Poker Night in America at Golden Nugget

$1,675 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 1c
Event Info

Poker Night in America at Golden Nugget

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
25,000 / 50,000

$1,675 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1c Completed

Zo Karim Bags Day 1c Lead

Level 15 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Zo Karim
Zo Karim

Zo Karim fired up a dose of his patented "brown magic" to hold with aces in a monster pot and bag the chip lead on Day 1c of Poker Night in America $1,675 Main Event at Golden Nugget. Karim is an experienced tournament grinder with a number of final tables in major tournaments to his credit and nearly $1.4 million in cashes.

A total of 59 runners turned out for Day 1c, and just 11 of them bagged up for Monday's Day 2. Some others joining Karim in punching tickets were Chad Eveslage (296,000), Maxim Sorokin (273,000), experienced voice actor Nika Futterman (237,500), Kyle Frey (73,000), and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Joey Weissman (42,500).

Karim had aces come through for him in a big pot to surge into the lead late. It was Level 14 (1,200/2,400/400) when the big hand went down, starting with an early-position raise from Alex Keating to 5,000. Michael Lipman called and Karim made it 16,400 with the bullets. Raymond Dandrea cold-called on his left on the button, and both Keating and Lipman helped bloat the pot preflop before {5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} hit the felt.

Action checked to Karim, and he fired 27,000. Dandrea shoved for 140,000 or so, and Keating tanked before calling off about 50,000. Lipman folded. Dandrea had {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Keating {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, but two bricks on the last two streets sent the huge pot to Karim, as he doubled through Dandrea for about 95,000. Dandrea still managed to find a bag with 102,000.

Some of the players firing and bricking on this last chance to qualify for Day 2 were Mike Dentale, Anthony Spinella, Sylvain Loosli, Kane Kalas, Michael Rocco, and 2016 Aussie Millions champ Ari Engel.

The players who did bag will be meeting at noon local time tomorrow for Day 2. There will be 25 total players, and 15 will reportedly be paid, although PokerNews is still awaiting a payout list. Come back tomorrow for that and much more when Day 2 coverage gets going.

Tags: Zo Karim

Level: 15

Blinds: 1,500/3,000

Ante: 500

Coach Hits the Showers

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante

Big blind Michael "Coach" Lipman shoved all in for 25,700 on a {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{q-Spades} board, and Nika Futterman thought a couple of minutes and called on the button.

Futterman: {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Lipman: {8-Spades}{6-Hearts}

Lipman was in great shape to double but a brutal {8-Diamonds} hit the river to give Futterman a bigger straight.

Player Chips Progress
Nika Futterman us
Nika Futterman
253,000 60,400
Michael Lipman
Michael Lipman

Tags: Michael LipmanNika Futterman

Monster Pot for Karim

Level 14 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Zo Karim
Zo Karim

Alex Keating opened for 5,000 and got one call, and Zo Karim made it 16,400. Raymond Dandrea flatted on the button, and Keating and the fourth player made it four to a {5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop. Two checks before Karim fired 27,000. Dandrea moved all in for about 140,000, and Keating tanked a few minutes and called off about 50,000.

"So stupid," Karim said, slamming in a call after the last player folded.

Karim: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Keating: {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Dandrea: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Karim was ahead though, and the {10-Clubs} and {8-Clubs} were bricks. He busted Keating and doubled through Dandrea.

Player Chips Progress
Zo Karim
Zo Karim
313,000 180,000
Raymond Dandrea us
Raymond Dandrea
43,100 -124,900
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Zo Karim

Level: 14

Blinds: 1,200/2,400

Ante: 400