Event 15: Michael Wang Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,020)

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 17: 2000/4000/500 Ante

The second hand back from the break brings a finish to another player as Michael Wang fell in a three-way pot to end his run here in Event 15.

Wang pushed his last 30,500 in and saw Konstantinos Pantaridis also go all-in with his 37,000 and both were called by Ardit Kurshumi.

Wang: Ah2d
Pantaridis: AcKd
Kurshumi: AsKc

With Wang in major trouble, it got even worse as the flop came Kh6hJd giving both his opponents a pair of kings. Wang managed to catch a heart flush draw with a 10h turn but the 4c ended it and Wang was out in 6th place with a $7,020 payout.

This is Wang’s fifth cash of this series and third final table.  One of those cashes was in a satellite, winning a seat in the $10 Million Guaranteed Championship event.

Michael Wang

Michael Wang (Livingston, NJ) – $7,020

Event 15: Break Time Chip Counts

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)

End of Level 16:  Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 Ante

The final six are on a break following the end of level 16.

Seat 1: Michael Wang – 31,500
Seat 2: Konstantinos Pantaridis – 40,000
Seat 3: John McDonald – 187,500
Seat 4: Steele Sutter – 506,500
Seat 5: Ardit Kurshumi – 165,000
Seat 6: Joe Reddick – 239,500

Remaining Payouts:

1: $38,609
2: $24,687
3: $17,141
4: $11,700
5: $9,068
6: $7,020


Event 15: Roman Valerstein Eliminated in 7th Place ($5,265)

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1500/3000/500 Ante

If anyone needs some advice on how to play a short stack, Roman Valerstein is your guy.  Unfortunately, his luck ran out here in Event 15.

Valerstein bet 6,000 and saw chip leader Steele Sutter go over the top putting Valerstein to a difficult decision.  After humorously asking Sutter for a chip count, Valerstein decided to make the call.

Valerstein: 8c8s
Sutter: AdQs

Unfortunately for Valerstein, the board ran out 10sAs6d7cKd giving Sutter aces and sending Valerstein to the rail. Valerstein was congratulated for his play by the rest of the players as he left the table to pick up a $5,265 payday.

Roman Valerstein

Roman Valerstein (Langhorne, PA) – $5,265

Event 15: The Bubble Finally Bursts

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 16: 1500/3000/500 Ante

It turned out not to be Justin Zaki’s night.

After nearly 6 hours of play, Zaki is victimized on the bubble.

Zaki’s lost a critical hand to fellow short-stack Roman Valerstein as his tens fell to queens leaving him with only 14,000 chips.

A few hands later, Zaki made his last stand with Qc9c but ran into aces to finish it and sending him home empty-handed.

The rest of the players let out a collective sigh of relief as this bubble finally cracked and we’re in the money on Event 15 plus have our official eight-handed final table.

Event 15: Sbrissa Doubles Thru Zaki

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)

Level 15:  Binds 1.200/2,400/400 Ante

Victor Sbrissa (bb) and Justin Zaki (utg+1) got to the turn with a board of AdKh7c2s and Sbrissa checked, Zaki fired 12,200, Sbrissa check-raised to 25,800.

Zaki tanked for a minute, then called.  River was the Tc and Sbrissa shoved for 30,800.  Zaki again gave it some thought before calling.  He showed AsKc for top two pair.

Sbrissa showed QcJh for Broadway, catching a 4-outer on the river.  “Oh My God” was all Zaki could say.   Roman Valerstein said “No justice in poker.”

Sbrissa doubled up to ~135k while Zaki’s stack dropped to ~30k.

Event 15: Kurshumi Gets Paid, Zaki and Konstantinos Double

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1200/2400/400 Ante

Level 15 has turned to already be as exciting as the last level was dull. Both Justin Zaki and Konstantinos Pantaridis have managed to double their short stacks but the big hand so far went to Ardit Kurshumi.

Kurshumi ended up in hotly contested hand with chip leaders John McDonald and Steele Sutter.

Facing a flop of Jc8s10c and the hand checked to him, Kurshumi bet out 18k and got calls from both of his opponents. The turn brought out the 8c putting a flush draw on the board. Once again, the hand was checked to Kurshumi who pushed the remainder of his stack in the middle.

After taking some time, McDonald made the call leaving Sutter with a huge decision. Sutter tanked for a couple of minutes and then folded leaving Kurshumi in for his tournament life on the bubble.

Kurshumi: 6c7c
McDonald: 9c9d

McDonald’s decision to chase the straight flush draw and full house did not pay off as he missed the river and Kurshumi raked in the massive pot. He is now one of the table leaders as this table still waits for the bubble to burst.

Event 15: Uneventful Level 14, Chip Counts

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1000/2000/300 Ante

As the bubble looms here in Event 15, the action has ground to a halt. With only one all-in and Joe Reddick getting no action on a flopped straight flush, the caution flag is out as these players all want to make sure to get their share of the $117,000 prize pool. John McDonald still holds the chip lead.

Here are the chip counts going into Level 15 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400 with a 400 Ante:

Seat 1: Michael Wang – 118,800
Seat 2: Konstantinos Pantaridis – 56,000
Seat 3: John McDonald – 296,700
Seat 4: Steele Sutter – 208,400
Seat 5: Ardit Kurshumi – 87,200
Seat 6: Joe Reddick – 167,200
Seat 7: Victor Sbrissa – 146,000
Seat 8: Roman Valerstein – 42,900
Seat 9: Justin Zaki – 46,000

Event 15: Bold Bubble Bluff By Reddick

$1,650 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold ‘Em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 13: 800/1600/200 Ante

Joe Reddick has been steady and deliberate through this entire tournament and this play showed his cool and calculating side.

With players on the bubble, Keller got in a hand with Victor Sbrissa. On a 2h4s5dJs board, Reddick had checked to Sbrissa who fired a bet to 26,500. After taking some time to consider his options, Reddick called.

The river brought a 7h prompting a check from Reddick. Sbrissa fired a bet of 44,500 and then shockingly Reddick went over the top pushing his stack all-in. Sbrissa went into the tank for a few minutes tensing up and counting out chips trying to make a decision. After a final look at his cards, Sbrissa put his head down and threw his cards into the muck.

Reddick then showed As9s for a busted flush draw and raked in the pot while Sbrissa said he had J-10.