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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three Handed Counts After "Uneventful" Level

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 30 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 2,800,000

The remaining three players are now on a quick 10 minute break and after one hand got Robert Campion over the chip average a few hands after the deal was reached, it's been a pretty uneventful last half hour.

That hand saw Campion get his [10h][10s] all-in pre-flop against the [Ah][Kd] of Peter Tripp in a close to 3,000,000 chip flip that would give Tripp close to 80% of the chips in play if he were to win.

It looked like he would after the [8c][9h][Ac] flop, but the [Js] turn gave Campion an open ended straight draw that he'd hit on the river as the [Qs] completed the board.

Campion would complete the massive double up to get up to 2,700,000 in chips and then he, Tripp and Joe Kosko would spend the next half hour just swapping pots back and forth, with no all-ins getting called and play being more or less very passive.

When they return though, there will only be 100 total big blinds in play as the big blind will "cost" 80,000, meaning that we should see an end to this "slow" and "uneventful" pace.

The chip counts returning from break are:
  1. Robert Campion - 2,600,000 (33 BB)
  2. Joe Kosko - 1,000,000 (13 BB)
  3. Peter Tripp - 4,400,000 (55 BB)

Chopping Up The Prize Pool, Playing For The Trophy

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 29 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 2,800,000
The Card Player Poker Tour Event 7 trophy.
The three remaining players are all within touching distance, with Peter Tripp still holding a decent advantage on Robert Campion and Joe Kosko, but because of the swings and shifts that these high blind levels bring with them, these three have decided on a chop of the remaining prize pool with the Card Player Poker Tour trophy and a little money left up top for the eventual champion.

All three players have locked up $18,000, which represent the biggest cash of each players career and will now be playing it out for an additional $6,000 and the CPPT Event 7 trophy.

CPPT Event 7: 4th Place - Chris Leong ($9,909)

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 28 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 2,800,000
Chris Leong (New York, NY)
With the blinds and antes representing a sizable contribution to each pot and with Peter Tripp out in front with close to half the chips in play, any double up between the other players is going to be huge and great a massive swing in the dynamic of the Final Table.

That's exactly what just happened to Chris Leong as he was cut down after doubling up Joe Kosko and was then sent to the rail in 4th place one hand later after losing a "semi-flip" to Robert Campion.

The action in both hands was picked up pre-flop with Leong opening to 140,000 in the first.

Campion would fold and Kosko would move all-in, having close to 1,000,000 chips.

Leong would get a count and then make the call, tabling [8c][8s].

He'd shake his head as Kosko tabled [Qc][Qh] and could do nothing but watch as the board ran out [4c][5s][2c][9h][Js].

Leong would be sending close to half his stack across the table to Kosko and then on the very next hand be sent to the rail as he moved all-in from the button for his remaining stack and Campion would re-shove, having Leong slightly covered.

They were more or less flipping with Leong holding [Ac][7c] and Campion holding [Kd][Qs].

Campion would shoot to the lead on the [Kh][3d][9d] flop and Leong would be unable to find an Ace on the turn or river and he'd go from being second in chips four handed to out in 4th place, feeling the swings of tournament poker first hand at this Final Table.

Leong has now made two deep runs in the first two massive guaranteed Card Player Poker Tour Events and will certainly be a player to watch heading into this weekend's $300,000 GTD CPPT Main Event.

CPPT Event 7: 5th Place - Glen Thompson ($7,379)

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 28 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 2,000,000
Glen Thompson (Framingham, MA)
After getting brutally unlucky to not increase his chip stack in the quad run out hand against Peter Tripp, Robert Campion thought that the dealer was teasing him as the next time he moved all-in Tripp called and the two would again chop the pot, with each player holding pocket sixes.

The third time would be the charm for Campion though, as he'd move all-in overtop of the pre-flop shove from Glen Thompson and finally see a pot go his way, crippling Thompson in the process.

It wasn't easy though, as Thompson held [5s][5h] and Campion held [Js][Jc].

The dealer kind of did tease Campion, putting out a [6c][10h][6s] flop that had everyone rubbing their eyes to double check if Thompson had hit his set.

He didn't and Campion would clench his fists as the turn and river bricked out and he'd score a massive double up to move himself near the chip average.

Thompson would be eliminated in one of the very next hands after he was left with just a handful of big blinds, bowing out in 5th place, earning $7,400 for his efforts, slightly the biggest cash of his career.

We are now four handed with the updated chip counts of the remaining players looking like this:
  1. Chris Leong - 1,600,000
  2. Robert Campion - 1,200,000
  3. Joe Kosko - 900,000
  4. Peter Tripp - 4,500,000

CPPT Event 7: 6th Place - John Vohs ($5,974)

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 28 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 1,600,000
John Vohs (Port Jefferson, NY)
Stacks are getting short since the blind and antes went up again and it's forced the play from some of the short stacks, with the most recent example leading to the elimination of John Vohs in 6th place.

The action was picked up as the table folded to Glen Thompson who would move all-in for just under 700,000 from the button.

The small blind would fold and Vohs would snap call in the big blind, tabling [Ad][10h].

He'd have his opponent dominated as Thompson had simply been trying to take down the valuable blinds and antes, holding [10c][8c].

The flop came down [6s][3s][5c] keeping Vohs' Ace high in the lead, but the [7c] turn card added a bit of a sweat, as Thompson now had straight and flush draws to score a knockout with one card to come.

The [4h] would fall on the river and there would be a momentary pause from everyone around the tournament area as they observed the board, eventually figuring out that Thompson held the top end of the straight, giving him a better than "play the board" hand.

Vows would hate the way he was knocked out, but now where he was as he made numerous pay jumps while working a short stack to near perfection since the dinner break, cashing for just under $6,000, the biggest tournament score of his career.

As it stands, Thompson, Robert Campion and Joe Kosko are all under the chip average, with Chris Leong sitting just above that number and Peter Tripp controlling just under half the remaining chips in play.

The Worst Run Out Ever?

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 27 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 6
Chip Average: 1,400,000
Robert Campion (Stony Brook, NY)
In the final hand before break, Robert Campion seemed poised to take a massive pot off the chip leader Peter Tripp but after one of the strangest run outs you'll ever see, Campion and Tripps were chopping a pot, leaving Campion questioning everything there is to question at a poker table.

