Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge, Cherokee Casino, Tulsa, OK - $5k Championship
Monday, 19th of November 2007 01:28 AM
Play will resume at 2pm CST Monday. 32 players remain and they will return to their same seats at the start of day 2, then will redraw when down to 27 players. Here are the survivors with their current seat assignments and chip counts (to see this list sorted by table and seat, go to the Day 2 blog):
Monday, 19th of November 2007 01:10 AM
That's it for level 7 and the end of play tonight. Players are baggin' & taggin' now. Chip counts will be posted here shortly...
Monday, 19th of November 2007 01:06 AM
On a flop of Q J 9 , Seat 3 moved all in and Bill Edler made the call, showing A K for the nut flush draw with gutshot straight draw. Seat 3 held Q J for top two pair. The turn was the useless 7 , but the ax fell with the 5 on the river to give Bill the flush. Another one bites the dust.
Monday, 19th of November 2007 12:38 AM
After Bill Edler limped, Ken Taylor moved his short stack all in from the small blind. Jordan Morgan folded his big blind and Bill made the call, showing pocket Jacks. Ken held A4 offsuit and needed help. The board came K T 6 4 9 and it was not enough to save Ken - he has departed.
Keith Lehr has also busted out.
36 players remain.
Monday, 19th of November 2007 12:29 AM
Amnon Filippi has busted out. Noah Nodine has become only the third player to crack the 100k mark. He's up to 110k now. 42 players remain. Average stack is about 44,300.
Monday, 19th of November 2007 12:11 AM
Doug Paxton, 2006 Oklahoma State Poker Champion, got his last chips in with pocket 6s only to run into the pocket Kings of Steve "TO" Buckner. Steve called "One Time" for his Kings to hold up and they do, sending Doug to the rail.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 11:53 PM
Level 8: Blinds 400/800 with 100 antes. Play has resumed and this will be the last level of play today. Here are some chip counts:
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 11:42 PM
Level 7 is a wrap and during this break they will color up and race off the green 25 chips.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 11:37 PM
Repeat clash: At the river with the board showing A T T 4 9 , Bill Edler moved all in for 32,975. Adrian Garduno went into the tank and really seemed to be struggling with this decision. Earlier today he had put down his pocket Kings to Bill's all-in river bet and he apparently didn't want to do it again. Amnon Filippi called for the clock due to his short-stack status. Before his time expired, Adrian mucked his hand, claiming he held pocket 4s for 4s full of Tens. Bill mucked his hand without showing as he pulled the pot.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 11:21 PM
The action has not slowed at all -- it is just imposisble to keep up with. Captain Tom Franklin rode his short-stack long and hard, but has finally given up the chase and headed for the bar. Dan Schmiech, Dale Cook, Charlie Sewell, and Laresa Raney have also found themselves something else to do.
51 players remain. Average is ~36,500.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:55 PM
After getting his pocket Aces cracked earlier by pocket Kings, Allen Kessler has been working a short-stack pretty well. He finally got all in with AK and called by pocket Queens. Allen needed help and it came on the turn when an Ace fell, giving him the lead, but alas, a Queen came on the river to give the lead and the pot to his opponent, felting Allen in the process.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:52 PM
Scotty raised pre-flop and Eugene Todd made the call. On the flop of J 4 2 with two diamonds, they got all the chips in the middle. Eugene was ahead with pocket Aces; Scotty held pocket Kings. The last two cards were running diamonds, putting four on the board and Scotty was holding the K to make the flush and crack Eugene's Aces, sending him to the rail.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:37 PM
As I was passing table 12, I saw Bill Edler shipping a bunch of chips over to Mickey Mills. Mickey had tabled J9 and there were two 9s on the board.
The Mouth got his last chips in with two red 5s and was called by a player holding QJ off-black. A Queen on the flop was bad news for Mike, but by the river, four clubs had washed up, giving his opponent the flush and giving Mike the boot.
Another table has broken. 63 players remain.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:28 PM
Level 7 kicks off with 300/600 blinds and 75 antes. 68 players have resumed action. Here are the counts for the front-runners and a few others:
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:17 PM
That's the end of level 6 and it is again time for a 10 minute respite from the poker action.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 10:12 PM
Mike 'the Mouth' is serving another penalty for using the 'F' word. He's back down to about 6k in chips as the end of level 6 approaches.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:51 PM
TJ Cloutier just sent a player to the rail. TJ is up to about 50k.
