Friday, July 31, 2015

Who Is Still In?

Among the 39 players still in Day 1C as we are in to Level 13 - blinds of 1000/2000 with a 300 ante - are: Thai Nguyen, Duke Agbigay, Brett Murray, arty Gorenc, Mike Riddle, Ricky Lay, Carey Pickus, and Nick Gorman,

Out in the last level were Jeff Lennon and Sean Drake.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Updated 1C Chipcounts

Here are chipcounts for some of the players in Day 1C of the $200,000 Guaranteed Ante Up World Championships Event 6, a $425 buyin.



Name Chipcount
Thai Nguyen 165,000
Sean Drake 115,800
Marty Gorenc 87,800
Brian Mintz 73,800
Ricky Lay 54,100
Mike Riddle 23,700
Brett Murray 22,300
Carey Pickus 19,900
Nick Gorman 18,700
Jeff Lennon 17,500
Duke Agbigay 17,100
Joe Nguyen 16,300

Break it Up

The 49 players remaining in Day 1C have headed off on a 10-minute break, we'll have updated chipcounts for some of those players in a few minutes.

62 in Day 1C

Day 1B is a wrap, and 62 now remain in Day 1C, playing down to 18 before bag-n-tag time. The Day 1C players are at blinds of 500/1000 with 100 antes.

22 From Day 1B Coming Back Sunday

Here are the 22 players from Day 1B who have advanced to Sunday's Day 2 in the $200,000 guaranteed $425 Event 6 of the Ante Up World Championship Series.



Name City Chipcount
Marcos Stokes Livermore, CA 305,000
Andrew Barber Sacramento, CA 277,000
Ryan Deniz Nevada City, CA 262,000
Mike Postle Rancho Cordova, CA 253,500
Don Deeds Orland, CA 223,000
Johnny Nguyen Elk Grove, CA 205,500
Jason Mayer San Mateo, CA 182,000
Kelly D Santa Rosa, CA 150,000
Phong Tran Elk Grove, CA 149,000
Quyen Hoang Sacramento, CA 144,000
Dana Jones Shingle Springs, CA 139,500
Vince S San Jose, CA 131,000
Soon Saelor Antelope, CA 130,000
Nick Truax Folsom, CA 105,500
Dale Blume Auburn, CA 97,000
Paul Spano Sacramento, CA 91,500
Anne Bui San Jose, CA 89,000
Sok, Chean Sacramento, CA 84,000
William Yuen n/a 73,500
XX Tanko Lincoln, CA 67,500
Darryl Okamoto Alameda, CA 65,000
Jeff Day Berkeley, CA 43,000
--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Dana Gone

The QQ of @Mike_Postle bettered the AQ of Dana @shaynamouse Muse, ending Dana's night in 23rd place for a $700 cash.

Postle and the 21 other Day 1B players are also done for the night, bag-n-tagging and coming back 11am Sunday for Day 2.

Saelee Gone in 24th

San Saelee was the first player tonight to 200,000 chops in Day 1B, but he is out 2 places away from bagging for the night, cashing in 24th place for $700.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

We're Back With Day 1C

Dinner Break is over for the 81 player's remaining in Day 1C, play resuming with blinds of 400/800 and 100 antes.

Cash, But No Bag

Here are the players who finished 23rd-26th today in Event 6, the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee in the Ante Up World Championship Series. Each player earned $700 but does not advance to Sunday's Day 2.

23. Dana Muse
24. San Saelee
25. Bruce Flong
26. Kathy Stahl

There Shall Be a New Champion

Defending champ Kathy Stahl has been eliminated in 26th place in Day 1B, and says she is not coming back to play Day 1D tomorrow, so there shall be a new $200k GTD Champion.

Stahl won this event last January, defeating a 929-entry field for a $62,000 first-place cash.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Um, So Much For That

One table was still playing as we hit 27 players ... and a player busted before the table broke so there is NO hand-for-hand as there's now 26 players ... everyone in Day 1B is in the money.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Money Bubble at 1B

27 players remain in Day 1B, that means we are on the money bubble amd going to hand-for-hand play once the tables balance.

Players finishing 23rd-26th earn $700. The remaining 22 players bag-n-tag to come back Sunday for Day2.

Day 1C Chipcounts

Here are updated chipcounts for some of the 81 players remaining in Day 1C of the $200,000 guaranteed $425. The players have headed off on a 45-minute dinner break.



Name Chipcount
Thai Nguyen 92,000
Evelyn Iraheta 72,000
Duke Agbigay 70,000
Brian Mintz 58,600
Marty Gorenc 39,100
Brett Murray 31,700
Jeff Lennon 31,600
Joe Nguyen 28,900
Gina Stagnitto 23,000
Ricky Lay 20,500
Nick Gorman 18,800
Carey Pickus 17,000
Bruce Angeski out
Roger Bailey out
Tim Klemin out
Rick Colson out


Craig Gold out


Send 'em to Dinner, Will

The 81 remaining players in Day 1C have headed off on their 45-minute dinner break. We'll have updated chipcounts for some of those players in about 10 minutes.

Level Up

Blinds are up to 2000/4000 with a 500 ante for the 32 remaining players in Day 1B, stopping for the night at 22 players.

10 from the End

Day 1B- 
$200k GTD-
32 Remain -
22 bag-n-tag
11 until end of the night

99 Left in 1C

We are down to 99 players in Day 1C, 45 minutes until the players get their 45-minute dinner break (and the LiveUpdate team gets its dinner break too).

Among the players we see still in - from our eye-in-the-shy vantage point - is Joe Nguyen, Jeff Lennon, Duke Agbigay, Craig Gold, Brett Murray, Marty Gorenc, Gina Stagnitto, Roger Bailey, Nick Gorman, Mike Riddle, Bruce Angeski, Mike Husa, Brian Mintz and Ricky Lay.

