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Monday, December 16, 2019

Richard Lim Eliminated in 5th Place ($15,490)


After a raise from Vontray Gardner on the button, Richard Lim moved all in from the big blind. Gardner quickly called with [Kc][Kd], and he was well ahead of the [Ac][7h] of Lim. The flop of [7s][4s][3d] gave Lim a pair, but the kings were still in front. The [2d] on the turn gave Lim a few more outs, but none of them came on the river, the [8c].

Gardner is back up to 6.5 million after that pot, and there are now four players left. As of yet, there haven't been any talks of a chop.

Fresh Counts From the Final Five

The floor staff has just colored up the blue 5,000 chips as we start the 75,000-150,000 level, so we thought we would grab some updated chip counts for you guys. Mario Lopez has extended his lead, due in large part to a huge hand that he just won off of Vontray Gardner. Lopez shoved the river in a pot that had at least 3.5 million in it, and Gardner tanked for quite some time before folding. Lopez showed just second pair on the board as he raked in the huge pot.

Mario Lopez - 11,700,000
Robert Natividad - 9,000,000
Vontray Gardner - 5,100,000
Richard LIm - 1,900,000
Don Zewin - 1,400,000

Makram Merhom Crippled, Eliminated in 6th Place ($12,570)


Blinds: 60,000-120,000

Makram Merhom raised to 400,000 from early position, and Vontray Gardner called next to act. From the small blind, Richard Lim moved all in, and Merhom didn't take long to shove himself, having Lim barely covered.

Gardner immediately folded Ace-Queen face up, and it was the right play, as Lim showed [Kd][Ks]. He was dominating the [10h][10c] of Merhom, and the flop came down [As][2d][5d]. Gardner immediately pounded the table at the site of the ace, but his frustration was short lived, as a king on the turn left Merhom drawing dead.

Merhom was left with half a big blind, and he would get his chips in on the next hand. He would bust to Vontray Gardner, leaving us with just five players now.

Natividad Threatening for the Lead Now

On the turn of a board reading [8s][4h][3c][3d], Richard Lim fired 1.25 million, leaving himself about a million behind. His long opponent, Robert Natividad, thought it over for about 90 seconds before shoving all in, having Lin covered.

Lim tanked well into the break, before asking Natividad if he folded and showed if Natividad would also show. Natividad nodded, and Lim open mucked pocket sixes. Natividad flashed pocket jacks as he scooped the pot, upping his chip stack to about 8.5 million. At the moment, he is neck and neck with Mario Lopez for the chip lead six handed.

Lim Doubles Through Merhom

Blinds 50,000-100,000

Following a raise from Richard Lim, Makram Merhom three bet to a million from the big blind. Lim shoved all in for 1.6 million total, and Merhom quickly called.

Merhom: [10h][10d]
Lim: [As][Kh]

Lim shot out to the lead on the flop of [Ks][7s][5d], and the turn and river changed nothing. Lim doubled up to 3.4 million, while Merhom is down to 1.6 million.

David Fernandez Eliminated in 7th Place ($9,990)


Blinds: 50,000-100,000

"Oh man..." were the words from Vontray Gardner that got our attention. We went over to see that Gardner was facing a big decision, as David Fernandez had shoved all in for just over two million on a board of [Kc][Kh][3c][9d]. It was more than a pot sized shove, and represented almost half of Gardner's stack, so it was a big decision for him. After about 90 seconds, he said "I can't fold this," and called.

Fernandez: [6s][3h]
Gardner: [Kd][10h]

Fernandez was left drawing dead to the trip kings of Gardner, and that massive pot vaults him into the chip lead with 8.2 million.

Merhom Doubles Through Gardner

Makram Merhom and Vontray Gardner got into a raising war preflop that saw all of Merhom's 1.73 million get into the middle. He held [Kc][Ks], and had Vontray Gardner's [Ad][Kh] in rough shape. The flop of [Jh][6h][3s] brought Gardner some backdoor outs, and the [10s] turn meant that a queen would work for him now as well.

