Lone Star Poker Series
Event #8: $30K GTD Progressive Knockout Bounty

Event Info

Players 139
Event #8: $30K GTD Progressive Knockout Bounty
Day 1 Completed

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman Wins WPT Online Borgata Series Event #8 for $10,493

Michael Haberman
Michael Haberman

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman earned a five-figure score Saturday night in the WPT Online Borgata Series powered by partypoker US Network Event #8: 30K GTD Progressive Knockout Bounty, outlasting a field of 139 to earn a combined prize of $10,493 ($5,213 + $5,280 in bounties) for his efforts.

The $30,000 guaranteed prize pool was exceeded by more than one-third as $300 per entry put a total of $41,700 up for grabs. Half of the prize pool was distributed throughout a large percentage of the field due to the Progressive Knockout format, while the other half was paid out to the top 20 places.

That number was reached shortly before the fifth break of the night, and five players quickly fell to leave 15 remaining come that break. Haberman was the shortest stack in the tournament at that time, though he found a double and then secured two knockouts, the latter of which burst the final table bubble to result in him entering the final table in the middle of the pack.

Event #8 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrizeBountiesTotal Prize
1Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman$5,212$5,280$10,492
2James ‘Bagels’ Lillis$3,544$2,599$6,143
6Daniel “leinad” Buzgon$1,084$769$1,853

The Race To the Finish Line

James "Bagels" Lillis found a double against "mooseman1710" on the final table bubble just before it burst and then avoided elimination shortly thereafte, hitting a set of sevens in a three-way all-in that sent "bighatnocattle" to the rail as the first casualty of the final table. Later that level, "Core4" ran two pair into "lenny54's" full house and finished in seventh.

Lillis continued to stay active, calling a shove with pocket sixes against Borgata Ambassador Daniel "leinad" Buzgon's king-queen. Buzgon hit a queen to double, though he proceeded to run his newly-acquired stack with ace-queen into pocket aces to be eliminaed in sixth by "lenny54".

"mooseman1710" found themselves short five handed and became the next to fall when his queens couldn't hold against the ace-king of Lillis all-in preflop, and "lenny54" entered four-handed play with the chip lead. However, they doubled Haberman, who overtook the chip lead before running two pair ino a better two pair to bust to Lillis, who took the chip lead as three remained. Moments later, the short-stacked "TraderSteve" shoved king-ten suited into Lillis' ace-ten and was eliminated in third, with Lillis having taken the momentum and a five-to-two chip lead into the heads-up match.

From there, the tides turned and it was all Haberman. He quickly took down pot after pot without showdown, unafraid to play for stacks along the way until eventually taking the chip lead. His margin increased over the next few minutes until check-raising a trey-trey-deuce and jamming on the turn after a four came. Lillis called the whole way with ace-three, which wound up being no good to Haberman's six-four as a deuce made the tournament results official with Haberman coming out on top.

PokerNews coverage of the WPT Online Borgata Series powered by partypoker US Network will continue Sunday at 5 p.m. ET for the $1,060 Main Event. See you then.

James ‘Bagels’ Lillis Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,544 + $2,599 in Bounties)

James Lillis
James Lillis

In Level 32 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, James ‘Bagels’ Lillis raised to 120,000 on the button and Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman defended his big blind. The flop dropped {3-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Spades} and Haberman checked. Lillis made a continuation-bet of 128,000 and Haberman check-raised to 450,000. Lillis called.

Haberman jammed for Lillis remaining 1.2 million on the turn {4-Clubs} and Lillis called.

James ‘Bagels’ Lillis: {a-Spades}{3-Hearts}
Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman: {6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

The turn had put Lillis behind and he needed to hit either an ace or a trey on the river as a five would give Haberman a higher straight. The river {2-Diamonds} boated up both players, leaving Lillis' hand second best to Haberma's higher full house. Lillis was eliminated from the tournament, finishing second place for a combined payout of $6,143.

