Day 16 of the 2007 Stars and Stripes poker tournament...
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:55 AM
It's a done deal. Here are the final results:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:46 AM
The final 4 asked for the clock to be stopped for a chip count so they could talk deal. Here are the current counts:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:40 AM
Amos moved in for 42k and all folded to Sang in the big blind, who called, showing KJ off. Amos held J7 suited. Board came A Q 2 5 T and Sang made the Broadway straight to take the pot.
Amos Meron finished in 5th place, earning $3,905.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:31 AM
Level 17: Blinds 6k/12k with 2k antes. Play has resumed.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:30 AM
Here are the current chip counts:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:25 AM
End of level 16 and they have colored up the yellow 500 chips and are taking a break.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:16 AM
Sang moved in from the small blind (45k) and Henry called from the big, showing T 9 . Sang held A 6 . Board came A 5 8 2 J and Sang doubled through.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 04:03 AM
Henry raised, then Steve moved in. After some thought, Henry called. Steve was ahead with pocket Tens; Henry held KQ suited. Steve was ahead, but the board came 7 8 4 Q 8 and Henry took the pot with the pair of Queens, doubling up.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:54 AM
Gary got his chips in with pocket 4s against Jeff's AT. An Ace on the flop was all Jeff needed to take it down.
Gary Childress finished in 6th place, earning $3,040.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:52 AM
Level 16: Blinds 4k/8k with 1,500 antes. Play continues.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:51 AM
Rafael moved in and was called by Steve. It couldn't get much worse for Rafael, as his KJ was dominated by Steve's KQ. Board came 2 K 4 7 6 and Steve's kicker played.
Rafael Maronyan finished in 7th place, earning $2,170.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:48 AM
Rupesh tossed his last few chips in when he was the small blind and his 74 offsuit was facing Gary's A9. Neither player made a pair and Gary's Ace-high was boss.
Rupesh Pattni finished in 8th place, earning $1,735.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:45 AM
Amir moved his last chips in and all folded to Sang on the button. Amir's 95 offsuit was trailing Sang's KJ. The board came Q J 6 A 4 and Sang took the pot with the pair of Jacks.
Amir Ghazvinian finished in 9th place, earning $1,520.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:31 AM
Level 15: Blinds 3k/6k with 1k antes. Play continues.
After Gary limped in up front, Francois moved all in for 24,500 and was called by Amos in the big blind. Gary folded and Francois showed pocket Queens. Amos held KQ and called for a King. He got more than he asked for when the board came K 3 K 5 5 and he took the pot with the full house.
Francois Norpetlian finished in 10th place, earning $1,300.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:22 AM
On the first hand at the final table, the two big stacks tangled. Jeff moved all in and Gary called. Jeff held pocket 3s and was in bad shape against Gary's pocket 8s, but a 3 came on the flop giving Jeff the set and the lead. Gary couldn't catch a third 8 and Jeff doubled up to become the new chip leader.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:16 AM
Play has resumed. Here's the final table lineup with chip counts:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 03:00 AM
Down to the final table. These are the latest exits:
The final 10 are drawing seats and moving to the final table. They'll take a break while we get the chip counts.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:48 AM
Mark Bryan moved his last chips in with A4 suited and was called by a player holding KQ offsuit. The board killed Mark's lead, J 9 T 6 8, giving his opponent a straight, and Mark was done.
Mark Bryan finished in 13th place, earning $1,085.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:43 AM
Shirley Rosario (Poker-Babes.com) made her moved with A9, only to run into an AJ, which held up.
Shirley Rosario finished in 16th place, earning $870.
Andre Collins finished in 15th place, earning $1,085.
Matthew Hurwitz finsihed in 14th place, earning $1,085.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:33 AM
Jack Reiken moved his last chips in with AQ and ran smack into the pocket Aces held by Steve Reitzfeld. The Aces held up and Jack was done.
Jack Reiken finished in 18th place, earning $870.
Bedo 'Peter' Danayan finished in 17th place, earning $870.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:21 AM
Haytham Shamaoun is the bubble-boy today, benefitting from the generosity of the rest of the field.
The final 18 have drawn seats and moved to the final two tables. Play continues.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:16 AM
The player in seat 2 moved in and Rafael called, saying he just saw two picture cards. Seat 2 held KT and when Rafael rolled over his cards, they were pocket Kings! The Kings held up and Rafael took the pot, sending seat 2 out in 20th place.
The remaining players have agreed to take $870 off 1st place and pay to 19th place so they don't have to go hand for hand, so play is proceeding normally. When one more player busts out, they will redraw seats.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:09 AM
In a 3-way all-in, seat 3 held AK, seat 5, (the shortest stack) held 7 5 and Jeff Wagner held A Q. Board came 4 Q 9 2 8 and Jeff took both pots with his Ace-high flush, sending two players to the rail. Jeff is now the chip leader with about 104K.
20 players remain.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 02:04 AM
Level 13: Blinds 1,500/3,000 with 500 antes. Play has resumed. Current leader-board:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 01:54 AM
End of level 12 and it's time to color up the black 100 chips and take a break.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 01:46 AM
22 players now. 4 more must go...
