NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3, level 19 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)
7:50pm: Chow time
Players are headed off for some grub. When we come back, we'll be looking to empty nine seats before breaking for the night. While we go to find a crust of bread, gaze upon chip leader Scott Seiver.
7:35pm: Todd Terry eliminated
Play folded around the chip leader Scott Seiver on the button. He min-raised to 20,000. Todd Terry thought in the small blind for 30 seconds before announcing he was all-in for around 260,000. The big blind folded and Seiver snap-called with pocket fours. Terry held A♥9♥. Terry didn't catch, Seiver made a four-flush, and Terry hit the rail in 34th place.
7.30pm: America! America! (And Canada and Bangladesh)
Our last South American player, Firas Massouh, has been knocked out, the latest victim of Alan Sternberg. We didn't catch any of the action, but the bare bones are as follows: Massouh shoved his last 150,000 on a board of 7-2-5-A-5 and Sternberg called with A-K. Massouh mucked and was out of here.
With the exception of Bangladesh's Taha Maruf, this is now an entirely North American field, appropriately enough for the North American Poker Tour.
7:16pm: Making it work when you're the underdog, by Scott Seiver
"I've got to get it in behind, not ahead!" Scott Seiver gasped, as his A♥6♦ fell to Todd Terry's Q♠J♦. The two got their chips in before the flop, Terry's tournament life at risk, and he earned the double-up when a queen hit the flop and another binked on the turn.
A few hands later, Seiver opened again for 20,000. Peter Jetten three-bet to 70,000 and Seiver flatted. Jetten led out for 85,000 on the A♦K♠J♦ flop and Seiver called. Both players slowed down on the later streets, checking down the 4♣ on the turn and the A♣ on the river.
When the hands were turned up, it was easy to see why. The board was quite scary for Jetten's Q♥Q♦, while Seiver's second pair with K♦T♥ held up. Seiver is now sitting on 2.2 million in chips.
7.15pm: Ivey rivers the goods
Phil Ivey and Andrew Ferguson were at a flop of 3♦J♣K♥ and Ivey called a small bet by Ferguson. The turn was 4♣ and Ferguson now check-called a 50,000 bet from Ivey. The river was [10c] and Ferguson checked again. Ivey bet 100,000 and Ferguson made another call.
He tabled J♦[10d] but the card that had given him two pair on the river had filled Ivey's straight. The latter showed A♦Q♣ for broadway. Ivey has never had a huge stack in this tournament, but he's still in and purring with 35 left.
7:01pm: The downs and ups of Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst gets back in the saddle faster than almost anybody we've ever seen. She can lose and win a couple hundred grand faster than we have time to tell the story.
The loss came when Taha Maruf came in for a raise to 32,000 and Vanessa Selbst made it 90,000 out of the small blind. Maruf moved all-in for 183,000 and Selbst said, "Okay, I call." It was A♠Q♠ for Maruf to Selbst's red nines. Maruf whiffed the flop but hit an ace and queen on the turn and river. "I should've waited until the flop," Selbst said. "I could've gotten you off of it."
Barely a few minutes passed when Selbst came in for a raise in late position and Tab Tab Duchateau shoved from the blinds for around 200,000. Selbst made the call with K♥J♥. The board came out 8♣Q♥9♠Q♣ and then the crushing K♦ on the river. Duchateau was out and Selbst was right back where she started a few minutes before.
7pm: Sternberg sets up date for Keating and Akenhead
Throughout the day, Alex Keating has been goading James Akenhead over his silent and focused table posture, which is the complete opposite to the talkative approach taken by Keating himself.
During the last level, Akenhead told Keating that he'd happily talk to him at the end of the day - buy him a beer and talk about anything he liked, only not while they were playing. Keating seemed happy with the agreement.
As of now, their dinner date might be beginning. They have just bust on the very same hand. Here's how it went down:
Firas Massouh opened to 24,000 from under-the-gun and Keating, to his left, moved all in for his last 70,000-odd. Two players folded and then Akenhead moved all in over the top of that, for approximately 300,000.
We weren't done yet. Alan Sternberg then moved all in over the top of them both, also covering Massouh. The Brazilian got out of the way and the three of them were all in.
Although Akenhead was flipping, it was the queens of Sternberg that connected with the flop. It came 8♥J♦Q♠8♣3♠ and two players were sent packing. Sternberg edged past a million.
6:52pm: Under pressure
Cliff Josephy opened for 25,000, Andrew Ferguson flat-called from the cutoff, and Vanessa Rousso (completely ignoring hubby Chad Brown's card-tossing prop bet being filmed for ESPN about 15 feet away) reraised to 65,000. Josephy moved all-in for about 430,000 and Ferguson gave up his hand, sending Rousso into the tank. She had Josephy well-covered with more than a million in her stack but elected to fold after a bit of hemming and hawing.
One table over, Dale Jamison opened for 20,000 and was met with a three-bet to 66,000 from Jordan Morgan. After tanking for a couple of minutes, he announced a reraise to 175,000, tossing in seven of his pink 25,000 chips. Morgan immediately moved all-in and Jamison mucked like his cards were on fire.
6:45pm: Sharp cut down
With only about 70,000, Alex Keating was posturing that he was going to move all in very soon. Alan Sternberg didn't seem too concerned as he opened to 24,000 from early position. Keating peeked down at his cards, but tossed them away - probably tone of the best decisions he's made this tournament. Here's why:
Brandon Hall, to Keating's left, raised to 64,000 and then Larry Sharp announced that he was all in from the small blind, for about 300,000. Sternberg folded but Hall snap-called and no wonder. Hall showed A♠A♦, Sharp had [10h][10s] and the board came 7♦K♥J♥2♥4♠, which was no good for anyone except hall.
"Good game," said Sharp as he headed away.
6.40pm: g0lfa out of bounds; Seiver surges to lead
Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo is out of this one, busted on the first hand of the new level. David Fox started it, raising from early position, and Scott Seiver, in the small blind, made it 80,000. D'Angelo shoved from the big blind - about 500,000 or more - and after Fox bolted, Seiver tank-called.
"Hold!" said Seiver as the dealer began laying out the flop. It came 8♥8♠2♥4♣3♣ and Seiver's wish came true. He is now our new chip leader with about 2,050,000 and D'Angelo is finished.
6:35pm: Getting hungry yet?
Players are back for one more level of play before the schedule dunner break. Forty-two players remain. We're working our way down to 24 before calling it quits for the night.
At this hour, we're counting Vanessa Selbst at nearly 2 million chips. That puts her about half million ahead of Dale Jamison who we believe is currently in second place.