Event 5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em

Esfandiari Gives It Up

donpeters • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

After the cutoff seat raised to 2,100, Antonio Esfandiari made the call on the button and everyone else folded. The flop came down {J-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and the cutoff seat checked. Esfandiari fired 2,800 and his opponent tank-called.

Fourth street was the {4-Diamonds} and both players checked through to see the {8-Spades} land on the river. The cutoff seat fired 2,600 and Esfandiari gave it up.

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Nam Le Notches A Late Double


We didn't catch the hand, but when we went over to Nam Le's table, we saw that he was counting out his chips for a double up. The board read {6-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and Le had {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} in front of him. After the hand, Le is up to 48,000, and is looking to be a threat heading into tomorrow.

Nam Le us
Nam Le
us 48,000 19,000

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Chop, Chop

donpeters • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

From the hijack seat, Nam Le raised to 2,100. Action folded to Toby Lewis on the button and he reraised to 8,500, even though a raise to the full pot amount would be to 7,800. Nothing was done and action folded back to Le. Lewis only had 3,100 behind after the 8,500 in the middle and Le put him all in. Lewis called.

Lewis: {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Le: {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

The flop, turn and river ran out {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and with a straight on board the two players chopped up the pot.

Tags: Nam LeToby Lewis

Gardenhire Gets a Double


We missed the exact preflop action, but we know that a player in early position came in for a raise, and that Justin Gardenhire three bet from the big blind. His opponent called, and the flop came down {4-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}. Gardenhire checked, and his opponent fired out a bet of 8,000. Gardenhire announced himself all in for 30,100, and his opponent immediately called.

Gardenhire: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

As soon as his opponent called, Gardenhire said "that can't be good", fearing that he had aces, and while it wasn't that bad, he was still only had a 52% chance of holding. The {5-Hearts} on the turn was a safe card for him, but it did put chop outs for a straight on board. The {6-Hearts} on the river didn't complete any of that, and Gardenhire secured the double up to over 70,000.

Justin Gardenhire us
Justin Gardenhire
us 71,000 36,000

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Updated Chip Counts

Jonathan Aguiar pt
Jonathan Aguiar
pt 95,000 37,400
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 73,000 -2,000
Corey Burbick us
Corey Burbick
us 70,000
Anh Van Nguyen ca
Anh Van Nguyen
ca 69,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 58,000 14,000
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
us 58,000
Jordan Smith us
Jordan Smith
us 57,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
us 55,000 4,200
Terrence Chan ca
Terrence Chan
ca 50,500
Clayton Mozdzen ca
Clayton Mozdzen
ca 49,000
Steve Brecher us
Steve Brecher
us 38,000 20,500
John Juanda id
John Juanda
id 33,500 23,000
"Captain" Tom Franklin
"Captain" Tom Franklin
Max Pescatori it
Max Pescatori
it 30,000 7,000
Nam Le us
Nam Le
us 29,000 6,000
Tommy Vedes us
Tommy Vedes
us 29,000 -1,000
Jarred Solomon za
Jarred Solomon
za 27,000
Jon Van Fleet us
Jon Van Fleet
us 26,000
Mike Beasley us
Mike Beasley
us 22,000
Hayden Fortini us
Hayden Fortini
us 18,000
John Eames gb
John Eames
gb 18,000
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 12,000
Jared Hamby us
Jared Hamby
us 12,000 -12,800
Joe Keuther
Joe Keuther
Thayer Rasmussen us
Thayer Rasmussen
us 10,000

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Table 5 Still Having A Blast

tayke2 • Level 9: 400-800, 0 ante
Antonio Esfandiari-Wanna make a bet?
Antonio Esfandiari-Wanna make a bet?

Table 5 has been playing out in front of us all day, and they have been having the time of their lives so far. Antonio Esfandiari is leading the charge, pushing prop bets and making jokes all day. They have been setting over unders on some of the most random questions they can come up with, including "what's the longest(in minutes) non business call seat 5 has made this past year", and "how much you would need to pay Daniel Negreanu to not play in the Main Event?" Poker players actually having fun at the table...refreshing isn't it?

Play Slowing Down

tayke2 • Level 9: 400-800, 0 ante

The stacks are getting deeper, and there hasn't been much action of note for the last twenty minutes or so. We are down to our final 99 players, and 72 of them will make the money. At the pace it's going, it's unlikely we'll hit that number by the end of the night, but a lot can happen in one level.

Aguiar Sends Saul Packing


Jonathan Aguiar raised in middle position to 1,600, and Kevin Saul put in a three bet to 4,000. Aguiar made the call, and the flop came down {j-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Aguiar checked to Saul, who fired out a pot sized bet. Aguiar responded by moving all in, and Saul made the call. The cards were tabled, and Saul was virtually drawing dead.

Aguiar: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Saul: {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

Aguiar flopped gin, getting top pair and a flush draw, while Saul was drawing to runner runner, with his baby flush draw being no good. He got part of it on the turn, the {6-Diamonds}, but the {q-Spades} on the river didn't complete the miracle suckout. With that hand, Aguiar jumps up to nearly 58,000, while Saul is heading home.

Jonathan Aguiar pt
Jonathan Aguiar
pt 57,600
Kevin Saul us
Kevin Saul
us Busted

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