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Just wanted to give a headsup to any raketracker players, PAS affiliates, or people interested in saying hello to the PAS, YPC, and raketracker teams. We will all be in Vegas tomorrow(7/27) until July 3rd. We are all going to be there and love the chance to put faces to online names and catch up with old friends, so send us an email or leave a comment here and we will work something out.

When Poker Rooms are a Pleasure to Add

The last blog post was about a nightmare that can happen when adding a new room to PAS. This post is the exact opposite in every aspect.I recently added BetSafe to our offerings. They are the third Cryptologic site offered on PAS. As a whole Cryptologic affiliate departments go over and above expectations. BetSafe was no different.We were slow in adding them to our site as I was overwhelmed with other projects. I finally got a chance to get BetSafe added to PAS. When I add a new site I need to ask many questions to make sure the review is correct. This is also done as a test. If I don’t get timely responses from an affiliate department when I’m trying to add them to our site then how long will it take to get replies when a player does not get tracked?David at BetSafe replied quickly, even on weekends. I received detailed responses every time and I knew BetSafe would be a room that would be an excellent addition to the PAS brand. In the end we even got a special promotion where players can get a free iPod for playing. We also had a signup just hours after adding them. We look forward to working with BetSafe.

Philip “The Chairman” Tom wins event #11, $5,000 NLHE Shootout



With a starting field of 360 players, Day One reduced the field to only 36. On Day Two, the 36 remaining players were divided into 6 tables and played down to the final 6.

On Day 3, the seat assignments are as follows:
Seat 1) Greg Mueller
Seat 2) Thomas Roupe
Seat 3) Philip Tom
Seat 4) Leo Wolpert
Seat 5) Timothy West
Seat 6) Sirous Jamshidi
Each player had $1,000,000 in chip counts.

The first player to be eliminated was Thomas Roupe after having his chip stack greatly damaged on the previous hand. Thomas Roupe called the pre-flop raise of Leo Wolpert. Wolpert’s hand was Ah Kh and Roupe’s hand was Ts 7s. Roupe needed some serious help to beat Wolpert. The board presented 9h 4d 2c 5d 9c and Roupe was sent home in 6th place with $38,070 in prize money.

Tim West got all-in the pre-flop and faced the odds with his pocket 9s against Wolpert’s pocket Ks. The board came 2h, 7h, 4c, Jh, Ts and Tim West was sent to the rails in fifth place taking home $63,450 in earnings.

Jamshidi was feeling good about his pocket Js and he re-raised all-in pre-flop form the BB. But when Philip Tom turned over AA and the board gave Jamshidi no help, he was sent walking in 4th place with $118, 440 in prize money.

From the small blind, Leo Wolpert pushed his remaining stack of $425,000in the middle. Mueller called, but he was sorely disappointed when he saw his K 2 going against Wolpert’s K 3. Wolpert remained safe as the flop and turn were shown, but when a 2d hit on the river Leo Wolpert was eliminated in 3rd place with $187,812.

On the last hand of event #11 the board read 9d Jh 3c. Tom raised to $150,000 and Mueller re-raised it to $350,000. Tom then raised it enough to put Mueller all in. Mueller made the call quickly and flipped over Js 8d for the top pair, but Tom had him beat when he flipped over Ad Jc.
The turn: 5h
The river: Kd

Greg Mueller was pushed to 2nd place earning $298,638. Philip Tom on the other hand, won $477,990 and a WSOP bracelet.

Duncan Bell Wins Event #13 of WSOP, $2,500 No Limit Hold’em


Duncan Bell came to the final table as the chip leader and walked away $666,777 in prize money. He also walked away with his first WSOP bracelet.

The seat assignments and chip counts for the final table were as follows:
Seat 1) Brent Hanks-$755,080
Seat 2) Steve Merrifield- $1,109,000
Seat 3) Shawn Buchanan- $1,133,000
Seat 4) Duncan Bell- $1,966,000
Seat 5) Jason Sanders- $1,099,000
Seat 6) Nathan Doudney- $113,000
Seat 7) Brent Ditzik- $384,000
Seat 8) Nicolas Levi- $233,000
Seat 9) Ariel Soffer- $191,000

On the second hand of play, Nicolas Levi got his last 227,000 chips into the middle. He was holding pocket sevens, and he was putting them against Steve Merrifield’s A-T. The flop: T 6 6, gave Merrifield the higher two pair. An 8 on the turn didn’t help Levi and another Ten on the river for Steve sent Levi walking in 9th place with a check for $59,442.