While we missed the action leading up to the run out, we picked up the hand as Campion stood from his chair, nearly yelling, "Can you believe this run out?"

The board showed [Ac][4s][4h][4d][4c], with Campion holding [As][Ah] and Tripp sheepishly tabling [5h][5d].

Campion couldn't believe his lucky, or lack their of, at the run out as his flopped full house would get counterfeited by the river.

"That's what you get for slow playing..." Chris Leong would joke as the players walked away for their break.

Campion found a little humor in the hand and the needle, but he'd be in a much better mood if he was heading to the break with a double up, instead the chip counts at the Final Table are as follows:
  1. Chris Leong - 1,500,000
  2. Glen Thompson - 575,000
  3. Robert Campion - 700,000
  4. John Vohs - 600,000
  5. Joe Kosko - 655,000
  6. Peter Tripp - 4,100,000

CPPT Event 7: 7th & 8th Place - David Papa and Adrian Scarpa

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 27 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 6
Chip Average: 1,400,000
David Papa (North Haven, CT)
It's been an interesting last few hands as two players have doubled up over the chip average leaving two players with 5,000 chips and 10,000 chips after their massive losses, with those two players being eliminated in 7th and 8th place, but not before David Papa made a profitable pay jump over Adrian Scarpa.

The first hand was picked up pre-flop with John Vohs moving all-in from middle position and Papa snap calling when the action folded to him in the small blind.

Vohs would slam down [Kh][Ks] and Papa would need some help, holding [Ac][Js].

The board would run out clean for the pocket Kings and Papa would be left with just 5,000 chips, enough for one ante, as he barely had Vohs covered.

Everyone thought Papa would be the next player to go, but he'd double up in back-to-back hands, increasing his stack to over the 100,000 mark.

He finally took a hand off, which allowed Scarpa to open the button to 85,000.

Adrian Scarpa (Manchester, CT)
Chris Leong would then move all-in from the small blind for just over 600,000 and Scarpa would snap call, holding a dominant [Ac][Qc] to Leong's [Kd][Qh].

The board would run out [Ks][Jc][5h][8d][6s] and when the chips were counted it would be Scarpa having Leong slightly covered, getting 10,000 chips back as a rebate from the brutal Final Table "suck out".

On the very next hand, Scarpa would be eliminated in 8th place, with Papa following on the very next hand, with Leong's [Ac][8h] besting Papa's [As][3c].

Papa wouldn't be that disappointed as he'd earn an extra $1,000 by outlasting Scarpa, as Scarpa earned $3,700 for his 8th place finish and Papa would earn just over $4,700.

Chris Leong, after notching two massive knockouts, is sitting close to 1,500,000 chips.

CPPT Event 7: 9th Place - Bob Courtney ($2,898)

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 27 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 8
Chip Average: 1,000,000
Bob Courtney (Millbury, MA)
After flying "under the radar" for the majority of the day, Peter Tripp has made up for time lost on the blog over the last hour, returning from the dinner break with the chip lead and now notching our first two eliminations at the Event 7 Final Table.

The next player sent to the rail was Bob Courtney (Millbury, MA) who would end up being out kicked by Tripp when it was all said and done.

The action was picked up with Courtney opening to 110,000 from under the gun and Tripp would call in middle position.

The rest of the table would fold and the two players would see a [5c][Js][Kd] flop, with Courtney leading out for 150,000.

Tripp would announce raise, cutting out 350,000, with Courtney answering by a raise of his own, moving all-in for just over 500,000 total.

Tripp would snap call and table [Kh][Qh], dominating Courtney's [Ks][9s].

Courtney would say, "All I need is a nice!" almost sarcastically as the board bricked out with the [8c] on the turn and the [3d] on the river.

This 9th place finish would be Courtney's 50th live rated cash of his career and move him close to the $210,000 mark in terms of career live earnings.

Peter Tripp has more or less steamrolled this field since returning from dinner and now sits with close to 3,500,000 chips.

CPPT Event 7: 10th Place - Adam Johnson ($2,178)

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 9
Chip Average: 920,000
Adam Johnson (Norwood, MA)
Adam Johnson came into this Final Table as one of the shorter stacked players and couldn't survive the first orbit as just a few hands into play he moved all-in from under the gun for his remaining 200,000.

The table would fold around to the chip leader Peter Tripp who would re-rasise the bet to isolate the short stack, but he didn't have to, as the rest of the field seemed completely uninterested in calling any bet.

Tripp would table [Kh][Ks] and Johnson would need a lot of help as he held [Kc][6s].

He'd get no help as the board ran out clean for the pocket Kings and Tripp would notch a quick elimination at this Final Table.

This deep Event 7 run would be Johnson's second Foxwoods Final Table in as many months as he finished as the runner up in the New Year's Day Special event for the biggest cash of his career, earning just over $9,000 for that finish.

He'd earn less this time around, making just over $2,000, ending the last of the "grouped" payouts, as the Final Table is now guaranteed a pay jump after every elimination.

St. Vincent Out 11th, Final Table Set

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 10
Chip Average: 830,000
Brad St. Vincent (Bristol, RI)
The Event 7 Final Table has been set and while it looked like their would be a few players making their second Final Table appearance of the Card Player Poker Tour series, neither Raj Patel or Brad St. Vincent could survive, with St. Vincent bowing out in 11th place.

The action was picked up with St. Vincent moving all-in from late position for just over 500,000 chips and he'd get called by the chip leader Peter Tripp in the blinds and be way behind, [Ad][9d] to Tripp's [Ac][Ks].

St. Vincent flopped as good as he could without making a pair, as he picked up outs on the [4d][6h][3d] flop.

He'd pick up even more outs on the [6c] turn, as he now had two pair chop outs on top of his flopped flush.

None of those outs would fall for him though as the [8s] would come on the river and he'd be sent to the rail, unable to make his second CPPT Final Table.