1B Chipcounts

Here are some of the chipcounts from the players in Day 1B, entering Level 15, 40-minute levels now when they come back from break, and 42 players remaining.



Name Chipcount
San Saelee 205,000
Marcos Stokes 179,000
Mike Postle 152,000
Nick Truax  139,000
Andrew Barber 98,000
Kathy Stahl 78,000
Kyle Kitagawa 60,000
Kelly Douglas 56,000
Dana Muse 49,000
Michael Loncar 27,000
Ivin Arquiza out
Jimmy Zeldon out
9 xx
8 xx
9 xx

Day 1B Chipleaders


San Saelee (above) is just about to top the 200,000-chip mark, the biggest stack in the room with 47 players remaining in Day 1B.
Marcos Stokes (below, with Nick Truax on his right) is close behind with 183,000 chips.



6 Tables for Day 1B

Down to 58 players in Day 1B, blinds at 1000/2000 with a 300 ante in Level 13. 
Among those still in the running are Kelly Douglas, Kathy Stahl, Dana Muse, Michael Loncar, Mike Postle, Andrew Barber, Jimmy Zeldon Kyle Kitagawa and Ivin Arquiza

Last of the Late Arrivals

Among the crew who arrived right as registration ended for Day 1C are Joe Nguyen and Mike Riddle.

162 For 1C

Registration has ended for the third starting flight in the $200,000 guarantee $425 buyin and the board shows a total 162 entries, making for an overall field size of 561 after 3 flights.

Play continues tonight until there are 18 players remaining. Those 18 are going to bag-n-tag, coming back at 11am Sunday for Day 2. Players finishing in 19th-22nd place cash for $700 but do not advance to Sunday.

With 547 total entries, the chance for a 1,000-entry total field is a stretch but still possible. Last January's record field drew 407 Saturday entries. A 46-entry increase from January puts the total at 1,000 ... stay tuned....


1B is Back at it

The 74 remaining players in Day 1B are back at their tables after their 45-minute dinner break, returning to blinds of 800/1600 and a 200 ante.

Play continues tonight until there are 22 players remaining. Those 22 bag-n-tag, coming back at 11am Sunday to join the 18 who already advanced from Day 1A, and those coming along from days 1C and 1D.

Players finishing tonight in 23rd-26th place cash for $700 but do not advance to Sunday.

8pm Satellite for the $200k GTD

There is a $100, 1-in-5-earn-a-seat multi-table satellite at 8pm tonight to win your way into the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee. Win a seat and play tomorrow at 11am in Day 1D of the $200k GTD tournament where there's a chance the total field size is going to hit 1,000 entries.

Start with 6,000 chips in the satellite and play 15-minute levels. Late registration is open until 930pm.

Adding to the Day 1C Crowd

Level 3 late arrivals in Day 1C of Event 6 include Ricky Lay, Nick Gorman, Roger Bailey, Tim Klemin, Bruce Angeski and Evelyn Iraheta. 


1C Field Growing

We are approaching the end of Level 3 in Day 1C of the $200,000 guarantee, and the board shows 133 total entries, with more than 45 minutes left in late registration.

This brings the total event field size now to 532 entries, with more than 400 expected in Saturday's 11am Day 1D.

Dinner Break Chipcounts

Here are chipcounts for some of the 74 players who just headed out on dinner break in Day 1B of the $200,000 Guarantee in the Ante Up World Championships Series.



Name Chipcounts
Kathy Stahl 120,900
Mike Postle 89,200
Michael Loncar 71,700
Charles M 72,000
Andrew Barber 51,700
Jimmy Zeldon 46,200
Kyle Kitagawa 37,700
Kelly Douglas 22,900
Dana Muse 21,200
Amber Chatwin 20,800
Ivin Arquiza 20,600

Champ Be Stacking

Kathy Stahl took home $62,000 last January when she defeated a 929-entry field in the $425 buyin/$200,000 guarantee here. Not planning on coming, the spectacular LiveUpdates all day yesterday convinced here she needed to come back (her words, not ours). So, how is she running today in Day 1C as the defending champ? We'll let her tell you


1B Dinner Break

The 74 remaining players in Day 1B of the $200,000 guarantee have headed off on a 45-minute dinner break. We'll have updated chipcounts for some of those players in a few minutes.

1D Late Arrivals

Add Jake Rosenstiel, Brian Mintz and Jeff Lennon to the late arrivals in Day 1C, the board showing 97 entries as level 3 approaches.

500 Entries

Event 6, the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee has now crossed the 500-entry barrier and the guarantee is almost covered, with the big-entry-field coming Saturday at 11am for Day 1D, where there were more than 400 entries last January.

Right now the Day 1C field is at 99 players, pushing the total to an even 500. Day 1C still have 75 minutes left in late registration, so you can see that 1,000-entry field is a real possibility ...

The 1C Crowd

Among the players jumping in for the first time - or taking another run at this $200,000 guaranteed $425 Event 6 - are Rick Colson, Brett Murray, Matthew Dillon, Carey Pickus, Craig Gold, Marty Gorenc, Gina Stagnitto and Sean Drake

And They're Off

Cards are in the air for Day 1C of the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee, 70 players seated as play kicks off.

Over in Day 1B, blinds have jumped to 500/1000 with a 100 ante. The 100 or so Day 1B players have two more levels until their 45-minute dinner break.

Did You See Chip-n-a-Chair-Ken?

In case you missed it yesterday, you really need to go back and check out the Adventures of Ken Jorgensen last night, from a single 100-chip behind to 6-figures at one point ... quite a run, and we documented it as he went along.

