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Viejas Casino Customer Wins Aston Martin in Casino Promo…But Nah?

 Viejas Casino Customer Wins Aston Martin in Casino Promo…But Nah?

When I was a freshman in high school, won the botany division of my high school’s science fair and advanced to the city-wide/regional competition. I didn’t win top honors, but there were other, independent awards handed out; I was fortunate enough to win one, called (and I’m probably not being quite accurate here, as this was 25-ish years ago), the Army Achievement Medal. I walked on stage to receive my award, but they didn’t actually have it ready to go. Instead, I was to receive it in the mail. It never came. I still have the satisfaction of a job well done, but to this day, I still think about that medal once in a while and wish I had it. That’s nothing, though, compared to what Merida Manipoun has not yet received for winning a prize drawing at California’s Viejas Casino & Resort in May 2016.

Viejas held a contest called the “Dream Machine” in which patrons could earn entries into a drawing based on their play in the casino. The grand prize: a 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT valued at $ 134,000.

Manipoun – also known previously as Anoma Sengvixay – had her name drawn and was celebrated on stage at the casino. Of course, as these things go, and as people sometimes lament when winning a big prize, Manipoun was also going to have to fill out a tax form and eventually pay taxes on the value of the car. But hey, it amounted to a relatively cheap luxury car, so let the good times roll, right?

Wrong. After winning, Manipoun – according to a lawsuit she has filed – was pressured by Viejas managers to accept a much smaller cash payment instead of the car. There was no violence involved, but the coercion was strong. The text of the lawsuit spells it out:

After receiving her public congratulations and posing for promotional materials, Ms. Manipoun was escorted into a back room, by one or more Defendants, and subjected to a high-pressure sales pitch in which she was strenuously encouraged to forego her entitlement to the Car and, instead, accept a relatively de minimis sum of cash compensation, on the apparent theory that such would afford her appreciable tax benefits.

Ms. Manipoun resisted the subject sales pitch and, instead, demanded that she be given the Car she had rightfully earned.

Oh, and Viejas still hit Manipoun with the tax form for the full value of the car, even though they wouldn’t give it to her.

Manipoun then went to the Aston Martin Dealership in San Diego that had provided the car for the promotion, but “she was informed that it was not in possession of any paperwork indicating her entitlement to the Car and, to the contrary, that she would not be receiving the Car.”

So there she was, no cash, no car, but a hefty tax bill. Lawsuit time!

What’s interesting here is that because Veijas is on tribal land and therefore has sovereign immunity protection against many lawsuits, Manipoun has gone after the casino staff. The lawsuit names casino operations manager Lou Dibela, manager of gaming activities Chris Kelly, and casino host Linda Carr, as well as twenty “John Doe” defendants and Aston Martin of San Diego. All but the car dealership are being sued for fraud, breach of unfair competition law, and twice conspiracy to defraud. The dealership is being sued for breach of unilateral contract claim.

One would think that Ms. Manipoun has an extremely strong case, especially considering that she won a very visible promotion and was “awarded” the car in front of casino customers, but the law can be an ugly thing, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Martin Kozlov Wins 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship

 Martin Kozlov Wins 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship

It looked like it was going to be a long final table at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (SHRPO) Tuesday as even though Aaron Mermelstein had a comfortable chip lead, almost everyone at the table had a fairly deep stack. And with nine players beginning the last day of play, there was a chance it could go on for a while.

And for a while it did. Only one player was knocked out in each of the first four hour and a half-long levels; by the time Martin Kozlov collected all the chips to win three-quarters of a million dollars, the final table had spanned 13 hours.

The SHRPO was also organized in quite a unique way, adding more emphasis to how slow the pace of the Championship final table really was. The tournament festival had what it called the “Big 4” events: the $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry event, the $ 5,250 Championship Event, the $ 2,650 Freeze Out, and the $ 25,500 High Roller Re-entry event. Though the other three events began before the Championship, they were all scheduled in such a way so as to have all of their final tables play out in the same room on Tuesday.

Joe Keuther, the short stack at the Championship final table and the first one to be eliminated, was actually at two final tables at the same time, so while he was likely disappointed to finish ninth, he was able to just saunter over to the $ 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em final table and keep going (he finished eighth there).

Kozlov commented on the four final table arrangement and the pace of his table in his post-game interview with SHRPO officials, saying:

They had The Big 4, and after two or three hours all the tables of the other three were down to four or five players, and it took us six hours to lose two players. It was super slow, and you just had to play it one hand at a time. The structure was so good you could afford to take some beats, you could afford to lose some pots. Patience was the most important thing I guess.

