SILICON VALLEY POKER CHALLENGE

March 13-13 | Bay 101 | San Jose, California
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Silicon Valley Poker Challenge

Level 5: 200-400, ante

1763 Facebook Billionaire, Brian Reynard Kara Scott Phil Hellmuth
The inaugural Silicon Valley Poker Challenge was held on March 13, 2011 at Bay 101 Casino as a prelude to the 2011 WPT Shooting Star event. Its creator is Brian Reynard, CEO of the Silicon Valley Executive Network (SVEN) who organized the event in conjunction with the World Poker Tour.

Brian Reynard is a native of Silicon Valley and has spent 20+ years in some of the world’s leading high tech companies, including 16 years at Cisco in various management roles. His key focus with the Silicon Valley Executive Network is cross-pollinating the core and most senior elements of the high tech ecosystem to build relationships, clarify the technology landscape, and make a philanthropic impact in the community.

With help from Phil Hellmuth making a call on Brian’s behalf to the World Poker Tour in the Fall of 2010, the event was launched to create a unique gathering that pitted elite poker professionals against the core elements of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem, consisting of senior level high tech executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

With a fabulous start to this kick-off event on the eve of the WPT Shooting Star, the Silicon Valley Poker Challenge achieved its goal of camaraderie, competition, and impact in the community. 40 executives from high tech, venture capital, and Silicon Valley startups battled 16 professional players, including Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Layne Flack, Frank Kassela, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Hoyt Corkin, Kara Scott, Dan Cates, Thomas Marchese, Justin Smith, Gavin Smith, Dwyte Pilgrim, and more. Executives from Facebook, Sony Computer Entertainment, Google, Cisco, McAfee, Stubhub, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners, and many other high tech companies, startups, and venture capital firms were represented. Matt Savage, WPT Tournament Director, oversaw the event with emcee assistance from Phil Hellmuth. The champion that emerged was Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, giving the crystal championship trophy and bragging rights to the technology titans in a battle of pride for Silicon Valley.

Other key entities involved in the event were Albertini Group, lead by CEO, Nancy Albertini, whose firm was the key sponsor. Albertini Group has a very unique blend of executive search and venture investments (www.albertinigroup.com). Nancy and husband Steve, a high tech executive himself, are both avid poker players and participated in the event.

Also key to organizing and carrying out of the event was BUILD (www.build.com). Founded in 1999, BUILD runs the nation’s largest youth incubators with the mission to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.

Silicon Valley Executive Network (SVEN) is a nonprofit, private, invitation-only, business & social network for senior high-tech executives, venture capitalists, and key technologists who make up the core DNA of the tech ecosystem. SVEN also acts as an accelerator for early stage tech companies, and a trusted advisory group to various top tech companies. Formed in 2007, 52 events to date, 250+ executive members. Focus areas are: 1) Traditional IT/Internet, 2) Healthcare, 3) Cleantech/Energy, and 4) Digital Media & Entertainment.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:40 AM, 03/19/11

Jack Tretton Wins Silicon Valley Poker Challenge!

Level 5: 200-400, ante

3250 Jack Tretton Victory
Jack Tretton came into heads-up play with a massive chip advantage, but it was not an easy stroll to the finish line for the Sony Computer Entertainment CEO. His opponent, Mike Scanlin, doubled up twice to keep the match going, but, in the end, Tretton's big stack was too much to overcome.

On the final hand of play, Tretton put Scanlin all-in preflop and Scanlin called with Qspade7heart. Tretton showed 10heart6club and was behind in the hand, but live.

The 8diamond6spade5club flop paired Tretton, but also gave Scanlin an open-ended straight draw. The Jdiamond on the turn was no help to Scanlin, and the 10club on the river improved Tretton to two pair to take the pot, as well as the tournament.

Congratulations Jack Tretton on becoming the first-ever Silicon Valley Poker Challenge Champion!

Sorted In: Jack Tretton, Mike Scanlin, Featured Blog, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
12:25 AM, 03/14/11

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Level 5: 200-400, ante

Here are the chip counts heading in to heads-up play, where blinds will begin at 40,000-80,000

Jack Tretton - 1,305,000
Mike Scanlin - 84,000 

Sorted In: Jack Tretton, Mike Scanlin, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:50 PM, 03/13/11

Steven Metzger Eliminated in 3rd Place

Level 5: 200-400, ante

Jack Tretton completes the small blind and Steve Metzger moves all-in for an additional 85,000.  Tretton calls with Kclub7club and Metzger shows Adiamond10spade.  

