NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3, levels 19-20 updates (6,000-12,000-1,000)

napt-thumb.jpg6.45pm: Level over
That's the end of level 20. Join us in a sparkling new post for levels 21&22.

6:40pm: Reiman run down
Tyler Reiman opened for 26,000, Jimmie Guinther three-bet to 66,000, Reiman shoved and Guinther called, turning over A♦Q♠ to Reiman's pocket tens. Reiman led on the K♥8♦5♦ flop, but Guinther turned the A♠ to leave Reiman drawing to only two outs. The river was the 7♣ and that was all she wrote for Reiman, who headed to the payout desk in 33rd place.

Guinther is up to 1.2 million.

6.35pm: Better Beliveau it, double up for Carl
Carl Beliveau has been the short stack for some time, and his table-mates aren't letting him get away with much. Just recently it was folded to his small blind and he put in a standard raise, attacking Tom Middleton's big. Middleton casually threw out a few brown 25,000 chips, setting Beliveau in, and he folded.

However, the next hand was different. Carlos Watanabe, our Peruvian PokerStars Player, opened to 27,000 from the hijack. Beliveau moved all in from the button and when it got back to Watanabe he called the 180,000 to put Beliveau at risk.

Beliveau: 8♣8♠
Watanabe: A♦Q♥

The board rand completely dry and Beliveau doubled.

6:25pm: Mercier doesn't do strip clubs, does say "Oooooh, baby."
Mike Beasley (NAPT Mohegan Sun runner-up) wandered in earlier. He is a proud and renowned owner of gentlemen's clubs in Florida. During his walkabout, he found Jason Mercier and invited the young wunderkind in to sample some of the entertainment.

"I try not to do strip clubs," Mercier said.

"My place is a nice place," Beasley encouraged. "You can find some nice girl you can talk to."

Mercier just smiled and came in for a raise to 25,000. Jacob Toole was next to act and re-raised. Back on Mericer and it was an immediate all-in. Toole wasted no time in calling with T♦T♥. Mercier stood up and flipped over K♦J♣. The flop was worthless: A♣3♠4♦. The turn was interesting: Q♥. Now Mercier needed one of three kings, two tens, or three jacks. The river: J♦.

"Oooooh, baby," Mercier cooed. "I'll take it."

By this point, Beasley was gone, leaving Mercier to stack nearly 700,000 chips without peer pressure to get a lap dance.

6:25pm: Pushing and pushing back
Although the rate of eliminations has slackened slightly, there's still some power poker being played out there, with big stacks rarely afraid to tangle. James Casement made an early position raise, which was called by Anthony Nardi before Mark de Faria raised to 64,000 from the small blind.

Casement tank-called, Nardi snap-folded so there were two of them to a flop of 3♥2♥8♦. De Faria bet what looked like 110,000 at it, but without asking for a count Casement announced that he was all in for his 400,000+ stack, which covered De Faria.

De Faria didn't like it so much and folded.

6:23pm: Elexhauser eliminated
In a battle of the blinds, Tomas Elexhauser got the rest of his chips in from the big blind against small blind Jonathan Gagnon-Villenueve. His K♦T♦ did not improve against Gagnon-Villenueve's A♣9♥ and he exited in 34th place.

6:07pm: Being Binger
The slowdown we predicted (simply because the bustout pace was unsustainable) has finally hit. Having gone some 15 minutes without an elimination has given us an opportunity to look a little closer at the field, and in particular at Michael Binger.

Seem Mr. Binger likes comfortable feet. He has a pair of flip flops he wears for walking around during breaks. When he sits at the table, he wears a worn pair of John Ashford bedroom slippers.

Having been on our feet for the better part of the last week and half, we're thinking about taking Binger's slippers for a test ride the next time he goes for a walk.

5:40pm: Derek Lerner eliminated, Carlos Watanabe triples
Matt Affleck made an opening raise, Carlos Watanabe called, Tomas Elexhauser called from the small blind and Derek Lerner moved all-in for 176,000 from the big blind. Affleck folded, Watanabe called all-in for 173,000 and after a long tank, Elexhauser called as well. In a spectacular cooler, all three players had pocket pairs:

Watanabe K♦K♣
Lerner J♥J♦
Elexhauser 9♦9♥

The board ran out T♠7♣8♦2♠5♥ and Watanabe scooped the 600,000 pot. Elexhauser lost about half his stack while Lerner was left with only 6,000 in chips.