He needed that patience, too, as he found himself very short stacked with five players remaining, holding barely more than 10 big blinds.

“The thing that affects my mental state the most is if I’m getting downward momentum, if I’m getting upward momentum it just kind of clears my mind to focus on the strategy,” Kozlov said afterward. “So when things are going right I’m thinking more clearly about what to do strategy-wise, if things are going bad I’m just steaming.”

“Five handed I didn’t have many chips at all, and I was a bit tilted on break. I was talking to my wife, and I was like, ‘What am I going to do now. There’s not much left, I’m going to have to win a couple of all ins.’ And then I came back and won every all in, and now I’ve won the tournament.”

What was that about a chip and chair again?

Kozlov entered heads-up play against Dylan Drazen with a 6 million chip lead, 16.325 million to 10.325 million. He never fell behind during the one-on-one match, though Drazen did pull within less than 1.5 million. Interestingly, it was when Drazen was at his closest that the whole thing ended.

Kozlov raised to 600,000 pre-flop and Drazen called. On the flop of K-Q-8, Drazen checked and then called Kozlov’s 400,000 chip bet. It was the same action on the turn when a 4 was dealt, this time for 2.6 million chips. And then again, when a 2 landed on the river, Drazen called, Kozlov moved all-in, and then Drazen called all-in. Kozlov revealed pocket Kings for flopped top set, while Drazen had just J-8 for third pair, almost a bluff call.

The win put Kozlov well over $ 2 million in career live earnings, increasing his total to $ 2,680,977.

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship – Final Table Results

1. Martin Kozlov – $ 754,083
2. Dylan Drazen – $ 528,322
3. Matt Berkey – $ 341,618
4. Yi Chi Li – $ 252,481
5. Michael Aron – $ 191,437
6. Aaron Mermelstein – $ 152,547
7. Adam Levy – $ 126,305
8. Luke Brererton – $ 100,408
9. Joe Kuether – $ 75,413

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Martin Kozlov Stunningly Wins Event #39, Christopher Vitch Captures Elusive Gold in Event #40

 Martin Kozlov Stunningly Wins Event #39, Christopher Vitch Captures Elusive Gold in Event #40

At the 2016 World Series of Poker on Saturday, two events reached their conclusions and awarded the prestigious gold bracelet. On tournament would end stunningly with a conclusion that is rarely seen in tournament poker, while the second was a reward for a player who had come agonizingly close previously.

Event #39 – $ 10,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em World Championship

21 players came back to the felt on Saturday, looking to claim the title in the latest $ 10,000 event at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino. Nick Petrangelo was atop the table holding nearly two million in chips (1.946 million, to be exact) and the list of challengers was plentiful and looking to add to their bracelet collections. Vanessa Selbst was nipping at Petrangelo’s heels with her 1.942 million stack, while Jonathan Little, Paul Volpe, Frank Kassela and Scott Seiver were all in the mix. But there was one player who captured the attention of many on the rail.

Chris Ferguson, who has played in many of the events at this year’s WSOP after a six-year absence (and cashed in six, counting this tournament), was on the short stack to start the day, but he would quickly rectify that situation. He doubled up through Eric Worre within 30 minutes of the start of the day’s action and, by the time the redraw for the final three tables took place, had put himself in contention with a 1.1 million stack. By the midpoint of the afternoon, Ferguson had 1.37 million after picking off a bluff from Kassela.

By the time 12 players were left (two tables), Ferguson had pulled himself into second place behind Justin Bonomo, while players like Volpe, Petrangelo, Selbst, Kassela, Davidi Kitai, Martin Kozlov, Jack Salter and Steve Gross battled behind them. Petrangelo ended Kassela’s run in 12th place while Kitai knocked off Volpe in 10th place and Selbst in ninth to take over the chip lead. After Ferguson ended Worre’s run short of the final table on the bubble, a powerful sextet of players settled in at the official final table to determine this event’s champion.

To say the table was stacked might be the biggest understatement of the 2016 WSOP. There were 10 bracelets represented at the final table (Ferguson with 5, Kitai with 3 and Bonomo and Petrangelo each holding one), while Salter held over $ 3 million and Kozlov had just short of $ 1 million in career tournament poker earnings. Kitai held the edge as the final table began, but the fireworks were just starting.

