Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Buchanan Crippled, Volpe Doubled, Buchanan Busted

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

First, Shawn Buchanan was crippled when he and his opponent got it all in with Buchanan holding {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and his opponent tabling {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}. The board ran out {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Buchanan was down to just 325.

Next, Paul Volpe doubled through Ravi Raghavan when his {a-}{7-} looked like it would be outkicked by the {a-}{9-} of Raghavan, until a rivered {7-} gave him two pair.

Finally, with Buchanan all in for less in the big blind, and an opponent + Volpe all in and both holding {a-}{q-}, Buchanan's {9-}{6-} couldn't catch up and he hit the rail.

Paul Volpe us 7,500 -800
Ravi Raghavan us 7,000 7,000
Shawn Buchanan ca Busted

Tags: Paul VolpeRavi RaghavanShawn Buchanan

Shulman Blow Out

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Barry Shulman is out. He lost a huge pot earlier against an opponents flopped set of Queens and after that he never really recovered. Carlo Citrone was on the same table all day and said that Shulman exit was. “A bit of a brain fart. Mind you we all have ‘em.”

Citrone will be hoping he doesn’t have trapped wind between the ears anytime soon as he has amassed a decent stack of 28,000 which is above the average stack of nearly 18,000.

Carlo Citrone 28,000 14,000

Tags: Barry ShulmanCarlo Citrone

Cruel River Cripples Allen

[user169806] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Kevin Allen has been left with around two and a half big blinds after having his pocket kings cracked by a cruel river.

The big blind was all-in for 9,525 with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Allen was looking set to double up with his {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}. The {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} flop improved the big blind to a pair of jacks, yet he still trailed Allen's cowboys. The {6-Clubs} was a blank, but the {A-Diamonds} on the river was not as it gifted the big blind two pairs.

Kevin Allen gb 1,000 -11,000

Tags: Kevin Allen

Karr Racing Up the Chip Counts

[user169806] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
McClean Karr
McClean Karr

Mclean Karr has hit a rich vein of form since the dinner break and has added over 20,000 chips to his stack. The same can be said of Taylor Paur who is currently sat behind huge towers of chips that total 62,000. Paur won a bracelet in 2013 and is doing his chances of banking another one in 2014 no harm at all.

Taylor Paur us 62,000 60,900
Mclean Karr us 25,600 22,300
Jason Mercier us 22,000 -7,750
Max Silver gb 20,000 6,500
Martins Adeniya gb 17,500 6,500
Steven Silverman us 11,300
Dominik Nitsche de 4,300 -6,100

Tags: Mclean KarrTaylor Paur

Mercier Dodges Costly One

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

One player was already all in for a side pot and Jason Mercier had just bet 2,800 on a flop of {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. The other player in the pot gave him some action and called. The turn was the {9-Spades}.

Mercier checked and his opponent moved all in for 8,775. Mercier could afford it but it was a big bet and he made the call with {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} hitting his set on the turn. The other player though turned over {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for the made straight.

The river delivered the {10-Hearts} and with a straight on board everyone got their money back including the all in player who flipped over {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}.

Tags: Jason Mercier

Shulman Check-Shove Wins Him a Pot

[user169806] • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

There was a raise to 900 from middle position, a raise that Stephen Chidwick called from the hijack seat and Nick Shulman in the big blind.

Shulman checked the {9-Clubs}{A-Spades}{8-Spades} flop and the initial raiser fired a 2,100 continuation bet. Chidwick had seen enough and stepped out of the way, but Shulman looked to have other ideas. He counted his chips, piled them into one tower and moved all-in. The move worked because his now sole opponent instantly folded and Shulman added the pot to his stack.

Stephen Chidwick gb 19,000 7,000
Nick Shulman 11,500

Tags: Jeff ShulmanStephen Chidwick

Holla at That Stack

• Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante

Dan Smith opened to 800 from early position and Jeff Madsen three-bet to 2,650 from late position. The player on the button would four-bet all in for 5,550 total. After a count, Dan Smith would commit all of his chips as well and Madsen made the call.

Smith: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Madsen: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}

Opponent: {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The board ran out {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} and Smith busted a player and crippled Madsen. Smith, who registered just at the dinner break, has more than quintupled his starting stack in just over one level of play.

Dan Smith us 26,000 21,200

Tags: Dan SmithJeff Madsen

“Stealthmunk” On Camera

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante

Matt Haugen got it all in preflop with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} and just about had his opponent covered. The bad news was that he was up against {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}.

The cards ran out {5-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. The dealer took Haugen’s cards and put them face down on top of the muck pile and was about to push the pot when several players including Justin "Stealthmunk" Schwartz protested that the rivered nut flush of Haugen was the winner.

The cards were retrieved and order was restored as the beaten player stumbled off in shock. One of the players wondered if there are cameras recording the action and mentioned that he’d love to have a recording of the last two hours as Schwartz is renowned for his constant chatter and has obviously been entertaining the table.

Another player said of playing with Schwartz, “I’ve read about you, now I get to meet you. If I’d read more I’d probably be in awe of you.”

“I get that a lot.” Schwartz deadpanned.

Matt Haugen 47,000 47,000

Tags: Justin Schwartz