NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout: Level 1 & 2 updates (800-1,600-100)
2:53pm: Level done
We're moving up in levels. Find the next level RIGHT HERE.
2:50pm: Jaka folds to Stein's shove
Ever the aggressor, Faraz Jaka raised to 3,700 only to have Sam Stein play back at him with a reraise to 10,800. Jaka called and they saw a A♣T♠6♣ flop. Stein check-called a 15,000 bet from Jaka. The turn was the 2♥ and Stein checked again. Jaka bet 38,000 and Stein made his move, shoving for 53,100. It was enough to get Jaka to give up his hand and Stein took down the pot.
2:42pm: Jaka jams
It might have been interesting to count how many pots Faraz Jaka played today. Then again, we probably would've lost count by now.
In the lastest, Jason Mercier came in for a raise to 3,700 and got calls from Shawn Buchanan, Faraz Jaka, and Bachy Vazquez. Play checked to Faraz Jaka on a Q♦8♠T♦ flop and opened the door for his 13,100 bet. Vazquez and Mercier folded, but Buchanan called. He also check-called the same bet on the T♥ turn. When the river fell 2♦, Buchanan checked again, so Jaka moved all-in. Buchanan folded, so score another one for Jaka.
2:37pm: Bachy Vazquez doubles through Faraz Jaka
It seems like Luis "Bachy" Vazquez had enough of Faraz Jaka's abuse. He opened for 4,000 from under-the-gun and after being met with yet another three-bet from Jaka, he moved all-in. Jaka, however, made the call.
It was A♥8♣ for Jaka and 7♠7♥ for Vazquez, a virtual coin toss. Bachy's hand held up on the K♥6♣4♥6♥K♣ board and he earned the double-up.
"Brush it off, it ain't no thang," offered one of Jaka's supporters (decked out in a royal blue velvet coat with gaudy gold trim and a matching hat we might add).
2:28pm: No mercy from Jason
Jason Mercier is your current chip leader, and he cemented that position even further in this three-way hand. Faraz Jaka opened for 3,700 and both Bachy Vazquez and Mercier called. The flop was a rather dangerous-looking A♣A♦Q♥. Jaka took a stab at the pot for 6,500, Vazquez called, and Mercier three-bet to 13,700. That was enough for Jaka, but Vazquez wasn't done. He made it 25,000 straight, only to have Mercier shove on him. Not ready to go broke yet, Vazquez immediately released his hand and Mercier stacked up the pot.
2:21pm: Stein gets there
Sam Stein came in for a raise to 3,800 and Faraz Jaka called out of the big blind. Both players checked the 5♠3♣K♦ flop. When the 4♣ came on the turn, Jaka checked, Stein bet 3,500, and Jaka called. The 8♣ on the river drew a check-call for 12,600 from Jaka. Stein turned over 3♦4♦ for the sneaky two pair.
2:07pm: Fear Faraz
The action here is still a bit slow-going but leave it to Faraz Jaka to get some chips moving again.
Bachy Vazquez led off the hand with a raise to 3,800 and Jason Mercier reraised to 10,900. The action folded to Jaka who put in a hefty four-bet to 26,000. Vazquez quickly folded and stood up from the table to talk with some friends in the audience while Mercier mulled his decision. He found a fold as well, and Jaka took down the pot.
On the next hand, Shawn Buchanan opened for 4,000 and both Jaka and Vazquez called. All three players checked the 8♠7♦3♣ flop. Jaka fired out 8,500 when the 8♣ hit the turn. Only Vazquez called. Both players checked the J♠ on the river, Jaka turning up pocket nines for the win.
1:53pm: Back from break
Players are now back from break and playing 800/1,600/100 blinds.
1:41pm: Chip Counts
Here are the chip counts from the break.
Sam Stein: 110,800
Jason Mercier: 239,700
Matt Glantz: 159,700
Shawn Buchanan: 141,000
Faraz Jaka: 172,000
Luis Vazquez: 61,100
1:31pm: On a break
Alright. That first hour was sort of yawny. The players are going to take a break for some coffee and see if that perks everybody up. Back in 15 minutes.
1:21pm: Glantz gets value from Vazquez
Matt Glantz raised to 3,000 from under-the-gun and Bachy Vazquez called on the button. Glantz took the lead on the 9♥9♦5♦ flop, making it 5,100 to go. Vazquez called. The turn was the K♥ and Glantz checked to Vazquez, who checked behind. When the 6♥ hit the river, Glantz made a small bet of 9,500 and Vazquez tossed in a call.
Glantz's pocket tens were good and earned him the pot.
