Event 17, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout - Live Updates

Jason Young has won the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout at the 2008 WSOP. Young defeated Mike Schwartz in heads-up play to claim his first World Series bracelet, as well as $335,565 in spending money. For second place, Schwartz earns $209,527 and no PokerListings.com interview. Congratulations to all who cashed!

Day 2 Live Updates

06/11/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17, Level 10: Young Wins a Roller-Coaster!

It was a roller-coaster heads-up match that saw Jason Young take Mike Schwartz to the very brink of elimination before letting him back in the match. But in the end Young managed to right his sinking ship and claim his first WSOP bracelet with a victory in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout!

Here's the story from the final hour of play:

Young Cripples Schwartz!

Schwartz, having ground up a slight chip advantage, limps in and sees Young raise to $400,000. Schwartz makes the call and the flop comes J T 4, prompting a $750,000 wager from Young. Schwartz again calls and the turn is the 4. Young now moves all-in and Schwartz tanks for a few moments before telling his rival he puts him on A-T and making the call.

Schwartz has J 8 for top pair but Young has A J for top-top and after the river is the 3, Young thinks he has won the tournament. In fact, he's doubled through Schwartz to the point that his rival cannot even post the blind without going all-in.

Schwartz Doubles Repeatedly!

Schwartz gets all-in over the next three hands and manages to double up all three times, holding J T to Young's A 3, 9 3 to Young's A Q and A T against Young's A 7.

Then, a few hands later he gets all-in pre-flop with K K against Schwartz's 6 6 and the board comes A 8 5 J 3, giving Schwartz another double-up and bringing his stack up to $3.4 million of the $10 million in play.

Young Closes It Down!

Schwartz raises to $700,000 and Young puts him all-in. Schwartz makes the call and shows 4 4 to Young's A J. The flop comes 8 6 2 and Schwartz maintains the lead in the race. Then the turn is the A and Young hits an ace to take the lead. The river is the Q and Young's pair of aces takes it, winning the pot and the tournament on the turn of a card!

For the win, Young books $329,872, while Schwartz takes $209,528 for second. Young also earns his first WSOP bracelet and an exclusive PokerListings.com interview, which we'll have on the site by the end of the night.

Congratulations to all who cashed and to all a good night!

 

Level
11
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$10,000,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
06/11/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 9 - Heads-Up One Time!

Sergey Rybachenko
Still fly!

We've played an hour of largely inconsequential heads-up play at the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Here's the action from the tournament floor over that span.

Good Fold!

On the third hand of heads-up play, Mike Schwartz raises to $300,000 and Jason Young re-raises to a cool million. Schwartz matches the wager and the flop comes Q 8 2. Young bets out another $1 million and Schwartz again calls. The turn is the 4 and Young instantly moves all-in.

Schwartz goes into the tank for a long time before laying the hand down and Young turns up a pair of red eights for the set. Schwartz claims to have folded the case eight, but whatever the case Young takes first blood.

Schwartz Fires Back!

Young limps-in and Schwartz checks his option. The flop comes Q 3 2. Both players check and the turn is the 4, prompting Schwartz to bet out $400,000. Young flat-calls and the river is the 2 and Schwartz instantly moves all-in.

Now it's Young's turn to tank and he does, mulling his options as Schwartz dons a pair of Fossilman-esque sunglasses. Eventually he folds and Schwartz takes the pot.

Young Pushes!

Young raises to $250,000 and Schwartz makes the call. The flop comes K 8 3 and Schwartz checks. Young moves all-in and Schwartz ruminates for a few minutes before laying it down as Young tells the rail he had jacks.

Schwartz Gets Some!

Schwartz limps and Jason Young raises to $300,000. Schwartz makes the call and the flop comes 5 3 2. Both players check and the turn is the 7, prompting more checks from our combatants. The river is the 5 and Schwartz bets out $500,000. Young makes the call, tabling A T but Schwartz has A K for the better kicker and takes the pot.

Chip Counts!

Jason Young $5.6 million
Mike Schwartz
$4.4 million

 

 

Level
9
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$5,000,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 8 - The Beast Goes On!

Rory Monahan
Busto!

Yeah, this tournament may in fact go on forever. After last night's debacle that saw play continue past dawn, only to resume today at 2 p.m. we're still three-handed at the final table of the $1.5k NLHE Shootout and the blinds and antes are maddeningly slim as compared to the massive stacks.