Duncan Bell went on a mean streak and knocked three opponents out, starting with Brent Ditzik. Ditzik was all-in pre-flop while holding A-Q , he was going against Duncan Bell’s pocket Jacks. As the flop was turned, there was a ray of hope for Ditzik by giving him a Queen at the door, but with a jack thrown in, Bell hit a set. Brent Ditzik went home in 8th place with $83,541.

Duncan Bell’s next victim was Ariel Soffer. Soffer was all in with pocket 6s and Bell called him with J-T off. The Q 9 2 on the flop, went with Duncan’s straight draw and the King on the turn ended Soffer’s tournament in 7th place with $107, 639.

Duncan Bell took care of Jason Sanders also, who began the day with over a million in chips but got down to 100k. Bell raised the pre-flop and Sanders, holding a T-7, and went all-in. Bell thought his pocket deuces looked good, but with a flop of 9 6 6 it opened the possibility of Sanders coming up with the win. But the 2 on the turn shattered any hopes for Mr. Saunders. He hit the rails in 6th place with $139, 770.

After Duncan Bell’s wild 3-streak knock out, he sat back and let Steve Merrifield take some players out. His first victim was Brent Hanks. Brent’s A-2 was dominated by Merrifield’s A-T, and with no help from the board, Brent Hanks was eliminated in 5th place with $178,327.

Shawn Buchanan was next in Merrifield’s sights. Buchanan was all in with A-K suited, but again just couldn’t get any help from the board. Merrifield’s pocket 9s improved on a board of 8 7 6 2 5, bumping up his pair to a straight. Steve Buchanan was eliminated in 4th place, earning $218,491 in his fifth WSOP cash.

The next to go by Merrifield’s hands was Nathan Doudney. Merrifield raised from the button, Doudney shoved, and Merrifield called with As 9s. Doudney showed Kh 8h and the flop brought a King for Doudney in the door, but followed it with an Ace for Merrifield. When an 8 came on the turn, Doudney fans couldn’t believe his luck in hitting two pair. But once a 9 hit on the river, Nathan Doudney was sent home in 3rd place with a check for $260,261.

On the final hand of the event, Merrifield bet 155k and Bell called. The flop was 8 6 2, Bell bet 150k and Merrifield came over the top to make it 500,000. Bell, of course, shoved all-in. Merrifield made the call and showed his pocket Tens but was disheartened when Bell flipped his pocket Aces. With no help from the turn or river, Merrifield was ousted from the tourney in 2nd place. Duncan Bell won $666,777 in prize money and his first WSOP bracelet.

Eric Brooks Wins WSOP event 14, World Championship Seven Card Stud

The 2008 World Championship Seven Card Stud event crowned a new champion, who won $418,856 but left with only the bracelet on his wrist.

Final table seats and chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: David Oppenheim — 508,000Seat 2: Alex Kostritsyn — 495,000Seat 3: Jim Paluzsek — 413,000Seat 4: Erik Seidel — 273,000Seat 5: Vassilios Lazarou — 259,000Seat 6: Minh Ly — 424,000Seat 7: Fu Wong — 429,000Seat 8: Eric Brooks — 359,000

Just an hour into final table play Vassilios Lazarou was eliminated after going all in on third street with (Ks3c)7h. David Oppenheim made bets on 4th and 5th street to force Alex Kostritsyn out of the hand. When the hand was all said and done the board read as follows:

Oppenheim: (2d2s)2hAc4d9d(6h)
Lazarou: (Ks3c)7h8d5hQd(Ts)

Lazarou was eliminated in 8th place, for a $48,269 payday.

David Oppenheim started the final table as the chip leader, but two hours in, he found himself on the ropes. After being dealt a queen on 5th street, Oppenheim moved all in. Kostritsyn, showing a pair of fives, called. While Kostritsyn missed his flush draw, he did hit his set and ended Oppenheim’s tournament. Oppenheim and Kostritsyn’s cards:

Oppenheim: (5d2d)9d8sQhQs(mucked)
Kostritsyn: (6s4s)5s9s5c2h(5h)

Oppenheim won $59,408 for his 7th place finish.

