    Dwight Pilgrim has been ousted from the feature table by Paul Matteo. Pilgrim shoved with pocket fours but ran into Matteo’s queens. They had similar sized stacks but Matteo had Pilgrim covered, and when the board bricked Pilgrim was sent packing. — HS

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    Dwyte Pilgrim eliminated from Bounty Shootout

    3.20pm: Three-handed double-ups

    At our non-feature three-handed table, Nick Mitchell went all in for 26,600. Dan O’Brien, in the small blind, did the same and Scott Blackman folded. Mitchell showed [ah][7c] to O’Brien’s [ad][8c].

    “I’m not greedy,” said Mitchell. “I’ll take a chop.”

    The flop fell [jc][5s][4c]. Then a [7h] on the turn prompted a response from Mitchell. “Now that’s a turn car I like a lot!”

    The river was a [9d] and Mitchell doubled up.

    A few minutes later, at our other three-handed table, a similar scenario played out. Dwyte Pilgrim and Michael Pesek went all-in on a [Ks][5d][8d] flop.

    Pesek showed [2d][kc] for top pair and was against Pilgrim’s [10d][8c].

    Pesek’s pair held up and he doubled-up to just over 60,000. — AV

    3.15pm: Guinther takes charge

    Jimmie Guinther is now leading his heads up battle with Elijah Berg after getting all his chips in with a straight and fading a couple of outs.

    The board was out to the turn, showing: [7d][ah][8c][9d]. Guinther shoved and Berg called, and here’s why. Berg had [9h][8d] for two pair. But Guinther had [5d][6d] for the straight.

    The river was the [10c] and that kept Guinther ahead. His all in was for 82,500, which means he doubles to 165,000. Berg has 35,000. — HS

    3.05pm: Tenacity on the spades table

    Elijah Berg has something like a three to one chip lead on Jimmie Guinther on the “Spades” table. But Guinther is not giving this one up without a fight. Both players recently checked a [6h][4c][2c] flop and then Berg called Guinther’s 5,500 bet on the [qc] turn. The river was [5s] and after Guinther checked, Berg bet 10,000. Guinther agonised over his next decision, but called and his [ad][4d] was good against Berg’s [ac][9d]. — HS

    3pm: Video

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    2.45pm: Panayiotou out

    Eracles Panayiotou has left the building after shoving at a double paired board with jack high and getting picked off by Paul Matteo’s king high.

    One of our tables has four players left, two tables are three handed, while Jimmie Gunther and Elijah Berg are heads up. — HS


    2.45pm: This one’s for the kids

    Chau Giang raised to 2,600 and Nick Schulman replied by re-raising all-in for 19,675. He also threw in his bounty chip, watch, glasses and wallet.

    Giang tanked, it was a tough decision.

    “Please don’t slowroll me,” begged Schulman.

    “I’m not,” replied Giang.

    He thought for a bit more and Schulman picked up the bounty chip with his face on it. “Whatever happens, I don’t you to throw this away,” said Schulman.

    “I promise I won’t. I’ll give it to my children,” laughed Giang as he made the call.

    Giang flipped over [6c][6h] and was up against Schulman’s [ad][jh].

    The board ran [kh][ks][9s][8c][kc], bringing three kings, but not a single ace to save Schulman.

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    Chau Giang shows off Nick Schulman’s bounty chip

    Giang now has 45,000 and a present for his kids. —AV

    2.35pm: Strike two more

    Two all ins and two eliminations from neighbouring tables at the precise same time. On “Clubs”, Curt Kohlberg’s [jd][10h] was against Tony Vo’s [ac][10s] and lost on the [qc][6h][8c][4s][2d] board.

    On “Spades”, Blake Purvis was all in with [js][10s] against Elijah Berg’s [kd][5h]. The board there ran [kc][ks][qs][7d][5c].

    Moral of the story: don’t play jack-ten.

    By the way, if you’re struggling to keep up – and I’ll be honest, I am – then continue to check the results so far page, where you’ll find who has knocked out whom to date. — HS

    2.30pm: DeGilio out

    Tony Vo has just eliminated Michael DeGilio.

    After going all-in preflop, DeGilio’s [jh][10h] was drawing slim against Vo’s [ac][ad].

    The board came [3c][qs][5c][2c] and an [ah] on the river cemented DeGilio’s fate and his bounty was claimed. —AV

    12.25pm: Family Feud

    All five players in the feature table paid to see the, [10h][kc][7c] flop, but that’s when things got heated.

    Justin Conley moved all-in and action folded to Eracles Panayiotou, who decided to call.

    Conley showed [8c][4c] for a flush draw. Panayiotou also showed a flush draw with [9c][10c] but his 10 would also give him top pair.

    The pair of 10’s held up and Panayiotou earned Conley’s $2,000 bounty chip. —AV

    2.25pm: Berg finishes Duhamel

    Elijah Berg has completed the job on Jonathan Duhamel, turning a set with his pocket deuces. Duhamel was all in pre-flop for a micro-stack, holding only [qh][4h] and got no help .—HS

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    Jonathan Duhamel hands over his bounty chip

    2.20pm: Duhamel in trouble

    Jonathan Duhamel has been left on fumes after tangling with the table captain, Elijah Berg. Berg opened to 4,000 and Blake Purvis called. Duhamel moved in for about 40,000 from the small blind, and Berg’s snap-call forced Purvis to fold.

    “You got a pair?” said Duhamel.

    “Yep,” said Berg, showing [kc][ks]. Duhamel’s [7s][7h] couldn’t catch up, and the World Champion was left with only about 5,000 after that. Berg has loads. — HS

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    Elijah Berg

    2.07pm: Eugene Catch-a-lot

    Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov and Michael DeGilio had both their hands on the table, waiting for the board to be dealt.

    Katchalov held [jd][jc] and was up against DeGilio’s [3d][3c].

    It’s safe to say the flop, [ah][ac][jh], fell in Katchalov’s favor. DeGilio would need running 3’s to win or running Aces to chop. A [4s] on the turn would eliminate those options and Katchalov doubled up to around 30,000.

    A few hands later, Katchalov would catch again and eliminate Robert Dalton. —AV

    LEVEL UP. PLAYING 800-1,600-200 IN LEVEL 6

    2pm: Out, out and out

    There has been widespread carnage on all tables in the very early stages after the break. From the “Spades” table, Melanie Weisner and Paul Volpe have been eliminated by Jimmie Guinther and Jonathan Duhamel respectively.

    And on the “Hearts” table, Adriano Pucci has busted. He was sent packing by Nick Mitchell. Pucci had [as][10h] and Mitchell [kh][jd], but the [ks] rivered and that was that for Pucci. — HS

    1.50pm: Switching sides

    Scott Seiver moved all-in from the button for 10,750. Dan O’Brien decided to follow suit and moved in from the small blind. It was up to Richard Lyndaker in the big blind.

    “Snap him!” Seiver told Lyndaker.

    “I don’t know, I would’ve called just you,” Lyndaker said as he threw his cards into the muck.

    Seiver showed [qc][7c], an underdog to O’Brien’s [ad][6c].

    The flop came [jh][10s][kd], switching the cards the players were rooting for, a top pair for one player would now give the other a straight. The turn was a [10d] and the river brought a [4s], bringing no straights and Scott Seiver was sent to the rail. —AV

    1.45pm: Katchalov clings on

    Eugene Katchalov open shoved for 14,175 from the cut off and Steven Kelly over-shoved from the small blind. That persuaded Tony Vo to fold and it was just the shoving two to the flop, with Katchalov at risk.

    Katchalov had [kd][qh]; Kelly had [ac][jc]. The dealer was Katchalov’s friend on this occasion, putting down a pot-splitting [6s][8s][7h][9s][5h]. — HS

    1.40pm: Off we go again

    Play has resumed. —HS

    With four levels already complete, we’re heading into a fifth. That’s the way these things work.

    The four biggest stacks on the four tables belong to Dwight Pilgrim, Steven Kelly, Scott Blackman and Blake Purvis.

    This swift structure is already catching up with anyone who has started slowly, and with blinds now going to 600-1,200-100 there are sure to be numerous casualties in the next few levels. That’s fun.

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    Bounty Shootout trophy

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 4, levels 19-24 updates (15,000-30,000-3,000)

    napt-thumb.jpg7:45pm: Corey Hochman busts in 9th, final table set

    Down to around 300,000, Corey Hochman open-shoved from middle position and after asking for a count, Vincent Rubianes re-shoved from the small blind. Steve O’Dwyer folded his big blind and the cards went on their backs.

    Hochman [Qh][Th]

    Rubianes [Ad][Qd]

    It was over for Hochman on the turn, the board running out [5h][Jd][5s][Ac][Td]. He’ll take home $26,000 for his ninth-place finish.

    The final eight are currently bagging and tagging their chips. We’ll have official chip counts and a full wrap shortly. —KB

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 15,000-30,000-3,000

    7:01pm: Final table redraw

    Here’s how the final nine have taken their seats.—BW

    Seat 1: Corey Hochman

    Seat 2: Joe Tehan

    Seat 3: Thomas Hoglund, Jr.

    Seat 4: Dan Shak

    Seat 5: Vincent Rubianes

    Seat 7: Steve O’Dwyer

    Seat 7: Tyler Kenney

    Seat 8: Aaron Overton

    Seat 9: Vanessa Selbst

    6:53pm: Stefanski bubbles (unofficial) final table

    The televised final table of NAPT events is eight-handed, but the unofficial final table comes together with nine players remaining. That has just happened after Tyler Kenney came in for a raise from the button. David Stefanski shoved all in for a little more than 400,000 from the small blind. His [ac][tc] looked good until Kenney turned up [as][kd]. Kenney’s hand held up and Stefanski left in 10th place. —BW


    David Stefanski

    6:38pm: Hoglund doubles, Fernandez departs

    Thomas Hoglund made a stand, moving all-in for 310,000 with pocket queens and David Stefanski looked him up with [As][Qh]. The ladies held and Hoglund chipped up to 660,000.

