$7,500 + $200 NLHE Championship
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 09:42 PM
Here are the complete and final money results for this event:
*MS state law requires the casino to withhold 3% state tax from this amount.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 09:25 PM
On the second hand of heads-up play, Bart announced 'raise' from the button and Don announced 'all-in'. Bart made the call, showing K4 off. Don held Q 8 and would need help, but the board came A 4 3 K and the river card was irrlevant as Don was drawing dead.
Bart Tichelman finished in 1st place, earning $428,210, a seat in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, and the gold and diamond circuit championship ring.
Donald Nicholson finished in 2nd place, earning $236,163.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 09:18 PM
Hand 155: Giovanni raised to 200k from the button and Bart came over the top for another 300k. Giovanni made the call and the flop came 9 7 6 . Bart moved all in and Giovanni went into the tank. He finally made the call, showing pocket Tens. Bart held A 8 for the open-ended straight draw with one overcard. Giovanni was ahead, but the turn was a killer -- the 5 completed Bart's straight. River was the 2 and Bart took the pot.
Giovanni Marcacci finished in 3rd place, earning $129,760.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 09:09 PM
Level 23: Blinds 25k/50k with 5k antes. That break took a bit longer than planned because there was deal-talk taking place, but apparently it was "NO DEAL" and they are back to the felt.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 08:49 PM
End of level and just a brief pause as they change mike batteries. Here are the chip counts:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 08:34 PM
Hand 143: Bart completed the smal andn Don checked. Flop was K 9 6 . Bart fired 100k and Don called. Turn was the K . Bart pushed out 200k and Don went into the tank, asked what Bart had left, and tried to get him to talk. Bart would not respond, so Don had the floor count down his chips -- 975k -- and made the call. River was the 8 and Bart finally spoke, saying "all-in". Don thought about it for a couple of minutes, but finally surrendered.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 08:19 PM
Hand 136: Don raised to 110k from the button and Giovanni called from the small. Flop came 8 5 4 and Gio checked. Don moved all in for 510k and after a bit of thinking, Gio made the call, showing A 5 for the pair of 5s. Don held pocket 6s and a better pair, plus the gutshot draw. Last two cards were 8 Q and Don doubled up, becoming the chip leader once again.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 08:04 PM
Hand 129: Bart raised to 150k from the button and John moved all in from the big blind. Bart made the call and showed pocket Queens. John held T 9 and needed help. Board came A A 4 5 4 and was no help for John.
John Devia finished in 4th place, earning $103,808.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 07:54 PM
Hand 123: Ben moved all in, then Giovanni moved all in behind him. Everyone else got out of the way and Ben tabled A 2 . He was way behind Giovanni's pocket Aces. Board cam K J 7 2 A and Giovanni takes the pot.
Ben Sabrin finished in 5th place, earning $77,856.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 07:49 PM
Level 22: Blinds 20k/40k with 5k antes. Play has resumed.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 06:40 PM
121 hands have been played and 5 players remain.
That's the end of the level and players have been sent on a one hour dinner break. Here are the current counts:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 06:14 PM
Hand 110: John raised to 85k utg and Mark moved all in for 238k. Back to John, he made the call showing pocket Aces. He had Mark's A 7 in bad shape. Board came T 8 3 6 8 and Mark was toast.
Mark Garner finished in 6th place, earning $64,880.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 06:09 PM
Hand 109: All folded to Bart in the small blind, who raised to 90k. Don kicked it on up to all-in, having Bart covered. Bart called all-in, showing pocket Jacks. Don held A K . Board came Q 5 4 5 J and Bart doubled up to over 900k, becoming the new chip leader.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 05:43 PM
Hand 96: Ryan moved in for 239k and Giovanni made the call from the button. Ryan held KQ off and was dominated by Giovanni's AK off. Board came 7 6 4 2 5 and Ace-high took it down.
Ryan Young finished in 7th place, earning $51,904.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 05:40 PM
Level 21: Blinds 15k/30k with 3k antes. Play has resumed.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 05:20 PM
Another level gone. Still 7 players, who are taking 20.
95 hands have been played and only two eliminations. Here are the chip counts:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 04:36 PM
Hand 74: Ben raised to 57k from the cutoff and then Giovanni moved all in from the small blind for 108k more. Back to Ben, who struggled for a bit, then said "Why do I hate math sometimes?". The said he has to make the call, showing pocket 6s. He was ahead of Giovanni's K Q . Of course the board came A 7 5 4 2 giving Giovanni the flush and the double-up.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 04:29 PM
Hand 72: Mark moved in for 161k from the hijack and after a bit of time in the tank, Don made the call. Mark's AQ off was ahead of Don's A 9 . Board came Q 8 7 6 2 and Mark doubled up.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 04:18 PM
Level 20: Blinds 10k/20k with 2k antes. Play has resumed. We have finally reached a level where the shortest stacks have fewer than 10 big blinds, so we should see an increase in the all-ins.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 04:14 PM
That level zipped by fairly quietly. There was a little bit of jousting, but no big pots. The all-ins did not get called.
