$2.5k Mixed Event - Ahmadi Wins!


Well that didn't take long. In the span of a few hands, Bahador Ahmadi has taken control of the $2.5k Mixed Event and won his first WSOP bracelet.

Ahmadi entered three-handed play second in chips but won a quick succession of pots to take over the chip lead.

Then he eliminated Ylon Schwartz in a preflop all-in confrontation that saw Schwartz three-bet all-in with Q T against Ahmadi's A 2.

The board ran 8 5 3 K K and Ahmadi's ace-high took it, busting the erstwhile November Niner and setting up a brief heads-up battle between Ahmadi and John McGuinness.

Ahmadi entered with the chip lead and quickly took the rest of the chips in play when McGuinness shipped his stack on an A 2 7 flop.

Ahmadi made the call, tabling J 3 for the naked flush draw and finding himself up against McGuinness' T T.

The turn was the K, giving Ahmadi the flush and leaving McGuinness drawing dead. The river was the academic 4 and Ahmadi had won the tournament!

For the win, Ahmadi banks $278,793 while McGuinness walks with $172,227.

Congratulations to both finalists!

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$2.5k Mixed Hold'em - Back From Break!

Still tippin!
Still tippin!

The field is back from dinner at the final table of the $2,500 Mixed Limit Hold'em/No Limit Hold'em tournament and our three contestants have settled in to play down to a bracelet.

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of this event!

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$2.5k Mixed Hold’em – Lopez Leaps!

Shortly after Barry Greenstein’s elimination from the final table of Event 47 we had yet another bustout. In the hand Ylon Schwartz opened for 80,000 and John McGuiness made it 160,000. Both Schwartz and Karlo Lopez made the call.

The flop came 6 3 2 and McGuiness bet. Schwartz called and Lopez moved in for his last 19,000. Both of his opponents called and the turn came Q.

McGuiness opted to blast 80,000 into the side-pot and Schwartz laid it down. McGuiness flipped over 6-6 for a devilish set of 6-6-6 while Lopez was drawing dead with just K-9.

Lopez will receive $78,628 for coming in fourth place. We are now three-handed.

Dinner Break, Chip Counts

Players are currently on a 60 minute dinner break but you can check out updated chip counts, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com, below:

Ylon Schwartz 1,722,000
Bahador Ahmadi
John McGuiness
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$2.5k Mixed Hold’em – Greenstein Finished!

It’s been an up and down day for Barry Greenstein and he wasn’t able to survive the last level of play. In his final hand of the day Greenstein decided to put the last of his chips in the middle while holding 8 6 on a flop of K 2 2.

The play didn’t work as fellow PokerStars Pro Ylon Schwartz had a pair of queens Q Q. Greenstein dejectedly started to autograph a copy of Ace on the River for Schwartz.

Indeed Greenstein would finish autographing the book as the turn came T and the river was the 9. Schwartz now has twice as many chips as his nearest opponent

This was the second time that Greenstein had made a final table at the WSOP. He will receive $57,671 for coming in fifth.

Updated Chip Counts

Here are the latest chip counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com after Barry Greenstein’s unfortunate elimination:

Ylon Schwartz 1,722,000
Bahador Ahmadi
Karlo Lopez
John McGuiness
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$2.5k Mixed Hold’em – Play Slows With Greenstein on the Decline

Eliminations have finally started to slow as the most well-known player at the final table has started to falter. Ylon Schwartz, Bahador Ahmadi and John McGuiness have started to establish themselves as the dominating players at this final table.

Here’s a look at the latest huge hand:

Bear Trap!

Barry “The Bear” Greenstein just crippled himself in a huge hand against Karlo Lopez and Ylon Schwartz. In the hand Greenstein bet 90,000 from the cutoff and Lopez re-raised from the button. Schwartz called from the big bland and Greenstein also came along for the ride.

The flop came Q T 7 and after Greenstein and Schwartz checked Lopez bet. Both players called and the J peeled off the deck as the turn card. Lopez once again fired and both players called. The 4 fell on the river and everyone decided to check.

Lopez showed Q J for two-pair but Schwartz flipped over 9 8 for the straight. Schwartz is getting close to $1 million in chips.

Chip Counts

Here are the latest chip counts from www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Bahador Ahmadi 708,000
Ylon Schwartz
John McGuiness
Karlo Lopez
Barry Greenstein
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$2,500 Mixed Hold'em - Barry Greenstein Is A Machine

We have our first casualties at the final table, as Zachary Humphrey and Hasan Habib didn’t make it past the second hour. Randy Haxton and Matt Woodward have also just gone out.

Barry Greenstein is on a tear, eliminating two players and crippling another player that was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Here’s a look at what’s gone down:

Humphrey Heads For The Exit (9th Place)

The shortest stack starting at the final table belonged to Humphrey, who began Day 3 with just 99k in chips.

The ax came early for Humphrey, who moved all in with his last 10k pre flop. Randy Haddox called, and it was Humphrey’s K 7 against Haddox’s 10 8.

