The $1,500 No Limit Shootout is one of the more exciting events at this year's WSOP. In the initial two rounds, you have to beat all of the other players at the table in order to advance to the next round. Once it got down to two tables of 13 players, the format was just like any other NL tournament.
This event started out slow and took a turn for the weird. Inside of a half an hour the final table went from eight players to three. On Saturday, action started with 13 players with everyone getting the same amount of chips. Anthony Reategui knocked out Alan Goehring in 13th place. Alan Goehring had a set of Kings but they did not hold up to Reategui's flush. Goehring was the first one eliminated and won $9,690 for 13th place. Reategui became the chipleader.
Bret Jungblut was the next player eliminated. Allen Goldstein sent him home in 12th place. Jungblut's stack was crippled the previous hand when his Big Slick ran into Chris McCormack's pocket aces. Jungblut won $11,840 for 12th place.
There was an interesting hand involving Young Phan and Allen Goldstein. Pham raised on the button and Goldstein re-raised from the blinds. Phan re-raised $20K more. Goldstein took a while to think about the call. He ended up folding. Allen Goldstein told me he mucked AQ. Phan almost fell out of his chair because he wanted a call. Phan told the dealer to let Goldstein turn over any of his two cards. The one he picked was an ace of clubs. Phan said he had the other black ace as well.
Ted Lawson took a big pot off of Phan a few hands later when his JJ held up against AK. On the other table, Erick Lindgren caught a runner runner nut flush on the river and Anthony Reategui called a huge raise on the river with just bottom pair. Interesting, huh? Anthony Reategui was still the chipleader despite the fishy call.
A few minutes before the dinner break, Chris McCormack eliminated in 11th place by Allen Goldstein. The players were down to ten and action moved to table on the TV set, although ESPN was not taping the event.
Here's the final table and chip counts:
Seat 1: Erick Lindgren (Burney, CA) $80K
Seat 2: Kenny Robbins (Las Vegas, NV) $116.2K
Seat 3: Keith Quilty (Las Vegas, NV) $35,200
Seat 4: Dariush Imani (Layton, Utah) $70K
Seat 5: Young Phan (Irvine, CA) $79.5K
Seat 6: Allen Goldstein (Houston, TX) $410K
Seat 7: Ted Lawson (Plantation, FL) $35.4K
Seat 8: Paul Kroh (Battle Mountain, NV) $70K
Seat 9: Anthony Reategui (Chandler, AZ) $284.9K
Seat 10: Phil "Tiltboy" Gordon (El Paso, TX) $84.4K
Here are some interesting facts about our final table... Phil Gordon has two WPT wins and made the final table of the 2001 WSOP main event. Keith Quilty is a professional gambler. He has 3 first place wins at the Palms in the last two weeks. Anthony Reategui was born in Chicago. He is a professional poker player and this is his first final table. Paul Kroh took 13th at the 1998 Main Event and has been playing in the WSOP since 1992. Young Phan was born in Vietnam and has played in the WSOP for 15 years without winning a bracelet. He's also made a final table on the WPT. Kenny Robbins is a 23 year old professional poker player and cashed in two events this year. Ted Lawson is a CEO of a NASDAQ company. He is also the 2004 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Champion. Darvish Imani is a real estate investor. This is his first WSOP final table. Allen Goldstein is a 22 year old professional poker player who likes to wear Birkenstocks. He took fourth on the Party Poker Million. He has four cashes at this year's WSOP. Erick Lindgren won two WPT events and was named the 2004 WPT Player of the Year. This is his 4th final table at the WSOP. He boasts that he once rode in a limo with Phil Hellmuth.
Keith Quilty was the first player knocked out at the final table. He finished in 10th Place. Quilty raised all in with A6 and Kroh called with KQ. Kroh caught a King on the river and Keith Quilty was knocked out in 10th place. He won $16,145.
Ted Lawson moved all in with 66. Young Phan called him with 99 and was looking good until the river when a 6 spiked. Phan turned around to press row and said, "When is this going to stop happening to me?" Lawson doubled up.
Erick Lindgren was eliminated in 9th place when his A7 ran into Anthony Reategui's QTs. I was shocked that Reategui called that bet. He flopped a Queen and Erick's hand did not improve. He won $20,540.
The action at the final table was slow. Nothing really happened during the first 54 hands. Then the tournament took a fast paced turn. Within three hands, two players were busted. This might have been the most important hand of the tournament. Allen Goldstein was knocked out in eighth place and won $25,835. Goldstein raised with 99 in middle position. Reategui reraised to $30K on the button with the Hilton Sisters. Goldstein reraised all in for $300,000. That's a move I have to question especially with 99. Anthony Reategui's call was also questionable. It was a debatable move by both players. Why go heads up against a big stack? Without a doubt, that hand set the tone for the rest of the tournament.
Two hands later, Phil Gordon moved all in with K4s. He was called by Dariush Imani who had Phil dominated with KT. The flop and turn didn't help Gordon. The expression on his face didn't change throughout the hand. He deadpanned, "There's still a four in the deck." On the river, a four spiked and Phil knocked out Imani in 7th place. He won $32,290.
The action went from mundane and boring to insane and fast. Anthony Reategui knocked out Kenny Robbins and Ted Lawson on the same hand. Reategui again made an interesting call. This time he held 99. Kenny Robbins pushed all in with KK and Ted Lawson called JJ. On the turn, Reategui caught a 9 to make his set to the dismay at the rest of the players. The river didn't help anyone and Reategui eliminated them both. He added to his massive chipstack.
On his way out Kenny Robbins, still stewing about his bad beat, turned to me and muttered, "Reategui is the worst player I have ever seen."
He definitely got lucky. I haven't a final table like this since I started covering the WSOP. Inside of 15 minutes, several players were busted, and four of them from Reategui. Ted Lawson finished in 6th place and won $43,055. Kenny Robbins won $53,820 for 5th place.
Anthony Reategui continued his rush. He sent Young Phan home when his KQ was better than Pham's A9. Of course, the river helped him out when he hit a four flush. Young Phan finished in fourth place and won $64,585. Reategui had almost a $1M chiplead.
At one point, Phil Gordon walked over to me and said, "I've never been so card dead ever at a final table. I haven't seen any pocket pairs."
Poor Phil. He really wanted to win his first WSOP bracelet. You could see the intensity on his face during both of his final table appearances. He had been running well this year and it must have been frustrating for him to sit there and not catch any cards. At that point, he really had no chance to win with Reategui's gigantic chip lead.
Phil Gordon and his short stack were eliminated in 3rd place. He won $75,350 and made his second final table at this year's WSOP. The way he's playing, I expect him to make at least one more final table and have a shot at his first bracelet.
A few minutes after Midnight, Anthony Reategui knocked out Paul Kroh in second place. Paul won $146,380 for his efforts. Reategui won $269,100 for first place and he collected his first WSOP bracelet. Congrats to Anthony!