Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Diena 2 Beidzies

Two Remain as Day 2 Ends; Roland Reparejo and Corey Emery Return Thursday To Complete Heads-Up Duel

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Roland Reparejo and Corey Emery
Roland Reparejo and Corey Emery

The second and originally-planned-for ultimate day of the $500 Casino Employees Event restarted with 51 players, and in less than three hours the final three tables with 27 players remaining were reached. Aaron Henderson had emerged as chip leader at that point after previously taking down a monster pot with the {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} against the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} of Ray Kluever and the {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} of Ronaldo Rodriguez when he completed a flush on the turn after all the chips went in preflop.

Another two hours passed and the last two tables were set. Unfortunately that didn't include PokerNews' very own Mo Nuwwarah, who ran into the {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Olivier Doremus. Patricia Baker had a roller coaster day and eventually finished in 16th place, coming up shy of her runner-up finish in this same event two years ago. Later with the elimination of Cameron Tullis in 10th, the official final table was set, and start-of-the-day chip leader Corey Emery was once again in front.

In the fifth hand of the final table, Kevin Chiem min-raised the button and eventually went broke with {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} after John Taylor looked him up with the superior {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}. About one hour later in Hand #29, David Luttgeb picked an unfortunate time to three-bet shove with the {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} as Corey Emery snap-called him with the {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and the field was reduced to seven.

Just one hand later they would be no more than six. Marcin Sobczak got it all in preflop with the {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs} in a battle of the blinds against Olivier Doremus and he was unable to improve versus {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} when his nut flush draw on the flop could not get there against top set.

Brian Wong managed to double up a few times throughout the day, but a three-way flop {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs} along with Roland Reparejo and Charles Nguyen in Hand #46 would cause his departure. Nguyen moved all in with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and Wong called off to reveal {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. Nguyen's rail exploded after the {A-Spades} turn and {4-Diamonds} river as their favorite took the lead.

Little did we know what still lay ahead for the bracelet contenders. In Hand #77, a short stacked John Taylor tried to steal the blinds with {4-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Charles Nguyen looked him up with the {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. But a deuce on the flop was not enough for Taylor, and he took fifth place.

The next endurance challenge was even more nerve-wracking. Olivier Doremus had been one of the shorter stacks throughout the whole day but somehow survived the critical situations. However a three-bet shove in Hand #182 sent him to the rail in fourth place when he was unable to improve with {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} against the {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} of Corey Emery.

Emery also took care of Charles Nguyen in Hand #187 after Nguyen moved all in on a {7-Spades}{K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} board. Emery called within a heartbeat, slamming {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} on the table for trip kings while Nguyen was left drawing dead with {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Heads-up play carried on for eight hands until the end of level 22 with the night's last hand providing the final highlight.

Corey Emery raised preflop and then made a delayed continuation bet on the turn with the board showing {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{K-Spades}. Roland Reparejo called, then the {6-Hearts} river completed the board and Emery bet 225,000, Reparejo moved all in for 517,000 on top of that with {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} and got called by {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts} to jump into the lead.

Play was then stopped and the heads-up battle for the $82,835 first place prize as well as the golden bracelet will continue Thursday at 2 p.m Vegas time. Roland Reparejo will start heads-up play with the chip lead, with the blinds in level 23 kicking in at 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante.

Heads-up chip counts:

PositionPlayerChips
1Roland Reparejo1,795,000
2Corey Emery735,000

Final table results:

PositionPlayerPayout
1TBA$82,835
2TBA$51,037
3Charles Nguyen$33,073
4Olivier Doremus$24,203
5John Taylor$17,975
6Brian Wong$13,528
7Marcin Sobczak$10,308
8David Luttbeg$7,947
9Kevin Chiem$6,192

Reparejo Doubles In Last Hand of the Day

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Heads-Up Play: Roland Reparejo and Corey Emery
Heads-Up Play: Roland Reparejo and Corey Emery

Hand #195

Corey Emery raised to 75,000 and Roland Reparejo called to see the {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop. Both players checked and Emery then bet 75,000 on the {K-Spades} turn. Reparejo called again and then moved all in after the {6-Hearts} river. Emery had invested 225,000 chips and asked for an exact count of the all-in bet. Once it was determined to be 517,000 more, he called:

Emery: {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Reparejo: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}

It was top pair on the turn for Emery versus a set on the river for Reparejo. Straight after the level was done and the chips were bagged. Players will have to come back tomorrow at 2 p.m. Vegas time to continue their battle and find a winner.

Etiķetes: Corey EmeryRoland Reparejo

Heads-Up Action

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #191

Reparejo raised to 75,000 and Emery called. The flop was the {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and both players checked. The {a-Clubs} on the turn brought a bet of 75,000 from Emery and Reparejo folded.

Hand #192

Emery called on the button and Reparejo raised to 75,000. Emery made the call and we saw a flop of {j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Reparejo fired 100,000 and Emery folded.

Hand #193

Reparejo raised to 75,000, Emery three-bet to 225,000 and Reparejo folded.

Hand #194

Emery raised to 70,000, Reparejo re-raised to 270,000 and Emery folded.

Etiķetes: Corey EmeryRoland Reparejo

Heads Up Play Begins

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #188 Corey Emery limped the button and Roland Reparejo checked. The flop was {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and a bet of 75,000 from Reparejo took it down.

Hand #189 Reparejo limped and when Emery raised he took it down.

Hand #190 Emery raised and Reparejo called. They saw a flop of {8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. Both players checked to see a turn {k-Clubs}. Emery bet 60,000 and took it down.

Charles Nguyen Eliminated In Third Place ($33,073)

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Charles Nguyen
Charles Nguyen

Hand #187

Corey Emery raised to 75,000 out of the small blind and Charles Nguyen called. Both checked the {7-Spades}{K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} flop and then Emery made a delayed continuation bet on the {2-Clubs} turn. Nguyen moved all in and was called within less than a second:

Emery: {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Nguyen: {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Nguyen was already drawing dead and both players shook hands before the dealer fanned the {2-Clubs} river.

Charles Nguyen US Izkritis

Add Four More

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #183

Corey Emery got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #184

Roland Reparejo raised to 75,000 from the button and that won the pot.

Hand #185

Charles Nguyen shoved in the small blind and the big blind folded.

Hand #186

Charles Nguyen shoved for the second time in a row, this time from the button. Again no caller.

A Few More Hands

• Līmenis 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #179

Reparejo raised to 75,000 and nobody called.

Hand #180

Emery raised to 70,000 from the small blind and Doremus folded

Hand #181

Reparejo opened for 75,000 and all three players folded.