The players that have made the Final Table are now on a quick 10 minute break and their new seating assignments and chip counts are listed below:
  1. David Papa - 225,000
  2. Adrian Scarpa - 685,000
  3. Chris Leong - 800,000
  4. Adam Johnson - 240,000
  5. Glen Thompson - 1,030,000
  6. Robert Campion - 880,000
  7. Bob Courtney - 665,000
  8. John Vohs - 435,000
  9. Joe Kosko - 810,000
  10. Peter Tripp - 2,325,000
The remaining Event 7 payouts are also listed below:
  1. $30,458
  2. $18,905
  3. $12,649
  4. $9,909
  5. $7,379
  6. $5,974
  7. $4,779
  8. $3,724
  9. $2,898
  10. $2,178

Back From Dinner, Tripp Way Out In Front With Double The Average

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 12
Chip Average: 690,000
Peter Tripp is the far and away chip leader as Event 7 returns from dinner just a few spots away from the Final Table. 
The remaining 12 players have returned from their dinner break and will resume play with Level 26, just two spots away from the Event 7 Final Table.

While there are some "bigger" stacks, they all dwarf in comparison to Peter Tripp's chip stack, as he is playing just over 1,300,000 chips or close to 20% of the total chips in play.

Tripp is another player that has been "under the radar" for much of the day, as he hasn't seemed to play that many "big" pots that we've seen, but slowly but surely trending upwards since the early levels today.

His tournament resume isn't very "radar" worthy either, as he just has a few small cashes at Foxwoods to his name, but with a massive chip lead and just a few eliminations separating this field from the Final Table, we could see Tripp make his first major tournament score here in Event 7 of the Card Player Poker Tour.

Updated Counts On Dinner, Two From Final Table

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 12
Chip Average: 690,000

The Event 7 field is now on their dinner break and will return to play around 8:40 PM, just two spots away from our official Final Table.

After losing Raj Patel in 13th place, here are the chip counts and table assignments for our 12 remaining players:

Table 1
  1. David Papa - 650,000
  2. Bob Courtney - 500,000
  3. Jay Marshall - 550,000
  4. Brad St. Vincent - 475,000
  5. Glen Thompson - 600,000
  6. Peter Tripp - 1,300,000
Table 2
  1. Jeff Kosko - 440,000
  2. Chris Leong - 500,000
  3. John Vohs - 600,000
  4. Robert Campion - 875,000
  5. Adam Johnson - 400,000
  6. Adrian Scarpa - 700,000
Live updates will return after the dinner break as we play down to our Final Table and crown a Card Player Poker Tour Champion here in Event 7. 

Johnson Goes Runner-Runner To Cripple Vogel An Move Over Average

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 25 (12,000/24,000/4,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 13
Chip Average: 640,000
Adam Johnson (Norwood, MA)
There are a few players who have been "under the radar" throughout the day that are now peaking at the right time and Adam Johnson is one of them, after winning a flip the "hard way" to cripple Chris Vogel and move himself up to the 750,000 chip mark.

The action was picked up with Johnson open shoving the button for just over 300,000 and Vogel calling in the big blind, having Johnson slightly covered, with both players tabling stander hands for their stack sizes.

Johnson held [7c][7d] and would need his pair to hold to win the flip against Vogel's [Ad][Kh].

Johnson's flip wouldn't look good on the [8d][Kc][10c] flop, but he picked up a flush draw with the [4c] turn.

Not everyone at the table saw it, but Vogel definitely did, giving out an audible groan as the [9c] completed the board and Johnson's flush.

Vogel would be eliminated on one of the very next hands and Johnson, after hovering near the chip average for much of the last few hours, is now well over that mark, just a few spots from the Event 7 Final Table.

As Vogel was getting crippled, Ari Jonisch was seen moving all-in from the button for his final 150,000 chips, only to be re-shoved on by the small blind who held [Ad][As].

Ari flopped a gut shot straight draw and turned a "double gutter" but was unable to connect to save his tournament life, bowing out in 15th place, a fantastic result for the "amateur" player, earning him just over $1,500.

We are now twenty minutes from the dinner break and three spots from our official Final Table.

Courtney Chips Up, Close To The Chip Lead

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 24 (10,000/20,000/3,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 16
Chip Average: 520,000
Bob Courtney is the owner of five Foxwoods Poker championships and looks like he might be headed towards another, as he is close to the chip lead with two tables remaining in Event 7.
Bob Courtney has quietly hovered above the chip average for the majority of this Day 2 session and after eliminating Eric Siegel, he looks like he might be one of the bigger stacks remaining in Event 7, peaking at the right time to challenge some of the chip leaders.

The action was picked up with Soukha Kachittavong opening the action to 55,000 and Siegel moving all-in from the button for just over 120,000 more.

Courtney was then next to act in the small blind and would just call, leaving Soukha in a tough spot, which he elected to bypass all together.

Siegel would then say to Courtney, "I kind of hope you have Kings so I can spike an Ace on you." to which Courtney replied, "I don't have Kings." tabling [Ac][Qc].

Oddly enough, Siegel, holding [Ad][10h] would probably rather have had Courtney have Kings, as he was completely dominated.

Siegel would have been dominated either way and wouldn't find any help as the board ran out clean with Courtney's high cards playing and winning him the pot.

While Courtney's been more or less under the radar so far, he certainly has been on the Foxwoods Poker radar in the past, as this is his 50th rated cash of his career, moving himself up and over the $200,000 mark in terms of career lives earnings.

Courtney already has five Foxwoods Poker titles to his name and might just have one of the best tournament resumes of the remaining Event 7 field and we wouldn't be surprised if he makes another Final Table and potentially adds to his trophy case here in the Card Player Poker Tour as he's sitting with just over 700,000 chips with 16 players remaining.

Seniors On Dinner, Event 7 On Color Up, Outstanding Payouts

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 24 (10,000/20,000/3,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 440,000

The $75,000 GTD Event 7 tournament is now on a quick color up break, which will be the last break before they are given an hour long dinner break after Level 25. 

That leaves just under a half hour of play and while we don't expect to be down to a Final Table by that time, we do expect to be left with about a dozen players or so. 

The other Card Player Poker Tour event running in the tournament area is the Event 8 Seniors tournament, which is currently on it's dinner break. 

Event 8 has just 49 players remaining and they will be returning to Level 15, just 25 places from the money, as 24 players are set to be paid. 