However, the river was the [7c], and Merhom scored the double up to 3.7 million, while Gardner dropped to 4.3 million.

Updated Counts From the Final Seven

Mario Lopez has maintained his chip lead seven handed, but Vontray Gardner is slowly catching up to him. Check out how the final seven stack up, as the 50,000-100,000 level has just started.

Mario Lopez - 7,000,000
Vontray Gardner - 6,000,000
Don Zewin - 4,100,000
Robert Nativiada - 3,900,000
Richard Lim - 3,230,000
David Fernandez - 2,500,000
Makram Merhom - 1,600,000

Fernandez Doubles Through Natividad

Blinds: 40,000-80,000

Richard Lim raised to 160,000 from early position, and Robert Natividad called from the button. In the small blind, David Fernandez three bet shoved all in for exactly 1 million more. Lim tank folded what he later claimed was pocket fours, and Natividad thought for about 30 seconds before calling.

Natividad: [Kd][Js]
Fernandez: [7c][7s]

The flop of [Ah][9s][6d] brought no help for Natividad, who asked the dealer for paint on the turn. She oblidged, but it was the [Qc], missing Natividad, but giving him a ten for outs as well today. The river was the [4c], drawing a reaction from Lim who would have rivered a set had he called.

As it is, Fernandez doubled up to 2.4 million, while Natividad took a hit, but is still fine with 3.85 million.

David Leese Eliminated in 8th Place ( $7,715)


Blinds: 40,000-80,000

David Leese started the day third in chips, but he was never able to get much going today, as his chip stack slowly withered away. Eventually, he would three bet shove following a raise from chip leader Mario Lopez, and he would make the call to put Leese at risk.

Lopez: [Ad][Jh]
Leese: [Kh][Qd]

The board came down all low cards, [6c][4c][4d][5c][6h], and the ace high held for Lopez to increase his slight chip lead over Vontray Gardner and Don Zewin.

Paul Liu Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,645)


Blinds: 40,000-80,000

Paul Liu and Vontray Gardner were heads up on the turn of a board showing [9h][6h][2d][7c]. Liu had moved all in for his final 710,000, and Gardner thought for about a minute before calling.

Liu: [8c][2h]
Gardner: 8d][8s]

Liu could only win with a deuce, or chop with a ten or five, but the [7s] came instead.

This is the latest in a recent charge made by Gardner, who is now up to 5 million after that pot.

Final Table Seating Chart, Pictures, and Updated Counts

We are down to just one table of nine players now here in the $250,000 Guaranteed Event. Below you will see where the final nine are currently sitting. The following three players just missed out on the final table, each taking home $3,715.

10. Zaher Samaan
11. Thomas Emerson
12. Christopher Tolone

Steve Johnson busted in 13th place, and Brent Hart in 14th before that. Here are the seating assignments for the final nine.

Seat 1: Vontray Gardner - 3,100,000

Seat 2: Mario Lopez - 5,400,000

Seat 3: Richard Lim - 3,700,000

Seat 4: Don Zewin - 5,300,000

Seat 5: Robert Natividad - 5,125,000

Seat 6: Paul Liu - 1,200,000

Seat 7: David Leese -  960,000

Seat 8: David Fernandez - 2,050,000

Seat 9: Makram Merhom - 2,200,000

Robert Natividad Leads the Final 14

We have just reached another pay jump, as Nathan Bjerno was just knocked out in 16th by the new chip leader, Robert Natividad. Bjerno got his final 615,000 in the middle on the turn, with the board showing [9c][5h][4d][3s]. Bjerno held five-four for two pair, and was ahead of the [As][9s] of Nativdad. However, a third nine came on the river to give Natividad trip nines, and the win.

Below you will see how the final 15 stack up, based on seating assignment, although Yonas Abate was sent to the rail in 15th as we typed this up.