Part I

Part II

Part III

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Recent Eliminations

Among those eliminated here in Day 1B of the $200,000 guaranteed are Veronica Brill, Gina Stagnitto, Marty Gorenc, Brett Murray, Matt Boddorf, Matthew Dillon

And Soon the Days Shall Overlap

We are 20 minutes away from Day 1C of the $200,000 Guaranteed $425, as Day 1B gets ready to move in to Level 10 with about 120 or so players remaining.

Players in Day 1B are breaking into the main poker room area as their tables break, while the tournament floor is being used to start Day 1C.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Down to 120

There are 120 players left, but they all appear to be chasing the defending champ, Kathy Stahl, well, at least based on what we se via Twitter ..





--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Break After This Level

Players get a 15-minute break after this level, and a 45-minute dinner break after Level 11, about 5pm.

Blinds have moved to 300/600 with a 75 ante now.

Updated Chipcounts

Here are updated chipcounts from across the room in today's Day 1B of the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee in the Ante Up World Championships Series.



Name Chipcount
Kathy Stahl 58,500
Michael Loncar 51,000
Jake Rosenstiel 44,550
Rafael Craft 38,400
Kyle Kitagawa 33,000
Jimmy Zeldon 29,600
Mike Postle 28,500
Gina Stagnitto 26,400
Ivin Arquiza 26,050
Justo Avalos 26,000
Andrew Barber 39,250
Thai Nguyen 22,000
Craig Gold 21,500
Kelly Douglas 19,700
Matthew Dillon 18,700
Dana Muse 14,500
Brett Murray 13,700
Amber Chatwin 13,125
Jeff Wakamiya 12,750
Jeff Lennon 12,125
Evelyn Iraheta 11,400
John Bettencourt 10,150
Brian Mintz 9,600
Veronica Brill 4,300
Marry Gorenc 3,900
Sean Drake out
Carey Pickus out

22 Move On

With 215 entries in Day 1B, 22 of the players are going to bag-n-tag and advance to Sunday's 11am start Day 2. Players who finish in 23rd-26th place tonight are going to cash for $700 but not advance to Sunday.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Day 1C Starts at 4

The third starting flight for Event 6 - the $425 with a $200,000 Guarantee in the @anteupmagazine World Championship Series - kicks off today at 4pm.

Players start with 15000 chips, play 30-minute levels up to level 14, then move to 40-minute levels for the rest of the tournament. Late registration goes until 6:15pm, and there is a 45-minute dinner break at 8:15pm.

A total of 391 entries have been recorded after the first two flights, and the final flight goes at 11am Saturday, where some 400 more entries are anticipated.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Level Up

Thunder Valley Casino -
Lincoln, CA -
Ante Up World Championships Series -

Event 6-
$425 with $200,000 Guaranteed -

Level 7-
Blinds 250/500
Antes 75

Aces Hold Twice, Kind'a

Kyle @KyleK_Poker Kitagawa and Sean @DaBabyDrake Drake mix it up in a hand here in Level 6 and the chips are flying.

Kitagawa has AA and is in good shape to see them hold against Drake who has .... oh well, they both have AA

Chop 'er up, lets move on, nothing to see here, folks.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Who Already Made Day 2?

Here are the 18 players who advanced last night from Day 1A to Sunday's 11am start Day 2 in the $200,000 Guaranteed.

Day 1A Qualifiers.

Very Late Arrivals

Among the last to enter as we hit 215 total entries for Day 1B were Sean @DaBabyDrake Drake, Brett Murray, Jimmy Zeldon, Craig Gold, Mike Postle and Jeff 'Hollywood' Lennon

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

215 for Day 1B

Registration is closed for the @anteupmagazine World Championships Series $425 with a $200k Guarantee and the board shows 215 total entries.

Combined with the 176 from Day 1A yesterday and the total field is now at 391, with two more flights to come.

Based on entries from the January $425, there is a good chance the total field for this is going to be right at 1,000 entries.

There are 42 more entries so far after two flights than the record-setting field of 929 entries back in January. Day 1C had 173 entries and Day 1D had 407 in January, so there's the target for players to hit for a 1,000-entry field and a prize pool of more than $375,000.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Last Chance For Late Reg

The first 4 levels are done, board showing 202 entries, and there's 15 minutes left for late registration into Day 1B of the $200,000 guarantee.

A $100 1-in-5-wins-a-seat satellite is just starting as well, if you want to jump in to the 4pm Day 1C

Around The Twitteratti

Here's what some of the players in today's Day 1B are saying via Twitter about the $200,000 guaranteed $425.








Scott Plays Hold'em?

Wearing his best Whitesnake t-shirt, Ante Up Magazine publisher Scott Long is seated in today's Day 1B of his poker tour's World Championship Series $425 with a $200,000 Guarantee. Scott won his way in via a $100 multi-table satellite the day before. We expected to see Scott playing a week from today in the OFC tourney and perhaps in Thursday's PLO .. but Hold'em? Good luck, Scott.


--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Faces in the Day 1B Crowd

Here are some of the players in today's Day 1B of the @anteupmagazine World Championships $425 with a $200,000 Guarantee.


Shawn Roberts

Marty Gorenc

Carey Pickus

Andrew Barber


Jake Rosenstiel

Scott Long, Ante Up Magazine publisher

Tim Klemin

Evelyn Iraheta

Gina Stagnitto

John Bettencourt

Matt Boddorf

Matthew Dillon

Ivin Arquiza

Veronica Brill

Michael Loncar

Amber Chatwin

Late Arrivals

Up to 166 entries in the $200k guaranteed and the late areivals keep pouring in.

Anong the latest batch to arrive is Shawn Roberts, Matt Boddorf, Amber Chatwin, Brian Mintz, Rafe Craft, Kelly Douglas and Tim Klemin.

