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Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em



PokerNews Podcast Episode #231: Who Wants to be a Millionaire? feat. Sam Trickett

[user101598] • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

Thanks to a little PokerNews Podcast run good, Jason Somerville shipped a million dollars on Friday, chopping the Bellagio $100K event with Jason Mercier, Dan Smith and Tom Marchese. The crew discusses that score, then looks at the $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP with the Day 1 chip leader; Sam Trickett.

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Tags: Big One for One DropJason SomervillePokerNews PodcastSam Trickett

Altman Crippled

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Brian Altman opened the action with a raise to 22,000 and then four-bet all in when Robert Merulla from one seat over three-net him. Merulla snap-called with the {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} and Altman was in bad shape with the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. The {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{Q-Hearts} board failed to improve his hand and Altman is now down to five big blinds.

Robert Merulla US
Robert Merulla
US 540,000 503,500
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 50,000 -210,000

Tags: Anthony MerullaBrian Altman


Break Time

Yardley • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Last break of the day and time to color up the T500 chips.

Pondolfo Sent to the Rail

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Rafael Pondolfo
Rafael Pondolfo

After the previous huge pot, Rafael Pondolfo was left very short. Neo Hoang raised to 20,000 from the cutoff and Daniel Riley called on the button, Pondolfo called all in for slightly less than that out of the big blind. On the {3-Spades}{7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop, Hoang checked and folded after Riley bet 35,000.

Pondolfo: {K-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Riley: {A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

The board completed with the {4-Hearts} turn and the {10-Hearts} river to give Riley the nut flush and Pondolfo headed to the payout desk in the very last hand of the level.

Rafael Pondolfo BR
Rafael Pondolfo
BR Busted

Tags: David RileyNeo HoangRafael Pondolfo

Hoang Wins Huge Pot, Accused of Slow Roll

Yardley • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Neo Hoang
Neo Hoang

Neo Hoang and Rafael Pondolfo just had a huge preflop confrontation. There may have been a slight language barrier as at the end of the hand several players including Pondolfo accused Hoang of a slow roll, but Hoang quietly stated that he was merely making sure that Pondolfo was indeed all in before making the call and turning over his cards.

Whatever the truth of it Hoang made the call with {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}. Pondolfo had {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}.

The cards ran out {6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Hoang won a huge pot the left Pondolfo super short.

Neo Hoang US
Neo Hoang
US 455,000 145,000
Rafael Pondolfo BR
Rafael Pondolfo
BR 21,000 -269,000

Tags: Neo HoangRafael Pondolfo

The Chips Stay (Almost) in Brazil

zedmaster84 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Rafael Pondolfo has knocked out fellow Brazilian Ruly Vieira after winning a coin flip with {A-}{10-} against the pair of sixes of Vieira.

Shortly after, David Riley min-raised to 16,000 and Carlos Hey defended his big blind to see the {3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop. Riley got his last 97,000 chips in with {K-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Hey called with the {6-Spades}{8-Clubs}.

The {4-Hearts} turn was not enough yet for Riley in order to scoop the pot but the {K-Diamonds} river saw him double up.

Rafael Pondolfo BR
Rafael Pondolfo
BR 290,000 -46,000
Daniel Riley US
Daniel Riley
US 230,000 30,000
Carlos Hey br
Carlos Hey
br 95,000 -198,000
Ruly Vieira BR
Ruly Vieira
BR Busted

Tags: Carlos HeyDaniel RileyRafael PondolfoRuly Vieira

Schwartz and Merulla In Action On Table #439

Yardley • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Justin Schwartz
Justin Schwartz

Thomas Muehloecker opened for 16,000 and folded to a raise to 40,000 from Justin Schwartz.

In the next hand Muehloecker opened again for 16,000 and got just a call from Robert Merulla in the big blind. They saw a flop of {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Muehloecker bet 18,500, but folded when Merulla check-raised him to 53,500.

Merulla was involved again in the next hand tangling this time with Schwartz. Schwartz raised to 16,000 and Merulla made it 40,500. Schwartz made the call and they went to a flop of {9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}.

Merulla checked how much Schwartz had behind, a little over 200,000, and bet 80,000. Schwartz slid out the call.

The turn was the {6-Hearts} and a check from Merulla prompted Schwartz to bet 80,000. It didn’t take long for Merula to fold his {a-}{k-} face up.

“Aces are bottom of your range.” Merulla told him.

“You had no outs. It’s a good fold.” Schwartz told him

Tags: Justin Schwartz