NAPT Los Angeles: Day 2 Levels 10-11 live updates (800-1,600-200)

napt-thumb.jpg3:45pm: Players on break
Level 11 has come to a close. Players are off to break. We'll be closing out this update post and starting a new one on the homepage in a matter of minutes.

3.30pm: Middleton back at the top
Tom Middleton is back in charge of this tournament with a stack of close to 450,000. He got a load of them when he eliminated Joe Cada in an ace-king versus jacks pre-flop encounter, which swung in the Team PokerStars Pro's favour on a king-high flop, but which then filled Middleton's Broadway straight on turn and river.

Middleton then flopped two pair with king-queen after raising the small blind, and that held against another ill-timed shove from an opponent. Only Nicholas Grippo appears to have more at this stage. Grippo has more than half a million.

3:15pm: Anh Van Nguyen doubles through Adam Junglen
There were 14,000 chips already in the pot when the flop came down 8♦7♠6♥. Anh Van Nguyen led out for 8.500, a middle position player folded and Adam Junglen made the call. When the T♥ fell on the turn, Nguyen checked and Junglen bet 12,400. After a long think, Nguyen settled on a raise to 42,500, sending Junglen into the tank. After a minute or so, Junglen decided to set Nguyen all-in for 73,500 total and he quickly made the call.

Nguyen turned over 8♥9♥ for the turned straight while Junglen held 7♣T♣ for two pair. The river blanked out with the 4♠ and Nguyen doubled up to 182,000. Junglen fell to 76,000.

3.10pm: Binger moves past 200,000
Daniel Negreanu is down to about 36,000 after his flush draw failed to get there in a pot against Michael Binger. Binger had pocket nines and scooped. He now has more than 200,000.

Meanwhile, Melanie Weisner is out.

3:07pm: Frederiksen's bad day continues
We mentioned earlier that overnight chip leader Kim Frederiksen had been spiraling downward. It's only gotten worse. Just a few minutes ago, Steve Stolzmann check-raised all-in against Frederiksen on a Q♥9♥K♣6♣ board. Frederiksen made the easy call with the nuts, J♠T♠. Stolzmann had K♥J♥ for the pair, flush draw, and gutshot. He got there with a heart on the river.

As Frederiksen shipped 46,300 across the table, he muttered of Stolzmann's play, "I don't blame him."

Frederiksen is down to 46,000. Meanwhile, Stolzmann is up to 125,000.

3:01pm: French toast for the brokenhearted
We found Greg DeBora eating French toast with bananas on top of it. We apologized for interrupting, but as he'd left his seat on Day 2, we assumed it wasn't just a hankering for breakfast food. We knew he'd been shosrt-stacked after losing the race aery in the day. He was down to 21,000 when he had a raise to 3,500 and a call in front of him. He shoved with ace-jack suited. That got the initial raiser to fold, but the caller in the middle held ace-king. The better hand held and DeBora is now free to eat his breakfast.

3pm: Moneymaker on the up, but Dull takes one down
Chris Moneymaker has enjoyed the opening exchanges this afternoon, chatting away to his table-mate Kathy Liebert, among others, and chipping up from his starting stack of 75,000 to more than 120,000. The table has now broken, but on the last hand before that happened, Moneymaker was involved in a three-way coup that ended with Jonathan Dull taking down a decent-ish pot.

Moneymaker opened from under-the-gun, making it 3,500, and Raymond Dolan three bet from two seats along, making it 9,200. Dull called and it came back to Moneymaker, who tossed in the extra.

The flop came A♠[10h]K♣ and Moneymaker checked. Dolan bet 13,500 and Dull wasted little time in moving all in. "What he say?" Moneymaker asked. The dealer repeated: "All in." Without waiting for a count, Moneymaker said: "I'm done."

Dolan didn't need a count either and also folded. Moneymaker said: "Was it ace king or ace queen?" and Dull flipped over one card: the A♥. He then couldn't resist, and also flipped the other, which was the A♦. "I was ahead before the flop," Moneymaker said.

Hmmm.

2:47pm: Callisto in retrograde
Following an opening raise from the UTG player, Melanie "Callisto5" Weisner three-bet from early position and was met with a shove. She made the call, tabling Q♣Q♥ to her opponent's A♠Q♠. The J♦T♠8♥ flop looked good to her, as did the T♦ on the turn, but the K♦ spiked on the river, making her opponent a Broadway straight. Weisner was cut down to 21,200 in chips.

Meanwhile, one table over, Matt Woodward made his last stand, but his chips ended up in Nicholas Grippo's ever-growing stack.

