Event 4 (Day 1)
End of Level 14: Limits 2000/4000
Average Chips: 42,500
Day one is over, with big stack Jeff Jerome holding back Roland Israelashvili for the the lead.
Other stacks of note:
Filippos Stavrakis – 80,700
Barry Levy – 53,200
Barak Zaken – 62,000
Roland Israelashvili – 80,800
Christopher Amarai – 73,500
Official counts and seat draws will be posted when available.
Day 2 players should gather Saturday, September 8 at noon.
Level 14: Limits 1500/3000
Average Chips: 35,417
With a big bet left, Amnon Filipi completed in Stud, setting up an inevitable all in. Only Barry Levy, a former Borgata H.O.R.S.E. champion, gave action.
On fifth they got all the chips in, with Amnon turning over a card to show a one liner, and then a hidden pair of tens as well. The equity was extremely close, as Barry had tens and one higher card, a blocking Filippi’s straight opportunity.
However, the river gave Barry two pair as he binked a six, which he flipped up quickly, while Amnon studied his last downcard.
He then reached over to Barry’s board and grabbed that to complete his straight.
The two shook hands, and Amnon is out. It’s a breather for Levy, who is still under average but now with a playable stack.
Level 13: Limits 1500/3000
Average Chips: 30,357
Jeff Jerome just turned over a set of fours in Stud8 to knock out Gary Kosakowski.
End of Level 12: Limits 1200/2400
Average Chips: 29,310
Funaro, meanwhile, still holding on, found himself all in on fourth street in Stud when three bets went in between him, Ross Hoffmann and Ernie Vidal. Hoffmann and Vidal traded the lead after Ernie bet out on fifth, but ultimately it came down to Ross catching pure on the end.
With two spades showing, Ross needed to improve over what looked like at least two pair on a straightening runout for Vidal.
Hoffman got there, and turned over the nut flush, and eyes turned to the all-in player. Funaro missed his own better flush draw for the main, leaving Ross with a big stack nearing 50,000.
“You got it on on the river!” cried out Ernie in frustration, who knew where he was at.
Meanwhile, Roland Israelashvili continues in command as the exits mount.
End of Level 11: Limits 1000/2000
Average Chips: 25,000
On William Munley’s table, Dan Shapiro got all but two big bets in with a strong low and jacks for high, only to face a flush and settle for a chop. There was some controversy over change from a bet, but with the next hand already dealt, there was nothing the floor could do within the rules. However, his opponent, Bart Fooden, with the flush returned him an ante to keep the game moving along.
Next door on 1, Frank Funaro, very short, raised from the button, only to be reraised by the big, Ron Fast. Fast started with an , but found the unfriendly on the flop you don’t want to see, allowing Funaro, now committed with a low to scoop and survive. During the hand, it wasn’t clear to Ron how much Frank had, causing a brief stir.
Roland maintains the lead with over 60,000.
We take a short break.
Level 11: Limits 1000/2000
Average Chips: 23,611
Crippled, the short stack then got in his last two bets, a pip ahead with high cards, only to have Gary run out trip deuces. Game over.
End of Level 9: Limits 600/1200
Average Chips: 21,250
Level 9: Limits 600/1200
We return to action in a few moments, post registration.
End of Level 8: Limits 500/1000
We head to break, the Guarantee reached, but no clear chip leader here in H.O.R.S.E.
Action renews at 9:15 – when registration closes, as well.
End of Level 7: Limits 400/800
At 300/600 limits, from the BB in LHE, Chris Kusha check-raised the button Jason Lucas on .
The SB overcalled, and the dealer brought the . Only Lucas paid Kusha’s lead.
Chris led the blank river and got the inevitable call. He turned over for a turned flush.
In the next hand, Lucas flatted an open, and called down all streets. Losing to aces, Jason had only a few big bets left and was in trouble.
Fortunately for him, his next choice paid off.
Opening , he turned the nut straight, got a call there, and on the board pairing river.
We’re a level away from the end of registration – still time to get in the mix!