On the previous hand, Jim Paluzsek was crippled by Fu Wong’s flush. With only a few thousand chips remaining, he went all in and was called by Kostritsyn. While Kostritsyn was able to get two pair, Paluzsek left the tournament on ace high. The board read the following after 7th street:

Paluzsek: (Qs7c)Ac8s5s3h(4c)
Kostritsyn: (Ts8h)8cTcJsKh(Ah)

Paluzsek finished in 6th place and won $74,260.

Erick Sidel was able to double up his small chip stack to 400,000, but it was not enough to keep him in the tournament. Shortly after doubling up he was all in on 6th street against Minh Ly, only to find out he had been behind the whole hand.

Seidel: (5d5s)KhQd4cAh(7s)
Ly: (As5c)AcTdJs7h(Qc)

Sidel was eliminated in 5th place, pocketing $92,825.

Within an hour of eliminating Sidel, Minh Ly found himself all in against Kostritsyn on 3rd street. The hand would go to Kostritsyn, who lead the hand with nines, but was able to improve to a straight when the hand was over. After 7th street, their cards were:

Ly: (8c8s)Th3cJsQs(7h)
Kostritsyn: (9d9s)Ts3d6d7d(8h)

Eliminated in 4th place, Ly won $118,816.

Alexander Kostritsyn was relying on the strength of his two pair when he raised all in on 5th street against Eric Brooks. After flipping over his cards, it was Brooks who had the stronger two pair. Kostritsyn was able to improve to a better two pair, but it was not enough to best Brooks. In the end the board read:

Kostritsyn: (Kd4d)4cKs3hTh(Tc)
Brooks: (As8s)7sAh7dTs(Kc)

Finishing in 3rd place was Kostritsyn, who pocketed $163,372.

The heads up play of Eric Brooks and Fu Wong was not a long battle. Wong was crippled early and was forced to move all in for his final 150,000 chips on 4th street with:

(Tc4c)Ac4h2h4d(9c)

Brooks had the superior hand of:

(Ah5s)5d3dAd7d(Qd)

Wong was eliminated in second, earning $259,910. Brooks, won his first gold bracelet and a paycheck of $415,856. However, he will not take that money home with him, as he is donating all of his winnings to charity.

Nenad Medic wins WSOP Event #1, $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em

Nenad Medic strikes first at the 2008 WSOP. Besting a field of 352 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event, Nenad Medic takes home his first bracelet and $794,112 in winnings.
The final table consisted of a strong line up of well-known tournament pros. The chip stacks to begin the day were as follows:
Seat 1: Mike “SowersUNCC” Sowers — 675,000Seat 2: Chris Bell — 455,000Seat 3: Amit “amak316” Makhija — 525,000Seat 4: Patrik Antonius — 230,000Seat 5: Andy Bloch — 2,115,000Seat 6: Mike Sexton — 1,130,000Seat 7: Phil Laak — 425,000Seat 8: Nenad Medic — 1,200,000Seat 9: Kathy Liebert — 285,000Once the cards are dealt, the action starts off with a bang. Patrik Antonius pushes all-in w/ KK from the BB and is called Phil Laak’s JJ in MP. Laak managed to become the strong favorite with a flop of Ad Jd 2h. However, with a Kd on the river, Antonius doubled up, leaving Laak as the short stack at the table.
A few hands later, Laak picked up JJ in the SB and moved all in w/ 165,000 in chips. He was called by Nenad Medic’s AA. After a board of Ks 6s 2s 9d 5c, Phil Laak was eliminated in 9th place, winning $74,448.
Eight place belonged to internet phenom Mike Sowers after Sowers found himself pot-committed w/ 94un vs. Mike Sexton’s QQ. The board came Ks 8c 3c Ac Js. Sowers took home $99,264 for his Eighth place finish.
Patrik Antonius, the heartthrob of the online poker community, was eliminated 7th when his Kd 10c ran into Andy Bloch’s Ac 4c. With a board that helped neither player, Antonius took home $124,080 for his 7th place finish.
Chris Bell ran into trouble when he got all in preflop w/ Ah 3h against Medic’s Jh Jd. The flop came Qd 6c 5s. However, when an As fell on the turn, Bell looked to be in great shape to double up. When the Js fell on the river, Chris Bell was knocked out in 6th place, earning $157,168.
After a lull in the action, Amit Makhija got all in w/ A3 against Andy Bloch’s A7:
Makhija: Ac 3d
Bloch: As 7d
Board: Qd 9d 6d 4c Ad
The river gave both players a flush, but Bloch’s 7 kicker bested Makhija’s 3 kicker. Makhija took hime $198,528 for his 5th place finish.
With 4 players left, the chip stacks were as follows:
Andy Bloch: 3,300,000Nenad Medic: 1,700,000Mike Sexton: 1,600,000Kathy Liebert: 580,000It took over 2 hours for the next player to be eliminated. In that time, Kathy Liebert managed to double up through Andy Bloch. With a healthier stack, Liebert had Mike Sexton covered when on a flop of As Jd 8c, Sexton moved all in w/ Ac 6c and was called by Liebert’s Ad 8h. Liebert’s 2 pair held up and Mike Sexton was eliminated 4th, winning $248,160.
Not long after, a monster hand developed where all 3 players got all in preflop:
Liebert: 6s 6dBloch: 9s 9h
Medic: Qc Qh

