Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 13th: The Single-Ante Format Returns, As Event #16 Headlines Isle Classic Schedule

ICYMI: Wednesday's Isle Classic schedule started with Event #14, which was the second of two non-no limit hold'em tournaments for the series.  The $175 H.O.R.S.E. event boasted a $5,000 guaranteed prize pool, which was surpassed just thirty minutes into the day.  Registration eventually close with a total of (46) entires, and an official prize pool of $6,210.  Once the payouts were posted, players learned that six spots would get paid, with first place scheduled to take home $2,422.  The would be no deal making for this tournament, as action played down to an outright winner, with Lona Rubenstein (East Hampton, NY) taking home the title.  This was Lona's first official tournament win, on a tournament resume that had close to $37,000 in lifetime earnings.  The official results from Event #14 are listed below:

  1. Lona Rubenstein (East Hampton, NY) $2,422
  2. Hoyt Verner (Melbourne, FL) $1,428
  3. Rodney Victor (Lantana, FL) $869
  4. Errol Massey (Queens, NY) $621
  5. Michale Lutz (Austin, TX) $497
  6. Jerome Kowalsky (Hollywood, FL) $373
While the H.O.R.S.E. event was heads-up, the action began for the evening time slot, with the cards getting in the sir for Event #15.  The $130 No Limit Hold'em event carried a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool, and attracted a field of (80) entries.  Ten players of the eighty would be battling it out for their share of the $10,000 prize pool, with final table action pausing once play was three-handed.  An even chop was agreed to between Danilo Parada, Maurice Hawkins, and Wilmer Diaz.  There were also some notable names that cashed in the event, but fell short of the chop, with the full results of the tournament listed below:
  1. Danilo Parada (Oakland Park, FL) $2,190
  2. Maurice Hawkins (West Palm Beach, FL) $2,190
  3. Wilmer Diaz (Miami, FL) $2,190
  4. Cathy Josey (Pompano Beach, FL) $825
  5. Raminder Singh (Delray Beach, FL) $625
  6. Demoy Thomas (Port St. Lucie, FL) $500
  7. Mitchell Smith (Palm Beach, FL) $440
  8. David Padilla (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $400
  9. Ace Jules (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $340
  10. Edward Rappa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $300
Tournaments: Today's afternoon tournament was one that many players circled on the Isle Classic schedule, with Event #16 getting underway at 11:00am.  The $1,100 No Limit Hold'em ($50,000 GTD) event offers the return of the single-ante structure, which has become extremely popular with the tournament players who have had the opportunity to experience it.  Players in the event begin with 100,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (30) minutes over the course of the event.  The ante is posted by the big blind (a single ante), which allows for a much smoother game play, and the addition of numerous hands over the course of the event.  This tournament also sees the return of the players to have won chip lead bonuses from other events, and show attract some special notables as well.

The evening tournament this Wednesday is Event #17, a $60 No Limit Hold'em tournament that boasts an $8,000 guaranteed prize pool.  This has been an extremely popular tournament during the 2017 Isle Classic, and is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks.  Players will enjoy levels of (20) minutes over the course of the night, and the opportunity to grab an optional add-on at the end of the registration.  The add-on is 10,000 units for $20, with 100% of the add-on money going towards the prize pool.

Promotions: From (9:00am-10:00am), the high hand will award $150 every (30) minutes.  The high hands will then transition from 10:00am-12:00am (midnight), with the opportunity to win $400 every (30) minutes.  During that period, the promotion sees tournament players eligible (Isle Open events not eligible for high hand) each half-hour for $100 high hands, 2/2 limit hold'em players eligible for $200 high hands, 2/4 limit hold'em players eligible for $300 high hands, and all other raked games (1/2-5/10 NLH, 4/8 Omaha 8B, 6/12 O.E., etc.) eligible for $400 high hands.  From 12:00am-9:00am, players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.

It should also be noted that started back on November 1st, players are able to win the high hand using only one card in their hand!!!  The payouts for those that use one card are different than the standard numbers listed above, and can be found (full listing of one-card payouts on flyers in the poker room).

