Event 16: Michael Aron Doubles Through Jean Gaspard

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Level 3: 600/1,200 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 70

Jean Gaspard opened to 3,200 in early position, Haim Toorgeman called a few seats over, and Jerry Wong called in the cutoff. From the big blind, Michael Aron three-bet to 13,200, and only Gaspard called.

The flop was Js6s3s. Aron continued for 14,500, and Gaspard called. The turn was the 3d, and Aron bet another 24,500. Gaspard called again, and the river was the 8c. Aron moved all in for 51,500, and Gaspard pondered for several minutes before calling to put his opponent at risk.

Aron showed KsKh, and Gaspard flashed his inferior 4s4d as he mucked. Aron won the pot with a pair of kings, doubling up into the chip lead and taking most of Gaspard’s once-mighty stack in the process.

Michael Aron – 216,200 (180 bb)
Jean Gaspard – 11,700 (10 bb)

Event 16: Jerry Wong Doubles Through Jean Gaspard

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Level 2: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 70

Jerry Wong
Jerry Wong

Jean Gaspard opened to 2,500 under the gun, and Jerry Wong three-bet to 8,000 in middle position. Gaspard four-bet shoved with his big stack, and Wong called all in for 79,900 to put himself at risk.

Gaspard: AhKd
Wong: QhQd

The table reacted in unison as the flop came AsKc6h to give Gaspard two pair. Nick Palma was unconvinced, though. “It’s your year,” he said to Wong. “I can see it coming.”

Sure enough, the Qs peeled off on the turn, giving Wong a big lead with a set of queens. The river was the blank 9d to secure his double up. He moved into the chip lead with that pot, erasing most of Gaspard’s early work in the process.

Jerry Wong – 162,300 (162 bb)
Jean Gaspard – 115,000 (115 bb)

Event 16: Mark Smith Gets it In

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Level 2: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 70

Michael McNeil limped in from early position, and Mark Smith raised to 3,500 a few seats over. Jerry Wong called on the button, and McNeil called the remainder to create three-way action.

The flop was AsJd6c. McNeil checked, Smith continued for 7,000, Wong called, and McNeil folded. The turn was the 7d, and Smith bet 15,000. Wong called, and the river was the 6s. Smith moved all in for just over 50,000, and Wong surrendered his cards into the muck.

Mark Smith – 110,000 (110 bb)
Jerry Wong – 80,000 (80 bb)

Event 16: More For Jean Gaspard

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Level 1: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 70

Jean Gaspard
Jean Gaspard

Jack Duong opened to 2,000 in middle position, and Michael McNeil called in the cutoff. On the button, Jean Gaspard three-bet to 7,700, and both opponents called.

The flop was 8c7c4h. It checked to Gaspard, who continued for 12,900, and only Duong called. Heads up now, the turn was the As. Duong checked again, Gaspard bet 21,500, and Duong called. The river was the 5h, and both players checked.

Duong showed TsTc for a pair of tens, and Gaspard tabled AcJs to win the pot with a pair of aces.

Jean Gaspard – 198,000 (248 bb)
Jack Duong – 65,000 (81 bb)

Event 16: Jean Gaspard Moves into the Lead

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
Level 1: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 70

There was just about 25,000 in the pot as the river card completed a Kh7h4dTsJh board. Heads up and out of position, Jean Gaspard bet 17,500, and Mark Smith called.

Gaspard showed AdQh, and Smith tapped the felt in acknowledgement as he mucked. Gaspard won the pot with a Broadway straight, opening up a small lead on the rest of the table.

Jean Gaspard – 130,000 (163 bb)
Mark Smith – 82,000 (103 bb)