That official payout structure will be posted when we get closer to the money, but while we are on the topic of payouts, lets update the blog followers on the outstanding payouts from Event 7 that have occurred over the last few hours. 

The following players have cashed for $1,405 in Event 7:
19. Andrew Lauer
20. Sam Gilly
21. Stephen Posa

The following players have cashed for $1,194 in Event 7:
22. Anthony Keys
23. Alex Houle 
24. Hector Santucci 

The following players have cashed for $1,054 in Event 7:
25. Ricky Brisson 
26. Patrick Donnelly 
27. Jeremy Barcello 

The following players have cashed for $941 in Event 7:
28. Salvatore Morello 
29. Gemeady Kotlyarenko
30. Floyd Overton 
31. Josh Kearns
32. James Debreceni
33. Ryan Eriquezzo
34. Stephen Hemsworth
35. Scott Aziz
36. Deon Nossel

Scarpa's Kings Prevail, Two Tables Remaining

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 23 (8,000/16,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 440,000
Adrian Scarpa (Manchester, CT)
If you've been following the Foxwoods Poker blog though the first half of the Card Player Poker Tour you surely remember Andrew Lauer from the Event 5 Final Table, where his pocket tens cracked the pocket Kings and Aces of Michael Lavoie, first crippling Lavioe and eventually knocking him out and gifting Lauer with the chip lead, which he rode to a 2nd place finish.

What goes around comes around, as Lauer just got it all-in with [Ah][As] against the [Kc][Kd] of Adrian Scarpa, looking to again win a massive pre-flop encounter to move himself up the leaderboard heading into the final two tables.

Except this time, he was on the wrong side of variance as the flop came clean, followed by the dirty [Ks] on the turn, giving Scarpa the set and the elimination as he had Lauer slightly covered.

It was a very unlucky spot, but in poker, you can never always be on the winning side of 80/20 encounters and after getting "lucky" a few times in Event 5 and making a deep run here in Event 7, Lauer can't really complain about the outcome in the scheme of things.

The elimination has sent us to our final two tables with 18 players remaining and after the redraw, here are the table assignments and chip counts:

Table 1
  1. Ari Jonisch - 450,000
  2. David Papa - 550,000
  3. Eric Siegel - 150,000
  4. Bob Courtney - 600,000
  5. Jay Marshall - 300,000
  6. Soukha Kachittavong - 300,000
  7. Brad St. Vincent - 500,000
  8. Glen Thompson - 650,000
  9. Peter Tripp - 800,000
Table 2
  1. Chris Vogel - 400,000
  2. Jeff Kosko - 525,000
  3. Chris Leong - 550,000
  4. Jen Barrile - 150,000
  5. John Vohs - 360,000
  6. Robert Campion - 375,000
  7. Raj Patel - 750,000
  8. Adam Johnson - 280,000
  9. Adrian Scarpa - 500,000
As we were collecting the chip counts, Ari Jonisch managed a huge double up through the former chip leader Glen Thompson after Thompson opened in late position and Ari moved all-in from the big blind. 

Thompson would call and Jonisch would hold a serious advantage [Ad][Kh] to Thompson's [Kd][Qc], with both pairing their King on the turn and Jonisch's Ace kicker playing to win him the pot. 

Jonisch would give out a loud "YES!" after the river bricked out and he'd get some high fives and handshakes from his rail of Alex Umansky and Craig Warkol, who have returned to sweat the final two tables of Event 7. 

Campion and Marshall Double Through Leaders

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 23 (8,000/16,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 18
Chip Average: 435,000
Robert Campion (Stony Brook, NY)
It hasn't been smooth sailing for our big stacked players as both Robert Campion and Jay Marshall have doubled up through Souhka Kachittavong and Brad St. Vincent over the last level, moving Campion back up to the chip average and Marshall up to a workable 10 big blind stack.

Marshall was the first to score his double, moving all-in with [Ah][10d] after Brad St. Vincent opened the action from middle position.

St. Vincent was more or less priced in and would call with [Kc][9c].

St. Vincent would flop a straight draw but out brick out over the turn and river and Marshall's Ace high would be good enough to win the pot and move himself up close to the 200,000 mark.

Campion scored a much bigger double up, as he moved all-in from the big blind for just over 230,000 overtop of the early position open from Soukha, who would eventually call with [8c][8h].

Campion held [Ad][5d] and they would be semi-flipping, until the [Ah][7c][Kh] flop came down, with Campion improving to trips on the turn and holding on through the river for the huge double.

That would move him close to the 500,000 chip mark and would cut Soukha down to just below the chip average.

Campion and Soukha's encounter would be the first "massive" pot played between any of our "murderer's row" players, something that was more or less bound to happen with twenty players remaining.

We are now mid-way through Level 23, with the field just a few eliminations away from the final two table redraw.

Thompson Leading, First Over One Million

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 22 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 21
Chip Average: 395,000
Glen Thompson is the first player over the 1,000,000 chip mark here in Event 7 of the Card Player Poker Tour
Our focus on the "big" stacks throughout the first half of Day 2 have been centered around those involved in our "murderer's row" table draws, but there is one player off on his own at the "feature" table that is now leading the Event 7 field.

That player is Glen Thompson (Framingham, MA) who is now near the 1,000,000 chip mark after winning a crucial flip against Alex Houle.

The action was picked up with Houle opening from late position and Thompson would then three-bet to close to 200,000 from the small blind, effectively putting Houle all-in and pricing another big stack, Brad St. Vincent, out in the big blind.

St. Vincent would fold and Houle would push in the remaining chips for a call tabling [Ah][Kd], a classic race against Thompson's [Jh][Jd].

The board would run out [7c][Qs][10h][3s][Qd] and Thompson would fade the straight and pair draws to complete the knockout and scoop the over 400,000 chip pot.

With that elimination we are closing in on the 18 player redraw and Thompson is now the far and away chip leader of Event 7, with just Raj Patel and Soukha Kachittavong in touching distance with each other those players playing 800,000.

Thompson had has some moderate success in previous Foxwoods series, Final Tabling two Mega Stack Challenge events in 2012 and 2013, but is still looking for his "breakthrough" score, something that might come here in Event 7 of the Card Player Poker Tour.

