Event #32: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Kramer Sets Sail


With a board reading {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{A-Spades}, an under-the-gun player bet 20,000 and action was on Jamey Kramer. With just 28,000 behind, Kramer had a big decision to make. "You have the king?" Kramer asked. No response.

Kramer proceeded to grab his entire stack and commit it to the pot. His opponent didn't snap-call, which was no doubt a confidence builder, but he did make the call nonetheless. Kramer tabled {A-Clubs}{9-Spades}, but it was no good as his opponent showed {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. Kramer's tournament has come to an end.

Jamey Kramer Busted

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Brikis Building a Stack

Josh Brikis
Josh Brikis

Josh Brikis has had quite the Day 2 so far. When the money bubble was burst many hours ago, Brikis was clinging to a short stack and ready to go home. It seems fate has other plans as Brikis has managed to steadily chip up throughout the day, giving him a stack of 240,000.

Brikis put his big stack to good use recently by three-betting a middle-position player's 19,000 raise to 50,000. Both blinds folded as did the original raiser, allowing Brikis to take down the pot without so much as a flop.

Josh Brikis 240,000

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Play Beginning to Slow

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

While eliminations came one after another during the first few levels of play today, that most certainly isn't the case right now. Many of the 63 remaining players are now fairly deepstacked and it seems that they aren't taking quite as many chances. We still expect to lose more players before the end of the night but we're thinking our original guess of 31 players to end the day may have been a bit low.

We still have another 40 minutes left in level 19 and all of level 20 so anything is still possible!

Tostesen Has A Close Call On His Double Up

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We came to the table as Jakob Tostesen and Daniel Close were heads up on a flop of {9-Spades}{j-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Close bet out 20,000, and Tostesen put out a raise to 43,000. Close moved all in fairly quickly, and Tostesen called immediately.

Close: {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Tostesen: {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Tostesen had outflopped close, but still had to fade some out. The turn brought the {8-Hearts}, bringing a chop possibility as well. The river came the {3-Clubs}, and Tostesen survived the hand to double up to 280,000.

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Queens Spell Disaster for Jungblut

Brett Jungblut
Brett Jungblut

We didn't catch all the preflop details, but we do know that three players were all in before the flop.

Martin Stevens: {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}
Brett Jungblut: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Button: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}

Jungblut was at risk for his last 60,000 or so while the button was in for 40,000. Stevens had both players covered as the flop came down {2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. Both Jungblut and the button seemed resigned to their fate as the {5-Clubs} blanked on the turn. As long as the river wasn't an ace or queen, Stevens would score a double knockout. That is exactly what happened as the {2-Spades} peeled off.

Martin Stevens 280,000 242,800
Brett Jungblut Busted

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Cartwright Trying to Right the Ship


Action folded to Kyle Cartwright on the button and he moved all in for his last 68,500. The small blind quickly folded while the big blind asked for a count. Eventually the big blind folded {A-Spades}{9-Clubs} face up and Cartwright seemed flabbergasted. Nonetheless, he took down the blinds and antes.

Kyle Cartwright 72,000 -118,000

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[user153638] • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

78th- Guilherme Garcia ($6,337)
77th- Gordon Vayo ($6,337)
76th- Jonathan Lane ($6,337)
75th- Andrew Barber ($6,337)
74th- Robert Norberg ($6,337)
73rd- Roman Valerstein ($6,337)
72nd- Dong Dinh ($7,406)
71st- Dmitry Vitkind ($7,406)

A Look Back at the $1,500 NLHE Event

[user153638] • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

Here is a look back at $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Champions dating back to 2005. Keep in mind this chart does not take into account the 2011 WSOP.

Former $1,500 NLHE Champions

2005Event #2Allen Cunningham2,305$725,405
2005Event #22Mark Seif2,013$611,145
2005Event #43Ron Kirk758$321,520
2006Event #2Brandon Cantu2,776$757,839
2006Event #27Mats Rahmn2,126$655,141
2006Event #37James Gorham2,803$765,226
2006Event #41Paul (Tashi) Kobel1,007$316,144
2006Event #42Jimmy Mitchell362$153,173
2006Event #43Kevin Nathan420$171,987
2006Event #44Kevin Cover481$196,968
2006Event #45Anders Henriksson484$202,291
2007Event #3Cairan O’Leary2,998$727,012
2007Event #15Phil Hellmuth2,628$637,254
2007Event #27David Stucke2,315$603,069
2007Event #35Ryan Young2,541$615,955
2007Event #38Robert (RCW) Cheung2,778$673,628
2007Event #49Chandrasekhar Billavara3,151$722,914
2008Event #2Grant Hinkle3,929$831,432
2008Event #27Vitaly Lunkin2,706$628,290
2008Event #32Luis Velador2,304$574,597
2008Event #36Jesper Hougaard2,447$610,276
2008Event #39David Woo2,720$631,550
2008Event #49JC Tran2,718$631,053
2008Event #52David Daneshgar2,693$625,244
2009Event #24Panayote “Pete” Vilandos2,506$607,256
2009Event #28Mike Eise2,638$639,331
2009Event #32Eric Baldwin2,095$521,932
2009Event #39Ray Foley2,715$657,969
2009Event #51Carsten Joh2,781$664,426
2009Event #54Tony Veckey2,818$673,276
2010Event #5Praz Bansi2,092$515,501
2010Event #8Pascal LaFrancois2,341$568,974
2010Event #11Simon Watt2,563$614,248
2010Event #30Mike Ellis2,394$581,851
2010Event #42Dean Hamrick2,521$604,222
2010Event #45Jesse Rockowitz3,097$721,373
2010Event #49Michael Linn2,543$609,493

Gill Bests Kerstetter

After a flop of {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Spades}, Carter Gill checked, a player in middle position bet 13,000, and Jamie Kerstetter raised to 31,000. Gill immediately announced he was all in for 132,500. The player in middle position folded and Kerstetter went into the tank.

She debated for a couple of minutes before opting to fold her hand. Carter revealed his {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades} for nothing but a straight draw and Kerstetter admitted that she had folded a nine. Her stack didn't take too hard of a hit as she still has around 270,000. Gill's stack has now increased to 200,000.

Jamie Kerstetter 270,000 -5,000
Carter Gill 200,000 110,000

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