NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 1-3


9:35pm: Break time
The remaining players are taking the first break of the night. We'll be back at the start of the next level with current chip counts at all four tables.

9:31pm: Gibson gone
A short-stacked Keith Gibson was all in over at Table 3 with K♦J♠ against Jason Mercier's [10d][10h]. The board ran out eight-high, and Gibson is out. They are now four-handed.

9:20pm: Eastgate dominates
Satellite winner James Calderaro's fortune has changed abruptly over on Table 2. We found him all in and at risk against Team Pokerstars Pro Peter Eastgate. Calderaro held A♠K♠ to Eastgate's 3♠3♣.

Calderaro was gearing up for a race situation but the flop of 3♦5♣3♥ quickly squashed any hope of surviving. He was now drawing dead and proceeded to shake hands and be on his way. Eastgate slides up to 45,000 in chips and collects the $5,000 bounty for knocking out Calderaro.

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Peter Eastgate

9:15pm: Calling Moneymaker
It folded around to Ashton Griffin in the small blind who raised to 1,900, and Chris Moneymaker called from the BB. The flop came A♥A♠3♠. Griffin bet 1,300, and Moneymaker called. The turn brought the 2♦, and this time Griffin bet 4,600. Moneymaker again called.

The river was the 4♣. Griffin shoved all in for 16,775, and Moneymaker tanked for a while. Somewhere down in there he found a reason to call with K♠6♣, but Griffin had him with T♣5♣ for the straight.

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Can I really call here?

9:10pm: Williams vanquishes Vedes
Tommy Vedes pushed all in for around 10,000 7♣7♠, but ran smack into David Williams's A♥A♠. The board came 2♠J♣4♠5♠4♥, and Williams gets Vedes' bounty. Williams is at 29,000 now.

9:03pm: Alaei, Minieri out
Two knockouts to report, both from Table 2. Alec Torelli eliminated Daniel Alaei, and Tony G won the bounty for knocking out Dario Minieri. Tony G looks to have moved into the chip lead there as they continue five-handed.

8:55pm: Level 3 begins
Blinds 300-600 with a 75 ante. Forty minutes and we'll reach the first break.

8:52pm: Bounty! Bounty! Negreanu out
In the last hand of Level 2, Daniel Negreanu open pushed all in with his last 4,725 and it folded around to Phil Galfond in the big blind. Galfond paused a moment, giving Negreanu a chance to make a few suggestions.

"Bounty! Bounty!" he said. "Come and get it!" Galfond decided to take the offer and make the call, showing 3♥3♠. Negreanu turned over 8♣8♠.

The flop came 6♣J♥3♥, giving Galfond a set. "That's two in a row!" said Negreanu, alluding to the recent hand won by Brett Richey at Table 4. The turn was the J♣, giving Kid Poker a couple more outs, but the river was the 7♠ and Galfond got that bounty from Negreanu.

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Daniel Negreanu eliminated

8:45pm: Brett is back
Brett Richey pushed all in for 11,600 with 5♣5♠ and was in the unfortunate spot of getting called by Andrew Robl who held Q♥Q♦. The flop changed everything, though, as it came 6♥5♦[10s], giving Richey a set. The turn was the 6♠ and the river the 4♠, and Richey doubles up.

8:40pm: Cada not making the money
We saw a lot of commotion over on table three, and for good reason. Team Pokerstars Pro and current World Champion Joe Cada found himself all in and at risk versus fellow Team Pokerstars Pro and former World Champion Chris Moneymaker.

Cada held A♦K♣ while Moneymaker held Q♠Q♥.

The flop fell K♦Q♣4♥ giving Moneymaker middle set and leaving Cada drawing thin to running straight cards or running boat. The turn and river fell 6♠,3♣ respectively and Cada is sent packing.

Moneymaker is now just above 50,000 in chips with an extra $5,000 in his pockets thanks to the bounty.

8:38pm: Your early leaders
Over at Table 1, Joe Cassidy appears to have emerged as the early chip leader. At Table 2, it is James Calderaro who has moved in front. Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker has a few more chips than the others at Table 3. And at the feature Table 4, John "World" Hennigan has the edge.

We'll get exact counts all around at the first break, following the end of Level 3. There are 10 minutes left at present in Level 2.

8:28pm: Brett less Richey
Following a flop of 4♣4♦9♣, Brett Richey bet 4,600, Lee Markholt reraised to 17,100, and Richey called. Richey showed J♥J♠, but was way behind Markholt who held trip fours with 5♠4♠. The turn was the 5♦ and the river the 2♥, and now Markholt is back up to around 40,000. Richey slips to 15,000.

8:22pm: A Glantzing blow
Matt Glantz raised to 950 from middle position, and it folded around to Jason Mercier who reraised to 2,450 from the big blind. Glantz made the call.

The flop came 6♣3♦6♠. Mercier led for 2,025, and Glantz called. The turn was the [10c]. Mercier checked, Glantz bet 6,625, and Mercier let it go.

Glantz is up to 38,000, while Mercier is down to 15,000.

8:16pm: Unabombed
Just before the end of Level 1 we saw our first casualty -- Phil Laak. He and Joe Cassidy got all of Laak's chips in on the flop with the board showing 2♣3♦4♣. Laak had K♣[10c] for the flush draw, but Cassidy had 5♣6♣ for the flopped straight. The board bricked out, and Cassidy picks up the first bounty of the night as Table 1 goes six-handed.

8:12pm: Level 2 begins
We move on to the next level (blinds 200-400, antes 50).

