Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Drake Doubles Through Kozlowski

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Richard Kozlowski raised to 70,000 preflop and Sean Drake moved all in. Kozlowski made the call and their hands were tabled.

Drake: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Kozlowski: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

The board ran out {k-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Drake's stack grew to around 276,000 while Kozlowski was left with 164,000.

Tags: Richard KozlowskiSean Drake


Falk and Falcaro Chop

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Another all in just took place, but not another elimination. From the button, Claudio Falcaro raised to 30,000. Adam Falk then pushed all in for his remaining 66,000. Falcaro made the call and Falk's {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} was well ahead of Falcaro's {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Much to Falk's dismay, the flop came {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{3-Diamonds} to put Falcaro into a dominating lead. The {10-Hearts} on the turn gave Falk some chop outs and the {a-Clubs} on the river did indeed give both players the same ace-high straight.

Falk is still short stacked and will need some help to stay afloat.

Tags: Adam FalkClaudio Falcaro

Edward Marcus Eliminated in 9th Place ($6,165)

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Edward Marcus - 9th place
Edward Marcus - 9th place

After quite a few all ins and double ups, we've finally had our first casualty of the final table.

From middle position Edward Marcus raised to 45,000. Chip leader Jason Baker re-raised to 100,000 from the big blind and Marcus shoved all in for around 250,000. Baker took no time at all in calling and it was easy to see why once the cards were face up.

Baker: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Marcus: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

There was no help for Marcus on the board of {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} and he was eliminated in 9th place. He will take home $6,165 in prize money.

Jason Baker now sits at a very comfortable 1,015,000 in chips.

Tags: Edward MarcusJason Baker

Zeman Doubles Up Through Quach

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Joseph Zeman's only move during this final table thus far has been moving all in, as he has been nursing the short stack. Zeman moved in once again from the cutoff for 43,000 and this time was called by Daniel Quach from the small blind. Quach flipped over {A-Clubs}{6-Spades} but was behind Zeman's {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. The flop came {4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, putting Zeman way out in the lead. The {2-Hearts} turned rendering the {A-Hearts} that fell on the river irrelevant. This hand brought Zeman up to 105,000 and knocked Quach down to 175,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachJoseph Zeman

Perez Doubles Through Falk

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Christopher Perez limped under the gun, play folded around to Adam Falk on the button who raised to 65,000. The blinds both folded and Perez then shoved all in for a total of 124,000. Falk made the call and the hands were tabled.

Perez: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Falk: {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

Falk would need some help to knock Perez out, but the board ran out {8-Spades}{6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Perez's aces helped him double his stack to around 272,000 while Falk is now down to 67,000.

Tags: Adam FalkChristopher Perez

Kozlowski's Pair Holds; Doubles Up

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Daniel Quach opened from middle position for 25,000. Richard Kozlowski responded to that action by re-raising the rest of his stack. Quach called and we were off to the races:

Quach: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Kozlowski: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

The board proceeded to fall {4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{10-Spades} and Kozlowski doubled up to 360,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachRichard Kozlowski

Falcaro Doubles Through Baker (Again)

• Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Claudio Falcaro is definitely making his presence known at this final table. He raised all in pre-flop and was once again called by chip leader Jason Baker.

Falcaro: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Baker: {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}{3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} allowing Falcaro to double up yet again and increase his stack to around 305,000.

Tags: Claudio FalcaroJason Baker