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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Final Three Players Agree to a Deal, Jerry Snell is the Champion!



After playing three handed for about an hour, the final three decided to take a look at the numbers. After each player gave up a bit to get Clayton Holloway up to over $75,000, a deal was struck! Jerry Snell will take home the lion's share of the prizepool, $85,855, but all three of them will walk home with over $50,000.

Congratulations to all three players, and thank you to everyone who came out for this year's Summer Poker Series. We are taking two weeks off before we return on Sunday, July 28th, for the 2019 Legends of Poker series! Don't miss it!

1. Jerry Snell - $85,855
2. Clayton Holloway - $75,745
3. Andy Chang - $52,290

Sang Lee Eliminated in 4th Place ($30,040)


After a raise from Clayton Holloway, Sang Lee moved all in. Holloway thought about it for a bit before calling, but he didn't look thrilled about it.

Lee: [Ad][10d]
Holloway: [Ac][2c]

Holloway was in rough shape, but that quickly flipped after the flop came down [10c][7c][6c], giving Holloway the nut flush. Lee would need running cards for a full house now, but the [Qc] on the turn sealed the deal.

This leave us with just three players now. Jerry Snell asked if they wanted to look at the numbers, but Holloway shot it down, so we play on. Here is how the final three stack up, with the blinds at 150,000-300,000.

Jerry Snell - 28,900,000
Clayton Holloway - 21,000,000
Andy Chang - 7,800,000

Daniel Song Eliminated in 6th Place ($18,535), Parker Lee Eliminated in 5th Place ($23,395)

Daniel Song - 6th Place 

Jerry Snell has just taken a stranglehold on this final table, after scoring a huge double knockout to get us to the final four players.

Action started with Daniel Song moving all in from under the gun. It folded to Parker Lee, who thought for a bit before moving all in for about five million. Snell was in the big blind, and he immediately sat back in his chair, and said "wow." After just a few moments of thought, Snell said "ok I'm all in too."

Snell: [Jh][Jd]
Lee: [Ad][10h]
Song: [Qd][Js]

Despite there being just one jack left in the deck, it would come on the flop of [Jc][10d][9h]. Lee was drawing very thin now, but Song could still triple up with a king or an eight. The board finished out [6s] and [3c], and Snell scored the double knockout.

After that pot, Snell has about half of the chips in play four handed.

Parker Lee - 5th Place 

Lee Scores Unlikely Double Through Song

Action folded to Parker Lee on the button, and he moved all in for just over two million. Daniel Song quickly called in the big blind with [Kd][Kc], and he was dominating the [Ah][7c] of Lee. The hand looked all but over after the flop came down [Ks][9d][6h], as Lee got up to start to head to the payout desk.

However, the dealer quickly burned and turned the [10c] turn and [8c] river, giving Lee a straight. He didn't realize it right away, nor did the rest of the table, and a delayed audible groan was let out by most of the table. Lee doubled up to just under 5,000,000, while Song is now the short stack with 2.5 million after those back to back tough hands.

Action River Gives Holloway a Big Double Up

Daniel Song and Clayton Holloway were heads up on a flop of [Ac][10s][8s], and Song check called a bet from Holloway. Both players checked the [3d] turn, and the river brought the [2s].

Song checked, and Holloway though for just a few moments before shoving all in. It was a big overbet of 6,700,000, as there was only about four million in the pot, and Song quickly told the table "wow I'm gonna need a couple of minutes on this one guys."

He later said that he had two pair, and thought for just about the two minutes before he called with [Ah][2h]. It was no good though, as Holloway rolled over [As][9s] for the nut flush.

Updated Chip Counts From the Final Six

Blinds: 150,000-300,000 Average: 9,960,000

Jerry Snell - 18,500,000
Daniel Song - 14,000,000
Clayton Holloway - 9,500,000
Andy Chang - 9,000,000
Sang Lee - 2,900,000
Parker Lee - 2,800,000

Kevin Babayan Crippled, Eliminated in 7th Place ($14,670)


Andy Chang, Kevin Babayan, and Clayton Holloway all saw a flop of [Qc][6s][8d]. Action checked to Babayan, who moved all in for about 5 million. Chang didn't take long to call for alittle less, and Holloway quickly got out of the way.

Babayan: [Ah][Jd]
Chang: [As][Qh]

Babayan picked the wrong time to make a move, and he would need runner runner to win the hand. A six on the turn ended it, and Chang double up to 9.5 million.

