Lone Star Poker Series 2020 NJCOOP
Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Day 2 Completed

Vengrin Ends Day 2 With Massive Lead

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Vengrin - Chip leader
Matt Vengrin - Chip leader

Only 17 of the original 558 players remain in Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better, and leading the way with over 20 percent of the chips in play is Matt Vengrin. Vengrin was the only player to bag over quarter of a million chips, stuffing 504,500 chips into his bag. The next closest players are Tony Gill and Joseph Hertzog, who both finished the evening with 249,500 chips.

Joining Vengrin, Gill, and Hertzog, on Day 3 are Canadian notables Mike Leah and Daniel Idema, Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson, four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Artie Cobb, Kristy Gazes, and a very short-stacked "Back-to-Back" Layne Flack, is looking for bracelet number seven.

Day 2 started with 155 players, and only 56 would make the money. Among the players who fell before the money bubble arrived were Phil Ivey, Cyndy Violette, Nikolai Yakovenko, Yuval Bronshtein, Matt Grapenthien, Dario Minieri, Norman Chad, Ali Eslami, and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider.

The bubble burst at the end of Level 13, where David Levi's eighty-seven low was crushed by Eugene Castro's flush and eighty-six low.

After Levy's elimination a flurry of players were sent to the cage, including Adam Friedman (49th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), David "Bakes" Baker (38th), Jason Mercier (36th), Toby Lewis (35th), Bryan Devonshire (31st), and Barry Greenstein (21st).

The day ended with the eliminations of Reza Golestani and William Kohler, and Vengrin crippling Flack. The remaining 17 players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Blue Section of the Amazon Room, where they will play down to a winner. Be sure to join us then for all of the live updates straight from the tournament floor.

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Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

123md • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
4461Joseph Hertzog249,500
4462Linda Johnson161,500
4463Raul Paez155,000
4467Jose Paz-Gutierrez58,500
4468Daniel Idema218,500
4482Layne Flack8,500
4483Randy Sim151,000
4484Matt Vengrin504.500
4485Tony Gill249,500
4487Richard Tatalovich13,000
4488Artie Cobb138,000
4531Stephen Sperling92,000
4532Kristy Gazes20,000
4533Mike Leah220,000
4534Young Phan115,000
4535Issa Tadros81,500
4537Ying Chu75,000

End-Of-Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Vengrin us 504,500
Tony Gill GB 249,500 41,500
Joseph Hertzog us 249,500 -500
Mike Leah ca 220,000 30,000
Daniel Idema ca 218,500 13,500
Linda Johnson us 161,500 1,500
Raul Paez es 155,000 -5,000
Randy Sim us 151,000 87,000
Artie Cobb us 138,000 78,000
Young Phan us 115,000 -50,000
Stephen Sperling US 92,000 13,000
Issa Tadros US 81,500 -12,500
Fei Chu US 75,000 10,000
Jose Paz-Gutierrez bo 58,500 -11,500
Kristy Gazes us 20,000 -10,000
Richard Tatalovich us 13,000 3,000
Layne Flack us 8,500

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Flack Crippled on Last Hand of the Night

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Layne Flack
Layne Flack

Layne Flack: {x-}{x-} / {2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} / {x-}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-} / {k-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{a-Spades} / {x-}\

On the last hand of the evening, Flack was crippled by Vengrin, who is now the overwhelming chip leader in Event #39. After betting on seventh, Vengrin showed {10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} for a flush and an eighty-five low, which had Flack's {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for a pair of aces and an eighty-six low dominated.

Vengrin won the hand, bagging over half of a million chips, while Flack will return tomorrow with less than a big big.

All of the chip counts will be entered shortly.

Matt Vengrin us 504,500 64,500
Layne Flack us 8,500 -73,500

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Reza Golestani Eliminated in 19th Place ($5,273); William Kohler Eliminated in 18th Place ($5,273)

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Reza Golestani - 19th
Reza Golestani - 19th

Reza Golestani: {x-}{x-} / {8-Hearts}{a-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Hearts} / {x-}
Jose Paz-Gutierrez: {x-}{x-} / {3-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{7-Spades} / {x-}
William Kohler: {x-}{x-} / {5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} / {x-}

Golestani and Kohler were both all in and at risk on sixth street, and all three players tabled their cards.

