Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The final 24 players returned to The Venue today inside the Horseshoe Hammond to play for a seat at the final table and a golden ticket to the season finale million-dollar freeroll (with a bracelet up for grabs). They were rewarded with a short day as the trip down to nine players was completed in just about six hours of play. Start-of-day chip leader Gabe Patgorski had himself another whale of a day, and he'll once again be the man to beat when the final table commences.
Coming into the day with a short stack, Mohsin Charania was the second casualty of Day 2 when his couldn't overcome David Adkison's thanks to a flop. A few minutes later, Adam Levy got his money in good with against James Anderson's , but he was crushed by a board of . He was out in 21st place, followed immediately by Shawn Busse in 20th. Justin "BoostedJ" Smith met his demise next, getting it in with against Curt Kohlberg's on an flop. He could not catch up to stay alive, exiting in 19th place. Keven Stammen was simultaneously eliminated in 18th place, losing a flop with against Shannon Shorr's . That cued the redraw down to two tables, and Day 1 chip leader Ryan Julius was out in 17th before the first level had expired.
After the initial flurry of action, the second level saw just one player eliminated, Jeremy Schwartz. He doubled up his short stack once at the start of the level, but he managed to run his into Bernard Lee's to seal his fate.
The stacks started to explode in the third level of the day as Patgorski took his count from 590,000 all the way up to 1.58 million. Chris Klodnicki fell in 15th place, losing a race with pocket nines against the of Anderson. Just a moment later, David "Bakes" Baker ran his into Shannon Shorr's aces, and he could not catch up to avoid a 14th-place finish.
Twelve players survived that level, and Dan Perper and David Paredes fell during the next round to bring the field down to ten and bring on the final redraw of the event. When the players combined around the unofficial final table, Gabe Patgorski's 2.4 million chips gave him more than a 2:1 lead over his newest challenger, Shannon Shorr.
It took almost a full level to reduce the field by one more, and it was Full Tilt Red Pro Steve Zolotow who takes the proverbial wooden spoon today. It was a three-bet shove that got Zolotow's small 87,000-chip stack into the middle with , thought he was drawing live when David Sands called with the . An ace on the turn ended Zolotow's day in 10th place.
So then, we have our final table roster for this first-ever Circuit Regional Championship. None of our finalists have a bracelet yet, and their tickets to the season-ending National Championship will give them one more shot at fixing that before the 2011 WSOP.
That's all we have for tonight, but we'll be back to finish out the story tomorrow. It promises to be a captivating final table under the bright lights of the television set, and we hope to see you right back here as we crown our Midwest Regional Champion for the 2010-11 World Series of Poker Circuit. The final table begins at 2:00pm local time, and when they reconvene, they'll stack up thusly:
Seat 1: Bernard Lee - 401,000
Seat 2: Dave "Doc" Sands - 1,360,000
Seat 3: James Anderson - 345,000
Seat 4: Anthony Hartmann - 194,000
Seat 5: Shannon Shorr - 905,000
Seat 6: Mark Owens - 270,000
Seat 7: Curt Kohlberg - 863,000
Seat 8: Gabe Patgorski - 2,263,000
Seat 9: Brandon Adams - 155,000
Until tomorrow, all that's left is goodnight.
Owens Shoves and Hartmann Can't Call - 6:48 PM
Anthony Hartmann raised to 43,000 and then Mark Owens reraised all in fro 253,000. Hartmann tanked for several long minutes as media, fans and the other players looked on to see if this would be the final hand. It wouldn't be though as Hartmann slid his hand into the muck and lost the pot. He dropped back to 300,000.
Check-Call, Check-Fold - 6:52 PM
James Anderson made it 38,000 to go, opening the pot from under the gun. Bernard Lee called on the button, and it was heads up to the flop. Anderson checked when it came , and he called a bet of 42,000 from Lee. The dangerous hit fourth street, and Anderson checked again. Lee stacked out another bet, 86,000 this time, and that was enough to win the pot.
