Event 7: In The Money

$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.

Norbert Kara
Norbert Kara


Event 7: Bubble Time

$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry)
Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante
11 players remaining, 85k avg (39 bb)

Kyle UpperKyle 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.

Event 7: Back From Dinner Break

$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry)
Blinds 1k/2k/300 ante
12 players remaining, 78k avg (39 bb)

Table 1Table 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 2Table 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)

Event 6: 35th-54th Places

$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 4k/8k/1k
34 players remaining, 179k (22 bb)

Kyron JordanKyron 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

Event 7: Double Bubble,12 Left (with Payouts)

$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.

Kirk Adams
Meir Barack
Norbert Kara
Andrey Ivlev
Mike Browne
Joel King
Devis Mulla
Kyle Upper
Derek Bowers
Lance Garcia

Prize Pool


1st $9,588
2nd $5,217
3rd $3,638
4th $2,679
5th $2,002
6th $1,523
7th $1,184
8th $959
9th $761
10th $649

Event 6: Big Stacks

$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 2,500/5k/500 ante
45 players remaining, 136k avg (27 bb)

Pat HobenPat 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:

Name-Chip Count

Pat Hoben 263k
Scott Strickland 261k
R. Topping 257k
Greg Brannon 241k
Cachen Imkhaoun 240k
Siri Yarlagadda 230k

Event 6: Bubble Breaks, Places 55th-63rd ($260)

$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

Event 7: Phil-in Up Khavin’s Chip Stack

$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry)
Level 9: Blinds 400/800/100 ante
24 remaining players, 39k avg. (49 bb)

Phil KhavinPhil 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.

Event 6: Hand-for-Hand, Bubble Time

$125 + $20 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 2k/4k/500 ante
64 remaining players/94k avg (24 bb)

Dealer Ruby & Kozma LlazariRuby 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.