    Meanwhile, one table over, Jacobo Fernandez got the rest of his chips in the middle preflop with [Kh][Qs] and Joe Tehan made the call with pocket jacks Again, the pocket pair was good and Fernandez hit the rail in 11th place. —KB


    Jacobo Fernandez

    6:32pm: Selbst doubles Overton, loses chip lead

    Tournament short stack Aaron Overton moved all-in for his last 350,000 and Vanessa Selbst made the call, turning over [7c][7s]. Overton showed [9d][Td] and hit a nine on the flop, doubling his stack to 740,000.

    For the first time all day, Selbst has fallen below 2 million in chips and out of the top spot.—KB

    6:25pm: Selbst can’t bluff Shak

    After taking a bit of a tumble by doubling up Vincent Rubianes, Dan Shak has regained most of those lost chips. Vanessa Selbst limped in from the small blind and Shak checked his option from the big. Selbst led out for 28,000 on the [Qd][7h][5c] flop and Shak made the call. The turn brought the [8h] and Selbst loaded another bullet, making it 63,000 to go. Shak called again, and they went to the river which fell the [Th]. Selbst bet 157,000 and Shak quickly called.

    “You got it,” Selbst said, as Shak turned up [Qs][7c] for two pair.

    Shak is back up to 1.45 million while Selbst slipped to 2.45 million. —KB

    6:13pm: Rubianes doubles through Shak

    Vincent Rubianes’ downward slide today has ended. After starting Day 4 with more than a million in chips, Rubianes was down to half of that. He finally just got all-in with Dan Shak. Rubianes held [ah][ks] to Shak’s [td][tc]. Rubianes made his pair on the flop and got back up around where he started the day. —BW

    BLINDS UP, PLAYING 12,000-24,000-2,000 IN LEVEL 23

    5:30pm: Kenney climbing

    A pair of pots late in the level have pushed Tyler Kenney up to second in chips. In the first, Steve O’Dwyer opened for 43,000 from the cutoff, Kenney three-bet to 115,000 on the button and O’Dwyer made the call. Both players checked on the [As][3s][9s] flop, then did the same when the [8s] hit the turn. The river fell the [5h] and O’Dwyer check-called Kenney’s 125,000 bet. Kenney turned up [Qs][Qh] for the flush and O’Dwyer mucked.

    A few minutes later, O’Dwyer opened again for 43,000, Kenney flat-called and Thomas Hoglund made it 143,000 to go from the cutoff. O’Dwyer folded and Kenney called. Hoglund led out for 150,000 on the [Kc][7c][2d] flop, earned a call, then made it the same amount when the [4d] came on the turn. Hoglund called again and both players checked the [5d] on the river. Kenney showed [Kd][Th] for the win and vaulted to 1.85 million in chips. Hoglund was left with 350,000.

    Players are now on a 15-minute break.


    Tyler Kenney

    5:01pm: Selbst leaves Overton on the short stack

    Vanessa Selbst opened for a min-raise to 40,000 from early position, Aaron Overton three-bet to 122,000 from the big blind and Selbst made the call. Overton led out for 202,000 when the flop fell [Qh][7c][3d] and after about a minute in the tank, Selbst moved all-in.

    Overton elected to save his remaining 260,000 and folded. Selbst is up to 2.7 million.—KB


    Vanessa Selbst

    4:44pm: Plouffe go poof

    (Yes, we’ve been waiting to use that headline for a couple of days now). Steve O’Dwyer opened to 44,000 and got a flat call from Tyler Kenney. That opened the door to a 431,000 shove from Philippe Plouffe. O’Dwyer must have had something on Plouffe, because he made the call with [as][9c]. Kenney got out of the way, and Plouffe turned up [8c][tc]. The board ran out [kc][[4s][jh][kh][7h] and Plouffe exited in12th place. —BW

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 10,000-20,000-2,000

    4:09pm: The kids might call this a “level”

    This hand wasn’t so remarkable for the betting sequence or the result, but for the sheer amount of time Corey Hochman took to make his decision. As the final seconds ticked off Level 21, Hochman opened for 32,000 in the cutoff and Steve O’Dwyer called on the button. The flop came down [As][Ks][4c] and Hochman checked to O’Dwyer, who bet 42,000. With the ESPN cameras trained on his face, Hochman began mumbling something about putting O’Dwyer specifically on the [8h][Th] and sat in the tank as the 15-minute break ticked away.

    “Seriously, this might take the whole break,” Hochman said. O’Dwyer remained stone-faced as his opponent hemmed and hawed.

    After six and a half minutes ticked off the clock, Hochman finally settled on a raise to 125,000. O’Dwyer snap-folded and headed off for what was left of his break showing no signs of tilt as Hochman continued to mug for the cameras. —KB

    4:02pm: Matte’s day is done

    With just minutes to go before the third break of the day Jean-Philippe Matte took his half-average stack and got it in the middle with [ad][9d]. It was a bad spot. David Stefanski was sitting with black kings, flopped his set, and put Matte out in 13th. Players are now on a 15-minute break. —BW

    3:50pm: Updated chip counts

    Head over to the NAPT chip count page for fresh-from-the-oven updates on our 13 remaining players. Vanessa Selbst is still atop the pack with 2.5 million, with Dan Shak in second with 1.68 million. —KB

    3:29pm: Another scalp for Selbst

    The wheels could still come off, but for now Vanessa Selbst is ruling the day. She just opened for 38,000. When Ara Melikian shoved for 176,000, Selbst snap-called with [ac][kc]. Melikian was way behind with his meager [kh][qh]. The board ran out [8c][8d][7s][ts][6c] and Melikian was gone in 14th place. —BW

    3:14pm: Gibbons gutted

    Following an opening raise to 35,000 from Phillipe Plouffe, David Stefanski three-bet to 85,000 on the button, only to be met with a shove from Joseph Gibbons in the big blind. Plouffe gave up his hand and Stefanski called. Stefanski had Gibbons dominated with [Ad][Ks] to his [Kc][Tc], the board running out [5h][5d][7h][9d][Qc] to send him home in 16th place. —KB

    3:05pm: Phillipe Plouffe doubles through Joseph Gibbons

    Phillipe Plouffe’s stack has been rising and falling faster than the Dow Jones index today. Only minutes after busting Taylor von Kriegenbergh, Plouffe saw nearly all those chips go “poof” when he played a massive pot against David Stefanski right before the last break, Stefanski claiming all but 189,000 of Plouffe’s stack. However, Plouffe is back on the rise after doubling through Joseph Gibbons in dramatic fashion.

    Gibbons limped in, as he’s prone to do, and Plouffe moved all-in for 265,000. After a long tank, Gibbons made the call and turned up the best hand— pocket nines against Plouffe’s [Kc][8c]. The [Qh][6c][2h] flop agreed with Gibbons, as did the [4d] on the turn, but the [Kd] spiked on the river, saving Plouffe’s tournament life.

    “Yes!” Plouffe exclaimed.

    “F**k!” cried Gibbons, before apologizing for his profanity.

    Gibbons is down to 300,000 while Plouffe is back up to 555,000. —KB

    2:55pm: Redraw

    With 16 players remaining, here’s how they are seated now. —BW

    Table 1

    1. Aaron Overton

    2. Vincent Rubianes

    3. Vanessa Selbst

    4. Dan Shak

    5. Nenad Medic

    6. Joe Tehan

    7. Jacobo Fernandez

    8. Ara Melikian

    Table 2

    1. Philippe Plouffe

    2. Jean-Philippe Matte

    3. David Stefanski

    4. Thomas Hoglund Jr.

    5. Joe Gibbons

    6. Corey Hochman

    7. Steve O’Dwyer

    8. Tyler Kenney

    2:54pm: Overton ousts Olivier

    Aaron Overton opened for 36,000 on the button and Olivier Busquet three-bet to 65,000. Overton called the extra 29k, and they went heads-up to a [Ad][Js][5d] flop. Busquet checked, Overton bet 45,000 and Busquet called. The turn brought the [Kd] and Busquet moved all-in. Overton snap-called, revealing [Kc][Jd] to Busquet’s pocket queens. The [3s] on the river sent Busquet to the rail in 17th place while Overton hit the million-chip mark.

    With 16 players remaining, they’re re-drawing for seats on two tables.—KB

    2:48pm: Players are back in action

    The third level of the day is underway. A fresh chip count is up on our chip counts page (just see that little black box on the right).—BW

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 8,000-16,000,2,000

    2:12pm: Plouffe busts Von Kriegenbergh in 18th

    Following a 27,000 opening raise from Taylor von Kriegenbergh Phillipe Plouffe moved all-in for 276,000 and Von Kriegenbergh made the call for his last 271,000. Unfortunately, his [Ad][Tc] was dominated, as Plouffe tabled the [Ah][Qc]. No help on the board for Von Kriegenbergh and he departed in 18th place. Plouffe can cool down a bit now, he’s up to a far healthier 586,000 in chips. —KB

    2:07pm: Plouffe steamy

    Philippe Plouffe is not a weak man. He looks like the type of guy that could handle himself in a bar fight. RIght now is not the time to cross him. Moments ago, Corey Hochman came in for a raise to 26,000. Plouffe made it 80,000 to play. Hochman moved all-in for 348,000 and Plouffe snap-called with pocket kings. Up again Hochman’s [as][kh], Plouffe was in good shape until the [ah] hit on the flop. Suffice it to say, the five-foot radius around Plouffe is now a place you enter only if you are collecting hazardous duty pay. —BW


    Philippe Plouffe

    2:00pm: Selbst invites Busquet to value-town, Busquet declines

    Vanessa Selbst opened for 27,000 from under-the-gun and Olivier Busquet called from the big blind. Both players checked the [Ac][9s][7d] flop. The turn came the [5d] and Busquet checked again. Selbst bet 38,000 and Busquet came along. When the [Qh] hit the river, Busquet checked to Selbst who made it 48,000 to go. After a long think, Busquet folded. Selbst flashed the [6d][8h] for the turned straight.

