Level 15 (2,000/4,000/400)
Players Left: 45
Average Stack: 106,111
- – 12. $371 13. – 15. $324 16. – 18. $278
End of Level 14 (1,500/3,000/400)
Players Left: 54
Average Stack: 88,426
We go on break now.
Gutterball Charlie, meanwhile, has also moved up since his big hand, and has north of 260,000.
Level 14 (1,000/2,000/300)
Players Left: 54
Average Stack: 88,426
Showing up with an iffy queen-nine from the small blind, Gutterball Charlie just leapt among the chip leaders.
On a tricky , Gutterball found continuance against the of Dan Rosten, who somehow arrived here from early – clearly here’s a creative and aggressive player.
On the magic , Gutterball naturally called off an ambitious bluff against his tournament life and doubled up to around 200,000.
Dan, unfortunately, didn’t find life any easier at his new table six. He shipped jacks over a raise and a call, both of which called off short.
“Put a jack out there and make it easy.”
His opponents flipped up and
The dealer complied with Rosten, laying out but the two clubs gave the squeezed player, John Garzia, the flush draw. The original raiser, however, was drawing to a few runners.
“Club!” Garzia cried out strongly.
on the turn.
The dealer again complied on the river, laying out the .
“Yes!!!” Garzia cried out, leaping up form his chair in sincere, excited celebration. The flush had reduced Dan’s pile to dust.
Dan took a stand a few hands later with but ran into a player who knew desperation when he saw it. drilled the flop and that was all she wrote for brave Dan Rosten’s Event 1.
End of Level 11 (800/1600/200)
Players Left: 84
Average Stack: 56,845
The usual flurry of post-break action is taking its usual victims.
On table three, Howard just took out his opponent and doubled to twice average stack.
“Destiny!” he cried out, clearly now in a better mood.
While the dealers announced other open seats, a very, very short stack put in his last 3700 from early position.
On the button, Steven Wilz was upright and curious. He double checked the count with the dealer, then announced a call, leaving himself about 35,000 back.
However, he must have been concerned at the big blind, who somehow found merely a flat call – why no isolation, amigo?
The reason would become clear.
The dealer fanned and the big blind just ripped it in!
Covered, Wilz still didn’t hesitate to call. What’s going on?
The cards were flipped and the explanation a natural one – the big blind had trapped with , but Wilz had flopped top two.
The short stack turned over a hapless ace-rag, and was drawing to runners. All the aces in the deck had appeared, and that means action in a tournament format.
Wilz’ hand stood up, and now is comfortable at 90,000. The bust out wished everyone good luck, and the big blind could only wonder what might have been.
Level 11 (800/1600/200)
Players Left: 105
Average Stack: 45,476
We now begin the middle stretch of our $10,000 guarantee. We’ll get more stacks, and the payouts as they are made available.
Level 10 (600/1200/200)
Current Entrants: 186
The re-entry period will close before the start of eleven, and the mood is perceptibly a little more serious.
On table 10, Michael Esposito has nearly 150,000 now and is possibly the chip leader.
On table 11, Wooyang Lin is not far behind with with 120,000.
Lin just opened from the high jack to 2500, getting only a natural defense from Chris Hill’s big blind.
On , the action went check bet call – the cbet may not have worked. The turn brought a very slow check back from Lin, who seemed reluctant to give up the lead.
However, there was a reason for that. On the river, Hill found a bet of 8500, and Lin had to give it up.
“Would it be a better story if I showed the bluff?” Hill asked, possibly needling Lin. However, Lin can’t have any complaints as he is in great shape going into the break.
On nearby 11, Steve Warmuth has 99,000, and Yuen Wong on 12 has nearly 125,000. Our break begins in a few minutes.
Level 9 (500/1000/100)
Current Entrants: 160
As stacks get shorter the action always picks up. On table seven during level eight, the experienced Carlos Alvarado led out from the blinds after flatting an early position raise – an interesting choice on the , likely an attempt to force out non-ace hands and leverage the middle player, who might have shoved an ace preflop.
However, both Rob Barbosa and the now short-stacking Tim Petrou found calls, obviating the likely plan. Petrou’s call had to be the most worrisome of all for Carlos.
That might be why he checked the blank . Barbosa also chose to check, but Petrou now dropped in the remainder of his stack into the middle of the felt. Alvarado snap folded and Barbosa, after some torment, followed suit. Petrou is now near the average stack and out of trouble.
On the next hand, the first of level 8, seat 5 Dennis Kim opened to 2,000, and again Alvarado put chips in the pot, this time with the advantage of the button. However, this time Barbosa took the spot and shoved for his remaining half-average stack from the BB.
Kim took a lot of time with this one.
Finally he gave it up and Alvarado wasted no time mucking.
As Barbosa collected the needed pot, the players reviewed the hand.
“I had ace queen,” Kim explained, looking around for reactions while the table chattered. “Gotta fold ace-queen there.”
End of Level 6 (200/400/50)
Current Entrants: 143
While the re-entry period moves into its final half, Mike Esposito is growing a stack. You can see by all those ante chips he’s clearly playing well.
Steven Moy in seat one also fighting for pots, having just taken two in a row.
In the first, he bets after the preflop raiser John Pridgen wisely checks the dangerous .
Pridgen wasn’t having any of it and folded, however. Moy then flashed at least a – and possibly a pair or magical – before tossing the hand and collecting the pot.
In the next hand, Moy floated another middle connected flop, and once more, the action went check bet fold, giving Moy another small victory. While the average stack doesn’t mean much with many more players still to join or re-join, he’s hanging in but under the mean 34,000.
End of Level 5 (150/300/25)
Current Entrants: 135
As level four wound down, we caught up with New Jersey’s Ron Schutsky, who had just got a double, cooling off Dennis Belcher, aces versus ace-king.
In the next hand, Ken Viret in seat 9 took down an easy on a straightforward continuation bet board of .
Meanwhile, back on two, both Ahmed and Reza are gone! Re-entries available.
However, one player who shouldn’t have to worry about re-entries is Bruce Benedict, also on one. Ron informed me that he “will win the tournament.” Everyone else is apparently playing for second at this point: apologies from Bruce.
Back on table five, an interesting hand developed. Belcher took over the lead in, attempting isolation in a limped pot from the big blind. He picked up almost all the limpers, and a multiway pot ensued.
Belcher checked, second to act, the board, and seat ten, Steve Wilz, now took over the betting lead. Schutzky flatted from the button, and after a long pause, Belcher also made the call.
The hit the turn – not a card that should hit Belcher, nor should it please him with the button and Wilz still interested in the pot. Wilz now led again, but Schutsky flatted with some disgust. However, Belcher found a call again, flicking out the chips with some disdain.
On the river, the [As] fell. This card might hit the preflop aggressor, and indeed, Belcher led. Each player had shown some disgust at the runout, and this time it was Wilz’ turn to be dissatisfied.
He sighed and folded.
We’ll look for some growing stacks at the break.
Level 3 (100/200)
Current Entrants: 101
With stacks appropriately deep at our aptly named series, we’ll see some loose preflop play, especially in these early level.
In one hand on two, a four way pot developed with Ahmed Baalbaki making a weak lead from the small blind. Bob Wagner quickly called, showing down a motley [Jx] to win on .
“I’m very disappointed,” Ahmed lamented with some amusement.
The button took it harder however, not understanding Wagner’s optimistic float.
Meanwhile, back on 3, Howard continues to rant. No one should “f— with me today.” In a more reflective moment, he seemed pained at the idea of “moving to Las Vegas… that would be a disaster.” He shook his head mournfully, and returned to table three, where his opponents were missing him.