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Amit Makhija finishes 2nd place for $135,980* of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(2nd) Amit Makhija ($135,980*)

Zaher "Jeff" Samaan finishes 3rd place for $56,510 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(3rd) Zaher "Jeff" Samaan ($56,510)

Adam Volen finishes 4th place for $43,115 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(4th) Adam Volen ($43,115)

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Josh Hale finishes 5th for $32,765 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(5th) Josh Hale ($32,765)
Josh Hale, came to the final table in the middle of the pack and unfortunately for the 2012 WPT Legends of Poker Champion, that is where he would leave.  After playing a fairly balanced game, he survived a few all-in hands, where he was the favorite, the underdog, but ultimately the last race would be he final hand.  Hale moved all-in from under-the-gun and action was folded to Shan Jian in the small blind who made the call, the big blind folded.
Josh Hale: "Jack-Ten" of Spades
Shan Jian: "Ace-King" of Diamonds
Josh nailed the flop as a "Ten" with one Diamond appeared, but just as gracious as the "Poker Gods" can be, the turn was a disastrous "Ace!"  Needing a "Jack" or "Ten" on the river to continue his run, his prayers were not answered and Josh Hale became the fifth place finisher for $32,765!

Douglas Suyemoto finishes 6th for $25,535 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(6th) Douglas Suyemoto ($25,535)
Having played a well executed game throughout the tournament, Douglas Suyemoto managed to ride his tournament journey all the way to the final table to a sixth place finish.  He moved all in on the button with the last of his chips and was called by Adam Volen in the big blind.
Douglas Suyemoto: "Jack-Five"
Adam Volen: "Eight-Three"
The flop came "Jack-Ten-Seven," which was the best Doug could ask for as top pair of "Jacks" was way ahead.  Unfortunately a come back was not in the books for Suyemoto as the turn came a "Nine" giving Adam the "Jack" high straight!  He took this beat by shaking the remaining player's hands and exited stage left.  Douglas Suyemoto would finish his main event run in sixth for $25,535!  Good game sir.

Cody Shedd finishes 7th for $19,900 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(7th) Cody Shedd ($19,900)
The action was fast and furious as Cody Shedd raised in position only to be three-bet by Amit Makhija.  Cody four-bet shoved and Amit called.
Cody Shedd: "Ace-King"
Amit Makhija: Pocket "Jacks"
It wasn't pretty for the three time "Live At The Bike" final table-ist as the flop came "Jack" high quickly closing the door on Shedd's final table appearance.  Cody Shedd would have to find consolation in a nearly $20,000 cash an another deep, deep run!

John Apikian finishes 8th for $15,455 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event!

(8th) John Apikian ($15,455)
In the heat of battle, this hand played like a title fight, as Shan Jian opened from under-the-gun.  Amit Makhija three-bet and the action folded to John Apikian who moved all-in for nearly 1.5-million in chips.  When the action folded back to Shan, he went into the tank and made a reluctant fold.  Amit made the call and Apikian was at risk.
John Apikian: "Ace-Jack"
Amit Makhija: Pocket "Kings"
John was rooting for an "Ace," but it was not meant to be as the board ran out with no help to either player and Makhija's "Kings" were best sending John "The Manager" Apikian out in 8th for $15,455!

Tim Cramer finishes 9th for $11,610 of Card Player Poker Tour Main Event

(9th) Tim Cramer $11,610
It was a race to the finish-line as all the chips got into the middle pre-flop.  Tim Cramer moved in with "King-Jack" only to be called by Adam Volen's "Ace-Queen."  The board never improved for Cramer and he was the first casualty of the final table out in 9th for $11,610!

Card Player Poker Tour Main Event Final Table "Live Updates" courtesty of CardPlayer.com!

Card Player Poker Tour: Amit Makhija Headlines Bicycle Main Event Final Table The Main Event Brought in a Prize Pool of More Than $663,000
by Steve Schult  |  Published: Oct 15, 2014 