11:00am - 2017 Isle Classic Event #16 | $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Single-Ante | $50,000 GTD

- Players start with 100,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (30) minutes throughout the event
- Ante to be posted by the big blind (as a single ante), and in an all-in situation, the big blind is to be considered as having been posted first.

11:00am - 2017 Isle Classic Event #17 | $60 No Limit Hold'em ($8,000 GTD) 

- Players start with 14,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event
- Option player "add-on" at the end of Level 10 ($20 for 10,000 tournament chips), with 100% of the "add-on" going to the prize pool 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12th: "H.O.R.S.E-in" Around, As The Isle Classic Schedule Rolls On

ICYMI: Monday's schedule for the Isle Classic began with Event #12, a $60 No Limit Hold'em tournament with a $7,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The event attracted a total of (162) entries, of which (21) players would earn a piece of the $8,304 prize pool.  The tournament would end in a three-way deal, with Scott Jaffa the "declared winner."  The win was the seventh of Jaffa's career, and the second to come during a "major" series.  Along with the trophy, Jaffa earned $2,206.  Listed below are the results from the tournament's final table:
  1. Scott Jaffa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $2,206
  2. Mark Whatley (Boynton Beach, FL) $1,149
  3. Larry Bass (Tamarac, FL) $1,149
  4. Trevan Hansen (Palm Springs, FL) $519
  5. Marcus Feist (Lake Lure, NC) $400
  6. Michael Carbone (Naples, FL) $332
  7. Francklin Michel (Miramar, FL) $287
  8. Melissa Mancini (Oakland Park, FL) $253
  9. Patricia Conrad (Delray Beach, FL ) $221
  10. Mehrassa Mehrdad (Prince George, Canada) $191
The big numbers arrived at night, as Event #13 saw a field over (271) entries, helping the tournament soar past the posted guarantee.  The $130 (buy-in) No Limit Hold'em event had a $25,000 guarantee, with the official prize pool closing at $31,165.  A total of (34) players would cash in the tournament, with first place scheduled to take home just over $7,000.  With the payouts at the final table as impressive as they were, it was no surprise that the deal making began with more than a handful of players remaining.  We may have seen an even larger chop, but certain players that reached the final table had their sights on winning the event outright.  After the elimination of Maurice Hawkins (West Palm Beach, FL) in seventh place, a six-way deal was agreed to, with Allan Bieler (Sunrise, FL) the event's "declared winner."  Official results from the final table are posted below:
  1. Allan Bieler (Sunrise, FL) $4,387
  2. Sara Azmi (Miami, FL) $3,944
  3. Michael Merisier (N. Lauderdale, FL) $3,286
  4. Zaki Lichaa (Pompano Beach, FL) $2,844
  5. David Zaldivar (Miami, FL) $2,714
  6. Stanley Grandon (Boca Raton, FL) $2,686
  7. Maurice Hawkins (West Palm Beach, FL) $1,044
  8. Xiao He (Medicine, MS) $873
  9. Andrew Turzak (Boynton Beach, FL) $704
  10. Marsha Wolak (Pompano Beach, FL) $592

Tournaments: Of the (20) events on the Isle Classic schedule (not counting satellites), only two were non-no limit hold'em.  The first was exactly a week ago today, as (78) entries made up the Event #6 ($175 Limit Omaha 8B Hi/Lo $8,000 GTD) field.  A good number of those same players will be back this afternoon, as Event #14 ($175 H.O.R.S.E. $5,000 GTD) begins at 11:00am.  The tournament is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (20) minutes over the course of the event.

The no limit hold'em action returns at 6:00pm, as the cards get in the air for Event #15 of the Isle Classic.  The $130 No Limit Hold'em tournament boasts a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool, and is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that also last (20) minutes throughout the evening.


Promotions: From (9:00am-10:00am), the high hand will award $150 every (30) minutes.  The high hands will then transition from 10:00am-12:00am (midnight), with the opportunity to win $400 every (30) minutes.  During that period, the promotion sees tournament players eligible (Isle Open events not eligible for high hand) each half-hour for $100 high hands, 2/2 limit hold'em players eligible for $200 high hands, 2/4 limit hold'em players eligible for $300 high hands, and all other raked games (1/2-5/10 NLH, 4/8 Omaha 8B, 6/12 O.E., etc.) eligible for $400 high hands.  From 12:00am-9:00am, players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.

