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LAST UPDATED: 2:22pm
With 23 players remaining and two levels behind us, players are now on a 15-minute break while the 25-denomination chips get colored up.
2:20pm--Carter Gill headed the wrong way
After sending Max Stern to the rail, Carter Gill ran into a few roadblocks. First he doubled Jeff Petronack when Petronack pushed for about 23,000 over the top of Gill's initial raise to 4,900. Gill made the call with Qh-Ts and found himself up against Ah-Jh. A 7h-Th-Js was huge for Petronack but the board turned disastrous with the Qs on the turn, bringing a muted exclamation of "No!" from Petronack and "Hold one time!" from Gill. His two pair didn't hold; the river fell 6h to make a heart flush for Petronack.
Shortly thereafter, Gill found himself in a hand against Dane Martin Clemmensen. Gill bet 6,200 on a flop of 4c-Qs-9s. He slowed down with a check when the turn came Ks to put three spades on board, but Clemmensen checked behind. The board got even uglier with the 10d on the river. This time when Gill checked, Clemmensen bet a suspiciously small 5,000.
"Jesus Christ, I call," said a clearly exasperated Gill. He showed 9c-9h for a set of nines but was beaten by Clemmensen's straight made with Ks-Jc. "Of course," snorted Gill. "How do you not bet the turn?"
Clemmensen never responded, leaving Gill to ponder how to stem the tide and start rebuilding.
2:13pm--Alfredo Delgado, $9,770 to pay for potentially broken hand
With a raise in front of him, Alfredo Delgado re-raised, and Claus Rasmussen pushed all-in. The original raiser foldered, and Delgado called with 6d-6c. Rasmussen held Ad-Kc. The flop was perfect-ish for Delgado. 3-3-3. He called for a six, just to be sure. He got one upside down on the turn...a nine. Then, the Ah on the river, punctuated by Delgado punching the table with enough force to knock out...well, at least someone with a jaw like mine. Delgado is out in 24th place, earning $9,770.
2:03--Guillaume Noël eliminated on the bubble
Short-stacked and in need of a double-up, Guillaume Noël got his final chips in with K-Q vs. Ryan Fee's Ac-2c. Fee flopped an unnecessary deuce and rivered an unnecessary ace to send Noël out just short of the money.
1:58pm--Max Stern eliminated
One-half of the Stern family has been eliminated. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Max Stern moved his last 9,975 into the middle from under the gun and was called in two spots: by Carter Gill from middle position and by Maurice Molina. Gill and Molina checked it down all the way on a board of Qd-6d-Ad-9d-3c. Stern showed Ac-Kc for top pair, but Gill four-flushed him with 5d-5s. Maria Stern has to carry the torch for the Stern family from here.
1:55pm--Rasmussen sniffs out bluff, sends player home
William Valladeres has been eliminated after bluffing with no pair on the river into Claus Rasmussen's Kd-Qh on a final board of Qc-4h-Jd-7-2.
1:50pm--Joel Micka doubles
Joel Micka just put himself and tournament on the line in a battle of the blinds. With more than 40,000 in front of him, he got it all in with Michael Collins. Collins held Ac-6c in the small blind to Micka's pocket eights. The flop came down 9c-Kd-Tc, giving Micka the flush draw do go with his ace-outs. He missed all of them twice and Micka's doubled up. Carter Gill wondered aloud, "How do you fade that?"
1:45pm--Short stacks making their moves
It's bubble time here in San Jose, with just 29 players remaining. Since only 24 will make the money, the short stacks need to decide whether to try to double up or to turtle. Guillaume Noel and Andres Herrada both tried to double up, and each one found himself behind in the hand. Noel's Ah-8h was up against Jon Van Fleet's As-Td but managed a chop when the board double-paired. Herrada was also all-in with ace-eight against the red jacks of Tark Abboud. There was no help for Herrada; Abboud's jacks held up to send Herrada to the rail.
If you'd like to see the updated standings, check out the LAPT Chip Counts page. It has been updated with counts from the beginning of this level.
1:30pm--Robert Woodcock, table bully
If Teddy Roosevelt had been a no-limit hold'em player, we imagine he might have said, "Walk tall and carry a big stack." Certainly a big stack is a dangerous weapon in the hands of a skilled player. Robert Woodcock started the day as the chip leader and has been punishing his shorter-stacked opponents today. He recently called a preflop raise to 6,100 in position behind Martin Clemmensen. Clemmensen made it 10,000 to go on a flop of 3h-6d-8h. Woodcock, who had been scrutinizing Clemmensen as the flop came don pushed out a stack of 23,500 chips without saying a word. It was a raise that sent Clemmensen into the tank. He seemed agonized, even removing his sunglasses at one point to rub his eyes. Ultimately, however, he folded and another pot was shipped to Woodcock.
1:15pm--Rasmussen fills up
The action hasn't slowed down in the slightest with the increase in the blinds. Another big hand just went down at Table 1. We didn't see the action, but we did see the aftermath -- Claus Rasmussen's Js-9s made a full house on a board of 2d-9d-Jh-Jd-Ah. His opponent, Jesse Macleod, could only come up with trip jacks. When all of the chips were sent to their proper spots, Rasmussen was wielding a stack of almost 100,000 chips, while Macleod had dropped to 30,000.
1:10pm--Level 12 begins
We are now beginning the 1,000/2,000/150 level.