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

One Very Happy Railbird

• Level 4: 100-200, 25 ante

Martin LaVallie limped from second position, followed by the cutoff and button. The small blind completed and the big blind checked his option to take a flop five ways.

The {J-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} flop was checked around and players saw a {3-Hearts} on the turn. It once again was checked to the cutoff, who this time decided to bet 800. The big blind and LaVallie called.

The {4-Clubs} on the river woke up LaVallie who fired 1,500 when it was checked to him. The cutoff reraised to 5,000 and LaVallie called. The good news for LaVallie was that he had the nuts, a seven high straight holding {5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, against his opponents {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} for a set. The bad news was that because he only flatted the nuts, the floor was called over and issued him a one round penalty.

He doesn't seem to be too upset though as he watches the action from afar because he sits with 31,000 chips and appears to be one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Tags: Martin LaVallie