Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Night Cash Games, BBJ Creeping towards $200K

Sands Bethlehem Poker Report (as of 10:50 pm)

Packed Poker House

In addition to the Sands DeepStack Extravaganza tournament series, the cash games are hopping in the Poker Room as the Bad Beat Jackpot approaches $200,000.

Currently 29 games are running and you can check up to the minute updates at Bravo Poker Live.
 
Game-Tables Running 

1-2 NL HOLDEM   15
2-5 NL HOLDEM     7
10-25 NL HOLDEM (No BBJ)  2
3-6 HOLDEM   2
5-10 NL HOLDEM 1
1-3 PL OMAHA  1
5-5 NL HOLDEM  1

Sands Bethlehem Current Jackpots

Bad Beat Jackpot (min qualifying: Quad 8s): $190,707
Mini Bad Beat Jackpot (qualifying: Quad 2s-7s): $38,141

Bounty: Payouts

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 800/1,600/100 ante
26 players remaining, 45k avg (28 bb)


Entries: 58
Total Buy-In: $9,570

Place - Amount

1st $3,349
2nd $2,393
3rd $1,914
4th $1,244
5th $670

Bounty: Sam's a Bahalla with 5 Bounties

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 600/1,200/100 ante
28 players remaining, 41k avg (34 bb)


Sam Before the Green Chip Color-up

Sam Bahalla (Parsippany, NJ) is not only the chip leader with 100k, but he's free rolling with 5 knockouts worth $500.

Players are back from the green chip color-up break as the field is down to three tables.

Bounty: More Poker Players Arrive at Sands Bethlehem

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 500/1k/100 ante
28 players remaining, 41k avg (41 bb)


Aziz Wehbey

Aziz Wehbey (Whitehall, PA) is another player, along with Ian Searing (Smithtown, NY), who's in the field as a final tuneup before tomorrow's DeepStack Extravaganza Main Event.

Also spotted at Sands Bethlehem is Greg Himmelbrand (Bayside, NY) who was runner-up here in January's Main Event for a $42,000 payday.

"I had a good summer," says Himmelbrand who cashed in 99th place at the WSOP Main Event and has more $725,000 in career recorded live tournament earning. "Close enough I could taste it," he says about his deep run in the world's most prestigious poker tournament.

Another familiar face on property ready to play in tomorrow's Main is Michael Lydon (Jackson Heights, NY) who has more $250,000 in career earnings.

Bounty: Searing Up for the Main

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 500/1k/100 ante
31 players remaining, 27k avg (37 bb)




Ian Searing (Smithtown, NY) is one player who arrived early to Sands Bethlehem and is playing in tonight's event as warm up to the Main Event.

"I've been away (from poker ) for awhile," says Ian Searing, "I have three little kids at home."

Searing is off to a good start with two bounties, one more for a free roll, and an above average 40k chip stack.

Searing has more than $100,000 in career recorded live tournament earnings, including a 15th place finish ($6,000) here in last year's Main Event.

"Thanks to my wife for holding down the fort," says Searing, who is the father of Ian (7 years old), Sean (6) and Kara (3).

Bounty: (Ice) Creaming their Opponents

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 400/800/75 ante
38 players remaining, 31k avg (38 bb)

McEwen (left) & Snyder (right)

A couple of  players are satisfying their sweet teeth as they enjoying ice cream from The Market Gourmet Express located just outside the Poker Room.

Harold Snyder (Nazareth, PA) is going with the waffle cone, while John McEwen (Nazareth, PA) got a cup of the Moose Tracks.

"Just make sure my wife doesn't see this," laughs McEwen before enjoying another big bite of his sweet treat.

Bounty: Three-Way All In, One Bounty

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 200/400/25 ante
47 players remaining, 25k avg (63 bb)


(l-r) Dave McGuire, Foellner, Fiore & Wehbey

Gary Fiore (Florham Park, NJ) is the short stack who moves all in preflop and three sharks circle the water looking for the $100 bounty.

On a board of J♣ 9 3♣ 2♣, Brian Foellner (Coopersburg, PA) moves all in for 20k, looking to take the side pot along with the main pot.

Aziz Wehbey (Whitehall, PA) goes deep in the tank before reluctantly making the call; the third active player folds.

Foellner: A♣ 8♣ (nuts)
Wehbey: K♣ Q♣ (second nut flush)
Fiore: A♠ K♠ (over cards)

The river card is meaningless as Foellner has both players drawing dead to win both pots and get the bounty.

Foellner is now at 50k, while Wehbey drops to 20k. Fiore is on the rail.