After the two UTG players limped, seat 6 raised to 5,050, leaving himself with only 3,500 behind. All folded to Eugene Todd in the big blind, who moved all in. Then Mickey 'Mouse' Mills (UTG) moved all in, having both players covered. UTG+1 folded and seat 6 tossed the rest of his chips in, showing pocket Jacks. Eugene had pocket Kings and the lead. Mickey held AK offsuit. The board came Q T 5 8 Q and Eugene more than doubled up, felting seat 6 in the process.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:39 PM
Another table has broken. Now 72 players remain making the average stack a bit over 25,800.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:24 PM
Scotty raised it to 1,200 then Louis Lee moved all in from the hijack (2 off the button) for about 3k. Then the small blind moved all in for about 10k. Scotty thought about it for a moment, then folded. Louis held pocket 9s and was behind his opponent's pocket Jacks. Board ran out 8 8 2 A K and Louis was busted.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:21 PM
Mike 'the Mouth', who had a single orange 5k chip at the break 15 minutes ago, now has about 20k sitting in front of him. When I asked "where did you get all those chips?" he replied "I play with a bunch of idiots."
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:13 PM
Joining the action at the turn, board showing K T T 9 . Louis Lee (button) bet 3,000 and Scotty Nguyen (cutoff) check-raised him another 4k. After a bit of consideration, Louis made the call. The river was an innocent-looking 2 and Scotty moved all in for 7,050. Louis took about a minute before deciding to fold.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 09:02 PM
Level 6: 200/500 blinds with 50 antes. Play has resumed. Here are the latest chip estimates for the leaders and a few others:
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 08:41 PM
Entering the fray at the river, with the board showing T 6 3 2 4 , Mike 'the Mouth' bet 2,500 and Adrian Garduno jacked it up to 15k. The Mouth went into the tank, then started to rant: "You play that bad?!?! You got two fives?!?!" He finally mucked his pocket Queens face up. Adrian quietly took the pot without showing his hand.
Brandon Cantu has busted out.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 08:10 PM
I arrived at table 30 to find the button had raised 1,200, Bill Edler had re-raised (UTG+2) to 5,300 and Adrian Garduno had come over the top for an additional 9k. The button bowed out and it was back to Bill. After a bit of chip counting, he made the call. Both players checked the flop and turn for a final board of J T 9 3 6 . At the river, Bill moved all in and Adrian asked for the count: 22,500 to call, with over 30k already in the pot. Adrian did his own bit of chip cutting and counting, then finally mucked his pocket Kings face up. Bill mucked his unshown hand and pulled the big pot. This table was broken after this hand and the players were spread among the other nine tables. After the others had left and Bill was still stacking and racking his chips, the dealer asked "Did you have him?" and Bill replied, in classic Rounders fashion, "I don't remember".
Gavin Smith has landed at the table with TJ Cloutier, on his right. Bill Edler is at table 12 with Eugene Todd and Mickey 'Mouse' Mills. Berry Johnston wound up on table 18 with Brandon Cantu and Jeff Bryan. Adrian Garduno ended up on table 16 with Amnon Filippi and Mike 'the Mouth' Matusow (who has shown much more interest in today's football games than in this tournament).
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 07:53 PM
On a flop of T 8 7 , the short stack in seat 4 moved all in for 3,250. Berry Johnston made the call and the action was to Bill "the Stunning One" Edler. He went into the tank for a bit, then called me over to witness what he was laying down. He showed me his T 8 for top two pair and then mucked them. There were no other takers and seat 4 tabled his A T (top pair). Berry had him crushed with J 9 for the flopped straight. Last two cards came K A so seat 4 made two pair, but Berry's straight was good for the pot. (Good laydown, Bill!)
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 07:40 PM
Level 5: Blinds 150/300 with 25 antes. Cards are back in the air. Time for some after-dinner all-in action!
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 07:04 PM
Here are the chip counts for the leaders and some other players of note:
These folks have apparently departed today's event in an untimely fashion: James Salters and Eric Crain.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 06:37 PM
That's the end of level 4 and the remaining players have been sent on a one hour dinner break. Play will resume at about 7:40pm.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 06:31 PM
Whoa - things are moving quickly. Another table has broken so we're down to 90 players.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 05:56 PM
Down to 11 tables now, which are 9-handed, so 99 players remain. The average stack is about 18,800.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 05:23 PM
Level 4 is underway. Blinds are still 100/200 with a 25 ante added. Adrian Garduno is now in the chip lead with about 69k. His closest competitor is Donald Dingman, who has about 50k. Charlie Sewell is a close third with 46k.
Layne Flack, owner of 5 WSOP bracelets, was eliminated earlier today by Dale Cook, 5 time World Kickboxing Champion. I guess if you have to get knocked out, you might as well get knocked out by a 5x world champ.