Lee is up to about 460,000 now, dropping Anderson down to 365,000.
Aggression from Sands Wins - 7:11 PM
Dave "Doc" Sands raised from early position and made it 37,000 to go. Shannon Shorr called from the hijack seat, Gabe Patgorski called from the small blind and Brandon Adams called from the big blind.
The flop was and action checked to Sands. He fired 107,000 and everyone else folded. Sands moved up to 970,000 in chips.
Sands Over a Milli - 7:21 PM
First in from the cutoff, Gabe Patgorski raised to 40,000, and Dave Sands called from the big blind. Heads up, the flop brought , and Sands checked to the raiser. Patgorski led out with 22,000, and Sands check-raised to 84,000. Patgorski reraised to 135,000 (too small for a legal raise, but it got through), but the action wasn't over there. Sands proceeded to reraise to 239,000 straight, and Patgorski flat-called.
The turn brought the , and Sands moved all in for more than 550,000 total. Patgorski took a long while to consider before surrendering his hand to the muck, sending a big pot across the table.
"First hand I lost all day," Patgorski lamented as his stack slipped a bit to 2.2 million. He's still the chip daddy, but Sands is in second place now with about 1.26 million. "Glad it was to me," was the reply from Sands as he stacked up.
Steve Zolotow Eliminated in 10th Place ($39,346) - 7:30 PM
Dave "Doc" Sands had been raising just about every single hand at the unofficial final table making it only fitting that he was the one to do the deed of sending Steve Zolotow out the door in 10th place.
After Sands opened yet another pot with a raise, making it 37,000 to go, Zolotow moved all in for 87,000. Action folded back to Sands and he quickly called, revealing the . Zolotow held two lives cards with the .
The crowd swarmed close to the table as the flop was prepared and then dealt. The rolled off first and Zolotow didn't find too much help. There was only one spade and no pair, making Sands' ace high the best hand still.
The turn was the and that was the card that ended things, with Zolotow now drawing dead. The river card was the to officially end things.
Zolotow went out in 10th place and can add another great run to his successful poker career. Unfortunately, he'll only be leaving with $39,346 in prize money as he bubbles the official final table.
No Show Needed - 5:21 PM
Gabe Patgorski was first into the pot from the cutoff seat, and he limped in. Small blind Curt Kohlberg completed, and Bernard Lee knocked the table for a free flop from the big blind.
The three men took a flop of , and the action checked around the table to the turn. Kohlberg checked again, and Lee took a 21,000-chip stab at the pot. Patgorski called, Kohlberg folded, and the landed on the river. Lee fired another 28,000 chips at the pot, and Patgorski didn't waste much time calling.
Lee snap-mucked, though, and Patgorski returned his cards to the dealer face-down. At most tournaments, the winning hand must be shown in the 'show two cards to win the pot' rule. That rule does not exist here in Indiana, however, and the floor explained to Lee that neither he nor anyone at the table could ask to see the winning hand.
Patgorski takes it down with no showdown.
Lee Forced Out - 5:26 PM
From the cutoff, Curt Kohlberg raised to 30,000, and Bernard Lee three-bet to 78,000 in position. When the blinds folded Kohlberg promptly four-bet to 163,000 total, drawing a pause from Lee. He had 445,000 chips left, and he eventually decided a fold was his best course of action, returning his cards to the dealer face-down.
Paredes C-Bets to Victory - 5:32 PM
In a battle of the blinds, David Paredes raised to 35,000 from the small, and Curt Kohlberg called to see a flop. It came , and a 50,000-chip continuation bet was enough to win the pot without incident.
Dan Perper Eliminated in 12th Place ($39,346) - 5:46 PM
Curt Kohlberg raised from the cutoff seat to 36,000 and then called Dan Perper's shove from the big blind for 142,000. Perper held the and Kohlberg the .
