Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19th: Udovnik Heads Event #13 Chop, $2,500 Single-Day Series Headlines Thursday's Schedule

ICYMI: Event #13 of the 2017 Isle Open was actually the inaugural running of the "Goliath Stack," a $140 No Limit Hold'em ($10,000 GTD) event, that had a structure used before at the Isle Poker Room.  Players started with 35,000 unit stacks, and played levels that started at (15) minutes, but transition to (20) minutes just before registration's close.  The tournament attracted a field of (106) entries, and an official prize pool of $11,660.  A total of (14) players were scheduled to reach the money, with action playing through the money bubble, and down to the final table.  After the elimination of Rick Kalgstein (Sunrise, FL) at said final table, the remaining nine players agreed to a deal, with Peter Udovnik (Coconut Creek, FL) the declared winner of the event.

  1. Peter Udovnik (Coconut Creek, FL) $1,671
  2. Donald Delancy (Miami, FL) $1,394
  3. Alan Saltzman (Lantana, FL) $1,368
  4. Stacey Gilbert (Lexington, MA) $1,010
  5. Brian Baris (Tamarac, FL) $1,001
  6. Ralph Spadafore (Boynton Beach, FL) $957
  7. David Gelley (Boca Raton, FL) $940
  8. Leonard Loder (Pembroke Pines, FL) $922
  9. Paul Shafron (Boca Raton, FL) $922
  10. Rick Kalgstein (Sunrise, FL) $309
The evening event was from the "secondary schedule," a $130 No Limit Hold'em Satellite Into Event #15 ($1,100 No Limit Hold'em | $150,000 GTD).  The satellite drew a crowd of (85) entries, and ended up awarded the (10) seats that were guaranteed.  The following players were awarded seats into this weekend's event:
  1. Zachary Mullennix ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  2. Ido Ashkenazi ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  3. Yves Fequire ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  4. Ory Hen ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  5. Joseph Marchese ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  6. Marc Bronstein ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  7. David Coughlin ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  8. Hector Pacheco ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  9. Trent Smith ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
  10. Angelo D'Angelo ($1,100 Isle Open Event #15 Seat)
Tournaments: Event #15 is the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Single-Day Series ($100,000 GTD), one of the premier tournaments of the series.  The one-day event is structured with 100,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (30) minutes over the course of the event.  The actual blind structure is proportionate to the starting stacks, with the big blind posting a single ante for the table.  The first time this tournament was played (August 22nd), it attracted a field of (75) entries, and a prize pool over $170,000.  With a guarantee on the event for the first time, expectations are high for today's tournament, which will have "live look-ins" throughout the day.

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-3:00am (Friday morning), players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.


12:00pm - 2017 Isle Open  Event #14 | $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Single-Day Series | $100,000 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
- Levels will last (30) minutes
- Ante is to be posted by the big blind (is a single ante), and in an all-in situation, the big blind is to be considered as having been posted first.

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Open (Secondary Schedule): $130 No Limit Hold'em Satellite Into Event #15 ($1,100 No Limit Hold'em | $100,000 GTD) | 10 Seats Guaranteed

- Players start with 12,000 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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th: Tuesday Attracts Big Numbers, Wednesday Going To Be "Goliath"

ICYMI: Yesterday's afternoon event (Event #11) was for the non-no limit players, with a total of (54)  entries making up the $150 Limit Omaha 8B Hi/Lo ($5,000 GTD) field.  That was more than enough entries to surpass the guarantee, with the official prize pool closing at $6,480.  A total of seven spots were scheduled to reach the money, and after the elimination of Anthony Albano (Deerfield Beach, FL) in seventh place, the remaining players began discussing a deal.  After the numbers were run, a chop was agreed to, with Joseph Ritzie (Hamilton, OH) declared the tournament's winner (taking home his first Isle Open trophy).

