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Event 5 - Banducci Goes the Distance!

Michael Banducci
Michael Banducci is champ!

This event is over! Michael Banducci, a representative of the growing contingent of internet young-guns who are dominating the live arena, has gone the distance and secured his first bracelet.

Michael Banducci takes the hardware, the honor and $636,736, while his heads-up opponent Jeff Williams takes $406,330. Read on for the gory details of the final hand but make sure to check back soon for an interview with our winner and a wrap-up blog, PL.com style.

The Death Blow

Banducci was enjoying a sizeable chip lead going into the last hand of the match. Williams was on the button and opened to $130,000. Banducci re-popped to $400,000 and Williams moved all-in.

Banducci made the call and tabled A J which was in great shape against the A 5 of Williams. The board ran K J 2 and Banducci took a stranglehold on the hand. The turn and river went T 3 and Banducci earned the check mark and the win.

Level
25
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
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Event 5 - Barrage a Trois, Part Deux

The three-handed marathon continues on the featured final table by the Milwaukee’s Best Light No Limit Lounge. It’s been a real yo-yo, or a roller coaster, or whatever your other favorite up-and-down metaphor might be.

Peter Gould
Gould takes the bronze for $245,993.

Williams v. Gould

In the 37 hands of play that have elapsed since our last update, Jeff Williams and Peter Gould have continued to tangle with each other as Michael Banducci sits back and picks his spots to attack the two smaller stacks.

A typical hand involves Williams raising on the button to $125k and folding after Gould pops it back to $575k.

Slightly less regular are hands where Williams holds pocket fives against a random hand from Gould. First he doubled up against Gould’s A 9, then he gave it all back to Gould against the latter’s K 4.

On occasion we’ll even have a hand where either Williams or Gould gets aggressive and folds to a reraise from Banducci. It’s thrilling stuff.

Gould Bronzed! (3rd)

The tension was high, and everyone, including the players, seemed to be wondering when the deadlock will break.

It ended on hand #164 of the final table when Banducci opened for $100k and then set Gould all-in after a reraise to $480k.

Banducci held pocket sevens and was in a tough spot against Gould and his 10 10, but the J 9 7 flop sent Banducci into the lead.

The turn found the 2 giving Gould outs for the flush as well as the straight or set, but he bricked on the river and was eliminated from the tournament.

Gould takes home $245,993 for his 3rd place finish, while the other two players prepare to battle for the bracelet.

Since I've Been Loving Chip Counts

Here are the starting heads-up chip counts from WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael Banducci $4,300,000
Jeff Williams
$1,500,000

 

Level
25
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
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Event 5 - Barrage a Trois

The jump to Level 24 saw the $1,000 chips colored up, and the $25,000 chips - or as we know them affectionately, the Big Boy Chips - were introduced into play.

Jeff Williams
Williams: great call, bad result with A-Q.

Duveyoung Duve-done! (4th)

On the first hand after the color-up, Lyric Duveyoung came over the top all-in for $590k over an opening  $155k raise from Peter Gould. The latter contemplated his move before deciding to call with K 10, and he found himself ahead of Duveyoung’s Q J.

The 10 6 7 flop put Gould ahead. The K on he turn was a fun card for everyone involved, giving Gould two pair but also putting a straight draw out there for Duveyoung. The 5 river sealed it for Gould, who chipped up to $1,470,000.

For his efforts Lyric Duveyoung takes home $201,139.

Peter Gould
Gould wants to live, wants to give.

Searching for a Heart of Gould

Just four hands after knocking out Lyric Duveyoung, Peter Gould doubled through former EPT Grand Final champion Jeff Williams. Gould got himself in for nearly $1.4 million with K 10 and found he trailed Williams’ A Q. The board ran out 8 9 10 4 4 and Gould caught a break to cripple Williams to a mere $550k.

Jeff Jumps Back!

Jeff Williams just got some chips back from Peter Gould with pocket threes against Gould’s A-J, stacking back up to $1.5 million.

Chip Count Prison Blues

Here’s a snapshot of where our final three players sit as of now, courtesy of WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Michael Banducci
$2,600,000
Peter Gould
$1,700,000
Jeff Williams
$1,540,000

 

Level
24
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
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Event 5 - Closing in on the End

We’re back form the dinner break and the six-handed final table action is once again underway. Play was mostly tentative for a while, with very few hands reaching so much as the flop, but a few big hands have given the crowd the action they crave.

Jonathan Aguiar
Aguiar busts in 6th place.

Jaffray Jumps Ahead!

Alan Jaffray just found himself on the lucky side of a blind-versus-blind confrontation. He limped in from the small blind with Q J and then shipped it over the top of Peter Gould’s raise form the big blind. Gould called with A K, which was vulnerable once the flop came 7 7 2. The turn was safe, but a club fell on the river to push Jaffray’s stack to $1.1 million. Gould, meanwhile, is the short stack with $700k.

Gould Gets Back!

On he very next hand after his beat from Jaffray, Peter Gould doubled through Jonathan Aguiar. His 5 5 held up against Aguiar’s A K.

Aguiar Agui-gone! (6th)

One hand after being crippled to just $113k, Jonathan Aguiar finds his way to the rail.
He moved his stack in the middle and was called by Jeff Williams and Peter Gould. Williams held K-J and hit a jack on the river to sink Aguiar’s A 7.