The flop came down and Kohlberg improved to a pair of nines and all but shut the door on Perper.
The turn was the and the river the . Kohlberg's pair of nines won the pot and he sent Perper out the door in 12th place. He took home nearly $40,000 for his finish. Kohlberg improved to 760,000 in chips.
Adams Wakes Up - 5:47
A series of three consecutive hands involving Brandon Adams:
1: Under the gun, David Sands raised to 28,000, and Adams moved all in for 118,000 next door. Sands asked for the count, then folded out of the way. "If I'd get a T-shirt, I'd have called," Sands said about the potential to knock out the Full Tilt Red Pro. It sounded like Adams said he had aces, and Sands confessed to his king-jack suited.
2: Adams was under the gun on the next hand, and he opened to 27,000, folding the rest of the table and earning him a round of blinds and antes. "Woke him up," Sands said. "My bad, guys."
3: From the big blind now, Adams called a raise to 30,000 from Mark Owens, and the two short stacks checked through the flop. On the turn, Adams took the betting lead with 45,000 chips, and Owens gave it a good look before folding.
From 118,000 to 242,000 goes Brandon Adams over the course of those three hands, doubling up without ever seeing a river card.
"You got me," Sands said a few minutes later.
"How did I get you?" Adams asked.
"By getting me," came the logical reply. "You got my 28,000 chips," Sands explained. Adams smirked as he finished stacking up.
Shorr-ing Up His Stack - 5:55 PM
Shannon Shorr raised to 28,000 from the cutoff seat, and David Sands three-bet to 77,000 from the button. Shorr called, and he checked the flop. Sands continued out with a bet of 84,000, and Shorr made the call.
The action check-checked through the turn and river, and Shorr showed up his , good enough to take down the pot. He's up to 950,000 again, while Sands slips to about 650,000.
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The Pace of Play - 6:05 PM
Things have slowed right down with 11 players left, and the action is being driven by just two or three players. Dave Sands, Shannon Shorr, and David Paredes are really the only guys splashing around right now as everyone else sits relatively tight and waits for cards.
Short stacks Brandon Adams and Mark Owens are very interested in the action at the other table, and they frequently stand up to glance across, hoping they'll see someone shorter on chips than they. Apart from that, the two of them are basically looking for spots to three-bet shove, and so far those have all gotten through uncontested.
Paredes Calls with Jacks - 6:08 PM
David Paredes raised to 27,000 and Steve Zolotow made the call from the big blind. Paredes had raised from the cutoff seat. The flop came down and both players checked to see the on the turn. Zolotow fired 37,000 and Paredes called.
The river completed the board with the and Zolotow bet 57,000. Paredes called and won the pot with the . Zolotow mucked and dropped to 275,000. Paredes improved to 570,000.
David Paredes Eliminated in 11th Place ($39,346) - 6:15 PM
Gabe Patgorski raised to 28,000 from the cutoff seat, and he found calls from David Paredes (button), Curt Kohlberg (small blind), and Bernard Lee (big blind). The four men went off to a flop of , and the blinds checked. Patgorski continued out with a bet of 57,000. Paredes was the only caller this time, and it was heads up to the turn.
It brought the and another bet from Patgorski, 155,000 this time. Paredes made the call once again, and the raggy filled out the board. Not slowing down now, Patgorski announced a covering all in, sliding out a tall stack of his blue T25,000 chips. Paredes took just about 15 seconds to think it over before quietly announcing a call, committing his final ~430,000 to the pot. It'd be the last time he'd get to touch those chips.
Patgorski tabled , and Paredes let out a big sigh of disgust as he open-mucked his second-best . With that, we've lost David Paredes in 11th place, good for almost $40,000.
His exit has cued the final redraw of the tournament. Ten players are left, but there's only room for nine at the final table. We'll play on for one more knockout before bagging and tagging for the night.
