Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
123

New Chips Introduced

[user38873] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

During the last break, the 25er chips were removed from play. Instead, new 5,000 chips have now been introduced and we are playing another three levels before it is time to bag and tag. At the moment there are 110 players remaining and we are only 20 off the money.

Level:
9
Blinds:
500/1,000
Ante:
100

Let's Have a Break

• Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

The players can now enjoy another twenty-minute break. Back soon.

Emery And Tullis Don't Back Down

[user38873] • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Corey Emery had a huge blow to his stack with the two pair versus bottom set but recovered by playing many pots. On the table of big stacks, we also have Cameron Tullis as well and the latter just increased his stack to double average.

Tullis called a raise to 1,900 by Glenn Sorrells and then raised the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop from 2,500 to 6,500. "You got diamonds?" asked Sorrells, but got no specific answer. The cards went into the muck and Tullis raked in the chips.

Cameron Tullis US 43,000 24,200
Corey Emery us 41,000 15,000

Tags: Cameron TullisCorey EmeryGlenn Sorrells

Alba Goes Large

• Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Action was folded to the button who made it 2,400 to go, with Peter Alba three-betting from the small blind to 6,000. His opponent quickly announced "all in," for approximately 15,000 total. Alba snap-called with the {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and his opponent needed some help, flipping over the {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {7-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Alba's stack is a big one.

Peter Alba us 80,000 24,000

Tags: Peter Alba

The Maths Said Call

• Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Darold Donnelly had shoved over the an opener in the previous hand and shown {9-}{9-} when the raiser folded. On the next hand he was in the small blind when John Pack opened from early position and again Donnelly shoved when it folded to him.

Pack started doing the math out loud and remarked in response to a comment from Donnelly that it would be hard to make two pair with his hand. He thought for a few minutes and there seemed to be a slight bit of needle between the two players as Pack said Donnelly could call the clock on him if he wanted, with his opponent responding that he would never call the clock on him.

Pack did make the call though in the end with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and was behind the {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} of Donnelly.

The cards fell {5-Spades}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and the Jacks of Donnelly held for a double up.

John Pack 51,500
Darold Donnelly 27,000

Tags: John Pack

The Action Finally Slows Down

[user38873] • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

We are now down to 117 players, but it doesn't feel as fast paced anymore. In fact, we are only 27 spots away from the money.

Sandro Terone was able to chip up to 19,000 after seeing a three-way {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop. A short stack moved all in for 4,000 and Terone reshoved one seat over to get the third player out of the pot. The short stack had {A-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and was already drawing dead against {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}.

Then, David "Four Racks" Luttbeg asked us if "46k was enough to take the name" for the chip counts and we more than happily obliged.

David Luttbeg US 46,000

Tags: David Luttbeg

Lee Davy On The Rise

[user38873] • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Fellow blogger Lee Davy has been nursing a rather short stack for a while, eventually jamming into raises a couple of times and never being called. This way he chipped up to 17,000 already and is now up even further.

He opened the action with pocket tens on the button and the big blind defended. On a king high flop both players checked. The {7-} turn was check-called by the big blind for 1,650 and Davy then bet another 3,500 on the {K-} river after the action was checked to him. The player in the big blind called and mucked when shown the tens.

Lee Davy 25,500 16,800

Tags: Lee Davy

Solomon Takes The Lead

[user38873] • Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

What a rough end to the decent run from Corey Emery. We got four way to the {8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop and Emery fired 2,000. Two opponents got out of the way but Chris Solomon raised to 7,225. Emery jammed with the superior stack and was snap called:

Emery: {7-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Solomon: {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Solomon didn't want to watch the action unfold and turned away. After the {J-Clubs} turn and the {10-Clubs} river, he looked towards the board again and pumped his fist. Once the stack was counted, he doubled up for 33,525 and took a huge chunk of the stack from Emery.

Chris Solomon 72,000
Corey Emery us 26,000 -35,000

Tags: Corey EmeryChris Solomon

Graunstadt Grabs ‘Em

• Level 8: 400-800, 100 ante

Two players had got to the turn of a board reading {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. One player shoved and Jay Graunstadt sighed and worried about the board pairing. He made the call though and flipped over {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}, relieved to see the {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} of his opponent. The river card was the {8-Diamonds} and Graunstadt took all of his opponent’s chips.

Jay Graunstadt 55,000

Tags: Jay Graunstadt