NAPT Venetian: Levels 1-3 (1,000-2,000-300) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table

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5:46pm: Level 3 ends, new blog post begins
The third level of the final table has come to an end, and as we move into Level 4, we also move to a new blog post. Please join us there for the latest final table updates.

5:37pm: Peter Eastgate eliminated in 7th place
Faraz Jaka opened to 5,000 and Peter Eastgate pushed all-in for around 50,000. Scott Seiver looked at his cards and then announced he, too, was all-in. Jaka got out of the way. Eastgate held 8♣8♦ to Seiver's pocket jacks. Eastgate never caught up and was out in seventh. Meanwhile, Seiver picked up another $5,000 bounty to go along with the six he scored in the preliminary round.

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5:30pm: A king and a knave walk into a bar...
Or in this case, the king-jack walked right into aces. Scott Sevier and Peter Eastgate just got it in pre-flop with Eastgate's K♦J♦ versus Seiver's pocket aces. Eastgate managed to turn a jack, but missed on the river and is down to around 50,000 in chips.

5:14pm: Cassidy climbs
Joe Cassidy is always one of the quietest players at the tables, but that also makes him one of the most feared. Since the last break, he has been a bit more involved in hands. For example, he decided to tangle with Faraz Jaka preflop on a hand that led them to a A♦6♦J♣ flop. Cassidy continued to lead the betting, this time for 8,000, and Faraz continued to call. The 8♠ turn brought another 13,500 into the pot from each player, and 18,000 from each went in after the 2♥ river card showed up. And when Cassidy showed A♠Q♠ for top pair, Jaka simply folded and shipped the chips to Cassidy.

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4:56pm: Word on the street...
is Ashton Griffin may be winning this thing right now in spite of a very long overnight session that has left him a little light on the sleep. He looks at the moment like he might like a cup of tea and a Snuggie.

4:41pm: Chips
As we return from break, here are how the stacks size up at the 1,000/2,000/300 level.

Cassidy: 167,600
Jaka: 217,900
Eastgate: 85,800
Seiver: 77,200
Griffin: 220,500
Corkins: 171,100
Richey: 109,900

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Ashton Griffin, chip leader


4:26pm: First break of the afternoon
As we conclude Level 2, everyone is given a 15-minute break to stretch. We shall resume shortly.

4:21pm: Jaka hurts Seiver
It was only a few minutes ago that Scott Seiver was chatting happily to kill the idle time. In the last few hands, he's lost a big portion of his stack. Moments ago, he saw a 4♠3♣5♥ flop with Faraz Jaka. Jaka bet 8,500 and Seiver raised to 27,000. Jaka called.On the 8♠ turn, Seiver checked-called a 45,000 bet. Both players checked the 6♥ river. Jaka's A♠[2[s] was good for the flopped wheel and eventual six-high straight.


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Scott Sevier's stacks and bounty chips


4:15pm: Seiver turns it back on Eastgate
Faraz Jaka opened for 4,000, and Peter Eastgate, Scott Seiver, and Brett Richey called to see the 2♠ 8♠ A♣ flop. Eastgate came out betting with 8,700, and Seiver was the only caller. The Q♣ on the turn brought checks from both players, but the 7♠ on the river induced a 25,000 bet from Eastgate but an all-in retaliation from Seiver. Eastgate got out of the way, and the all-in push worked on Seiver's behalf this time.

4:08pm: Griffin puts Seiver to the ultimate test
Scott Seiver started the hand with a preflop raise to 5200, and Ashton Griffin and Brett Richey went along to check out the A♦J♦7♥ flop. Richey checked, but Seiver bet 6,500. Griffin bumped it up to 23,000, and Richey quickly got out of the way. Seiver asked for a chip count from Griffin but eventually just decided to call. The 2♠ on the turn prompted a 38,500 bet from Griffin and check-call from Seiver.

But it was the appearance of the 6♠ on the river that caused action to take a turn. Seiver checked, and Griffin bet all-in. Seiver then took his time to contemplate the situation, consider his options, and ask for an exact count of the all-in, which was 83,500. Seiver looked pained to do it but finally folded.