'Unofficial' Final Table - 6:18 PM
Seat 1: Bernard Lee - 370,000
Seat 2: Dave "Doc" Sands - 670,000
Seat 3: Steve Zolotow - 195,000
Seat 4: James Anderson - 490,000
Seat 5: Anthony Hartmann - 325,000
Seat 6: Shannon Shorr - 1,020,000
Seat 7: Mark Owens - 240,000
Seat 8: Curt Kohlberg - 740,000
Seat 9: Gabe Patgorski - 2,400,000
Seat 10: Brandon Adams - 280,000
Klodnicki Gets Sloppy on Baker - 3:53 PM
Right away into the next level, Chris Klodnicki was all in from the small blind versus David "Bakes" Baker in the big blind. Klodnicki held the and Baker the .
The board ran out and Klodnicki doubled back to 196,000 while Baker dropped to 295,000.
Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in 15th Place ($32,305) - 3:59 PM
From the hijack seat, Chris Klodnicki raised to 23,000. James Anderson reraised from the cutoff seat to 58,000. When action got back to Klodnicki he moved all in for 187,000. Anderson made the call and tabled the . Klodnicki held the .
The flop was clean for Klodnicki, coming down . The turn brought the and then the river the which dashed all hopes of a second double up within minutes for Klodnicki. He was eliminated on the hand and out the door in 15th place for over $32,000. Anderson increased to 595,000 in chips.
David "Bakes" Baker Eliminated in 14th Place ($32,305) - 4:02 PM
From early position, David "Bakes" Baker raised. Shannon Shorr reraised and then Baker moved all in for about 300,000. Shorr quickly called with the . Baker held a dominated .
The flop, turn and river ran out and Baker was out the door in 14th place. Shorr now has a big lead on the rest of the field with about one million in chips.
More Chips for Paredes - 4:10 PM
Dan Perper raised from the hijack seat to 25,000. David Paredes called from the button and then Bernard Lee called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Lee checked first. Perper fired 32,000 and Paredes made the call. Lee called as well.
Fourth street added the to the board. Lee checked and Perper fired 58,000. Paredes made the call and then Lee mucked.
The river was the and Perper fired 84,000. Paredes jammed all in and had Perper covered. Perper tanked for about five whole minutes and then mucked his hand. Paredes won the pot and moved to 830,000 in chips while Perper dropped to 250,000.
Kings vs. Kings - 4:16 PM
Shannon Shorr raised to 25,000 and Dave "Doc" Sands made the call. Shorr was in the hijack seat and Sands was in the cutoff. The preflop action didn't stop there though. Brandon Adams reraised all in from the button for 86,000 and then Anthony Hartmann reshipped all in from the small blind. Shorr and Sands both folded.
Both Adams and Hartmann tabled pocket kings and wound up chopping the pot as neither made a flush.
Zolotow Shoves - 4:29 PM
Dan Perper raised to 24,000 and David Adkison made the call from the small blind. Steve Zolotow reraised all in from the big blind and took down the pot.
David Adkison Eliminated in 13th Place ($32,305) - 4:40 PM
David Paredes raised from under the gun to 22,000. In the cutoff seat, David Adkison reraisd to 70,000. Gabe Patgorski reraised from the small blind to 140,000. Paredes folded, but Adkison didn't want to give up just yet. He raised again to 250,000. Patgorski announced that he was all in and Adkison made the call for a little over 400,000 total.
Patgorski held the and Adkison the . Adkison was in rough shape going to the flop and was pushed further out the door when the fell. The turn was the and the river the , leaving him second best to Patgorski and eliminating him from the tournament. Patgorski increased to about 1.4 million in chips.
Owens Check-Raises Shorr - 4:42 PM
Mark Owens completed from the small blind before Shannon Shorr raised from the big blind to 32,000. Owens called and the flop came down . Owens check-raised a bet of 35,000 from Shorr to 135,000 and won the pot.
