Live Events 3
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $382,500
Players 850

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000

Drake's Turn To Double Through Baker

123md • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Sean Drake
Sean Drake

In the small blind, Jason Baker raised to 80,000. Sean Drake re-raised all in from the big blind for an additional 219,000 and Baker called with {A-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Drake turned over {A-Clubs}{7-Spades} and took it down when the board ran out {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Baker slipped to about 1,100,000 while Drake is up to 610,000.

Tags: Jason BakerSean Drake

Baker Catches Drake's Bluff


On a {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop, both Jason Baker and Sean Drake checked. The {8-Clubs} hit the turn and Baker checked again. Drake bet 150,000, but was unable to shake Baker. Before the {8-Diamonds} river fell, Baker checked in the dark. Drake fired 255,000, but once again could not get Baker to fold.

Drake tabled {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} for ace high, but it was second best to Baker's {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}.

Jason Baker
Jason Baker
1,500,000 402,000
Sean Drake us
Sean Drake
us 525,000 -533,000

Tags: Jason BakerSean Drake

Christopher Perez Eliminated in 4th Place ($23,994)

123md • Level 21: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Christopher Perez - 4th place
Christopher Perez - 4th place

On the first hand of Day 3, Christopher Perez opened to 59,000 in the cutoff. Jason Baker popped it to 145,000 on the button and action folded around to Perez.

After a few moments he called to see the flop come down {8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. Both checked, landing the {A-Clubs} on the turn. Perez liked that card, immediately shoving for 178,000. Baker snap-called and Perez tabled {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. What looked to be a great turn card for Perez was actually the worst, as Baker tabled {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}. Perez was drawing dead, making the {J-Spades} river card meaningless.

Perez exits in fourth place, while Baker takes the chip lead with 1,098,000.

Tags: Christopher PerezJason Baker


Day 3 Awaits

Sean Drake
Sean Drake

Welcome to PokerNews' Day 3 coverage of Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em tournament. The starting field of 850 is down to just four hopefuls looking to capture a coveted WSOP gold bracelet. The event had been scheduled to conclude last night. However, 10 levels were not enough to determine a winner so a third day will be needed to award the bracelet.

The chip counts heading into the day are as follows:

Sean Drake1,058,000
Jason Baker727,000
Claudio Falcaro420,000
Christopher Perez347,000

Sean Drake holds the lead, but former chip leader Jason Baker is within striking distance. Don't count out Claudio Falcaro or Christopher Perez either, as both have played marvelous short-stack poker to keep their bracelet hopes alive.

Play will resume at 3:00pm local time, about one hour from now, so be sure to keep it here at PokerNews for all of the action!

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