As the Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino Main Event heads to its final day, Amit Makhija headlines a talent-filled final table that includes 2012 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Champion Josh Hale.
Makhija has just shy of $2.9 million in live tournament earnings and is looking to add a CPPT title to his already impressive resume.
The penultimate day of the event saw 107 players come back on day 2 after putting up the $1,100 buy-in and surviving one of the first three starting days. There were an additional 56 players who were able to buy into the event at the start of Day 2 for $4,000 thanks to the Quantum Reload structure that the Bicycle Casino uses.
The 56 players who exercised the Quantum reload brought the total field size to 527 and added over $200,000 to the prizepool, bringing the total amount to just over $663,000 and a first place prize of $175,786.
Adam Volen
At the moment, Adam Volen is in the best shape to earn the lion’s share of the prizepool with 4.03 million, but Cody Shedd and Zaher Samaan are right on his heels with 3.88 million and 3.415 million, respectively. Josh Hale, John Apikian, Shan Jing and Makhija are in the middle of the pack, with Tim Cramer and Doug Suyemoto rounding out the bottom of the final table’s chip counts. While there are only nine left in contention for a CPPT title, the day started with 163 players looking to find a way into the top 54 spots to earn a min-cash of at least $2,720.
There field was full of firepower and top pros, but not everybody was lucky enough to survive the day. Chris DeMaci, Jordan Cristos, Matt Salsberg, Garrett Greer, Owen Crowe and Barry Shulman were just a few of the top pros who were unable to survive past the money bubble.
Allyn Shulman on the other hand, made another deep run in a CPPT Main Event and extends her lead as the all-time earnings leader. She finished in 17th place for $5,770 to bring her career total to $310,059 on the tour.
The money bubble burst halfway through the day without any hand-for-hand action. One the same hand, with 56 players remaining, three players were eliminated. John Simonian, Mike Katz and Derrick Mokedi all split 54th place prize money and took home $906 each.
Once the money bubble burst, the eliminations piled up as the day went on. Melissa Burr, Cord Garcia, Nipun Java, Bart Hanson, actress Sasha Barrese, former Novemer Niner Soi Nguyen, recent WPT Legends of Poker Champion Harry Arutyunyan also earned a cash in the event. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Marco Johnson just missed out on making this one of the most star-studded final tables in the tour’s history, finishing just one spot shy of the final table.
The final nine players will return to the Bicycle Casino on Wednesday afternoon where there will be a live stream of the final table with hole cards revealed on a half hour delay. Cards will get in the air at 3 pm and Card Player will provide complete coverage of the final table action.
Final Table Chip Counts
Rank Player Chip Count
1 Adam Volen 4,030,000
2 Cody Shedd 3,880,000
3 Zaher Samaan 3,415,000
4 Josh Hale 3,380,000
5 John Apikian 2,035,000
6 Shan Jing 1,675,000
7 AmitMakhija 1,550,000
8 Tim Cramer 820,000
9 Doug Suyemoto 730,000

Tim Cramer Eliminated in 9th Place ($11,610)

Tim Cramer
Tim Cramer moved all-in for 793,000 from the hijack and Adam Volen called from the cutoff. The buttons and blinds released and we had the first final table showdown.
Cramer showed KSpade SuitJHeart Suit and needed to improve to beat Volen’s AHeart SuitQClub Suit.
The board ran 5Heart Suit7Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit8Diamond SuitQHeart Suit and the final table shrank. Volen’s stack grew to 3.2 million while Cramer won $11,610.

Suyemoto Doubles Through Volen

Doug Suyemoto
Adam Volen raised to 115,000 from under-the-gun and Douglas Suyemoto moved all-in from the cutoff for 651,000. Volen called and showed 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit and Suyemoto was in tough shape with 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit.
But salvation came in the form of a set for Suyemoto when the board fell JClub Suit9Heart Suit7Spade Suit4Club SuitQHeart Suit.
Suyemoto doubled to about 1.3 million while Volen was left with 4.2 million.

Josh Hale Takes Down A Big One Without Showdown

Josh Hale
Josh Hale picked up the 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit and raised to 135,000 and Cody Shedd flat called with the ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit. Amit Makhija folded pocket threes and Doug Suyemoto reraised to 450,000 AHeart SuitKClub Suit. Hale went into the tank but eventually decided to reraise to 1,000,000.
Shedd now had a tough decision, eventually deciding to fold. The same went for Suyemoto, who also eventually found a fold, giving Hale a huge pot preflop without showdown.

Amit Makhija Doubles Through Cody Shedd

Amit Makhija
Shan Jing raised and Amit Makhija moved all in for 1.1 million action folded to Cody Shedd, who moved all in over the top for just over 3 million. Jing folded and the cards were turned up. Makhija tabled ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit and was in good shape to double up against Shedd’s ADiamond SuitJSpade Suit. The board ran out QSpade Suit10Spade Suit2Heart Suit7Club Suit7Diamond Suit and Makhija doubled up to 2.4 million while Shedd slid to roughly the same stack.