Medic flopped a set on a Ah Qs 2c board, and knocked out Kathy Liebert in 3rd place, good for $306,064. This hand was huge for Medic, giving him a large chip lead over Bloch as well. After an hour of heads-up play, Medic and Bloch got all in on the flop:
Medic: 5h 7h
Bloch: 9h 9d
Flop: 8h 5s 4h
Medic prevailed when the Jh on the turn gave him a flush. Bloch had a draw to a higher flush, but the 5c on the river sealed his fate. On his birthday, Bloch took home 2nd place and $448,048. Medic earned $794,112 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Grant Hinkle wins largest preliminary event in WSOP history.

The second event of the 2008 World Series of Poker was the largest preliminary event in its 39 year history with 3929 players. Grant Hinkle was rewarded with $831,462 and a bracelet for his efforts.
The final day leaves us with 18 players over two tables. Tables and chip stacks were as follows:
Table 14:
Seat 1 – Josh Engerdahl – 430,000Seat 2 – Melvin Jones – 660,000Seat 3 – Mike Ngo – 544,000Seat 4 – Grant Hinkle – 281,000Seat 5 – Perry Friedman – 653,000Seat 6 – Joe Rutledge – 486,000Seat 7 – Chris Ferguson – 444,000Seat 8 – David Bach – 168,000Seat 9 – Frank Sinopoli – 165,000
Table 15:
Seat 1 – Eric Hicks – 703,000Seat 2 – James Akenhead – 1,039,000Seat 3 – Matthew Kearney – 1,024,000Seat 4 – Jeff Wiedenhoeft – 482,000Seat 5 – Minh Nguyen – 600,000Seat 6 – Theo Tran – 1,199,000Seat 7 – Brandon Blake – 786,000Seat 8 – Elia Ahmadian – 171,000Seat 9 – Aaron Coulthard – 1,327,000
A pocket pair of 6s6h was good enough for Joe Rutledge to go all in. Chris Ferguson called him down from the big blind with A9o. The flop showed TsAc8C. Rutledge’s two outer never came as the turn came up Qh and the river a 7d. Rutledge went home in 9th place with a pay day of $83,127
David Bach felt good about his 6d7d and opens the action with a raise which is called by Theo Tran and Chris Ferguson. The flop of Kc9s5h causes reservation for the remaining players and all check. The turn brings 3h giving Bach the open ended straight draw. He pushes all in and is raised by Tran, pushing himself all in as well. Ferguson folded and Tran turns over his Jd9d. The river misses Bach with a 2c and he is eliminated in 8th place, pocketing $117,987.
Shortly after a break it is announced that Chris Ferguson has moved into the 5th place on the all time WSOP money list and 4th in final tables with 27.
An all in, preflop raise from Melvin Jones was called by Tran. Melvin shows QsTs while Tran flips over AhAd. A few hands earlier, Trans rockets were cracked by a 77. The flop of QhKc6s gives hope to Jones. The turn and river, 8h5c would dash that hope and Jones would leave in 7th place, winning $157,211.
Aaon Coulthard, who entered the final day as the chip leader, re-raises all in over the opening raise of James Akenhead. After the action folded back around to Akenhead, he made the call. Coulthard shows KcJh, which is dominated by Akenhead’s AhKh. Desperately needing a jack, Coulthard was not happy to see a board that came 8d2c7sQd9s. Coulthard is eliminated in 6th place, earning $211,841.
Mike Ngo was able to get all his chips in with the best hand, AhKs, after he re-raised Akenhead’s opening raise with AdJc. The flop and turn bring 3hQh5d8d, leaving little chance for Akenhead. The river would be a thriller, as the dealer paused before turning over the Jd. Ngo leaves in 5th place, on a three outer win by Akenhed, and wins $268,154.
Ferguson made a tournament saving triple up against Akenhead and Hinkle. He showed a top pair of queens at the showdown after Akenhand and Hinkle checked through the turn and river after calling Ferguson’s preflop all-in
Theo Tran and Grant Hinkle went to a showdown when Tran called a Hinkle bet on the river. Tran’s AdQd were no match for Hinkle’s Ah4d. The board, A 4 K A 8, gave Tran a set, but Hinkle had the boat. Tran leaves the tournament in 4th place and pockets $327,148.
A perennial favorite, Chris Ferguson, moved all in with KsTs and was called by Akenhead, who held AhTd. Ferguson had doubled up several times during the tournament, but would not survive this all in bet. The board showed AdQh8s4d5h at the end of the hand. Ferguson exits in 3rd place, taking home $388,287.
The heads up match of Akenhead and Hinkle would bring the total play for the final day to 16 hours, matching the previous day’s total. The final hand would pit a monster AK against a lowly T4.
Hinkle: Td4d
Akenhead: AcKh
The board would end up deciding this hand as Hinkle would flop a set and turn quads. In the end the board showed T4hTsTc5s. Akenhead got in with the better hole cards but walked away in second place with a pay day of $520,219. Hinkle came from behind on the final hand to pocket $831,462 and win the second event of this year’s WSOP.

