PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpg6.50pm: Dinner break
The players are now in dinner break. Play will resume at 8pm.

6.45pm: Chen chips up off Binger
Andrew Chen is up to 130,000 chips after taking a pot off Michael Binger. The Canadian raised from the button and Binger defended from the big blind to go to the 8♦K♠5♥ flop. Both players checked it to the 8♥ turn where Binger check-raised his opponent's 5,000 bet up to 14,500. Chen thought before making the call to see the 7♠ river. Binger was first to act and thought for a Binger amount of time before checking. Chen checked behind and took the pot with his J♣J♠ to move up to 120,000. Binger could only muster ace high with A♠2♠. --MC

6.34pm: Deeb stops the rot
Shaun Deeb's stack is back on the up after winning a small pot from Michael Binger. Deeb raised to 4,000 from the cut-off and Binger called from the next seat to go to a K♣2♦5♣ flop. Deeb checked to Binger who bet 5,500 and he called. Both checked the 9♦ and the 4♠ river. Binger tabled 6♦7♦ and lost and to Deeb's 6♥6♠. --MC

6.27pm: Neumann three-bets, Binger procrastinates passes
Marko Neumann has just three-bet Michael Binger off his 3,800 opening raise by pumping it up to 10,100. Binger plays a very deliberate game and he sat studying Neumann for some time before passing his hand. Neumann is up to 57,000. -- RD

6.20pm: Deeb doubles another
Shaun Deeb's stack continues to slide as he's just doubled up Marko Neumann. Deeb opened with a raise to 4,000 and called when Neumann shoved for 29,100. Neumann opened A♣6♣, ahead of Deeb's Q♣9♣. Clubs were no good for him but the flop offered hope by coming 8♦7♦T♣. His outs failed to materialise though through the 4♦8♣ turn and river. -- MC

6.08pm: Binger cracks kings, adds hours to play
Michael Binger has just doubled through to 149,000 after getting it in with A♥K♣ against Shaun Deeb's K♥K♦. Deeb had opened for 4,000 and Binger three-bet to 11,000. Deeb replied with a very small four-bet to 21,000, heavily polarising his range. Binger moved all-in and Deeb instantly made the call.

Deeb was clear on the T♥6♣4♠ flop but the A♦ saw the pot swing over to Binger with just the case king left to hit. The 4♦ river card was not it. Deeb is down to 114,000 and Binger is up to 147,000

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Michael Binger celebrates the ace-ball

Had Deeb won that hand he would have had 261,000 and a player as aggressive as he is may have torn through the remaining players. Combine that with the fact that Binger consistently takes far longer than any other player at the table to act we can safely say that turn card has added a couple of hours to his final table. -- RD

5.58pm: Chen forces Deeb off one
Andrew Chen and Shaun Deeb just got involved in another pre-flop raising war. Chen opened and Deeb three-bet him. Chen, like before, came back over the top of Deeb with a four-bet. Deeb didn't have another raise in him and folded. -- MC

LEVEL UP: BLINDS 800-1,600, ANTE 200

5.51pm: Great Scott
Scott Baumstein has got some chips back off Andrew Chen. He raised to 2,800 from the hijack and called when Chen three-bet to 7,000 from the button. The flop came K♠4♥3♦ and Baumstein led for 8,000 and was called. The turn came 9♣ and Baumstein fired again, for 12,500. Chen got the message and folded. -- MC

5.49pm: Binger bouncing back
Michael Binger opened for 2,900 from the button and was raised to 7,100 by Marko Neumann. Binger sat and stared the German down before setting him in for his remaining 33,000 stack. Neumann did not like that and passed.

Binger went on to win the next two hands and is back up to 75,000. -- RD

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Michael Binger is back up near to his starting stack

5.43pm: Billy bullied off hand
Billy Pilossoph is below the 50,000 chip mark after he folded to a river bet from Scott Baumstein. Pilossoph raised under-the-gun and Baumstein called from the big blind. Pilossoph bet 3,000 on the A♣J♣A♠ flop and was called. Both checked the T♥ turn before Baumstein led for 3,300 on the K♥ river. Pilossoph folded quickly. -- MC

5.33pm: Baumstein gets paid with the nuts
Scott Baumstein has just taken a chunk of Billy Pilossoph's stack after turning the nuts. Baumstein had opened from the cut-off and Pilossoph had called from the button. Baumstein led 3,300 into the 3♣9♦7♣ flop and was called. Both players checked the 6♠ turn before Baumstein led 14,200 into the river. Pilossoph made the call and was shown T♦8♣ for the nuts. Baumstein is up to 155,000, Pilossoph down to 40,000. -- RD

5.22pm: Deeb time
The action really came alive in this hand and it all happened pre-flop. Billy Pilossoph opened (2nd hand in-a-row) to 3,000 from the cut-off before Andrew Chen three-bet to 7,500 from the button and Shaun Deeb four-bet to 17,100 from the small blind. Michael Binger was in the big blind and looked like he was going to do something but he folded, as did Pilossoph. Chen wasn't finished though and he five-bet to 35,000. Deeb was determined to have the last word though and he threw in his bounty chip to declare himself all-in.

"You got it" said Chen and mucked to move down to 107,000. Deeb has over one third of the chips in play now with 205,500. -- MC

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Andrew Chen's five-bet bluff did not work out

5.09pm: Pilossoph picks up pace
Billy Pilossoph has battled back to 55,000 after backing into a set of jacks on a dangerous looking K♦A♥8♣Q♣J♣ board. A small 6,000 bet extracted some thin value from Mike Binger, who drops to 57,500.

Pilossoph had three-bet Marko Neumann off an opening raise the hand before. -- RD

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Billy Pilossoph is trying to elbow his way back into this final table

5.02pm: Chen catches bluff
Andrew Chen caught the bluffing Scott Baumstein to move up to 138,200. Chen raised from first position and was called in three spots to a J♠J♥Q♦ flop. He continued with a 5,500 bet and was only called by Baumstein in the small blind. Both players checked the J♣ turn before Baumstein led for 10,000 on the river. Chen just flatted with A♣Q♥ for top full house and took the pot as his opponent had already mucked. -- MC

4.55pm: Binger doubles up
Andrew Chen opened from late position and Michael Binger shoved with A♦K♦ from the small blind for 36,000. Chen slowly made the call with A♠9♠. Binger hit a king on the flop and Binger is up to 78,000 and Chen is down to 101,000, just a little over his starting stack. -- RD

4.50pm: Play resumes
Level three has begun and we're still to lose a player but a couple of players are getting to the danger level stage. Here's the current standings:

1. Andrew Chen - 137,000
2. Shaun Deeb - 164,200
3. Mike Binger - 36,000
4. Marko Neumann - 61,200
5. Scott Baumstein - 163,900
6. William Pilossoph - 37,700

Shaun Deeb is running the show at the moment

PokerStars Blog reporting team at the Bounty Shootout (in order of need for coffee): Rick Dacey (Ran to Starbucks at the break) and Marc Convey (Let Dacey run to Starbucks at the break on his behalf).