Players are also just a few minutes from the end of Level 22.

Vogel And Barrile Send Us To Final Three Tables & Updated Chris Chip Counts

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 22 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 25
Chip Average: 330,000
Chris Vogel (Plymouth, MA)
After two massive hands on Table 1 and 2 before the post-Level 21 break, we now return from break with just three tables remaining in the $75,000 GTD Event 7 tournament.

The first massive hand happened on Table 2 and saw Chris Vogel call the all-in of an unknown short stack with [Kh][10h] on a board of [Qd][7h][8h][Jd].

Vogel's opponent held [9c][10s] for a turned straight, but Vogel has his own straight and flush outs with one card to come and would hit the [Ad] to give him the "nut" straight on the river.

Vogel had his opponent covered by a few 10,000 chips and after the elimination will enter the final three tables with an above average stack.

Jen Barrile will also start Level 22 with an above average stack, after won a massive flip with [Ad][Kd] against an unknown opponent's [Jh][Js] to complete a huge double up to move her to the 400,000 chip mark.

Barrile will headline our "feature" table with the complete table assignments for Event 7, along with chip counts, listed below:

Table 1

  1. David Papa - 220,000
  2. Alexander Houle - 250,000
  3. Jay Marshall - 200,000
  4. Jen Barrile - 425,000
  5. Glen Thompson - 580,000
  6. OPEN
  7. Brad St. Vincent - 625,000
  8. Eric Siegel - 160,000
  9. Ricky Brisson - 50,000
Table 2
  1. Joseph Kosko - 400,000
  2. Chris Vogel - 385,000
  3. Sam Gilly - 220,000
  4. Adrian Scarpa - 400,000
  5. Tony Keys - 150,000
  6. Stephen Posa - 100,000
  7. Adam Johnson - 350,000
  8. Bob Courtney - 400,000
  9. Andrew Lauer - 200,000
Table 3
  1. Ari Jonisch - 300,000
  2. Peter Tripp - 400,000
  3. Hector Santucci - 95,000
  4. Chris Leong - 575,000
  5. John Vohs - 160,000
  6. Robert Campion - 250,000
  7. Soukha Kachittavong - 700,000
  8. Raj Patel - 750,000
  9. OPEN

Ari Wins The 'Last Longer', His Turn To Go Deep

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 21 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 29
Chip Average: 285,000
Ari Jonisch (Harrison, NY)
During last night's Flight B coverage we featured Alex Umanksy at a table full of trophy winners after Alex outlasted a massive $100,000 GTD field at November's Borgata Fall Poker Open to take down his first ever major poker title.

During that run, Alex's friends had a "last longer" bet, as a group of them had come down to play in the weekend event, with many of them, including Alex, playing in their first ever major tournament.

Alex obviously won the last longer on the felt, but Ari Jonisch (Harrison, NY) won the "last longer" on the rail, staying up to the early hours of the next morning to watch his friend outlast a tough Final Table to win the title.

Well, the group of friends are back here in Event 7 of the Card Player Poker Tour and Ari has won the "last longer" that matters the most this time around, as he was the only one to make the money, good for his second straight tournament cash after making a score in the event that Alex won last year.

Alex and Craig Warkol are now positioned on the rail to hopefully watch their friend make a deep run and Ari finds himself in a similar position that Alex was in mid-way through his championship run, playing a slightly below average stack in Level 21.

Ari doesn't seem bothered though, looking to replicate the "under-the-radar" strategy that Alex used at the Borgata, to not only make a few pay jumps, but perhaps even make the Final Table and peak from there.

Regardless of Ari's finish here in Event 7, he's already won some big time bragging rights and the rail "last longer" is now going to be decided between Alex and Craig, who are hopefully in for another long night of spectating as their friend looks to make the biggest tournament score of his career.

Seniors Update and Outstanding Event 7 Payouts

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 20 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 29
Chip Average: 285,000

We've hit a bit of a lull in the Event 7 action and thought it would be a good time to update you on the Event 8 Seniors tournament, as well as the outstanding payouts from the first wave of players to make the money in the $75,000 GTD Event 7.

The Seniors Event has just played through the late registration period and are mid-way through Level 9 with that field frozen at 232 players.

Just under half of those remain as the current field is sitting just over the 105 player mark.

Of those hundred or so players, 24 will finish "in the money" and the official Event 8 payouts will be posted once they are finalized by the tournament staff.

As for the outstanding payouts of Event 7, we've worked through out first "wave" of payouts, with the following players cashing for $843:

37. Chris Renaudette
38. Kevin Sniffin
39. James Didomizio
40. Sean Curtin
41. Yao Wu
42. Liam He
43. Pedro Martell
44. Jason Calnan
45. Robert Allain

Soukha Headlines Another "Murderer's Row" Lineup

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 20 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 32
Chip Average: 260,000
Soukha Kachittavong (Woonsocket, RI)
After Table 5 broke we thought we'd see the end to our "murderer's row" as Adrian Scarpa and Stephen Posa were moved to Table 2,  but the two other big stacks at that table have basically just relocated to Table 3, where Chris Leong and Robert Campion have taken their seats right next to Foxwoods "regulars" Soukha Kachittavong and Raj Patel.

Leong and Campion are still well stacked, with Patel also playing close to 450,000, but Soukha might be the biggest stack at that table and the room as he's playing well over 500,000.

Patel is a former WPT Champion, winning the 2007 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event for just under $1,300,000 and Soukha doesn't have a weak poker resume as well as he's already notched one Final Table appearance this series, finishing the opening $100,000 GTD Event 1 in 9th place for just over $3,700.

Runs like that have become common place for Soukha though, as he has had nine Final Table runs over the last 12 months, with one outright win in a Mohegan Sun Super Stack Sunday Special event.

He's broken through at Foxwoods before too, as he's the owner of three Foxwoods Poker titles and just under $150,000 in career lifetime earnings.

The tables may have changed, but the dynamic between these big stacks hasn't as Campion and Leong are back to another "murderer's row" with big stacked veteran tournament players and their table will again be one to focus on as we get closer and closer to the Final Table.

