$500 + $50 NLHE 4/28/06 - 4/29/06
by Kaelaine Minton
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 07:51 PM
Final Table Payouts
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 07:15 PM
They got all in again, this time Bob's pocket Kings were in the lead; David had A9 offsuit. The board came 8 2 6 J 4 and Bob's Kings were gold.
Bob Dillon finished in 1st place, earning $88,537 and the gold WSOP Circuit Championship ring.
David Kanesky finished in 2nd place, earning $45,852.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 07:10 PM
David moved in and was called by Bob. David's pocket Aces were way ahead of Bob's A 7 offsuit. The board brought the case Ace: K A Q Q J. David doubled up to about 444K, leaving Bob with the lead at 535K.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 07:06 PM
As they begin heads-up play, David has 252K and Bob has 727K. Level 18 has 2K ante, 8K/16K blinds.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 06:56 PM
In the last hand before the end of the level, Jed moved all in and was called by David. Jed's AQ offsuit was trailing David's pocket 9s. The flop was Q 9 A, giving Jed two pair and David a set. No more help and David had Jed covered, so he was eliminated.
Jed Kutaka finished in 3rd place, earning $25,298.
Players are on a 10 minute break.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 06:46 PM
With about 10 minutes left in this level, Jed and David are about even at 137K chips, and Bob has all the rest -- around 700K.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 06:16 PM
Bob moved all in and was immediately called by Steve. Bob's A J was trailing Steve's A K . Until the flop, that is: 6 Q J . Bob's Jacks took the lead, although Steve had the straight-flush draw. No help for Steve however. The last two cards were Q 4 and Steve was eliminated.
Steve Gersch finished in 4th place, earning $22,135.
Steve says he's been playing poker for 45 years -- his Grandmother got him started at age 4.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 06:04 PM
Jason moved in with pocket deuces and got called by Jed with KQ of clubs. Jason stayed out front with the board of 3 A 9 4 with one club, but the river was the Q to give Jed the win.
Jason Kaylor finished in 5th place, earning $18,973.
Jason says he has been playing for about 3 years and his favorite player is Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:55 PM
Play is resuming in level 17 with 2K ante, 6K/12K blinds. With 5 players left, the average stack is about 196K.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:44 PM
End of level 16 - players are on a 5 minute break, so now's my chance to get some chip counts:
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:38 PM
John and Bob get all in before the flop. John's 99 is trailing Bob's TT. The board came 7 2 H 8 8 cementing Bob's win and busting John.
John Stout finished in 6th place, earning $15,811.
John says his favorite poker player is Annie Duke and admits his wife plays better than he does.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:33 PM
Jed moved in again and was called by John. John's pocket Kings were leading Jed's A K . Then the board came 4 2 6 6 8 giving Jed the flush and the double-up. John was left with only 28,000 chips.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:25 PM
Jed moved his last chips in with AT of diamonds. Steve called from the big blind with T3 offsuit. Jed's Ace-high was good and he doubled through.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 05:11 PM
Bob moved all in with A7 offsuit and was called by Jason with 87 of clubs. The board came K Q 3 5 2 with NO clubs, giving Bob the win and double up.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 04:55 PM
Brian moved in and got called by Jason. Brian's Q2 offsuit was in bad shape against Jason's AQ of hearts. The board came 5 Q 3 5 3 giving Jason the win.
Brian "Bubba" Essenter finished in 7th place, earning 412,649.
Brian has been playing poker for about 8 years.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 04:48 PM
Here are the approximate chip counts from the break:
Play has resumed in level 16 with 1K ante, 4K/8K blinds.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 04:32 PM
Jason moved his last chips in and was called by Steve. Jason didn't really want a call as he rolled over his 95 offsuit. Steve held KT offsuit and was ahead, until Jason caught a 5 on the flop. His pair of 5s was good and he doubled through Steve.
End of level 15. Players are on a 10 minute break.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 04:20 PM
Brian "Bubba" moved in and was called by Steve. Brian's black Aces were ahead of Steve's A T , until the board came 3 J 8 3 5 giving Steve the diamond flush and the win. Brian was left with about 22K. He also received a warning about his outburst after the bad beat.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 03:57 PM
Jed and Jim get all in -- Jed's QQ dominate Jim's 77. Board brings no help for Jim: 4 A T K J .
Jim Pechac finished in 8th place, earning $9,487.
Jason moved his last chips in and was called by Jed. Jim's T8 offsuit was behind Jed's AJ offsuit, until the flop brought him an 8. Jason's pair of 8s held up and he doubled through Jed.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 03:37 PM
Michael got all in with pocket Jacks only to run into the pocket Queens held by David. No help from the board and Michael was eliminated.
Michael Billings finished in 9th place, earning $6,324.
Michael says he's been playing for 5 years and his favorite player is Howard Lederer.