Aguiar takes home $130,234.

Alan Jaffray
Jaffray jumps ship in 5th for $164,963.

Jaffray Jilted! (5th)

Three hands after Jonathan Aguiar’s exit, we have another runner gone from the competition.
Michael Banducci opened for 80k in the small blind and Alan Jaffray shoved from the big blind. Banducci made the call with Q Q, leaving him in great shape against Jaffray’s A Q.

The Q 9 2 was great news for Banducci, but the 9 on the turn was even better as it left Jaffray drawing dead. Jaffray took home $164,963.

Level
23
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Event 5 - Final Table

It's finally starting to heat back up at the final table here. The blind levels are starting to creep up significantly and the players are having to respond equally, despite it still remaining six-handed at the moment. Alan Jaffray still has the shortest stack, but even he has 25 big blinds at this point.

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Gould-en

Lyric Duveyoung raises preflop, Alan Jaffray and Peter Gould call. The flop comes down K 9 J and Duveyoung bets 100k but only Gould calls. The turn is the 4 and Duveyoung bets 200k, this time though, the Brit moves all-in. Duveyoung subsequently folds and Gould takes a massive pot.

Double Up For Aguiar

On the river of a 2 9 Q 7 J board, John Aguiar bets 80k and Banducci moves all-in, eventually the short stack makes the call for his tournament life with J 3. It's a good call, because Banducci can only show 7 4.

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Don't Bluff Me!

Banducci raises from the button and Jeff Williams calls in the big blind. Both players check the2 3 T, before Banducci bet 60k on the 4 turn, Williams made the call there and then another call for 90k on the 7 river. Banducci can only show Q 8, so Williams' A 9# was good.

Lyrical Gangster Petering Out?

Peter Gould raises preflop then fires successive bets of 76k, 170k and 250k on the flop turn of river of an 8 3 6 4 J board, Lyric Duveyoung calls the flop and the turn but can't stand the heat and gives it up on the river. Peter Gould now has the chip lead.

Peter Gould
 1,340,000
Lyric Duveyoung
 1,200,000
Jeff Williams
 1,100,000
Michael Banducci
 1,020,000
Jonathan Aguiar
 930,000
Alan Jaffray 550,000

 

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Event 5 - Final Table

After an explosive start, the last hour has not been quite as action-packed, with the shortest stacks now gone. This means the crowd are getting to see a good deal of poker and not the all-in-fests that you commonly see on TV.

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Jaffray Fires Shot Across Yellowsub's Bow

Jeff 'YellowSub88' Williams raises to 45,000 in the small blind and Alan Jaffray calls from the big. The youngster continues with a 65,000 bet on the 6 2 3 flop but Jaffray raises to 200,000 and Williams gives up.

Waxing Lyrically

Lyric Duveyoung raises to 40,000. Michael Banducci re-raises makes it 110,000. After long contemplation, Lyric decides to move all-in for just under of 1 million and Banducci decides to let it go.

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The Gould Standard

John Aguiar raises to 48,000 and Peter Gould makes it 155,000 from the small blind. Aguiar has only around 15 big blinds back, but decides this isn't the hand to make a stand with and lays it down.

 

 

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Event 5 - Final Table

The final table has begun to tumultuous noise from the crowd. The stacks of the chip leaders are pretty big compared to the blinds so don't expect this one to be over in a hurry!

Lyrical Master

Stephen Gross moves all-in for his last 100k or so with K T, Jamie Rosen moves all-in behind for around 420k withA Q before the man who has already won the best name award, (in our opinion), Lyric Duveyoung moves all-in behind them as well

Lyric shows Q Q and the board is bad news for the other two players, coming out 3 9 T 9 5. Gross is out winning $57,881 while Rosen takes home $79,587. Lyric catapults into 3rd place.

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Binger Torpedoed!

Michael Binger goes home in 7th place winning $101,293 after pushing from the small blind with A J. Jeff 'YellowSub88' Williams, the former EPT Monte Carlo winner eventually made the call with K 8 catching a king on the flop and an eight on the river.

 

 

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Event 5 - Final Table

Like all the feature tables that are going to be shown at a later date, the final is suffering a slight delay and probably will not begin for at least another twenty minutes or so. Don't go anywhere, we certainly won't.

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Event Name Event 5, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 3 June 2008
Final Day 5 June 2008
Buy In $1,000
Entrants 766
Prize Pool $2,894,094
First Prize $636,736
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 100/200
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1500/3000
Level 14 500 2000/4000
Level 15 500 2500/5000
Level 16 500 3000/6000
Level 17 1000 4000/8000
Level 18 1000 5000/10000
Level 19 1000 6000/12000
Level 20 2000 8000/16000
Level 21 3000 10000/20000
Level 22 3000 12000/24000
Level 23 4000 15000/30000
Level 24 5000 20000/40000
Level 25 5000 25000/50000
Level 26 5000 30000/60000
Level 27 10000 40000/80000
Level 28 15000 60000/120000

Michael Banducci
wins
$636,736

Event 5, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Michael Banducci $636,736
2. Jeff Williams $406,330
3. Peter Gould $245,997
4. Lyric Duveyoung $201,139
5. Alan Jaffray $164,963
6. Jonathan Aguiar $130,234
7. Michael Binger $101,293
8. Jamie Rosen $79,587
9. Steve Gross $57,881
10. Phi Nguyen $36,176