NAPT Venetian: Levels 7-9 (4,000-8,000-1,000) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table


1:30am: Ashton Griffin wins NAPT Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout
It took just two hands of heads-up play to find our champion.

Hoyt Corkins made it 18,000 to go and Griffin called. The flop came 4♠5♦9♠. Griffin led at it for 32,000. Corkins didn't hurry his decision and eventually raised to 100,000. Griffin waited ten seconds before moving all-in. Corkins didn't waste any time making his decision. He called and turned over his cards.

Corkins: 9♥3♥
Griffin: 9♦8♦

The turn was the 7♥ and the river was the J♣. Corkins was eliminated in second place and Griffin became the first NAPT $25,000 Bounty Shootout champion.

1:14am: Griffin Leads Corkins as heads-up begins
We are now down to two players. Their chip counts are as follows:

Ashton Griffin 6,910,000
Hoyt Corkins 3,590,000

1:11am: Joe Cassidy eliminated in 3rd place
Well that woke us up.

Cassidy open-shoved from the small blind and Ashton Griffin snap-called in the big blind.

Cassidy: A♦2♦
Griffin: A♠9♦

Griffin flopped his nine and Cassidy was drawing dead by the turn. We're now heads-up.

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1:06am: Welcome, Level 9
It seems that we have been transported to Level 9, where blinds are 4,000/8,000 and the ante is 1,000. Make yourselves at home.

1:00am: Dances with Wolves, Braveheart, JFK...
and the three-handed match we're currently watching. It's been three hours since Scott Sevier busted out.

12:48am: Griffin waking up-ish

Ashton Griffin is either waking up, or figuring he's going to have to win this thing before he passes out. He's just taken three consecutive hands off Joe Cassidy.

On the first, Cassidy raised out of the small blind and Griffin re-raised to 26,000 out of the big blind.

"That's your money right there!" called the crowd's most vocal commentator.

So it was. Cassidy folded and Griffin raked the pot.

On the very next hand, Cassidy opened for 14,000, Griffin re-raised to 43,000 out of the small blind. Corkins folded his big blind. Back over to Cassidy...and he folded.

Now Griffin's button, he raised to 14,000 and Cassidy called in the big blind. On the 3♥6♣4♦ flop both players checked. The J♦ came on the turn. Cassidy bet 17,000 and Griffin raised to 56,000. Cassidy once again put his cards in the muck.

12:39am: There's no school like the old school
Cassidy folded his button, Griffin raised to 24,000 from the small blind, and Corkins pushed 287,000 in from the big blind.

"Old school!" screamed a Corkins fan.

Griffin folded. He's from the new school. And he's sleepy.

12:32am: A pot finally develops
After a length period with little real action, we've finally seen something resembling aggression.

Griffin opened for 12,000 from the button, Corkins re-raised to 38,000 from the small blind, and Cassidy re-raised to 103,000 from the big blind.

"That's a raise!" someone screamed from the crowd.

Indeed it was. Griffin folded and Corkins went into the Corkins Suite (what we've come to call the place he goes in his head when he has to think). When he emerged, he folded.

So, sure, there was no flop, but it got us excited for a minute or two.

"Power poker, baby!" screamed another person from the rail.

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12:05am: The things they carried
A quick review at what Ashton Griffin and Hoyt Corkins have beside them on little tables.

Griffin: Two boxes of Raisinets and two bottles of Fiji waiter.

Corkins: 3/4 of a bottle of Fiji water, a granola bar, his sunglasses case, three empty styrofoam cups, and half a cigar.

11:56pm: Chip counts
Here are the chip counts at the break.

Cassidy: 214,500
Griffin: 433,000
Corkins: 402,500

11:35pm: Right. Nothing happened
And so, what we're going to do is take a break and come back to see if the players are interested in finishing this thing before our flights leave in the morning.

11:06pm: Walk it out
Action slowed quite dramatically since we got to three-handed play. While there are a few flops and even the occasional turn card for kicks, most of the hands are raised and taken preflop...or just folded around to the big blind for the walk.

While there is a bit of a lull in the action, let us bring you a short video from our fourth place finisher, Scott Seiver from an earlier time (actually just a few hours ago) and brought to you by PokerStars.TV.

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10:56pm: Forget that thing about Griffin being refreshed
Ashton Griffin, the boy wonder who stayed up all night last night and all morning this morning playing cards, is back to napping while Corkins and Cassidy play back and forth at each other. We're pretty sure he drooled during the last hand.

10:51pm: Corkins gets Cassidy with ace-high
Hoyt Corkins came in for a raise to 12,500 and Joe Cassidy called. On a flop of T♠K♦8♠, Corkins bet 10,000 and Cassidy called. The 5♦ moved Corkins to bet 40,000. Again Cassidy called. Both players checked the river. Corkins declared, "Ace-high." He turned over A♠Q♦ for the win.

His friend Shawn Rice said from the rail, "You just fine unless you make a hand.Just don't make a hand and you'll be fine."

10:44pm: Cassidy vs. Corkins, Pt. 2
Joe Cassidy raised from the button, and Corkins re-raised to 35,000 from the big blind. Cassidy immediately announced all-in. Corkins went again into his "I'm going to think about this for a bit" mode, but eventually re-emerged and folded. That's Cassidy 2, Corkins 0.

10:36pm: New blinds
We're now up to 2,500/5,000/500 blinds

Three players remain and the black chips have been removed from the table. Smart money says this should take another two hours or so. Then again, we've never been accused of being smart.

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Hoyt Corkins

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

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in North American Poker Tour