Shortly after, Jim moved all in with 97 of spades and was called by Jason with K5 of hearts. The board came 6 6 A J 9, giving Jim the suckout on the river to double up and stay alive.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 03:32 PM
Play has just resumed at the final table. Level 15 has 1K ante, 3K/6K blinds, and will be 60 minutes long.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 03:19 PM
OK, players are on break at the end of level. Here are the chip counts and seat assignments at the beginning of the final table:
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 03:10 PM
They picked up the final table and moved it out to the main poker room, high limit area and now they are resuming play. There's a little more than 8 minutes left in this round and then they will take a break. I'll get those counts as soon as possible, but I'm working from a poker table now without any power...let's hope the battery holds long enough.....
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 02:41 PM
Bob moved his last chips in with AT offsuit and was called by Dave with QJ offsuit. The board came 8 9 J Q 3 giving Dave two pair, but giving Bob the straight for the win and double-up.
On the other table, Sidney gets his last chips in with A7 offsuit against Jim Pechac with Q3 of clubs. The board came 6 T 4 J 3 giving Jim the win with a pair of 3s.
Sidney Wells finished in 12th place, earning $3,478.
Bob again moved in and was called by Andy. Bob's 77 was ahead of Andy's KT offsuit. The board came 2 5 J 3 A and Bob's 7s held up for the double-up. Andy was left with about 10K in chips.
A couple of hands later, Andy gets all in in a 3-way. Andy had A3 offsuit; Dave had pocket Aces; Kelly had pocket Jacks. The board came 5 4 K 2 3, giving Dave and Andy both the straight and a split pot, but ending Kelly's run.
Kelly Joy finished in 11th place, earning $3,478.
Andy got his chips in again with K2 of diamonds and ran in to the pocket Jacks of Jason Kaylor. This time the Jacks held up and Andy was eliminated.
Andy Smyczynski finished in 10th place, earning $3,478.
Play has stopped as the final 9 players complete their player bios and redraw for seats at the final table. I'll get you those chips counts shortly.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 02:33 PM
John and Bob get all in pre-flop. John has the red Aces and Bob is behind with the AQ of clubs. The board came Q 8 K 3 5, without a single club, giving John the double-through. Bob was left with less than 10K in chips.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 02:15 PM
Alex is our first casualty of the day. As the short stack with the blinds heading his way, he moved in with J5 of clubs, only to run into the AK of John Stout. The AK held up and Alex was done.
Alex Prendes finished in 14th place, earning $2,846.
Over on the other table, Albert moved his last 42,500 in with AK, only to run into the pocket Aces of Jed Kutaka.
Albert Wallake finished in 13th place, earning $2,846.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 02:08 PM
Play has resumed in Level 14 with 500 ante, 2K/4K blinds. Each level is 50 minutes until they get to the final table, (9 players) when the levels will expand to 60 minutes.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 02:00 PM
Players are taking their seats and un-bagging their chips. Here are the final 14 players and their chip counts:
And since everyone wants to know what's at stake, here are the payouts that these 14 are competing for:
Play should resume shortly.
Saturday, 29th of April 2006 01:24 PM
Here I sit, less than forty minutes before play resumes, and I have no information from Caesar's on the remaining players and chip counts. I know there are 14 players left, but that's about it. I'm sitting at the final table right now because they didn't event have a media table in the room until a few minutes ago. I hope things will get better as the week progresses, but for now, things are a little disorganized.
Meanwhile, Event #2, $1000 + $60 NLHE kicked off at noon. Registration just closed at 1pm and it looks like the final count is 340 - 1st place will pay over $105,000. There are some big names in the field today: Kathy Liebert, Scott Fischman, Paul Darden, An "the Boss"Tran, Jimmy Tran, David "the Dragon" Pham, Rene Angelil, Joe Bartholdi -- fresh from his $3.7 million win at Bellagio, Max Pescatori, Allen Cunningham, Men "the Master" Nguyen, and I'm sure there are more that I've missed on my quick pass through the room.
Meanwhile, back at Event #1, Day 2, I'll get you player info as soon as I get it -- which may mean waiting until the players show up and asking them. I know Jim Pechac is still in and has about 23,000 in chips, and is the 2nd shortest stack.
Friday, 28th of April 2006 09:15 PM
Today's Event # 1, $500+$50 NLHE, began at noon. Caesar's has 31 tables set up in their tournament area and they used all of those, plus the 30 tables in their regular poker room. After selling out at 610 entries, they also seated 42 alternates, for a total of 652 entries! What a great way to kick off the first ever WSOP Circuit Event at Caesar's!!
This event was also the designated PokerSchool Online Live Tour event, and there were 2 PSO members who played. Danny Hall, a.k.a "Buncher" and yours truly, a.k.a. "kaelaine". Danny only made it to level 4. I actually survived through the dinner break, which was after level 6. At the break, I had 3300 in chips (we started with 1500) and the average was about 7,000 with about 145 players left.
About a half hour after we resumed play, we were down to 11 tables, so less than 110 players left. Level 7 had 200/400 blinds with 50 ante. I pushed my last 3250 in with pocket tens, only to run into pocket Kings.
This event will pay 63 places and first place is over $88,000. They will continue play tonight until 2am or until only 9 players remain, whichever comes first, and then play will resume Saturday at 2pm. I'll be on hand bringing you the action with live updates right here at PokerPages.com.
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