Event #44: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em

Amendola Doubles

Alfonso Amendola
Alfonso Amendola


The table folded around to Timothy Finne who opened for 12,500 from the small blind, then Alfonso Amendola shoved all in for 112,500 from the big blind. Finne quickly made the call, showing {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. Amendola tabled {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}.

The board went {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, and Amendola's jacks held. Amendola doubles to 230,000, while Finne still has a big stack with 370,000.

Tags: Alfonso AmendolaTimothy Finne

Luke Vrabel Eliminated in 15th Place ($13,200)

Luke Vrabel - 15th place
Luke Vrabel - 15th place


Luke Vrabel shoved for 93,000 from middle position with {A-Spades} {Q-Hearts} and Michael Santoro reshoved from the small blind. He showed down {A-Hearts} {K-Clubs}, and Vrabel was a three-outer away from elimination.

Both of the case aces flopped, but Santoro's kicker kept him ahead on the {A-Clubs} {A-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {5-Clubs} board. That's no good for Vrabel, and he's out of chips with fourteen players left.

Tags: Luke VrabelMichael Santoro

Kyle Zartman Eliminated in 16th Place ($10,459)



Michael Michnik opened with a raise to 14,500 from middle position, and it folded to Kyle Zartman who pushed all in for 80,500 from the button. The blinds both folded, and Michnik made the call.

Michnik had {A-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Zartman {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}. The board went {J-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{9-Hearts}, and Michnik's hand was best. Zartman is out in 16th, while Michnik moves to 350,000.

Tags: Kyle ZartmanMichael Michnik

Cyriel Dohmen Eliminated in 17th Place ($10,459)

Cyriel Dohmen - 17th place
Cyriel Dohmen - 17th place


Cyriel "Supa4real" Dohmen was all in before the flop with {A-Clubs} {7-Clubs}, and Michael Michnik called with {J-Clubs} {J-Hearts}.

Dohmen couldn't find an ace on the board of {K-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {7-Hearts}, and he's going to have his day end in 17th place. That's good for more than four times his buy-in, but it means he'll have to find something else to do for the rest of the night.

Tags: Cyriel DohmenMichael Michnik

Jovon Williams Eliminated in 18th Place ($10,459)

Jovon Williams - 18th place
Jovon Williams - 18th place


On the first hand of the no-limit round...

Jovon Williams open-shoved for 19,000. Gavin Smith called, and Kenny Hsiung moved all in for 61,000 from the small blind. Action was back on Smith, but Williams didn't see his initial call and he exposed his hand: {K-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}. Smith called with {A-Spades} {10-Spades} and Hsiung revealed that his {A-Spades} {K-Clubs} was dominating both players.

That came in handy when the board ran out {9-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} {K-Spades} {5-Diamonds}, sending Williams out in 18th place. Hsiung scoops the pot to climb to 150,000, and that moves him past Smith's 123,000.

Tags: Gavin SmithJovon WilliamsKenny Hsiung

Two Tables Left

Here's how they look:

Table 368
Seat 1: Daniel Idema
Seat 2: Kyle Zartman
Seat 3: Dwyte Pilgrim
Seat 4: Cyriel Dohmen
Seat 5: Michael Santoro
Seat 6: Timothy Finne
Seat 7: Alfonso Amendola
Seat 8: Michael Michnik
Seat 9: Luke Vrabel

Table 369
Seat 1: Gavin Smith
Seat 2: Valdemar Kwaysser
Seat 3: Jarred Solomon
Seat 4: Jonathan Tamayo
Seat 5: Kenny Hsiung
Seat 6: Jamie Rosen
Seat 7: Steven Kelly
Seat 8: Danny Hannawa
Seat 9: Jovon Williams

Joseph Out, 18 Left



Following a flop of {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs}, Johanssy Joseph bet, Daniel Idema raised, Joseph reraised with his last remaining chips, and Idema called.

Johanssy showed {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for top pair, but Idema held {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}. The turn was the {7-Diamonds} and the river the {6-Diamonds}, and Johanssy is out in 19th place.

They are currently redrawing for seats for our last 18 players around the final two tables.

Tags: Johanssy JosephDaniel Idema

The Kings of Kwaysser

Alfonso Amendola
Alfonso Amendola


Alfonso Amendola put his last 55,500 chips into the pot with {8-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} and that was poor timing as Valdemar Kwaysser found {K-Spades} {K-Diamonds}. All the chips went in as the board ran out {5-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {7-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {A-Clubs}, and that takes care of Amendola.

Kwaysser's kings tally that knockout and move him up to 145,000.

Tags: Alfonso AmendolaValdemar Kwaysser

Lots of Bets for Kelly



Things have calmed down -- relatively speaking -- here in the limit half of Level 15. No eliminations, anyway, for the first 15 minutes. There are a lot of chips moving back and forth, however, such as in this hand involving four players.

The hand began with Tay Nguyen raising from under the gun and getting three callers -- Michael Santoro (UTG+1), Steven Kelly (SB), and Kenny Hsiung (BB). The flop came {7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Kelly bet, Hsiung raised, Nguyen three-bet, and Santoro folded. Kelly then made it four bets (24,000 total), Hsiung got out, and Nguyen called.

The turn was the {J-Spades}. Kelly made the big bet (12,000), and Nguyen called. The river brought the {Q-Hearts} and another bet from Kelly and call from Nguyen.

Kelly showed {7-Spades}{7-Clubs} for the flopped set, and Nguyen mucked. Kelly moves up to 255,000 on that one, while Nguyen is way down to 38,000.

Tags: Steven KellyTay Nguyen

Rosen Rises to Top, 20 Remain

Jamie Rosen
Jamie Rosen


Well, that was quite a half-hour of no-limit poker, with no less than seven eliminations, including some big stacks.

The seventh came in one of the last hands of the no-limit hold'em portion of Level 15. Jamie Rosen opened for 9,500 from UTG, and it folded around to Renaud Desferet in the small blind who reraised to 28,000. The big blind got out, then Rosen made it 63,000 to go. Desferet pushed all in for 115,000 total, and Rosen called.

Desferet {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}
Rosen {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Another race. But after the flop -- {10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} -- Rosen had left Desferet well behind. The {2-Diamonds} turn sealed it, and Desfert is out in 21st.

With 20 players left, Rosen now takes the chip lead with 440,000.

Tags: Jamie RosenRenaud Desferet