1 Equals 40

One Level down and 40 players have been added to the field, we're at 147 total entries and late registration runs until level 5 starts, about 1:15 pm.

Among the late arrivals is Dana Muse, we're off to see who else jsut showed up.

Who is Here So Far?

We took a walk through the room as cards went in the air and saw many of the Thunder Valley tournament faithful ready to take this down.

Among those is today's field is the Main Event's defending champ, Justo Avalos,  WSOP $10k HORSE Champ Andrew Barber, Veronica Brill, Carey Pickus, Ivin Arquiza, Gina Stagnitto, Michael Loncar, John Bettencourt,

Day 1B is Now

With 107 players in their seats to start, cards are in the air for Day 1B of Event 6 - the $425 buyin with a $200,000 guarantee in the Ante Up World Championships Series.

There were 176 total entries for Day 1A last night, plus there's a 4pm Day 1C flight today, and $100 multi-table satellites today at 1pm and 8pm. Day 1D is at 11am Saturday, and everyone who makes Day 2 comes back at 11am Sunday to play it down to a winner.

$200K GTD Day Today

Today in the poker room, it is ALL about the $425 buyin Event 6, the $200,000 Guarantee in the Ante Up World Championships Series.

At 11am is Day 1B of the tournament, players starting with 15,000 chips, playing 30-minute levels until Level 14 when they switch to 40-minute blinds.

The top 10 percent of the field moves on to Sunday's 11am Day 2 start.

At 4pm we do it all over again, this time as Day 1C, same blinds, breaks and bag-n-tags.

But wait, if you don't want to pay $425 to get in, you have $100 multi-table satellites at 1pm and 8pm. Any time there's 10 on the signup list for a $100 single-table, that'll launch too.

Day 1D goes at 11am Saturday, and we're calling our shot here folks, 415 entries at least for Saturday.

18 Move on to Sunday

Here are the 18 players who have advanced from tonight's Day 1A of Event 6 - the $200,000 Guarantee in the Ante Up World Championships Series - returning at 11 am Sunday to join players from Days 1B, C and D to play down to a winner.



Name City Chipcount
Rocky McNutt Pleasanton, CA 340,500
Darrel Dier Sacramento, CA 299,000
Dee Timmons Manteca, CA 257,000
Kao Saechao Portland, OR 205,500
Shaun Johnson Modesto, CA 192,000
Jeff Resch Paradise, CA 183,000
Kevin Ho Elk Grove, CA 160,000
John Namauleg San Jose, CA 151,500
Alex Dickson Keizer, OR 134,000
Nick Wooderson Vacaville, CA 121,500
Leo Michael Sunnyvale, CA 112,500
Michael Marsh Sacramento, CA 111,500
Darrell Steed Elk Grove, CA 79,500
Ken Jorgensen Rancho Cordova, CA 79,000
Adam Duong Sacramento, CA 76,500
Marcus Sanders Oroville, CA 59,500
Casey Whitney Elk Creek, CA 36,500
Rose Erhart Ione, CA 27,500

Cash, But No Bag

These four players cashed in tonight's Day 1A of the $200,000 Guaranteed Event 6 in the Ante Up World Championships Series, but did not advance to Sunday's Day 2. Each of the players earned $700.

19. Arish Nat
20. Brent Lickiss
21. John Mercer
22. Evelyn Iraheta

Bag-n-Tag

We missed the hand that sent Arish Nat out in 19th and his chips to Dee Timmons, but we're done for the night and will have full chipcounts for the final 18 in about 20 minutes.

I Can't MakeThis Up

Ken Korgensen truly was down to a chip and a chair a few hours ago, in for the ante and a single 100 chip behind.

Octuple-up, triple-up and triple-up moved him from 500 to 46,000 chips, and he is not done.

All in with 66 against the AK of John Mercer and guess what? Ken has him covered.

Yep, that's a 6 on the flop, it is all over, Mercer is out in 21st place, we are two eliminations from the end of the night ... and Ken Jorgensen has 127,000 chips.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Pair, Pair, Pair

With blinds at 3000/6000 and 500 antes, Ken Jorgensen leads out for 13,000. Dee Timmons makes it 53,000 and Michael Marsh calls.

Jorgensen gets out of the way, then bolts up from his chair in anguish when he sees the 3-9-A flop (he comes over to us to say he folded 99).

Timmons checks and Marsh checks behind. 

The Jc turn card brings Timmons out, sliding a stack of red 5k chips on front of her.

Marsh grimaces, shows QQ, and folds. Timmons shows KK.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Thai Bubbles

On the wrong end of hand after hand tonight against Rocky McNutt, the money bubble burst as Thai Nguyen runs onto McNutt's floped top-two.

McNutt is chipleader at about 350,000, with Darrel Dier using some bubble-abuse to move to 290,000.

The next 4 eliminations all receive $600. The remaining 18 players bag-n-tag, returning at 11am Sunday for Day 2.

Dee Dodges Bubble

Dee Timmons is all in for her tournament life - on the money bubble - and is called by Michael Marsh

Timmons - KhKc
Marsh - AhAc

The flop is T-6-3, all hearts.
Gasps all around when the Kd hits on the turn. The Jc closes it out.

Dee Timmons - 133,000
Michael Marsh - 147,000

Oh, by the way, Dee picked up AA the very next hand and everyone folded preflop to her raise.

--Dan Ross 
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Hand for Hand

23 remain
22 cash
18 move on to Sunday

Players are hand-for-hand on the money bubble for Day 1A of the $200k Guaranteed

Kampmann KO'd on the Felt

UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann lost most of his stack the hand before AQ<AK, finding himself down to 3BB. He moves those 12,000 chips in and it folds around to the blinds. Michael Marsh raises from the SB and the BB shoves, with Marsh snap-calling.

