NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 2, levels 13-14 (1,200-2,400-200)
8:55pm: That's all, folks
The board shows 74 players remaining, all of whom are bagging and tagging their chips (and putting in last-minute orders for Bobby Flay burgers). Aaron Overton is the far and away chip leader with nearly 600,000-- over 200,000 more than his closest competitor.
We'll have a full wrap shortly.--KB
8:51pm: Selbst's five-bet shove...
No time to do this hand justice, as players are starting to bag their chips, but with just a couple hands left to play, Vanessa Selbst five-bet shoved for a better than average stack with 8♦4♦. She ran straight into aces. And she got there for a pot worth more than 300,000. The board ran out J♦6♦5♣5♠7♠. "I have not done that to someone in a long time," she said to us. To her shell-shocked opponent, she said, "It was a great play. You got me. I thought you had nothing and you owned me. I don't know what to say. 'm sorry, but I'm not really sorry." --BW
8:45pm: Stop the clock
The clock was just stopped with ten minutes remaining in Level 14 and a card drawn to determine how many hands will be played before the players bag and tag. Tonight's magic number was a five, ergo five more hands and we'll call it a night.--KB
8:43pm: Binger doubles (and then some)
Adam Geyer opened for a raise, Nick Binger flat-called from middle position and the cutoff moved all-in for 16,500. Geyer four-bet to 75,000 and after a long think, Binger moved all-in for just over 80,000. Geyer quickly called the small balance, turning over A♥K♦. The cutoff showed A♠J♠ and Binger tabled 9♣9♥.
It looked like curtains for Binger as the flop came down A♣7♣6♣, but he spiked a set on the turn with the 9♠. The river fell the Q♦ and Binger more than doubled to 190,000. The cutoff was eliminated and Geyer was left with 270,000.--KB
8:25pm: Ramdin snaps off aces, hijinks ensue
Never underestimate the power of the 9♦5♦. Victor Ramdin sure doesn't.
After opening the pot for 7,000, Ramdin faced a 20,000 three-bet from Steve Happas in the small blind. Ramdin made the call and they saw a 8♦3♦2♣ flop. Happas instantly moved all-in for his remaining 52,400 and Ramdin made the call, turning over the aforementioned 9♦5♦ for a flush draw. Happas tabled A♠A♣.
"Come on, no diamond," Happas said, turning away from the table. He remained in that position as the dealer burned and turned the 7♥... and the Q♦.
"Dude, he hit a diamond," said one of their tablemates, prompting Happas to finally turn around.
Happas so loudly bellowed an expletive the entire room nearly stopped and two floor supervisors began charging over, only to discover there was no penalty to give since the culprit had busted.
"Now you know. If you reraise me I'm not going to fold the nine-five of diamonds," the ever-jovial Ramdin chuckled as he stacked up the pot. He's currently sitting on just over 300,000 in chips. --KB
8.10pm: Froehlich doubles
Joe Tehan, who won on the NAPT in Los Angeles last year, is still ploughing away here today. But he has just been forced to ship about 23% his stack to Eric Froehlich after making a speculative pre-flop raise and being priced in to call Froehlich's shove.
Froehlich only had about 26,000 or so and Tehan probably felt he had to call, even though he was only holding Q♣4♣. Froehlich's [10s][10h], with which he shoved from the small blind, stayed good.
Tehan still has about 80,000 and Froehlich about 60,000. -- HS
8pm: The power of the big stack
Aaron Overton is edging up towards half a million chips, and with that kind of stack you can do pretty much anything you please. Doesn't Overton know it. He's pushing around everyone on his table, including the well-stacked David Weisberger and Adam Geyer.
Geyer first. There was about 18,000 in the middle and a flop of 3♦6♣5♥ already dealt. Geyer, who was in the big blind pre-flop, checked and Overton, who was on the button, bet 10,300. Geyer called.
The turn was 6♦ and Geyer led for 18,000. Overton casually shot out a raise to 36,600 and after a moment to think about it, Geyer folded.
