Event 28: Jonathan Bussieres Wins One, Loses One

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 78

Jonathan Bussieres
Jonathan Bussieres

Craig Varnell moved all in from the cutoff for 55,000, and Jonathan Bussieres called from the big blind with As4s. Varnell turned over Ah8s, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Kh8d6c10h8h, and Varnell paired his eight on the flop and rivered trips to win the pot and double up in chips.

Craig Varnell  –  130,000  (9 bb)
Jonathan Bussieres  –  185,000  (12 bb)

Joe McKeehen moved all in from the button, and Jonathan Bussieres called all in from the small blind for 185,000 with AdJd. McKeehen turned over 7s3d, and Bussieres needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Ks10s9c4d4h, and Bussieres won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

Jonathan Bussieres  –  400,000  (27 bb)
Joe McKeehen  –  525,000  (35 bb)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 310,000 (21 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $25,450.

Event 28: Jim Collopy – 6th Place ($19,325)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 78

Jim Collopy
Jim Collopy

Jim Collopy was all in from the big blind with Ks10c, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Jh3d of Joe McKeehen in the small blind.

The board came AhKh9h2c10h, and McKeehen rivered a heart flush to win the pot and eliminate Collopy in sixth place.

Joe McKeehen  –  680,000  (45 bb)
Jim Collopy  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($19,325)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 310,000 (21 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $25,450.

Event 28: Greg Baird – 7th Place ($15,385)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 78

Greg Baird
Greg Baird

Jim Collopy raised from the button, Jonathan Bussieres moved all in from the small blind for 60,000, and Collopy called with AdJd. Bussieres turned over Ah5d, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qs3h3d4h2c, and Bussieres rivered a five-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Jonathan Bussieres  –  245,000  (16 bb)
Jim Collopy  –  150,000  (10 bb)

About 10 minutes later, Faraz Jaka moved all in from the button for 195,000, and Craig Varnell called from the small blind with Ac7h. Jaka turned over AhKd, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 9d3d2c2hJd, and Jaka won the pot with his king to double up in chips.

Faraz Jaka  –  420,000  (28 bb)
Craig Varnell  –  55,000  (4 bb)

Greg Baird moved all in from the small blind for 155,000, and Joe McKeehen thought for a bit before calling from the big blind with Kd10s.

Baird turned over Kd9c, and he was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came 8d7h2d3c5d, and McKeehen won the pot with his ten kicker to eliminate Baird in seventh place.

Joe McKeehen  –  465,000  (31 bb)
Greg Baird  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($15,385)

With six players remaining, the average chip stack is about 260,000 (17 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $19,325.

Event 28: Ray Qartomy – 8th Place ($11,355)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 78

Ray Qartomy
Ray Qartomy

Jonathan Bussieres moved all in from middle position for about 165,000, and Faraz Jaka called all in from the button for 80,000 with 9s9c. Bussieres turned over Ah7c, and Jaka needed his nines to hold to stay alive.

The board came 8c7s2dKd6h — Bussieres paired his seven on the flop, but improved no further. Jaka won the pot with his pocket nines to double up in chips.

Faraz Jaka  –  195,000  (13 bb)
Jonathan Bussieres  –  85,000  (6 bb)

Ray Qartomy moved all in under the gun for 115,000, and Joe McKeehen called from the button with AsKd.

Qartomy turned over Ah8s, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jd6c3d2h5h, and McKeehen won the pot with his king to eliminate Qartomy in eighth place.

Joe McKeehen  –  335,000  (22 bb)
Ray Qartomy  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($11,355)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 225,000 (15 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $15,385.

Event 28: Stuck at the Final Eight Players

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 78

Craig Varnell
Craig Varnell

Craig Varnell was all in from the big blind for 130,000 with AdJc, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 10c8c of Ray Qartomy in the cutoff.

The board came QdJh4sQc2h, and Varnell won the pot with two pair, queens and jacks, to double up in chips.

Qartomy looked at Varnell and asked, “Am I the only one doubling you up? Four times I’ve doubled you up today.” Varnell just smiles and nods as he stacks the pot.

Craig Varnell  –  275,000  (28 bb)
Ray Qartomy  –  130,000  (13 bb)

After a flop of 7h4d2c with about 65K already in the pot, Mark Guariglia moved all in from the big blind for 135,000, and Craig Varnell went into the tank from UTG+1.

Guariglia said, “You’ll see it either way.” Varnell said, “I just feel like you have tens or something.”

Varnell folded, and Guariglia showed 9d7d for a pair of sevens as he took the pot. Varnell said he folded pocket sixes.

As he was stacking his chips, Guariglia said, “I’ve got to protect my blinds.”

Mark Guariglia  –  200,000  (20 bb)
Craig Varnell  –  245,000  (25 bb)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 195,000 (20 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $12,875.