It should also be noted that started back on November 1st, players are able to win the high hand using only one card in their hand!!!  The payouts for those that use one card are different than the standard numbers listed above, and can be found (full listing of one-card payouts on flyers in the poker room).

11:00am - 2017 Isle Classic Event #14 | $175 H.O.R.S.E. | $5,000 GTD

- Players start with 14,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Classic Event #15 | $130 No Limit Hold'em ($10,000 GTD) 

- Players start with 14,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

2017 Isle Classic | Event #13 | $130 No Limit Hold'em ($25,000 GTD) | Official Results

2017 Isle Classic | Event #13
$130 No Limit Hold'em ($25,000 GTD)
Total Entries: 271
Prize Pool: $31,165

Payouts:
  1. Allan Bieler (Sunrise, FL) $4,387
  2. Sara Azmi (Miami, FL) $3,944
  3. Michael Merisier (N. Lauderdale, FL) $3,286
  4. Zaki Lichaa (Pompano Beach, FL) $2,844
  5. David Zaldivar (Miami, FL) $2,714
  6. Stanley Grandon (Boca Raton, FL) $2,686
  7. Maurice Hawkins (West Palm Beach, FL) $1,044
  8. Xiao He (Medicine, MS) $873
  9. Andrew Turzak (Boynton Beach, FL) $704
  10. Marsha Wolak (Pompano Beach, FL) $592
  11. James Orphanos (Boca Raton, FL) $592
  12. Wilmer Diaz (Miami, FL) $592
  13. Anthony Albano (Deerfield Beach, FL) $506
  14. Harmeet Singh (Tampa Bay, FL) $506
  15. Scott Hartman (Parkland, FL) $506
  16. Mohan Navani (Miami, FL) $424
  17. Ian Bishop (Boynton Beach, FL) $424
  18. Sabas Ferrer (Coral Springs, FL) $424
  19. Timothy Hartmann (Miami Beach, FL) $351
  20. Jesse Hatfield (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $351
  21. Jack Appel (Boca Raton, FL) $351
  22. Rodney Moret-Rojas (Troy, MI) $280
  23. Alan Dobrow (Melville, NY) $280
  24. Rick Kagstein (Pompano Beach, FL) $280
  25. Lawrence Paden (Chester Springs, PA) $242
  26. Steve Olivier (Miami, FL) $242
  27. Russell Marco (Pompano Beach, FL) $242
  28. David Inselberg (Long Beach, FL) $214
  29. Chien Chiu (Coconut Creek, FL) $214
  30. Artem Slepokourov (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) $214
  31. Fred Alesi (Delray Beach, FL) $214
  32. Charles Marik (Coconut Creek, FL) $214
  33. Yigal Hen (Tamarac, FL) $214
  34. Jose Gallegos (Hialeah, FL) $214

2017 Isle Classic | Event #11 | $60 No Limit Hold'em ($7,000 GTD) | Official Results

2017 Isle Classic | Event #11
$60 No Limit Hold'em ($7,000 GTD)
Total Entries: 162
Prize Pool: $8,304

Payouts:
  1. Scott Jaffa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $2,206
  2. Mark Whatley (Boynton Beach, FL) $1,149
  3. Larry Bass (Tamarac, FL) $1,149
  4. Trevan Hansen (Palm Springs, FL) $519
  5. Marcus Feist (Lake Lure, NC) $400
  6. Michael Carbone (Naples, FL) $332
  7. Francklin Michel (Miramar, FL) $287
  8. Melissa Mancini (Oakland Park, FL) $253
  9. Patricia Conrad (Delray Beach, FL) $221
  10. Mehrassa Mehrdad (Prince George, Canada) $191
  11. Jorge Chavez (Coral Springs, FL) $191
  12. Bernhard Schmidt (Naples, FL) $191
  13. Alexander Pires (Coconut Creek, FL) $162
  14. Alfonso Perez (Coconut Creek, FL) $162
  15. Francisco Pulido (Pembroke Pines, FL) $162
  16. Russell Hart (Weston, FL) $135
  17. Bruno Fortini (Lauderhill, FL) $135
  18. Greysi Panchame (Pompano Beach, FL) $135
  19. Vincent Laino (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $108
  20. Sandy Sanchez (North Lauderdale, FL) $108
  21. Janet Solov (Pompano Beach, FL) $108

