Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

End of Level 6

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

The players are now on a dinner break. Play will resume in 90 minutes with a 75 ante and 300-600 blinds.

Checking in with Our Defending Champ

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

With most players away from their tables, our defending champion, Hoai Pham, was in a large pot facing an all in of 5,175 on the turn. With the pot around 15,000, not including the 5,175 all in, and about 16,500 left in his stack, he stared down a {3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{3-Hearts} counting out the chips to call multiple times.

After tanking a full five minutes into the dinner break, he finally folded face down. His opponent breathed a sigh of relief turning over two jacks. Based on Pham's reaction, however, it appeared his opponent held the best hand.

Tags: Hoai Pham

Joseph Difiore Doubles with Aces

[user198140] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Joseph Difiore, who works at Imperial Palace, just scooped up a nice pot for over 25,000. His {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} held up against a player's {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. With both players all in pre-flop the board ran out {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Hearts}.

Tags: Joseph Teifiore

"Can I Use My Lifeline?"

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

We didn’t see the original raise, but a player on the button re-raised a pre-flop bet to 3,150 only to have David Doremus go all-in from the big blind for a total of 19,375.

After hearing this, the woman on the button yelled out, “Ughhhh… where is my phone, I need to use my lifeline.”

She counted out her chips and then called, proudly slapping down {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Doremus flipped over {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for the classic race situation.

The board ran out {Q-Spades}{2-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} to give Doremus the win.

The very next hand, the same two players went at it.

This time from the cutoff, the loser of the previous hand went all-in with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} for her last 2,700 and was called by Doremus with {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

The board read {6-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Doremus finished off the job, chipping up to around 42k.

Needless to say, she should’ve used her lifeline.

Tags: David Doremus

Mike Allen Chipping Up

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Mike Allen, an employee at Green Valley Ranch here in Las Vegas, was able to force a player all in on a {Q-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{J-Hearts} board holding {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. He was well ahead of his opponents {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and stayed ahead with a {3-Diamonds} on the turn and {4-Clubs} on the river.

Shortly after, Cory Neely squeezed two limpers with a button raise to 1,250 but Allen was right there with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} to move all in and force Neely off the pot. With the two hands, Allen increased his stack to 11,500.

Neely is himself a dealer and will be seen around the Rio this summer working for the WSOP. He still has a healthy stack, sitting at about 15,000.

Tags: Cory NeelyMike Allen

Reverie for Revelle

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Even if you have pocket aces, going all in can be quite a stressful venture. We caught up with a hand where Jake Revelle's {a-Spades}{a-Clubs} was all in against the {k-Spades}{q-Spades} of his opponent. The flop gave the other player a few more outs when it came {J-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs} but the aces held when the turn and river brought the {10-Hearts} and {6-Diamonds}. Revelle now has a healthier stack of around 15,000.

Tags: Jake Revelle

Dhooghe Wins Huge Pot on River

[user145752] • Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

We caught the action as Jordan Dhooghe and his opponent were all in and flipping their cards up after a flop of {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. Dhooghe showed {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for an open ended straight draw, and his opponent was ecstatic the he held two of Dhooghe's outs, as he tabled {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. The turn came the {j-Hearts}, but the river was a brutal {8-Diamonds}, giving his opponent the set but Dhooghe the winning straight. Dhooghe spent two minutes stacking his newly won chips, and appears to be at around 35,000.

Tags: Jordan Dhooghe

"You called with 7-4??"

• Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Stefan Martin is up to around 45k after a big hand with {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}.

While we didn't catch the pre-flop action, we did see the big pot as it developed on a flop of {4-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{4-Spades}. Martin checked the flop from the small blind, then a player in late position went all-in for his remaining 5k. The player on the button called the all-in bet but then faced a check-raise to 13k from Martin.

The player on the button didn’t seem surprised yelling, “Well.. we all knew he was going to do that… Jeez.”

After about a minute, the player on the button decided not to call the additional 8k and the cards were flipped.

The player all-in showed {A-}{K-} for top pair but was dominated by Martin’s three of a kind with {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. The turn and river came {7d }and {J-Diamonds} to give Martin a full house and seal the knockout.

The player on the button then yelled at Martin, “You called a pre-flop raise with 7-4?? What the hell is the matter with you?”

Martin didn’t seemed phased at all responding, “7 to win 33,” hinting at his good odds before the flop.

Martin is up around 45k and a commanding chip leader at his table.

Tags: Stefan Martin