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3:58pm: Combined experience
With the action bordering on...sleepy...Scott Seiver and Hoyt Corkins just got into a discussion on whether the Alabama cowboy has more years at the poker table than the rest of the table combined. Corkins said he's been playing for 32 years. That's almost enough to cover everybody else at the table. Most of these youngsters have six years of poker experience or less. The veteran among the kids is Joe Cassidy. His first recorded live tourney cash came in January 2002.

3:45pm: Flop-sick
Being flop-sick is a lot like being homesick. It's been so long since we've seen cards on the board, we're starting to romanticize community cards a little bit.

3:30pm: Eastgate takes early hits
He looks deeply concerned over every hand, but he's likely a little more concerned after the last two hands. One involved a pre-flop raising war, and it started as Faraz Jaka opened for 3,300 from the button. Peter Eastgate made it 11,200 to go from the small blind. But Jaka came back over the top with a reraise to 26,300, which prompted Eastgate to fold.

Next it was an involvement with Ashton Griffin that involved a raise and reraise that took them to a A♦8♠4♦ flop. Griffin led out for 11,300, and Eastgate called, but after the T♠ came on the turn, a 27,800 bet from Griffin induced a fold from Eastgate.

Trouble ahead, Mr Eastgate?

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Peter Eastgate


3:25pm: Level up
After an hour of play in which we didn't see much crazy movement, the players are now working with 800-1,600-200 blinds.

2:51pm: Seiver starts strong
Scott Seiver's strong start in this event was evidenced by his performance on Day 1, where he single-handedly eliminated every person at his table. And today Scott Seiver is already showing a solid start at the final table.

Example 1: He took to a 3♦J♦T♠ flop with Faraz Jaka, Brett Richey, and Ashton Griffin. The K♦ turn and Q♠ were both checked around, and Seiver calmly turned over Q♦T♦ for the winning hand.

Example 2: The hand found Seiver taking to a 6♦6♥J♥ flop with Peter Eastgate, after which Seiver bet 6,200 and Eastgate check-called. Both players checked the K♦ turn, but on the Q♦ river, Seiver bet 16,500 and Eastgate check-folded.

Example 3: Brett Richey started the hand with a raise, but Seiver reraised to 11,500. Richey went along to see the 3♥5♣5♦ flop, which was checked by both players. Richey was the bettor on the 7♥ turn, but Seiver bet out 40,000 after the 7♠ on the river, and Richey folded. Seiver took another one.

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Serious Scott Seiver

3:01pm: Bryan Micon in the house
We figured if it was worthy of an announcement over the PA, it was worthy of an announcement here. Plus, it's about the most action we've had in 15 minutes.

2:43pm: Corkins aggressive early
Hoyt Corkins is clearly the elder statesman at the table today, and he is not shy about making his presence known among a young, aggressive group of players.

Case and point: a hand started with Faraz Jaka opening for 3,300, and Ashton Griffin tried to call from the small blind. But Corkins reraised it to 16,200 from the big blind, and when his two competitors folded, Corkins flipped over the A♦K♣.

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Hoyt Corkins

2:36pm: Community cards make their debut
After several hands of raise it and take it preflop, we did establish that community cards were a part of the game, courtesy of a hand between Joe Cassidy and Ashton Griffin. A raised flop of Q♦6♦2♠ was checked to the T♥ turn and again to the T♠ river. Griffin bet out 9,100, and Cassidy folded to give the pot to Griffin.

2:35pm: Careful now...
While this isn't a turbo event, we're not as deep here as we were in the main event. A three-bet at the start of this final table generally represents 10% of a the starting stack. Anyone who gets to jiggy with it could get themselves in some trouble.

2:24pm: First blood to Faraz
When action finally got underway at the final table, it was Hoyt Corkins making the first move by opening for 3,200. But Faraz Jaka popped it up from the big blind to 11,200, and Corkins let it go.

Jaka took the first pot of the day, and is now our chip leader...by a few chips.

2:12pm: Shuffling and dealing
Alright, folks. Here we go. The final table is underway.

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2:19pm: Nearly underway
The final table of the $25,000 Bounty Shootout is about to get started. We're starting with 600-1,200-100 blinds and 150,000 stacks. Here's the table line-up.

Seat 1: Joe Cassidy
Seat 2: Faraz Jaka
Seat 3: Peter Eastgate
Seat 4: Scott Seiver
Seat 5: Ashton Griffin
Seat 6: Hoyt Corkins
Seat 7: Brett Richey

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

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in North American Poker Tour