  1. Joseph Ritzie (Hamilton, OH) $1,202
  2. Harris Goodman (Boynton Beach, FL) $1,169
  3. Myrna Albert (Deerfield Beach, FL) $1,100
  4. Richard Redeker (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,001
  5. Robert Wachtel (Boca Raton, FL) $939
  6. Bennett Politzer (Boca Raton, FL) $777
  7. Anthony Albano (Deerfield Beach, FL) $292
There was an "additional" event on the Isle Open schedule yesterday, as the $510 No Limit Hold'em "Rake Free" Satellite Into Event #14 ($2,500 No Limit Hold'em Single-Day Series | $100,000 GTD) got underway at 12:00pm.  There were moments were the satellite looked like it was going to have a large overlay, but as players realized they couldn't let that value pass up, the number would grow.  A total of (24) entries made up the field, which guaranteed five seats into Event #14.  The following players will be in attendance tomorrow afternoon:
  1. Ory Hen (Event #14 Seat)
  2. Charlemagne Benjamin Jr. (Event #14 Seat)
  3. Daniel Pearlman (Event #14 Seat)
  4. Doug Nelson (Event #14 Seat)
  5. Rafael Calero (Event #14 Seat)
The evening event (Event #12), which began at 6:00pm, attracted the largest "non-multi" tournament field of the series.  A total of (357) entries made up the $60 No Limit Hold'em ($12,000 GTD) event, and after the optional add-ons were included, the official prize pool would close at $17,854.  A total of (45) players would reach the money, with a min-cash worth $91, and first place scheduled to receive $3,764.  With so much money left up top, when the final table was reached, it was easy for the players to reach a deal.  James Newcomb (Parkland, FL) was featured during Event #1 blog coverage, and has now returned to the spotlight, as the declared winner of Event #12.
  1. James Newcomb (Parkland, FL) $2,143
  2. Jean Fabien (Lake Worth, FL) $1,568
  3. Richard Spencer (Sunrise, FL) $1,413
  4. Anthony Casas (Miami, FL) $1,403
  5. Hari Sukhu (Miramar, FL) $1,371
  6. Richard Gress (Plantation, FL) $1,312
  7. Brunel Sicar (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $1,154
  8. Greysi Panchame (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,045
  9. Francklin Michel (Miramar, FL) $680
  10. Jesse Oviasogie (Miramar, FL) $443

Tournaments: There are two tournaments on the Isle Open schedule on Wednesday, one from the championship side, and the other from the secondary side.  The tournament from the championship schedule is Event #13, a $140 No Limit Hold'em "Goliath Stack" event, which has a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The "Goliath Stack" offers a structure with 35,000 unit starting stacks, and transitioning levels.  Levels are (15) minute through Level 8, transitioning to (20) minutes from Level 9 forward.  Registration is open through Level 11, which is also a new wrinkle we are seeing for one of the first times.

The day's evening event (6:00pm) is a satellite into this weekend's "major," as the $130 No Limit Hold'em Satellite Into Event #15 offers up (10) guaranteed seats.  The $1,100 buy-in tournament begins this Friday, with Day 2 finishing things up on Sunday.  The satellite is structured with 12,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (20) minutes throughout the tournament.

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-3:00am (Friday morning), players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.

11:00am - 2017 Isle Open  Event #12 | $130 No Limit Hold'em "Goliath Stack" | $10,000 GTD

- Players start with 35,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (11) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (15) minutes from Levels 1-8, then transitioning to (20) minutes Levels 9+

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Open (Secondary Schedule): $130 No Limit Hold'em Satellite Into Event #15 ($1,100 No Limit Hold'em | $100,000 GTD) | 10 Seats Guaranteed

- Players start with 12,000 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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17th: Accardi Goes Back-To-Back, Three Events On Isle Open Schedule

