NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 4-6
11:58pm: Break time
We aren't quite at the end of Level 6, but a break is in order so the television crew can do a little extra work before we push forward.
11:51pm: Cassidy prevails
Justin Bonomo fought hard with the short stack, but at last has succumbed to Joe Cassidy, our first winner tongith. On the last hand, Bonomo was all in and at risk for 53,000 in chips. Bonomo held 3♥3♠ and was up against Joe Cassidy's A♦8♦.
Bonomo hit a good flop of Q♦9♣6♣. The turn was the 4♦ and gave Cassidy some more outs to finish the match. The 9♦ fell on the river giving Cassidy the nut flush and sending Bonomo to the rail. Cassidy wins his match and adds one more bounty to make a grand total of $20,000.
11:49pm: Sevens fail Galfond, Richey and Markholt heads up
Brett Richey opened for 4,600 from the button, and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond shoved for 35,400 from the big blind. Richey tanked, then made the call, showing A♥2♦ versus Galfond's 7♦7♥.
The board came 3♦3♥[10s]9♦A♦, and Richey claimed Galfond's bounty. Richey is now 128,000 entering heads up against Lee Markholt's 47,000.
11:44pm: Glantz out
Matt Glantz has been eliminated, knocked out by Ashton Griffin. They are now four-handed at the feature table, with Chris Moneymaker, Ashton Griffin, Hasan Habib, and Jason Mercier.
11:39pm: Haxton eliminates Torelli, heads up with Eastgate
Isaac Haxton had bet enough to put Alec Torelli all in before the flop, and after a think Torelli decided to call. He turned over K♥Q♥ and Haxton A♠3♠.
The flop came 7♠A♦9♣, making things mighty dim for Torelli. And the turn 6♠ meant lights out.
Haxton barely had Torelli covered, and now enters heads up against Peter Eastgate with approximately 128,000 chips to Eastgate's 47,000.
11:32pm: Richey richer, Robl sent packin'
After a couple raises back and forth Andrew Robl found himself all in and at risk for his last 21,000 against Brett Richey. Robl held the Q♥[10h] and Richey had 9♥9♠.
The board ran out 8♠3♠2♠5♠3♦ and Robl bows out graciously. Richey collects the $5,000 bounty and the pot jolts him to just over 90,000 in chips.
11:28pm: The price of poker is going up
We've come to the end of Level 5, with all four tables still yet to be decided. The blinds are now 800-1,600, with a 200 ante.
11:17pm: Elusive bounties
We're seeing several double ups happening at three of the four tables, but no eliminations. Meanwhile, Joe Cassidy and Justin Bonomo are engaged in a tough heads-up battle over at Table 1, with Bonomo gradually working his way back into contention there.
11:01pm: Current chip counts
Fortunes are shifting around fast around here. As are the chips. Here's a snapshot of what we're seeing at the moment at the four tables, stack-wise:
Joe Cassidy - 115,000
Justin Bonomo - 60,000
Alec Torelli - 85,000
Peter Eastgate - 50,000
Isaac Haxton - 40,000
Ashton Griffin - 55,000
Chris Moneymaker - 45,000
Matt Glantz - 40,000
Jason Mercier - 20,000
Hasan Habib - 15,000
Lee Markholt - 95,000
Andrew Robl - 30,000
Phil Galfond - 27,000
Brett Richey - 23,000
10:58pm: Timoshenko butchered
WE ventured over to table one to find Yevgeniy Timoshenko all in for his remaining 20,000 in chips with K♠Q♥. His opponent Joe Cassidy had him covered and was ahead with A♦7♦.
The board ran out 4♦J♦J♠5♠3♣ and Timoshenko's night is over.
Cassidy is now heads up against Justin Bonomo and has a 115,000 to 60,000 chiplead.
10:54pm: Cardiac cards
Alec Torelli just survived an all in. As he sweated the turn and river, he announced how nerve-wracking the sweat was. "My heart rate is 170 bpm right now!" he said. "Who says poker isn't a physical sport?"