8:11pm: Galfond gets some back
Following that hand with Negreanu, Phil Galfond found himself on the short stack, and soon got entangled in a hand with Andrew Robl. The pair made it the turn with the board showing J♦4♥3♠5♦, at which point Galfond committed his last 8,075 chips. Andrew Robl made the call showing 6♥4♠ for a pair and open-ender, but Galfond had the edge with J♣5♣.

The river was the Q♠, and Galfond sticks around.

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Phil Galfond

8:07pm: Sir Isaac chips up
Over at table two Isaac Haxton opened the pot to 600 from early position. Peter Eastgate made the call from the cut off. Action folded around to the big blind, Team Pokerstars Pro Dario Minieri, who reraised to 2,525 total. Haxton made the call and Eastgate folded.

Both players checked the flop of A♣J♠Q♥. The turn brought the 2♦. This time Minieri led out with a bet of 5,625 which was called rather swiftly by Haxton. Minieri checked when the river Q♠ fell and Haxton moved all in for approximately 18,000. Minieri quickly folded.

With that pot Haxton moves up to 37,000 in chips while the Italian pro Minieri dropped to 19,000.

8:05pm: Better pair good for Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu was just now all in on the turn with the board showing 2♣J♥9♣Q♣. Phil Galfond called his bet of 8,050, showing A♣J♦ for jacks, behind Negreanu's Q♥3♥ for queens. The river was the 8♠, and Negreanu survives.

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7:59pm: A hand for Hasan
We caught up with this one on the flop over on Table 3. With a sizable pot already developed, the flop came 8♦9♥[10c]. Joe Cada checked from the small blind, and Hasan Habib checked behind from UTG. The turn was the K♥. Cada bet 3,000, and Habib called.

The river then brought the K♠, pairing the board. Cada checked, and Habib pushed all in with his last 11,000. Cada went deep into the tank for several minutes, rechecking his cards, fiddling with his chips, and exhaling. Finally he pushed his cards slowly forward to fold.

The table engaged in speculation about each players' hands. "Ace-king?" "Tens?" "Queens?" "No, he had ten-five," joked Mercier. Habib is back to close to the 25,000 starting stack, while Cada is at 22,000.

7:47pm: Hennigan takes one
On the feature table (Table 4), Daniel Negreanu opened with a raise to 475 from the cutoff and got one caller in John "World" Hennigan in the big blind. The flop came single-suited -- [10c]8♣J♣ -- and both checked. The turn was the 9♠. Hennigan checked, Negreanu bet 1,000, and Hennigan called.

The river brought the 9♥. Hennigan again checked, and this time Negreanu bet 3,500. Hennigan promptly check-raised to 10,500, and after thinking for a bet Kid Poker let it go.

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John Hennigan

7:40pm: Bonomo off to an early lead
We picked up the action over at table one. With about 15,000 in the middle and the board reading 9♦K♦4♣A♣, Justin Bonomo check called a bet of 6,625 from Phil Laak. The river fell the K♠ and both players checked.

Bonomo was first to show and tabled A♠Q♠, Laak shrugged and mucked his hand.

Laak falls down to just 12,000 in chips and Bonomo is the current table captain with 38,000 in chips.

7:37pm: Satellite winner's year has been out of this world
Over at Table 2, satellite winner James Calderaro is discussing his win with Alec Torelli. Some of you might recognize that name -- Calderaro made a deep run in last summer's World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing 13th.

7:29pm: In the air!
Cards, that is. And Flight 2 of the $25,000 Bounty shootout. For Level 1, the blinds are 100/200 with a 25 ante.

7:03pm: Flight 2 still on the runway
Looks like we're still looking at a bit of a wait before the start of tonight's tables. A larger crowd has gathered here in the Bellini Room to follow the action than we saw this afternoon.

While we wait, here's that structure again for you to peruse:

Starting stack: 25,000
Time of level: 40 minutes; breaks after every 3 levels
Level 1: 100-200 blinds, 25 ante
Level 2: 200-400, 50
Level 3: 300-600, 75
Level 4: 400-800, 100
Level 5: 600-1,200, 100
Level 6: 800-1,600, 200
Level 7: 1,000-2,000, 200
Level 8: 1,200-2,400, 300
Level 9: 1,500-3,000, 300
Level 10: 2,000-4,000, 400
Level 11: 2,500-5,000, 500
Level 12: "Tournament Director Discretion"

6:46pm: Flight 2 taking off shortly
We are a short ways away from the start of our final four tables in today's North American Tour Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout. Three winners have already advanced to Thursday's final table -- Scott Sevier, Faraz Jaka, and Hoyt Corkins. Four seats at that table remain vacant, and the 28 players playing tonight will be battling to claim those spots.

Here the seating assignments for Flight 2:

Table 1
1. Joe Sebok
2. Phil Laak
3. Justin Bonomo
4. David Williams
5. Joe Cassidy
6. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
7. Tommy Vedes

Table 2
1. James Calderaro (satellite winner)
2. Dario Minieri
3. Tony G.
4. Alec Torelli
5. Isaac Haxton
6. Daniel Alaei
7. Peter Eastgate

Table 3
1. Chris Moneymaker
2. Keith Gibson
3. Joe Cada
4. Jason Mercier
5. Hasan Habib
6. Matt Glantz
7. Ashton Griffin

Table 4
1. Andrew Robl
2. Lee Markholt
3. John Hennigan
4. Phil Galfond
5. Alex Kamberis
6. Brett Richey
7. Daniel Negreanu

Back in a few for all of the action.

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NAPT Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Martin Harris and Marc Hodge and photographer Joe Giron.