$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry) Blinds 1.2K/2.4K Ante 400
Norbert Kara opened the action to 7K and it was folded to Lance Garcia in the big blind. “How much you playing?” Garcia asked Kara. Norbert lifted his hands to show his stack to Lance and responded “about 40”. Garcia made the call while saying to no one in particular… “let’s play some defense.”
The flop came Ad-8s-5s and Garcia checked. Kara made a bet of 11K and Garcia instantly grabbed a stack of 5K chips and threw them carelessly into the middle. “Did you mean to do that,” asked another player at the table. Lance flashed a grin. Norbert looked over at the other table, eyed his remaining chips, and said “ok, let’s bubble” and made the call while turning over Ah-Ts. “You have a blocker?” asked Lance as he turned over Qs-9s for a flush draw. The turn was the 6s giving Garcia the flush and meaning the end of the day for Norbert as he is our bubble boy. Kara’s had an excellent couple months at Seminole Hard Rock tournaments including a win at the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” in Hollywood last month. He came up just short this month but we’re sure he’ll be making another deep run soon.
$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Dinner Break Until 7: 10 PM / Next Blinds 6k/12k/2k ante 24 players remain, 255k avg (21 bb) Scott Strickland Chip Leaders
Scott Strickland 716k (60 bb)
Victor Coelho 650k R. Topper 535k
$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry) Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante 11 players remaining, 85k avg (39 bb) Kyle Upper (Lake Mary, FL)
Kyle Upper moves all in for 30k with KQ and is against the 88 of Lance Garcia. Upper doesn’t win the flip and is out on the double-bubble.
11 players remain, one spot from the money.
$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry) Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante 12 players remaining, 78k avg (39 bb) Table 1 (clockwise left of dealer)
Norbert Kara (Clearwater, FL)
Anonymous 1 (A1) Kyle Upper (Lake Mary, FL) Derek Bowers (Alliance, OH) Lance Garcia (Houston, TX) Devis Mulla (Tampa, FL) Table 2 (clockwise left of dealer)
Meir Barack (Tampa, FL)
Mike Browne (Tampa, FL) Phil Khavin (St. Petersburg, FL) Joel King (Bradenton, FL) Anonymous 2 (A2) Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL)
$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Blinds 4k/8k/1k 34 players remaining, 179k (22 bb) Kyron Jordan
Start of the day chip leader Kyron Jordan (Sebring, FL) continued his unpredictable style and ends up going out in 35th place.
The field will take a dinner break at 6:20 pm.
35 Kyron Jordan $390
36 Jean Miccio $390 37 Michael Monter $328 38 Marsha Wolak $328 39 Ray Martinez, Jr. $328 40 Jacqulyn Kagan $328 41 Larry Thompson $328 42 Kenneth Canty $328 43 Srini Yarlagadda $328 44 Tuan Vu $328 45 Bruce Rimar $328 46 Tom Carlton $290 47 Rick Clayton $290 48 Patrick Irwin $290 49 Bruno Gigante $290 50 Jordan Peralta $290 51 Herbert Woodbery $290 52 Kozma Llazari $290 53 Milan Guerrero $290 54 Farrell Lapi $290
$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry) Blinds 800/1,600/200 ante 12 players remaining, 78k avg (49 bb)
This tournament has been buzzing all day and we’re down to two tables. With 12 players remaining and ten making the money, we’re on the double-bubble as the next two eliminations miss the cash.
Two players wish to remain anonymous, but here’s a look at those still in the running for the $9,588 first prize.
Meir Barack Norbert Kara Andrey Ivlev Mike Browne Joel King Devis Mulla Kyle Upper Derek Bowers Lance Garcia Prize Pool Place-Payout
2nd $5,217 3rd $3,638 4th $2,679 5th $2,002 6th $1,523 7th $1,184 8th $959 9th $761 10th $649
$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante 45 players remaining, 136k avg (27 bb) Pat Hoben
There’s a log jam at the top of the chip counts as players are back from break.
Here’s a look at the big stacks:
Pat Hoben 263k
Scott Strickland 261k R. Topping 257k Greg Brannon 241k Cachen Imkhaoun 240k Siri Yarlagadda 230k
$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Next Blinds: 2,500/5k/500 ante 53 remaining players, 115k avg (23 bb)
Once the bubble breaks, players finish out the level and are on a 15 minute, black chip color-up, break. Farrell Lapi goes out in 54th place for the pay jump to $290.
The first eliminations receive $260.
55th DeAndre Poindexter
56th Alfie Orta 57th Paul Spice 58th E. Soong 59th Ralph Amadeo 60th Julio Novo 61st Andrew Phillips 62nd Craig Kardon 63rd Bennett Foster
$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry) Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante 24 remaining players, 39k avg. (49 bb) Phil Khavin
Nearly 3/4 of the 94 entries are gone as the aggressive six-max is buzzing along.
Phil Khavin (St. Petersburg) is one of the big stacks with 100k after taking out Natasha Barbour (Bradenton).
“I opened, she pushed, I called,” says Khavin who says Barbour had a bout “20 bigs” when his AJ took out her Q9.
The top 10 places are in the money ($649 min cash) , with first place at $9,588.
$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Blinds 2k/4k/500 ante 64 remaining players/94k avg (24 bb) Ruby Stands at Attention while Kozma Llazari (right) Waits for the Next Hand
It takes less than one hour to hit the bubble as 64 players remain. The next elimination gets zilch, while the rest of the field is in the money.
To prevent stalling and collusion, each table deals a hand and waits for all tables to finish before continuing. Hand-for-hand lasts until the bubble breaks.