$75K GTD Event 7 "ITM" Right Before First Break

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 18 (2,500/5,000/500)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 45
Chip Average: 185,000

We are officially in the money as the tournament staff has confirmed that 45 players remain in Event 7, as two players were eliminated in the hand before the start of "hand for hand" play.

Everyone here has already locked up a minimum score of $843, but once you make the money, everyone's eyes shift to the top of the payout structure and will players sitting very deep with the average stack playing over 25 big blinds, everyone remaining can make a run at the Final Table and the Card Player Poker Tour Event 7 title.

Some notable players to make the money include Ryan Eriquezzo, Brad St. Vincent, Jen Barrille, Alex Houle, Raj Patel, Hector Santucci, Soukha Kachittavong, Ari Jonisch, the entire "Murder's Row" contingent of Robert Campion, Adrian Scarpa, Chris Leong and Stephen Posa, Andrew Lauer, Joe Kosko, Eric Siegel, Jason Calnan and Chris Vogel.

Updates will continue on the Foxwoods blog through the money as we continue to thin the field, with our "feature" table streaming live at

St. Vincent Takes His Time, Heroes Heading To Bubble

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 18 (2,500/5,000/500)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 46
Chip Average: 165,000
Brad St. Vincent (Bristol, RI)
We are just a few eliminations away from hand for hand play, but while the bubble may be popping shortly, a massive hand just played out on the "feature" table that might have just changed the course of this entire tournament as Brad St. Vincent just hero called a massive bet on the river to cut down former chip leader Chris Renaudette and move himself near the top of the Event 7 leaderboard.

The action was picked up on the turn with St. Vincent leading out for 27,000 on a board of [9h][6h][5s][Jc].

Renaudette would then raise to 65,000 and after a minute and a half of thought, St. Vincent would call.

The [Qd] was an interesting card on the river as some draws got there, while others didn't. St. Vincent would check to the turn aggressor and Renaudette would fire out a bet of 68,000.

St. Vincent went deep into the tank, apologizing to his table a few times, taking close to five minutes before Ryan Eriquezzo finally called "clock", giving St. Vincent a minute to make his decision.

He eventually did and threw a stack of chips across the line for a call, which was not what Renaudette wanted to say as he said, "I missed."

St. Vincent didn't wait for Renaudette to show his hand, tabling [Qh][10h] for a missed flush and straight draw, but rivered top pair which was good enough to win the pot.

St. Vincent would have been left with just over 30,000 if he were to call and be wrong, but he wouldn't, instead making a massive hero call to move himself up and over the 300,000 chip mark, cutting down the former chip leader in the process.

St. Vincent would again apologize to the table for taking such a long time and Eriquezzo would apologize for his clock call, but everyone seemed to understand as it was a massive decision, with St. Vincent ultimately making the right one.

He'd later joke, "I only called because I'm on TV." but we think that there was certainly a more "legitimate" reason for the call, a correct one we were not surprised to see, as St. Vincent has been playing some great poker through the first half of this series and looks to be continuing that here in Event 7.

Campion, Scarpa and Leong Make Up Day 2 "Murderer's Row"

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 17 (2,000/4,000/500)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 55
Chip Average: 150,000
Robert Campion, Adrian Scarpa and Chris Leong make up a "murderer's row" as these three players are all seated next to each other with some of the bigger stacks in the room. 
If you saw the line up on Table 5, you'd think that we'd missed a few hours of coverage and were already down to the final few tables because after an outer table broke, Robert Campion was moved right next to Adrian Scarpa and Chris Leong, creating a murderer's row with three of the biggest stacks in the room all sitting next to each other.

Campion, Scarpa and Leong are also joined by Stephen Posa, making Table 5 home to nearly half of the top ten stacks in the current Event 7 field, as every player is above the 250,000 chip mark, with Campion and Scarpa bordering on the 400,000 mark.

Every single one of these players were on our "watch list" coming into Day 2, as Leong and Posa are former Foxwoods champions and Campion and Scarpa are looking to parlay their heavy bags from Flight A and B into their first deep Foxwoods runs.

Now that they're all seated together, it not only makes our job easier, but should make for some very entertaining action over the next few levels as the big stacks will be forced to clash at some point today.

The Event 7 field has just entered Level 17 and we are now just ten spots away from the money and while these four players shouldn't be worried about surviving that bubble, as they are all well above the chip average, it should be interesting to watch them post-money bubble as all four of these players will look to assert themselves and take control of their table, which should lead to some fireworks along the way.

Main Event Champ Greg Raymer Back To His Old Stomping Grounds

Event 8
Level 4 (100/200/25)
Total Entries: 153
Greg Raymer (Raleigh, NC)
For every poker player and champion, theres a poker room where they got their "start" and for World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer, that poker room is Foxwoods Resort Casino.

While the majority of our blog followers and the poker community may only know Raymer as the WSOP ME Champion, before that fateful day in 2004, Raymer was a regular at the New England poker room, making some of his first early scores at Foxwoods, even winning two Foxwoods titles from 2001 to 2003. 

Since that WSOP victory, which earned Raymer $5,000,000 and made him an instant celebrity in the poker community, he's cashed in and won tournaments from coast to coast and around the globe, but he makes a point of always returning to his "old stomping grounds" and has chosen the Event 8 Seniors tournament and the second half of the Card Player Poker Tour series to make his return to Foxwoods. 
While the rest of the Event 8 field just went on their first break of the day, Raymer spent the majority of his break talking with a group of players and tournament staff and while many people who gain instant stardom and fame might not like that part of it, Raymer, who we've seen at other local tournament stops like the Borgata Fall Poker Open last November, remains one of the best ambassadors to poker and is clearly one of the friendliest and well respected champions we've ever had the pleasure to cover. 

While the majority of the coverage of the Seniors Event isn't going to be picked up until we close in on a Final Table, Raymer will certainly be a player to watch throughout this event and throughout the rest of the CPPT series. 

Card Player Poker Tour $75KGTD Event 7 Official Payouts

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 67
Chip Average: 125,000

We've lost close to a dozen players through the first half of Level 16 and are now just over twenty eliminations away from this Event 7 field is officially "ITM".