David Singer wins WSOP Event #3, $1,500 PLHE, earns first WSOP bracelet

David Singer has won the $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship, placed 9th in the WSOP Main Event and finished second in several WPT and WSOP events. Until today, he had never won a WSOP bracelet.
The final table at the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event featured an all American cast of players. Seats and chip stacks at the beginning of play were as follows:
Seat 1: Russ Harriman 206,000Seat 2: Joe Tehan 458,000Seat 3: Jacobo Fernandez 428,000Seat 4: Zachary ‘Carter’ King 139,000Seat 5: Al Barbieri 271,000Seat 6: Gregory Alston 179,000Seat 7: Glen Bean 75,000Seat 8: David Singer 83,000Seat 9: Robert Lipkin 305,000
The short stack of Glen Bean was the first to be knocked out. Bean called all in with his remaining 21,000 chips after Zachary King raise the pot to 24,000. Bean confidently claimed that he was “going to win this one,” when he showed his Jh8c to King’s AhQh. The flop and turn were in his favor, showing 9c8s3d9h. The river would end his confidence when it delivered an Ac. Bean exited in 9th place, and earned $19,464.
With few chips remaining, Al Barbieri raised all in under the gun with Kh6d and was called by Singer, who held AcQd. The flop paired Singer’s ace, showing As9c2h. The turn and river, 4hTs, were no help to Barbieri, who earned $26,764 for his 8th place finish.
Shortly after doubling up, Zachary King found himself pot committed with Ad8h and was forced to call all in against Greg Alston’s AhAs. Needing a miracle to stay alive, the flop came KhTd9d. Runner runner diamonds were the miracle he was looking for; but they were not to be. The turn, 9h, and river, Jd, left him one card shy. King walked away in 7th place, pocketing $34,063.
Joe Tehan, the chip leader at the start of final table play, had been on a downward slide until he hit rock bottom against Jacobo Fernandez. Tehan was all in preflop with JhTh against Fernandez’s 9c9s. The flop missed both players coming 2dQdAs, giving Tehan 4 extra outs. Neither the turn, 8s, nor the river, 7h, were saving graces. Tehan left in 6th place, pocketing $43,796.
Only having 100,000 in chips, Russ Harriman’s all in was an easy call for Greg Alston. Harriman’s QcQd looked good when Alston showed his AhJs. The flop revealed 2d3sAd, leaving Harriman in need of another queen. The turn and river came 5c5s, eliminating Harriman in 5th place, and earning him
$55,474.
Robert Lipkin pushed all in over the top of Singer’s raise from the button. Singer called and showed his JsJc. Lipkin’s 7d5d would need a lot of help if he was to stay in the tournament. The board was unhelpful on this hand, showing Qh2sTs9s2c at the end of the hand. Lipkin took home a 4th place finish and $67,640.
Being a distant 3rd in chip count, Greg Alston moved all in with pocket Jacks, which looked good until Fernandez caught an 8 on the turn to make his pocket pair a set. The river was unable to save Alston and left in 3rd place, winning $82,725.
The final two hands of over four hours of heads-up play provided a huge amount of excitement. Singer doubled up on the second to last hand when his AhKd turned into two pair against Fernandez’s 5h5d giving Singer a huge chip lead.
With his tournament on the line Fernandez played his 7c3h. He flopped two pair when the board showed 3d5s7d. The turn was a 6c. Singer bet 40,000 into Fernandez, who raised to 180,000, only for singer to come over the top and re-raise to 480,000. Fernandez called, moving all in. Singer showed Qs4s, for the turned straight. The river was a Jh. Fernandez left in second place, with a $136,643 payday. Singer’s first WSOP win earned him $214,131.

