Poker Coverage:

Buy-In: $2,000
Prize Pool: $613,040
Entrants: 316

No-Limit Hold'em

  • Apr 11, '05 - Apr 12, '05


Updates on Final Day (Apr 12, 05)


Final Update

Mack Lee is the winner of the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event at Bellagio's Five-Star World Poker Classic, earning $225,265. For full details on the event, click through to the live updates.

Mack Lee Wins the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Jean Robert Bellande makes a large raise on a flop of 8s-6s-5h. Mack Lee thinks for a long time before pushing all in, and Bellande quickly folded.

Short-stacked after that, Bellande pushes all in with K-6 offsuit, and he's called by Mack Lee's A-8 of clubs. The flop of A-10-7 puts Lee in a commanding position, and the 7 on the turn clinches the victory for Mack Lee. (The meaningless river card was a deuce.) Jean Robert Bellande is eliminated in second place, earning $123,385.

Mack Lee wins the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event, winning a bracelet and $225,265, which includes a $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship next week.


Chip Counts; Blinds Increase to $8,000-$16,000 ($3,000 ante)

It's heads up between the final two players, and here is where they stand:

1. Mack Lee - $715,000
2. Jean Robert Bellande - $560,000

The blinds increase to $8,000-$16,000, with a $3,000 ante.


Jon Luu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($61,690)

Jon Luu bets fter a flop of 10d-7d-2h, and Mack Lee comes in for a substantial raise. At that point, Luu pushes all in. Lee contemplates for a long time before calling with 10-8. Luu shows K-7, and Lee says that's what he expected. Luu needs to catch a king or a seven to stay in the game, but the last two cards are 5-2, and Jon Luu is eliminated in third place, earning $61,690.

Approximate Chip Counts

Here are approximate chip counts on the three remaining players:

1. Jean Robert Bellande - $620,000 (seat 8)
2. Mack Lee - $330,000 (seat 9)
3. Jon Luu - $200,000 (seat 6)

Here are the payouts they're playing for:

1st: $225,265
2nd: $123,385
3rd: $61,690


Christian Kruel Eliminated in 4th Place ($35,255)

With the board reading 9-8-5-8-6, Christian Kruel bets, Jean Robert Bellande goes all in, and Kruel calls with J-9. Unfortunately for him, Bellande has 9-8 for a full house, and Christian Kruel is eliminated in fourth place, earning $35,255.

Quick Update - Today's $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event

While the final table continues in the $2,000 no-limit hold'em event, here's a quick update on the $2,500 no-limit hold'em event that started at noon. There were 273 players entered, with 89 still in the running. The total prize pool is $662,025, paying 27 places, with $241,920 going to the first-place finisher. Here is the complete breakdown:

1st: $241,920
2nd: $133,670
3rd: $68,835
4th: $38,180
5th: $28,645
6th: $22,280
7th: $15,915
8th: $12,730
9th: $10,185
10th - 12th: $7,640
13th - 15th: $6,365
16th - 18th: $5,090
19th - 27th: $3,820

Again, these are the payouts for the $2,500 event that started today, and not the final table for the $2,000 event, which is currently in action. Some of the players still in action are Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Cecelia Mortensen, Hendon Mobsters (and brothers) Barny Boatman and Ross Boatman, Surinder Sunar, David Plastik, Dennis Watterman, Alexandra Vuong, Glyn Banks, David Levi, Max Pescatori, Cecelia Nordenstam, Robert Mizrachi, Ron Rose, and Mel Judah.


Updated Chip Counts

As the players return from break, here is where they stand:

1. Jean Robert Bellande - $735,000 (seat 8)
2. Mack Lee - $215,000 (seat 9)
3. Christian Kruel - $195,000 (seat 3)
4. Jon Luu - $85,000 (seat 6)


Players Take a 15-Minute Break; Blinds Increase to $6,000-$12,000 ($2,000 ante)

The players take a 15-minute break, and when they return, the blinds will increase to $6,000-$12,000, with a $2,000 ante. Accurate chip counts coming shortly.

Christian Kruel Doubles Up Through Mack Lee

Christian Kruel pushes all in with pocket nines, and Mack Lee again calls, paying $51,000 more with his Q-J offsuit. The board never offers Lee any help, coming 10-4-4-7-4, and Christian Kruel doubles up in chips. Unfortunately for Mack Lee, if you're not eliminating the short stacks, you're doubling them up.
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