Saturday, June 5, 2010 5:01 PM Local Time
Dan Heimiller was the bring-in with the and he called the completion from Men Nguyen showing the . Nguyen led the betting on fourth before Heimiller announced a raise on fifth. Nguyen made the call and then paired his ace on sixth. He bet out to put Heimiller to a decision for his last 28,000. With so much invested in the pot already, Heimiller did some quick math and made the call.
The river was dealt Nguyen flipped the to leave Heimiller drawing to an ace, king or eight to stay alive. He revealed the which was no help to be eliminated from the tournament in 9th place for $38,676 in prize money.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:53 PM Local Time
Nguyen: (X) (X) / / (X)
Billirakis: (X) (X) / / (X)
Steve Billirakis and Men Nguyen went to war in a big pot, with Billirakis coming away victorious at showdown. Nguyen had the betting lead on fifth street and fired a bet into the pot. Billirakis called that bet, then took significantly longer before calling a bet on sixth street.
Down the river, Nguyen still had first action. He slowly squeezed each of his three hole cards in turn before betting. Billirakis also squeezed, and then called.
"Kings," said Nguyen. He didn't open his hand. Billirakis showed for two pair, tens and sixes. Nguyen flashed the before mucking, allowing Billirakis to claim the pot.
Billirakis is up to about 600,000. Nguyen is down to roughly the same.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:48 PM Local Time
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Sirious Jamshidi was a little steamed after that previous hand when he came out firing fiercely in the next pot. After calling the completion of Michael Mizrachi, Jamshidi fired all the way with Mizrachi making a reluctant call on the river.
Cassidy: (X-X) /
Mizrachi: (X-X-X) /
Broadway for Jamshidi was good for the double up to 300,000 as Mizrachi slips to 320,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:41 PM Local Time
Evdakov: / / (X)
Heimiller: / /
Jamshidi: (X) (X) / FOLD
Almost all of the table -- minus Dan Heimiller -- is a little bit steamed after an odd play by Nikolay Evdakov. Evdakov completed third street. Heimiller moved all in for less than a full raise, getting a call from Sirious Jamshidi and Evdakov.
Jamshidi and Evdakov both checked fourth street. Heimiller caught open aces. "That seems fair to me," he said.
On fifth street, Jamshidi cecked and then folded to a bet from Evdakov. Evdakov opened just a single pair of nines.
"What is this guy doing?" Jamshidi asked. "What sort of play is that?"
Heimiller caught two pair, aces and jacks on sixth street. Evdakov did not overtake him on the river, allowing Heimiller to triple up.
"No one's happy about that," said Michael Mizrachi.
Jamshidi took up his case directly with Evdakov. "I'm in the hand so it's two against one, not to play against you," he said. "I wouldn't have bet the entire time."
A happy Heimiller grinned at Jamshidi and joked, "Collusion!"
Heimiller now has 114,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:33 PM Local Time
Nikolay Evdakov - 885,000
Men Nguyen - 820,000
Vladimir Schmelev - 760,000
Brandon Adams - 660,000
Michael Mizrachi - 465,000
Steve Billirakis - 440,000
Joe Cassidy - 245,000
Sirious Jamshidi - 175,000
Dan Heimiller - 30,000
Nikolay Evdakov is into the chip lead as Dan Heimiller is going to need to pull off something special to get back into this! The players are back from the break and play has resumed.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:11 PM Local Time
The players are now taking a 20-minute break.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:10 PM Local Time
Mizrachi: (X) (X) /
Heimiller: (X) (X) /
On the last hand before the break, Michael Mizrachi caught the bring-in and called Dan Heimiller's completion bet. Heimiller bet the lead on fourth street, but was facing a bet from Mizrachi on fifth street. The amount of the bet, 30,000, was exactly how much Heimiller had left in his stack. He tanked for about a minute before folding.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 4:07 PM Local Time
An interesting hand has gone down leaving Men Nguyen to take in a big pot and leaving both Michael Mizrachi and Brandon Adams scratching their heads.
Cassidy: (X-X) /
Mizrachi: (X-X) /
Adams: (X-X) /
Nguyen: (X-X) /
Joe Cassidy called the bring-in of Dan Heimiller before Mizrachi completed the action. Adams, Nguyen and Cassidy all made the call. On fourth, Mizrachi led out before Adams raised. Nguyen quickly made it three bets and Cassidy stepped aside. Mizrachi made the call. Adams deliberated for some time before deciding against getting caught in the middle as he folded.