Humphrey saw the king he needed when the flop came Q K J, and the 7 on the turn gave him two pair.

Haddox pulled out the hand in the end though, when the river fell A for the straight.

Humphrey goes out in ninth place for $27,199.

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Hasan Has No More Chips (8th Place)

Hasan Habib followed Humphrey out the door, his short stack unable to survive past the early afternoon of Day 3.

Greenstein’s run at the final table continued, as Habib’s all-in bet on the flop didn’t survive against the surging PokerStars pro. The eighth-place finish for Habib is good for $30,641.

Haddox Goes Out Next (7th Place)

Randy Haddox became Greenstein’s next victim, when Greenstein called Haddox’s re-raise pre flop, putting Haddox all in.

It was Haddox’s A K against Greenstein’s K J. A jack came on the turn for Greenstein, and his killing streak continues.

Haddox wins $36,084 for 7th place.

Woodward Hits The Rail (6th Place)

As we're writing this, Bahador Ahmadi has just eliminated Matt Woodward, who goes out in 6th place for $44,520. 

We'll have more info on the hand soon.

Greenstein Gains Ground
The author of “Ace on the River” won a couple of big pots in the last hour, starting with a double up through Humphrey that set up Humphrey’s exit shortly later.

Greenstein trailed Humphrey slightly when Humphrey pushed all in pre flop, and Greenstein called, showing A 8 against Humphrey’s J 10.

The board came A A 5 2 8, giving Greenstein a set of aces on flop and giving Humphrey no help at all.

That pot put Barry at 190k, and Greenstein took another decent pot off Lopez shortly later. Then he eliminated Habib shortly after that.

Players beware - Barry has some chips to play with.

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$2,500 Mixed Hold'em - To The Final Table!

The original field of 527 is down to nine, and the final table is underway in the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event.

Matthew Woodward showed up a few minutes late, but now we have a full table and are on the way to awarding another bracelet.

Karlo Lopez begins Day 3 as the chip leader, and his 941k starting stack is considerably ahead of second-place Bahador Ahmadi, who started the day at 708k.

Barry Greenstein is hanging around at the final table, but he might be handing out an autographed copy of his book early in the day, as he’s starting with just 193k in chips.

Randy Haddox, John McGuiness, Ylon Schwartz, Hasan Habib and short-stacked Zachary Humphrey round out the lineup at the final table.

Action has been slow in the first hour, with not much post-flop play. Check out the chip counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Keep it here at PL.com for the latest.

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Event Name Event 47 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
Venue Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 24 June 2009
Final Day 26 June 2009
Buy In $2,500
Entrants 527
Prize Pool $1,212,100
First Prize $278,804
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 2 0 100/200
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 3 0 150/300
Level 4 0 200/400
Level 4 0 100/200
Level 5 25 100/200
Level 5 25 300/600
Level 6 25 150/300
Level 6 25 400/800
Level 7 50 200/400
Level 7 50 500/1000
Level 8 75 600/1200
Level 8 75 300/600
Level 9 100 400/800
Level 9 100 800/1500
Level 10 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 1000/2000
Level 11 200 600/1200
Level 11 200 1300/2500
Level 12 200 1500/3000
Level 12 200 800/1600
Level 13 300 1000/2000
Level 13 300 2000/4000
Level 14 400 1500/3000
Level 14 400 2500/5000
Level 15 500 2000/4000
Level 15 500 3000/6000
Level 16 500 4000/8000
Level 16 500 2000/4000
Level 17 500 3000/6000
Level 17 500 5000/10000
Level 18 1000 4000/8000
Level 18 1000 6000/12000
Level 19 1000 5000/10000
Level 19 1000 8000/15000
Level 20 2000 10000/20000
Level 20 2000 6000/12000
Level 21 2000 8000/16000
Level 21 2000 13000/25000
Level 22 3000 10000/20000
Level 22 3000 15000/30000
Level 23 3000 20000/40000
Level 23 3000 10000/20000
Level 24 4000 15000/30000
Level 24 4000 25000/50000
Level 25 5000 20000/40000
Level 25 5000 30000/60000
Level 26 5000 25000/50000
Level 26 5000 40000/80000
Level 27 5000 50000/100000
Level 27 5000 30000/60000
Level 28 10000 40000/80000
Level 28 10000 60000/120000
Level 29 10000 50000/100000
Level 29 10000 75000/150000
Level 30 15000 60000/120000
Level 30 15000 100000/200000

Bahador Ahmadi

Event 47 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Bahador Ahmadi $278,793
2. John McGuinness $172,227
3. Ylon Schwartz $112,968
4. Karlo Lopez $78,629
5. Barry Greenstein $57,672
6. Matt Woodward $44,520
7. Randy Haddox $36,084
8. Hasan Habib $30,642
9. Zachary Humphrey $27,200
10. Leandro Vlastaris $19,672