This left Babayan with just a few big blinds, and he would get those chips in shortly after to the Ace-King of Sang Lee.

The final six are about to go on a break. We will post updated chip counts for everyone then.

Charles Silver Eliminated in 8th Place ($11,440)


Charles Silver was down to just two big blinds when he moved all in from early position. Andy Chang called, as did Jerry Snell, and the flop came down [Qh][9d][7c]. Both players checked, and the [Qs] hit the turn. Snell bet 300,000, Chang called, and the [2d] completed the board.

Both players checked, and Snell tabled [8h][8c] for two pair. It beat the pocket fives of Chang, and the [10s][7d] of Silver, who will take home $11,440 for his efforts.

With that, we are down to seven players. They each will take home at least $14,670

James Alpert Eliminated in 9th Place ($8,580)


James Alpert moved all in for 450,000, and a few seats over, Andy Chang reraised to 900,000. Parker Lee tanked for quite a bit before folding what he later claimed to be Ace-King, and the rest of the players folded as well.

Alpert: [Kh][9h]
Chang: [As][Jd]

It ended up being a good fold for Lee, as the flop came down [Ad][Jh][Jc], giving Chang a full house, and leaving Alpert drawing dead to running kings or straight flush cards. The [10c] on the turn ended things though, and Chang scored the pot to get us down to the final eight.

Official Final Table Photo For the $500,000 Guaranteed Event


Top Row (Left to Right) - Andy Chang, Jery Snell, Parker Lee, Charles Silver, Kevin Babayan

Bottom Row (Left to Right) - Daniel Song, Clayton Holloway, Sang Lee, James Alpert

Larry Quang Eliminated in 10th Place ($5,960)


Larry Quang, Daniel Song, and Jerry Snell saw a flop of [10d][9h][8c]. Song fired 1,300,000, Quang called, and Snell folded. The turn brought the [9c], and this time, Song checked.

Quang didn't think for very long before he shoved all in for about 1.2 million, and Song rechecked his cards, shrugged, and tossed in a chip, saying "I don't have much."

Song: [Jd][8h]
Quang: [Qh][Js]

Quang had flopped the nuts, but Song still had a few outs to win or chop. He would hit one of his winners on the river, the [8d], and the entire table let out an audible groan. Quang could only shake his head, but took the bad beat in stride, wishing everyone luck as he hit the payout desk.

With that, we have reached our official final table of nine.

Alpert Spikes River to Double

James Alpert moved all in for his final 1.7 million, and right behind him, Charles Silver shoved all in for just a bit more.

Alpert: [Ac][Jd]
Silver: [Ad][Kd]

Alpert was dominated, but he gained a ton more outs after the flop came down [6c][3c][2c]. Any jack or club would do now, and while the [Qs] turn didn't help, the [Js] on the river sure did.

Alpert doubled up to about four million, while Silver was crippled down to just four big blinds.

Easy Come, Easy Go for Lee

Parker Lee was just involved in back to back hands that saw him double Sang Lee up first, and then get virtually all of it back in the next hand against James Alpert.

In the first hand, the two Lee's were heads up on a flop of [4h][2s][2c]. The two got all the chips in, with Sang's pocket kings dominating the pocket jacks of Parker. The board finished out [3h] and [8c], and Parker scored a nice double up to over four million.

On the next hand, Lee would pick up pocket aces, and he was dominating the [9h][9c] of Alpert. The over pair would once again hold on a runout of [Jd][5h][2c][8s][Jh], and Lee doubled back up to over three million, while Alpert is now left as the short stack.

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts and Photos


Seat 1: Sang Lee - 2,700,000

Seat 2: James Alpert - 2,100,000

Seat 3: Charles Silver - 1,600,000

Seat 4: Kevin Babayan - 5,800,000

Seat 5: Andy Chang - 7,200,000

Seat 6: Parker Lee - 7,400,000

Seat 7: Larry Quang - 1,800,000

Seat 8: Jerry Snell - 14,200,000

Seat 9: Daniel Song - 7,700,000

Seat 10: Clayton Holloway - 7,600,000

Andy Chang Leads With Just 12 Left Now

Two more eliminations to report, as Hathi Hosseini busted out in 14th place, and Joseph Rosenbloom bowed out in 13th place. Andy Chang is still the chip leader with about 12 million, while Clayton Holloway is behind him with about 10.5 million.

Once we get down to the unofficial final table of 10, we will grab photos and updated counts for everyone still in.

