Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:16:00 -0700
Congratulations to Jeffrey Carris, Event #22 Champion! ($313,673)
Jeffrey Carris has just polished off Jason Somerville in a quick heads-up match to complete a dominating run through this field.
Play began with an even 1,000 runners three days ago, duking it out in a series of single-table contests. At the end of three rounds, Carris is the only man left standing, running through his three tables in fine fashion to complete the sweep. The play today was vicious and the battle was hard fought with no shortage of action on the felt. Carris was by no means the betting favorite at this final table today either, with Jason Somerville and Joe Cutler at the head of the class. Still, Carris would prove his mettle, essentially dominating the table from start to finish with very few slip-ups. Credit has to be given to his cheering section as well, a group of more than 25 fans who were amazingly vocal in support of their guy for the entire final table.
For his big win, Jeffrey Carris will take home $313,673 and the all-important shiny gold bracelet. Congratulations to Jeff Carris, Event #22 Champion!
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:10:19 -0700
Somerville Eliminated in 2nd Place ($194,004)
It only took 20 minutes of heads-up play for Jeff Carris to claim the shootout title and the WSOP bracelet.
When Jason Somerville open shoved from the small blind, Carris took just a few seconds before making the call.
When the board ran out
, Carris' king high made him the top gun of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'em Shootout. Somerville goes in second place with $194,004.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:02:04 -0700
We're taking just a quick break to color up and race off the yellow T1,000 chips. Be right back.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:55:19 -0700
Pass it Back
The last four pots have been traded between the two players. Each time, the player on the button has raised the minimum, and each time the big blind has folded.
No chips have changed hands yet.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:53:49 -0700
Jeffrey Carris will begin play with about a three-to-one chip lead.
Carris - 3,400,000
Somerville - 1,100,000
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:49:58 -0700
Andrew Margolis Eliminated in 3rd Place ($124,158)
On the button, Jeffrey Carris raised to 80,000, and Andrew Margolis moved all in from the small blind. When Jason Somerville folded, Carris instantly made the call to put Margolis at risk.
The crowd above the stage came to life with boisterous calls for an "Ace, ace, ace!" They quieted down a little as the flop was dry, coming
to keep Carris in the lead. They turn was very wet indeed though, as the pleas from the rail were answered with the
. Margolis was drawing dead to the
on the river, and he has been cut down in 3rd place.
Margolis showed outstanding perseverance during this event, with both of his previous tables running deep into the night. He would hold the chip lead for a fleeting few moments at one point today, but he was unable to close it out against this stingy competition. Still, the nearly $125,000 he's about to collect should help ease the pain a bit.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:43:32 -0700
Christopher Moore Eliminated in 4th Place ($82,322)
Under the gun, Christopher Moore moved all in for about 350,000. Right next door, big stack Jeffrey Carris made the call, and the other two opponents got out of the way.
Moore shrugged his shoulders, seemingly content with the news that he had two live cards. The flop, however, was about as good as it gets for Carris. It came down
to pair both players but put Carris well ahead with top pair and the flush draw.
He would hit that flush on the turn, but the
that fell left Moore with four live outs to the winning full house. Unfortunately for him, the
on the river was not a king or a jack, and that spells the end of Christopher Moore's day. He will take home more than $80,000 for his three-day effort.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:31:45 -0700
Margolis Crawls Back In
From the cutoff seat, Jason Somerville raised it up to 75,000. Christopher Moore made the call on the button, and Jeffrey Carris folded his small blind. In the big, Andrew Margolis reraised all in for a total of 320,000. Somerville deliberated before kicking in his cards, but Moore made the call to put his opponent's tournament life in danger.
The board would run out safe for the all-in Margolis, coming
. The former chip leader has notched a much needed double up and then some. He sits now with 730,000 to Moore's 330,000.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:28:21 -0700
Somerville Cripples Margolis
Andrew Margolis raised to 80,000 to open from the button. Jason Somerville was unimpressed and moved all in for a total of 435,000. With little delay, Margolis called. These two men had been taking jabs at each other all day, and this was finally the big confrontation they were both building up to.
The flop would be a disaster for Margolis, coming out
. There was a deafening roar from Somerville's cheerleaders as he had taken a big lead in the hand. The turn
and the river
filled out the board, locking up a big double up for Somerville.
After that exchange, Margolis is all the way down to 320,000, while Somerville is back in the mix with nearly 1.2 million.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:21:15 -0700
Margolis Gets a Few Back
Jeffrey Carris watched it fold around to his small blind, and he raised it up to 75,000. Andrew Margolis called from the big blind, and it was off to the flop.
It showed up
. Carris continued out with a bet of 80,000, which Margolis called. On fourth street, the
drew a check from Carris. Margolis took the opportunity to bet 140,000 of his own chips, and Carris let his hand go.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:17:27 -0700
Chip Leaders Tangle; Carris Comes Out on Top
Under the gun, Jeffrey Carris opened with a raise to 85,000. Next door, Andrew Margolis reraised to 140,000. Carris called, heads up to the flop.
