Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

Winner: Pesek Over Cortelino


Michael Pesek had taken the advantage in his match with Leonard Cortelino, moving up to a 3-to-1 chip lead by halfway through this level. Finally a short-stacked Cortelino pushed all in preflop with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}, and Pesek called wiht {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. The board came {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}, and Cortelino survived.

Soon after came a hand in which Pesek minimum-raised from the button, Cortelino reraised all in, and Pesek called. Pesek had {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} this time, and Cortelino {A-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. The community cards came {4-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{K-Clubs}, and Pesek wins the table to move on to tomorrow's final.

Tags: Leonard CortelinoMichael Pesek

Winner: Annette Obrestad Advances

Annette Obrestad has defeated Fatima Moreira de Melo heads up to move on to tomorrow's final
Annette Obrestad has defeated Fatima Moreira de Melo heads up to move on to tomorrow's final

Fatima Moreira de Melo was nearly even with Annette Obrestad when their heads-up battle began. However, Obrestad took the advantage early on and maintained it the rest of the way.

Finally de a short-stacked de Melo pushed all in from the button for her last 76,000 with {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, and Obrestad called with {A-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. The board came {7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and de Melo survived with her pair of fives.

Soon after, however, de Melo was short and all in again from the button, and Obrestad was there with a call. This time de Melo had {A-Spades}{6-Spades} and was up against Obrestad's {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The board went {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and Obrestad's tens held. The young Norwegian is through to Day 3, with a chance to land a WSOP bracelet (to go with the one she won at the 2007 WSOPE Main Event).

Tags: Annette ObrestadFatima Moreira de Melo

Hohn Takes Five Straight


Steve Hohn has taken five straight pots from Brett Shaffer.

Hand 1: Hohn shoved with the button and Shaffer folded.

Hand 2: Shaffer limped his button, Hohn shoved and Shaffer tank-folded.

Hand 3: Hohn shoved with the button and Shaffer folded.

Hand 4: Shaffer limped his button and Hohn checked. The two checked it down and Hohn's {k-}{9-} bested Shaffer's {k-}{7-}.

Hand 5: Hohn limped his button and Shaffer checked. The flop fell {q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, Shaffer bet 9,000, Hohn raised to 25,000 and Shaffer folded.

Shaffer once held a huge lead but it is now fairly even at Table 364.

Tags: Steve HohnBrett Shaffer

Winner: Justin Scott Moves On

Justin Scott advances to Day 3
Justin Scott advances to Day 3

Shortly after the break Justin Scott won a hand to cripple Philip Jacobsen down to less than 50,000 chips.

Jacobsen was soon all in with {5-Spades}{4-Hearts} against Scott's {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}, and made a heart flush when the board came {2-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{2-Spades}.

Jacobsen's luck didn't last, however, as he was soon all in again with {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} against Scott's {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}. The community cards came {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} this time, and Scott joins the group in tomorrow's final.

Tags: Justin ScottPhilip Jacobsen

Obrestad Maintains Advantage


Annette Obrestad and Fatima Moreira de Melo continue their match, with Obrestad having now chipped away further at de Melo's stack. Obrestad has more than 350,000 now, with de Melo under 100,000.

Several hands since the level began have seen one or the other player declare all in, but no calls as yet.

Tags: Annette ObrestadFatima Moreira de Melo

Break Time; Chip Counts at Last Five Tables


We've reached the end of another level, and players are now on a 20-minute break. Here is where our last five matches -- all heads up -- stand at present:

Table 362
Tristan Wade - 331,000
Reagan Leman - 119,000

Table 364
Brett Shaffer - 345,000
Steve Hohn - 105,000

Table 366
Leonard Cortelino - 328,000
Michael Pesek - 122,000

Table 373
Annette Obrestad - 332,000
Fatima Moreira De Melo - 118,000

Table 375
Justin Scott - 235,000
Philip Jacobsen - 215,000

Leman Doubles Again


Reagan Leman was all in preflop again with Tristan "Cre8ive' Wade in their heads up match. This time it was a race:

Leman: {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Wade: {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}

The {2-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop was pretty much all she wrote, but the {6-Clubs} on the turn gave Wade two outs to a better full house. The {a-Hearts} on the river only improved his two pair however, and Leman successfully doubled.

Leman is still short though, he has 120,000 chips to Wade's 330,000.

Tags: Tristan WadeReagan Leman

Great Scott


Justin Scott opened with a raise to 11,000, then Philip Jacobsen reraised all in. Scott called with his remaining stack, tabling {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. Jacobsen flipped over {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}.

The flop was {4-Spades}{4-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} and Jacobsen was still ahead. But the {A-Clubs} turn gave Scott the advantage. The river was the {9-Clubs}, and Scott doubled to 335,000. Jacobsen falls to 115,000.

Tags: Justin ScottPhilip Jacobsen

Winner: Dirksen Advances


Sam El-Sayed moved all in with the button and Dustin Dirksen snapped it off.

El-Sayed: {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Dirksen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The {k-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop gave Dirksen a pair of kings, but El-Sayed picked up the nut flush draw. The turn ({j-Clubs}) and river ({k-Spades}) were both black though, and El-Sayed was eliminated.

Tags: Dustin DirksenSam El-Sayed

Heads Up Everywhere You Turn Your Head


The final six matches are all down to just two players each.

The winners will join the eight players who have already won seats in tomorrow's 14-person final round tourney -- Derric Haynie, Steven Kelly, Jeffrey King, Michael Cooper, Heinz Kamutzi, Paul Varano, J.C. Tran, and Johnny Kitchens.