Erick Lindgren Wins First Bracelet

Erick Lindgren came into the #4 event of the WSOP as being known as the best poker player to never win a bracelet. By the end, he walked away with $374,505 in winnings and a bracelet. The chip count to begin the final table was as follows:David Williams 678,500Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo 517,500Erick Lindgren 345,000Howard Lederer 324,500Roland de Wolfe 194,000Andrew “Good2cu” Robl 162,000Isaac “Ike” Haxton 115,500Pat Pezzin 108,500In just the second hand of play everything started to get interesting. Isaac Haxton raised to 18,000, and Erick Lingren re-raised to 60,000, Haxton moved all-in for his final 70,000 and Lingren made the call. When their cards were turned:Lingren: Qs, QhHaxton: Ac, KsBoard: 6h, 5s, 2h, 8s, and a 7h.With Lingren’s Queens holding up, Hexton was eliminated and walked away with $35,109 in prize money.Pat Pezzin was eliminated in Eighth place after getting all his chips got in the middle against Andrew Robl before the flop. When their cards were turned:Robl: Ad, KcPezzin: Ah, QsBoard: 8c, 5d, 3s, 10d, 10s.Pezzin went home with $35,109 in prize money.David Williams was eliminated in Seventh with $58, 515. Rheem started the pot with a raise and Williams re-raised. Rheem four-bet the action, and Williams moved all in. Rheem made the call. When their cards were turned:Rheem: Kc, 10dWilliams: As, 3sOn the board: 10h, 8d, 5c, 6c, 7cHoward Lederer went out in Sixth place with $74,119 after him and Bonomo three bet a pot pre-flop and Lederer going all in in the dark. Once their hands were shown, Bonomo beat Lederer’s pocket fours.David Rheem was eliminated in fifth place with $93, 624 after raising to $50,000 pre-flop and de Wolfe calling, after the flop de Wolfe and Rheem both checked. With a 9h on the turn and 8s on the river and a flop of As, 10h, and 4s. Rheem moved all in and de Wolfe called. Rheem was beat out by Wolfe’s 8h and Js.Roland de Wolfe was gone in fourth place with $117,030. He raised the pre-flop to $48,000 and Bonomo called it. After the flop was presented Bonomo checked, de Wolfe bet $85,000 and Bonomo check-raised all in. De Wolfe called it but was beat by Bonomo’s flush.Andrew Robl walked away in third with $144,337 after boldly moving all in pre-flop and Bonomo calling him and beating out his hand.Lindgren turned up the heat during the limit portion of his HU match with Bonomo, he quickly took five pots in a row and huge chip lead leaving Bonomo in a desperate situation. On the final hand dealt for the bracelet, Lindgren raised to $80,000 on the pre-flop and Bonomo made the call. The flop came out as:10h, 5c, 3dBoth players checked.The turn: 4h. Bonomo bet $80,000, Lindgren called.The River: 8h. Bonomo bet $80,000, Lindgren raised $160,000. Bonomo went all in and their hands were shown. Bonomo had a 5s, 4s for two pair, but Lindgren won the pot with Ah, 2h for a straight and $374,505.