Lerner was all-in from the small blind on the next deal, but his K♣Q♠ did not improve against Affleck's A♥7♦, leaving Aaron as the last Lerner twin standing at the NAPT Los Angeles.

5.35pm: Chips
Want to know how many chips the remaining 36 players have? The best and, indeed, only reliable place for that is our freshly updated chip count page.

5:20: Lind gets there
George Lind III came in for a raise, Mike Leah three-bet him, and Lind moved all-in. There began long process of counting down Lind's stack. "I'm pretty sure I'm calling. I'm not slow-rolling. I just want to know how much is there," Leah said. The amount was 350,000, which Leah quickly called with pocket tens. "Good luck," said Lind, and turned over A♦9♥. Lind missed the flop and turn, but hit the A♣ on the river to double up to more than 700,000.

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George Lind III

LEVEL OVER. NOW PLAYING 6,000-12,000 (1,000 ANTE) IN LEVEL 20

5.10pm: Action over for Acton
Robert Acton is another player who has been near to the chip lead for a couple of days, but his battle is now also over. This pot started with an under-the-gun raise from Michael Binger, who made it 24,000. Anh Van Nguyen, two seats along, tossed out one brown 25,000 chip to call and it was folded to Acton in the small blind.

Acton moved all in, for about 177,000, and then everything slowed right down.

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Robert Acton: all in

Mike Leah, in the big blind, did not instantly muck and, indeed, seemed extremely interested in at least calling, or possibly moving all in himself.

Leah pondered for a good long while, but eventually let it go. The action passed to Binger, who thought for a couple of seconds but passed. That left the decision with Van Nguyen. Could Acton squeeze out three players?

No, he could not. Van Nguyen said: "I call," then followed it quickly with: "I hope you don't have a pair."

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Anh Van Nguyen ponders calling Acton's all in

Nguyen tabled 6♦6♥ and his wish was granted when Acton tabled A♠Q♦. the board ran 9♦2♣4♥4♣8♣ and Acton stood up to begin his journey back to Canada.

"Nice meeting you guys," he said. "All the best."

A few minutes later it was the level-end break and Acton sought out Van Nguyen to shake his hand. "Nice playing with you," Nguyen said to Acton.
"You going to the PCA?" Acton asked.
"Yeah."
"See you there," said Acton. Guess that's a date.

5:07pm: Aaron Lerner takes out Romik Vartzar
Romik Vartzar open-shoved from under-the-gun for his last 75,000 and Aaron Lerner, one spot to his left, re-shoved for 197,000. Vartzar's pocket deuces couldn't outrun Lerner's pocket jacks and he exited in 40th place while Lerner is up to 294,000.

5:05pm: This is a #*&@ing bad time to miss an orbit
"The use of the f-word is strictly prohibited."

That has been the announcement at the beginning of each day here at the NAPT. It's been pretty clear. Everyone assumes Tom Lee knows about the rule. Nonetheless, he just used the word. Twice. Once in front of the floorman who had come to investigate the first utterance. Hence, Lee is now sitting out for an orbit.

4.55pm: Grippo loses his grip
He was chip leader for a long time yesterday, but Nicholas Grippo is now out. He found himself out-kicked on an ace-high board. Grippo had ace-queen, but he was up against ace-king. That's that for Grippo.

4.50pm: Internet eats the internet, live player Lee lives on
This hand took close to 10 minutes to play out, with the actual dealing of the cards taking less than about 20 seconds but the table talk going on forever.

Tom Lee made a standard early position raise, which was called in the cut off by Niko Deininger. Thomas Young then moved all in from the small blind for about 240,000, which set off the chatter from Lee.

He stood up, walked away from his chair, and then started an inquisition of Young. "What your screen-name?" he said. "What site you play on?" This brought chuckles from both the online contingent and the live players in the room - Lee being very much the archetype of the latter. "You want me to send you home?" Lee said.

Young said nothing.

