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

Barela Busts Another

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Michael Barela raised to 25,000 under the gun and it folded around to Adam Ellis who pushed his entire stack of over 40,000 into the middle. Barela announced call and we were off to see the board.

Barela: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Ellis: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and Adam Ellis' tournament life was no more. Barela is up to around 250,000.

Tags: Adam EllisMichael Barela

Edward Marcus Doubles After Bad Beat

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Edward Marcus went all in pre-flop for his last 25,500 after Florenece Mclaurin raised to 18,000. Mclaurin made the call
Marcus: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

Marcus had a great flop when {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs} showed up. Marcus survived the turn {6-Spades}, and the river {q-Clubs}. He now sits with over 50,000 in front of him.

Tags: Edward MarcusFlorence Mclaurin

Falk Hits Miracle River to Take Chip Lead

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

After a seemingly friendly limp pot, action broke out that would make Adam Falk the new chip leader.

Edward Marcus called from the cutoff for 4,000, Falk called from the small blind and the big blind checked his option.

The flop came {K-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades} and the action went check, check, prompting a 15,000 bet from Marcus. Falk made the call and the big blind folded.

The {2-Spades} fell on the turn and Falk checked again. This time Marcus fired out 60,000 and Falk immediately raised all in for 157,000. Marcus made the call and was a monster favorite with {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} for a flopped set against Falk's {K-Clubs}{2-Clubs} for top and bottom pair.

The fateful river came {K-Diamonds}, sending the table in an uproar and crippling Marcus, who was left with just 33,000. Falk is our new chip leader with about 350,000.

Tags: Adam FalkEdward Marcus

Alashkar Takes Another Hit, EIlis Doubles

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Christopher Ellis got it all in preflop for his tournament life against Alex Alashkar.

Ellis : {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Alashkar: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}.

The flop of {3-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} fell safely for Alshkar. The {2-Diamonds} on the turn was also a safe card, but sheer surprised marked the table when the {6-Diamonds} rivered and Ilis had won the hand.

Alashkar is currently sitting with about 45,000 in chips.

Tags: Ahmad AlashkarChristopher Ellis

Drake Eliminates Dion

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Sean Drake called the all in of Howard Dion pre-flop and the players revealed their hands.

Drake: {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Dion: {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The flop of {j-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} put Dion in the lead but gave Drake a flush draw. The {2-Hearts} on the turn changed nothing but the {4-Hearts} on the river gave Drake a set of fours and the win. Dion was sent to the rail just short of the final two tables. 19 players remain in the tournament.

"Ship it!"

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The action folded around to Joshua McBroom in the small blind who pushed his entire stack of 33,000 into the middle. In the big blind, Michael Barela deliberated.

"Why do I think you're trying to make a move on me?" asked Barela. Barela then went with his read and made the call, tabling {A-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. McBroom meekly turned over {10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. The flop came down {4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. When the {8-Diamonds} came on the turn, the river was rendered irrelevant and McBroom hit the rail.

Michael Barela is up to 185,000 and wanted to use this opportunity through the live updates to express his love for Christine.

Tags: Joshua McBroomMichael Barela

Podobnik Doubles Up

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

In a blind vs. blind situation, Edward Marcus raised to 15,000 and John Podobnik answered by re-raising all in for his last 42,000. Marcus made the call and saw that his {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} was dominated heading into the flop against Podobnik's {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}

The board ran out {4-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{A-Hearts}, giving Podobnik two pair and the pot worth about 90,000.

Tags: Edward MarcusJohn Podobnik

Quach Victorious over Alashkar Not Once, But Twice

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

We arrived at the table to catch Alashkar calling the call in of Quach.

Alashkar: {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Quach: {A-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

The board fell {4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{K-Spades} and Quach's pair of threes was enough to scoop the pot. This pot put Quach around 70,000.

Not more than 5 minutes later on a board of {2-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades} Alashkar announced he was all in while heads up against Quach. Quach instantly called and turned up {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. "Good hand" remarked Alashkar, who turned up {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}. The {Q-Diamonds} turned, giving Quach a set who fist pumped as the irrelevant {K-Diamonds} fell on the river. Quach is now sitting with 142,000.

Tags: Ahmad AlashkarDaniel Quach

EIlis Triples Up Versus the Blinds

• Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Christopher EIlis shoved in his remaining 14,000 preflop only to be called by both Daniel Quach and Stefan Martin from the small and big blind respectively. The blinds checked down a board of {6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Ilis turned up {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and the two blinds mucked their cards. Ilis is now over 40,000

Tags: Christopher IlisDaniel QuachStefan Martin