"Clock, please" - 4:46 PM
Antony Hartmann raised to 38,000 and then Dave "Doc" Sands reraised to 107,000. Hartmann tanked for a few minutes and then Sands said, "Clock, please." Hartmann eventually folded and Sands won the pot.
Patgorksi Crushing - 4:50 PM
Dan Perper raised to 24,000 from the button and then chip leader Gabe Patgorski reraised to 70,000 from the small blind. David Paredes four-bet from the big blind to 160,000. Perper folded and then Patgorski moved all in. Paredes snap-mucked the and Patgorski showed the .
Patgorski moved to over 1.5 million in chips.
Three Outs Keeps Adams Alive - 5:52 PM
Shannon Shorr and Brandon Adams got all in preflop with Adams the player at risk. Shorr held the and was dominating Adams going to the flop. Adams held the .
The board ran out and Adams spiked a ten to double to about 185,000. Shorr dropped to 701,000.
Shorr 'Nuff - 5:55 PM
Under the gun, Shannon Shorr raised to 25,000, and the table folded around to the blinds. In the small, James Anderson three-bet to 68,000, sending the action back to Shorr. Not missing a beat, he four-bet back to 146,000, and Anderson tank-called, leaving himself 439,000 behind.
With more than 300,000 in the pot, the two players check-checked through a board of . Anderson was first to show, and he announced, "Ace-queen."
"No good," Shorr quickly dashed his hopes. He turned up the ol' , and his lowly pair of deuces is good enough to take it down.
End-of-Level Chip Counts
Gabe Patgorski - 1,580,000
Shannon Shorr - 841,000
Dave Sands - 722,000
Bernard Lee - 598,000
Curt Kohlberg - 520,000
Steve Zolotow - 489,000
James Anderson - 439,000
David Paredes - 416,000
Anthony Hartmann - 393,000
Mark Owens - 350,000
Brandon Adams - 180,000
Dan Perper - 150,000
Zolotow Takes a Hit to Lee's Set - 2:35 PM
Steve Zolotow raised to 21,000 from under the gun. Curt Kohlberg made the call on the button and Bernard Lee called from the small blind. The three of them saw the flop come down and action checked around.
The turn card was the and Lee fired 38,000. Zolotow called and Kohlberg folded. The river card completed the board with the and Lee fired 78,000. Zolotow called again.
Lee turned over the , having flopped a set of fives and Zolotow couldn't beat it, mucking his hand and dropping to 270,000 in chips. With that pot, Lee pushed his stack to 520,000 in chips.
Schwartz Doubles Through Paredes - 2:38 PM
Jeremy Schwartz moved all in for 57,000 and was called by David Paredes. Schwartz held the and Paredes the .
The board ran through and Schwartz got the double. He moved back to 134,000 while Paredes dropped to 575,000.
Adkison Doubles with Kings - 2:58 PM
There was a good amount of downtime before any real action kicked up on one of the two remaining tables. With another pie jump coming after another elimination and the players getting deeper in the event, everyone has started play a little more cautiously. This is also due to a lot of the short stacks dropping out early and leaving the deeper stacks in play.
From under the gun, Dan Perper raised to 19,000. David Paredes reraised to 60,000 from the cutoff seat. He was flatted by Curt Kohlberg on the button before action folded to David Adkison in the big blind. Adkison announced a raise and started sliding his chips out. He went back to his stack more than one time, meaning only the first amount he slid out counted. No string raises allowed, sir. His raise was to 137,000 and he had 41,000 behind. Perper folded and then Paredes moved all in. Kohlberg folded and Adkison called off the last of his stack.
The board ran out clean for Adkison, coming down and earning him the double up and then some. He's up to about 450,000 now while Paredes was knocked to 355,000.