Martin Kampmann - K♣6♣
Michael Marsh - AA
3rd Player - QQ

Marsh has both players covered, and scores a double-knockout when the board runs out T-T-4-J-4, taking us to 25 players, three from the money and 7 from the end of the night.

Michael Marsh - 154,000

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

3 Tables Left

30 minutes left in level 16 and we're down to 3 tables in Day 1A of Event 6, the $425 buyin $200,000 guaranteed.

Rocky McMatt, with 287,000 is your chipleader.

Among those still in are Darrel Dier (112,000) Thai Nguyen (111,000) Dee Timmons (117,000) Martin Kampmann (12,000 after losing AQ<AK on the last hand) and yes, Ken Jorgensen too (56,000)

He Did it, Again, and Again and ..



We left you on break with Ken Jorgensen down to an ante and a single 100 chip behind after losing boat-over-boat in a 249,000-chip pot.

Come on, boys and girls, let's play VultureCam and see if Ken can get back to a full blind.

From UTG, Ken is all in and he gets his neighbor as a caller.

Ken shows QJ and is in a race against AT.

That's a Queen in the window ... 7-2-3-K and Ken, going in to the BB next hand, now has enough for the blind, the ante, and one whole blue 500-chip behind.

Here we go, one more hand for Ken, and from the BB he is all-in-blind against one player.

Ken has TexasDolly in his corner, showing T2 against 66.

A-5-8-9-Ten on the river ... he did it again and now is up to 12,500, and he has enough chips to fold a few hands.

Wait, here he goes again, all in for 10,000 to a raise of 8,500 ... and there's 3 total callers.

The flop is 4-2-5 and the initial raiser moves all-in, everyone else folds and she turns over KK, with Ken showing AJ.

No suspense here, that's the Ace of Spades on the turn, an 8 on the river.

Ken Jorgensen, from a single 500-chip with antes at 400, is now up to 46,500.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates


That Was Brutal

Ken Jorgensen - 6th place here in the inaugural WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event two years ago - had about 130,000 chips in front of him on the hand before break started .. note, we said when the hand 'started.'

He definitely liked the TT2 flop (we're psychic LiveUpdates folks, we knew he was holding KT) and the 2 turn sure didn't upset him either.

He was also pretty happy when Rocky McNutt moved all in on the river when a J showed up.

Jorgensen was NOT happy, though, to see McNutt turn over JJ for a rivered boat-over-boat. McNatt moves to 249,000 chops and a big tournament chiplead.

Jorgensen heads to the break with just 600 chips, then loses the black 100 in the color-up race-off so he returns to blinds of 1200/2400 and 400 ante with an ante-and-a-chip ..

but wait , come back after break to see what happens to him ..

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Rocky Gets a Big One

We show up to see a BIG pile of chips already in the middle, not a card to be seen, and the last 31,800 of Rocky McNatt's chips pushed out in front of him, waiting on Thai Nguyen to see if he is going to make the call for about 30 percent of his remaining stack.

With his RunItUp hoodie pulled up high, Nguyen thinks for a bit, and begrudgingly slides a 31.8k stack out in front to make the call.

McNatt - AJ
Nguyen - A8

The board runs out 2-Q-3-T-9 and McNatt doubles through Nguyen.

Rocky McNatt - 117,700
Thai Nguyen - 58,300

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Don't Slowroll Jeff

Jeff Resch leads out from UTG and the player to his immediate left shoves all-in. The players fold back around to Resch, who insta-calls and shows AQ, while his opponent holds both cards in his hand, shows Resch a K and then very slowly and deliberately lays the cards down before sliding an A out from under the K.

Slowrolls never pay, as the flop comes out QJx. The 9 turn and 3 river don't help MrSlowroll either and Resch eliminates the player.

Jeff Resch - 150,200

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dier Soars

Skydiving enthusiast @DarrelDier leads out for 16,700 on a flop of J♥2♣7♦ and is called by Event 2 winner Luke Williams.
Williams checks dark and sees the A♦ land on the turn.
Dier counts out another bet of 16,700 and Williams dejectedly mucks his cards.

Darrel Dier - 112,000
Luke Williams - 39,100

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

AK Good

Shannon Kahahane - with about 103,000 chips in front on him - three-bets preflop and sees a shortstack move all in for about 19,000. Kahahane insta-calls.

Kahahane - AK
Shortstack - AJ

The flop comes out A9T and draws an exasperated sigh from the player in the 5 seat who folded AT to the 3-bet. His frustration is short-lived, however, when a K hits the turn, and a 6 completes the board, eliminating the shortstacked player.

Shannon Kahahane - 131,200

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Updated Chipcounts

Here are some updated chipcounts late in Day1A of the $200,000 guaranteed



Name Chipcount
Shannon Kahahane 131,200
Rocky McNatt 120,800
Thai Nguyen 109,800
Dee Timmons 108,500
Richard Palmer 101,200
Darrel Dier 57,000
Mike Postle 34,500
Martin Kampmann 27,100
Kyle Kitagawa out
Erik Watkins out
Randy Gil out
Brian Mintz out

Break it Up

The 47 remaining players in Day 1A - including the likes of Darrel Dier, Thai Nguyen, Mike Postle, Martin Kampmann and Dee Timmons, have headed off on a 10-minute break.

Players return to blinds of 800/1600 with a 200 ante.

Both Timmons and Nguyen have cracked the 100,000 barrier. Dier just walked by on break to say he is at about 57,000.

Play continues tonight until there are 18 players left. Those 18 bag-n-tag to come back at 11am Sunday for Day 2, including a LiveStream of the final table.