45 players will make the money and get a piece of the over $140,000 prize pool, which nearly doubled the original guarantee put on this event.

The top few spots have some big money attached to them, with the complete official payouts for Event 7 listed below:

Card Player Poker Tour $75,000 GTD Event 7 - $400 NLH
Total Prize Pool: $140,553
Places Paid: 45
  1. $30,458
  2. $18,905
  3. $12,649
  4. $9,909
  5. $7,379
  6. $5,974
  7. $4,779
  8. $3,724
  9. $2,898
10-12. $2,178
13-15. $1,827
16-18. $1,616
19-21. $1,405
22-24. $1,194
25-27. $1,054
28-36. $941
37-45. $843

The Foxwoods blog will follow the Event 7 action up to and through the money bubble all the way until we crown another CPPT champion. 

$75K GTD Day 2 Starting Up Shortly

Event 7 (Day 2)
Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total Entries: 414
Players Remaining: 72
Chip Average: 115,000

Players have just begun entering the tournament area and are finding their bags and seats for this $75,000 GTD Event 7 Day 2 restart.

72 players are returning, all with an eye on the top few spots of the prize pool, which will be published shortly.

But, unlike our last Day 2 restart which saw us start just a few spots from the money, close to half of this field will finish outside the money and have nothing to show for their Event 7 efforts.

The ball is in the short stacks court and a quick rundown of the chip counts returning to play today show about a half a dozen players under the 50,000 chip mark, meaning that they will have just over 15 big blinds to play with.

The live updates Foxwoods Poker blog will take you up to and through the money bubble and you can watch all the action, hand for hand, at our "feature table" streaming at

Seniors Start Us Off, Day 2 Taking Center Stage

After a pretty "slow" day in terms of multiple tournaments, we're back to a busier schedule with two Card Player Poker Tour championships running today, starting with the Event 8 Seniors NLH tournament at 11 AM.

The Seniors event will start players with 15,000 chips and will see them play 30 minute levels, with late registration and unlimited re-entries allowed through Level 6.

This event will boast a $20,000 Guarantee and will also have a one-day structure, so a CPPT Champion will be crowned at some point today.

But, the main focus of the Foxwoods Poker blog will be on Day 2 of the $75,000 GTD Event 7 which will see 72 players return to resume play at 12 PM.

That field will return close to 30 players from the money, with the live updates picking up the action once the cards are in the air.

We will also be live streaming a "feature" table throughout the day and that action can be followed at

February 2015 - Card Player Poker Tour - Event #7 - $400 NLH Returning Players Day 2

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
7-8 Allain, Robert 66,500
6-4 Aziz, Scott 105,500
6-3 Babcock, Ryan 32,000
6-2 Barcello, Jeremy 162,000
7-2 Barrille, Jennifer 49,500
8-6 Baskin, Samuel 61,000
7-4 Brisson, Ricky 86,500
6-7 Calnan, Jason 156,500
1-5 Campagna, Anthony 50,000
8-8 Campion, Robert 258,500
3-4 Chan, Alan 58,000
1-4 Chiovaro, Stephen 31,500
4-2 Courtney, Robert 160,000
4-9 Curtin, Sean 60,000
8-9 Deandrade, Jose 50,000
7-6 Debreceni, James 122,000
1-3 Demont, Warren 87,000
1-6 Didomizio, James 75,000
2-6 Donnelly, Patrick 85,500
1-9 Eriquezzo, Ryan 178,000
5-3 Freebody, James 93,000
2-3 Gilly, Sammy 174,500
5-1 Happas, Derek 94,500
6-1 He, Liam 99,500
4-3 Hemsworth, Stephen 106,000
1-2 Houle, Alexander 119,000
2-7 Johnson, Adam 115,500
5-8 Jonisch, Ari 116,000
3-7 Kachittavong, Soukha 140,000
3-2 Kane, William 78,000
2-9 Karos, James 26,500
6-9 Kearns, Joshua 130,500
4-1 Keys, Anthony 92,000
2-1 Kosko, Joseph 217,500
8-4 Kotlyarenko, Gennady 124,000
2-8 Kresmery, Richard 100,000
7-7 Lauer, Andrew 199,500
6-5 Lavoie, Michael 91,000
5-6 Leong, Christopher 196,000
7-3 Macri, Ralph 50,000
5-2 Marshall, John 162,000
4-7 Martell, Pedro 53,000
7-5 Martin, Mark 4,000
2-4 Mitchell, Todd 110,000
5-7 Mitrokostas, Spiro 81,000
8-3 Morello, Salvatore 107,000
4-4 Murphy, Ralph 85,500
3-1 Nossel, Deon 50,000
8-5 O'Brien, Patrick 176,500
1-7 Oh, Je Wook 55,500
1-8 Overton, Floyd 93,500
7-9 Palma, Nicholas 124,000
8-2 Papa, David 190,000
3-8 Patel, Rajendra 167,500
5-9 Posa, Stephen 213,500
1-1 Renaudette, Christopher 289,500
4-6 Rodrigues, Johnny 46,000
3-3 Santucci, Hector 116,000
5-5 Scarpa, Adrian 283,000
7-1 Siegel, Eric 131,500
3-6 Sniffin, Kevin 116,000
8-1 St Vincent, Bradley 107,000
6-8 Thompson, Glen 174,500
4-8 Tripp, Peter 278,000
2-5 Umansky, Alexander 65,500
2-2 Vogel, Christopher 177,000
3-5 Vohs, John 129,500
4-5 Wantman, Matthew 156,500
8-7 Wilensky, Dawn 47,000
6-6 Wu, Yao 101,000

Renaudette Still Leading The Pack Into Day 2, Couple More Over 200K

Event 7 (Flight B)
Level 15 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total Entries: 198
Players Remaining: 34
Chip Average: 115,000
Stephen Posa will enter into tomorrow's Day 2 with one of the top stacks in the room after bagging up just over 210,000 in Flight B. 
Flight B is officially in the books after some late Level 15 excitement saw a few players bag up and over the 200,000 chip mark, including the previously mentioned Robert Campion and Stephen Posa, who bagged 258,000 and 213,00 respectfully.