Michael Banducci wins WSOP Event #5, $1,000 NLHE Rebuy

Michael Banducci, at the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys, walked away with $636,736 in prize money. His highest performance before this big win was 3rd place at last year’s WPT Borgata Poker Open. He has had 14 previous cashes in major events, that includes four in last year’s WSOP, but this was by far his biggest earnings.
When the final table began, this was the seat assignments and chip counts:
Seat 1: Michael Banducci- 1,655,000Seat 2: Jonathan Aguiar- 361,000Seat 3: Michael Binger- 186,000Seat 4: Steve Gross – 112,000Seat 5: Jamie Rosen – 475,000Seat 6: Jeff Williams- 683,000Seat 7: Alan Jaffray- 1,222,000Seat 8: Peter Gould- 702,000Seat 9: Lyric Duveyoung- 659,000
On the fifth hand, they were two eliminations. Steve Gross moved all in with his last $104,000 and Jamie Rosen followed by also going all in for $420,000. After pondering over the situation for awhile, Lyric Duveyoung made the call. Gross showed Kc, 10c. Rosen showed Ad, Qh, but Duveyoung
had them both beat with Qs, Qd. The flop gave Gross a pair of tens boosting his hopes, but the turn and river gave them a 9 and a 5, sending both Gross and Rosen home. Gross was gone at ninth with $57,881, Rosen went out in eighth with $79,587.
Three hands later, Michael Binger moved all in from the small blind with $156,000. Jeff Williams made the call. Binger had a As, Jc and William’s had a Kd, 8h. The flop gave William top pair, and the river and turn did nothing but confirm Binger’s elimination in seventh with $101, 293.
After some slow play and little chip movement, Jonathan Aguiar was hit with two blows. In the first hand, Aguiar had raised in early position to $81,000 and Peter Gould moved all in. Aguiar quickly made the call and flipped over Ah, Kh to Gould’s 5c, 5s. The flop came giving Aguiar not only the overcard draw but also the possibility that Gould’s pocket pair would be counterfeited. But, when a 5h came on the turn it left Aguiars in trouble. Losing that hand really hurt Aguiar, leaving him with just $113,000. Then, on the next hand he pushed all in and both Jeff Williams and Peter Gould called. The flop came 8h, 5s, 10h and the turn was a 8h. When the Jc hit on the river Williams bet 30,000 and Gould folded. Williams won the pot and Aguiar was eliminated in sixth place with $130, 234.

Jaffrey was eliminated in fifth place after running into Banducci’s Qc, Qh and a flop of 2s, 9d, Qd. He walked away with $164, 963 in winnings.
Duveyoung was the next to go in fourth place. Once the hands were dealt, Gould quickly raised to $155,000 and Duveyoung moved all in. Gould thought for a moment and called it, he showed a hand of Kd, 10d and Duveyound showed Qh, Js. The flop was 7s, 10c, 6c giving Gould a solid pair. The turn presented a Kh giving Gould a two pair but also giving Duveyoung the possibility of an open-ended straight draw. But the 5c on the river sent Duveyoung walking with $201, 139.
The next elimination proved to be an exciting one to say the least. Banducci lead with a raise of $100,000, Williams folded but Gould re-raised to $480,000. Banducci went all-in and Gould called. Banducci confidently turned over a pair of sevens, but was disheartened when Gould showed a pair of tens. Banducci’s friends became shouting for a seven in the flop, and when the flop showed a Jc, 9c…and a 7c the crowd went wild…but Banducci wasn’t out of the woods yet. Gould picked up an inside straight draw on top of his two 10 outs. But after the turn and river came 2c and 5h, Gould was out in third place, $245,993 richer.
As the heads-up play started, Banducci had a comfortable lead with a chip count totaling $5,260,000 over William’s total of $1,225,000. Banducci sat comfortable in his chair as the play continued, he played safely as him and William bounced around a few small pots. William’s decided to make it interesting when he saw he was dealt an ace, he raised to $130,000. Banducci re-raised to $400,000, William went all-in and Banducci called. William must have been rather confounded when he saw that Banducco’s Ad, Jc hand easily over powered his Ac, 5d. The flop gave the two players Jh, 2d, Kc giving Banducci and even better chance. When the turn and river presented a 10d, 3c Banducci knew that he had won the $636,736 in prize money. Jeff Williams took home $406,330 for his 2nd place finish.