2009 PCA: Level 30 updates

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Levels are 75 minutes long and blinds are 150,000-300,000 (30,000).

Last updated: 9:42pm

9:53pm--Nazari relishes his win

The moments following a major win like this come in a flash. Camera flashes are blinding, microphones poke in from everywhere. Everyone has a question. Poorya Nazari was nearly speechless.

"I can't believe it's happening," Nazari said. "My brain has been fried from playing all week. I was fortunate to come out on top. It hasn't sunk in yet."

Later, standing on the outskirts of the cameras and lights, Nazari reflected on on the moment. At just 22 years old and with no set plans for the future, he shrugged his shoulders. "I was planning to play poker," he said. "I guess I'll continue to do that."

With that kind of payday, he's off to a good start.

His opponent Tony Gregg was equally philosphical after a long day at the table.

"I'm pretty happy. It hasn't really set in, but I'm not really disappointed at all" he said, shortly after the final hand. "We played three handed forever so I'm kind of happy it's over. I'm ready to have a good night."

9:42pm--Tony Gregg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,700,000); Poorya Nazari Wins 2009 PCA ($3,000,000)

Heads up only took four hands. Poorya Nazari won all four.

Hand #1: Nazari raised to 800,000 from the small blind and Tony Gregg folded.

Hand #2: Gregg raised 850,000 from the small blind. Nazari re-raised to 2 million and Gregg folded.

Hand #3: Nazari limped from the small blind and Gregg checked his big blind. The flop was Kd-8d-7h. Gregg checked. Nazari fired out 800,000 and Gregg folded.

Hand #4: Gregg raised 650,000 from the small blind. Nazari re-raised to 3 million. Gregg did not hesitate and moved all in. Nazari insta-called.

Nazari: Ac-10d
Gregg: Qd-7s

The board ran out 10s-6c-5c-3s-9d. Nazari flopped top pair and faded a gutshot from Gregg to win the pot and the tournament. Tony Gregg was eliminated in second place and won $1,700,000. Nazari collected a cool $3 million for first place including a seat into the EPT Grand Finale in Monte Carlo in April. Congrats to both gentlemen.

9:36pm--Heads-up play about to begin

After some player introductions, heads-up play is about to get underway.

9:21pm--Benny Spindler eliminated in third place

Benny Spindler pushed all-in and got a quick call from Poorya Nazari. Spindler held Qd-Jh. Nazari held As-Jd. The flop ran out Ks-3s-4s-Td-Kd and Spindler left in third place for an official payout of $1,100,000.


"It was getting very tough and I was kind of tired" he said shortly after being eliminated. "Obviously I was a bit unlucky with the ace-king, but... I think Tony is a bit better heads up but Poorya has the chip lead so he'll probably take it."

Heads-up chip counts are as follows:

Nazari: 17,685,000
Gregg: 9,210,000

Nazari heads into heads-up play with nearly 2-1 chip lead

9:10--Gregg comes from behind

On the first hand back from break, Tony Gregg shoved all-in from the button for 4,210,000 with Ad-8c. Benny Spindler snap-called with Ac-Kh. Gregg's supporters screamed, "Eight ball!" The dealer did them one better, laying out a As-8d-Js flop. Just for good measure, the dealer peeled off another eight on the turn. Chip counts after that hand:

Nazari -- 13,325,000
Gregg-- 8,810,000
Spindler-- 4,835,000

9:00--A special note

As we're going on five hours since the last bust-out (longer than it took to bust eighth, seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth places), we are getting dangerously close to getting "off-menu" in the blind schedule. The tournament structure allows for a Level 31--200,000-400,000 (40,000). If for some reason we get beyond that, we go into a black hole of blind structures. That is to say...there is no Level 32. This could either result in complete annihilation of the Imperial Ballroom the likes of which even top physicists don't understand, or perhaps more likely, the tournament director making it up as he goes. Either way, it could be very exciting. Players return to the table in just a couple of minutes.