A few hands later, it was Weisberger's turn to be muscled out. There was a flop of A♣K♣6♥ out and Weisberger, who would have been in the big blind pre-flop, bet 11,000. Overton, who was in mid-position, raised to 26,000, which was called.
The turn was 2♣ and Weisberger checked now, which only prompted a bet of 37,300 from Overton. Weisberger couldn't fold quick enough. -- HS
7.55pm: Keating over Junglen in battle of the blinds
With the action folded around to him in the small blind, Alex Keating opened for a raise and Adam Junglen looked him up from the big blind. The flop came down a rather dangerous J♦J♥T♥. Keating led out for 8,000 and Junglen called. Keating slowed down and checked when the board double-paired on the turn with the T♦. Junglen fired out 10,500 and Keating called. The river was a complete blank with the 2♠ and Keating checked again. This time, Junglen checked behind.
Junglen had only king-high with K♣9♠, Keating's pocket aces good to take it down. --KB
7.45pm: Schroer finds new seat, finds good call
Some players take a long time over their decisions for seemingly no reason at all, dwelling for camera time or just to be a nuisance, then emerging with a bad fold or a worse call.
No one is ever going to describe Jonathan Schroer as the quickest player in the world, but here's the thing we've learnt from watching him at a few tournaments now: when he's pondering something, he really does have a tough decision to make. What's more, he usually emerges with the right answer.
He has now moved to the table featuring Eric Froehlich, Alex Wice and Kevin Eyster and was put to the test almost immediately. Folded to Schroer on the button, he peered over to the tournament board to ascertain the new blind level, peeked at his cards, then back to the tournament board. Then he raised to 7,000.
Froehlich, in the small blind, pretty much instantly moved all in, covering Schroer, onto whom the decision quickly returned. Schroer now really went into the tank, peering again at the tournament board, making calculations on his fingers, looking at his cards again.
When he finally said: "Call" (for all his 70,000 chips) the intonation suggested that having done all the maths this was the decision he had to make, whether or not he really wanted to.
He turned over 6♠6♣ and Froehlich showed A♥5♣. At least three voices at the table said the same thing: "Good call."
The board ran out Q♠8♥6♣J♣7♥ and Schroer doubled to about 140,000. He is an unconventional presence at the table, but there's a lot to this guy's game.
Froehlich, meanwhile, is now a short stack. -- HS
LEVEL UP. BLINDS 1,500-3,000-300 IN LEVEL 14
7:11pm: Binger folds to the five-bet
Nick Binger opened for a raise to 6,000, Aaron Overton flat-called on the button and Adam Geyer put the squeeze on, three-betting to 21,200. Binger responded with a four-bet to 45,500 that folded out Overton. Geyer, however, moved all-in, putting Binger to the test for the 175,000 he had behind.
After several minutes in the tank, BInger gave up his hand and Geyer took down the pot. He's up to 340,000.--KB
7.05pm: Schroer survives once more
Jonathan Schoer's tournament continues, although he's just needed to outdraw Joseph Gibbons to stay alive. After Gibbons limped from early position, Schroer bent down and peeked at his cards, determining that they were good enough to wager his last 30,000 behind. Gibbons called.
When they went on their back, Gibbons was leading with [10d][10h] against Schroer's A♣9♣. And even the flop of 6♥9♠8♦ didn't change that. However the A♥ on the turn proved to be decisive and the K♥ river irrelevant.
The table broke immediately after, and Schroer had to cart about 60,000-odd to his new assignment. -- HS
6:52pm: Ramdin falls off O'Dwyer's Christmas card list
Victor Ramdin is on a late-day heater that has his stack over the 300,000 mark. The latest victim is Steve O'Dwyer. Ramdin came in for a raise, then called O'Dwyer's three-bet to 15,000. Ramdin checked dark to the 9♣Q♦K♦ flop, and O'Dwyer checked behind. On the T♥ turn, Ramdin bet 20,000 and O'Dwyer called. The river was the A♥. Ramdin put out 35,000 and O'Dwyer grudgingly called to see Ramdin's J♣J♥. --BW
6.50pm: Beasley clings on
Mike Beasley has just hit a two-outer to stay in the hunt for a back-to-back Mohegan Sun final table - although he is still on the shorter side of healthy.