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 6,950,000 1,994,170
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us Busted

Chip Counts on Break


Play is midway through Level 32 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500 as Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman and James ‘Bagels’ Lillis will pause their heads-up match for five minutes. Haberman has increased his chip lead slightly since the last update, and stacks have roughly flip-flopped since the heads-up match began

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 4,955,830 382,500
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 1,994,170 -382,500

David "TheKing411" Coleman Talks About Big partypoker US Network WPT Online Poker Open Win


At the beginning of July, the partypoker US Network in New Jersey reached a sizzling conclusion when the WPT Online Poker Open, which combined fields from partypoker US, Borgata Poker and BetMGM Poker crowned a winner. The Main Event drew a field of 868 entries, generating a lofty $317,540 prize pool which surpassed its $300k guarantee. It marked the largest ever event for the New Jersey online poker network surpassing the $302,100 prize pool for the $320 buy-in partypoker US Network $250K GTD back on March 29.

In the end, it was David "TheKing411" Coleman who emerged victorious for a payday of $56,586. In addition to the first-place prize, he also earned a WPT Championship Trophy and an $11,000 prize package which includes entry into the next WPT in-person live event, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, which will take place at Bellagio in Las Vegas ($10,400 buy-in), as well as $600 in cash towards travel expenses.

David Coleman spoke to PokerNews about the win.

Haberman Takes the Lead

Michael Haberman
Michael Haberman

In Level 32 with blinds of 30,000/60,000 and an ante of 7,500, Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman opened to 132,000 on the button and James ‘Bagels’ Lillis defended his big blind. The flop fell {4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Lillis led out with a bet of 289,000. Haberman called.

The turn came {10-Hearts} and Lillis led out again, firing another 608,000. Haberman thought for a few moments and shoved all in for 2,7 million, nearly all of Lillis' chips.

Lillis went deep into the tank, thinking for over a minute before finding a fold. With the pot, Haberman has now taken over the chip lead with a couple of minutes before what will likely be the final break of the night.

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 4,573,330 1,644,139
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 2,376,670 -1,644,139

Haberman Draws Blood


In Level 31 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, action brought 412,000 into the middle on the turn with a board reading {2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman checked in the big blind. James ‘Bagels’ Lillis was on the button and bet 170,000, and Haberman check-raised to 675,000. Lillis called.

The river was {q-Hearts} and Haberman jammed for his remaining 1.17 million. Lillis thought for a while and then folded, resulting in Haberman narrowing the gap by approximately 1 million early in the heads-up match.

James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 4,020,809 -961,239
Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 2,929,191 961,239

"TraderSteve" Eliminated in 3rd Place ($2,502 + 918 in Bounties)


In Level 31 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, "TraderSteve" got all in preflop in the small blind and received action from James ‘Bagels’ Lillis in the big blind.

"TraderSteve": {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

"TraderSteve's" situation got even worse as the flop fell {7-Spades}{a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, leaving them with only a couple of backdoor possibilities. The turn {4-Diamonds} squashed those hopes and the river {2-Diamonds} became the last card of their tournament.

Meanwhile, the heads-up match between Lillis and Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman has begun with Lillis holding roughly a five-to-two chip advantage.

James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 4,982,048 1,127,904
Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 1,967,952 -316,250
TraderSteve US Busted

"lenny54" Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,884 + $1,598 in Bounties)


In Level 31 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, there was 492,000 in the middle on a board of {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} with heads-up action between James ‘Bagels’ Lillis in the big blind and "lenny54," who was in the cutoff.

Lillis checked to "lenny54," who bet 355,000 and was shortly thereafter faced with a check-raise to 900,000. "lenny54" came over the top, four-bet jamming for 1.4 million and Lillis immediately called.

"lenny54": {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

"lenny54" had turned top and bottom pair and got their chips in against the flopped top two pair of Lillis. They needed to hit another deuce on the river, which instead came {7-Hearts} and they were eliminated from the tournament in fourth place.

James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 3,854,144 1,662,431
Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 2,284,202 -6,250
TraderSteve US 811,654 -31,250
lenny54 US Busted

Lillis Over Two Million


In Level 31 with blinds of 25,000/50,000 and an ante of 6,250, James ‘Bagels’ Lillis opened to125,000 in the cutoff and received a call from "lenny54" on the button. Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman three-bet to 525,000 in the small blind and Lillis came over the top, four-bet shoving for 1.46 million.

"lenny54" quickly folded to put action back onto Haberman, who thought for a few moments before folding as well. With the pot, Lillis now finds himself second in chips with a stack of over 2 million.

Michael “IIIIIIIIIIIII” Haberman US 2,290,452 -206,390
James ‘Bagels’ Lillis us 2,191,713 849,845
lenny54 US 1,624,931 -293,055
TraderSteve US 842,904 -239,900