It came out
, and both players checked. On fourth street, the
hit the board and brought action. Carris led out with a bet of 200,000. Margolis stared him up and down before making the call.
The last card off was the
. Carris loaded the gun with 440,000 chips and slid them neatly into the middle of the table. Margolis went deep into the tank, cutting out the calling chips from his stack to get an idea of the cost of making the call. After several minutes of debate, he quietly said, "I call," and pushed his chips forward.
for the nuts, flopping the straight right out of the chute. There was nothing Margolis could show to beat that, and he lowered his head and returned his cards to the dealer face-down.
After that exchange, Margolis is down to about 750,000, while Carris has taken control of this table, sitting with a massive 2,460,000 chips.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:43:13 -0700
Kick Back, Relax
Players are on a 20-minute break.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:30:34 -0700
Chris Moore Gives Up Valuable Chips
Chris Moore is the short stack, and he's getting shorter.
After raising to 75,000 from the small blind, Moore gave up his hand in the face of a 500,000 reraise put in by Jeff Carris from the big blind.
Moore has just 360,000 left.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:21:33 -0700
Raise, ReRaise, ReRaise
One thing's for sure - the players at this table are willing to build big pots before the flop.
When Jason Somerville raised to 62,000 from the cutoff, Chris Moore stepped up and reraised to 150,000 from the button. Not to be outdone, Jeff Carris upped the ante again, making it 400,000 to play from the small blind.
That was enough though, as everyone folded behind him, giving him a nice pot.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:17:19 -0700
Joseph Cutler Eliminated in 5th Place ($56,440)
Andrew Margolis has claimed another victim.
When Joseph Cutler raised to 50,000, Margolis reraised to 142,000. Cutler three-bet, pushing all in for 528,000 more, and Margolis called.
The flop of
didn't change a thing, and both players improved when the
fell on fourth street. The
on the river ended the drama though, sending Cutler home in fifth place with $56,440 in his pocket.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:09:58 -0700
Margolis Gives Up Some More Chips
Joseph Cutler raised to 50,000 and Andrew Margolis called from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop of
and Margolis led for 65,000 when the
came on fourth street. Cuter called and both players checked the
on the river.
When the hands were turned over, neither player had connected, but Cutler's
was enough to take down Margolis'
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 21:00:38 -0700
Somerville Takes Another Piece of Margolis
Andrew Margolis made it 61,000 from the button and got called by both blinds.
On a flop of
, action checked to Margolis who bet 120,000 more. Somerville check-raised all in for an additional 567,000 and Margolis went deep into the tank before finally mucking his hand.
Somerville is now up to 1,020,000.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:50:23 -0700
A Mistake by Carris Incurs a Penalty
Jeff Carris raised to 61,000 from under the gun and got called by Andrew Margolis before Joseph Cutler re-raised to 254,000 from the big blind.
Carris immediately reraised all in and after Margolis folded, he turned up his hand exposing pocket aces before Cutler declared his action.
After seeing the bullets, Cutler folded and Carris got the pot along with a one-hand penalty for exposing his cards out of turn.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:46:48 -0700
A Big Squeeze From Somerville
Joseph Cutler raised to 40,000 from the cutoff and got called by Jeff Carris on the button and Andrew Margolis in the small blind.
When action folded back to Jason Somerville in the big blind, he shoved for 399,000 more. Cutler and Carris both folded quickly, but Margolis tanked for nearly a minute before mucking.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:30:24 -0700
Updated Chip Counts
Andrew Margolis - 1,550,000
Jeffrey Carris - 1,300,000
Joseph Cutler - 680,000
Christopher Moore - 520,000
Jason Somerville - 475,000
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 20:25:50 -0700
Brandon Wong Eliminated in 6th Place ($39,968)
Under the gun, Andrew Margolis came in with a raise to 55,000, and the action was on Brandon Wong. He wasted little time grabbing his whole stack of 289,000 chips and shoved them forward as the table quickly folded back around.
Margolis cut the calling chips out of his stack and gazed forlornly at Wong. After a minute or two of mental deliberation, he slammed the chips over the line, putting Wong at risk.
Wong was in the best possible shape for a double up, but disaster would come his way. Right in the door, the
was visible under the dealer's hand, drawing a huge reaction from ever-increasing rail. The board would run out
, locking up the pot for Margolis' two pair.
He slammed his fist down on the felt in celebration, erupting with a big, "YES!" He and Wong shook hands as the departing player wished everyone luck and headed off to the payout desk. Brandon Wong will pocket just about $40,000 for his three days' worth of work.
Margolis, meanwhile, has just inched into the chip lead with 1,550,000.