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Tom Lee ponders calling Thomas Young's raise

As all this played out, Deininger assumed a pose on the back of his chair, much like a tennis umpire. He was still in the hand, but at this point it seemed to be simply a battle of Lee and Young, representing both sides of the live/online poker divide.

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Niko Deininger, tennis umpire, waits for Lee's action

Eventually Lee gave it up and folded, but this was far from over. The dealer's attention shifted to Deininger, and he sat back down in his chair to assume the Rodin's "Thinker" pose. "My turn now," he said - and then began his own interrogation of Young. "So, you did this before. This is not the first time..."

Young remained as impassive here as he had to Lee's questions, and the general belief among those watching all this play out was that Deininger was going to fold. Young had him covered by the odd 20,000, so this was for his tournament life.

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Deininger peers at Young (foreground)

But us spectators were confounded. "Call," said Deininger, and tabled pocket fives. He winced when Young showed his 7♦7♠.

"I had pocket sevens!" squealed Lee the minute he saw Youngs hand. Then he were rabbit hunting in the muck to prove his claim. The dealer dealt a dry board all the way to the river and Deininger knew his day was done.

"I had pocket sevens!" said Lee again. "I surprised you shove," he said to Young.
Then, breaking his silence for the first time, Young provided the kicker: "I play on the internet," he said.

4:51pm: Lind races through Acton
It's that time in the tournament when the short stacks take to racing. In this case, it was Team Online's George Lind III pushing in pre-flop with A♦K♠ and Rob Acton over-pushing with two black jacks. Before Acton turned up his hand, Lind said, "I think I'm dead."

"Not yet," said Acton. Sure enough, the ace fell on the flop and Lind doubled to a little more than 300,000. Acton, meanwhile, is on life support.

4:48pm: Jimmie Guinther doubles through Mike Sowers
Set-over-set is always ugly, and in this case, Mike Sowers was on the bad end of it after hitting a set of threes on a A♦J♦3♥ flop. He got his stack in against Jimmie Guinther, who just happened to flop a set of jacks. Guinther doubled to 1.1 million while Sowers fell to 420,000.

4:45pm: Nguyen gets Klodnicki's last
Christopher Klodnicki pushed his his meager remaining stack pre-flop with K♥2♥. Anh Van Nguyen looked him up from the big blind with A♣9♣. The board ran out clean and Klodnicki headed for the cage.

4:25pm: Casement closes out Segal
Romulus Segal opened from under-the-gun and Jim Casement three-bet to 43,000 from middle position. Without a verbal all-in declaration, Segal pushed out both his stacks of blue 5,000-denomination chips and went back to push in his three stacks of red 1,000-denomination chips-- that is until one of his tablemates called out his string raise. The 165,000 in blues was allowed to stay in the pot, but not the 56,000 he had in reds. Casement set him all-in and Segal called, his K♦Q♦ dominated by Casement's A♥K♥.

There was no help for Segal on the J♥2♥3♠2♠5♠ board and he headed to the payout desk while Casement stacked up 650,000 in chips.

4.20pm: Toole brings Bryn Kenney down to earth
For the umpteenth time, we have a new chip leader. Jake Toole has just busted Bryn Kenney in a huge pot. It all went in pre-flop - Kenney raised, Toole three-bet, Kenney shoved, Toole called - and it was ace-king for Kenney against Toole's pocket queens.

The turn brought an ace, but the river brought a queen, meaning the lead swung from Toole to Kenney and then back again. But by the end of it, Kenney's half-million stack was heading towards Toole, who now has about 1.68 million.

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Jacob Toole

4:13pm: 44 remain, chip counts up
Eventually, people are going to stop busting out so fast. In the meantime, we have fresh chip counts on the NAPT chip counts page.

4pm: Six tables
We're down to our final 48 players as we enter level 19. We've got full chip counts on the way for the remaining field, and we've also (sort of) caught up on the payouts page.

It's been hectic, and it's been kind of fun. Don't forget, the plan today is to play seven 75-minute levels, which could leave us with something like 24 players, give or take. That means half of those we see now will disappear pretty soon.

Stick with us.

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The day three tournament area, which has been sliced in two