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Buy-In: $5,000
Prize Pool: $945,750
Entrants: 195

No-Limit Hold'em

  • Apr 09, '05 - Apr 10, '05


Updates on Final Day (Apr 10, 05)


Dmitry Savelyev Wins $365,995 in Bellagio's $5,000 No-Limit Event

Dmitry Savelyev wins $365,995 in Bellagio's $5,000 no-limit hold'em event. Savelyev has been a professional poker player for about a year and a half, but most of his tournament experience is online, as he only recently started playing live tournaments. He played in the Crown Casino tournament down in Australia, but didn't place. It didn't take long for Savelyev to pick up his first major win in a brick-and-mortar casino, and he defeated a very tough table to do it.

Quick Update on Today's $1,500 Event

There are 36 players left in today's $1,500 no-limit hold'em event, out of 483 who originally entered. They are battling for a first-place prize of $228,680. They will play down to the final table (or close to it) tonight, and resume tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm, when will resume coverage.

Very few big-name players made it to the dinner break, except for Marcel Luske, who once again is in the familiar position of sitting behind a mountain of chips.


Dmitry Savelyev Wins the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event ($365,995)

Emad Alabsi wakes up with a great hand and is all in with pocket tens, but his joy is short-lived when he sees Dmitry Savelyev's pocket queens. The board comes J-J-2-3-A, and Emad Alabsi is eliminated in second place, earning $202,455.

Dmitry Savelyev wins the $5,000 no-limit hold'em event at Bellagio's Five-Star World Poker Classic, earning $365,995.


Ram Vaswani Eliminated in 3rd Place ($101,230)

Ram Vaswani is all in preflop with A-9 against Dmitry Savelyev's K-5 of spades. The flop comes J-10-7, with another 10 on the turn, and a 5 on the river. For Vaswani, it's a dreaded five. The happiest person seems to be Emad Alibsi, who is guaranteed an extra $100,000 or so because one of the bigger stacks busted before he did. Ram Vaswani is eliminated in third place, earning $101,230.

Emad Alabsi Doubles Up Through Ram Vaswani

Ram Vaswani comes in for a raise of $150,000, but Emad Alabsi raises all in for $320,000. Vaswani reluctantly calls with his A-3, and he's up against Alabsi's A-K. The board comes A-J-4-5-J, teasing Vaswani with a gut-shot straight draw before dashing his hopes on the river. Emad Alabsi doubles up through Ram Vaswani.

Ram Vaswani Doubles Up Through Dmitry Savelyev

Ram Vaswani pushes all in preflop with K-3 offsuit, but he's called by Dmitry Savelyev's pocket sixes. The flop gives him no help with A-10-5, but the 3 on the turn gives him an extra two outs. He finally catches a king on the river to win the hand, to the disgust of Emad Alabsi, who was looking forward to making the top two. Vaswani doubles up.

Play Resumes After Dinner

The three remaining players ate dinner at the table, but play has resumed. At the current level of blinds, each hand will cost $30,000, so that should be enough to force the action, especially for the current short-stack, Emad Alabsi.

Players Take a Food Break; Chip Counts

The players get an impromptu dinner break when their ordered food arrives. While the players take time out to eat, we'll count their chips:

1. Dmitry Savelyev - $1,280,000 (seat 5)
2. Ram Vaswani - $480,000 (seat 10)
3. Emad Alabsi - $250,000 (seat 6)


Players Take a 15-Minute Break; Blinds Increase to $25,000-$50,000 ($5,000 ante); Chip Counts

The players take a 15-minute break before the blinds increase to $25,000-$50,000, with a $5,000 ante. Here are the current chip counts:

1. Dmitry Savelyev - $910,000 (seat 5)
2. Ram Vaswani - $690,000 (seat 10)
3. Emad Alabsi - $380,000 (seat 6)


Emad Alabsi Doubles Up Through Ram Vaswani

Emad Alabsi pushes all in with 10-6 offsuit for $105,000. Ram Vaswani calls behind him with Q-J of clubs. They both hit the flop of J-10-10, but Alabsi hits it harder, making trips. The last two cards are 5-4, and Alabsi doubles up in chips.
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