2.40pm: Careful what you wish for
Kim Frederiksen was one of the huge stacks towards the end of last night, but was anxious not to be the overall tournament chip leader when the bags came out. However, he won a decent pot on the very last hand and so went in today at the top of the tree.

Unfortunately/fortunately, he has belatedly got his wish not to be chip leader during the first level today. "I dumped 90K of my stack on the first table," he said a few moments ago. "And then I just gave a bunch to him." Frederiksen pointed to Steven Karp, who has about 160,000 now.

Frederiksen is also on the same table as David Sesso, who is our probable tournament leader now, as detailed below. If either of them wants to lose - or to gain - chips, they're clearly in the right place.

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David Sesso (left) eating up the chips next to Kim Frederiksen

2:35pm: Play resumes
With 267 players remaining, Day 2 is back in action.

2:23pm: Sesso re-takes chip lead
With the board reading 7♦8♥[T♥8♠, the inside of David Sesso's head was screaming, "Put the heart out there!" That's because Sesso was sitting on the 8♦7♠ and was certain his opponent was on the flush draw. Sure enough, there was the 5♥ on the river, and sure enough Sesso's mn led for 25,000. Sesso slid out a big stack of blue 5,000 chips, enough to cover the rest of his opponent's stack. When he got the call, Sesso turned over the boat, good for the win and what is likely the chip lead...295,000.

2.25pm: Teska picks off Hoivold's bluff
I'm really not at all sure how we got to this stage, but here was the scene on arriving to Andreas Hoivold's table a few minutes before the end of level break. There was only about 7,500 in the middle of the table and the board was dealt to the turn. It showed 6♠4♣8♠[10h]. There was 12,000 in front of Roger Teska (mid-position) and 23,400 in front of Hoivold (small blind). That must have been at least a bet, a raise and a re-raise (or perhaps a check-raise in there somewhere).

Teska was in the tank, but eventually called Hoivold's raise and the dealer peeled the 2♣ on the river. Hoivold almost immediately bet 36,000 in two towers of red chips, and after confirming the bet size, Teska called.

Hoivold insta-mucked and Teska showed his A♠[10c]. That left the Norwegian with about 40,000 and Teska moves into six figures.

2:21pm: Players take a ten-minute break

2:19pm: The longest fold
We came upon Table 19 with a J♣T♦3♠ flop lying in the middle. "Minneapolis" Jim Meehan led out for 2,800 from the hijack and Justin Smith called from the cutoff. The turn came the 6♣ and Meehan spread out a 13,800 bet. Smith moved all-in for 27,200, almost exactly what Meehan had behind.

A flummoxed Meehan stood up from his seat and leaned on the back of his chair, then fumbled for his box of Benson & Hedges, placing an unlit cigarette in his mouth. Deciding that didn't do it for him, he replaced it with what appeared to be some sort of plastic nicotine inhaler. Meehan sat down. He stood back up. He took his hat off and put it back on.

"I just find this very hard to believe," he said.

Ultimately, one of his tablemates called the clock. Meehan was genuinely apologetic, explaining that the decision was essentially for his tournament life. He finally folded, electing to save his last twenty or so big blinds, one-third of his chips now sitting in Smith's stack.

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Meehan: Sorry for tanking

2.15pm: Acton on the climb, clips Marchese
As expected, a number of the short stacked players have shoved and departed in the opening level, but major confrontations between the more comfortably chipped have been remarkably few. Rob Acton, who was an early big stack on day 1A before closing with 93,400, is one of the high climbers today and has pushed himself beyond 200,000 already.

On a recent pass by the table, he was involved in a pot with the NAPT Venetian champion Tom Marchese. Marchese raised to 2,500 from the hijack and Acton re-raised to 6,500 from the small blind. After Marchese called, it was just the two of them to a flop of 2♠4♠K♠.

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Acton sneaked a second peek at his cards, before checking. Marchese bet 8,500 - and then sneaked his own second peek once Acton had called. They saw a J♥ turn, which Acton checked. Marchese bet 19,000 and again Acton called.

The [10h] rivered, and Acton checked once more. This time Marchese checked behind, and when Acton tabled his A♠[10d], Marchese shook his head and mucked. Acton was drawing to the nut flush but paired his ten on the end, and that was good enough to beat whatever Marchese had been betting on four streets.

2:10pm: Filed under 'Circumstances Unknown'
We've recently seen two of the nicest guys in poker making the sad trek out of the Bike's tournament room. David "Bakes" Baker and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari have both been eliminated in early action.