Louis Lee is also in today's field. Louis finished second in the US Poker Championship $10k Main Event last month, good for over $318k. He has also made two final tables already in preliminary events here, finishing 9th and 6th.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 05:13 PM
End of level 3. Take 10. Smoke 'em if you must.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 05:08 PM
On a flop of 9 7 3 , Tex Barch lead with 3k and Seat 4 moved in for 9,725. Tex called, thinking his pocket Queens were good, but got shown pocket Aces and Tex was left with two outs. Last two cards were 2 3 and Seat 4 doubled up. Shortly after, Tex took a flop of J 9 4 with Seat 1 and got all his chips in the middle. Again Tex thought his pocket Kings were in the lead, but this time Seat 1 held pocket 4s for the flopped set. Tex was left with only two outs again and neither King materialized. Last two cards were 5 5 and just like that, Tex is toast.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 04:43 PM
With the board reading K 7 5 3 , Jordan Morgan (big blind) bet 700 into the 1k pot. Seat 9 raised to 1,700 and everyone else got out of the way. Jordan made the call to see the Q land on the river. Jordan checked, seat 9 fired 1,200, and Jordan came over the top for 4k total. After a couple of beats, seat 9 folded and Jordan took the pot without showdown.
A couple of other faces I've spotted lurking in today's field: Gregg Merkow, who might as well be called "Mr. Tunica" based on the successes he has had there, winning 2 WSOP Circuit Events including one Championship and a WPO event. John 'Tex' Barch is also here. He is best known for his 3rd place finish in the WSOP Main Event in 2005 when Joe Hachem took top honors.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 04:26 PM
On a flop of 5 4 2 , the player in seat 5 is all in against Gavin Smith. Seat 5 is holding pocket deuces for bottom set. Gavin has him beat with 6 3 for the flopped straight. Last two cards come 8 6 and Gavin takes the pot while seat 5 takes the walk.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 03:58 PM
Level 3: Blinds 100/200. Play has resumed. Looks like Bob Holmes is the current chip leader with about 41k. There are only a couple of players who have cracked the 30k mark. Other chip counts of note: Gavin Smith has about 24,500; TJ Cloutier has about 17k; and Scotty Nguyen is down to about 8k.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 03:45 PM
Todd Brunson has appeared some time during level 2 and taken his seat at the table with Allen Kessler and Jordan Morgan.
Level 2 has ended and players are taking 10. The board shows 118 players remain, making the average stack almost 15,800.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 03:21 PM
Gavin Smith just took down a nice pot with a 4,700 bet on the river. The board read 2 5 8 A 9 . After his opponent folded, Gavin made the courtesy show: A 7 .
Eric Crain, winner of the $300 short-handed NL event here at the SNPC IV, is playing today's event. Also in the house is Steve Boyle, who won the $300 No Limit event here at the Cherokee Fall Poker Classic back in October 2006.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 02:37 PM
Level 2 is underway with blinds of 50/100. 124 is the final player count, creating a total prize pool of $601,400. The final 9 players will get paid as follows:
It is a bit early to report chip leaders -- It doesn't look like anyone has doubled their starting stack yet. Jeff 'the Beast' Bryan is in the house. Jeff finished 3rd here in June 2006 and also took home a third of a million bucks for finishing 27th at this year's WSOP Main Event.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 02:24 PM
Level 1 has ended and players are taking 10. The number of entrants has ticked up to 124 on the monitor, but I don't know if that is official.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 01:48 PM
123 players have registered so far, and 3 have already been eliminated. Registrations will still be accepted through level 1, so this is not the final, official, player count.
Jimmy Sommerfeld, our Tournament Director Supreme, just reported that Mike 'the Mouth' Matusow is currently serving the first penalty of the tournament. Here's a list of other names in today's event: T.J. Cloutier, Jordan Morgan, Layne Flack, James Salters, Keith Lehr, Berry Johnston, Amnon Filippi, Eugene Todd, Mickey 'Mouse' Mills, Brandon Cantu, Allen Kessler, Captain Tom Franklin, Dan Schmeich, and, of course, Scotty Nguyen. Gavin Smith and Bill 'the Stunning One' Edler have somehow managed to land in the 8 and 9 seats on the same table. That should be interesting! Also, I'm told that Todd Brunson is registered for this event, but he has not yet arrived.
Sunday, 18th of November 2007 01:08 PM
Cards are in the air. Level 1 blinds are 25/50. Scotty Nguyen kicked off the event and introduced Jerry Yang, who won the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Jerry will not be playing in this event, as he is headed to Macau for the Asian Poker Tour event.
The Main Event of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV will begin today at 1pm CST. This event carries a buy-in of $5,000 + $150. Players will start with 15,000 chips and levels will last 75 minutes. Play will continue today until about 1am and Day 2 resumes at 2pm CST Monday.
Thang "Kido" Pham took down the main event of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge III back in June of this year -- will he return to defend his title? Nam Le took the title at the SNPC II in June of 2006, so this event has a rich legacy of professional winners.
I'll be here bringing you all the action LIVE with updates and photos. PokerPages is the only media outlet here to cover this event so keep checking back for the latest news!
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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