NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 4, level 23 updates (12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante)

napt-thumb.jpg4:15pm: Level 23 complete

Our 14 remaining players are off on a 15-minute break.

4:05pm: Jonathan Aguiar doubles through Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver opened for 50,000 from under-the-gun, Jonathan Aguiar three-bet to 140,000 from the cutoff, Seiver moved all-in and Aguiar called.

Seiver A♣Q♥
Aguiar Q♠Q♦

Seiver did not improve on the 7♠4♥2♣8♠9♣ board and Aguiar doubled to just over 1.7 million.

3:59pm: Rousso slays Fox

We're down to 14 players with the elimination of Elio Fox at the hands of Vanessa Rousso. Fox opened for 55,000, Rousso called, and Michael Woods called from the big blind. Woods checked the 6♦3♥2♦ flop over to Fox, who bet 125,000. Rousso decided it was time to shove and Fox gave her action, turning over pocket jacks for an overpair. Rousso was on a flush draw with K♦T♦ and although the poker gods did not cooperate on the turn, bringing the 8♣, the 3♦ hit the river. Rousso made her flush and Fox departed the table in 15th place.

3:51pm: Jetten runs into the nuts

Alan Sternberg raised to 53,000, Vanessa Selbst flatted on the button, and Peter Jetten came along from the big blind. The action checked around to Sternberg on the K♠J♥2♦ flop and he bet 65,000. Selbst folded and Jetten called. The turn came the Q♠ and Jetten checked. Melville bet 110,000 and Jetten called. Jetten checked again when the 2♠ hit the river. Melville pushed out 525,000 and after a brief moment of though, Jetten made the (huge) call only to watch his opponent turn over A♠9♠ for the nut flush.

3:48pm: It's never over on the flop, by Vanessa Selbst

Our fair chipleader opened from under-the-gun and earned a call from Andrew Ferguson in the big blind. The flop came down K♥T♣4♠ and Ferguson led out for 80,000. Selbst called. The turn came the 3♥. Ferguson slowed down and checked, Selbst bet 145,000 and Ferguson called. The river was the Q♠ and Ferguson checked again. Selbst fired out 270,000 and Ferguson looked her up.

Gasps around the table as Selbst turned over Q♣3♣. That's right, folks. Runner-runner two pair.

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Selbst shows the Q-3

3.45pm: Morgan finished
On the very next hand after the Seiver double up, Jordan Morgan got his last 841,000 in pre-flop, and lost. He is now out and here's how it happened:

Seiver opened to 50,000 from the hijack and Morgan shoved from the button. This may have been a tilt bet, who knows, but Derek Raymond didn't care. He moved all in over the top from the small blind, covering Morgan, and everyone else, including Seiver, got out the way.

So the two of them showed their cards:

Morgan: 5♣5♠
Raymond: A♠K♦

Seiver said he folded sixes, but he'd have been fine with that decision once the board ran: K♥4♥J♦A♣[10h] sending Morgan to the rail. Raymond, the success story of today, is probably now Vanessa Selbst's closest challenger.

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Jordan Morgan departs the table

3:38 pm: Scott Seiver doubles through Jordan Morgan

It was a four-way limped pot, Scott Seiver calling from the cutoff, Mike Beasley doing the same on the button, and both Jordan Morgan and Derek Raymond coming along from the blinds. Morgan led out for 85,000 on the Q♥9♠7♠ flop, Raymond folded, and Seiver raised to 260,000. The raise got rid of Beasley, but prompted a shove from Morgan. After a brief tank, Seiver made the call.

It was 8♣T♦ for Morgan, giving him an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw for Seiver with 5♠6♠. Seiver made his flush on the turn when the 4♠ fell and after the meaningless K♦ hit the river, Seiver collected the massive pot, putting him close to the 2 million mark where he started the day.

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Seiver sweats his all-in

3:33pm: Al Melville doubles through Cliff Josephy

With the action folded to him in the small blind, Cliff Josephy limped in and Al Melville raised to 50,000 from the big blind. Josephy called, then checked the A♦A♣6♦ flop. Melville bet 70,000, and Josephy moved all-in, having him well-covered. Melville made the call, turning over A♠3♦ for trips, while Josephy needed a diamond with 8♦T♦. The turn was the 3♣, locking the hand up for Melville, who doubled his stack with aces full of threes.