    “I was hoping to get some value there,” she said. Busquet confessed to having a suited ace in diamonds for top pair on the flop and a flush draw on the turn. —KB

    1:52pm: So long, Sandhu

    Joe Tehan came in for a raise to 26,000 from the cutoff. Sukh Sandhu had 102,000 more and moved all-in. Tehan made the call with [9h][th]. Sanhu held [5c][5s]. He looked good on the [ac[2s][8d] flop, but that [js] turn and [qd] river ended his day in 19th place. —BW

    1:35pm: Adam Geyer out in 20th

    Adam Geyer met his tournament end following a battle of the blinds that saw him get the rest of his chips in the pot with [As][Tc] against David Stefanski’s [Ad][Jd]. Stefanski hit top pair on the turn, the board running out [7h][8c][2s][Jd][6d] to send Geyer to the rail. Stefanski is up to 745,000. —KB

    1:20pm: Tryba’s day ends

    An early-days chip leader, Chris Tryba could go no further than 21st place. The end came just now when he opened to 20,000. Jacobo Fernandez three-bet to 60,000. Tryba shoved for 184,000 total, and Fernandez made the call. Tryba’s [6s][6h] was behind [jc][jh]. The board ran out [7c][8c][8s][as][8h] and Tryba headed for the rail. —BW

    1:11pm: Back in action

    The 21 remaining players are back in their seats and ready to play at 6,000-12,000-1,000. —BW

    1:04pm: A few words from our chip leader

    If you were wondering what was on Vanessa Selbst’s mind as she sat down today with the chip lead, here’s a little peek. —BW

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS NOW 6,000-12,000-1,000

    12:57pm: Battle of blinds ends Loman

    Kyle Loman was down below 200,000 and in desperate need of a double-up. With [ah][jc] in the small blind, he didn’t figure to get a better chance. Unfortunately for Loman, Steve O’Dwyer woke up with [ac][kc] in the big blind. O’Dwyers hand held and Loman left in 22nd place. Players are now on a 15-minute break. —BW

    12:55pm: Phillipe Plouffe doubles through Adam Geyer

    On the last hand before the break, Adam Geyer opened for 23,000 and got a call from Joe Tehan in the cutoff before Phillipe Plouffe shoved from the small blind. Geyer re-shoved and Tehan folded.

    It was a standard race, Plouffe’s [Ac][Jh] up against Geyer’s [8h][8c]. Plouffe flopped a jack and turned an ace to double his stack to 440,000 while Geyer fell to 385,000. —KB

    12:38pm: Eric Froehlich eliminated in 23rd place, Selbst nears 2 million

    And the rich get richer.

    Vanessa Selbst opened for 22,000 from the cutoff and Eric Froehlich made the call from the big blind. Froehlich checked the [Tc][9d][2d] flop over to Selbst, who made it 28,000 to go. Froehlich called, and the [Qc] landed on the turn. Froehlich checked, Selbst bet 62,000, Froehlich moved all-in, and Selbst snap-called, revealing a set of deuces. Froehlich needed serious help with [Js][Th] but he could not fill his straight draw on the river, the [Jh] falling instead to give him a no-good two pair. Froehlich hit the payout desk in 23rd while Selbst’s stack crested the 2,000,000 mark. —KB

    12:28pm: Jonathan Schroer eliminated in 24th place

    Jonathan Schroer, our man of a thousand quirks (resting his head on the table during all-ins, scooting his chair three feet back from the table to peer at his hole cards) is Day 4’s first casualty. After Thomas Hoglund opened for 21,000, Schroer shoved from the cutoff, only to have Dan Shak re-shove right behind him on the button. Hoglund folded and the cards went on their backs, Shak with pocket tens and Schroer with [Ad][Kc]. Schroer could not catch up on the [9h][5h][3c][Qd][6c] board and departed in 24th place, while Shak’s stack rose to 670,000. —KB

    12:21pm: Busquet takes it with a four-bet

    Following Jean-Phillipe Matte’s opening raise to 21,000, Nenad Medic made it 56,000 to go from middle position. The action folded to Olivier Busquet in the big blind, who made a cold four-bet to 100,000. Matte quickly folded and Medic, after quite a long tank, did the same.—KB

    12:18pm: David Stefanski doubles through Joe Tehan

    Adam Geyer opened for 22,000 from under-the-gun, Joe Tehan flat-called and David Stefanski moved all-in from the big blind. Geyer folded and Tehan called.

    Stefanski: [As][Ks]

    Tehan: [Ah][Qh]

    No disasters for Stefanski on the [Ad][8c][4s][Jd][5d] board and he doubled to 322,000, leaving Tehan on 380,000. —KB


    Joe Tehan

    12:15pm: Joseph Gibbons doubles through Jacobo Fernandez

    Jonathan Schroer led off the action with a raise to 22,000 and Joseph Gibbons called on the button before Jacobo Fernandez made it an additional 65,000 to go from the small blind. Schroer folded and after a long tank, Gibbons called. The flop came down [Kd][9c][7c] and Fernandez moved all-in,having Gibbons significantly covered. He snap-called, turning over [7d][7s] for bottom set while Fernandez revealed [As][Ks]. The set held through the [Tc] on the turn and the [2s] on the river, doubling Gibbons to 215,000. —KB

    12:10pm: Play underway

    The final 24 players have kicked off play for the day. As the cards went in the air on Table 1, the players started calling out their ages. Nenad Medic thought he was getting old at age 28. Olivier Busquet, on his way to 30, said he had Medic beat. The old man at the table, Jean-Philippe Matte, quietly informed them he was the senior member of the table at 30 years old. I’ve never felt so aged and decrepit. —BW

    As we set up our gear this morning, a polite young man approached the media desk, asking where on the PokerStars Blog he could find the post containing the overnight chip counts.

    “All I can find is last year’s, when Vanessa Selbst was the chip leader,” he said.

    We informed him that no, he was not hallucinating, he had indeed found the correct post and that Selbst was once again the overnight chip leader following a Day 3 that saw the field trimmed from 74 to the 24 that will unbag their chips in about thirty minutes’ time. Today’s mission? To play down to a final table of eight that could very well include defending champion Selbst. Stacked at 1,406,000, she has a 383,000 lead over second-in-chips Vincent Rubianes, the only other player who has crossed the seven-figure mark.

    For a full look at the chip counts and today’s table draw, click over to the NAPT Mohegan Sun Day 4 seating assignments. We’ll also be tracking the first day of the $10,000 Bounty Shootout, which is about to start its first flight over on the ESPN set.

    Stick around, it’s going to be a jam-packed day of poker up here in the Connecticut woods. We’ll be underway at Noon with 48 minutes remaining in Level 19.

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    Can she repeat?

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout: Levels 1-4 updates (400-800-100)

    napt-thumb.jpg1.25pm: Level over, break time

    Players are taking a 15-minute break at the end of level four.

    1.24pm: Be careful what you wish for

    Adriano Pucci was faced with Richard Lyndaker’s all-in — it would cost him 9,375 more to call. Pucci lifted up his sunglasses and stared at his chips, then at Lyndaker, then back at his chips. They fell back down as he looked at Lyndaker again.

    “You want a call?” asked Pucci.

    Lyndaker sighed and was in the middle of saying “I don’t care,” when Pucci jumped up, announced the call and threw 10,000 into the pot. He also showed [9s][9c], Lyndaker tabled [10c][10s] and Pucci groaned.

    “I even got your suits covered,” said Lyndaker.

    “That’s O.K., a nine is all I need,” replied Pucci.

    The board came [ad][2s][jc][6s], and a [8d] on the river brought brief gasps from the table before they realized it wasn’t a nine.

    “Wow, don’t do that to me again,” Lyndaker told the dealer.

    Nick Mitchell looked at him and laughed, “What, give you a double up?” —AV

    1.21pm: Late to arrive, early to leave

    Pat White, who arrived into level three, has been eliminated before the end of level four. David Hilton got him. — HS

    1.20pm: Tournament housekeeping

    As the Main Event took a break, Joe Gibbons swung by to check on his friend Adriano Pucci. He’s doing just fine, Joe.

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    Joe Gibbons checks in on Adriano Pucci (back to camera)

    The tournament staff also made an announcement to the Bounty Shootout area: winners of the three eight-handed tables will get $36,000 each, and the winner of the nine-handed table will get $40,000. — HS

    1.15pm: Berg busts Peng

    It’s not a good day to be called Vanessa, as Ms Peng has just followed Ms Rousso out the door. Jonathan Duhamel started it, but Elijah Berg finished it, leaving the “Spades” table down to six.

    Duhamel opened with a standard raise and it was folded to Peng on the button. She moved all in, and then Berg also moved all in from the small blind. Duhamel had the chance to eliminate both of them, but thought better of it and folded. That left just Peng and Berg, and Peng was in trouble.

    Peng: [kc][qs]

    Berg: [as][kd]

    The board ran blank and the ace high was decisive. Peng departs. — HS

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 400-800-100 IN LEVEL 4

    12.55pm: Survival of the fittest

    Nicholas Petrangelo will not survive to see level 4.

    In the last hand of level 3, Scott Blackman raised to 1,500 and was met with a 4,200 re-raise by Petrangelo. Blackman put his remaining stack of blue chips in the pot and announced all-in. Petrangelo called, putting his tournament life at risk.

    Blackman tabled [js][jh] and was flipping against Petrangelo’s [ah][qc].

    The board came [6s][6h][9c][9s][2s] and Petrangelo was eliminated. Blackman now has over 60,000 and is the chip leader at his table.