Someone from the rail suggested they should all be wearing monitors, which led to some further suggestions about altering the game to reward those with the lowest heart rates.
"Buddhist monks will start dominating poker tourneys!" said Isaac Haxton.
Things have calmed down over there at Table 2 again for now, with Haxton, Torelli, and Peter Eastgate remaining.
10:46pm: Level 5 begins
Blinds 600-1,200 with a 100 ante.
10:42pm: Tony G ousted by Issac H
Tony G was just now knocked out by Isaac Haxton after Haxton made yet another full house against him. Tony G was already all in when Haxton turned sevens full of tens. They are now three-handed on Table 2 -- Haxton, Peter Eastgate, and Alec Torelli.
10:36pm: Timoshenko doubles
Over on Table 1, Yvgeniv Timoshenko just doubled through Joe Cassidy. Justin Bonomo is the chip leader there right now with 95,000, Timoshenko has 55,000, and Cassidy is down to 25,000.
10:34pm: Markholt collects double bounty
Picking up the action over at table four we found Alex Kamberis opening the pot in early position to 2,000. Brett Richey made the call, but the small blind Lee Markholt reraised to a total of 11,000. John Hennigan who was short stacked and in the big blind called all in for his remaining 2,600. Kamberis then moved over the top all in for approximately 27,000 in chips, Richey folded and Markholt made the call, he had Kamberis covered.
Lets see the hands:
The board ran out 7♥7♣8♥9♠K♦. Markholt won the pot and collected a total of $10,000 in bounties. He is now up to 73,000 in chips. Kamberis and Hennigan's day is over.
10:26pm: Williams, Sebok out; Table 1 three-handed
David Williams has been eliminated over on Table 1, at the hands of Joe Cassidy.
Shortly after, a short-stacked Joe Sebok was all in for his last 7,000 or so with A♣3♦ and was hoping to catch up to Bonomo's [10s][10c]. The board came 8♠7♠5♣6♦Q♦, and Sebok hits the rail. They are now three-handed there with Cassidy leading Bonomo and Yvgeniy Timoshenko.
10:13pm: Haxton house
After a flop of 8♥[10h]9♠, Tony G checked, Isaac Haxton bet 3,500, and Tony G called. Both checked the [10c] on the turn. The river brought the 5♥. Tony G checked, Haxton bet 8,600, and Tony G made the call.
Haxton showed the [10s]8♣ for a full house, and Tony G mucked. Haxton is up to 65,000, while Tony G slips to 37,000.
10:03pm: Feature this
During the break we had a switch so as to make Table 3 our new feature table, where Jason Mercier holds a small lead. Table 4, where Phil Galfond has a slight lead, has been moved to the outer tables.
9:57pm: Level 4 begins; Current chip counts/results
Players are back with the blinds now 400-800 and a 100 ante. Here's how things stand:
Joe Cassidy - 70,250
David Williams - 37,375
Justin Bonomo - 32,025
Yvgeniy Timoshenko - 26,200
Joe Sebok - 9,475
6th - Tommy Vedes (bounty to Williams)
7th - Phil Laak (Cassidy)
Alec Torelli - 47,825
Tony G - 47,725
Isaac Haxton - 43,400
Peter Eastgate - 34,050
5th - James Calderaro (Eastgate)
6th - Dario Minieri (Tony G)
7th - Daniel Alaei (Torelli)
Jason Mercier - 51,500
Ashton Griffin - 47,500
Matt Glantz - 33,500
Chris Moneymaker - 32,000
Hasan Habib - 10,000
6th - Keith Gibson (Mercier)
7th - Joe Cada (Moneymaker)
Phil Galfond - 42,200
Lee Markholt - 37,675
Alex Kamberis - 28,575
Brett Richey - 25,175
Andrew Robl - 22,300
John Hennigan - 19,075
7th - Daniel Negreanu (Galfond)
NAPT Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Martin Harris and Marc Hodge and photographer Joe Giron.