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NAPT Mohegan Final Table Blog

4/13/2011

10:31 p.m.: Selbst wins 2011 NAPT Mohegan main event. Vanessa Selbst trapped Dan Shak on the final hand, getting him to move all-in postflop with J-7 against her K-7 on a board of K-7-3. A 5 hit the turn and the room erupted in celebration.

Selbst going back to back is one of the more incredible poker feats we've seen in a very long time and her friends are already calling for a three-peat in 2012.

Shak earns $254,000 for second-place while Selbst pockets another $450,000 for her five-day effort.

"Same story as last year," said Selbst.

10:27 p.m.: Dan Shak shoved on the first hand back and Vanessa Selbst folded. Shak has approximately 3 million to Selbst's 8.6 million.

10:04 p.m.: Players are on a 15 minute break.

9:58 p.m.: Vanessa Selbst extended her lead once again by taking a solid pot off of Shak on a board of 2-6-5-10-3. Shak attempted to take control of the pot by raising Selbst's turn bet with bottom pair (K-2), but Selbst was able to work through the hand and make the call with top pair (A-10).

Chip counts: Selbst - 9.0 million in chips, Shak 2.6 million.

9:34 p.m.: Dan Shak doubles again. The two got all their chips in postflop on a board of 8h-7c-4h. Shak showed 5-6 for a flopped straight while Vanessa Selbst held Ah-3h for a flush draw. Selbst bricked the turn and river and Shak doubled up to 4.0 million in chips.

9:27 p.m.: Dan Shak doubles up. Dan Shak moved all-in for 1.1 million and Vanessa Selbst called. Shak showed Qh-6h and would be up against Selbst's Kc-Jc. The flop was 4c-10d-3h which helped neither player. The turn was the 6c, giving Shak the edge, but also giving Selbst a flush draw in addition to her two overcards. The river 10h was no help and gave Shak a little life, bringing him back over the 2 million mark. Selbst still has a stranglehold over the situation and continues to keep the pressure on in every pot.

8:57 p.m.: Vanessa Selbst doubles through Dan Shak. This time it was Selbst who picked up the kings and she got paid off in a big way. Selbst opened the pot to 200,000 and Shak three-bet to 600,000. Selbst four-bet to 1.3 million and Shak quickly called. The flop came K-A-2 and Selbst bet out 800,000. Shak immediately moved all-in and Selbst followed suit and quickly called with a set of kings. Holding K-Q, Shak would need some help and he almost got it as the J on the turn which gave him some hope. The river was another J, no help to Shak, and Selbst doubled up to take a dominating chip lead.

Chip counts: Selbst - 8.7 million in chips, Shak 2.9 million.

8:50 p.m.: Shak flops quads. Vanessa Selbst bet 200,000 to open the pot and Shak, as always, made the call. The flop came K-K-7 and Selbst fired out a continuation bet of 200,000. Shak called the bet and they'd see the 8h hit the turn. Selbst slowed down at this point and checked behind Shak so that the two could see a river 2. There was no more checking at this point as Shak bet half a million. Selbst called only to instantly muck upon seeing quad kings.

Shak now has 7.2 million in chips to Selbst's 4.4 million.

8:40 p.m.: Back to even stacks. After 10-15 hands of small-ball poker where a min-raise and min-bet postflop would take down the pot, the action escalated rather quickly.

Vanessa Selbst min-raised to open the pot (160,000), a move wihch has been the standard since heads-up play began. Shak called and the two saw a flop of J-9-4. Selbst bet 155,000 and Shak raised to 355,000. Selbst called and the turn brought another 9. Shak led out for 400,000 and Selbst called, putting nearly one-third of her stack at risk. The river brought a second 4 and Shak bet 800,000. Selbst moved all-in and Shak folded, claiming he let go of a jack.

Blinds have now increased to 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante.

8:11 p.m.: Cards back in the air. Heads-up action is underway.

