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Sombero Beats Gaw, Returns for Knockout

Level: 6 Blinds: 150/300 Ante: 25
Wally Sombero Wally Sombero

Andrew Gaw just came off second best to Wally Sombero in two separate hands. In the first, Sombero raised to 900 from early position and found four callers including Gaw in the hijack.

The flop delivered A 4 J and after both blinds checked Sombero continued his story with a 3050 bet. Another player calls and so too does Gaw. The 6 turn receives a check from all three players. But, on the river 3 Sombero sinks another 13,000 into the pot. Gaw is the only one to call and Sombero turns over a J J for trip jacks, as Gaw flashes only the A to lose the pot.

Only a couple of hands later, Gaw ships his remaining 10,000 stack in preflop holding A 10 but is called in the big blind by Sombero and his K Q. The board runs out K 6 9 3 6 to give Sombero the pot and move his stack up over the 40,000 mark.



Low Pair Won’t Cut It, Kim Exits

Level: 6 Blinds: 150/300 Ante: 25
Soo Bum Kim Soo Bum Kim

From the middle position, Soo Bum Kim limped into the pot and saw the player from the cut-off make the call. Big blind Andrew Scott wanted more action however and shoved his stack worth around 7,800!

Soo Bum Kim made the call putting his final 7,300 into the middle and the other player grudgingly threw away his hand.

Scott: K A
Kim: 6 6

Scott would hit it right on the flop 4 A 2 and took the lead. He would hold on to it after the turn 8 and river 5 sending Kim to the rail. Scott has now over 17,000.



Escano Lays Trap for “Pusang Gala”

Level: 6 Blinds: 150/300 Ante: 25
Alan Escano Alan Escano

With a preflop bet of 1150 from the hijack, Alan Escano just called with A A in the cutoff, perhaps in the knowledge that the often wild Don “Pusang Gala” Carmona was still to act in the big blind.

Fortunately for Escano, Carmona delivered the goods when he went all in for 22,450 holding A Q. After the hijack folded Escano made the quick call and silenced the vocal Carmona when he revealed his bullets.

The flop delivered K 7 10 and Carmona could only plead with the board. “Give me a jack!” he says. But it wasn’t to come on the turn 4 and river Q and Carmona departs the tournament.



Estimated Chip Counts for Level 5

Place Name Chip Counts
1 Clement Labadie 74,000
2 Melvin Matibag 45,000
3 Charles Victoria 42,000
4 Kwon Eun Ho 40,000
5 Dave Coclough 36,000


Lim Punishes Limper

Level: 5 Blinds: 100/200 Ante: 25
Benjie Lim Benjie Lim

In a four-way limped pot, the short-stacked Benjie Lim looks down at J 4 in the big blind and checks. The flop of 2 3 K is just what Lim is after and he decides not to slow play it, betting out 500. The player in the cut-off is a willing customer and the turn produces the A.

Lim bets out 1650, leaving himself just 1000 behind. The cut-off puts Lim all in and he makes the call. His opponent shows 5 4 for the straight but is drawing dead against Lim’s flush.



Cruel Hand for Mariakis

Level: 5 Blinds: 100/200 Ante: 25
Michael Mariakis Michael Mariakis

Mike Puno opened the action preflop with a bet of 550. Michael Mariakis then raised it up to 1600 and Puno responded with a four-bet to 4100. Mariakis just calls at this point and the flop 9 4 2 comes down.

Puno leads out for another 4100 and Mariakis moves all in, which is promptly called. Show cards:

Mariakis K K
Puno K K

The turn 6 puts the sweat on Mariakis and the 7 river leaves him positively nauseous. Puno takes down the pot with his four-card flush and Mariakis is down to around 14,000 in chips.



Big Slick Fails Mark Rivera

Level: 5 Blinds: 100/200 Ante: 25
Mark Rivera Mark Rivera

Mark Rivera has exited the tournament after limping UTG holding A K. Clement Labadie raised the action to 550 from the lojack and, after a call from the small blind, Rivera ramps it up to 3000. But it doesn’t scare Labadie who also repops to 6000. It’s the small blinds turn to fold at this point and Rivera ships his stack into the middle.

Labadie reveals 10 10 and the flop of A 10 5 is just what he’s looking for. A turn A gives Rivera a few outs but the 7 can’t connect and he’s out of the tournament.