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Sands Wins Four-Way Limped Pot - 3:10 PM
Shannon Shorr limped from the cutoff seat and Dave "Doc" Sands limped from the button. Full Tilt Red Pro Brandon Adams completed from the small blind and then Anthony Hartmann checked his option in the big blind. All four players saw the flop come for the minimum amount. Adams checked first and then Hartmann fired 23,000. Shorr raised to 70,000 and then Sands reraised to 187,000. Adams folded and Hartmann tanked. He folded as well and then Shorr followed suit. Sands won the pot and increased his stack to 655,000 in chips.
Lee Takes One - 3:12 PM
Dan Perper raised to 19,000 from middle position before Bernard Lee reraised to 47,000 from the big blind. Perper made the call and had position on Lee the rest of the way.
The flop came down and Lee fired 61,000. "Nice hand," said Perper, mucking his hand and not choosing to go any further.
Aggression from Sands - 3:15 PM
Mark Owens raised to 20,000 from the hijack seat and Shannon Shorr called from the cutoff. Dave "Doc" Sands three-bet to 72,000 from the button and won the pot.
Jeremy Schwartz Eliminated in 16th Place ($26,882) - 3:16 PM
Jeremy Schwartz raised all in for 110,000. Bernard Lee made the call on the button and everyone else got out of the way. Schwartz turned over the , but was crushed by the for Lee.
The board ran out and Schwartz was eliminated from the tournament in 16th place. He took home nearly $27,000 for his finish. Lee increased to 660,000 in chips.
Kohlberg and Paredes Get It All In - 3:27 PM
From under the gun, Curt Kohlberg raised to 17,000. Action moved over to David Adkison in the hijack seat and he called. From there, action moved to David Paredes in the big blind. He three-bet to 73,000. Kohlberg then made it 256,000 and after Adkison folded, Paredes announced a call. Kohlberg thought Paredes was all in and exposed his hand, the , but Paredes still had chips behind. He only had 36,000 and thought himself that Kohlberg had raised enough to put him all in. The floor was called and because Paredes only had 36,000 behind, the players just put the rest of the money in. Paredes then tabled his .
The flop came down and Paredes got upset that an ace had flopped and Kohlberg was in the lead. The dealer then burned and turned the to give Paredes a set and he commented about the justice. The river card completed the board with the .
Paredes doubled up to about 650,000 while Kohlberg was knocked back to 435,000.
Hartmann Increases Through Shorr - 3:32 PM
Shannon Shorr raised to 20,000 and Anthony Hartmann called from the small blind. The flop came down and Shorr fired 28,000 after Hartmann checked. Hartmann made the call and the turn card brought the . Both players checked to see the on the river. Hartmann fired 44,000 and Shorr made the call. Hartmann tabled the and Shorr mucked his hand.
Shorr dropped to 515,000 and Hartmann increased to 535,000.
Anderson Goes Running - 3:48 PM
James Anderson raised to 21,000 and Dan Perper called from the small blind. Gabe Patgorski also called from the big blind and the three players saw the flop come down . Perper and Patgorski checked before Anderson fired 65,000. Perper called and Patgorski folded.
The turn brought the and both players checked. The river was then the and Perper fired out 57,000. Anderson raised to 150,000 and Perper began tanking. He rested his head on the rail for a solid minute while tanking and then finally asked how much Anderson had behind. That amount was a little over 200,000 and Perper tanked some more. He eventually called, but lost when Anderson tabled the for a turned-and-rivered two pair.
End-of-Level Chip Counts
David Adkison - 730,000
Shannon Shorr - 645,000
Bernard Lee - 630,000
Dave Sands - 620,000
Gabe Patgorski - 590,000
David Paredes - 570,000
Anthony Hartmann - 490,000
Dan Perper - 480,000
David "Bakes" Baker - 425,000
Curt Kohlberg - 395,000
James Anderson - 390,000
Steve Zolotow - 310,000
Mark Owens - 245,000
Brandon Adams - 100,000
Chris Klodnicki - 90,000