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1:56pm: Value-killer river
On a flop of 8♣5♣4♠, James Mackey led out for 5,300 and Adam Junglen called. Mackey checked when the 8♥ hit the turn and Junglen checked behind. The river was the 3♣ and Mackey checked again. Junglen cut out a 9,000 bet and Mackey insta-folded.

"Kind of the worst river card," said Junglen, who had flopped the nut straight and rivered a straight flush with the 6♣7♣. He's up to 120,000 in chips.

1:46pm: Moneymaker likes the Cowboys
It's Sunday, which means there are as many eyes on the TVs showing football as there are on the cards. Among those fans is Chris Moneymaker. He's informed his table he thinks the Cowboys are a good bet today. "I always bet the big dogs," he explained. "But there is a reason I don't bet sports anymore."

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1:41pm: The four-bet is the new three-bet
Following a raise to 2,500 from middle position, Michael Botwin three-bet to 6,300 from the hijack seat. The action folded to Isaac Haxton in the small blind, who made a cold four-bet to 14,700. The initial raiser folded and Botwin called. Haxton led out for 15,000 on the J♦8♥4♠ flop and it was enough to make Botwin surrender. The pot took Haxton's stack just past the 100,000 mark.

1:34pm: DeBora loses early race
With a raise to him, Team Pro Greg DeBora three-bet. To his left left, Ryan Schmidt four-bet. The oringial raiser folded, but, after some thought, DeBora five-bet all-in. Schmidt called for less to see DeBora's 8♠8♥. Schmidt held A♠K♥, flopped the A♥ and held on for the win. DeBora is now down below 25,000. Schmidt, meanwhile is up above 60,000.

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DeBora and Schmidt in mid-confrontation

1.30pm: Slaubaugh towels Terry
Todd Terry has had a bad opening to day two, doubling up Cody Slaubaugh after running A♥K♦ into Slaubaugh's A♣A♠. Terry is left with about 19,500 from his starting stack of close to 70,000.

1:25pm: Derek Lerner scores a KO
One half of the fabulous Lerner twins just scored his first knockout of the day. Derek Lerner opened for 3,200, Gary Craig moved all-in, and Lerner quickly called, turning over pocket tens to Craig's A♦K♠. The queen-high board spelled Craig's exit and Lerner got a first-orbit chip infusion, taking his stack up to 85,000.

1:15pm: Anh Van Nguyen sends Cajelais reeling
On one of the first hands played at his table, Anh Van Nguyen raised to 2,600 from early position and the action folded around to Erik Cajelais in the small blind. He made the call and they went heads-up to a A♠4♥6♦ flop. Cajelais checked and Nguyen checked behind. The turn brought the 9♠ and Cajelais led at the pot for 6,000. Nguyen called and they went to the river, which fell the 5♣. Cajelais bet 15,000, Nguyen raised to 30,000 and Cajelais made the call. Nguyen's set of aces trumped Cajelais' fives and fours and Nguyen raked in the pot, taking his stack up to 113,000. Cajelais was left with 13,000 and he was eliminated a few hands later.

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Anh Van Nguyen

1.10pm: Difficult to defend this big blind
Back in the card rooms of London, Adebayo Odetoyinbo is renowned as a vocal defender of his big blind. Attempt to pinch it at your peril: you'll almost certainly get a re-raise and probably a good deal of chatter to go with it. Returning to the Bike this afternoon, Odetoyinbo was the tournament short stack with 4,300 and the big blind of 1,200 was approaching. There wasn't very much fold equity in that stack, and Odetoyinbo knew that his usual tactic didn't hold too much of a threat this time around.

So it proved. Having folded the first hand of the day, Odetoyinbo only had 2,800 behind once he had posted the blind. Shane Schleger, under-the-gun, flat called and Odetoyinbo elected to check. They went to a flop of A♥8♣6♣, which they also then both checked, and then the 3♣ turned. Odetoyinbo checked that too, but Schleger bet 3,000. Faced with the proposition of folding and leaving himself with only one big blind, he called and tabled 9♦7♦. Schelger's A♠Q♠ was good and Odetoyinbo is on his way back to London.

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Adebayo Odetoyinbo


1:06pm: Cards in the air
And by that we mean the cards are now hitting the felt in front of the players. Day 2 is underway with 314 players in action.

12:50pm: Ten (ish) minutes from start time
Our 314 Day 1a and 1b survivors are slowly filtering into the room, many of them clutching the caffeinated beverage of their choice as they prepare for another long day on the grind. The dealers are at their posts, bags are being unopened, and if all goes smoothly, we'll be underway in a bit less than ten minutes.

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Right this way, folks

Reports from the NAPT Main Event come from Change100, Howard Swains, Brad Willis, and photographer Joe Giron.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in North American Poker Tour