Flight 1A: Main Event Photo Gallery

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Flight 1A

Flight 1A: End Of Flight 1A Chip Counts

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

42 players remaining, 71k avg (89 bb)
Day 2 Blinds: 400/800/75 ante


Dimitrios "The Machine" Sotiriou  -  213,925


Flight 1A is in the books and the chip leader is Dimitrios Sotiriou (Astoria, NY) who bagged 213,925 (268 bb).

"The cards went my way today" said Dimitrios who basically went wire to wire in the right direction.

Kevin Campbell nicknamed Dimitrios "The Machine" because he kept taking down pot after pot.

Dimitrios won his seat last night in the 7 pm satellite tournament.  The Main Event is the first major tournament he's ever played at Sands Bethlehem.

Flight 1A survivors advance to Sunday's Day 2, where they'll merge with players advancing from Flights 1B & 1C at 1 pm.

Flight B (11 am) & Flight C (7 pm) are Saturday.

Flight 1A Chip Counts


Player                       Chip Count

Dimitrios Sotiriou........ 213,925
Karan Sehgal................ 196,925
Mike Kemeter............... 190,500
Kevin Truong................  149,225
Alex Neeley................... 147,325
Rick deJagger................  128,175
Derek George.................  114,000
Tom Kelly......................  108,850
Ken Golden....................    99,250
Thao L. Tran..................     98,200
Kevin Campbell..............   98,075
Tom Revello...................    95,625
Gino Gresso....................    83,150
Bernie Gautier.................    76,425
David LoySong...............    72,900
Jim Weppel......................    64,325
Alex Queen......................    64,200
David Goldman................    64,150
Phil Marsico.....................    57,700
Anthony Cortese...............   55,250
Michael Marder................    54,375
Jacob Perry........................   52,300
Michael Gagliano..............   52,100
Dixit Patel.........................    51,775
Timothy Polcari................    50,850
Gordon Eng.......................   50,425
Tony Lao...........................    49,500
Theo Tran..........................    42,550
Zach Kline.........................    43,500
Ken Longacre......................  39,400
Nancy Martin.......................  38,125
Mark Mariano......................  38,050
Jae Joon Pauk.......................  34,150
Mike Shasho.........................  31,500
David Tillon Jr.....................   30,575
Sammy Barona....................    27,775
Ken Silberston.....................    27,150
Joseph Brattole.....................   24,850
Sean Remington...................   24,475
David Gonzalez....................   22,250
Chris Kusha..........................   22,225
Marc Durant..........................  13,675

Bounty: Poker Room Action Continues

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

Blinds 200/400/25 ante
50 players remaining, 23k avg (58 bb)

 Mike Goldberg

While the action in the Monroe Room is done for the night, play continues in the Poker Room.

Players are back from their first break of the night with Mike Goldberg (Newtown, PA) leading the way with 52k, more than double the chip average

This is a one-day tournament and we expect to crown a winner early Saturday morning.

Flight 1A: Twitter Report

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

The opening flight of the Sands DeepStack Extravaganza Main Event is in the books and a number of players are firing off their chip counts via Twitter.

We'll have the final numbers posted before 8 pm.

Flight 1A: Sick Sick Table

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds: 300/600/50
60 entrants

Insane action continues at table 44.  Three monster leaders sit amongst each other.

In the first crazy hand: Karan Sehgal knocks out Horst Mattern and one other player when he flops a set of nines up against Mattern's A-K and opponent's QQ.

Board: 5-8-9-2-3

With that double knock-out, 100k pot, Sehgal soars to around 190,000.

A couple orbits later Mike Kemeter sees a pot open for 1500 with 5 callers.  He can't resist and jumps in with 4-6.  Mike flops a full-house after 6-4-6 hits the felt.

Meanwhile Andrew Lydon isn't afraid with 3-3.  Andrew fires every street then sees a 3 on the river for the weaker full house.  Kemeter sticks it to Lydon who exits the Main.

"On the river I bet 1/2 the pot, he jammed, and I snapped" explained Mike Kemeter.

Mike now sits on 230,000.  He is neck and neck with Dimitrios "The Machine" Sotirious who is also at sick table 44.  Oh, I almost forgot, Alex Queen was moved to T-44 too.

Mike Kemeter  -  230,000

Bounty Tournament: Bounty Hunters In Poker Room

NLH $200 Buy In + $100 Bounty

As Flight 1A plays on in Sands Monroe Room, we're one hour into the $200 Buy-In + $100 Bounty NLH tournament going on in Sands Poker Room.

58 runners are taking part in the deepstack, bounty tournament.