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 01:32 AM
A short-stack was all-in and then Rafael moved in over the top, causing the player next to him to fold pocket 9s. Rafael showed AK and the short-stack held J7. Board was 5 8 3 T 6 -- the short stack was busted and Rafael took the pot with Ace-high. (The pocket 9s would have been good and busted both players.)
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 01:24 AM
Level 12: Blinds 1k/2k with 300 antes. Play continues. 25 players remain. One is in the penalty box for using the F-word.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 01:17 AM
26 players remain, including one lone woman: Shirley Rosario. 18 will get paid.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 12:55 AM
Level 11: Blinds 800/1,600 with 200 antes. Play has resumed. Here's the current leader-board:
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 12:44 AM
End of level 10 and they are taking 10.
Saturday, 28th of April 2007 12:14 AM
Level 10: Blinds 600/1,200 with 200 antes. Play continues.
Rupesh Pattni had taken the chip lead with ~54k, but then Peter Danayan called Florentino Ornelas' all-in on a board of A K 3 . Flornetino had A J for top pair with the flush draw and Peter was ahead with A 3 for two pair, but he had to dodge the clubs. Last two cards were offsuit 9 2 and Peter doubled up to over 60K to re-take the chip lead.
Florentino was left short stacked and busted out shortly after that hand.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 11:57 PM
Rafael Maronyan, (event 13 winner) was all-in and behind with A T against a player's pocket 9s. Rafael flopped a flush draw, but didn't need it when a Ten fell on the river to give him the bigger pair and the double-up (to about 32K).
Steve Reitzfeld and Mark Bryan were at the same table and were almost tied at about 43,000 chips apiece, then Amir Ghazvinian won a pot at another table and took the lead with about 46,000. Then they broke the Steve/Mark table and now Mark Bryan is at the table with Amir, on Amir's right.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 11:43 PM
Level 9: Blinds 400/800 with 100 antes. Play continues.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 11:39 PM
More departures: Anthony Lee, Norm Wheatcroft, Tracy Young, Michael Hansen, Sirous Baghchehsaire, Jim Harrington, and Param Gill.
51 players remain. Average is about 17,500.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 11:12 PM
Level 8: Blinds 300/600 with 100 antes. Play has resumed.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 10:59 PM
End of level 7 and they are coloring up the green 25 chips, then taking 10.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 10:38 PM
Down to 8 tables now, so they are adjusting to 9-handed play. About 75 players remain.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 10:30 PM
Level 7: Blinds 200/400 with 75 antes. Play continues.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 10:13 PM
A new chip leader has emerged, Bedo 'Peter' Danayan, has about 38,000. And Steve Reitzfeld has been moved to his table, so we have two big stacks facing off.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 09:59 PM
Level 6: Blinds 150/300 with 50 antes. Play continues.
Steve Reitzfeld is still in the lead with about 30,000 chips.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 09:41 PM
About 104 payers remain. Raymond Davis, JB Penn, Paul Keefe, Jorge Pineda, and Jorge Walker have all been dispatched.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 09:29 PM
Level 5: Blinds 100/200 with 25 antes. Play continues.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 09:28 PM
Down to 111 players now. Average is approaching 8,100.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 08:59 PM
Level 4: Blinds 100/200. Play has resumed.
134 players remain. Average stack is just under 6,700. Steve Reitzfeld is the current chip leader with about 22,000 chips.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 08:49 PM
End of level 3 and time to take 10.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 08:45 PM
18 players will get paid. Here's how the money is spread:
Friday, 27th of April 2007 08:25 PM
Today's field is jam-packed with talent. Raymond Davis is playing, fresh from his 22nd place finish in the WPT Championship yesterday,where he earned over $92,000. JB Penn, who won events 5 & 9 during this series, is back again. Jorge Walker, (event 3 winner) Param Gill, (event 8 winner) and Rafael Maronyan, (event 13 winner) are all back for another go. Tracy Young, who has to be the best all-around female player of this series, with two cashes is here. These other players who have already cashed at least once are back: Anthony Lee, Paul Keefe, Jorge Pineda, Norm Wheatcroft, Amir Ghazvinian, Michael Hansen, Jim Harrington, and Mark Bryan are all playing today. We also have some big poker names: Sirous Baghchehsaire, Mickey 'Mouse' Mills, and Shirley Rosario (of PokerBabes.com) are also in the hunt.
Final player count is 179. That's actually two more than played yesterday's $300 NLHE event. The total Prize pool is $86,815.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 08:21 PM
Level 3: Blinds 75/150. Play continues.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 07:49 PM
Level 2: Blinds 50/100. Play continues.
Players are still arriving and some have already busted out. Once registration closes I'll get a good headcount.
Friday, 27th of April 2007 07:19 PM
Level 1: Blinds 25/50. Cards are in the air.
Players begin with 5,000 chips and levels are 30 minutes long.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
Kaelaine is one of the hardest working reporters on the tournament cicruit, and she can play poker, too! She won the 2007 World Poker Open Media Tournament at the Goldstrike in Tunica, besting a field of 50 to win the event and the WPO gold bracelet!
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