Live Events 3
Event #24: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $2,960,100
Players 3,289

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 10,000

Blake Kelso Eliminated in 6th Place ($88,654)

Blake Kelso - 6th Place
Blake Kelso - 6th Place

Blake Kelso was down to 630,000 when he moved all in under the gun. JD McNamara reshipped from middle position and successfully isolated Kelso.

Kelso: {j-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
McNamara: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

The {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{9-Hearts} flop earned a murmur from the crowd as it brought Kelso an open-ended straight draw. The {a-Clubs} on the turn gave Kelso a few more outs as he'd double up with an ace as well as a king, jack, or eight. But the river was the {3-Spades} instead, eliminating Kelso in sixth place.

Tags: Blake KelsoJD McNamara

Our First Turn

Denis Murphy raised to 115,000 under the gun, and David Cai called in the big blind.

Flop: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Spades} - Cai checked, and Murphy checked behind.

Turn: {7-Diamonds} - Let's not overlook the meaning of this beautiful {7-Diamonds}, the first turn card we've seen in a hand that wasn't all in preflop. Despite the weight of this moment, both players checked again.

River: {5-Hearts} - Cai checked, and Murphy bet 100,000. That was all it took to get a fold from Cai. So we still haven't gotten to a post-flop showdown yet.

Tags: Denis MurphyDavid Cai

One for Murphy

Denis Murphy raised to 115,000 from middle position, and Kiet Tran defended his big blind. The flop came {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{9-Spades}, and Tran checked. Murphy bet 265,000, and Tran tanked as always before folding.

Tags: Denis MurphyKiet Tran

Counting Blinds

The chip counts are starting to bunch up in the middle, with Kiet Tran pulling away with the lead and Blake Kelso falling further behind. This is what their stacks mean in terms of big blinds:

Kiet Tran - 2.9 million (58 bb)
Jeff Tebben - 1.85 million (37 bb)
JD McNamara - 1.45 million (29 bb)
Denis Murphy - 1.35 million (27 bb)
David Cai - 1.34 million (27 bb)
Blake Kelso - 840,000 (17 bb)

Two-Bet, Three-Bet, Winner

Kiet Tran raised to 140,000 from the cutoff, and Denis Murphy moved all in from the small blind. Tran gave it up.

Next hand, Jeff Tebben got back into the action with a raise to 150,000. It was JD McNamara's turn to shove from the button, and Tebben folded.

Tags: Kiet TranDenis MurphyJeff TebbenJD McNamara

Rail Filling In

A few more notables have joined the Hinkle brothers on the rail. Joe Serock and Greg Dyer are sitting with them now. George Lind is part of another cheering section, and Jon Friedberg stopped by to check things out from the balcony.

Tran Reaches 3 Million

JD McNamara raised to 120,000 from the cutoff, and Kiet Tran called on the button. Oh boy! Another flop! It came {a-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. McNamara bet out 130,000, sending Tran into the tank. He emerged with a 325,000 bet, and McNamara didn't need nearly as much time to decide on a fold.

With that, Tran is the first player to reach 3 million. McNamara slipped to 1.15 million.

Tags: JD McNamaraKiet Tran

Chaos Across the Aisle

Things are nice and calm over at our final table, but around us, the Amazon room is in flux. Tournament staff are currently attempting to move an entire tournament from the Blue Section to the Pavilion room across the hall to make room for the 5:00 p.m. start of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. All the moving, of course, has to occur without the players touching their own chips. This seems like a perfect time for the events in Orange and Red to go on break as well. Duck and cover.

David Tolbert Eliminated in 7th Place ($66,513)

David Tolbert - 7th Place
David Tolbert - 7th Place

Only a back from break for a minute, Denis Murphy moved all in from the cutoff for 495,000. David Tolbert reshoved from the small blind, though it turns out that he actually called all in since he only had 480,000.

Murphy: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Tolbert: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs} flop and {2-Clubs} turn gave Tolbert some chop outs, but the {k-Spades} on the river shipped the whole pot to Murphy. When the stacks were counted down, Tolbert was found wanting and sent home in seventh place. Murphy has gone from almost out with 200,000 to 1.1 million.


Tags: David TolbertDenis Murphy