    Around the same time, two tables away, Blake Purvis eliminated Lawrence Greenberg. —AV

    12.50pm: Williams wasted

    The feature table has lost another player – and arguably its main attraction. David Williams has now hit the rail, unable to hit his straight flush draw and losing to Paul Matteo’s full house.

    All the money went in on a board of [3s][jd][2c]. Williams had 14,150 and [ac][5c]. Matteo had him covered in chips and had [js][10d] in his hand. The [jh] on the turn only helped Matteo, and the [10s] made his hand even better.

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    David Williams out of the Bounty Shootout

    Williams departs. — HS

    12.45pm: White in

    Pat White, a late registrant, has arrived and paid his $10,000 for a seat at Eugene Katchalov’s table. That one is now playing nine handed. — HS

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 300-600-75 IN LEVEL 3

    12.28pm: Pilgrim’s bounty

    Dwyte Pilgrim has just earned his first bounty, a shiny oversized chip with a PokerStars logo and Eric Wasserson’s face.

    Pilgrim and Wasserson went all-in in a fierce pre-flop battle. Wasserson, with 33,825, was at risk with his [kh][kc]. His risk was even greater when Pilgrim showed pocket aces.

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    A happy Dwight Pilgrim

    The board brought no kings to rescue Wasserson and his bounty was claimed. —AV

    12.25pm: Rousso put out of her misery

    This has been a tournament to forget for Vanessa Rousso, who has just become the first player eliminated from Flight A. It was another massive confrontation on the feature table, a three way all in featuring these hands:

    Rousso: [6d][6h]

    Eric Wasserson: [5d][5s]

    Michael Pesek: [kc][ks]

    Pesek had both of his adversaries well covered in chips – Rousso’s all in was for 2,150, Wasserson’s 14,250 more – and also had the biggest pair. But the flop of [5h][9d][jd] vaulted Wasserson into the lead, where he stayed through the [7h][3c] turn and river.

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    Vanessa Rousso eliminated

    Rosso departs, Wasserson triples and picks up the Rousso bounty to boot. — HS

    12.23pm: Safety first

    Michael Pesek was short-stacked with [as][kh] and he decided to go all-in. Team PokerStars Pro David Williams decided to call with [ad][qd].

    The flop came [6c][4h][qc], giving Williams the lead, but he knew how cruel poker can be.

    “One more for safety,” said Williams. “Queen of hearts, let’s go!”

    The turn did not heed to Williams’ request and brought a [kd].

    “I knew it,” Williams sighed.

    The river was a [2s], giving Pesek the double up. “Good hand,” said Williams. —AV

    12.20pm: Always bet on Black(man)

    “I’ll be in the Borgata every weekend,” said Scott Blackman as he raked in his freshly won double up. “And I’ll get it in as a three-to-one dog as much as I can.”

    Although most statisticians would not recommend this strategy, it worked out for Blackman in this particular hand.

    Blackman was all-in preflop against Nick Mitchell. Blackman’s [ad][qh] was up against Mitchell’s [as][kc] and Blackman was, indeed, an underdog.

    The flop was [7d][6d][3c], reducing Blackman’s odds even more. But a [qs] on the turn would put Blackman in the lead, and a [6h] on the river would keep him there.

    Blackman doubled up to 45,000 while Mitchell is now around the 15,000 mark. —AV

    12.15pm: Small pot straightens into a larger one

    Elijah Berg has added some more to his good-sized stack, rivering broadway to beat Paul Volpe. Berg opened pre-flop, making it 1,000. Volpe called from the big blind and they went to a [2s][10h][2c] flop. They both checked.

    They also both checked the turn of [kd] but when the [jc] rivered, the chips started moving. Volpe bet 2,850, Berg raised to 6,550 and Volpe called.

    Berg tabled [ah][qd] and Volpe mucked when he saw the big straight. —HS

    12.10pm: Conley doubles, Rousso again plays the bank

    Justin Conley has now got his short stack all in pre-flop on the feature table and again Vanessa Rousso took him on. This time Rousso had [ad][kd] but she was behind again – Conley had [qd][qh]. The [qc] was one of the flop cards and Rousso couldn’t catch a miracle.

    The Team PokerStars Pro is now very, very short. — HS

    12.05pm: Pilgrim doubles

    On the TV table, Dwight Pilgrim had somehow found himself short stacked and got it all in, under-calling a Vanessa Rousso shove. He was ahead with [ad][ks] to Rousso’s [as][qc] and stayed that way through a blank board.

    As mentioned, it’s a little tricky to see many of the subtleties going on over there on the television set, but I’m guessing that Rousso must now be a relative short stack after that skirmish. — HS

    12.00pm: Berg’s kings

    Elijah Berg and Blake Purvis found themselves in a multi-thousand chip pot.

    The board read [9d][qc][kc] and Berg, from the small blind, check-called Purvis’ 2,000 bet. The turn brought a heartier king, [kh], and a heartier bet, 3,300, from Berg. Purvis called and a [6s] came on the river. Berg led out again with a 5,000 blue chip.

    Purvis called and Berg showed [ad][kd], good for trip kings and the pot. Berg is now over the 40,000 mark while Purvis’ stack dwindled to 12,025. — AV


    11.55am: Paging one world champion

    There are still a couple of empty seats here, with stacks being blinded away. Those players have registered but were clearly frightened out of their wits by the 11am start and haven’t yet showed. One of them was Jonathan Duhamel, whose seat on the spades table remained empty for the first 45 minutes. But someone has now located the World Champion, and he has arrived. — HS

    11.50am: Joey boy!

    Adriano Pucci has been railing his friend Joe Gibbons all the way to the final three tables of the Main Event, but has today taken his own seat in the $10,000 Bounty Shootout. He’s started well, too, and has just taken a pretty good early pot from Richard Lindaker.

    In the cut-off, Lindaker raised to 500, and Pucci called from the button. It was just the two of them to a flop of [8d][js][7d]. Lindaker bet 700, Pucci called, and the [4c] turned.

    Lindaker bet 1,800 at that, which Pucci also called, and the pattern repeated on the river of [qd]. Lindaker bet 3,500 and Pucci called. Lindaker showed his [8h][4h] but Pucci had been ahead at all stages with his [qc][jd].

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    Adriano Pucci

    “Joey boy!” Pucci said with a smile directed to Gibbons, who is repeating the favour and railing Pucci in the hour before he returns to Main Event competition. — HS

    11.35am: Featured table

    The Team PokerStars Pro duo of Vanessa Rousso and David Williams were the obvious choice for the feature table. That’s good news for television viewers later in the year, but less so for us live bloggers; we can barely see the action on the TV set. I can hear Rousso doing a lot of raising – there’s a man with a microphone calling the action – but it’ll be a bit tough to see exactly what’s going on. — HS

    11.30am: Early action

    With the 25 ante and 100-200 blinds, play is already pretty hasty. On the “hearts” table, Nick Mitchell bet 850 at a flop of [ah][10h][3s], which Scott Seiver called. The [2c] turned and Mitchell checked, prompting a bet of 1,200 from Seiver. Mitchell responded with a raise to 3,500 and Seiver let it go. — HS

    11.25am: Play is under way

    We’re playing blinds of 100-200 with a 25 ante in level one. The starting stack is 25,000.

    Morning all, and welcome back to NAPT Mohegan Sun for the start of the $10,000 Bounty Shootout. This event has become a regular and popular fixture on the North American Poker Tour – and on the television screens of millions of households worldwide.

    It’s a format that lends itself wonderfully to television. On day one, we play eight sit-and-goes and the winner of each goes through to Thursday’s final.

    Essentially it’s a winner-take-all prize structure, with the added complication/excitement of a “bounty” chip.

    To explain: at the very start of the day, each player is also given a big chip with a picture of their face on it, which is their bounty. When that player is eliminated, they hand over the bounty chip to their assassin, and the sniper earns $2,000.

    The winner of the most bounties will also win a seat at the next NAPT Bounty Shootout event.

    Here’s how they line up for the first flight today:


    1 Richard Lindaker

    2 Adriano Pucci

    3 Scott Blackman

    4 Nick Mitchell

    5 Scott Seiver

    6 Nicholas Petrangelo

    7 Dan O’Brien

    8 Matt Glantz


    1 Curt Kohlberg

    2 Eugene Katchalov

    3 Robert Dalton

    4 Steven Kelly

    5 David Hilton

    6 Chau Giang

    7 Nick Schulman

    8 Michael DeGilio


    1 Jonathan Duhamel

    2 Melanie Weisner

    3 Paul Volpe

    4 Jimmie Guinther

    5 Vanessa Peng

    6 Elijah Berg

    7 Blake Purvis

    8 Lawrence Greenberg


    1 Paul Matteo

    2 Vanessa Rousso

    3 Eracles Panayiotou

    4 David Williams

    5 Eric Wasserson

    6 Michael Pesek

    7 Dwyte Pilgrim

    8 Justin Conley

    Play was due to start at 11am, but as I write this there are still more members of television crew than there are players in front of me and it’s already 11.10am. — HS

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    Reporting team: Howard Swains and Alex Villegas. Photography: Joe Giron.

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 4 seating assignment

    napt-thumb.jpgAfter a lightning quick day three, the field of the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event was trimmed to 24.

    Those players will reconvene on Tuesday to play down to a final table of eight. How they will line up is below.

    Check out the prizewinners page for the names of those who have already taken their money and run.