Re-entry was for the first 2 levels only.

Players started the day with 20,000 chips and are enjoying 30 minute levels.

Knock out a table mate and take his/her $100 bounty chip.

Flight 1A: Last Level

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 300/600/50 ante
60 entrants, 44 in room, 64k avg

Level 8 is underway with the final 50 minutes of Flight 1A.

You can no longer re-enter Flight 1A.

Just a reminder that if you decide to play another Flight, only your highest chip stack will play for Day 2.

Flight 1B is set for 11am tomorrow afternoon while Flight 1C is slated for 7pm tomorrow night.

Players will bag and tag their chips at the end of this level.

Flight 1A: Derek Deepstackin'

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 250/500/50 ante
59 entrants, 47 in room, 67k avg (134 bb)

Derek George  -  100,000

Derek George (Catasauqua, PA) finished an impressive 7th Place for $10,608 in January's Deepstack Extravaganza's Main Event.  He's looking to improve upon that finish this go round.

Derek has steadily built his stack to 100,000.

A key hand earlier came when Derek held wired 77's, saw a flop of K-K-7 with an opponent holding K-Q.  Derek's sneaky full-house helped him take down the healthy pot.

So Derek has doubled his starting stack from 50k to 100k while the machine, Dimitrios Sotiriou has him doubled at 200,000.  Dimitrios continues to be the dominant chip leader in The Monroe Room. 


Flight 1A: Two Deepstack Champs From This Series

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 250/500/50 ante
56 entrants, 44 in room, 64k avg (128 bb)

Zach Kline  -  1st Place For $2,144

Moday's $125 NLH Deepstack Extravaganza winner Zach Kline is grinding away with 50,000, pretty much what he started the day with.

Meanwhile at another table, poker pro Theo Tran (Las Vegas, NV) has fallen below the starting 50,000 stack.  We've seen Theo short before and make a huge comeback.

Theo Tran was last Friday's $200 NLH Deepstack 1st Place winner for $6,682.

Flight 1A: Air Show This Weekend

So we have Flight 1A today, Flight 1B & 1C tomorrow, but there are even more flights this weekend at Sands Bethlehem.  Check out the airshow sponsored by Sands on Sat. 8/23 and Sun. 8/24.

A must see every year!  Bring your friends and family.

Check out this link for more info:  www.lehighvalleyairshow.com

These Guys Show Air

Flight 1A: Moves Like deJaager

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 200/400/50 ante
54 entrants, 45 in room, 60k avg (150 bb)

Cathy Devers Flops The World

A huge hand brews between Rick deJaager (Manville, NJ), Cathy Dever (Ephrata, PA) and a third opponent.  All three players go all in on the action flop: 2 10♠ 6.

Rick has both players covered, but his A-A has to sweat out the world if he wants to scoop the 100k pot.

Rick A♠ A (over pair)
Cathy 4 5 (straight flush draw)
Opponent 10♣ J♣ (top pair)

Turncard 7♠ gives Cathy even more outs as she picks up an open-ended draw.

River 4♠ gives Rick the pot along with two bust-out.

Rick deJaager  -  105,000

Players are on a 15 minute break.

When we return, Level 7 begins, which is the last level you can re-enter during Flight 1A.

Flight 1A: Nancy All Flush

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 200/400/50 ante
54 entrants

Nancy Martin  -  89,000

Nancy Martin (Washington Crossing, PA) turns a nut flush on the same card her opponent makes the second nuts. Opponent jams at risk and Nancy calls. 

Okay, okay, the stone cold nuts would have been for a straight flush but you get the drift.

The AC grinder knocks her customer out and stacks to 89.000 which is 20,000 above average.

Nancy A Q
Opponent K 10

Board: 9 J♠ 6 7 2

In various poker blogs we've had the pleasure of covering Nancy for over 6 years.  So good to see her here at the Sands in this tournament.

Flight 1A: He's A Machine

$1,500 DSE Main Event No Limit Hold-Em (Re-entry)

Blinds 150/300/25 ante
54 entrants so far

Dimitrios Sotiriou  -  150,000

The field is taking notice of Dimitrios Sotiriou who commands a chip leading stack of 150,000.

Dimitrios (T-44 S-8) is on a sick run after 5 big hands, all of which either held up or came in for him.

Sands regular Kevin Campbell is sitting to Dimitrios' right and says, "this guy's a machine" after Sotiriou takes down a 100k pot.

48 players still occupy the felt in Flight 1A here at The Monroe Room.

We're playing 8 fifty minute levels today then will bag and tag.