On fifth street, Nguyen paired up and bet out causing Mizrachi to fold. After the hand Nguyen claimed to be holding for a full house but we're not so sure if Mizrachi believes him!
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:53 PM Local Time
Cassidy: (X) (X) / / (X)
Mizrachi: (X) (X) / / (X)
An open pair of treys for Michael Mizrachi on sixth street was bad news for Joe Cassidy. Cassidy completed third street and was called by Mizrachi. After that, Cassidy played his hand very cautiously, check-calling fourth street and calling every street after that when Mizrachi grabbed the beating lead. At the river, Mizrachi checked. Cassidy squeezed his river card extremely slowly, then checked behind. Mizrachi opened to take the pot with tens and treys.
Mizrachi is up to 490,000 now. Cassidy has slipped back to 308,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:48 PM Local Time
Brandon Adams - 845,000
Nikolay Evdakov - 840,000
Vladimir Schmelev - 820,000
Men Nguyen - 480,000
Steve Billirakis - 430,000
Michael Mizrachi - 355,000
Joe Cassidy - 345,000
Sirious Jamshidi - 230,000
Dan Heimiller - 130,000
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:43 PM Local Time
Dan Heimiller is the short stack of this final table but he's fighting hard as he just took down back-to-back pots to keep his head above water.
In the first Heimiller just called the bring-in with the and then took it down with a bet with the on fourth street. He flashed in the hole.
Next hand, Joe Cassidy completed with the and Heimiller called with the . Cassidy bet again on fourth before asking for a count on fifth.
Cassidy: (X-X) /
Heimiller: (X-X) /
Heimiller had 47,000 behind and so Cassidy checked over to his opponent who gave a shrug before betting. Cassidy sat in the tank for a good minute or two.
"He must have overcards and is wondering which pair I got..." pondered Heimiller. Cassidy eventually folded and Heimiller flashed in the hole. Heimiller is now up to 130,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:33 PM Local Time
Jamshidi: (X) (X) / / (X)
Nguyen: / /
There's nothing like the nut full house to ease the frustrations of a stack on a downward slide -- even better when it gets paid off. Sirious Jamshidi got things started by completing on third street. He was called by Michael Mizrachi, Men Nguyen and bring-in Steve Billirakis. On fourth street, Mizrachi and Billirakis dropped out after Jamshidi bet and Nguyen raised.
Nguyen made open fours on fifth street and bet every street the rest of the way. Jamshidi called all the way to showdown. He flashed two pair, kings and jacks, after Nguyen opened his aces full.
Jamshidi is down to 184,000 while Nguyen climbs to 360,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi was the bring-in with the . Brandon Adams completed and Men Nguyen was the lone caller. Adams fired another bet on fourth, but when he paired his ace on fifth, Nguyen angrily tossed his cards into the muck.
Nguyen's anger didn't end there as he let out his frustrations on one of the cocktail waitresses. "I said no ice! Bring me another one!" exclaimed Nguyen as he slips to 190,000 chips. Adams is up to 670,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:14 PM Local Time
We've redrawn to a final table of nine but we have to lose one more player before we reach our "official" final table of eight, at which point we'll be relocating to the main feature table of the Amazon Room to allow fans the best opportunity to watch this play out.
Here's how they lineup and approximate chip counts:
Seat 1: Men Nguyen - 230,000
Seat 2: Steve Billirakis - 420,000
Seat 3: Dan Heimiller - 85,000
Seat 4: Vladimir Schmelev - 880,000
Seat 5: Sirious Jamshidi - 430,000
Seat 6: Joe Cassidy - 550,000
Seat 7: Michael Mizrachi - 460,000
Seat 8: Nikolay Evdakov - 870,000
Seat 9: Brandon Adams - 600,000
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:10 PM Local Time
Cassidy: / /
Evdakov: (X) (X) / / (X)
Barlow: / /
A big three-way pot, complete with some controversy, spelled the end of the tournament for Todd Barlow. Joe Cassidy brought it in on third street in front of Nikolay Evdakov, who completed. Barlow and Cassidy both called.