Golestani: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Paz-Gutierrez: {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Kohler: {6-Clubs}{4-Spades}

Golestani turned over the suicide king ({k-Hearts}) on seventh, Paz-Guiterrez the {j-Diamonds}, and Kohler the {2-Diamonds}. Paz-Guiterrez took the high with a pair of sevens, Kohler took the low with a sixty-four, and Golestani was eliminated.

A few hands later, Kohler was eliminated by Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson with unknown action.

Linda Johnson us 160,000 67,000
Jose Paz-Gutierrez bo 70,000
Reza Golestani Busted
William Kohler Busted

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Mikal Blomlie Eliminted in 20th Place ($5,273)

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Mikal Blomlie - 20th Place
Mikal Blomlie - 20th Place

Mikal Blomlie: {x-}{x-} / {3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades} / {x-}
Layne Flack: {x-}{x-} / {7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} / {x-}

Blomlie was all in on fourth street, turning over {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a flush draw, and Flack had him at risk with {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for straight and low draws. Flack binked the {6-Hearts} on the turn, giving him a qualifying low and a straight, but Blomlie could still get half of the pot with a diamond. He bricked off on fifth and sixth, however, and turned over the {j-Clubs} on seventh.

Blomlie earns $5,273 for his 20th-place finish.

Layne Flack us 82,000 12,000
Mikal Blomlie Busted

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Vengrin Crushing; Tatalovich Crushed

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Vengrin
Matt Vengrin

Richard Tatalovich: {x-}{x-} / {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{k-Spades} / {x-}
Matt Vengrin: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{k-Hearts}{2-Hearts} / {x-}

Tatalovich bet out on fifth street, Vengrin called, and Vengrin called another bet on sixth. On seventh, Tatalovich bet, then folded to a raise from Vengrin, showing {9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for a bricked wheel draw.

Tatalovich fell to 3,500 chips, later doubling to around 10,000, while Vengrin is our commanding leader with 440,000.

Matt Vengrin us 440,000 115,000
Richard Tatalovich us 10,000 -160,000

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Straights For Everyone!

SantanaBandana • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Mike Leah: {x-}{x-} / {k-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} / {x-}
Artie Cobb: {x-}{x-} / {5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{k-Spades}{2-Clubs} / {x-}
Kristy Gazes: {x-}{x-} / {5-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} / {x-}

We caught up with the action on fifth street, where after a bet and two calls, Gazes and Cobb were both all in and at risk.

Leah: {j-Spades}{10-Spades}
Cobb: {4-Hearts}{3-Spades}
Gazes: {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}

All three players made a straight on sixth, and Leah's improved to Broadway when he turned over the {a-Diamonds} on seventh. Cobb ({9-Clubs}) and Gazes ({j-Hearts}) both bricked.

Cobb won the low half of the main pot with a sixty-five, and Gazes, who had more chips than Cobb, won the low half of the side pot with an eighty-six. There was a bit of a dispute as to just how many chips Gazes would receive, and ultimately the table agreed upon 9,500.

She doubled twice after that, and now has around 30,000 chips.

Mike Leah ca 190,000 30,000
Artie Cobb us 60,000
Kristy Gazes us 30,000 -24,000

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Barry Greenstein Eliminated in 21st Place ($5,273)

SantanaBandana • Level 17: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Barry Greenstein - 21st Place
Barry Greenstein - 21st Place

Tony Gill: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{5-Hearts} / {x-}
Barry Greenstein: {x-}{x-} / {6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} / {x-}

We caught the action on fifth street, where Greenstein called a bet from Gill. The rest of the chips went in on sixth, and after the downcards were dealt we saw {8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} from Gill. He had a pair of threes and an eighty-six low, and Greenstein couldn't beat either as the dealer quickly pulled his cards into the muck.

The Poker Hall of Famer and three-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner exited in 21st place, earning $5,273.

Tony Gill GB 208,000 135,500
Barry Greenstein us Busted

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