ICMYI: The opening event of yesterday's schedule was the (Event #9) $175 No Limit Hold'em Seniors' Championship 50+ ($8,000 GTD), which brought out many of Isle Poker Room's most notables players.  Names like Jeffrey Silverstein, Evan Teitelbaum, Nancy Thomas, Daniel Genacthe, Theo Lawson, and numerous others made up the field.  When registration closed, there would be a total of (67) entries, and an official prize pool of $9,380.  Nine players were scheduled to reach the money in the tournament, along with a $3,284 first place prize (posted).  The event ended in a three-way deal, with George Miro (Royal Palm Beach, FL) taking home the trophy, and $2,535.
  1. George Miro (Royal Palm Beach, FL) $2,535
  2. Theo Lawson (Miami, FL) $2,067
  3. Gerald Cavicchi (Jupiter, FL) $1,707
  4. Susan Krowitz (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $821
  5. Daniel Genacthe (Deerfield Beach, FL) $633
  6. Paul Berenson (Delray Beach, FL) $492
  7. Barry Teller (Tamarac, FL) $422
  8. Marc Levy (Boynton Beach, FL) $375
  9. Luis Santoni (Pembroke Pines, FL) $328
The storyline of the day came from the evening tournament (Event #10 | $150 No Limit Hold'em | $25,000 GTD), as Salvatore Accardi (Pembroke Pines, FL) headed a final table chop of the event.  The name may sound familiar, and if that's the case, it's because Accardi won the evening tournament the night prior (Event #8).  Salvatore bested a field of (294) entries to earn his second title of the series, putting himself in a special group of players that have accomplished that feat.  The $33,810 prize pool allowed for the ten-way deal to offer prizes over $1,786 for everyone involved.
  1. Salvatore Accardi (Pompano Beach, FL) $3,287
  2. Julio Graham (Hollywood, FL) $3,065
  3. Daniel Shortley (Lake Worth, FL) $2,836
  4. Irwin Block (Deerfield Beach, FL) $2,797
  5. Mauricio Duarte (Coral Gables, FL) $2,526
  6. Damien Simon (Hialeah, FL) $2,210
  7. Jordan Metviner (Coral Springs, FL) $2,133
  8. Pasquale Caiazza (Davie, FL) $2,015
  9. Emanuel Ibarry (Orlando, FL) $1,924
  10. Seth Medoff (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,786

Tournaments: The 2017 Isle Open schedule sees it's only non-no limit event to start the day's action, with Event #11 $150 Limit Omaha 8B Hi/Lo ($5,000 GTD) beginning at 11:00am.  The tournament, which always attracts a nice sized field, is structured with starting stacks of 12,000 units.  The levels start at (20) minutes while registration is open (Levels 1-8), transitioning to (25) minutes thereafter.  

Just an hour after Event #11 begins, the cards will be in the air for a satellite that was "added" to the Isle Open after the schedule was released.  This Thursday hosts one of the premier events of the series ($2,500 No Limit Hold'em Single-Day Series $100,000 GTD), and this afternoon's satellite gives players the opportunity to get into the tournament for a fraction of the price (and rake-free).  The $510 No Limit Hold'em Satellite Into Single-Day Series (Rake-Free) starts at 12:00pm, is structured with 14,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (25) minutes.  There are five seats guaranteed, meaning at least a handful of the players in the event will play in the $2,500 NLH Single-Day Series for a quarter of the buy-in.

The third event of the day (Event #12) begins at 6:00pm, and is a $60 No Limit Hold'em tournament, with an $8,000 guarantee prize pool.  The event sees players sitting down to starting stacks of 14,000 units, and levels that last (20) minutes over the course of the evening.  There is an option add-on at the end of registration (end of Level 8), with players receiving 10,000 units for $20 (100% of the money from add-ons goes 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-3:00am (Friday morning), players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.


11:00am - 2017 Isle Open  Event #11 | $150 Limit Omaha 8B Hi/Lo | $5,000 GTD

- Players start with 12,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (10) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (25) minutes throughout the event

12:00pm - 2017 Isle Open | $510 No Limit Satellite Into Event #14 ($2,500 NLH Single-Day Series) $100,000 GTD | 5 Seats 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 (25) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Open  Event #12 | $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 8,000 tournament chips), with 100% of the "add-on" going to the prize pool 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16th: Brinkley Heads Five-Way Chop Of Event #7, Seniors Championship And $25,000 GTD Headline Schedule