6:48 p.m.: Tyler Kenney eliminated by in third place. After losing a few critical pots to Vanessa Selbst and Dan Shak, Kenney was down under two million in chips and moved his stack in with As-7c. Shak called him instantly with Ah-Qs and as the board ran Jh-9h-7h-10-4h, Shak's straight turned into a flush and knocked out Kenney in third. Kenney earned $170,000 for his finish.

Shak now enters heads-up play with Selbst with 8.5 million to her 3.1 million. Can Selbst come back and win the title for the second year in a row? We'll find out ... after the dinner break. Play will resume at 8 p.m.

The two are playing for the $450,000 top prize. The runner-up will earn $254,000.

6:42 p.m.: Not much to report over the last half hour besides many three-bets from each player. Tyler Kenney was able to take a little bit off of Dan Shak when he three-bet him two hands in a row, but he's still in third place with 1.8 million. Vanessa Selbst is in second with 3.0 million and Shak, who peaked as 7.5 million, is down to 6.8 million.

6:09 p.m.: Vanessa Selbst doubles through Tyler Kenney. Short on chips, Selbst was looking for any spot to three-bet and get her chips in. While she may have picked the wrong spot - she held A-5 and Kenney had A-K - it worked. A five hit on the flop and was good enough for her to double up.

Selbst is up to 2.4 million in chips and Kenney is just slightly behind with 2.2 million. Both trail Dan Shak who is approaching the seven million mark.

5:47 p.m.: The final few hands of the level proved explosive as Dan Shak continued to be able to pick off Vanessa Selbst. After Selbst bet 750,000 after a board of 8-8-Q-9, Shak simply called. The river came a king and Selbst checked. Shak moved all-in and Selbst instantly let her hand go. Shak is now up to 6.9 million while Selbst is down to 1.2 million. Tyler Kenney has 3.4 million.

Players are now on a 15 minute break. When action resumes the blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with a 5,000 ante. At that point there will be 145 big blinds in play.

5:30 p.m.: Thomas Hoglund Jr. eliminated in fourth place. Hoglund Jr. shoved from the button for 700,000 and was called by Tyler Kenney in the big blind. The cards were turned over and Hoglund showed Q-9 and would be behind Kenney's A-7. An ace on the flop essentially sealed his fate and we would be down to the final three players chasing the $450,000 top prize. Hoglund Jr. earned $120,000 for his fourth-place finish.

Prior to his elimination, it was basically like three players were watching the action as one was simply dominating it. Dan Shak has been on the war path this level and isn't letting many opens make it to the flop without at least a three-bet. Shak is the first player over five million in chips and he's simply controlling the action.

Chip counts:

1. Dan Shak (5.5 million in chips)

2. Tyler Kenney (4.2 million)

3. Vanessa Selbst (1.9 million)

5:10 p.m.: Vincent Rubianes eliminated in fifth place. Down to just a couple hundred thousand, Rubianes was all-in during a three-way pot which also included Dan Shak and Tyler Kenney. The flop came 2-3-4 and Kenney bet, forcing Shak to lay down his A-10. Rubianes must have loved seeing that, but loved even more than he was ahead against Kenney who held K-10. Unfortunately, the turn and river were both kings and Rubianes was eliminated in fifth to win $90,000.

5:00 p.m.: Vanessa Selbst doubles through Vincent Rubianes. After numerous Dan Shak raises and three-bets, Vanessa Selbst was finally able to open a pot. Selbst moved all-in with K-J and was called by Rubianes in the small blind with 8-8.

Selbst hit a king on the flop and another on the turn to grab the double up. Rubianes only has a few blinds left and will be getting his chips into the center very shortly.

With the pot, Selbst is back over two million in chips, good enough for third place.