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11th: Event #10 Ends In An ICM Chop, Isle Classic Calendar Continues On

ICYMI: At 12:00pm yesterday afternoon, (98) players returned for Day 2 of Event #10 ($360 No Limit Hold'em $200,000 GTD), ready to battle it out for the $39,860 up top.  The first two hours of the day saw a lot of movement on the leaderboard, as names like Alvin Tight, Rob Jonsson, and Jose Parra...were replaced by Chad Vetstein, Ory Hen, William Underdown, and Gerald Timber.  Almost half of the field had been eliminated by the time play reached Level 19, with the hand-for-hand process on the money bubble lasting only one hand.  Nagui Yassa's elimination in 60th place would mean that everyone remaining was in the money, and focus could shift on reaching the final table. Players to cash short of said final table included Evan Teitelbaum (55th Place | $730), Day 2 chip leader Robert Jonsson (51st place | $860), Ido Ashkenazi (38th place | $1,015), Colby Covington (32nd place | $1,175), Andre Rakusa (24th place | $1,545), and Ory Hen (12th place | $3,275).

The final table was reached just before 8:00pm, with the trend of the next few hours becoming "dealmaking."  Things began shifting at the final table, as Lester Tranino (Miami, FL) came into the proceedings with a healthy stack, but ran top set into a flopped flush of Mitchell Smith.  Lester's exit in 10th place ($3,275) was followed by Haim Tooregman's elimination, as he watched his A K bested by the A Q of Jason Holzberg (9th place | $3,985).  The clock was paused after Tooregman left the table, and players were read the ICM numbers.  One player said "play on," and the action would continue, with Santana Noronha (8th place) and Stewart Newman (7th place) eliminated in succession.  Once again, the numbers would be discussed for a deal, and once again...the players decided to "play on."  William Underdown was the shortest stacked player while things were six-handed, and after his elimination, the numbers would be run one last time.  Everyone then agreed to the ICM amounts they heard, and Event #10 would conclude in a five-way deal.  Chris Lawson (Caddo Mills, TX), who was in town after spending the month as a temporary dealer during the Rock N' Roll Poker Open, would be the event's declared winner.  Listed below are the details of the deal:

  1. Chris Lawson (Caddo Mills, TX) $26,293
  2. Jason Holzberg (Plainview, NY) $25,114
  3. Chad Vetstein (Boston, MA) $21,526
  4. Mitchell Smith (Winnsboro, SC) $18,962
  5. Gerald Limber (Rockville, MD) $15,478
Event #11, a $100 No limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty ($5,000 GTD) was also on Sunday's schedule, with the results to be posted here in the early afternoon.

Tournaments: The 2017 Isle Classic continues this afternoon with Event #12 ($60 No Limit Hold'em | $7,000 GTD), which begins at 11:00am.  The tournament is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that are (20) minutes over the course of the event.  Registration is open until Level 8, with an optional add-on available for players at that time ($20 for 10,000 units, with 100% of the add-on money going towards the prize pool).

Event #13 follows, with the $150 No Limit Hold'em tournament boasting a $25,000 GTD.  The tournament is structured with starting stacks of 16,000 units, and levels that last (20) minutes over the course of the event.  These Monday night events are some of the most popular tournaments during the series (outside of the headlining events), with an expected prize pool over $30,000.

