NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 7-8


1:37am: End of Flight 2
We have our seven winners -- Cassidy, Eastgate, Griffin, Cassidy, Jaka, Seiver, and Corkins -- all of whom take home $75,000 for taking their tables, plus whatever bounties they claimed as well. There will be more bounties on the table Thursday and the rest of the prize pool up for grabs.

1:29am: Victory for Richey
After a raise from the button of 6,500 from Brett Richey, Lee Markholt reraised all in for approximately 70,000, Richey instantly called and tabled K♥K♠. Markholt was well behind with 8♥8♦.

The board ran out 9♦4♠7♦J♠Q♠ and Richey gets his third bounty and advances to the final table on Thursday.

1:17am: Eastgate eliminates Haxton, wins table
Shortly after that previous hand in which Eastgate took the advantage, all of the chips went in the middle following a 4♥Q♠[10h] flop. Haxton had K♥9♠ for a gutshot draw, and Eastgate Q♣4♣ for two pair. The turn was the K♦ and the river the 3♠, and Team PokerStars Pro Eastgate wins Haxton's bounty and the table.

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Peter Eastgate

1:13am: Eastgate doubles in style
The action has been very quiet over at table two for some time now. However, we finally caught a glimmer of action when Pokerstars Pro Peter Eastgate got it all in preflop against his lone opponent Isaac Haxton. Haxton held 8♦9♦ and Eastgate had the K♥Q♠.

The flop of 7♥6♦[10s] pretty much sealed the deal for Haxton. Some oohs and ahhs were heard when the A♠ fell on the turn, giving Eastgate four outs to regain the lead. The river fell the unbelievable J♥ giving Eastgate the nut straight.

Haxton takes a blow and is down to 75,000 while Eastgate gains some much needed momemtum and is at 100,000 in chips.

1:10am: Level 8 begins
We've moved on to the next level, with blinds 1,200-2,400 and a 300 ante.

1:09am: Griffin eliminates Moneymaker, moves on to final
Big hand just now between Ashton Griffin and Chris Moneymaker that resulted in Griffin taking the chip lead from the former Main Event champ. After Moneymaker opened with a raise from the small blind/button, Griffin reraised to 16,500, and Moneymaker made the call.

The flop came 6♥2♠A♣, Ashton bet, and Moneymaker called. The turn was the 6♦, and the pair followed the same routine. The river was the 7♣, and this time Ashton pushed all in. Moneymaker thought a short while, then called. Ashton quickly flipped over A♦A♠ for aces full, and Moneymaker showed his pocket queens.

"I could have got away from that hand three different times," lamented Moneymaker afterwards. On the next hand Moneymaker was all in with A♣3♣ against Griffin's 5♦5♣. The board ran out 7♣[10s][10d]3♠4♣, and after leading for most of the heads-up portion of the table, Moneymaker hits the rail one spot shy of Thursday's final table.

Griffin moves on, claiming Moneymaker's bounty and joining Joe Cassidy, Scott Seiver, Faraz Jaka, and Hoyt Corkins. Two more spots remain.

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Ashton Griffin

1:01am: Outer table updates
Checking in on our other two heads-up matches: At Table 2, Isaac Haxton has 110,000 to Peter Eastgate's 65,000. And at Table 4, Brett Richey has 100,000 to Lee Markholt's 75,000.

12:48am: Moneymaker eliminates Habib, now heads up with Griffin
Hasan Habib shoved all in from the button for 24,900, Ashton Griffin folded the small blind, and Chris Moneymaker called from the big blind. The cards went on their backs, and Habib had A♥[10s] and Moneymaker Q♦J♦.

As the camera crew set up to shoot the community cards, Moneymaker seized the opportunity to run for a quick restroom break. He made it back in time to see the flop come 7♣9♥9♣. Then the turn bring the 8♦. And then the river the [10c], giving him the straight and another bounty.

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Hasan Habib

Moneymaker has about 115,000 to Ashton Griffin's 60,000 as we begin heads up on the feature table.

12:30am: Level 7 begins
Blinds are now 1,000-2,000 with a 200 ante.

12:23am: Moneymaker mows down Mercier
In the first hand after the break, Jason Mercier pushed all in with A♦6♦ and Chris Moneymaker called him with J♥J♦.

The flop came J♣2♦7♠ and Mercier was drawing thin. Then the turn brought the K♣, making the river 9♣ no matter.

12:12am: We're back; current chip counts/results
Despite the post title, we still have 10 more minutes of Level 6 (800-1,600-200) to play, after which we'll be at Level 7 with the blinds now 1,000-2,000 and a 200 ante. Here's how things stand as we restart play:

Table 1
1st - Joe Cassidy
2nd - Justin Bonomo (bounty to Cassidy)
3rd - Yvgeniy Timoshenko (Cassidy)
4th - Joe Sebok (Bonomo)
5th - David Williams (Cassidy)
6th - Tommy Vedes (Williams)
7th - Phil Laak (Cassidy)

Table 2
Isaac Haxton - 91,200
Peter Eastgate - 83,800
3rd - Alec Torelli (Haxton)
4th - Tony G (Haxton)
5th - James Calderaro (Eastgate)
6th - Dario Minieri (Tony G)
7th - Daniel Alaei (Torelli)

Table 3
Chris Moneymaker - 60,900
Ashton Griffin - 48,400
Hasan Habib - 41,400
Jason Mercier - 24,300
5th - Matt Glantz (Griffin)
6th - Keith Gibson (Mercier)
7th - Joe Cada (Moneymaker)

Table 4
Brett Richey - 125,000
Lee Markholt - 50,000
3rd - Phil Galfond (Richey)
4th - Robl (Richey)
5th - Alex Kamberis (Markholt)
6th - John Hennigan (Markholt)
7th - Daniel Negreanu (Galfond)

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