Anyway here's how the last hour panned out:

Big Pot for Young!

Jason Young raises to $170,000 and John Strzemp re-raises to $500,000. Mike Schwartz gets out of the way and after some tankage, Young makes the call. The flop comes 6 4 3 and Strzemp bets out $1,000,000. Young immediately moves all-in and Strzemp lays down the hand, conceding the pot to Young.

Strzemp Gets Some Back!

All three players limp-in and see a flop come Q Q T. The field checks and the turn is the J. Action checks to Strzemp, who bets out $150,000. Schwartz folds out but Young makes the call and the river is the 5. Strzemp bets out $325,000 and Young makes the call, but mucks when Strzemp shows 9 8 for the straight.

UPDATE: Strzemp Busto; Heads-Up Begins!

And as we're in the middle of this update, John Strzemp is eliminated at the final table. He and Schwartz saw a flop come K 7 2 and Strzemp bet out $175,000. Schwartz made the call and the turn brought the 5, prompting a $500,000 wager from Strzemp and another call from Schwartz.

The river was the K and Strzemp moved all-in for his last $1.3 million. Schwartz calls instantly, showing K 8 while Strzemp has only Q 9 and is exceedingly busto. He'll take $129,675 for his time.

Meanwhile, heads-up play between Mike Schwartz and Jason Young begins now, with the former holding a $5.1 million to $4.9 million chip advantage over the latter. Gogogogogo!

Level
8
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$3,333,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 7 - Three-Handed Play Continues!

John Strzemp
It's all gravy!

Here's the latest and greatest as three-handed play continues at the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout Spectacular:

He Check, He Check!

Mike Schwartz and Jason Young check the flop and turn of a board that comes A 8 8 9 7 and Schwartz bets out $75,000 on the river. Young makes the call and shows A T for aces-up but Schwartz has A 8 for eights-full and takes the pot.

Strzemp Doubles!

Strzemp gets all-in preflop and Young makes the call, turning up A T to Strzemp's A K. The flop comes 6 5 2 but the turn brings the T to give Young the better hand. The river, however, is the K and Strzemp rivers a king to stay alive and double through Jason Young.

More For Strzemp!

Schwartz limps-in on the button and Young and Strzemp join the party in the blinds. The flop comes Q 4 3 and the action checks around. The turn is the Q and Schwartz bets out $120,000. Young folds but Strzemp makes the call and the river is the A, prompting a $150,000 wager from Schwartz and a quick call from Strzemp, who tables pocket deuces and remarkably, is good to take down the pot.

Pot For Schwartz

Schwartz and Young see a flop from the blinds and it comes Q 6 3. Schwartz bets out $130,000 and Young raises to $300,000. Schwartz makes the call and the turn is the 7. Both players check and the river is the 8, prompting a check from Schwartz and a $300,000 wager from Young. Schwartz insta-calls and Young shows 6 3 for two pair, but Schwartz has Q 8 for a better two pair and takes the pot.

Chip Counts!

Here are the chip counts for the final three, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Mike Schwartz $4,000,000
John Strzemp
$3,100,000
Jason Young
$2,900,000
Level
7
Blinds
500/1000
Ante
100
Average Stack
$1,000,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 6 - Return from Dinnar

The three survivors have just returned from a sixty-minute dinner break and the cards are back in the air from the final table. Here are the chip counts as we get back into the action:

Jason Young $4,800,000
Mike Schwartz
$4,100,000
John Strzemp
$1,100,000

 

Level
6
Blinds
400/800
Ante
100
Average Stack
$1,000,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 5 - The Storm Before The Calm!

If the last level was characterized by incredible action, multiple eliminations and giant pots, this level has seen the players settle into a more laid back routine, the players seemingly exercising caution with a much coveted bracelet so close at hand.

Then no sooner do PokerListings make this comment than we get ANOTHER knockout!

Nothing To Moan (ahan) About (OUT - 4th)

Rory Monahan
Ror Shown The Door!

Rory Monahan has struggled manfully on with his shortstack but was always likely to be forced into making a move with the rising blinds.

He'd been pushing it for a while and finally got looked up, his 6 5 live at least versus the A Q of John Strzemp.

An Ace hit the flop to move Strzemp into a more dominant position and despite picking up a flush draw on the turn Rory couldn't hit the club he needed on the river.