Promotions: From (9:00am-10:00am), the high hand will award $150 every (30) minutes.  The high hands will then transition from 10:00am-12:00am (midnight), with the opportunity to win $400 every (30) minutes.  During that period, the promotion sees tournament players eligible (Isle Open events not eligible for high hand) each half-hour for $100 high hands, 2/2 limit hold'em players eligible for $200 high hands, 2/4 limit hold'em players eligible for $300 high hands, and all other raked games (1/2-5/10 NLH, 4/8 Omaha 8B, 6/12 O.E., etc.) eligible for $400 high hands.  From 12:00am-9:00am, players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.

It should also be noted that started back on November 1st, players are able to win the high hand using only one card in their hand!!!  The payouts for those that use one card are different than the standard numbers listed above, and can be found (full listing of one-card payouts on flyers in the poker room).

11:00am - 2017 Isle Classic Event #12 | $60 No Limit Hold'em ($7,000 GTD) 

- Players start with 14,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event
- Option player "add-on" at the end of Level 10 ($20 for 10,000 tournament chips), with 100% of the "add-on" going to the prize pool 

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Classic Event #13 | $150 No Limit Hold'em ($25,000 GTD) 

- Players start with 16,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (8) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (20) minutes throughout the event

2017 Isle Classic | Event #11 | $100 No Limit Hold'em "Turbo Bounty" ($5,000 GTD) | Official Results

2017 Isle Classic | Event #11
$100 No Limit Hold'em "Turbo Bounty" ($5,000 GTD)
Total Entries: 83
Prize Pool: $5,000

Payouts:
  1. John Costello (Boca Raton, FL) $1,064
  2. Nicholas Warner (Delray Beach, FL) $1,064
  3. Jeffrey Poole, Jr. (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,064
  4. Robert Tanner (Wellington, FL) $411
  5. Richard Cooper (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $313
  6. Gregory Parr (Pompano Beach, FL) $250
  7. Scott Greenberg (Delray Beach, FL) $208
  8. Raminder Singh (Delray Beach, FL) $175
  9. Ira Horowitz (Miami, FL) $161
  10. Steven Novak (Lake Worth, FL) $150
  11. Jonah Wassersteron (Hollywood, FL) $140

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10 | $360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD) | Official Results

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Total Entries: 679
Prize Pool: $200,495

Payouts:
  1. Christopher Lawson (Livingston, TX) $26,293
  2. Jason Holzberg (New York, NY) $25,115
  3. Chad Vetstein (Boca Raton, FL) $21,526
  4. Mitchell Smith (Palm Beach, FL) $18,963
  5. Gerald Limber (Sterling, VA) $15,478
  6. William Underdown (Boca Raton, FL) $7,845
  7. Stewart Newman (Weston, FL) $6,555
  8. Santana Noronha (Davie, FL) $5,265
  9. Haim Toorgeman (Kenner, LA) $3,985
  10. Lester Trimino (Miami, FL) $3,275
  11. Oktay Altınbas (Davie, FL) $3,275
  12. Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL) $3,275
  13. Anthony Valiente (Coconut Grove, FL) $2,595
  14. Raymond Roberty (Miramar, FL) $2,595
  15. Michael Ray Lutz (Austin, TX) $2,595
  16. Brandon Noe (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $2,195
  17. Joel Jenson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $2,195
  18. Hubert Ganter (Pompano Beach, FL) $2,195
  19. Michelle Shah (Delray Beach, FL) $1,845
  20. Nissim Vaknin (Davie, FL) $1,845
  21. Timothy Miles (Miami, FL) $1,845
  22. Elliot Zaydman (Coconut Creek, FL) $1,545
  23. Paraskevas Patsatsis (West Palm Beach, FL) $1,545
  24. Andre Rakusa (Miami, FL) $1,545
  25. Sean Shah (Delray Beach, FL) $1,335
  26. Jonathan Grasso (Coral Springs, FL) $1,335
  27. Stuart Elkin (Delray Beach, FL) $1,335
  28. James Salmon (Miami, FL) $1,175
  29. David Inselberg (Long Beach, FL) $1,175
  30. Michael Sinisgalli (Miami, FL) $1,175
  31. Haim Nagar (Hollywood, FL) $1,175
  32. Colby Covington (Coconut Creek, FL) $1,175
  33. Stephen Caplan (Guelph, Ontario) $1,175
  34. Kao Saechao (Damascus, OR) $1,175
  35. Allyn Pier (West Palm Beach, FL) $1,175
  36. Jose Parra (Hialeah Gardens, FL) $1,175
  37. Steven Cohen (Hallandale, FL) $1,015
  38. Ido Ashkenazi (Ft.Lauderdale, FL) $1,015
  39. Jeff Rodriguez (Atlanta, GA) $1,015
  40. Steven Sanzone (Weston, FL) $1,015
  41. Matthew Vetstein (Boca Raton, FL) $1,015
  42. Jordan Schneider (Delray Beach, FL) $1,015
  43. Eric Brewster (Coconut Creek, FL) $1,015
  44. Riley Fuller (Boca Raton, FL) $1,015
  45. Georges Boyadjian (Tamarac, FL) $1,015
  46. Raymond Nalbandian (Boynton Beach, FL) $860
  47. Nissim Gozlan (Plantation, FL) $860
  48. Bryan Rosen (Boca Raton, FL) $860
  49. Robert Leff (Opa-Locka, FL) $860
  50. Fariborz Zojaji (Miami, FL) $860
  51. Robert Jonsson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $860
  52. Adel Jo (Miami, FL) $860
  53. Yue Jian Wang (Boca Raton, FL) $860
  54. Maurice Hawkins (West Palm Beach, FL) $860
  55. Evan Teitelbaum (Parkland, FL) $730
  56. David Poces (Boca Raton, FL) $730
  57. Walter Buss (Brussels, Belgium) $730
  58. Pedro Cortez (Miami, FL) $730
  59. Jorge Aristizobal (Coral Springs, FL) $730

