Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Prize Pool $3,375,000
Players 2500

Next Pay Out

Place 34 $13,905

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 5,000

Frankenberger Takes One Down

• Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Steven Merrifield made it 52,000 to go from middle position and the action folded around the Andy Frankenberger in the small blind. Frankenberger put in a three-bet, making it 150,000. Merrifield made the call and the two players were off to a flop.

The flop fell {3-Clubs}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Frankenberger continued out for 200,000. Merrifield went into the tank for about three minutes before finally mucking his cards and allowing Frankenberger to scoop the pot. Frankenberger is now sitting with around 1,900,000 in chips.

Tags: Andy FrankenbergerSteven Merrifield

Kenney Gets Active

[user101598] • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Tyler Kenney opened to 55,000 from middle position, and was called by Steve Merrifield on his left, and Andy Frankenberger in the big blind. The dealer fanned {j-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades}, Frankenberger checked, and Kenney continued for 93,000. Only Merrifield called.

The turn was the {10-Hearts}, and Kenney led out for 215,000. Merrifield folded, and Kenney took down the pot.

Tags: Tyler KenneyAndy FrankenbergerSteve Merrifield

Shortway Adding More


Andy Frankenberger opened to 65,000, Robert Shortway called in position, and the flop came down {5-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. Both players checked.

The turn was the {8-Diamonds}, and Frankenberger led out with a 75,000-chip bet. Shortway quickly called.

The river was the {q-Spades}, Frankenberger checked, and Shortway tossed out 75,000. Frankenberger immediately called, and mucked when Shortway opened {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a rivered pair of queens.

Robert Shortway 2,600,000 450,000
Andy Frankenberger 1,740,000 -92,000

Tags: Andy FrankenbergerRobert Shortway

Bret Hruby Eliminated in 9th Place ($44,482)

Bret Hruby - Eliminated in 9th Place
Bret Hruby - Eliminated in 9th Place

Bret Hruby was the first one to enter the pot, moving all in for 356,000. Action folded around to Steven Merrifield who moved all in over the top but received no callers.

Merrifield: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Hruby: {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}

The board came {3-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Hruby was sent home in 9th place as the first victim of this final table.

Steven Merrifield 1,400,000 120,000
Bret Hruby Busted

Tags: Bret HrubySteven Merrifield

Monster Double for Shortway


Robert Shortway opened to 75,000, Steve Merrifield three-bet to 160,000, and the action folded back to Shortway who moved all in for 1.072 million. Merrifield snapped it off.

Shortway: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}
Merrifield: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

"Queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!" Merrfieild's rail shouted. "Queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!"

The flop - {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}.

"Five!" someone yelled.

Indeed, Merrifield could chop with running straight cards, but the {7-Diamonds} on the turn ended that dream. Only a king would do the trick, but the river was a meaningless {4-Diamonds}. Shortway shipped a massive double, while Merrifield is still comfortably over a million in chips.

Robert Shortway 2,150,000 1,333,000
Steven Merrifield 1,280,000 -1,615,000

Tags: Robert ShortwaySteve Merrifield


Frankenberger Takes One

[user101598] • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Steve Merrifield opened to 45,000 and Andy Frankenberger called on the button. The flop fell {8-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{7-Spades}, and Merrifield led out for 75,000. Frankenberger raised to 164,000, Merrifield called, and the turn brought the {j-Spades}.

Merrifield slowed down, check-calling 150,000 from Frankenberger, and the river was the {5-Diamonds}. Both players checked.

Merrifield opened {10-}{8-} for a pair of eights, but Frankenberger tabled {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} for a pair of jacks and shipped the pot.

Tags: Andy FrankenbergerSteve Merrifield

Final Table Chip Counts

Steven Merrifield 2,895,000 95,000
Andy Frankenberger 1,832,000 632,000
Joshua Evans 1,771,000 31,000
Owen Crowe 968,000 168,000
Sidney Hasson 922,000 -178,000
Robert Shortway 817,000 -163,000
Thao Nguyen 656,000 71,000
Bret Hruby 295,000 -75,000
Tyler Kenney 110,000 -875,000

Early Dinner Break

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

After a flurry of eliminations within a short span of time, the field has been reduced to our final nine. Players were sent on an early dinner break and will return to play on the ESPN Main Stage at 8:30 PST.

Geoffrey Lay Eliminated in 10th Place {$34,458)

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Geoffrey Lay moved all in preflop holding {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and was in great shape against Owen Crowe's {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Unfortunately for Lay, the flop fell {8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} and Crowe rocketed into the lead. The {10-Spades} hit the turn, giving Crowe a set of tens. The river came {A-Diamonds} and Geoffrey Lay was sent to the rail.

Tags: Geoffrey LayOwen Crowe