4:45 p.m.: Dan Shak doubles through Vanessa Selbst. The hopes of a back-to-back run for Vanessa Selbst just took a major hit. Selbst four-bet all-in with 7-7 and Shak instantly made the call with A-6. The flop came out innocuous enough, 10-8-4, but an ace on the turn stopped Selbst in her tracks and she's down to 1.2 million in chips. She's now the short stack with five players left.

Shak, who began the hand just over two million in chips, is the new chip leader with 4.2 million and approximately 36 percent of the chips in play.

4:32 p.m.: Players are back in their seats and here are the chip counts:

1. Vanessa Selbst (3.2 million in chips)

2. Tyler Kenney (3.2 million)

3. Dan Shak (2.1 million)

4. Thomas Hoglund Jr. (1.5 million)

5. Vincent Rubianes (1.5 million)

4:20 p.m.: Joe Tehan eliminated in sixth place. On the final hand of the level, Joe Tehan moved all-in for less than half a million in chips. Thomas Hoglund Jr. followed suit and moved all-in over the top of Tehan and would successfully isolate. Tehan showed K-6 and was behind the pocket eights of Hoglund Jr. The board ran out 10-9-2-4-J and Tehan was knocked out in sixth to earn $70,000.

Players are now on a 15 minute break. When they return, the blinds will be 30,000/60,000 with a 5,000 ante.

4:05 p.m.: Vanessa Selbst and Joe Tehan have gone to war. In the last few hands the duo has locked horns with Tehan getting the best of it the first time around, but definitely not the second. Unfortunately for Tehan, the first pot was much, much smaller.

In the second hand, Selbst bet every street on a board of Kd-5d-4d-10c-9h and Tehan, while seeming reluctant to do so, called her down. Selbst showed K-5 for a flopped two pair and it was enough to take down the pot. Tehan is back to the very short stack with around 600,000 and Selbst is over three million for the first time today.

3:45 p.m.: In a three-way pot between Vanessa Selbst, Dan Shak and Thomas Hoglund Jr., Shak flopped a straight with 2h-3h (along with an open-ended straight flush draw) and raised Hoglund Jr.'s postflop bet. Hoglund Jr. stared at the 6c-5h-4h board and folded. The small pot put Shak back in third place.

3:25 p.m.: Vincent Rubianes and Tyler Kenney went at it again in another big pot. Rubianes opened to 110,000 and Kenney called and would play the rest of the hand in position. The flop came 2d-10s-Jd. Rubianes led out for 135,000, was raised by Kenney to 310,000 and called. The turn was the 6s and Rubianes checked. Kenney bet 435,000 and Rubianes called. The river Qh prompted another check from Rubianes and another bet from Kenney, but this time Rubianes would let his hand go.

Kenney is up to 3.4 million in chips. Rubianes dropped to 2.1 million and into third place.

3:10 p.m.: One of the biggest pots of the tournament just took place between Vincent Rubianes and Tyler Kenney. Out of the small blind Rubianes opened to 130,000 and Kenney called. The flop was 10d-7s-6s and Rubianes led out for 165,000. Kenney called and the 5s hit the turn. Rubianes bet big, 415,000, and Kenney called once again. The river 8d was a scare card as both checked. Rubianes turned up K-K and won the pot, prompting his brother (Bryn) and his friends in the audience to question Tyler's check on the river. They seem to feel that a bet in that spot would've given him the pot.

Rubianes is now the chip leader with over three million in chips.

3:00 p.m.: Cards are back in the air. Here are the chip counts:

1. Tyler Kenney (3.2 million in chips)

2. Vanessa Selbst (2.8 million)

3. Vincent Rubianes (2.4 million)

4. Thomas Hoglund Jr. (1.3 million)

5. Dan Shak (1.2 million)

5. Joe Tehan (700,000)

The blinds are now 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante.

2:35 p.m.: One elimination and one double up. Aaron Overton's tournament ended in a small blind shove with Kd-Qd into Vanessa Selbst's Ah-2h. Selbst paired her ace on the flop and Overton couldn't catch up. He was eliminated in seventh and earned $50,000.