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Event #10 Ends In A Five-Way Deal, Chris Lawson The Declared Winner

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 5

Event #10 ends in a five-way deal, with the players pictured above (from left to right): Chris Lawson, Chad Vetstein, Mitchell Smith, Gerald Limber, Jason Holzberg.

After the elimination of William Underdown, the five remaining players asked to here the ICM numbers (for the third time).  The tournament staff read the new payouts aloud, and after just a few minutes of deliberation, the group came to an agreement.   Listed below are the payouts that were agreed to, with Chris Lawson the event's declared winner.
  1. Chris Lawson (Caddo Mills, TX) $26,293
  2. Jason Holzberg (Plainview, NY) $25,114
  3. Chad Vetstein (Boston, MA) $21,526
  4. Mitchell Smith (Winnsboro, SC) $18,962
  5. Gerald Limber (Rockville, MD) $15,478


Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): The Short Stacks Having A Problem Doubling, Underdown Out on 6th Place ($7,845)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 5


William Underdown (Deerfield Beach, FL) earned his largest score since April of this year, when he was part of a chop that ended the "April $100,000" ($360 No Limit Hold'em).

William Underdown was left in the unenviable spot of being the shortest stack, which wasn't a good spot to be at this particular final table.  When action folded to him, William shoved for just over (13) big blinds, and would be called by Jason Holzberg (who was in the big blind).  Underdown was behind, holding A♠ 7 against the A♣ K of Holzberg, with the dealer fanning out a flop of 5♣ 6♠ 9.  Underdown added outs to a straight, but would miss on the turn and river, exiting the final table in sixth place ($7,845).

After William's elimination, the remaining five players began discussing an ICM chop once again.



Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Newman Eliminated On Final Hand Of Level 27

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 6

Stewart Newman (Coral Gables, FL) was hampered by a short stack for most of the final table, ending up exiting the tournament in 7th place ($6,555).

Just as the final seconds were ticking off the clock for Level 27, Jerry Limber opened the button to 115,000.  Jason Holzberg made the call out of the small blind, followed by Stewart Newman three-bet shoving out of the big.  Limber quickly folded his hand, but Holzberg wasn't going to release so easily, asking for an exact count.  Newman's all-in was for 675,000, and one Jason heard the amount, he verbalized a call.  It would be the A J of Holzberg against Newman's K♣ Q♣, with Jason getting the A♠ 7 7flop.  Newman would need to run out perfect in order to win, and once the 5♠ fell on the turn, he'd be drawing dead.  Newman would earn $6,555 for his seventh place finish, with players beginning talks of a chop after his departure.  Those deal discussions would quickly fall apart after the ICM numbers were read aloud, so the cards are once again in the air.


Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Santana Noronha On The Wrong End Of The "Classic Race," Departs In 8th Place ($5,265)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 27 (Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 7


Santana Noronha (Davie, FL) was one card away from scoring a well needed double, but couldn't fade the ace on the river. 

Returning from break as one of the two shortest stacks, Santana Noronha (Davie, FL) was looking for a spot to double up.  With action folding to him in the hijack, Santana shoved for just over 580,000 (11bb), and would be called by Chris Lawson (in the small blind).  It was the "classic race," with Noronha holding Q♠ Q♣ against the A K of Lawson.  Santana stood and watched the dealer fan out a flop of 10♠ 9♠ 5, followed by the 8♠ on the turn.  Lawson needed a non-spade ace or king to score the elimination, and would get just that, with the A♣ on the river.  

Noronha wished his table mates good luck, and headed to the tournament podium to collect his money ($5,265 for 8th place).  Lawson would chip up to 2,100,000 after scoring the knockout.


Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Updated Chip Counts From The Final Table

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 27 (Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 8

The remaining eight players from the final table are heading on another ten minute break, and will be returning to Level 27, with blinds of 25,000/50,000/5,000 (1,697,000 chip average).  Listed below are the updated counts from the final table:
  1. Stewart Newman - 880,000
  2. Chad Vetstein - 1,400,000
  3. Chris Lawson - 1,500,000
  4. Mitchell Smith - 2,700,000
  5. William Underdown - 790,000
  6. Jerry Limber - 2,800,000
  7. Jason Holzberg - 2,900,000
  8. Santana Noronha - 815,000

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Toorgeman Gets It In Good, But Finds Himself On The Rail In 9th Place ($3,985)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 27 (Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 8


Haim Toorgeman (Kenner, LA) is now just shy of $400,000 in lifetime earnings after this 9th place finish, which was worth $3,985.

"All-in and a call," could be heard from the final table, with both Jason Holzberg and Haim Toorgeman standing up.  Haim was the player at risk, but was ahead with A K♣ against the A♣ Q♣ of Holzberg.  The flop would come out Q♠ 9 2, flipping the script on Toorgeman, and sending him to the rail.  Jason would assume the chip lead after scooping in the massive pot, heading to break with close to 2,900,000.

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Lester Trimino The First To Exit Final Table ($3,275)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 26 (Blinds 20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 9

Lester Trimino (Miami, FL) earns the third largest cash of his career ($3,275) with this final table finish, bringing his lifetime earnings over $24,000.

Mitchell Smith came into the final table in shove mode, and would double through Stewart Newman just a few hands in.  Now while he secured the double-up, Smith was well below average, and didn't have a stack with much fold equity.  With action folding around to Mitchell on the button, he would shove for close to 700,000, getting called by Lester Trimino (Miami, FL).  Trimino woke up with J J♠ in the big blind, up against Mitchell's K♣ Q♣.  The dealer fanned out a flop of J♣ 10♣ 6♣, giving Mitchell a flush, and Trimino top set.  The turn and river would not pair the board, and Trimino would be left with less than ten big blinds.  Lester was eliminated shortly thereafter, becoming the first final table casualty.


Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Final Table Is Reached, After The Elimination Of Oktay Altinbas

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 25 (Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 10

Oktay Altinbas (Dania, FL) bubbles this Event #10 final table, but earns himself $3,275 in the process.

