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

Kozlowski Doubles Up With Quads

• Level 16: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

From the small blind, Stefan Martin open-raised and before we could see the amount, Richard Kozlowski announced his was all in from the big blind for 123,000. Martin made the call.

Martin: {A-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Kozlowski: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The board came out {7-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, giving Kozlowski quads and the pot worth approximately 250,000.

Tags: Richard KozlowskiStefan Martin


Martin Gaining Ground

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Stefan Martin seems to be finding his groove after his recent double up. Martin raised pre-flop and was called by Daniel Quach. Both players checked on the flop of {9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{2-Clubs} and again after the {q-Clubs} fell on the turn. When the river brought the {10-Hearts}, Quach checked and Martin bet 35,000 which Quach quickly called. Martin flipped over the {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Quach mucked his hand.

After the hand Martin's stack was up to around 360,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachStefan Martin

Michael Barela Eliminated in 12th Place ($4,865)

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Once near the chip lead, Michael Barela has steadily bled chips until finally stacking off with ace high.

Barela raised to 24,000 from the button found a customer in Stefan Martin, who called from the big blind.

The flop showed {8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and Martin quickly checked. Just as quickly, Barela announced his was all in for his last 80,000. Martin snap-called and showed {K-Clubs}{J-Spades} for top pair. Barela tabled {A-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for ace high and needed help to avoid elimination. The {10-Spades} turn and {5-Clubs} river were no help to Barella, who exited in 12th place and pocketed $4,865 for his efforts.

Martin, meanwhile, is standing strong at 320,000.

Tags: Michael BarelaStefan Martin

Martin Doubles Up

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

It seems that Michael Barela has been one of the more active players left in this tournament and he got involved in another big pot recently. He raised from under the gun to 18,000. Action folded around to Daniel Quach in the hijack who called. Stefan Martin then shoved all in from the cutoff for 94,500. When action folded back to Barela he made the call and Quach got out of the way.

Barela: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Martin: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

The board ran out {k-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} making Martin's eights the best hand and boosting his stack to 219,000. After the hand Barela was down to 149,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachMichael BarelaStefan Martin

Quach Uses Barela's Aggression Against Him

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

In a blind vs. blind situation, Michael Barela raised to 18,000 from the small and Quach called from the big.

The flop came {4-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and both players checked.

The turn brought the {3-Clubs} and Barela would check no more, instead betting 25,000. Quach made the call.

The river came {Q-Diamonds} and Barela announced another 25,000 bet. Quach quickly called and Barela said, "Eight high." Quach showed {7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for two pair and took the pot, chipping up to approximately 380,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachMichael Barela

John Podobnik Eliminated in 13th Place ($3,924)

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

John Podobnik got all his chips in with the {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} against Sean Drake's {k-Spades}{q-Spades}. The flop came {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{2-Clubs} putting Drake in the lead. The turn and river brought the {q-Hearts} and {6-Clubs} which weren't of any help to Podobnik, and he was eliminated in 13th place. He will take home $3,924 for his efforts.

Tags: John PodobnikSean Drake

Perez Hits an Ace

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Stefan Martin opened up the action with a 22,000 raise. Players folded around to Christopher Perez when he immediately went all in for 77,000. Martin called and flipped up {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. Perez showed {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}.

The flop wasn't helpful for Perez when it came out {3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{5-Spades}, but the turn put Perez ahead when the {a-Spades} hit. The {j-Clubs} came up on the river and Perez increased his chip stack to a healthy 154,000.

Tags: Christopher PerezStefan Martin

Jordan Dhooghe Eliminated in 14th Place ($3,924)

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

The action folded around to Jason Baker who made it 20,000 to go. Adam Falk folded and Jordan Dhooghe announced that he was all in for 108,000. The blinds folded back to Baker who made the call.

Dhooghe: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}
Baker: {A-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

The board fell {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Jordan Dhooghe, the chip leader at the start of the day, was sent home.

Tags: Jason BakerJordan Dhooghe

Marcus Chips Up

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Edward Marcus' stack is moving in the right direction after a recent hand against Christopher Perez.

Marcus shoved all in under the gun for 54,000; Perez was next to act and re-raised all in over the top. All the other players folded and the hands were revealed.

Marcus: {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Perez: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} giving Marcus four of a kind and the win. After the hand Marcus had around 120,000 and Perez was down to 77,000.

Tags: Christopher PerezEdward Marcus