$1000 + $80 NLHE
by Sharla Lehrmann
BEGINNING OF DAY
Event 6 began with 269 players creating a prize pool of $269,000. The following players will go to battle at 4pm today.
We have 60 minutes in this level. The ante is 400 with 1500 / 3000 blinds.
We have 12 players left and they are looking for their piece of the cha ching pie.
Player Stats: AS you can see, we are beginning to get more players who have made the ranks. Here are some statistics from 2005 only.
The players are moseying in and finding their seats now. Johnny Grooms is counting out the chips and preparing for the 12 players to get it down to a final table of 9. The women’s event is well underway. They began today at 12pm with 164 players. Currently they are down to 98. I was one of the 66 to fall. Made it though break, but man was I card dead. You know the story. Anyway, back to work.
Atlantic City was the venue of the very first WSOP Circuit last January. The LIPS (Ladies International Poker Series) tour had its kickoff at this time and has been growing steadily ever since. For all you women players out there, check out their site. www.LIPSTour.com . Also check out the www.USLadiesPokerChampionship.com for a great contest they have going on. Lupe also has www.PokerChix.com as a poker club for women as well as www.LadiesPokerNight.com . Check it out gals! Let’s show these guys we mean business!
And they’re off and running. I hear the clickity click of the chips as they start to do the deed. No all ins yet. Tight play so far. No chatter, just really severe poker for right now. No one wants to miss their chance at making the final table.
First action. William Goff raised to 12K and Glyn Banks came over the top for another 11,600 for all in. William counted out the chips for matching the bet, thought long and hard….fiddled with the chips for a bit and then mucked. Glyn Banks increased his stack.
We have quite an eclectic group of players at this table. Some names I cannot pronouce. Some are wearing ski caps, some short sleeves, some leather jackets, some have on sunglasses, and some just came as they were. The ages range form very young to seasoned (how is that for tactful?) Most are from the East coast area.
With our next all in mover, we lose our first player. We are now down to 11 contenders. William Choi sat on the button, well, he wasn’t really sitting on it, but, nonetheless, he pushed all in for his last chips, 16K. In the small blind, William Goff decides to call. Goff turns over the As Js and Choi the Qh Th. They both have live cards. The flop brought the Jd 9s Ac giving Goff to . The turn was another jack, the Jc giving Goff a full house. The river was just plain cruel when it came the 8d to give Choi a straight, however, he was dead in the water at the turn. William Choi from New York City, NY is out in 12th for $3,230.
Another all in with a sweeter outcome for the “allinner”. Vinod Vagimalla raised to 10K on the button and Bruce Whitcomb shoved in his remaining 9600 for a call. It was a heads up ballgame. Vinod took back 400 and we saw a flop. Immediately Bruce got a seven with the flop coming the 7c 5s3h. The 4h landed on the turn and now there is a possible chop situation if a 6 comes on the river. Nope. The Qh comes and Bruce doubles through Vinod Vagimalla.
Classic match up folks. Glenn Davis raised to 10K and Carmelo Maldonad pushed all in for 18,500. Glenn showed no thought in calling and turned over the As Ks. Carmello showed a pair of cowboys, the Kh Kd. The board was as brutal as they come, the Qs 5s Ts. Glenn has flopped the nut flush. The Qd landed on the turn and now Carmelo has a one out draw, the case King. The river comes the 4s and Carmelo Maldonado from Puerto Rico is out of the game in 11th for $3,230.
We redraw for seats and get a chip count.
1minute left in this level. After one hand we will move to 400 antes with 1500 / 3000 blinds.
Already a few big moves and no callers. Two all in plays and one big raise, none of which obtained action.
We are making some over/under bets now on when we might see a flop. I am taking the under of 5 min. Well, we did have a raise with a reraised by Glyn Banks. William Goff had raised to 10K and Glyn came over the top to force William to drop his attack. Getting closer to seeing that first flop.
I lost the over/under bet obviously. Good thing I had no money on it. Hahaha….. It is now a game of stealing blinds. That usually doesn’t occur until later in the game when we are down to just 3-4 players. However, this table is really really tight. I thought that we played tight before but, what Johnny and Jack decided is that these chips don’t weigh the usual grammage, they must weigh about 2lbs, therefore keeping the players from making any bets. If it keeps up like this, housekeeping will be requested to come with the infamous poker feather duster to dust these chips off.