1:17pm: Mercier unintimidated
As we've noted here in media row, Faraz Jaka has been active to say the least in the early going. Jason Mercier decided to put the brakes on that aggression, raising to 2,800 from under-the-gun. Jaka three-bet to 7,500 and Mercier came back over the top for 20,200 total. Jaka called and they went heads-up to the flop, which came down J♥6♠3♣. Mercier bet 24,800 and Jaka raised to 50,000. Mercier was having none of that and moved all-in, earning a quick fold from Jaka.
1:16pm: Get Mercier a cup of coffee
Yeah, we're only playing for $350,000 here, so Jason Mercier's yawn every five minutes makes sense.
1:08pm: Glantz gets it in there
Matt Glantz, perhaps the quietest player at the table thus far, made it 2,600 to go from the cutoff and Bachy Vazquez gave him some action from the big blind. Vazquez checked the K♣6♠4♥ flop over to Glantz, who bet 4,000. Vazquez called and checked again on the turn, which fell the 5♦. Glantz put out 11,000 and Vazquez called. The river was the 4♣ and Vazquez checked a third time. Glantz wasn't fooling around, moving all-in, and Vazquez gave up his hand. Score one for the Atlantic City pro.
1:10pm: Jaka, Jaka, Jaka
Notice anything about the last few headlines. Yeah, it's all Faraz Jaka right now. It's as if he is playing heads-up against the field. Just now, he bet 5,500 into a 6♣9♥9♦ flop and got a call from Jason Mercier. They checked the turn Q♠ and river 7♠. Mercier showed ace-high for the win.
12:55pm: Two in a row for Jaka
On the next hand after his massive river bluff, Faraz Jaka opened for 3,000 and Sam Stein made the call from the big blind. Both players checked the A♠Q♣2♣ flop, but Stein led out for 4,300 when the 2♥ hit the turn. The river was the A♥ and Stein took another shot, making it 8,600 to go. Jaka called and turned up K♦Q♠ for two pair. This time it was Stein who had nothing with the 7♥9♥ and Jaka took down another pot.
12:50pm: Jaka's river bluff induces huge fold
Matt Glantz opened for 3,000 and Faraz Jaka three-bet to 8,000 on the button. Luis "Bachi" Vazquez flat-called the three-bet and Glantz got out of the way. Both players checked the Q♥J♦5♦ flop. The turn came the J♠ and Vazquez led out for 11,000. Jaka called. The river was the 6♣ and Vazquez fired again for 19,000. Jaka came in with a huge raise to 81,000, sending Vazquez into the tank for several minutes. Ultimately he mucked his trips face-up, revealing the A♥J♥. Jaka rubbed a little salt in the wound, showing only the 3♣ as he raked in the pot.
12:43pm: Quads for Jaka
After six hands that yielded little action, we finally saw a few more chips change hands on the seventh deal. Matt Glantz opened for 2,700 from the button and Faraz Jaka made the call from the big blind. The flop was 6♣6♠4♣ and Jaka checked to Glantz, who bet 3,500. Jaka raised to 8,500 and Glantz called. The Q♥ on the turn brought a 13,000 bet from Jaka and a call from Glantz. The turn was the 6♦ and Jaka checked. Glantz checked behind.
Good thing he did-- Jaka turned up 3♥6♥ for quads. Glantz mucked and Jaka took down the pot.
12:40: Back in action
With six players remaining, the cards are in the air. Some time in the next 13-14 hours, somebody here will be $350,000 richer.
12:13pm: NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout final table about to begin
With our six players who survived their tables yesterday, we're about to get back in action.
Everybody still alive today has already won more than $70,000. They will continue to win $5,000 per player they knock out. The first place winner today will win the remainder of the prize pool, $350,000.
Finally, whoever collects the most bounties will win a seat to the next $25,000 Bounty Shootout (and, no, we don't know where that's going to be yet).
Here's who we will be watching today and how they are stacked.
Seat 1: Sam Stein--150,000
Seat 2: Jason Mercier--150,000
Seat 3: Matt Glantz--150,000
Seat 4: Shawn Buchanan--150,000
Seat 5: Faraz Jaka--150,000
Seat 6: Luis "Bachy" Vazquez--125,000*
*Vazquez's Round 1 table only had five seats, and hence he's only been able to carry over 125,000 chips.
Here's how much money they've won so far:
Matt Glantz, USA ($70,000)
Sam Stein, USA ($75,000)
Shawn Buchanan, Canada ($80,000)
Jason Mercier, USA, Team PokerStars Pro ($75,000)
Faraz Jaka, USA ($75,000)
Luiz Vazquez, USA ($70,000)
We'll be underway shortly.