    Day four seating assignments

    Table one

    1 Nenad Medic 350,000

    2 Eric Froehlich 420,000

    3 Vincent Rubianes 1,023,000

    4 Taylor von Kriegenbergh 289,000

    5 Aaron Overton 907,000

    6 Olivier Busquet 356,000

    7 Vanessa Selbst 1,406,000

    8 Jean-Philippe Matte 331,000

    Table two

    1 Corey Hochman 355,000

    2 Thomas Hoglund Jr 629,000

    3 Joe Tehan 490,000

    4 Sukh Sandhu 267,000

    5 Philippe Plouffe 293,000

    6 David Stefanski 162,000

    7 Adam Geyer 803,000

    8 Ara Melikian 233,000

    Table three

    1 Dan Shak 488,000

    2 Chris Tryba 361,000

    3 Joseph Gibbons 179,000

    4 Jacobo Fernandez 813,000

    5 Tyler Kenney 478,000

    6 Kyle Loman 340,000

    7 Steve O’Dwyer 507,000

    8 Jonathan Schroer 231,000

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun: Seeking second title, Selbst vaults to the chip lead

    napt-thumb.jpgIf you have a sense of deja vu, you’re not alone. One year and two days ago, Vanessa Selbst ended Day 3 of the NAPT Mohegan Sun with the chip lead. 48 hours later, she went on to win the tournament. This year, it looks like we’re doing it all over again as Selbst is once again atop the Day 3 leaderboard, with 1,406,000 in chips, a nearly 400,000-chip lead over her closest competitor, Vincent Rubianes. We’ve never seen a player win the same event in back-to-back years on the EPT, NAPT, LAPT or any other tour ending in “PT.” But after today, the 26 year-old law student-turned Team PokerStars Pro is in pole position to do just that.

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    Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, in pursuit of back-to-back titles

    74 players returned to the felt for Day 3, 18 of them unfortunately departing without a penny to show for their work. Among them were Todd Terry, Greg Dyer, David Robinson, Ronnie Bardah, last season’s 12th-place finisher Alan Sternberg, and Team Online’s Andrew Brokos, whose pocket jacks fell to Andrew Weisner’s ace-king. The bubble burst only a few minutes into Level 16. Nick Binger had already seen his pocket aces snapped off when four spades appeared on the board, making Adam Junglen the nut flush with [As][Qd]. The two tangoed again in the bubble hand, Binger getting his stack in before the flop with [Qs][Qh] against Junglen’s [Ac][Jh]. Everything looked fine for Binger until an ace spiked on the river to crack his queens.

    “Bubbling builds character,” Binger told us after the dust had settled. “I have this reserve of character that just keeps growing and growing.” We wish we shared his zen attitude, as at least one of us has the tendency to hurl objects and punch walls in that very situation.


    Nick Binger, a true man of character

    Three Team Pros survived the bubble— Greg DeBora, Victor Ramdin, and defending champion Selbst. Our blonde Canadian friend was the first of them to depart, DeBora losing a race with pocket sixes against Christopher Kirkwood’s ace-queen to go out in 49th place. Ramdin, after a trademark up-and-down day followed him out the door a short time later. Following an 18,000 under-the-gun raise from Joseph Gibbons, Adam Geyer called on the button and Ramdin put the squeeze on from the small blind, moving all-in for his last 53,500. Nenad Medic tanked for an age in the big blind before four-bet shoving for 206,000, a move that folded out both Gibbons and Geyer. Ramdin’s [Tc][Td] couldn’t catch Medic’s [Jd][Js] and he exited in 31st place.

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    Victor Ramdin awaits his fate

    Aside from Vanessa Selbst’s remarkable run at back-to-back titles, another one of the day’s headlines belonged to Steve O’Dwyer. Down to only 10,000 in chips with an hour left to play on Day 2, O’Dwyer managed to grind his stack back up to the 108,700 he bagged up at the end of the night. Today, nothing could stop him. He started the day by doubling up through mega-stacked Aaron Overton with pocket aces again [Ah][Kc]. He knocked out Jesse Kremer when he flopped a set of sevens against [Ah][Qh] and did the same to Michael Quibble when he picked up pocket aces and Quibble shoved with sevens. With 36 players remaining, O’Dwyer lead the pack with 770,000 and finished Day 3 with a formidable 507,000.


    Steve O’Dwyer

    O’Dwyer’s reign at the top didn’t last long. The bullet train that is Vanessa Selbst vaulted to 833,000 in chips after getting maximum value when she turned a straight with [7d][8d] against Jean-Phillippe Matte’s pocket jacks. It wasn’t quite the OMG she did WHAT moment like last night’s five-bet shove with [4d][8d], but it sure did the job.

    For a while there, we thought the Day 3 chip lead would certainly belong to Vincent Rubianes, a man with a traffic-stopping head of hair who cashed this event last season in 71st place. Rubianes arrived this morning with an average stack and steadily built it all afternoon, reaching a high-water mark of 1.4 million after eliminating Ruben Costa in a million-chip pot. He’d play another one by night’s end, this one a game-changer involving our defending champion.

    Olivier Busquet led off the action with a raise to 21,000. Rubianes three-bet to 55,000 before Selbst four-bet to 109,000 on the button. Busquet folded and Rubianes called. The flop fell [Tc][5d][2c] and Rubianes checked to Selbst, who bet 129,000. He made the call and they went to the turn which landed the [Jc]. Both players checked. The river was a fourth club, the [3c] and Rubianes checked a third time, leaving the door open for Selbst to bet 296,000. After a long, tortured tank, he made the call. Selbst turned over [Kc][Ks] for the second-nut flush and Rubianes mucked. The pot gave Selbst the chip lead with 1,406,000 while Rubianes slipped to 1,023,000, still good for second place.

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    Rubianes contemplates a call

    We’ll be back tomorrow at Noon when our 24 contenders play down to a final table of eight. If you missed any of the action today (or would just like to re-live it), click on either of the links below.

    Level 15-16 updates

    Level 17-19 updates

    For a look at how much everyone bagged up tonight, check out the NAPT Mohegan Sun chip count page. To see where our dearly departed cash finishers ended their tournament, head over to the NAPT Mohegan Sun prizes and winners page. Multimedia nuts, look no further than for all your video needs. For a sneak peek of tomorrow’s table draw, click over to the Day 4 seating assignments.

    That’s all for now. There’s some Chinese food and a karaoke bar waiting for us.

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3, levels 17-19 (5,000-10,000-1,000)


    6:36pm: Selbst ends day with chip lead

    Last year’s NAPT Mohegan Sun champion has ended Day 3 with the chip lead after a massive hand against Vincent Rubianes.

    It began when Olivier Busquet came in for a raise to 21,000. Rubianes made it 51,000 to play. With the button, Selbst bumped it up to 109,000. Busquet got out of the way, but Rubianes called.

    On a flop of [2c][5d][tc], Rubianes checked-called Selbst’s 129,000 bet. On the [jc] turn, both players checked. When the river brought the fourth club, the [3c], Rubianes checked again. Selbst took her time in betting, but finally settled on 296,000. Rubianes sat tortured. He threw his head back and looked into the ceiling. When he emerged for his tank, he announced a call.

    Selbst turned over [ks][kc]. Rubianes said, “It’s good,” and shoved his hand toward the muck.

    We’re still counting up the chips, but there is little doubt Selbst will enter Day 4 with the chip lead.


    Vincent Rubianes seeks direction


    Vanessa Selbst stacks up her chip-leading chips

    Moments later, Leonard Cortellino got [ks][qc] all in against Sukh Sandhu’s pocket fours. The pair held and we were down to the final 24. A full wrap-up and chip counts are on the way. —BW

    6.20pm: A quarter left

    In short order, we’ve also lost the short-stacked Gerald Aiello and Eracles Panayiotou, leaving us with 25 players left. One more needs to perish and day is done. — HS

    6.15pm: Rubianas crushes Costa, breaks a million

    At the recent break, Vincent Rubianes told reporters that his chip count was 980,000, then nodded agreeably when someone piped up: “Good day.” It has just got even better for Rubianes because he has sent one of the other mighty stacks, Ruben Costa, to the rail in a massive pre-flop confrontation, worth more than a million chips.

    Eric Froehlich opened, making it 24,000 and Rubianes raised to 55,000. Costa announced that he was all in – a stack of 450,000 – and although Froehlich folded, Rubianes called!

    Rubianes: [kd][ks]

    Costa: [10c][10d]

    The board bricked, Costa was sent packing and Rubianes has close to 1.5 million, which puts him massively in the lead. — HS

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    Leading by a mile, Vincent Rubianes

    LEVEL UP. PLAYING BLINDS OF 5,000-10,000-1,000 IN LEVEL 19

    5.55pm: Level over

    That’s the end of level 17. There will now be a 15-minute interlude.

    5:50pm: Junglen can’t beat kings

    Joe Tehan came in for a raise to 19,000. Adam Junglen pushed for about 100,000 more. Tehan made the quick call with [kh][kc]. Junglen’s [ac][js] was behind and never caught up. Tehan flopped a set that held and sent Junglen out for a $10,500 cash. —BW

    5.45pm: Ebanks busts

    There are no more details than what you see there in the headline. Joe Ebanks is out. — HS

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    Joe Ebanks

    5.40pm: Can anyone stop Vanessa Selbst?

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: something about Mohegan Sun agrees with Vanessa Selbst. She is now very close to the chip lead on day three after doubling up to 833,000 through Jean-Philippe Matte.

    Selbst flat-called a pre-flop raise from Matte, taking the two of them to a flop of [5s][9c][3d]. Matte checked, Selbst bet 32,000, and Matte called. The pattern repeated on the [6h] turn. Matte checked, Selbst bet 63,000, Matte called.

    And how about one more time? The [3c] rivered and Matte checked, Selbst moved all in for 296,000, which Matte called. Selbst tabled [7d][8d] for the turned straight, which had become much better than Matte’s pocket jacks.

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    Vanessa Selbst: back to back?

    Selbst is relentless, we already know that. But back-to-back here would be some achievement even for her. — HS

    5.30pm: Ramdin bites the dust

    Vanessa Selbst is the only remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the field, which is the long way to say that Victor Ramdin has been eliminated.