ICMYI: Event #7 ($360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD) of the 2017 Isle Open saw (127) players return for Day 2 on Sunday, with action scheduled to play down to a winner.  James Brinkley (Tampa, FL) ended up "bookending" the tournament's live coverage, cracking Charlemagne Benjamin's pocket aces to start the day, and holding up the winner's trophy to end it.  Brinkley headed a five-way deal that ended the tournament, earning the largest cash of his tournament career.  The official payouts from the deal are listed below, with the full results available by clicking here.
  1. James Brinkley (Tampa, FL) $30,343
  2. Reynel Hernandez (Miami, FL) $29,000
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky (Aventura, FL) $29,000
  4. Ray Nalbandian (Boynton Beach, FL) $28,652
  5. Steve McKoy (Coral Springs, FL) $25,000
The was another Isle Open event on yesterdays schedule, which began at 6:00pm (Event #8 | $100 No Limit Hold'em "Deepstack Turbo Bounty" | $5,000 GTD).  The tournament attracted a total of (101) entries, and after the optional add-ons were included in the number, the official prize pool would close at $6,335.  There were no chops in this event though, as action played down to an outright winner.  Salvatore Accord (Pompano Beach, FL) bested Hyndi Khomutetsky (Orlando, FL) during heads-up play, earning himself the first ever tournament win of his career (recorded).
  1. Salvatore Accardi (Pompano Beach, FL) $1,936
  2. Hyndi Khomutetsky (Orlando, FL) $1,192
  3. Alejandro Bristol (Davie, FL) $731
  4. Marco Oliveira (Boca Raton, FL) $477
  5. Pattarapom Vorbeck (Pompano Beach, FL) $372
  6. Robert Kuznietz (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) $297
  7. Patricia Conrad (Delray Beach, FL) $253
  8. Donald Gibbs (Hollywood, FL) $219
  9. Diane Linke (Boynton Beach, FL) $194
  10. Ian Pearson (Oveido, FL) $175
Tournaments: The 2017 Isle Open schedule continues today with two events, the first of which begins at 11:00am (Event #9).  The $175 No Limit Hold'em Seniors' Championship ($8,000 GTD) is an event that many players had circled on their calendar, from the moment the schedule for this series was announced.  The tournament offers a very generous structure, with players sitting down to starting stacks of 15,000 units, and playing levels that last (25) minutes over the course of the tournament.

That tournament is followed at 6:00pm by Event #10, a $150 No Limit Hold'em tournament, with a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool.  The event offers a structure with 16,000 unit starting stacks, and levels that last (20) minutes throughout the tournament.  There was a similar event run last Monday  (Event #4), which ended up attracting (278) total entries, and closed with a prize pool over $27,000.  This tournament should attract a similar sized crowd, and a prize pool that ends up somewhere in the $30,000 range.

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-3:00am (Friday morning), players are eligible for $100 high hands every hour.


11:00am - 2017 Isle Open  Event #9 | $175 No Limit Hold'em Seniors' Championship 50+ | $8,000 GTD

- Players start with 15,000 in tournament chips
- Late and re-entries for the first (10) levels
- Alternates and late entries will start with a full stack
- Level will last (25) minutes throughout the event

6:00pm - 2017 Isle Open  Event #10 | $130 No Limit Hold'em | $20,000 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

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Event #7 Ends In Five-Way Deal, Brinkley Declared Winner

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 32 (Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 5

The five players to chop Event #7 of the 2017 Isle Open (from left to right), Reynel Hernandez, Vlad Mezheritsky, Steve McKoy, Ray Nalbandian, James Brinkley

After the ICM were run for a second time, the remaining players did some quick negotiating...and the deal was agreed to.  Listed below are the official payouts from the chop:
  1. James Brinkley (Tampa, FL) $30,343
  2. Reynel Hernandez (Miami, FL) $29,000
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky (Aventura, FL) $29,000
  4. Ray Nalbandian (Boynton Beach, FL) $28,652
  5. Steve McKoy (Coral Springs, FL) $25,000
2017 Isle Open Event #7 Winner | James Brinkley (Tampa, FL) | $30,343


Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Salmon Runs Into Aces, Out In Sixth Place ($10,480)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 32 (Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 5


James Salmon (Davie, FL) had gotten a few all-ins through, but even though he held a strong hand on his final shove, he'd be up against the pocket aces of Ray Nalbandian.

James Salmon (Davie, FL) was left as the shortest stack at the final table, but he was able to get three all-ins through, chipping up to ten big blinds.  The fourth time he shoved, Ray Nalabandian re-shoved behind (having Salmon covered), will players behind folding around.  "Do you have a pair," Salmon asked Nalbandian, with Ray answering by turning over A A♣.  Salmon then tabled his 9 9♣, and would need some help from the runout.  The board ran out 2 4♠ 7 6♠ K♣, and James would be eliminated from the final table in sixth place ($10,480).