Down to the Final 14 Now

We've seen some big pots go down since the final two tables, and it has seen some previously big stacks hit the rail earlier than expected. The action kicked off with short stacks Douglas Fillmore and  Vanik Azizian busting in 18th and 17th places. After that, Dathan Kuppin lost a massive flip with Ace-King to the pocket hacks of Jerry Snell, leaving him with just a couple of big blinds.

He would bust just before the first break today, and at the same time as that bustout, Nicolas Bonnefoi, who started the day third in chips, hit the rail in 15th place. It appears that Clayton Holloway was the benefactor of that big pot, as he has emerged as the new chip leader with about 10 million in chips.

Seating Chart and Counts For the Final 18

We just lost Deven Ware in 21st, Ji Hyuk Kim in 20th, and Erdal Atrek in 19th place, to get us down to the final two tables. Below you will see a seating chart and fresh counts for all 18 players.

Table 1

Seat 1: Joseph Rosenbloom - 3,800,000
Seat 2: Hathi Hosseini - 480,000
Seat 3: Charlie Vitale - 3,600,000
Seat 4: Kevin Babayan - 650,000
Seat 5: Larry Snell - 3,600,000
Seat 6: Carmen Fung - 2,600,000
Seat 7: Dathan Kuppin - 2,700,000
Seat 8: Vanik Azizian - 1,700,000
Seat 9: Andy Chang - 8,900,000

Table 2

Seat 1: James Alpert - 2,200,000
Seat 2: Nicolas Bonnefoi - 5,400,000
Seat 3: Charles Silver - 350,000
Seat 4: Daniel Song - 5,300,000
Seat 5: Larry Quang - 8,200,000
Seat 6: Sang Lee - 1,200,000
Seat 7: Clayton Holloway - 4,200,000
Seat 8: Douglas Fillmore - 1,200,000
Seat 9: Parker Lee - 3,850,000

Another Pay Jump Has Been Cleared

Three more eliminations has guaranteed everyone still left a bit more money. Shan Jing busted out in 24th, and he was followed out the door by Michael Forbes and Tyler Cormney.

Once we get down to the final 18 players, we will post a fresh seating chart with updated counts for everyone.

Three Quick Bustouts To Start

Table 2 is where all of the action has been so far today, as every bustout has come from there. First, we lost short stack QQ Zhou, and then Robert Natividad and Floyd Lewis followed him out the door from there.

These three players each took home $2,965.

The Final Day of Summer Poker Series Action is Underway

The final 27 players of the $500,000 Guaranteed Event have just taken their seats, and we are ready to get things going again! Charlie Vitale is the chip leader with 5,065,000, but he has plenty of stacks breathing down his neck. You can look at a full seating chart for the finals here.

We will be here tonight until the end, so make sure you don't go anywhere. Good luck to the final 27, and thank you for playing at the Summer Poker Series!

Day 3 Return List for the $500,000 Guaranteed Event


Play Ends With Charlie Vitale Leading the Final 27 Players

Play has concluded for the night, and we have just 27 players remaining from a field of 299 to start the day. The two chip leaders to start the day, Larry Quang (4,100,000) and Nicolas Boonefoi (4,650,000), once again find themselves towards the top of the counts, but they and the rest of the field are trailing Charlie Vitale, who bagged up a massive stack of 5,065,000.

The action will pick up again tomorrow at 1 PM, where one of the remaining 27 players will be walking home with over $110,000! Be sure to come back then for all of the updates, and good night from the Bicycle Casino!

Charlie Vitale - 5,065,000

Nicolas Bonnefoi - 4,650,000

Larry Quang - 4,100,000

Fresh Counts From the Final Four Tables

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 Average: 1,660,000

Nicolas Bonnefoi - 4,700,000
Larry Quang - 3,000,000
Said El Harrak - 2,100,000
Dathan Kuppin - 1,850,000
Robert Natividad - 1,600,000
Jared Kawalsky - 500,000

First Round of Bustouts: 37-45th Places

The following players all took home $1,970 for their efforts today.

37. Jeff Stein
38. Norary Madadi
39. Caleb Benton
40. Adam Regiaba
41. Matthew Reed
42. Onnik Hovanesian
43. Oliver Tabares
44. Amit Sharma
45. Brett Hamilton

Final Break of the Night

We have played 12 levels of poker so far today, and the 41 remaining players are taking their final 10 minute breather. When they returned, they will play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the night.

Once we get down to 36 players, we will post another round of updated chip counts, along with the players who busted out in 37th-45th places.