Here are the chip counts:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 03:32 PM
Hand 52: In yet another battle of the blinds, John made it 52k from the small and Giovanni moved in for another 63k from the big. John called, showing pocket 7s. Giovanni held A Q and would need help to survive. The board came T 9 8 8 A and Giovanni caught on the river to double up.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 03:12 PM
Level 19: Blinds 8k/16k with 2k antes. Play has resumed. Here are the chip counts as of the break:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 02:48 PM
Hand 42: Another battle of the blinds. Ryan completed and Tom checked. Flop was T 9 4 and both checked. Turn was the J and both checked. River was the 9 and Ryan checked, Tom bet 40k, then Ryan moved all-in. Tom tanked for a couple of minutes, then made the call, showing K9 off for trip 9s. Ryan held Q8 for the straight to take the pot, sending Tom to the rail.
Tom Schneider finished in 8th place, earning $38,928.
Hand 44: Giovanni raised to 36k utg and then Ben popped it to 91k from the small blind. Giovanni made the call to see the flop of 7 6 4 . Ben moved all-in for 300k and Giovanni made the call. Ben held two black Jacks. Giovanni held A 8 for the flush draw with gutshot. Ben was ahead for his tournament life, but had to dodge a lot of outs. The last two cards came 7 K and Ben doubled up.
End of level and players are taking a 20 minute break.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 02:33 PM
Hand 38: Don raised to 36k and got called by John on the button. Flop came A J T and Don fired 50k. John called. Turn was the A . Again Don fired 50k and John called. River was the 5 and again Don fired 50k. John popped it another 100k and Don made the crying call, showing pocket Kings. John rolled over pocket Tens for Tens full to scoop the pot.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 02:02 PM
Hand 29: Don made it 35k to go, then Ryan popped it up to 105k. All folded back to Don who went into the tank for a couple of minutes, then decided to move all in. Ryan insta-called, showing pocket Kings. Don's hollywooding was unecessary, as he rolled over pocket Aces. Board came A 7 3 J 3 and Don doubled up. Ryan was left with about 170k.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 01:50 PM
Hand 26: In a battle of the blinds (really more of a skirmish) Ryan completed the small and Tom checked. Flop was A 5 3 -- both checked. Turn was the 8 and Ryan fired 16k, which Tom called. River was the 7 . Ryan launched 20k into the pot and Tom took a couple of beats before calling. Ryan showed J8 off for a pair of 8s. Tom showed 8 7 for two pair to take the pot.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 01:46 PM
Level 18: Blinds 6k/12k with 1k antes. Play has resumed.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 01:43 PM
End of level 17 and players are taking 5. Here are the current chip counts:
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 01:32 PM
Hand 22: Tom raised to 30k from the hijack (2 off the button) and Mark moved all in from the big blind. Tom made the call showing pocket 9s. Mark was ahead with pocket Jacks. Board came A 5 4 T 5 and Mark doubled up to ~250k.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 01:08 PM
Hand 13: Jordan moved in for 97k under the gun. Don then moved in over the top for 270k straight. All the rest dove for cover. Jordan showed J T and was trailing Don's pocket Aces. Jordan needed a lot of help to survive, but the board ran out J 7 6 3 4 and the Aces held up.
Jordan Rich finished in 9th place, earning $25,952.*
*Mississippi state law requires the casino to withhold 3% for state taxes, so the player actually walks away with a little less than this amount.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 12:48 PM
Hand 6: Don raised to 30k and Ryan jacked it up to 90k. Everyone got out of the way and Don made the call. Flop was Q J 5 . Don checked and Ryan announced all-in. Don surrendered.
Play seems a bit cautious early today as the players settle in and get a feel for the table. Jimmy Sommerfeld just pointed out that during the first orbit, two players have yet to play a hand.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 12:38 PM
Hand 3: Mark made it 22k to go and Don made the call. Flop was Q 8 5 and Mark checked to Don, who fired 33k. Mark mucked his AK face up.
That was the last hand of level 16.
Level 17: Blinds 5k/10k with 1k antes. Play continues.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 12:32 PM
Cards are in the air. 5 minutes remain in level 16 with 4k/8k blinds and 1k ante, then they will move on to level 17.
Tuesday, 22nd of January 2008 12:04 PM
The players are here and getting their mikes placed, but we have been advised that the webcast is on a technical hold for about 20 minutes as the internet is not working (Thank you Verizon Wireless card -- I have internet!).
In any case, there will be a delay before cards are in the air.
The stage is set for the final table of the WSOP Circuit Championship. The final 9 players will get Monday off and return at Noon CST Tuesday to play for the top prize of $428,210 (plus the WSOP Main Event seat and championship ring). Here they are with their chip counts and seat assignments:
and here's a reminder of what they're playing for:
*MS state law requires the casino to withhold 3% of all payouts for state income taxes, so the players will receive 3% less that the above.
Kaelaine Minton Reporting
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