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Six-Handed Counts As Level Goes Up

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 32 (Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 6

The blinds continue to climb, as Level 32 began moments ago, with players now posting blinds of 80,000/160,000/20,000 (3,100,000 chip average).  Listed below are the updated six-handed counts from the final table:
  1. Steve McKoy - 3,200,000
  2. Reynel Hernandez - 6,100,000
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky - 2,000,000
  4. James Brinkley - 5,400,000
  5. James Salmon - 800,000
  6. Ray Nalbandian - 1,350,000

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): McDonough Eliminated In 7th Place By Brinkley ($8,685)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 31 (Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 6


Skip McDonough (Jupiter, FL) had a roller coaster final table, with his stack cut down to less than half of what he started with when Level 31 started.

James Brinkley opened the action under-the-gun for a raise, with players folding around to Skip McDonough, who was in the big blind.  After peering down at his cards, Skip announced that he was all-in, with Brinkley making the call.  Skip was in the lead when the cards were tabled, holding A♠ Q♣ agains the K J of Brinkley.  James hit a jack on the flop though, which was good enough for the win, after McDonough couldn't recapture the lead on the turn or river.

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Michael Amato Exits In 8th Place ($6,915)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 31 (Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 7


Michael Amato (Boca Raton, FL) managed to grind out the short stack through two player eliminations, but was unable to get the key double he needed to get back into things.

After Frank Lerczak's elimination, Michael Amato (Boca Raton, FL) was left the shortest stack at the table, and he'd shove for 1,300,000 from middle position.  Steve McKoy would call (next to act), as the rest of the players behind released their hands.  Amato was in rough shape against Steve, holding A♠ 10 against McKoy's A K.  The board would run out 7 4 2 J♣ A♣, and the winner of this same event from the 2017 Battles At The Beach would be eliminated.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Frank Lerczak Out In 9th Place ($5,195)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 31 (Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 9


Frank Lerczak (Buffalo, NY) wasn't able to find much traction once the final table was reached, and ended up starting Level 31 with less than five big blinds.

Frank Lerczak (Buffalo, NY) came to the final table with over twenty big blinds, but found himself doing a lot of folding since the redraw.  When Level 31 started, his stack was down to 580,000 (less than five bigs), and he'd shove from early position.  Reynel Hernandez ended up making the call, and the two would be flipping, with Lerczak holding A♠ J♠ against Reynel's 2 2♠.  The pocket deuces ended up holding through the runout, and Lerczak became the second player eliminated from the final table, earning $5,195 for his ninth place finish.

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Updated Chip Counts At Level's Transition

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 31 (Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 9
  1. Steve McKoy - 2,200,000
  2. Reynel Hernandez - 3,800,000
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky - 1,500,000
  4. Skip McDonough - 2,300,000
  5. Frank Lerzcak - 580,000
  6. James Brinkley - 3,500,000
  7. James Salmon - 2,500,000
  8. Ray Nalbandian - 1,700,000
  9. Michael Amato - 1,200,000

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Vlad Mezheritsky Doubles Through Hernandez

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 30 (Blinds 50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 9

There was a brief discussion of a chop as players were returning from break, but after the ICM numbers were read aloud to the table, things were quickly shut down right there.  The level continued with few "notable" hands, outside of Ray Nalbandian doubling through Vlad Mezheritsky.  Vlad held a strong lead with 9♠ 9♣ against Nalbandian's 2 2, but Ray would make a four-flush on the river, and Mezheritsky would be let super short.

After Reynel Hernandez opened from early position to 225,000, Vlad Mezheritsky three-bet shoved for 695,000.  Action folded back around to Hernandez, who made the call, with his 9♠ 7♠ behind the A♣ Q♣ of Mezheritsky.  The Q♠ 4 2 flop all but ended hopes for Reynel, who would be drawing dead on the turn, and shipped over close to 700,000 to the short stack.