Beasley seemed to be heading home when Alan Sternberg's Q♠[10s] had hit a queen on the 7♥Q♥7♦ board. They were all in at that point, with Beasley showing [10d][10h]. The [10c] turn was therefore very good news indeed for last year's runner up.
He doubled his short stack to about 30,000. -- HS
6.40pm: Rousso roasted by Overton
Vanessa Rousso is out, having had a torrid time of the past few levels, she just ran into Aaron Overton's monster and was sent to the rail.
I only arrived on the turn to find this board 7♣4♣2♥9♥ and about 40,000 in the middle. Both players checked. Overton bet 37,700 on the 7♠ river and after a moment's hesitation, Rousso shoved all in for about 95,000 total.
Overton couldn't call quick enough, and Rousso instantly said: "You got it." Overton didn't need to be told that. He tabled 9♣9♦ for the turned set and rivered boat. Rousso hit the rail.
There's still one other Team Pro Vanessa in the field. Ms Selbst is still comfortable at around 200,000. Aaron Overton is now leading this tournament on his own, however, with in the region of 430,000.-- HS
6.25pm: Geyer gets Trelski, moves beyond 300,000
Adam Geyer is now one of the very big stacks here having dispatched Mike Trelski. It was pair versus pair but Geyer's was bigger. Kings, if you really want to know.
Trelski flat called from early position and Vanessa Rousso also called. Geyer, however, raised to 9,000 from late and only Trelski called. They went to a flop of 6♦7♥4♦ and then it all went nuts.
Trelski checked, Geyer bet 15,000, Trelski raised to 43,000, Geyer shoved and Trelski called. Their stacks were very similar - about 140,000-ish each. But there was a disparity in the hands: Geyer had K♥K♦ and Trelski had 8♦8♠.
The bigger overpair stayed good on a 9♣9♥ river and Geyer is now a force. --HS
6:14pm: Ramdin's playground
Victor Ramdin's chip stack--no matter the tournament--is like a carnival ride. Sit on its top and you might get motion sickness by the end of the day. Today has been no different. Each time we've walked up today, he's had big bets in front of him, bets he was eventually forced to give up after four-bet shoves. Just now, he won a battle of the blinds with A♣T♠ on a 2♠T♣7♥9♥T♥ board. He got paid on every street for his A♣T♠ and is now on 175,000. "I'm on the seesaw today," he confessed. --BW
6:12pm: Nick Binger and the not-quite-all-in
This was an interesting one, and the final ruling required a consultation with at least three floor supervisors, with a little help from Vanessa Rousso.
With the board reading A♣A♦K♠T♠, Nick Binger bet out and Mike Trelski slid in a tall stack of blue 5,000-denomination chips totaling 75,000. Binger, believing the raise had set him all-in, quickly called and both players turned up their hands, Binger's A♠T♦ for aces full up against Q♥J♠ for the turned straight. The dealer burned and turned the 7♠ on the river, but after counting down the stacks, she discovered that Binger actually had Trelski's raise covered by 10,000.
After much discussion (Is it a dead hand? Does Binger get a one-round penalty for prematurely exposing his hole cards?) it was Vanessa Rousso (along with the lead supervisor) that figured out the correct ruling. The 75,000 bet stood, and the river card was pulled back into the deck, which was re-shuffled.
Binger was then given the opportunity to bet, which of course, he did.
"Oh I don't know, I think I have to lay this one down, I've got that full house read on you," his opponent quipped.
Since there was no malicious intent when it came to exposing their hands, neither player was penalized and Binger took down the pot. He's up to 167,000. Trelski is still in it as well, with 81,000. --KB
6.10pm: Level 13
Of we go again for level 13. We have 108 players left and two more levels in the day, including this one. It seems likely we'll get down to about 80 at the close, leaving us with a race to 24 on Sunday.
The leaders right now are similar to the leaders at the start of the last level: Aaron Overton and Jerry Wong. We began the last post with a picture of Overton, so here is Wong. -- HS
Reporting team: Kristin Bihr, Howard Swains and Brad Willis. Photography: Joe Giron