    This hand sounds a lot more complicated than it really was, and involved a lot of hand-wringing and chin scratching from four players, before shaking down to be a pair versus over-pair.

    It started when Joseph Gibbons opened under-the-gun to 18,000. Adam Geyer called on the button, before Ramdin announced that he was all in for his last 53,500 from the small blind.

    Nenad Medic was probably expected to fold his big blind at this spot, but he actually agonised for a good long while before announcing that he was all in too, for 206,000. Gibbons seemed interested, but folded. Geyer never seemed interested, and folded too.

    That left the two of them:

    Ramdin: [10c][10d]

    Medic: [jd][js]

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    Victor Ramdin sees the bad news

    “I need a ten,” said Ramdin, but it soon proved that that was the last thing he really wanted. The flop came [qc][as][kd] and Ramdin quickly corrected himself. “I want a jack.” But verbal declarations are binding, and the [10s] turned, as Ramdin has first desired, but it now gave Medic a decisive straight.

    The [3s] was not one of the chop cards, and Ramdin hit the rail. — HS

    5.15pm: Gibbons doubles, Junglen slips

    It is going nuts now out there with huge pot following huge pot and players milling all over the place as they try to consolidate the final 32 around four tables. Ad Dan Shak et al heaved their mighty stacks over from their broken table, Adam Junglen and Joseph Gibbons were involved in a pot, which bucked the general bust out trend. In fact Gibbons doubled up.

    Vincent Rubianes started it, raising to 25,000. Gibbons called from a couple of seats to his left and, in the small blind, Junglen eaised to 64,000. Rubianes folded but Gibbons moved all in for 145,500, which Junglen called after a moment of thought.

    Junglen: [jd][jh]

    Gibbons: [kh][qh]

    The flop sent Gibbons fist-pumping to his rail. It came [7c][4s][qs]. The [ah] turn changed nothing, and neither did the [10c] river.

    Gibbons now has about 300,000. Junglen is down to 140,000.

    About two seconds after this, Matt Matros bust from another table, bringing us down to 31. — HS

    5:14pm: Royalty no match for Geyer

    Bryan Leskowitz did all he could today, but his all-in with [ks][qd] couldn’t outrun Adam Geyer’s pocket tens. The board ran out [8s][9d][ah][[8c][ad] and Leskowitz headed to the cage in 33rd place. —BW

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    Bryan Leskowitz

    5:12pm: Rubianes running the table

    With the board reading [Tc][4d][Kd][Js] on the turn, Vincent Rubianes checked to Adam Junglen, who bet 32,000. Rubianes called, and the [Jh] hit the river. Rubianes checked again, Junglen bet 48,000 and Rubianes raised to 212,000. Junglen folded with a small sigh, saving the 280,000 he had behind while Rubianes moved into the chip lead with 785,000. —KB

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    Vincent Rubianes on day three at Mohegan Sun

    5:10pm: Mermelstein is going to Mexico

    It looks like Andrew Mermelstein will make that wedding in Mexico after all. After opening from the button, Mermelstein faced a three-bet from Dan Shak in the small blind. Mermelstein called, and they saw a J-T-8 flop. Shak moved all-in, having his opponent covered and Mermelstein made the call, turning up J-8 for top and bottom pair. Shak showed pocket aces. Mermelstein, however, was drawing dead on the turn when Shak spiked another ace to make top set. Shak filled up on the river when the board paired tens and Mermelstein was off to the payout desk, then the airport.

    The pot took Shak up to 525,000.—KB

    5pm: Tryba ousts Kirkwood, back beyond 300,000

    The day one leader Chris Tryba is still in this one, and has now knocked out Christopher Kirkwood, all but doubling up in the process. Tryba limped from early position, which also prompted Joe Tehan to limp. Kirkwood didn’t smell anything too suspicious and shoved from the small blind for about 140,000. Tryba snap called. (Tehan did not.)

    It was pair versus pair, but Tryba’s queens were better than Kirkwood’s sevens. The board bricked and Kirkwood was sent packing. There was only the odd 40,000 difference between the stacks but Tryba’s was the bigger and is now at 300,000 . — HS

    4:58pm: Geyer smells a rat, Weisner smells the rail

    On a [7d][6d][5s] flop, Andrew Weisner moved all in for 92,500. Geyer thought for several minutes before making the call with [kc][5d]. Weisner turned up the flush and straight draws with [ad][4d]. Somehow, the pair of fives held and Weisner is gone. —BW

    4.55pm: Right back at ya

    The problem with three bets is that sometimes people four bet right back at them – as Taylor von Kriegenbergh could no doubt attest. It happened to him in back-to-back pots against Olivier Busquet and then Ruben Costa, costing him about 100,000 chips total.

    First up, Busquet opened to 20,000 from early position and Von Kriegenbergh, in the big blind, made it 55,000. Busquet now four bet to 96,000, which left Von Kriegenbergh smiling and muttering: “That’s an illegal bet” as he folded.

    On the next hand, Costa raised from the button to 17,000 and Von Kriegenbergh bumped it to 45,000. Costa slid out 100,000 straight, and Von Kriegenbergh was forced to fold again. Costa showed [kh][8h].

    All three players still have between 350,000-450,000, so there’s no need for panic just yet. — HS

    4:48pm: Updated chip counts

    Get ‘em while they’re fresh! Chip counts on all 36 of our remaining players are up on the NAPT chip count page. Over the last level, Steve O’Dwyer moved into the lead with 770,000 while Victor Ramdin is the shortest stack in the room right now with 66,500. —KB

    4.40pm: Take a longer break

    First hand back after the break, and Vincent Rubianes has sent David Weisberger back to the hall. Rubianes raised to 19,500 pre-flop in late position, Weisberger shoved behind him and Rubianes snap-called.

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    David Weisberger

    Rubianes had aces; Weisberger had [ad][jh] and could not catch up. Weisberger is our 37th-place finisher. — HS

    LEVEL UP. BLINDS 4,000-8,000-500

    4:24pm: A vulture’s view of Victor Ramdin

    It all began when Adam Geyer opened for a raise and Victor Ramdin moved all-in. He only had [ad][tc], but it was probably going to be enough to beat Geyer. The problem was Gerald Aiello in the big blind who woke up with pokert queens. Aiello had 54,500 in his stack and Ramdin was left crippled.

    Ramdin laughed and told Aiello, “That was a raise and a re-raise. You were supposed to fold!”

    That’s when the vultures started to circle. Ramdin would be gone soon, and his demise would be late afternoon snack.

    Ramdin was all-in on the next hand for 7,500. Called in two spots, Ramdin looked ready to find something to do tonight. The Team Pro was holding ace-king and didn’t improve. His opponents couldn’t beat ace-high.

    “Oh, baby,” Ramdin declared. “Ship that cheese!”

    On the next deal, Ramdin was under the gun and all-in again. “Here we go. This is a real hand, folks.” Play folded around to the big blind. “Don’ fold,” Ramdin implored. “You’re pot-committed. Just call dark. I’m not going to be pissed.”

    Ramdin got the fold he wanted. “Thank you,” he said. “I had eight-high.” He showed it. It was Vanessa Selbst’s [8d][4d]

    Now in the big blind, Ramdin warned, “You guys know I’m pot-committed, right?”

    Everything Ramdin says is a lie. Or the truth. It’s hard to figure out which or when. He folded to a raise, and then folded to a raise in the small blind. With 30,000 in his stack, he pulled the button in front of him and folded to a raise. He did the same when he was in the cutoff.

    “If I bust here, I’ll go ship the Super Tuesday,” Ramdin said.

    “Victor,” I interrupted. “Today is Monday.”

    “I’ll have to stick around then,” he said.

    Finally, on the last hand before the break, Ramdin pushed out 28,500 in chips. “All of it, guys,” he said. “This could hurt your stack.”

    One player folded. “Nit,” said Ramdin.

    Another player folded. “Another nit,” Ramdin said.

    Andre Weisner was having none of it. He moved all-in.

    “Show me ace-queen,” Ramdin said. Weisner turned over [as][qs].

    Ramdin tabled pocket threes. The board tan out [jh][tc][2h][7c][ts] and Victor Ramdin was back where he started.

    “Oh, baby,” Ramdin said again. “I love this game.” —BW

    4:20pm: Heimowitz hits the road

    Once again, ace-queen has yielded quite a nice pot for Adam Junglen. This time, Lonnie Heimowitz shoved for his last 80,000 from the button with [Ah][9h] and Junglen made the call from the big blind with [Ad][Qh]. Junglen’s kicker played on the [Ac][Jh][3c][4h][Kd] board and Heimowitz exited in 38th place.

    Junglen, meanwhile, is up to 540,000. —KB

    4:12pm: Nenad Medic doubles

    With the action folded around to him on the button, Christopher Kirkwood opened for 14,500 and Nenad Medic moved all-in for 106,000. Kirkwood didn’t take long to make the call, turning up [Ah][Td] to Medic’s [8s][8c]. The eights were safe on the [Qc][3h][2c][4c][6d] board and Medic doubled to just short of 225,000. —KB

    4.10pm: Kenney trims the beast’s claws

    Olivier Busquet described Joe Ebanks as “a beast” earlier on today, referring to Ebanks’ ability to cling on to tournament life when times are bad and then suddenly burst forward to earn bundles of chips when the opportunity arises. Ebanks has been a short stack for a couple of days, but then suddenly had more than 200,000 on a recent trip round the room.

    He pushed Eric Froehlich off a couple of pots to get those chips, but just as it seemed he could do no wrong, along came Tyler Kenney to stop him in his tracks.

    Ebanks raised to 13,500 from the hijack, something he’s been doing from all positions on regular occasions. Kenney called in the cut off. The flop came [jh][7h][6c] and Ebanks bet 18,000. Kenney called. The turn was [9h] and Ebanks led 41,000 at that, which spurred Kenney into gear.