Reynel Hernandez - 4,400,000 (44bb)
Vlad Mezheritsky - 1,400,000 (14bb)

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Updated Final Table Chip Counts At Break

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 30 (Blinds 50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 9

Players are taking another (10) minute break, and will be returning to Level 30, with new blinds of 50,000/100,000/10,000 (2,090,000 chip average).  Posted below are the updated chip counts from the final table:
  1. Steve McKoy - 2,100,000 (21bb)
  2. Reynel Hernandez - 5,400,000 (54bb)
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky - 1,625,000 (16bb)
  4. Skip McDonough - 2,450,000 (24bb)
  5. Frank Lerzcak - 1,350,000 (13bb)
  6. James Brinkley - 2,600,000 (26bb)
  7. James Salmon - 1,670,000 (16bb)
  8. Ray Nalbandian - 820,000 (8bb)
  9. Michael Amato - 1,300,000 (13bb)

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Martin Culotta Eliminated In 10th Place ($4,315)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 29 (Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 9


Martin Culotta (Miami, FL) led from the moment the cards were in the air today, and continued to stay atop the leaderboard for a majority of the afternoon (into evening).  A tough turn card saw him get eliminated at the hands of Reynel Hernandez.

Martin Culotta opened hijack to 180,000, with Reynel Hernandez flatting out of the big.  Hernandez checked called 225,000 from Culotta after the A♠ K 7♠ flop, with the dealer placing down the Q♣ on the turn.  Hernandez checked once again, but after Culotta bet 350,000, Reynel check-shoved (having Martin covered).  There was little time before the announcement of the all-in, and the call from Culotta, as Martin held K♠ K♣ (flopped a set of kings).

Unfortunately for Martin, Hernandez turned broadway with J♣ 10♠, with Culotta needing the board to pair in order to stay alive.  The river did not bring any help to the set of kings, and Martin would be the first player eliminated from the final table.  That pot would make Reynel Hernandez the overwhelming chip leader, holding over 5,000,000 of the 18,820,000 chips in play.

Reynel Hernandez - 5,000,000
Martin Culotta - Eliminated (10th Place | $4,315)

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Event #7 Final Table Lineup

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 29 (Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 10

After the elimination of Erik Nomberg (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), the remaining ten player redrew for new seats, with the lineup for the Event #7 final table listed below (with updated chip counts to follow):

  1. Steve McKoy
  2. Reynel Hernandez
  3. Vlad Mezheritsky
  4. Skip McDonough
  5. Frank Lerzcak
  6. James Brinkley
  7. James Salmon
  8. Martin Culotta
  9. Ray Nalbandian
  10. Michael Amato

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Erik Nomberg (11th Place) And Peter Fellows (12th Place) Eliminated, Event #7 Final Table Reached

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 29 (Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 10


Erik Nomberg and Peter Fellows have been eliminated from Event #7 ($360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD) of the 2017 Isle Poker Open, and have cashed for $4,315:

11.
Erik Nomberg (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

12. 
Peter Fellows (Pembroke Pines, FL)



Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Edward McNamara (13th Place) And Ory Hen (14th Place) Eliminated

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 12

Edward McNamara and Ory Hen have been eliminated from Event #7 ($360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD) of the 2017 Isle Poker Open, and have cashed for $3,435:

13.
Edward McNamara (Davie, FL)

14. 
Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL)




Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Craig Stern Eliminated (15th Place) By Reynel Hernandez

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 14

Just four hands after losing the massive flip to Martin Culotta, Craig Stern (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) would once again be flipping, this time for his tournament life.  He would get in all-in pre against Reynel Hernandez, this time holding the pair (10♠ 10♣), against the A K♠ of Hernandez.  It looked as if Stern was going to be on the good end of the flip this time, but ended up seeing a king hit the river, sending him to the rail in fifteenth place.  For his efforts, Craig would earn $3,435, which happens to be the sixth largest cash of his career (with now a total of twenty results).  

