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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Devanney Up An Down But Still Looking Strong

Event 1 (Day 1)
Level 12 (600/1,200/200)
Total Entries: 332
Players Remaining: 87
Chip Average: 78,000
Tom Devanney (Clifton Park, NY)
Table 11 is the place to be, not only housing two of the better tournament players in this field with Chris Leong and Ralph Macri, but also all the action over the last few hands with Tom Devanney (Clifton Park, NY) in the middle of it all.

In the first hand, the action was picked up with Devanney raising to 6,200 from late position and the action would fold to an unknown player in the big blind, who would re-raise to 20,000 even.

Devanney then thought for a moment, announcing himself "all-in" for just under the 85,000 chip mark.

That move would put his opponent to a decision for all his chips, as Devanney had him slightly covered, with the unknown player going deep in the tank for close to three minutes before someone at the table eventually called "clock" and the one minute countdown would begin.

When the unknown player eventually did call, the entire table was shocked to see the decision he was grappling with, as he announced "call" and tabled [Kh][Ks] just as the final few seconds were being counted down by the tournament floor.

Devanney would flip over [As][Ad] and his opponent would say, "I knew it, I almost folded too."

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone that would not "slam that down so fast" as Leong would put it, meaning in less words, that he would snap call with Kings in more or less any spot pre-flop.

The board would run out clean for Devanney's rockets and the unknown player was being sent to the rail. After taking in the pot, Devanney would be the only player over the 200,000 chip mark, but that advantage wouldn't last as he'd send close to 50,000 of it to Jake Vo in one of the very next hands.

That action was picked up with Devanney again raising from middle position and Vo moving all-in from the big blind for 47,000.

Devanney would call and table [Kd][Qd] and be flipping against Vo's [Jc][Jd].

Vo would hold through the [8d][As][7h][3c][Ad] run out and complete the double to get himself up and over the 100,000 mark, with Devanney dropping slightly, still playing close to 160,000, still one of the biggest stacks in the room.