The flop comes down Qdiamond8heart5spade and Metzger improves with the 10club on the turn.  The river brings the Kdiamond though, giving Tretton the bigger pair and the pot.  Metzger is eliminated in 3rd place and play pauses briefly to prepare for the trophy presentation.

Jack Tretton - 1,305,000
Steven Metzger - eliminated in 3rd place

Sorted In: Jack Tretton, Steven Metzger, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:48 PM, 03/13/11

Eric Wamsley Eliminated in 4th Place

Level 5: 200-400, ante

The very next hand after Steve Metzger doubles thru Eric Wamsley, blinds go up to 40,000-80,000 and Wamsley is all-in for less than the amount of the small blind.  Action folds around to Wamsley, who is all-in against Metzger, who is in the big blind with 10heart10club.  

Wamsley is behind iwth 5diamond7diamond, but does get some hope with the 7heart6diamond3spade flop.  The 6club on the turn takes away some of Wamsley's outs though and, with the 2heart on the river, he is eliminated in 4th place.

Steven Metzger - 246,000
Eric Wamsley - eliminated in 4th place 

Sorted In: Eric Wamsley, Steve Metzger, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:19 PM, 03/13/11

Steve Metzger Doubles Thru Eric Wamsley

Level 5: 200-400, ante

Steve Metzger moves all-in from under the gun for 105,000 and Eric Wamsley calls in the big blind.  Metzgershows 6heart6club and Wamsley trails with Adiamond5heart.

The board runs out 8heart3diamond2heart7club5diamond and Metzger's sixes hold to double him up to 230,000.  Wamsley, meanwhile, is left with just 16,000 chips. 

Sorted In: Eric Wamsley, Steve Metzger, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:17 PM, 03/13/11

Andy Raab Eliminated in 5th Place

Level 5: 200-400, ante

Jack Tretton completes the small blind and Andy Raab checks his option in the big blind.

The flop comes Kdiamond4diamond3spade, Tretton moves all in, he has Raab covered, and Raab calls.  

Tretton has Kspade8diamond for top pair, and Raab shows 5heart3diamond for bottom pair. 

The turn is the 7diamond which gives Raab a gutshot straight draw but the river is the 8heart and Raab is out in 5th place. 

Jack Tretton - 395,000
Andy Raab - Eliminated in 5th Place

Sorted In: Andy Raab, Jack Tretton, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:07 PM, 03/13/11

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 6th Place

Level 5: 200-400, ante

With blinds up to 20,000-40,000, Phil Hellmuth moves all-in from middle position with Aspade6spade and Mike Scanlin calls out of the big blind with 3heart3club.

The board runs out 9diamond5diamond4spadeKheart8heart and Scanlin's treys hold to bust the last remaining poker pro in this event.

Mike Scanlin - 264,000
Phil Hellmuth - eliminated in 6th place

Sorted In: Mike Scanlin, Phil Hellmuth, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
11:01 PM, 03/13/11

Final 6 Chip Counts

Level 5: 200-400, ante

Here are the chip counts for the remaining six players.

Seat 1: Jack Tretton - 368,500
Seat 2: Phil Hellmuth - 74,000
Seat 3: Andy Raab - 74,000
Seat 4: Eric Wamsley - 108,000
Seat 5: Steve Metzger - 184,000
Seat 6: Mike Scanlin - 170,000 

Sorted In: Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
10:49 PM, 03/13/11

Layne Flack Eliminated in 7th Place

Level 5: 200-400, ante

There is a three way all-in between Mike Scanlin, Layne Flack, and Eric Wamsley.  Here is each players' holdings:

Flack - A-8
Wamsley - J-5
Scanlin - 4-4

The 5-5-4 flop gives Wamsley trips and Scanlin a boat.  Wamsley has Scanlin covered, so he is not at risk for elimination this hand.  The 2 on the turn gives Flack some hope, as he picks up a wheel draw, but the river is a blank and Flack is eliminated.  Scanlin rakes the main pot and Wansley takes the side pot. 

Sorted In: Layne Flack, Mike Scanlin, Eric Wamsley, Bay 101, Tournaments, Season IX, Silicon Valley Poker Challenge
10:40 PM, 03/13/11

 

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 0
3 75-150 0
4 100-200 0
5 200-400 0
6 300-600 0
7 400-800 0
8 500-1,000 0
9 1,000-2,000 0
10 1,500-3,000 0
11 2,500-5,000 0
12 4,000-8,000 0
13 6,000-12,000 0
14 8,000-16,000 0
15 10,000-20,000 0
16 12,000-24,000 0
17 20,000-40,000 0
18 40,000-80,000 0
19 80,000-160,000 0
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