Rory Monahan is OUT, eliminated in 4th spot, winning $82,582 for his troubles.

The chase for WSOP gold continues three handed.

Here are the players' counts as we approach the dinner break...

Jason Young $4,600,000
Mike Schwartz
$3,100,000
John Strzemp III
$1,500,000

 

 

 

 

Level
5
Blinds
200/400
Ante
50
Average Stack
$0
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 4 - Eruption!

The sedate pace witnessed earlier in the day has been shattered by a series of giant pots, culminating in multiple eliminations! The rail, so serene earlier, are packed round watching the frenetic actio!

There's blood on the carpet folks and here's how it has all panned out!

West Put To Rest (OUT - 8th)

Tim West
West Best-ed

Thomas West has seen his stack whittled down in recent times, so when he saw a big ace in A-Q, he went for it. Unluckily for him Jason Young found an ace that was just a smidgen, but a crucial smidgen better in A-K.

The board was a series of inconsequential low cards, Young's A-K high holding, meaning Thomas West is OUT, eliminated in 8th spot for $12,421.

 

Cold War Over (Rybachenko OUT - 7th, Bowker OUT 6th)

This may come as surprising news, given the Russian had been the dominating chip stack, but Sergey Rybachenko is indeed out.

Here's the story of his demise.

First off he lost a big pot, trying to bluff Jason Young off A-Q on an A high board, mucking as soon as Jason called his river bluff.

Sergey Rybachenko
Russian To The Rail!

Soon after he was involved in a pot that was re-raised preflop, seeing the flop with J Q and calling Rory Monahan's shove on a Jack high board, only to find him with pocket rockets.

His exit was more unfortunate than these two rather loose hands however, shipping his chips in in good shape with pocket cowboys, versus the Q 9 of the shortstacked Kyle Bowker and the A Q in the hands of the more chipped up Schwartz.

He held dominion until a grim spiked river Ace plunged the dagger of defeat deep within the depths of his soul, meaning Mike Shwartz knocked out two players in one fell swoop!

Sergey Rybachenko is OUT, eliiminated in 7th spot for $15,697 and Kyle Bowker is OUT, eliminated in 6th spot for $23,888

 

Matt Finish (Giannetti OUT - 5th)

Matthew Gianneti is the latest player to fall victim in the slew of eliminations this level has witnessed.

Matthew Gianetti
GianOUTi!

He had been on a mission to build his stack up and saw a flop of A K 9 against Mike Schwartz. He called after a quick interrogation of Schwartz with A T and was shown the draw-tastic Q 9.

Shwartz missed his flush but a Queen on the turn and nine on the river were good enough, his full house meaning Matthew Gianetti is OUT, eliminated in 5th spot fr $40,267.

Four handed now, the race for the bracelet gets ever closer!

 

Level
4
Blinds
150/300
Ante
25
Average Stack
$0
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 2 - Another Player Down!

A slow methodical start by most of the players has meant there is a silent, anti-climactic ambience permeating this final table.

The reflective mood of the players and the small contingent watching is sure to be washed away as the increasing tides of blinds co-erce the players to play more aggressively as the pressure rises...

From Russia With Love

Casey Coleman
Coleman - Out In 10th

Alexander Triner was down to roughly $600,000 when he tangled with perhaps the most aggressive player at the table today, Russian Rybachenko.

They saw an Ace high flop and the chips flew in, Rybchencko no doubt feeling like his A-T was good. When the smoke cleared though, Triner tabled A-Q, his kicker playing as he doubled through to $1,200,000 in chips.

Jumping Jason's Jack

Heartily encouraged by that double up, Triner found it in him to repop Jason Young's raise to $60,000 to $225,000.

Jason now decided the time was right to move allin!

A HUGE pot was in the offing and when Triner called they flipped them. Brave call by Triner with A-K and he was in excellent shape to knock Young out at this point, as he tabled the dominated A-J.

The board came BLANK,BLANK,BLANK, JACK!

Unbelievably, an ecstatic Young had spiked his 3 outer to remain in the frame. He faded a King on the river and took down the million and a half pot, with a stunned Triner finding himself crippled by this piece of outrageous misfortune!

No Dinner For Triner (OUT - 9th)

Alexander Triner
Tough Luck Buddy!