Players finishing 19th-22nd tonight cash for $700 but do not move on to Day 2.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates


Legend of the Food Coma

Old poker folklore has it that players who headed out on dinner break for a big heavy meal often came back making poor, impulsive decisions and headed to the rail in great numbers withon 20-40 minutes after returning from break.

Whether you believe the tale, the field here was reduced by 25 percent on the 30-minute level following dinner break.

A bunch of shortstacks busting and bad-beat exits ... or did they fall victim to too many calories on dinner?

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

They're Baaaack

99 Players went to dinner, 99 came back to play down to the 18 who advance to Sunday's 11am start on Day 2. Players finishing tonight in 19th-22nd place all cash for $700 but do not bag-n-tag to advance to Sunday.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Heads Up Registration is Open



One week from today is the $365 Heads Up Championships, limited to 64 entries, with registration open now, 24/7, at the main casino cashier's cage ... so come on down, put your money down, and lock in your seat in one of the most enjoyable events on the Ante Up World Championship Series schedule.

The two-day event kicks off at 11am Thursday, with Day 2 at noon Friday.

Here is the structure sheet for the heads up, and all the series events.

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Dinner Break Chipcounts

The players in Event 6 have headed off on a 45-minute dinner break. Here are official chipcounts for some of the players enjoying High Steaks Steakhouse or Red Lantern.



Name Chipcount
Rob Grossglauser 50,900
Thai Nguyen 49,600
Mike Postle 48,300
Dee Timmons 44,100
Brian Mintz 35,500
Kyle Kitagawa 31,900
Ken Jorgensen 31,400
Randy Gil 23,200
Darrel Dier 20,600
Ricky Lay 18,800
Erik Watkins 16,300
Sean Drake out
Michael Loncar out
Amber Chatwin out
Bruce Angeski out
Richard Gonzales out

Postle Gets Some Back

Mike Postle and Thai Nguyen have been taking shots at each other's chipstacks for a while now, Nguyen moving ahead of Postle by about 10,000 chips.

As we show up, Postle bets out 2300 from the cutoff on a 2♠K♥8♠ flop and Nguyen calls from the button. Both players check the 9♠ and after a short time thinking about the K♦, Postle raps the table with his knuckles and Nguyen does the same.

"Nine," says Postle, Nguyen shakes his head and mucks.

Thai Nguyen 51,000
Mike Postle 46,000

--Dan Ross
HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Updated Chipcounts

Here are chipcounts for some of the players with 100 remaining in Day 1A of Event 6 - $200,000 Guanrateed $425 - of the Ante Up World Championships Series



Name Chipcount
Mike Postle 49,000
Thai Nguyen 46,000
Kyle Kitagawa 39,000
Ken Jorgensen 37,000
Dee Timmons 33,000
Brian Mintz 31,000
Randy Gil 26,000
Adam Sanchez 23,000
Rob Grossglauser 16,000
Ricky Lay 16,000
Erik Watkins 9,500
Darrel Dier 7,000
Sean Drake  6,500
Michael Loncar 4,000
Bruce Angeski out
Amber Chatwin out
Richard Gonzales out

Just For You, Allen Kessler

Thunder Valley Casino -
Lincoln, CA -
Ante Up World Championship Series -

Event 6 -
$425 Buyin -
$200,000 Guaranteed

Level 7
250/500 Blinds
75 Ante

45 minute dinner break at end of Level 8

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Could This Hit 1,000 Entries?

Event 6 - the $200,000 Guaranteed $425 - drew a record crowd of 929 entries when this was held in January and had a total prize pool of more than $340,000. Today's Day1A field is 39 entries higher than the record-setting tourney's Day 1, so could 1,000 total be a possibility?

Here's what the record-field numbers looked like.

$346,935 - Prize Pool
$63,000 - First Place (Kathy Stahl)
929 - Total Entries
407 - Day 1D Total Entries
212 - Day 1B Total Entries
173 - Day 1C Total Entries
137 - Day 1A Total Entries
96 - Players who advanced to Day 2

Today's Day 1A is already larger than 2 of the 4 starting flights from last January's record-setting field ... Tune in tomorrow and see the numbers grow.

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

176 for Day 1A

A great turnout for the opening flight of Event 6 - the $200,000 Guaranteed $425, as the board shows 176 total entries.

Play continues tonight until we are down to 18 players, with players in 19th-22nd place cashing for $700 tonight but not advancing to Sunday's Day 2.

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates


Last Level to get in Day 1A

Level 4 - 100/200/25amte has started, 157 entries so far in Day 1A of Event 6 - $425 buyin/$200,000 guaranteed. Late registration is open through this 30-minute level and the 15-minute break.

Darrel Dier, Amber Chatwin, Rob Grossglauser and Erik Watkins are among those arriving during Level 3.

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Among the Late Arrivals

Players are still heading up to the registration line as the board shows 145 entries and 75 minutes left in late registration for Event 6, the $425 with a $200,000 guarantee.

Among the late arrivals are Sean Drake, Richard Gonzales and Mike Postle. Add re-entries from Ken Jorgensen and Brian Mintz into that mix as well.

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

Faces in the Crowd - Day 1A $200K GTD

Here are some of the players in the field for Day 1A of the $425 buyin Event 6 - a $200,000 guarantee - in the Ante Up World Championships Series.