Reynel Hernandez - 2,800,000
Craig Stern - Eliminated (15th Place | $3,435)


Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): And Now The Action Picks Up, Two Players Double

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 28 (Blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 15

Just after mentioning that the lack of significant hands, we see two players double in a span of three minutes.  At Table 1, after Erik Nomberg opened to 125,000 and Craig Stern called, Martin Culotta three-bet shoved for 1,210,000.  Nomberg ended up folding after some time in the tank, with Stern also taking a few moments, eventually making the call.  It would be the J J♣ of Culotta up against the A K♠ of Stern, with the board running out Q 3 6♣ 2♠ 6♦.  Culotta picked up the huge pot, worth close to 2,600,000, while Stern dropped down to 1,000,000.

Just seconds later (at Table 1), Skip McDonough would shove over an open from Ory Hen.  Hen made the call after some thought, and unhappy to hear Skip say that he had pocket tens.  Ory was a big underdog, holding 8♠ 8♣ against the 10 10♠ of McDonough, and would get no help from the runout.  Skip chipped up to 1,400,000 with the pot, while Ory dropped down to 800,000.

Martin Culotta - 2,600,000
Skip McDonough - 1,400,000
Craig Stern - 1,000,000
Ory Hen - 800,000


Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Hen Flips Well Against Peter Fellows, Doubles Through

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 27 (Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 15

Ory Hen's stack just got a little more manageable, as he now sits with over thirty big blinds.

In what seems like the first significant action in hours, we see Ory Hen double through Peter Fellows, leaving the latter with under fifteen bigs.  Hen would open for 125,000, with action folding around to Peter Fellows, who three-bet to 275,000.  When action got back to Ory, he four-bet shoved for 735,000, with Peter making the call.  

The two players would be flipping, with Ory holding A Q against the 10♣ 10 of Fellows.  Hen grabbed the lead right on the flop (Q♠ 2 3♣), and faded the turn and river to double up.  The two basically swapped spots on the leaderboard, with Ory doubling to 1,500,000, and Fellows dropping down to 790,000.

Ory Hen - 1,500,000
Peter Fellows - 790,000

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Updated Chip Counts At Break

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 27 (Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 15

Players are heading on another (10) minute break, while the tournament staff colors off the orange (1,000 denomination) chips.  Action will resume with Level 27, and new blinds of 25,000/50,000/5,000 (1,750,000 chip average).  Listed below are the updated chip counts for the remaining fifteen players:

Table 1:
  1. Peter Fellows - 1,750,000
  2. Edward McNamara - 1,375,000
  3. Ray Nalbandian - 1,000,000
  4. Michael Amato - 1,300,000
  5. Ory Hen - 970,000
  6. Skip McDonough - 540,000
  7. James Salmon - 600,000
Table 2:
  1. James Brinkley - 1,550,000
  2. Reynel Hernandez - 2,700,000
  3. Erik Nomberg - 1,400,000
  4. Vlad Mezheritsky - 1,450,000
  5. Craig Stern - 2,350,000
  6. Martin Culotta - 700,000
  7. Steve McKoy - 800,000
  8. Frank Lerzcak - 1,175,000

Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): 16th-18th Places ($2,860)

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 26 (Blinds 20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 15

The following players have been eliminated from Event #7 ($360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD) of the 2017 Isle Poker Open, and have cashed for $$2,860:

16. 
Paul Grigsby (Pompano Beach, FL)

17. 
Philip Phillips (Alpharetta, GA)

18. 
Raymond Roberty (Miramar, FL)





Isle Open Event 7 (Day 2): Finding New Homes, Event #7 Has It's First Redraw

2017 Isle Open | Event #7
$360 No Limit Hold'em | $200,000 GTD
Level 25 (Blinds 15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Entries: 941
Players Remaining: 18

After the elimination of Greg Levine (Tamarac, FL) in 19th place, the field was just shuffled, as the field experienced it's first redraw of the evening (with one more remaining at the final table).  Listed below are the new seating assignments for the two tables in the field:

Table 1:
  1. Peter Fellows
  2. Raymond Roberty
  3. Edward McNamara
  4. Ray Nalbandian
  5. Paul Grigsby
  6. Michael Amato
  7. Ory Hen
  8. Skip McDonough
  9. James Salmon
Table 2:
  1. James Brinkley
  2. Reynel Hernandez
  3. Erik Nomberg
  4. Vlad Mezheritsky
  5. Craig Stern
  6. Martin Culotta
  7. Steve McKoy
  8. Frank Lerzcak 
  9. Phil Phillips