ALexander Triner was still stunned by this last hand when he picked up pocket Jacks. No doubt overjoyed to have been given a great shot to get back in it again, he shoved his chips in with the fourth best hand in poker, only to be dealt yet one more piece of misfortune as John Strzemp III found the third best hand in poker, in pocket ladies, to send him watery-eyed and in a daze, crashing to the rail in harsh fashion.

Alexander Triner is OUT, eliminated in 9th spot, for $9,828

 

 

 

 

 

Level
1
Blinds
25/50
Average Stack
$0
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level 2 - Player Down!


The final table commenced in somewhat cagey fashion. Lots of $s and of course the not insignificant matter of a gold WSOP bracelet no doubt contributed to this, but there has been one player in particular who has had no problem upping his aggression levels.

Ca-sey's Red (Out - 10th)

Jason Young
Busto!

Yes after what has proved a nightmare start for the lone Canadian at the table, he has been put out of his misery.

With only a mere $65,000 or so, he took an opportunity to s**t ot bust with A-Q, flipping them against the preflop raiser, Californian Mike Shwartz's pocket Eights.

He couldn't find the A or Q he needed for a much required double through, meaning he hits the rail, picking up $7,507 for his two days work.

Good game Casey.

Surg-ing Upwards

The elimination of the sole Canadian means the bracelet is being contended by eight Americans and one sole Russian.

Sergey Rybachenko is showing no signs of being overawed however, outnumbered as he is in this microcosmic cold war, and indeed it is he who is freezing the rest of the table out at present.

His opponent's will have to give some thaw-t as to how to stop the bulldozing Russian, who's stack is now in excess of $2,000,000 after picking up some small pots.

Level
1
Blinds
25/50
Average Stack
$0
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
06/10/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 17 - Level One - The Final Single Table Begins

Welcome back for the $1,500 Shootout, where the finest (well run best-est) sit-n-go specialists have been run through the crucible of consecutive single tables, and have been distilled down to the final few souls who succeded in winning back to back single tables yesterday.

Here are the chosen few returning to do battle today as the race for the bracelet gathers pace.

Seat 1: Casey Coleman (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Seat 2: Matthew Giannetti (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Seat 3: Thomas West (Los Altos, California)
Seat 4: Rory Monahan (Carbondale, Illinois)
Seat 5: Kyle Bowker (Walton, New York)
Seat 6: John Strzemp III (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Seat 7: Mike Schwartz (Encino, California)
Seat 8: Sergey Rybachenko (Moscow, Russian Federation)
Seat 9: Jason Young (Suffern, New York)
Seat 10: Alexander Triner (Rockville, Maryland)

Incidentally the players have been given 1,000,000 chips each to play with today.

Casey-Ra Sera

Matthew Gianetti
Gianetti - At Home Here In Vegas

Casey Coleman has been the story of the first hour, the Canadian getting involved in some monster pots, with invariably disastrous results.

First off he fired a big bet on the river of a Queen high board. He almost, but not quite persuaded Matthew Gianetti to fold his hand, which was TPTK in the form of A-Q, but a call from the Las Vegan local boosted his stack up to the $1,500,000 mark, whilst Coleman was knocked back down to $500,000.

Nice Chenk 'O Change

Worse was to follow for Coleman. Seeing a flop of K 4 5 after a re-raised pot preflop, he fired out $250,000 - an enormous bet.

Kyle Bowker
Slow Start For Bowker

His Russian opponent, Sergey Rybachenko, who had followed him into the pot made the call..

The turn was the 5.

Check from both players.

The river fell the 7 and now the Russian bet out $375,000...called by Coleman pretty quickly.

Coleman flipped up A-K for Kings Up, but the Russian had been incredibly lucky, tabling 8 6. He had called the flop with a gutshot and fotunately hit it on the river but his luck means he is up to close to the $2,000,000 mark, good for the chip lead at this stage, whilst Coleman is down and almost out on $115,000.

Poor Guy!

 

Level
1
Blinds
25/50
Average Stack
1000000
Players Left
10
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 17, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-09
Final Day
2008-06-11
Buy In
$1,500
Entrants
1000
Prize Pool
$1,365,000
First Prize
$329,872

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Jason Young $329,872
2 Mike Schwartz $209,528
3 John Strzemp $129,675
4 Rory Monahan $82,538
5 Matthew Gianetti $40,268

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