John Apikian Eliminated in 8th Place ($15,455)

John Apikian
Shan Jing raised to 135,000 from early position and was three-bet by Amit Makhija to 300,000. Action folded to John Apikian on the button, who moved all in. Action folded back to Jing who went into the tank for several minutes before pushing his hand into the muck. Makhija quickly called and showed KHeart SuitKHeart Suit and is in the lead against Apikian’s AClub SuitJClub Suit. The dealer fanned a board of QSpade Suit8Heart Suit4Spade Suit9Heart SuitJSpade Suit and Apikian was eliminated in 8th place. He takes home over $15,000 for his final table appearance. Makhija climbs to 3.7 million in chips as the table shortens to seven handed play.

Chip Counts At The Break

The remaining seven players are now on a ten minute break. Here is a look at their chip counts:
Rank Player Chip Count
1 Josh Hale 6,210,000
2 Adam Volen 3,650,000
3 Amit Makhija 3,615,000
4 Cody Shedd 3,155,000
5 Shan Jing 2,240,000
6 Zaher Samaan 2,090,000
7 Doug Suyemoto 640,000
8 John Apikian $15,455
9 Tim Cramer $11,610 

Play Resumes With Seven Players

The players are back with increased blinds of 40,000 – 80,000 with an ante of 10,000.

Cody Shedd Eliminated in 7th Place ($19,900)

Cody Shedd
Cody Shedd raised to 185,000 from the hijack and Amit Makhija re-raised to 460,000 from the big blind. Shedd moved all-in for 3.1 million and Makhija quickly called.
Shedd showed AClub SuitKDiamond Suit and was flipping for his tournament life against Makhija’s JClub SuitJDiamond Suit.
The 8Diamond SuitJHeart Suit4Heart Suit flop left few outs for Shedd and he stood up from his chair and grabbed his jacket.
By the time the 8Spade Suit fell on the river, Shedd had already left the tournament area.
Makhija chipped up to 6.9 million while Shedd finished 7th and earned $19,900.

A Pair of Big Pairs

When big pairs clash preflop, they’re often hard to fold. In this case though, Amit Makhija was able to let his pocket jacks go.
Adam Volen raised to 205,000 from under-the-gun with KClub SuitKHeart Suit and Zaher Samaan called from the hijack with ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit..
Makhija was on the button re-raised to 610,000 with JClub SuitJDiamond Suit.
Volen moved all-in for 4.2 million, Samaan folded and Makhija tanked. Makhija thought, looked at his jacks and thought some more.
Eventually, Makhija decided to let his hand go and Volen took the pot.
Volen’s stack rose to 5.2 million while Makhija got away with 6 million still in his stack.

Douglas Suyemoto Eliminated in 6th Place ($25,535)

Douglas Suyemoto
Douglas Suyemoto moved all in for 300,000 and is called by Adam Volen from the big blind. Suyemoto tabled JHeart Suit5Diamond Suit and is ahead of Volen’s 8Diamond Suit3Club Suit. The flop was JSpade Suit10Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit and while Suyemoto paired his jack, Volen picked up a straight draw. The 9Heart Suit fell on the turn which left Suyemoto drawing dead as Volen hit his straight. The river was an irrelevant KSpade Suit and Suyemoto was eliminated in sixth place as Volen chipped up to 5.2 million.

Shan Jing Doubles Up

Shan Jing
Shan Jing raised to 200,000 and Josh Hale reraised to 410,000. Jing then clicked it back to Hale, making it 620,000. After a flop of KDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit3Spade Suit Hale checked and Jing then all-in for 1.5 million and Hale called.
The turn brought the 10Club Suit and the river the 10Diamond Suit to secure a big double up for Jing, who increased his stack to 4.4 million. Hale fell to 3.9 million after the hand.

Raise The Stakes!

The blinds have been raised to 50,000 – 100,000 with an ante of 10,000.