Table 1

Seat 1: Zaher Samaan - 1,950,000
Seat 2: Richard Lim - 2,800,000
Seat 3: Steve Johnson - 130,000
Seat 4: Robert Natividad - 4,400,000
Seat 5: Don Zewin - 3,400,000
Seat 6: Brent Hart - 700,000
Seat 7: Christopher Tolone - 1,400,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Mario Lopez - 3,800,000
Seat 2: David Fernandez - 2,900,000
Seat 3: David Leese - 925,000
Seat 4: Thomas Emerson - 820,000
Seat 5: Yonas Abate - OUT IN 15th
Seat 6: Paul Liu - 1,020,000
Seat 7: Makram Merhom - 2,700,000
Seat 8: Vontray Gardner - 1,800,000

Announcing the Points System for the Upcoming Daily Events



The major tournaments are wrapping up for 2019 today, but the daily tournaments will be back on Thursday, December 19th. We kick things off with a $5,000 Guaranteed Event on Thursday, where the buy-in will be just $50. We will also be running a points leaderboard, where the top three players will all be taking home $1,500. Don't miss out on these! 

Seating Draw for the Final 18

It has taken us just half an hour to get down to the final two tables as we lost the following players just now. Darin Stoytchev was the first player to bust in 22nd.

19. Anthony Denove
20. Mattel Barin
21. Jamison Casper

Below you will see the seating chart for the final 18. Mario Lopez is now nearly in the lead with over 3.6 million, while Richard Lim is staying steady for now. Stay tuned for more updates from this event, as we get closer to crowning a winner!

Table 1

Seat 1: Zaher Samaan
Seat 2: Richard Lim
Seat 3: Steve Johnson
Seat 4: Jarod Collins
Seat 5: Nathan Bjerno
Seat 6: Robert Natividad
Seat 7: Don Zewin
Seat 8: Brent Hart
Seat 9: Chris Tolone


Table 2

Seat 1: Mario Lopez
Seat 2: Jae Jae Cheon
Seat 3: David Fernandez
Seat 4: David Leese
Seat 5: Thomas Emerson
Seat 6: Yonas Abate
Seat 7: Paul Liu
Seat 8: Makram Merhom
Seat 9: Vontray Gardner

The Day 3 Finals Are Now Underway

The final 22 players in the $250,000 Guaranteed Event are back in their seats, and we are ready to get things going once again. Richard Lim leads the way with 3.4 million, and Mario Lopez is the only players close to him, with just a hair over 3 million.

We will be here all night until a winner is decided, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Day 3 Return List for the $250,000 Guaranteed Event



Play Ends With Richard Lim Leading the Final 22


After 12 hours of play, a starting field of 237 players is down to the final 22 now. Leading the way is Richard Lim, who bagged up a healthy lead with a stack of 3,740,000. Second in chips is Mario Lopez, with 3,020,000.

Be sure to come back in the morning to get the full list of survivors, and remember that the Day 3 finals will be starting up at 6 PM tomorrow. We will be here to give you guys all of the updates, so be sure to come back then!

One More Round of Chip Counts Tonight

We have just 25 minutes left in the evening, and the clock says 26 players still remaining. Below you will see our final round of notable chip counts today. When play has wrapped up, we will grab a photo of the overnight chip leader, and will post the full list of Day 3 survivors in the morning.

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 Average: 1,139,000

Vontray Gardner - 1,700,000
Nathan Bjerno - 1,500,000
Mattel Barin - 1,300,000
Robert Natividad - 1,200,000
Brent Hart - 1,200,000
Christoper Tolone - 1,100,000
Paul Liu - 1,050,000
Mark Hamilton - 425,000

Latest Round of Bustouts: 28-36th Places

We are down to the final 27 players now, which means there has been a full three table redraw. These are the players who just missed out on the redraw, and they all earned $1,545 for their efforts.

28. William Collins
29. Luis Urioste
30. Sherwin Ross
31. Shawn Gill
32. Rebecca Wooten
33. Alan Lujan
34. Mathew Martinez
35. John Erickson
36. Jose Luis Gutierrez