Hold on to your seats ladies and gents, we have a flop on its way. Vinod Vagimalla raised to 15K and Glenn Davis gave him a call. The flop, yes you heard me right, the flop came the 4s 5h Qc. Both players checked. The turn came the 3h. Vinod pushed all in with that power card and Glenn let his cards float to the muck.
Another one. When it rains it pours. We get a 15K raise from Khonesavanh Bouarouy for 15K followed by a reraised by Robert Mackie to 32K. Back to Khonesavanh. He folded. Oh pooh. No flop.
Glenn Davis makes it 43,500 and all in. Imagine this, he takes the blinds and antes.
In early position, Khonesavanh Bouarouy (man….tires me out) raised to 10K. Bruce “Almighty” Whitcomb called. Ronald Masey gave it a call too. The flop came the Tc Th Ks. Khonesavanh bet out 20K and Bruce called the remainder of his chips, 14,900. He turned over a pair of sixes, the 6s 6d and Khonesavanh showed big slick, the As Kc. Bruce was down to 2 outs…the remaining sixes. The turn and river came the 8c, 2h respectively and we lose Bruce Whitcomb from Frederick, MD to 10th for $3,230.
Well, just about perfect for timing. Final tables usually begin at 4pm and here we are at 3:58pm with our final 9. Not too bad.
On the button, Glyn Banks raised to 15K. The big blind, Vinod Vagimalla pushed all in for 34,200. Glyn called. He showed the Ad Jh and was topped by Vinod with the Ah Qd. The flop brought the 2h 9d 4d giving Glyn a backdoor flush draw, but without one, he has to pick up a jack to take the pot. The 8s dropped on the turn, the flush draw is gone and Glyn has 3 jacks to catch. The 2h was no help and Vinod takes the pot leaving Glyn pretty short.
William Goff raised to 12K and Glyn Banks in the cutoff position pushed all in for an extra 5600 chips. William gladly called. Glyn was one short again showing the Ac Qh when William had the Ah Kd. The flop came the Ks Tc 4d giving William a pair of kings right off the bat. Glyn needs one of the same bratty jacks he needed in the last hand to pull this out of the dirt. The 9h came on the turn and 8c on the river and Glyn Banks from Smithville, TN is out in 9th today for $5,380.
Color up and 15 minute break. We move up a level to 500 antes with 2K / 4K blinds.
4:35 Chip Count
With 8 to go, the chips are still staying at home. Seems like each of the guys has named each and every one of his chips and have no intention of letting them leave home. Vinod and William seem to be making strategic raises and taking chips bits at a time. Glenn Davis did make one all in move and take down a raise and the blinds and antes. That helped him out a little.
Pak Kong and Khonesavanh Bouarouy go heads up preflop, but when Pak took the raise up another level for an all in, Khone bowed out.
Vinod raised to 25K total Pak Kong reraised to all in status for another 25K. Vinod mucked.
Sandy Blecker, UTG, is all in for 11K and action is around to Khonesavanh. No go. To the Big blind, Glenn Davis, Glenn stands up as well as Sandy. Glenn does give it a call for the extra 7K. Glenn has Ts 8c and Sandy the Jd 9d. With the Th 4s 9s on the flop, a 2c on the turn, and a Kd on the river takes Sandy Blecker from New York City, NY out in 8th $8,070.
William Goff took it to 17K and Pak Kong reraised to 42K. William moved it all in after that and Pak called him and had him covered. Pak showed the Ah As and William the As Kc. Ouch. The board rolled out the 8d 6d 9h 2c Qh and William Goff from Kearneysville, W. VA. is out in 7th for $10,760.
The next hand brings more action. Ron Masey pushed all in and was called by Vinod Vagimalla from the small blind. Vinod showed the Js Jh and Ron the Qs 6s. Vinod is way ahead. The board was kind to Ron as it brought the Qc Kd 3s 2d 8s and doubled him through Vinod.
Falling like flies now. Glenn Davis raised to 15K and Robert Mackie pushed all in for an additional 28K. Glenn Davis called. Robert turned over pocket rockets. He has been sitting like the rock of gibralter waiting for this hand. Glenn showed the Jc Jh. More jacks. The flop crushed the AA when it came the Js 5h 8c. The turn was the 9c and the river the 4c. The set of jacks was a catastrophe for the long awaited aces and we lose Robert Mackie from Staten Island, NY out in 6th for $13,450.