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Al Melville

3:29pm: Still no traction today for Rousso

Elio Fox made it 50,000 to go, Vanessa Rousso flat-called on the button and Zachary Fritz called from the big blind. The action was checked to Rousso on the Q♣6♠5♥ flop, and she slid out an 80,000 bet. Fritz check-raised all-in for 335,000 total, pushing Fox out of the way and sending Rousso into the tank.

"I can't beat a queen," she sighed as she gave up her hand.

3:20pm: Sternberg sees through it

Alan Sternberg opened for 53,000 and Andrew Ferguson made the call from the cutoff. Sternberg led out for 65,000 on the Q♠T♦7♦ flop and Ferguson bumped it up to 180,000, prompting Sternberg to ask his opponent for a count. He made the call and the two proceeded to check down the 4♣ on the turn and the 9♥ on the river.

Sternberg turned up K♥Q♣ for top pair, besting Ferguson's A♦K♦, and dragged the pot.

3:16pm: Melville hooks Seiver

Al Melville opened for 60,000 from the button and Scott Seiver called from the small blind. Seiver checked the A♣K♣9♦ flop over to Melville, who bet 60,000. Seiver called. Both players checked the 2♦ on the turn, but when the river fell the 4♦, Seiver turned around and led out for 40,000. Melville made an easy call, having rivered a set with 4♥4♠. Seiver's A♦5♣ was no good and he shed another piece of his stack.

3:05pm: Re-draw to two tables

Here's a look at the new lineup. More than 10% of our remaining field is called Vanessa and (shock!) they're seated next to each other.

Table 1

Seat 1 - Andrew Ferguson
Seat 2 - Vanessa Selbst
Seat 3 - Vanessa Rousso
Seat 4 - Peter Jetten
Seat 5 - Zachary Fritz
Seat 6 - Michael Woods
Seat 7 - Alan Sternberg
Seat 8 - Elio Fox

Table 2

Seat 1 - Jonathan Aguiar
Seat 2 - Cliff Josephy
Seat 3 - Al Melville
Seat 4 - Brandon Hall
Seat 5 - Scott Seiver
Seat 6 - Mike Beasley
Seat 7 - Jordan Morgan
Seat 8- Derek Raymond

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The mighty Vanessas

3:00pm: Seiver slipping

Brandon Hall made a button raise and Scott Seiver came along from the small blind. Both players checked the K♣7♦6♠ flop. Seiver checked again when the T♣ hit the turn, Hall bet 55,000 and Seiver called. The river was the 6♣. Seiver checked a third time and Hall bet 145,000, a sum that seemed to disturb our man Seiver. After hemming and hawing and mumbling to himself a bit, he said "I have to call" and tossed in his chips.

Hall turned up A-T for the win and a frustrated Seiver mucked, his chip stack continuing to trend downward.

2:55pm: Casement closed

Peter Jetten opened for 55,000 from the cutoff and James Casement looked him up from the big blind. Casement checked the J♥T♣8♣ flop over to Jetten, who bet 65,000. Casement shipped the rest of his chips in, about 350,000 in all, and Jetten snap-called.

It was easy to see why-- Jetten flopped the joint with Q♥9♠, leaving Casement in poor shape indeed with K♠J♦.

The turn and river came the A♥ and the 3♣, spelling Casement's elimination. With 16 players remaining, they're redrawing for seats on two tables.

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James Casement makes his exit

2.50pm: Level 23 is upon us
Well, we knew it had to come to this, and now it has. Level 23 has arrived.

There are 17 players still in the mix and the plan is to lose one more then redraw for the final two eight-handed tables. There will also be a redraw for the final table of eight, although that's a long way away.

Vanessa Selbst is, in the nicest possible sense, crushing at the moment. Towards the end of the last level, Selbst was the first player to be given a handful of orange chips, worth 100,000 apiece. She proceeded to model her chip stack into various pretty patterns, utilizing those orange chips as the final flourish. They total about 3,300,000.