In total, 34 players bagged up chips, putting the total number of players surviving to tomorrow's Day 2 session at 72, with both numbers falling pretty close to the estimates we made at the start of Flight B.

Credit to us, but, also credit to a Flight B for putting together a stacked leaderboard heading into tomorrow's restart as Andrew Lauder (199,500), Chris Leong (196,000), Ryan Eriquezzo (178,000), Matthew Wantman and Jason Calnan (156,500) all bagged up and over the chip average and will be players to watch through Day 2.

Eric Siegel also managed to bag an above average stack, after being unhappy with his 108,000 that he bagged in Flight A, he managed to spin up a 35,000 chip stack to 135,000 within the last few hands of the night to see a return on his second flight attempt.

But, while all those players bagged up big stacks, the big stack entering the Foxwoods Poker Room tomorrow at 12 PM will still be Chris Renaudette, who bagged just under 300,000 chips in Flight A and will look to put that advantage to use tomorrow and make his first Card Player Poker Tour score in the process.

Players making it through the two starting flights will return tomorrow, with a complete list of the players that bagged up chips from both flights being posted to the Foxwoods Poker blog tomorrow before play begins.

We will also post seating assignments approximately an hour before play starts with the live updates picking up the action once the cards are in the air at 12 PM.

Eriquezzo Peaking At The End Again, This Time At The Top Of The Leaderboard

Event 7 (Flight B)
Level 15 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total Entries: 198
Players Remaining: 37
Chip Average: 107,000
Ryan Eriquezzo (New Haven, CT) 
In the last two day event of this Card Player Poker Tour series, Ryan Eriquezzo played the majority of the first day with a sub-average stack and waited until the last few hands of Day 1 to chip up over the chip average.

He'd enter Day 2 of that event in the middle of the pack but still manage to make the Final Table and if it wasn't for an unlucky beat, he just might have claimed the Event 1 title.

But, we digress and back to today, where after failing to bag chips in Flight A he's again peaking at the end of the day, but this time he hasn't been hovering near the chip average throughout the day, he's been soaring above it and is now looking like a potential candidate to bag the biggest stack from this Flight B field after taking a sizable pot off of Jason Calnan.

The action was picked up pre-flop with Calnan opening to 5,100 and after the table folded to Eriquezzo, he'd three-bet to 13,600.

Calnan would just call and then check the [4c][6s][5c] flop, leading Eriquezzo to continue for 14,200.

Calnan would again call and again check the [5d] turn, with Eriquezzo again continuing for 27,000.

After close to a minute in the tank, Calnan would eventually fold and mumble something about the strength of his or Eriquezzo's hand, to which Ryan replied, "I guess we could have just gotten it in on the flop? Or pre-flop, but that would have been a really big flip."

Eriquezzo certainly likes the outcome of the hand regardless of how it "could" have went as he's now looking like the chip leader of Flight B, currently playing close to 175,000 with just under a half hour left to play before bagging and tagging chips for Day 2.

Giving Some Serious Credit Where Credit Is Due

Event 7 (Flight B)
Level 14 (1,000/2,000/300)
Total Entries: 198
Players Remaining: 44
Chip Average: 90,000
Jason Calnan (Revere, MA)
At the start of our Flight B coverage we mentioned the trophy winners sitting together at Table 8, Marsel Backa, Teddy Geddes and Alex Umansky, but we overlooked perhaps the hottest player at that table and in this entire field Jason Calnan, who is coming off of back-to-back-to-back Foxwoods title winning performances.

Calnan is a Foxwoods regular who prior to last October's World Poker Finals series had an impressive poker resume, with just under $40,000 in tournament earnings. But, since that series, he's been on fire and has won three titles in under two months, in some of the biggest events offered during the WPF and the Mega Stacks Challenge series in December.

Calnan's run started in a $500 WPF event in which he outlasted over 150 players to claim his first title and just over $12,000.

Just a few days later in that same series he'd win a $1,000 event, again taking home the title and just over $22,000 for first.

He wouldn't be done, as he'd finish the year strong with his third Foxwoods title, taking down a $600 event during the MSC series, earning another $31,000 for his championship run.

In total, he'd nearly double his career earnings in a span of a few months and is now over the $100,000 mark in terms of lifetime tournament earnings, a number that he'll look to add to over the remainder of the Card Player Poker Tour, as well as looking to add some CPPT hardware to his trophy case.

Calnan looks like he's in a good position to make Day 2 of Event 7 with an above average stack as he's currently playing close to 95,000 with just over an hour remaining in Flight B.

"Uh...Running Hearts I Guess?"

Event 7 (Flight B)
Level 13 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entries: 198
Players Remaining: 52
Chip Average: 76,000
Alex Houle (Gore, ME)
Every poker player has experienced it, making a call with a big hand, thinking you're either ahead or at least drawing to a better hand, only to see your opponent turn over the nuts, leaving you either looking for outs or looking for the tournament area exit.

Alex Houle (Gore, ME) was just in that exact situation as he was involved in a hand with an unknown player and would move all-in on a board of [3d][5h][4s] and his opponent would snap call, usually not a good sign if you only hold Ace high...

Alex would look across the table to see his opponent throw down [6c][7s] for a flopped nut straight and Alex, questionably tabled his [Ah][Qh] and said, "Uh...running hearts I guess...?"

Everyone at the table kind of shrugged it off, but Alex's opponent was wary saying, "Trust me, if it can happen it does against me."

With Alex calling his shot and his opponent having less than a confident outlook on the hand, the board ran out just how the 'bad beat Gods' would write it up, with the [9h] falling on the turn and the [4h] spiking on the river to give Alex a winning runner-runner flush.

His opponent couldn't believe it and would stand and do a few laps around his seat to cool off, while Alex was almost in the same amount of shock, starting the hand with just over 40,000 and now playing close to a 100,000 after hitting the only runout that could save his tournament life.

"Getting it in bad and winnings, yeah I'm kind of good at that." Alex would joke and while we're not going to defend his play or support moving in with Ace high and a backdoor flush draw against a flopped straight, if he can win when he's doing that, just imagine how hard he'll be to beat when he actually does have a made hand.

Players are now halfway through Level 13, meaning there is just over an hour and fifteen minutes remaining in Flight B.