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Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout



Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 2 completed

The Final Ten Are Set to Shoot It Out for $254,891 and a Gold Bracelet

Chad_Holloway • Level 9: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Phil Galfond headlines the final table.
Phil Galfond headlines the final table.

Event #20 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, a $3,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em shootout, originally began with 389 runners, which created a prize pool of $1,061,970. The first day saw each table player down to a winner, which left 40 at the start of play today. That meant ten tables of four players with the winner of each advancing to the final table of ten.

Over at Table 361, Raymond Dandrea was the first to fall, and then Chris Bell became the first to advance when he scored the double elimination of Mike Pickett and Marcus Mizzi.

Speaking of Mizzi, he was the brother of Sorel Mizzi, who was also in the field. Sorel managed to make it to heads-up play at his table, but was ultimately defeated by Jack Duong when the two got it in on a {7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop. Mizzi held the {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for flush and straight draws, while Duong had top pair with the {q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. Neither the {4-Hearts} turn nor {Q-Hearts} river was what Mizzi needed, and he exited in 18th place for $7,805.

Others who fell throughout the day were Humberto Brenes (38th), Faraz Jaka (35th), Erik Seidel (31st), Jake Cody (23rd), Josh Brikis (20th), Erich Froehlich (17th), Sylvain Loosli (16th), and Alex Bolotin (12th), all of who took home $7,805.

In regards to Bolotin, who won the Event #6 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $259,211 a week ago, he made it to heads-up play at his table but fell to Narendra Banwari. It happened when Bolotin got his last 110,000 all in preflop holding the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades} and was up against the {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} of Banwari. The {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop kept Banwari in the lead, but then Bolotin spiked an ace after the dealer burned and turned the {A-Hearts}.

“Goddamnit,” Banwari muttered. Little did he know his anger would turn to pure joy when the {Q-Spades} spiked on the river. With that, Bolotin’s attempt at winning back-to-back shootouts came to an end.

Joining Banwari, Duong, and Bell at the final table are some accomplished players including online superstar and WSOP bracelet winner Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond; Taylor Paur, who won a gold bracelet last summer in Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $340,260; Dylan Linde, who will earn his third cash of the summer; and Eric Wasserson, who had to forgo playing the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event after advancing. Toss Kory Kilpatrick, Noah Bronstein, and Michael Stonehill into the mix and it’s shaping up to be quite the final table.

Here is how the final table stacks up:

SeatNameChip Count
1Chris Bell346,000
2Taylor Paur339,000
3Kory Kilpatrick344,000
4Jack Duong338,000
5Noah Bronstein354,000
6Michael Stonehill346,000
7Dylan Linde346,000
8Eric Wasserson345,000
9Narendra Banwari346,000
10Phil Galfond347,000

The third and final day will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Monday. Everyone is guaranteed a $16,609 payday, but all ten have their eyes set on the $254,891 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet. Who will walk away the victor? Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then to find out the answer.

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Stonehill Prevails Over Alaei

Chad_Holloway • Level 9: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Michael Stonehill
Michael Stonehill

In the first hand after doubling, Michael Stonehill moved all in from the button and Daniel Alaei folded.

In the next hand, Alaei was the one shoving from the button and Stonehill asked for a count. It was 35,000 total, and he made the call.

Stonehill: {k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Alaei: {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

Alaei was in need of some help, and besides a gutshot straight draw he didn't really get it on the {j-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop. The {5-Spades} turn give him a double belly-buster straight draw, but the {q-Spades} river failed to complete it.

With that, the last match of the night has come to a close.

Michael Stonehill us
Michael Stonehill
us 346,000 43,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us Busted

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Stonehill Doubles Through Alaei Again

123md • Level 9: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante

Daniel Alaei limped on the button, Michael Stonehill checked his option, and the flop fell {8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}.

Both checked, the {3-Hearts} turned, and Stonehill bet 12,000. Alaei raised to 32,000, Stonehill called, and the {7-Diamonds} river completed the board. Stonehill shoved for 112,500, sending Alaei into the tank for about 90 seconds before he called.

Stonehill tabled {9-Clubs}{6-Hearts} for a nine-high straight, while Alaei shook his solemnly and flashed {4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} for an eight-high straight before sending his cards to the muck.

Michael Stonehill us
Michael Stonehill
us 303,000 153,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 43,000 -153,000

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