Selbst is back in second place with 2.8 million in chips.

Minutes later, Dan Shak called the four-bet all-in of Thomas Hoglund Jr. holding Ac-Qd. Hoglund Jr. was in a dominating position with As-Ks and after a board of A-6-2-K-3, he doubles up and moves into fourth place.

Players are now on a 15 minute break.

2:10 p.m.: Steve O'Dwyer eliminated in eighth place. In a small versus big blind confrontation, Vincent Rubianes moved all-in with Q-10 and was called by O'Dwyer who held A-7.

Rubianes flopped a queen and turned another one to eliminate Dwyer in eighth. He earned $32,330 for finishing eighth out of 387 players. Comment on the payout structure however you'd like.

This was one of the first pots that Rubianes has participated in at the final table and he's up to 2.4 million in chips, good enough for second at the moment.

2:05 p.m.: The last 15 minutes have been flopless. All we've seen is numerous all-ins from the short stacks and folds from the rest of the table. Tehan has been the most active of them all, bulding his stack from the 500,000 range to the 900,000 range, but just lost 80,000 after min-raising and getting three-bet by Dan Shak. We have three players under 750,000 in chips and each of them is trying to avoid the $32,330 that eighth-place would take home.

1:50 p.m.: Hoglund Jr. doubles up through Tehan. Joe Tehan opened the action with a raise and Thomas Hoglund Jr. moved all-in for just under 400,000 in chips. Tehan asked for a count, then called with 2-2 and would be in big trouble against Hoglund Jr.'s Q-Q. The queens held on a board of K-6-K-10-4 and Hoglund jumped to 866,000. Tehan is down to 515,000.

1:30 p.m.: O'Dywer doubles up through Overton. He didn't have a lot of chips left, but O'Dwyer pushed in his few big blinds with K-3 and was up against the A-8 of Aaron Overton. The board came 10-5-7-7-K and O'Dwyer caught the river to double up to 390,000 in chips.

1:15 p.m.: Overton doubles up through O'Dwyer. Steve O'Dwyer moved all-in from the button with Ac-7h and Aaron Overton called him in the big blind with Ah-Kd.

O'Dywer took the lead after a flop of 7d-3d-10h, but a turn 4d and river 9d gave Overton the flush and the double up.

The blinds have just increased to 20,000/40,000 with a 4,000 ante.

12:55 p.m.: We just had our first major pot of the day between Vanessa Selbst and Steve O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer opened to 60,000 and Selbst three-bet to 215,000. A flop of 6-9-J led both players to check. On the turn K, Selbst bet 220,000 and O'Dwyer called. A three on the river prompted an all-in from Selbst and O'Dwyer went in the tank for nearly 10 minutes contemplating if he wanted to make the call for his tournament life.

O'Dywer finally folded and Selbst earned a big pot to get her closer to the chip lead.

Selbst is now up to 2.7 million while O'Dwyer is now one of the shortest stacks with only 538,000 in chips.

12:35 p.m.: Welcome to the final table of the North American Poker Tour stop at Mohegan Sun. The players have just posed for their photos and introductions are underway.

Here are the starting chip stacks:

1. Tyler Kenney (3.0 million in chips)

2. Vanessa Selbst (2.2 million)

3. Vincent Rubianes (1.7 million)

4. Dan Shak (1.5 million)

5. Joe Tehan (1.2 million)

6. Steve O'Dwyer (1.0 million)

7. Thomas Hoglund Jr. (541,000)

8. Aaron Overton (373,000)

Selbst and Tehan are both searching for their second NAPT titles, but the fact that Selbst made the final table of this event in two consecutive years in quite impressive. Here's what some players had to say about the accomplishment:

There's a pretty impressive crowd here for the event, which is significant since the tournament area is pretty much secluded away from the main casino floor. If you aren't here to watch, the final table will be broadcast on ESPN2 on May 9 at 11 p.m.