Adam Sanchez - Turlock Poker Room TD


Ken Jorgensen - 6th place 2014 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event

Brian Mintz - 145th Place, 2015 WSOP Main Event

Kyle Kitagawa - DEEG Poker

Bruce Angeski - 5th Place Event 30 2015 WSOP Main Event

Thai Nguyen

Ricky Lay - 2nd Place January 2014 HPT Thunder Valley Main Event

Dee Timmons, 4rd place 2014 HPT Fresno

Michael Loncar - 2014 Ante Up NorCal Classic Thunder Valley Champ

Easy As 123

Thunder Valley Resort
Lincoln, CA
Day 1A $200,000 Guarantee

Level 2
Blinds 75/150
123 Entries

--HoldemRadio LiveUpdates

92 To Get Started

Cards are in the air for Day 1A of the $200,000 guarantee and there are 92 players seated with a few queued up at the registration desk ready to take their seats as well.

Players are starting with 15,000 chips and playing 30-minute levels through Level 14, when play jumps to 40-minute levels.

Late registration ends when cards go in the air to start Level 5, about 6:15 pm tonight.

Play ends for the night when down to 10 percent of the starting field, with 12 percent of the day's starting field being in the money.

Bag-n-tag tonight or any of the four Day 1's and come back on Sunday to play it out to a winner. The event's final table is going to be LiveStreamed with Ben Erwin - Director of Poker Operations and Dan Ross of HoldemRadio.com. You can watch the LiveStream right here on the poker room blog.

--HoldemRadioLiveUpdates

Who's Won What?

Here are the results for the first 5 events in the @anteupmagazine World Championships series.

Event 1 - $10k Guarantee - Robert Ibarra winner
Event 2 - $100 w/$25 Bounties - Luke Williams winner
Event 3 - $180 w/$20k Guarantee - Michael McMurray winner
Event 4 - $140 Bankroll Builder - 14 winners $1,000 each
Event 5 - $180 Omaha8 w/$10k Guarantee - Jake Morgan winner

--HoldemRadioLiveUpdates

14 Move On

Today's 2 satellites into Event 6 - the $425 buyin/$200,000 guarantee - produced 14 seat winners and 105 total entries.

Day 1A of the $200k kicks off here in just more than an hour - at 4pm - featuring 15,000-chip stacks, 30-minute levels through the first 14 levels and late registration open until 6:15 pm (the start of Level 5).

Day 1B is 11am Friday
Day 1C is 4pm Friday
Day 1D is 11am Saturday

All players who bag-n-tag on one of the Day 1's come back Sunday to play it down to a winner, with the entire final table being LiveStreamed.

The last time this event was held, Kathy Stahl took it down for a whopping $62,000 first-place prize.

--HoldemRadioLiveUpdates

AUWC EVT #5 OMAHA 8 RESULTS


ENTRIES: 115 / PRIZE POOL: $17,250

1 JAKE MORGAN VALLEJO, CA $2,500
2 JEANNETTE SIMS SAUSALITO, CA $2,500
3 DANIEL HINKLE ROSEVILLE, CA $2,142
4 TIMOTHY BAROCSI CARMICHAEL, CA $2,142
5 GARY PISAREK AUBURN, CA $2,142
6 CRAIG KRAFT REDDING, CA $2,141
7 CHARLES KLEIN FAIR OAKS, CA $769
8 LES JOHNSON RANCHO CORDOVA, CA $616
9 ROBERT BADOUR PARADISE, CA $462
10 MARCOS STOKES LIVERMORE, CA $336
11 SCOTT LONG SAFETY HARBOR, FL $336
12 DAVID MILLER CARMICHAEL, CA $336
13 IAN STEINMAN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA $276
14 RONALD SPENCE CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA $276
15 NATHAN BOLINGER OAKDALE, CA $276

Win Your Way to $200K Guarantee

Play today's 11am or 1pm satellites to win your way in to our $200,000 guaranteed $425 Event 6 of the Ante Up World Championship series.

The 11am $55 satellite awards a $200k GTD seat to 1-in-10 players, while thr 1pm $100 satellite gives a $200k GTD seat to 1-in-5 players.

You can also go ahead and buy in direct to Day 1A for $425 with cards in the air at 4pm.
Day 1B is at 11am Friday
Day 1C goes at 4pm Friday
Day 1D is 11am Saturday.

Bag chips in any flight and come back Sunday for Day 2, with the final table being LiveStreamed.

--HoldemRadioLiveUpdates

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AUWC EVT #4 BANKROLL BUILDER RESULTS


ENTRIES: 117 / PRIZE POOL: $14,040

RYAN DENIZ, GRASS VALLEY CA $1,000
JERRY CLARK, SACRAMENTO CA $1,000
PAUL GILLIS, SAN JOSE CA $1,000
GARY TANKO, LINCOLN CA $1,000
GUISEPPIE PETRILLO, ROCKLIN CA $1,000
LAWRENCE MICHAEL, TRACY CA $1,000
SEAN DRAKE, CITRUS HEIGHTS CA $1,000
CHRIS AGUSTIN, SACRAMENTO CA $1,000
NHAT TRAN, STOCKTON CA $1,000
ANTON DIMAGIBA, SACRAMENTO CA $1,000
ANNE JONES, SHINGLE SPRINGS CA $1,000
WONDA ROGERS, SACRAMENTO CA $1,000
PHILLIP SHOUP, ACAMPO CA $1,000
WILLIAM SIMS, SAUSALITO CA $1,000
DARA HASKELL, NEVADA CITY CA $40

ANTE UP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT #5

Registration is currently open for 5pm Omaha 8 or Better! 
$180 BUY-IN. $10,0000 GUARANTEED PRIZE POOL.



ANTE UP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT #4

Approaching 100 entries! We currently have 97 entries. Registration open until 12:35pm.






