NAPT Venetian: Levels 4-6 (2,00-4,000-400) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table
10:31pm: Color up
As we move up a level, it's time to color off the black chips. We'll also be moving to a new post on the homepage.
10:13pm: Cassidy forces big laydown from Corkins
On a flop of 9♠T♣T♥, Hoyt Corkins bets 4,500 and received a call from Joe Cassidy. After the 7♠ showed up on the turn, Corkins bet 20,000 and received another call from Cassidy. But when the 5♠ hit on the river, Corkins put in another bet, this time for 32,200. Cassidy raised all-in and put Corkins in the tank for quite a long time.
Corkins asked for a count on Cassidy's stack, which turned out to be 153,300. Corkins stared at his opponent. He moved his hat around on his head, wiping his scalp underneath. He commented that he thought Cassidy had a monster. And finally, with a wry smile, he folded A♥T♠ face up.
9:59pm: Scott Seiver eliminated in fourth place
Seiver was looking to move with his new short stack. From the button, he pushed all-in, and after Ashton Griffin folded his small blind, Hoyt Corkins didn't hesitate to call from the big blind with A♥K♣. Seiver turned over Q♠T♥, and the board ran out 6♦7♦A♦K♥7♠. Any hopes for Seiver to double up were dashed, and he finished the tournament in fourth place.
9:53pm: Corkins doubles through Seiver
Scott Seiver started the hand with a raise, but Hoyt Corkins popped it to 30,000. Seiver responded with an all-in move, and Corkins quickly called for his tournament life. His last 138,800 chips were in the pot as the cards were revealed.
The set of jacks was good enough for the double-up for Corkins.
9:47pm: Faraz Jaka eliminated in fifth place
The hand happened quickly. Jaka pushed all-in from the small blind, and Scott Seiver called from the big blind, knowing that he had Jaka covered. Jaka turned over Q♠T♦ and Seiver showed a dominating A♣J♣. The board came A♥9♣2♣A♦2♥, and that was all she wrote for Jaka. Faraz Jaka finished the tournament in fifth place.
9:42pm: Second wind?
Griffin came back from dinner with more vigor than we've seen from him today thus far. He took down a pot with an all-in move from the small blind and two pots from Hoyt Corkins that went far beyond the flop. For example, on the second one, it was after the K♥6♣7♥ that Ashton bet 11,000 and Corkins called. And after the 9♥ turn card, Griffin bet 28,000 and prompted Corkins to let his hand go.
9:40pm: Why so serious?
In case you're wondering why this little event has taken on such an air of importance, here's a reminder of what they're playing for.
At stake: $30,000 worth of bounties, a $100,000 prize for the most bounties collected, and $460,000 to the winner.
9:31pm: Griffin looking refreshed
Ashton Griffin (the guy who hasn't slept but a few minutes in the past 48 hours) has a commanding chip-lead right now. He's also looking a little bit more awake than he did before the dinner break. Perhaps he found a corner to catch a few Zs during the break.
9:25pm: Dinner done
We're back from the dinner break. Five players remain.
8:08pm: Dinner break
With the end of Level 5, players have been released for for a dinner break. Action will resume at approximately 9:20pm. The chip counts are as follows:
8:05pm: Corkins careful, but good
Hoyt Corkins wasn't about to get crazy with his ace-queen, but when Scott Seiver led into him on the river of a K♣A♣6♦K♥8♥ board for 19,000. Corkins made the call and was way good. Seiver simply slipped his hand in the muck and looked for the next hand.
7:40pm: Griffin wants a nap or all the chips
When Joe Cassidy came in for a raise and Scott Seiver called from the small blind, Ashton Griffin pushed all-in from the big blind. It was an obscene overbet that forced a quick fold from Cassidy. Seiver, however, slipped into a fit of manic decision-making. After several minutes of thought he disgustedly mucked his cards. Seiver currently sits second in chips to Griffin. Had that pot gone to showdown, this game would've been one of the those players' to lose.
7:27pm: Brett Richey eliminated in 6th place
On the very next hand, Richey looked to double again. He woke up with A♣Q♥ and pushed all-in. Ashton Griffin, who was the original raiser, asked for a count of Richey's chips, and the dealer came up with 75,600. Griffin called and showed K♣Q♣. The board ran out 4♠4♦4♣7♥K♥, and Griffin caught his king on the river to take it down.
Brett Richey was eliminated in sixth place.
7:22pm: Low confidence Richey doubles up
Brett Richey just moved all-in from the button and got a call from Joe Cassidy in the small blind. Richey was in good shape with A♣K♣ against Cassidy's A♥8♦. Feeling no confidence at all, Richey tossed his bounty chip over to Cassidy. Cassidy had to give it back after the 6♦3♣9♦Q♣2♠ board. Richey doubled to close to 80,000.
7:15pm: Ashton Griffin's real problem
It would be one thing if Ashton Griffin had only stayed up all night last night playing cards (which, apparently he did). It's another thing that we're expecting to be here very, very late tonight. We'll be taking a dinner break in about 45 minutes. We won't get back from that until close to 9:30. The current O/U on finishing time right now 2am Friday morning. It may well be that Griffin never sleeps again. We're going to try to find him a Snuggie during the dinner break.
7:10pm: Wakey wakey!
"Anybody wanna tap Ashton and wake him up?"
That question from the tournament director just now.
As we noted earlier, Ashton Griffin is a little sleepy. During the last tournament break, he laid out on a row of chairs and took a 15-minute power nap.
7:05pm: And we're back...with new chip counts
The players are slowly returning from their break, and they will be starting Level 5 with the following chip counts:
Joe Cassidy 288,200
Faraz Jaka 82,300
Scott Seiver 208,500
Ashton Griffin 300,800
Hoyt Corkins 126,500
Brett Richey 44,500
With the end of Level 4, the clock is paused for a 15-minute break.
6:33pm: Jaka doubles through Corkins
Faraz Jaka and Hoyt Corkins just got it all-in pre-flop. It was pocket tens for Jaka and sevens for Corkins. The board was a sick one, 7♦6♦T♦A♣K♥, giving both players sets. Jaka is back up near 80,000 in chips.
Faraz Jaka and Ashton Griffin saw a flop of 2♦5♣8♣. Jaka check-called a 12,200 bet, and then did the same thing for 29,000 on the 3♦ turn. Then, on the 6♦ river, Jaka led out for 80,000. Griffin almost immediately announced all-in. Jaka tanked for three minutes, and then folded.
Curious about our remaining players' live tournament records? Here they are.
Joe Cassidy: $ 1,164,336
Faraz Jaka: $1,941,563
Scott Seiver: $1,268,005
Ashton Griffin: $53,520
Hoyt Corkins: $5,069,984
Brett Richey: $ 436,270
5:45pm: New level
We are beginning a new level with six players remaining.
The blinds now sit at 1,200/2,400/300.
NAPT Venetian reporting comes courtesy of bloggers Brad Willis and Jennifer Newell, and photographer Joe Giron.