    Kenney, sitting the other side of the dealer, asked Ebanks how much he was playing behind. Ebanks mutely pushed his chips forward a little for Kenney to see. “How much is that?” Kenney sought confirmation. The dealer did the necessary and said Ebanks had about 164,000 more.

    Kenney thought for a while but then cut out a raise to 93,000, which sent Ebanks deep into the tank. He dwelled for a good long while before folding. “You going to show?” Ebanks said.

    Kenney didn’t seem that he had intended to, but was persuaded to flip over a [7s]. Ebanks nodded and on they went. — HS

    3:54pm: Sweeney’s swan song

    Ara Melikian opened for 13,500 and the action was folded around to Joe Sweeney, who moved all-in for only a few thousand more. Melikian quickly called with [Ah][Kh], while Sweeney’s tournament life was at stake with [Qh][Th]. The [Tc][6h][2h] flop was juicy for both players, Sweeney hitting top pair while Melikian picked up the nut flush draw. The turn was the [8c], but the [As] spiked on the river to send Sweeney home in 39th place. —KB

    3:45pm: Keeping up with the carnage

    If you’d like to keep up with the carnage in a bit cleaner form, we’re also keeping up with the bust-outs over on our NAPT Mohegan Sun prizes and winners page.

    3:39pm: Adieu, Lachance and Whalen

    On back-to-back hands we’ve lost Ludovic Lachance and David Whalen. Lachance got his last few chips in with [as][qc] vs. Matt Matros’ [jd][9c]. The board, [6d][8h][5d][7d][ad], ran out a straight for Matros, and Lachance was gone.

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    Ludovic Lachance busts NAPT Mohegan Sun

    One table over, David Whalen was shoving with [ad][td] to Ara Melikian’s [ah][kh]. Melikian held, and Whalen is gone. —BW

    3:32pm: Markholt finally falls to Selbst

    Vanessa Selbst seemed to be making a habit of doubling up Lee Markholt today. It happened more times than we could count. Nonetheless, at some point in the last half an hour, Markholt somehow lost a majority of his chips.

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    Lee Markholt out of NAPT Mohegan Sun

    Just now, his last few antes went in the pot. Both he and Selbst had a jack. Markholt’s deuce kicker couldn’t hold up against Selbst’s eight and he’s gone. —BW

    3.30pm: Two (vaguely) interesting facts

    The day one and day two end-day chip leaders, Chris Tryba and Aaron Overton, are sitting next to one another.

    Jacobo Fernandez and the aforementioned Overton are now out front alone, with about 780,000 apiece. — HS

    3:25pm: Junglen busts Papola

    Jeff Papola took a coinflip for his tournament life, getting the rest of his chips in the middle before the flop with pocket sevens against Junglen’s A-Q. Big Chick once again proved to be a lucky hand for Junglen (it cracked Nick Binger’s aces in the first level), as he rivered the [Qs] to eliminate Papola in 43rd place. —KB

    3:20pm: Plouffe flops the nuts

    Phillipe Plouffe opened for a 13,500 raise from the hijacks, Matt Matros three-bet to 35,000 and Plouffe made the call. Both players checked the [Kc][6c][5c] flop and checked again when the [Ad] fell on the turn. The river was the [3s] and Plouffe led out for 45,000. After a minute or so in the tank, Matros made what looked to be a reluctant call.

    Plouffe showed [Ac][Qc] for the flopped nut flush and Matros mucked.

    “If it had been a low flop, you would have got it all,” Matros said as Plouffe stacked up the pot. Matros is down to 215,000 while Plouffe is hovering around the 400,000 mark. —KB

    3:15pm: Steve O’Dwyer and the anti-slowroll

    Following an opening raise from Steve O’Dwyer, Michael Quibble moved all-in, and with the following declaration, O’Dwyer beat him into the pot.

    “I have aces, I call.”

    O’Dwyer’s [Ac][Ah] held up against Quibble’s [7s][7d] on the [Kc][9h][Ts][4s][Kh] board and O’Dwyer vaulted to 556,000 in chips while Quibble departed in 44th place. —KB

    3.05pm: Leaders

    We enter level 17 with 45 players remaining. Aaron Overton started today out front, and he remains there still with close to 800,000 in chips. However there are a few other players creeping up behind him, including the following:

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    Jacobo Fernandez (685,000)

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    Ruben Costa (532,000)

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    Jean-Philippe Matte (470,000)

    Players who have cashed already (that’s a nice way of putting the fact that they’re out) can be found on the prizewinners’ page. – HS

    Reporting team: Kristin Bihr, Howard Swains and Brad Willis. Photography: Joe Giron.

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    NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3, level 15-16 updates (2,000-4,000-400)


    2.24pm: It’s not for everyone

    It might seem as though the secret to tournament success is shoving hard pre-flop with filth, running into big pairs and cracking them. Just ask Vanessa Selbst. But like a government road safety video, I’m here to advise against such a reckless approach, and cite David Walen as my example.

    Whalen raised to 12,000 from the button, but was met with resistance from Ara Melikian in the big blind. Melikian three bet to 30,000. Whalen announced that he was all in, covering Melikian, who shrugged as though he had no choice but to call. He had made the right decision.

    Whalen tabled [10s][4s], up against Melikian’s [qh][qs]. And the board ran [8h][ad][jc][js][8c], which was no good for the under-cards.

    Melikian had 151,500, and doubled it. Whalen was chopped to about 150,000 of his own. — HS

    2:39pm: Now that we’re in the money…

    With the bubble now behind us, the remaining players have at least $7,500 to play around with tonight. So, we asked them if they were going to start splurging, what would they do?—BW

    2:36pm: O’Dwyer: “I can’t be stopped”

    Steve O’Dwyer opened from under the gun with[7c][7d] to 12,500. Jesse Kremer wasted no time pushing all-in. O’Dwyer wasted no time in calling to see Kremer’s [ah][qh]. The [7s] flopped and Kremer headed for the rail. —BW

    2.25pm: George straightened out

    Taylor von Kriegenbergh, Olivier Busquets and Gil George were at a flop – [6h][9d][7s] – but it was only Busquets who had a decision. The reason for that was that with about 120,000 already in the middle, George was all in for about 180,000 total and Von Kriegenbergh had already called. Busquets had to decide if he wanted to call too. He didn’t, and he had made a wise choice.

    George showed his [9s][10s] for top pair, with a gutshot. But one of his outs was in the hand of Von Kriegenbergh, whose [5s][8d] represented the made straight.

    The turn and river bricked and George was gone. Von Kriegenbergh added another couple of hundred thousand to his stack, and he now has more than 400,000. — HS

    2:25pm: Wong follows DeBora out the door

    The bust outs are happening faster than we can write them now. The two most recent are Jerry Wong who fell victim to Steve O’Dwyer. That happened just moments after Team PokerStars Pro’s Greg DeBora lost a race with pocket sixes versus Christopher Kirkwood’s ace-queen. —BW

    2:15pm: Bad luck Bernard

    Bernard Lee just departed the room, muttering to himself after his pocket tens fell to Thomas Hoglund’s pocket sevens. All the chips went in before the flop, Hoglund flopping a set as the board ran out [7d][2s][5c][9d][6h]. And apparently, this underpair-beats-overpair scenario had played out before.

    “Are you kidding me? Second time this hour!” Lee exclaimed as he departed the table. —KB

    1:51pm: Junglen gets Binger again, Binger bubbles

    It’s not been too many minutes since Adam Junglen cracked Nick Binger’s aces after hitting a flush. Now, he’s just done it again, using [ac][jh] to crack Binger’s [qs][qh]. They were all-in pre-flop and Binger was good until the [ah] hit on the river.


    Nick Binger, all character, no money

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    Adam Junglen, silent assassin

    With that, the money bubble broke. The final 56 players now cash for at least $7,500.

    “I keep telling people, bubbling builds character. I have this reserve of character that just keeps growing and growing,” Binger said. —BW

    1.45pm: Kenney doubles, here comes the bubble

    As hand-for-hand play approaches – the sign of the bubble – Tyler Kenney has just doubled up through Olivier Busquet. Kenney raised to 12,000 from mid-position and Busquet made it 27,500 from the small blind. The next bit happened in a flash: “I’m all in,” said Kenney. “Call,” said Busquet, but then: “Ouch.”

    Busquet had [9d][9c], Kenney had [10d][10s] and the board brought another ten. Kenney lived to fight on with about 150,000. Busquet has something like that too. — HS

    BLINDS UP, PLAYING 2,500-5,000-500 BLINDS IN LEVEL 16

    1:22pm: Jeff Papola doubles through Corey Hochman

    As most of the field departed for break, Jeff Papola check-raised all in on a [Td][7d][5s] flop for his last 98,700. After a long tank, Corey Hochman called with [Ac][Th], his top pair, top kicker leading Papola’s open-ended straight draw with [6c][8c]. The turn blanked with the [3s], but Papola binked the [9d] on the river to double up to 355,000. Hochman was left with 300,000. —KB

    1:20pm: Markholt doubles through Selbst

    Vanessa Selbst looked like she really didn’t want to call. After she put in a preflop reraise to 23,200, Lee Markholt shoved for an additional 31,600. Selbst sighed and called, turning over [Ad][9h] while Markholt tabled pocket queens. The board ran out [Jd][8s][3d][Ts][2s] and Markholt doubled to 110,000. Selbst is still quite healthily-stacked at 315,000. —KB

    1:18pm: Ronnie Bardah eliminated

    Most of Ronnie Bardah’s remaining chips went “poof” in a preflop all-in, his [Ad][Qs] falling to Greg Ostrander’s pocket queens. Bardah was left with only 11,000 and although he was able to double up once, he made his last stand with king-queen only to run into Ruben Costa’s ace-queen. Although Bardah flopped top pair on the [Kd][Ts][3s] flop, Costa picked up a flush draw on the turn with the [9s] and filled his gutshot straight draw on the river with the [Jd], sending Bardah to the rail. —KB

    1:10pm: Ramdin rebounding

    After a first level that saw Victor Ramdin lose most of his stack, the Team PokerStars Pro has pulled another of his patented rebounds. This time he four-bet shoved in his last 71,000 into the middle. Ciaran Begley-Cater struggled with whether to call.