"Payout...Table 2," Oktay Altinbas yelled from his seat, having just lost an all-in to Mitchell Smith.  His elimination meant that Event #10 had reached it's final table, and the players would experience their final redraw of the tournament.  Listed below are the new seating assignments for the final table, along with a reminder of the payouts that remain:
  1. Stewart Newman
  2. Chad Vetstein
  3. Chris Lawson
  4. Mitchell Smith
  5. William Underdown
  6. Lester Trimino
  7. Jerry Limber
  8. Haim Toorgeman
  9. Jason Holzberg
  10. Santana Noronha
Remaining Payouts
  1. $39,860
  2. $27,895
  3. $17,925
  4. $12,270
  5. $9,425
  6. $7,845
  7. $6,555
  8. $5,265
  9. $3,985
  10. $3,275

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Ory Hen Exits Just Short Of The Final Table, Eliminated In 12th Place ($3,275)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 25 (Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 11


Florida tournament legend Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL) was in line to make yet another Isle Poker final table, but ran into the pocket kings of Jerry Limber.

Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL) was looking to win his second major title in as many months, but was eliminated moments ago by Jerry Limber.  Hen open shoved with A♠ Q♣, but ran into the K♠ K of Jerry Limber, and was unable to find any help in the runout.  This is Ory's sixteenth cash of the year, bringing his 2017 total earnings over $130,000.

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Santana Busts Yet Another, As Tony Valiente Exits In 13th Place ($2,595)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 25 (Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 12



Tony Valiente (Coconut Grove, FL) fell victim to Santana Noronha as well, eliminated just a few hands after Raymond Roberty.

The Event #10 field is only two eliminations away from the final table, as Santana Noronha eliminates another short stack.  After Raymond Roberty's exit, Tony Valiente would be left the shortest player in the field, sitting with just over twelve big blinds.  Valiente got his remaining chips in with A 6 against the K♠ Q of Noronha, and although he was ahead, watched as Santana out flopped him to grab the lead.  The K♣ 8 6♣ flop did hit both players, but Tony needed to find help on the turn or river to survive.  Neither street brought help to Valiante, who exited the tournament area to collect his 13th place money ($2,595).

Santana Noronha - 1,200,000 (40bb)
Tony Valiente - Eliminated in 13th place ($2,595)

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Raymond Roberty Flopped Dead By Santana, Eliminated In 14th Place ($2,595)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 24 (Blinds 12,000/24,000/3,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 13

Raymond Roberty (Miramar, FL) looked to be in good shape when the cards were tabled for his all-in, but ended up exiting the tournament area before the river even hit the felt.

Purely coincidental, all of the larger stacks were at Table 1 after the redraw, while Table 2 hosted the shortest stacked players in the field.  Two of those short players did battle moments ago, with the players holding a 1,000 chip difference in stacks.  Santana Noronha shoved from early position, and would be called by Raymond Roberty, who was in the big blind.  When the cards were tabled, it would be the A♣ J♠ of Santana, versus the J♠ J of Roberty.  There was an ace right in the window, and once the dealer fanned out the flop of A♠ A 5♠, Roberty would be drawing dead.  Raymond (Miramar, FL) headed to the podium to collect his 14th place money ($2,595), while Santana chipped up to 900,000.

Santana Noronha - 900,000 (37bb)
Raymond Roberty - Eliminated in 14th place ($2,595)

Isle Classic Event #10 (Day 2): Michael Lutz Eliminated In 15th Place ($2,595)

2017 Isle Classic | Event #10
$360 No Limit Hold'em ($200,000 GTD)
Level 24 (Blinds 12,000/24,000/3,000)
Total Event #10 Entries: 679
Event #10 Players Remaining: 14


Michael Lutz (Louisville, KY) was below the ten big blind mark, and was unable to find his double-up against William Underdown.

William Underdown is on a little heater, as he doubled through Oktay Altbinas moments ago, chipping up to just over 600,000.  Just two hands later, Michael Lutz shoved from under-the-gun, with action folding all the way around to Underdown (in the big blind).  William took little time before calling, flipping over A♠ K♣ (the hand he doubled with against Altbinas).  He'd be in commanding position against Lutz's K♠ J, with the board running out 8 2 3♣ 7♠ 10.  

Underdown would go from 300,000 to 1,000,000 in a matter of five minutes, and now is above the chip average, for the first time in recent memory.

William Underdown - 1,000,000 (41bb)
Michael Lutz - Eliminated in 15th Place ($2,595)