Wasting no time now. Action on this table is out of this world now. Vinod is crippled and makes his play and gets a call from Glenn Davis. Vinod shows the Jc 3c and Glenn “trouble hand” the Qc Kh. The flop comes the Ad 8h 4d. Vinod is teetering on the edge of disaster now as he has to catch one of the remaining 3 jacks to stay alive. The 4s and 9s follow and take Vinod Vagimalla from Silver Springs, MD out in 5th for $16,140.
Glenn Davis made a raise from the button for 15K and Ron Masey came over the top for the whole enchilada. Glenn decided to call. Ron showed more jacks, they are everywhere. He has the Js Jc and Glenn the Kc 7c. Ron was a bit confused at the call, but, here we go. The Ah 8s 3c rolls out on the flop. Jacks are still good. 8d on the turn. Jacks are still boss. The 6d on the river guaranteed Ron another double up and he now sits pretty.
Approximate Chip Counts
We move to 500 antes with 3K / 6K blinds.
Pak raised to 15K and Glenn called. The flop came the 3c 8c Qh. Glenn checked and Pak bet 20K. Glen called. The turn came the 2c. Glenn moved all in and Pak called. Pak had the top pair with the Ac Qd and Glenn showed a pair of nines, the 9c 9s. Bad news for Glenn. He has played a very aggressive game today and made a fine showing. Glenn Davis from Newtown, PA is out in 4th for $18,830.
Approximate Chip Count
Ronald Masey pulls a threepeat for doubling up. Khonesavanh Bouarouy pushed all in and received a call from Ronald Masey. Ron showed big slick, the Ac Ks and Khone the 3h 3s. I is about a 11 to 10 proposition with the 33 barely ahead. The flop comes the Ad Jh 8d giving Ron a huge lead now with a pair of aces. Khone has two threes to catch to win this hand. The turn comes the 2s and the river the 8h giving Ronald another double up and crippling Khonesavanh.
Ronald has about 218K now, Pak 300K and Khone 20K. Khonesavanh pushed his 20K in and Ron called. Ron showed the Ad 4d and Khone the Q 2. The board brought the Q J 4 T 7 and this time Khone takes a 40K+ chips back to his camp.
Khonesavanh has moved all in again from the button. Ronald Masey calls the 37K. Ron has A Q and Khone the 2 3. Hmmm….mighty interesting. He says he has two live cards…well, I guess. The flop is merciless when it comes the Ad Jd Kh. The turn comes the 6d and the river the 6s. We lose Khonesayanh Bouarouy from Lancaster, PA to 3rd for $24,210.
Little break…while we chat amongst ourselves…..Heads up chip count is:
Pak – 304K
Ronald – 225K
Ron raised to 33K and Pak folds
Button on Ron. With a flop of the Qh Kc 2s, about 60K in the middle, Ron makes it 50K to go and Pak mucks shipping the pot to Ron.
Button on Pak. 4h Js 8h as both players are in. Pak bet 14K and Ron called. The 9d came on the turn. Checked. The river card is the 4c. Pak makes a huge play at the pot and pushed all in and Ron gladly rubbed his hands together thinking “yummy” and called. He turned over the 9s 4s for a full house and Pak, who didn’t want to show, had to show the 3s Td. A huge, and I mean huge shift in chippage has occurred.
Pak – 19K
Ron - 520K
Pak ekes his way back to life….barely. He gets all in again for his 19K and is called by Ron. Pak shows the qc 9h and Ron the 9h Td. The flop brings potential disaster for the Queen high when it comes the 7h 8d 5d. Ron is open ended. The turn comes the 5s and the river the 8s. The game plays on. Pak moves back to about 40K+.
Pak pushed all in again and this time he is called by Ron. Pak shows the 7s 3d and Ron the Ad 7d. Ut oh….Pak is put the test this time. He has to catch one of the remaining 3 threes to do anything. The flop comes the 2h 8c 4h. Pak has to hit perfect perfect to catch a straight or one of those scarce threes. The turn is the 9s. No help. The 2c on the river seals his fate and Pak Kong from Lancaster, PA takes 2nd for $47.345. Not too shabby for your first final table ever Pak.
For 1st we have Ronald Masey from Howell, NJ taking home the bacon. He makes $86,070 for his two days work. Well done Ronald.
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