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

Quach's Slowplay Puts a Dent in Martin's Stack

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Daniel Quach called from the small blind and Stefan Martin checked his option from the big. The flop came {Q-Clubs}{3-Spades}{A-Diamonds} and Quach checked. Martin fired 8,000 and Quach smooth-called.

Quach again checked when the {8-Hearts} fell on the turn and this time Martin bet just over 20,000. Quach called a second time.

The river came the {J-Diamonds} and Quach checked one more time, prompting a 37,000 bet from Martin. Quach called and Martin looked ready to muck before seeing Quach's cards, which were {A-Spades}{3-Clubs} for a flopped two pair. Martin mucked his hand and Quach's stack grew to just over 300,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachStefan Martin

Florence Mclaurin Eliminated in 15th Place ($3,924)

• Level 15: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

The last woman in the field, Florence Mclaurin, got all her remaining chips in preflop against Michael Barela. Mclaurin's {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} was trailing to Barela's {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} sending Mclaurin to the rail. She will collect $3,924 for her 15th place finish.

Tags: Florence MclaurinMichael Barela


Chip Counts

Adam Falk 352,000 2,000
Daniel Quach 250,000 118,000
Claudio Falcaro 227,000 9,000
Michael Barela 224,000 -27,000
Stefan Martin 210,000 -15,000
Sean Drake 190,000 5,000
Jason Baker 188,000 23,000
Robert Gullickson 186,000 1,000
Joseph Zeman 146,000 4,000
Christopher Perez 145,000 -22,000
Jordan Dhooghe 129,500 25,500
Richard Kozlowski 98,000 -12,000
Florence Mclaurin 70,000 33,000
Edward Marcus 57,500 -2,500
John Podobnik 54,000

Dinner Break

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The remaining players are now on a 60-minute dinner break.

Romeo Samblero Eliminated in 16th Place ($3,155)

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jordan Dhooghe raised to 12,000 from the button and Romeo Samblero announced that he was all in for 26,000. "Romeo must die!" exclaimed Samblero while laughing. Dhooghe threw in the remaining 14,000 and made the call.

Dhooghe: {K-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Samblero: {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}

Dhooghe took the lead when they flop came {10-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and held it all the way through the {7-Hearts} of the turn and the {3-Hearts} on the river. Dhooghe's is at roughly 135,000.

Tags: Jordan DhoogheRomeo Samblero

Barela Takes a Hit

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Michael Barela raised to 16,000 from the cutoff and Daniel Quach called from the button. The small and big blind folded and the two players took a flop, which came {9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. Barela pushed all in and Quach quickly called for his remaining 114,000.

Barela: {Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Quach: {K-Clubs}{J-Spades}

Quach's flopped straight held up as the meaningless {4-Hearts} and {4-Spades} hit the turn and river. Barela is currently sitting just above 200,000.

Tags: Daniel QuachMichael Barela

Barela Keeps His Stack Growing

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Michael Barela knocked out Alex Alashkar who was once the chip leader. Action started when Alashkar raised to 15,000. Christopher Perez called and Barela re-raised to 60,000. Alashkar quickly moved all in for his remaining 84,000 chips. Perez folded and Barela called the additional 24,000.

Alashkar: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Barela: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Barela's pocket pair held up to score the knockout.

Tags: Alex AlashkarChristopher PerezMicheal Barela

Final Two Tables

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Robert Gullickson185,00011
Jason Baker165,00012
Adam Falk350,00013
Jordan Dhooghe104,00014
Richard Kozlowski110,00015
Romeo Samblero36,00016
Joseph Zeman142,00017
John Podobnik54,00018
Sean Drake185,00019
Christopher Perez167,00022
Michael Barela251,00023
Daniel Quach132,00024
Stefan Martin225,00025
Alex Alashkar73,00026
Claudio Falcaro218,00027
Edward Marcus60,00028
Florence Mclaurin37,00029

Nicholson Eliminated, Two Tables Remain

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Just as the dealers were told to stop dealing so we could redraw for the final two tables, a hand was brewing over on the featured table between Anthony Nicholson and Claudio Falcaro.

With the board already reading {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, Falcaro bet out 13,000 and Nicholson called. The river brought the {10-Diamonds} and Falcaro bet out again, this time for 20,000. Nicholson then pushed all in for 66,000 and Falcaro pondered for a minute before making the call. Falcaro flipped over his {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} for a flopped set of fours and Nicholson mucked his cards. Nicholson finished in 18th place.

After a redraw of seats, we have 17 players still vying for the bracelet and they will be going on a 1 hour dinner break at the end of the current level.

Tags: Anthony NicholsonClaudio Falcaro