NAPT Venetian: Day 4, Levels 25-27 (30,000-60,000-5,000)


8:15pm: And that's a wrap for Day 4
With eight players, we have our NAPT Venetian final table with Sam Stein as its chip leader. A full wrap of today's events will be posted in short order.

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8:05pm: Zartman crippled and out in 9th
Kyle Zartman came in for a raise to 165 and got calls from David Paredes and Eric Blair. On the 3♦3♥2♠ flop, Zartman bet 315 and got the call. He then checked the Q♠ on the turn, and moved all-in after Paredes bet. Paredes snap-called with 2♣2♦. Zartman held A♥Q♦. He didn't catch and was down to around 200,000 in chips. A few hands later, Miami John Cernuto pushed all-in from the small blind with A♠K♣. Zartman called with Q♠3♥ and missed. He finished in ninth for $44,195.

7:46pm: Players coming back...
One more player to go and we're done for the night.

7:23pm: Break it up...or down
Players are now enjoying a 15-minute break.

7:09pm: Fuller doubles through Stein, takes lead
It was dramatic as all of the cameras closed in, fans perked up, and some player not in the hand got up from the table. Tom Marchese started the hand by raising it up to 110K, but Stein raised it all-in with K♥Q♥. Thomas Fuller called all-in for his tournament life with A♠K♦, and his 2.75 million chips were at risk.

The board came 9♠3♦6♠3♠J♥, and the pair on the board with Fuller's ace kicker was good for the double...and the chip lead. Fuller had 5.25 million going into the next hand.

6:40pm: Marchese doubles
Tom Marchese just scored a timely double-up. When Eric Blair raised from the button, Marchese shoved for 1.1 million. Blair didn't think long before calling with A♠T♣. Marchese he'd A♣Q♠. Marchese's hand wasn't improved but didn't need to be. He's now up to near 2.5 million.

6:27pm: Cernuto doubles on the final table bubble
The hand started with a raise to 110K from Tom Marchese, and call from Sam Stein on the button. But John Cernuto looked down at A♥J♥ in the big blind and pushed all-in for his last 650K. Marchese got out of the way, but Stein called with 4♥4♠. The flop was a solid one for Cernuto as it came J♣K♠9♣ to give him the pair of jacks. The dealer finished the board with 6♦ and 3♦, and Cernuto doubled up.

6:15pm: Andrew Lichtenberger -- 10th place
Sam Stein came in for an early position raise to 115,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger called. On a flop of J♠3♥[7♦, Stein check-called Lichtenberger's 150,000 bet. Stein did the same for 315,000 on the 7♥ turn, and then again for the rest of Lichtenberger's stack (975,000) on the 3♦ river. Lichtenberger showed K♠Q♠ for the three-barrel bluff. Stein had T♦T♠ for the win. Lichtenberger finished in tenth for $44,195.

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Andrew Lichtenberger

6:10pm: Redraw to one table
With only ten players remaining in the tournament, the floor staff reseated them at one table as follows:

1. Daniel Clemente
2. David Paredes
3. Eric Blair
4. Tom Marchese
5. Sam Stein
6. Thomas Fuller
7. John Cernuto
8. Kyle Zartman
9. Yunus Jamal
10. Andrew Lichtenberger

6:07pm: Zinger for Zartman
Kyle Zartman was able to get his chips into the middle of the table with A-J against the A-10 of Sam Stein, and the board ran out 9♣J♣A♦Q♣A♥ to give Zartman a double-up to more than 1.4 million.

6:04pm: John Franciosi - 11th place
He had only 480K upon returning from break, and he shipped it preflop with A♥8♠. Eric Blair called with A♠K♦, and the board came J♦6♥A♦4♥2♣ to eliminate John Franciosi in 11th place. He received $34,151.00 for the finish.

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6:00pm: Read to roll
With eleven players remaining, we're back in action. Sam Stein is sitting with nearly six million in chips and the lead on the field.

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Sam Stein

5:45pm: Good 'ol break time
Players (and fans) are taking a 15-minute break to rest their poker-filled heads.

5:39pm: Paredes doubles
The hand started with a raise to 85K from John Cernuto, on the button, and Sam Stein moved all-in from the small blind. David Paredes immediately called from the big blind and showed A♠ K♣, which was ready to race against the 9♣ 9♠ of Stein. And the race was won on the flop when it came K♠ 4♣ J♥, and the 8♥ turn and 2♦ river wrapped the hand and gave Paredes the double back into the safety zone.

5:28pm: Steve Billirakis -- 12th place
Looking at a flop of J♣6♥4♣, Sam Stein checked and Billirakis put out a bet of a little more than 200,000. Stein thought for a moment before making it 530,000. Billirakis looked pained, and took to counting his chips. He turned a stack of 30 yellow 1,000 chips into a stack of 20, moved his 5,000 stack around for a bit, and then announced he was all-in. Stein snap-called and showed 4♠4♥ for the flopped set. Billirakis was in trouble and very unlucky to have Q♠Q♥. The turn and river went 7♣8♣ and Billirakis is out in 12th for $34,151.

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Steve Billirakis

5:20pm: Lichtenberger lives
Andrew Lichtenberger put his last 560K at risk with pocket sixes and found them up against the A♠ J♠ of Tom Marchese. The board of T♣ 7♣ 2♥ K♦ 2♦ gave Lichtenberger the double-up.

5:15pm: Living the dream
We've had a few minutes to chat with chip leader Yunus Jamal. He's a Vegas local who plays quite a bit here at The Venetian. Instead of dropping the $5,000 to get in, he won a live $550 satellite and won his seat. Today, he's been on fire and seems legitimately thrilled to be in such a good spot. "This is like a dream come true," he said.

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4:48pm: Andrew Chen -- 13th place
Yunas Jamal came in for a raise to 87,000 and Andrew Chen shoved for a total of 449,000. Jamal almost looked like he was going to fold, then made the call with K♥J♥. He was up against Chen's 9♣9♦. The drama ended quikcly with the K♦ on the lop. The turn and river didn't save Chen and he's out in 13th for $28,526.Jamal, meanwhile, is right around the five million mark and the clear chip leader.

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Andrew Chen

4:42pm: Fresh chip counts
We have a brand new chip count up right HERE.

4:30pm: New level, new blinds
Players are coming back to 20,000-40,000-4,000 blinds. We have fourteen fighters remaining. We'll be going down to eight players before the night.

Sam Stein and Yunus Jamal both have more than four million chips and are jocking for the chip lead.

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Yunas Jamal

NAPT Venetian reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Jennifer Newell and Brad Willis, and photographer Joe Giron.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in North American Poker Tour