On fourth street, Cassidy double-bet his open fives to 24,000. Evdakov called before Barlow announced raise. He seemed not to realize that a double-bet was on board and tried to raise to 36,000, leaving himself 2,000 behind. A floor was eventually summoned who ruled Barlow to be all in. Cassidy then asked if he could raise and the floor said yes, because Barlow's raise was more than half of the required amount.
Cassidy raised to 62,000, drawing howls of protest from non-English speaker Nikkolay Evdakov. No fewer than three people (including me) were trying to explain to him in Russian why the raise was allowed, but Evdakov was having none of it. Finally the floor told him that the raise was to 62,000 and he needed to act on his hand. Evdakov called.
Cassidy bet fifth and sixth streets, with Evdakov calling each time. At the river the action was checked down. Cassidy showed two pair, kings and fives. Evdakov didn't want to open his hand but was instructed to do so because of Barlow's all in. He showed a small pair and a busted straight draw before mucking.
Cassidy sighed as he showed his unimproved nines. "I had a feeling I should fold," he said. Be that as it may, he's the 10th-place finisher.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:00 PM Local Time
Sirious Jamshidi has taken a couple of hits in recent times, after folding on sixth street to pressure from Steve Billirakis, before unsuccessfully going to showdown against Michael Mizrachi.
Men Nguyen completed, Mizrachi called and Jamshidi came along after bringing in. On fourth, Nguyen checked, Mizrachi fired a bet, Jamshidi called and Nguyen folded. Jamshidi check-called on fifth and sixth before both players checked it down on seventh.
Jamshidi: (X-X-X) /
Nguyen: (X-X) /
Mizrachi had straight and flush draws but could only manage a pair of nines but that was enough as Jamshidi mucked his hand. He's down to 440,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 2:51 PM Local Time
Nikolay Evdakov and Vladimir Schmelev are ruling Orange 336 with an iron fist right now. Schmelev just tagged Joe Cassidy in a big pot, getting two bets in on sixth street and on seventh street. Cassidy's aces and fives were no good against Schmelev's three nines.
A few hands later, Todd Barlow went all the way with (X) (X) / / (X) against Evdakov's (X) (X) / / (X). Facing a bet at the river, Barlow sighed and said, "Alright you got it. I had diamonds and had to go all the way." He mucked.
Barlow is the shortest stack now with 45,000. Schmelev is first to a million, with 1,040,000. And Evdakov has chipped all the way up to 870,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 2:49 PM Local Time
Brandon Adams' incredible run this afternoon continues as he has just cracked the rolled up kings of Michael Mizrachi.
Mizrachi: (X) /
Adams made an ace-high flush on the river as Mizrachi couldn't fill up. Adams is now up to 530,000 after starting the day with just 115,000. Mizrachi slips to 360,000.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 2:37 PM Local Time
Ray Dehkharghani was first crippled and then eliminated following a huge clash with Brandon Adams on table 337.
Dehkharghani completed the action with the before Adams raised. Dehkharghani made the call, and again on fourth, before taking the lead on fifth and sixth. When the river was dealt, Dehkharghani checked, Adams bet and Dehkharghani tanked for a long time before calling.
Dehkharghani: (X-X-X) /
Adams made trips jacks which was good as Dehkharghani sighed and mucked.
A few moments later Dehkharghani's last chips were in the middle on third street with Adams making a queen-high flush. Dehkharghani was only showing a pair of threes before the river was even dealt to leave him drawing dead as he departed the Amazon Room in 11th place for $32,909.
Adams is hot this afternoon as he jumps to 400,000 chips.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 2:36 PM Local Time
Heimiller: (X) (X) / / (X)
Evdakov: (X) (X) / / (X)
Dan Heimiller got a rude awakening during a hand against Nikolay Evdakov. Heimiller brought it in, then called Evdakov's completion. Heimiller had the lead on fourth and on fifth street. He check-called fourth; he check-raised fifth, just as a cocktail waitress returned to his table with a cup of tomato juice and a cup of ice. She spilled the cup of ice down the back of Heimiller's pants, giving him quite a start.
Evdakov called the raise and caught an open pair of treys on sixth street. He bet those treys and was called by the newly-awake Heimiller. Down the river, Evakov bet again. Heimiller tanked for about a minute before folding.
Evdakov is up to 755,000. Heimiller is getting short with just 132,000.