Zaher Samaan Doubles Through Shan Jing

Zaher Samaar
Josh Hale raised to 200,000 under-the-gun before Zaher Samaan moved all in for 1.3 million from the button. Shan Jing was next to act in the small blind and went into the tank. After a few moments in the tank, Jing re-shoved all in for 5.8 million. Hale quickly mucked his hand and the cards were turned up. Samaan tabled ASpade Suit10Club Suit and needed to find an ace against Samaan’s KClub SuitKDiamond Suit. The flop was ADiamond Suit6Club Suit5Heart Suit and Samaan vaulted into the lead. The turn was the JClub Suit and the river was the 8Club Suit to give Samaan a double up.
Samaan doubles up to 2.9 million while Jing slid to 4.5 million.

Chip Counts At The Second Break

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Amit Makhija 5,800,000
2 Adam Volen 5,510,000
3 Zaher Samaan 4,060,000
4 Shan Jing 3,460,000
5 Josh Hale 2,660,000
6 Zaher Samaan $25,535)
7 Doug Suyemoto 19,900
8 John Apikian 15,455
9 Tim Cramer $11,610

Adam Has Aces

Adam Volen
Adam Volen picked up the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit and raised to 275,000. He got called by Shan Jing with the 10Spade Suit9Spade Suit and Josh Hale with the 9Heart Suit8Heart Suit.
The flop brought the 7Spade Suit7Club Suit7Diamond Suit and all players checked.
The turn brought the 9Club Suit giving both Jing and Hale a lower full house than Volen.
Volen checked to Jing, who also checked. Hale bet 325,000 and both opponents called.
The river brought the KDiamond Suit and Volen bet 1,000,000. Jing went into the tank for quite a while before eventually folding. Hale made the call only to get the bad news. With that Volen secured a huge pot, taking the chip lead.

Hale Rockets to a Double

Josh Hale
Adam Volen raised to 255,000 and Josh Hale moved all-in for 1.1 million. Volen called with 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit but Hale was in the lead with had AClub SuitADiamond Suit. Hale was in the lead and improved to a set when the board ran ASpade Suit7Club Suit4Diamond Suit3Heart Suit6Heart Suit.
Hale doubled to about 2.3 million and his chances at the title stayed alive.

Blinds Up!

Blinds have increased to 75,000 – 150,000 with an ante of 25,000.

Josh Hale Eliminated in 5th Place ($32,765)

Josh Hale
Josh Hale moved all-in for 1.5 million from the button and Zaher Samaan tanked from the big blind. A while later, Samaan counted out the chips for a call. Then, after a few more minutes of thought, Samaan called. Hale turned over AHeart Suit5Diamond Suit and Samaan had him dominated with AClub Suit10Club Suit.
The board ran 6Spade SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit6Club SuitKSpade Suit and players chopped the pot.
The following hand, Hale moved all-in again for 1.6 million. This time Shan Jing called instantly from the big blind.
Hale had JSpade Suit10Spade Suit and Jing showed ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit.
The 2Club Suit10Heart Suit3Diamond Suit flop put Hale in the lead but then an AClub Suit came on the turn to give Jing a pair of aces.
A 7Diamond Suit completed the board and the final table shrank for the first time in nearly two-and-a-half hours.
Hale was eliminated in 5th place and won $32,765.

Chip Counts After Hale's Elimiantion

Rank Player Chip Count/Payout($)
1 Shan Jing 7,150,000
2 Amit Makhija 5,500,000
3 Adam Volen 4,750,000
4 Zaher Samaan 4,400,000
5 Josh Hale $32,765
6 Zaher Samaan $25,535
7 Doug Suyemoto $19,900
8 John Apikian $15,455
9 Tim Cramer $11,610

Shan Jing Wins A Big One

Shan Jing
From under the gun Zaher Samaan raised to 325,000 with the 10Spade Suit8Spade Suit. On his left Shan Jing reraised to 1,000,000 with the AClub Suit5Diamond Suit.
After plenty of deliberation Samaan made the call and the two saw a flop of AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit7Spade Suit.
Samaan checked and Jing bet 1,200,000. Samaan tanked for quite a while before making the call, leaving himself with only 2.2 million behind.
The turn brought the 7Heart Suitand Samaan again checked. Jing checked back and the river brought the 6Spade Suit.
Samaan again went into the tank but eventually checked again. Jign checked behind and revealed his hand to take the huge pot.