    “Seven more players until the money,” Ramdin said.

    “I’m not really concerned with that,” Begley-Cater said. “I’m just looking for a better hand to go out on.”


    Victor Ramdin sweating his aces

    He finally decided to call with [ac][qc]. This time Ramdin had [as][ah] and the aces held. Ramdin had his man covered by half an ante. Begley-Cater is gone. Ramdin is now back close to 200,000.—BW

    1:02pm: Broke-os

    Andrew Brokos was the last player in the field flying the mighty red spade for Team Online, but has unfortunately played his final hand at the NAPT Mohegan Sun. Brokos opened from the hijack, Andrew Weisner three-bet to 32,500 from the cutoff and Brokos shoved for his remaining 110,000. Weisner made the call with A-K and hit top pair on the [Kh][7d][5d][Td][Qc] board to outrun Brokos’ pocket jacks.

    Weisner is up to 270,000. —KB


    Andrew Brokos

    1pm: Lee peers to the heavens

    While about 60 heads were fixed downwards, peering at cards and chips, Bernard Lee’s face was staring skyward in obvious dismay. He had just taken pocket jacks against Ronald Eaton’s pocket nines, all in pre-flop. Eaton spiked a nine on the turn to outdraw Lee and double up.

    It’s hardly terminal for Lee, who still has about 150,000. Eaton’s double puts him narrowly into six figures too. — HS


    Bernard Lee

    12:52pm: Junglen cracks Binger’s aces

    Adam Junglen opened for 10,000, Nick Binger reraised to 26,100 and Junglen four-bet shoved for his remaining 97,000. Binger snap-called with pocket aces, leaving Junglen in dire shape with [As][Qd].

    The all-spade flop, [8s][4s][2s], however, gave Junglen the nut flush draw and to a few cries of “so sick,” filled it on the turn with the [Js]. The meaningless river card was the [Tc] and Junglen doubled to 203,000. Binger was left with 137,000, but there were no hard feelings.

    “I did the same thing yesterday to a guy in a huge pot,” Binger said. “Only fair.” —KB

    12:49pm: Terry=toast

    After shoving his heart out since the start of play today, overnight short stack Todd Terry has met his tournament end. Terry moved all-in for his last 30,000 or so from UTG 1 and Ludovic Lachance made an easy call from the big blind with [Ah][Kh].

    “I have three outs,” Terry said as he turned over [As][8s].

    Terry was drawing dead on the turn, the board running out [Kh][7d][3c][Ad][Kd] to send him home. —KB

    12:42pm: Fernandez rush continues

    This is one of those “must be nice” days for Jacabo Fernandez. It’s not been half an hour since he picked up aces versus Victor Ramdin’s top pair and took the Team Pro for a third of his stack. Just now, Adam Junglen came in for a raise to 9,500 from the button. Ramdin three-bet from the small blind to 23,000. Fernandez sized up both his opponents’ stacks. He covered them both. That decided, he moved all-in. Junglen snap-folded. Ramdin took his time, but did the same. Fernandez flashed [ks][kd] and pocketed another 33,000. Ramdin looks less than pleased. —BW

    12.40pm: (Un)Happy Eyster, Greg DeBora

    Greg DeBora has been slowly moving through the gears in this tournament, and he is now a force having eliminated Kevin Eyster. Eyster was an overnight short-stack and moved it all in in late position, a total of something like 55,000.

    DeBora found pocket sixes and called, racing against Eyster’s [jc][9c]. The board only helped DeBora when it came [4h][7s][6s][4s][9s]. That put the Team PokerStars Pro Canada beyond 200,000. — HS


    Greg DeBora

    12:33pm: Brindise rides roller-coaster, crashes

    William Brindise’s day didn’t start out too badly. He almost immediately doubled up with pocket aces against Jonathan Schroer’s pocket queens to take his stack past the 130,000 mark. Only a few hands later, the two got involved again, Schroer making a raise from middle position and Brindise three-betting to 21,500 only to have Schroer move all-in for 68,500. Schroer rested his head on the table while Brindise tanked (a move that worked quite well for him yesterday, and was finally roused when Brindise declared “You win, wake up!”

    Brindise, however, did not fare as well against Joseph Gibbons. The two got their stacks in preflop, Brindise with [Ah][Qh] against Gibbons’ [Qd][Qc]. The board brought no help for Brindise, and he shipped all but 9,500 of his chips across the table. Those chips went in the middle on the very next hand, his [6s][7h] up against Joe Ebanks’ [Ad][9s]. Although Brindise picked up a flush draw on the [Ah][8h][5h] flop, he couldn’t fill it, the turn and river falling the [Js] and the [2c] to send him to the rail. —KB

    12:32pm: Treys still don’t beat kings

    Michael Clark started the day with a mere 46,600 and needed an early double up if he was going to make the money. He went for it with pocket threes. Too bad for him that Matt Matros was sitting on pocket kings. Nothing silly happened, and Clark is gone short of the money. —BW

    12.30pm: Even Overton can’t crack aces

    Aaron Overton’s day has already been eventful, and we’re not even 30 minutes into it. The overnight chip leader arrived slightly late, munched down a granola bar, was mistaken for a 22-year-old by Joe Tehan, pushed Ben Nakhoul off a pot and then doubled up Steve O’Dwyer.

    The first few parts of that story perhaps aren’t that fascinating, but the last part is more interesting – particularly for Mr O’Dwyer and his fans.

    O’Dwyer opened from middle position to 9,000 and Overton, on the button, took a while before re-raising to 35,000, for the second pot in a row. Everyone folded back to O’Dwyer, who went into the tank before moving all in for close to his starting stack of 108,000. Overton snap-called.

    Overton: [ah][kc]

    O’Dwywer: [ad][ac]

    The board blanked and the aces held, putting O’Dwyer up beyong 200,000. Overton slipped to about 500,000, which is still enough to keep him comfortably in the chip lead. He is, however, mortal. — HS


    Steve O’Dwyer, proving Overton’s mortality

    12:23pm: Bad start for Ramdin

    The day is not starting as Victor Ramdin intended. He just lost more than a third of his stack after getting it in three ways with [qd][jd] on a [jh][3c][2c] flop. The bulk of that money went to Jacobo Fernandez who held [as][ad]. The much smaller main pot slid to Ciaran Begley-Cater, who was sitting with [qc][jc]. Begley-Cater started the day with only 35,000. He tripled up on that hand when the [9c] came on the turn. Fernandez still pulled 101,000 from Ramdin in the side pot. Ramdin is now back down to around the average stack. —BW


    Victor Ramdin’s day not starting well

    12.20pm: Double down

    Greg Dyer and Alan Sternberg, both short stacks at the start of play, are out. Details to follow. Or not, depending on whether any of my colleagues saw the action. (Get your money on “not”.) — HS

    12.15pm: Early skirmishes

    Play is under way almost right on cue, and action is already brisk. On table nine, Dan O’Brien has been the early aggressor, taking down two small pots.

    In the first one, Jerry Wong opened for 9,000 in early position, which Philippe Plouffe called a couple of seats to his left. O’Brien, on the button, made it 25,100 and squeezed them both out.

    Next hand, O’Brien raised to 8,000 in the cut off and Michael Quibble called in the big blind. The flop came [qd][9h][10h] and after Quibble checked, O’Brien bet 6,800.

    Quibble raised, asking an 18,000 chip question. But O’Brien responded by sliding in 31,200 – and that was enough.

    On a neighbouring table, Todd Terry, the overnight short-stack, doubled up very early. Ludovic Lachance made it 8,500, Terry moved in for his 26,000 total and after a small dwell, and everyone else getting out the way, Lachance called.

    “If you took that long, I feel good,” said Terry, showing [as][9s]. That started ahead of Lachance’s [ah][2h] and stayed there all the way on a [4d][ks][kh][5s][8c] board. Terry remains. — HS

    11.30am: The race to 50

    In PokerStars Blog land, the race to 50 was won at a canter by our photographer Joe Giron. Some time ago, the erstwhile hellraiser hung up his cans of hairspray and calf-hugging stonewashes to enter his dotage amid the snarks of the poker fraternity. This time last year Giron celebrated his half-century with a night in a Connecticut motel, a bag of Atomic Fireballs and a bump on the head.

    Today at Mohegan Sun, we start another race to 50. From a starting field of 387 at the $5,000 Main Event, only 74 remain. The target by close of play tonight is 24 players, which means we need to shed 50. That’s what this long-winded introduction is basically labouring its way towards saying: day three of this tournament requires us to lose 50 players until it is done.

    The first hurdle will be the money bubble. Only 56 players will be paid, which means 14 players returning this afternoon will not receive any remuneration for their week’s efforts. Play tends to slow as that landmark approaches, but once its done we could race to a conclusion. However it plays out, it should be a thriller.

    The two Aarons – Overton and Mermelstein – lead the way, but there’s a defending champion not far behind. Vanessa Selbst, the five-bet-shoving-with-8-4 Team PokerStars Pro can do no wrong on this reservation, and all eyes will surely be on her.

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    Vanessa Selbst, lurking in the top five at Mohegan Sun

    Play is due to start at noon.

    Reporting team: Kristin Bihr, Howard Swains and Brad Willis. Photography: Joe Giron.

    This NAPT is brought to you by PokerStars, the official sponsor of the North American Poker Tour. Win your way into the biggest events North America has to offer at North America.

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