Kitai continued to power his way through the final table, cutting chips from both Ferguson and Bonomo to push his way past 4.5 million in chips, and burst past the five million mark in another hand against Bonomo. Nobody would put themselves at risk, however, as the men demonstrated their varied skills on the felt. By the time the dinner break rolled around all six were still alive, with Petrangelo perhaps the only one in imminent danger with his 635K chip stack.

Petrangelo came back from the dinner break with a vengeance, however. He would double up through Kozlov and build up a decent stack, but another battle with Kozlov – in which Kozlov’s pocket Queens flopped a full house against Petrangelo’s pocket Aces – left him on fumes. He would triple up on Hand 46 when Kozlov eliminated Salter in sixth place, but Petrangelo couldn’t keep the wolves at bay. He would depart in fifth place when Bonomo flopped a nut flush against his pocket Jacks

Ferguson would also find difficulties after dinner. Kozlov was on a rampage at this point and, after Ferguson pushed all in on Hand 74, Kozlov looked him up and was in the lead with pocket treys against Ferguson’s Q-9 off suit. A trey on the flop brought Kozlov a set, but Ferguson still was alive with a flush draw. Once that flush failed to materialize, Ferguson’s thoughts of a sixth WSOP bracelet were gone in fourth place.

Kozlov now held a dominant lead over Kitai and Bonomo, but there was still plenty of working room with the stacks’ relation to the blinds. Kitai and Bonomo looked to determine a survivor between them on Hand 83, but they would end up chopping the pot when a six-high straight came down on the baize and neither had playable hole cards (Bonomo had actually turned a Wheel but lost out when the river six hit). The drama was building and it would pop like a pressure cooker on what would prove to be the penultimate hand.

On Hand 97, Kozlov opened the action with an innocent bet, but Bonomo decided to make his stand and push all-in from the small blind. In the big blind many thought Kitai would fold and let Kozlov try to take Bonomo out, but he stunned many by moving all in himself. With the two short stacks pushing in front of him, Kozlov made the call to put both his opponents at risk. When the cards were turned up, it was a hand that played itself:

Kozlov:  Q♣ Q
Bonomo:  9 9♣
Kitai:  6 6♠

What came next was an instance that almost never happens in a poker tournament, let alone the final table AND at the WSOP. The Q-Q-7 flop ended any discussion on who would win the hand as Kozlov flopped unbeatable quads to leave both his opponents completely shocked. After the ceremonial dealing of the turn and river (a King and an eight, for the record), Bonomo had fewer chips than Kitai to take third, Kitai was the runner up and Martin Kozlov was the champion.

1. Martin Kozlov, $ 655,709
2. Davidi Kitai, $ 411,441
3. Justin Bonomo, $ 271,856
4. Chris Ferguson, $ 183,989
5. Nick Petrangelo, $ 127,622
6. Jack Salter, $ 90,783

Event #40 – $ 2500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw Lowball

After coming close four times in the past eight years, including a third place run in the $ 1500 H.O.R.S.E. event earlier this schedule, Christopher Vitch finally shook the monkey off his back and captured his first WSOP bracelet in a dominant fashion.

The tournament, a combination of three different forms of Triple Draw Lowball (Ace to Five, Deuce to Seven and Badugi), brought in a decent field of 236, with the final seven men led by David Gee’s 803,000 chip stack. Australian poker legend Gary Benson was also in the mix, but it was going to be a rough road for him with only 344,000 chips (and in the fifth place slot). Still, everyone was close enough together that there was no clear consensus as to who would win the title.

Gee would top the million chip mark in taking out Anthony Lazer in seventh, but that would be the high water mark for him for the day. Vitch, on the other hand, started as the fourth place stack and slowly worked his way up the ladder. When Vitch was able to knock off Michael Schiffman in fifth place during a Badugi round, he suddenly found himself over a million chips and in the lead.

Vitch kept his foot on the gas, eliminating Gee in third place to go to heads up action against a significantly short stacked Sigi Stockinger. It would take all of 14 minutes for Vitch to complete the task at hand, demonstrating just how much dominance Vitch had going into heads up play. Once he was able to make an Ace low in Deuce to Seven Triple Draw against Stockinger’s pair of fours, the dream of winning a WSOP bracelet became a reality for Christopher Vitch.

1. Christopher Vitch, $ 136,854
2. Sigi Stockinger, $ 84,572
3. David Gee, $ 55,511
4. Damjan Radanov, $ 37,375
5. Michael Schiffman, $ 25,830
6. Gary Benson, $ 18,336
7. Anthony Lazar, $ 13,380

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