AUWC EVT #3 NLHE $20,000 GTD RESULTS


ENTRIES: 243 / PRIZE POOL: $36,450

1 MICHAEL MCMURRAY PLACERVILLE, CA $3,986
2 RICKEY EVANS VACAVILLE, CA $3,986
3 BILLY SAELEE SACRAMENTO, CA $3,300
4 MARCELLO ADAMO SACRAMENTO, CA $3,300
5 FONG YANG FRESNO, CA $3,300
6 MICHAEL POSTLE RANCHO CORDOVA, CA $3,300
7 BRUCE FLING CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA $3,300
8 DERMOT LYONS W SACRAMENTO, CA $3,300
9 KAO SAEVANG SACRAMENTO, CA $857
10 BRIAN LIU ELK GROVE, CA $627
11 FARIBORZ DAVARPANAH SACRAMENTO, CA $627
12 LEN CHRISTENSEN CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA $627
13 HERBERT WHITAKER YUBA CITY, CA $514
14 MARK GARAMAN SANTA ROSA, CA $514
15 MONROE YOUNG LIVERMORE, CA $514
16 DAVIN VCULEK ROSEVILLE, CA $437
17 ANTHONY MCGEE ROSEVILLE, CA $437
18 LO SAETERN COTTONWOOD, CA $437
19 RUDY ROBLEDO SACRAMENTO, CA $383
20 HOA NGUYEN ROSEVILLE, CA $383
21  KYLE BUNN MARYSVILLE, CA $383
22 AUGUSTIN ALONZO STOCKTON, CA $343
23 RICHARD CRAWFORD ROHNERT PARK, CA $343
24 CHA YANG EUREKA, CA $343
25 ANDRE OWENS OAKLAND, CA $303
26 DEREK DOBASHI RANCHO CORDOVA, CA $303
27 JEFFERY THOMPSON MODESTO, CA $303

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AUWC EVT #2 NLHE KNOCKOUT BOUNTY RESULTS


ENTRIES: 114 / PRIZE POOL: $9,462

1 LUKE WILLIAMS, ORANGEVALE CA $2,181
2 BRUCE FLING, CITRUS HEIGHTS CA $773
3 DANIEL VILLAREAL, SACRAMENTO CA $773
4 JOHN BLANCHE, SACRAMENTO CA $773
5 ROGER NUNEZ, EL DORADO HILLS CA $772
6 ANDREW BERLFEIN, YUBA CITY CA $347
7 MICHAEL WAN, HERCULES CA $281
8 GEORGE CABRY, ELK GROVE CA $215
9 LOUIS BASSI, JAMESTOWN CA $149
10 JON DES POIS, ROUGH AND READY CA $116
11 ZONGCHANG LI, SUNNYVALE CA $116
12 GREG KELLY, ROSEVILLE CA $116

AUWC EVENT #1 10K GTD RESULTS


ENTRIES: 267 / PRIZE POOL: $21,360

1 ROBERTO IBARRA, HAYWARD CA $1,751
2 ANTHONY RAMOS, SACRAMENTO CA $1,751
3 STACEY MORIKAWA, CONCORD CA $1,751
4 AAROON IQBAL, SACRAMENTO CA $1,751
5 SHANNON KAHAHANE, LINCOLN CA $1,751
6 JEFFERY THOMPSON, MODESTO CA $1,751
7 SASSAN SOLTANI, FOLSOM CA $1,750
8 LO SAETERN, COTTONWOOD CA $1,750
9 MALACHI MAHAN, CAMARILLO CA $1,750
10 CHARLES MENDOZA, CITRUS HEIGHTS CA $344
11 EVERETT TATRO, SANTA CRUZ CA $344
12 RANDALL BLANKENSHIP, MARYSVILLE CA $344
13 CHRISTOPHER PENFIELD, FAIRFIELD CA $282
14 TOMMY LAM, ELK GROVE CA $282
15 RICK SAELEE, OAKLAND CA $282
16 RICHARD PALMER, ROCKLIN CA $241
17 PAUL GILLIS, SAN JOSE CA $241
18 KYLE KITIGAWA, SACRAMENTO CA $241
19 BLONG MOUA, STOCKTON CA $211
20 BENJAMIN MUSSELMAN, MARTINEZ CA $211
21 RON TALMAGE, ROCKLIN CA $211
22 CHRIS HINCHCLIFFE, OLYMPIA WA $188
23 LENA MOUA, STOCKTON CA $188
24 CHARLITO ASEBEROS, ELK GROVE CA $188
25 GARY TANKO, LINCOLN CA $167
26 TENG VANG, SACRAMENTO CA $167
27 PUNLOP DECHYOTNIN, STOCKTON CA $167
28 CHRIS THOMAS, UNION CITY CA $145
29 ROBERT BENEDICT, FOLSOM CA $145
30 TOM SANTOS, ELK GROVE CA $145
31 GABRIEL BUSTAMANTE, DALY CITY CA $145
32 CHRIS ELKINS, FREMONT CA $145
33 LON GOSTIN, WOODLAND CA $145
34 HUNG SAM, ELK GROVE CA $145
35 CLAUDIO SANTACRUZ, CHICO CA $145
36 RIENZI GAGLIARDI, SACRAMENTO CA $145

Monday, July 27, 2015

SUNDAY NIGHT KNOCKOUT RESULTS

TOTAL ENTRIES: 99       TOTAL PRIZE POOL: $5,742

1 BLONG MOUA  STOCKTON, CA$2,010
2 BRANDON RYLAND  CITRUS HGTS, CA$1,148
3 SCOTT FETTIG  SACTO, CA$746
4 ROBERT JONES  LINCOLN, CA$517
5 JOAQUIN SEQUEIRA  ANTELOPE, CA$402
6 ROBERT FIELDS  ROSEVILLE, CA$316
7 JAMES HARDY  ROSEVILLE, CA$258
8 MICHAEL GILLIGAN  VALLEJO, CA$201
9 ROSS MOORE  VACAVILLE, CA$144