Adam Volen Eliminated in 4th Place ($43,115)

Adam Volen
Adam Volen raised to 400,000 from under-the-gun and action folded to Amit Makhija in the big blind. Makhija took a few moments before moving all in for effectively Volen’s 2.6 million chip stack. Volen quickly called and it was off to the races for Volen’s tournament life. Volen tabled 9Spade Suit9Club Suit and was flipping against Makhija rolled over QClub SuitJHeart Suit. The flop was JDiamond Suit4Spade Suit2Spade Suit and Makhija took the lead. The turn was the JClub Suit and Volen was still looking for a nine. The river was the 6Diamond Suit and Volen was eliminated in third place as Makhija chipped up to just over 10 million in chips.

Chip Counts At The Break

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Shan Jing 11,100,000
2 Amit Makhija 8,885,000
3 Zaher Samaan 1,650,000
4 Adam Volen $43,115
5 Josh Hale $32,765
6 Zaher Samaan $25,535
7 Doug Suyemoto $19,900
8 John Apikian $15,455
9 Tim Cramer $11,610

Zaher Samaan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($56,510)

Zaher Samaan
Amit Makhija raised to 425,000 from the button and Zaher Samaan moved all in for 1.9 million from the small blind. Shan Jing took some time in the tank before folding from the big blind and Makhija called. Makhija was behind with his QClub SuitJClub Suit against Samaan’s AHeart Suit7Club Suit. The flop and turn kept Samaan in the lead as the dealer peeled off a board of KDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit3Spade Suit5Heart Suit, but the JHeart Suit fell on the river and Makhija made the best hand to scoop the pot.
Samaan was eliminated to leave Makhija heads-up with Jing for the title.

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Here are a look at the chip counts at the start of heads-up play.
Amit Makhija – 13 million
Shan Jing – 8.5 million

Shan Jing Hits Gin To Double

Shan Jing
Amit Makhija had quickly stretched the chip lead he began heads-up play with, and Jing was getting quite short by the time this key pot arose. Jing called from the button with the JHeart Suit7Diamond Suit and Makhija raised his option to 300,000 with the KHeart Suit2Heart Suit. Jing called and he flop brought the KSpade Suit9Club Suit7Club Suit. Makhija bet 500,000 and Jing called.
The turn was the 10Heart Suit and Makhija bet enough to put Jing all-in, and after some thought Jing made the call.
Makhija was a big favorite to take down the pot and secure the title with his pair of kings against Jing’s pair of sevens, but the JDiamond Suit on the river had other plans.
With two pair Jing earned a double up to stay alive, increasing his stack to around 7 million.

Price of Poker Rising

The blinds have been increased to 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante.

Shan "Pacman" Jing Wins CPPT Bicycle Main Event

Shan Jing
Shan “Pacman” Jing has won the CPPT Bicycle Casino main event and $135,981. Jing, who’s known as Pacman in the L.A. poker scene, is a regular in card rooms across California. Aside from a few cashes in Las Vegas, the vast majority of Pacman’s $632,489 live tournament earnings come from tournaments in or around L.A..
Before today, Pacman’s largest cash came from winning the 2007 Winnin’ o’ the Green $1,500 main event for $72,600. Now Pacman gets to add another L.A. victory title to his resume along with his first six-figure score.
Pacman’s score was the largest of the $663,000 prize pool had to offer. The prize pool far surpassed the $500,000 estimated guarantee thanks to 527 entrants, 56 of whom bought in on day 2 through the Quantum Rebuy option.
Pacman’s road to victory involved two lengthy days followed by a shorter final table.
The final nine players convened today at 4pm to play down to a winner and quickly got down to five players. Then play stalled a bit and the final five players battled for two-and-a-half hours.
After we lost our 5th place finisher, Amit Makhija quickly eliminated two more players and got heads-up with the chip lead.
Pacman then doubled up up early on though and when the final two players went on break, Pacman was up to 12.8 million to Makhija’s 8.8 million.
That’s when players decided to end things.
Makhija and Pacman decided on a nearly even chop (Makhija got $135,980 to Pacman’s $135,981) and a flip for the title.
Initially, players wanted to draw a high card but decided on a final hand instead. Pacman got dealt pocket fours while Makhija got ace-nine.
A flip ensued and pocket fours held up.
Makhija finished 2nd while Shan Jing became the CPPT Bicycle Casino main event champion.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:
Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Shan Jing $135,981 840
2 Amit Makhija $135,980 700
3 Zaher Samaan $56,510 560
4 Adam Volen $43,115 420
5 Joshua Hale $35,765 350
6 Douglas Suyemoto $25,535 280
7 Cody Shedd $19,900 210
8 John Apikian $15,455 140
9 Tim Cramer $11,610 70