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

Roller Coaster Ride for Michael Allen

• Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Poker comes with swings of fortune that Michael Allen surely knows well.

From middle position, Allen open-raised to 5,000 and was met will an all in push from Frank Magliarditi in the hijack for approximately 22,000. Allen tanked but eventually convinced himself to call and revealed the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}, which was dominated by Magliarditi's {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. The board ran dry {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Magliarditi doubled up to just over 50,000 given the blinds and antes, while Allen fell to just 12,000.

A couple hands later, Allen went all in from early position and was called from the big blind. Allen was in good shape with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts} against his opponent's {A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. The board came {6-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, doubling Allen back up to around 27,000.

Tags: Frank MagliarditiMichael Allen.