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Monday, December 11, 2017

Event 12: The Final Four Make a Deal, Luis Vazquez Takes the Trophy


Event 12 of the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge was the $300 NLH Big Stack with a $25,000 guarantee. 170 entries created a prize pool of over $44,000 nearly doubling the guarantee.

The final table eliminations were fast and furious and the stacks were getting shallow. When four handed play began the stacks were all nearly even. They began to discuss an adjusted payout deal and it didn't take long before an agreement was made.


The final four players agreed to chop the remaining prize pool evenly and Luis Vavquez takes first and his third Foxwoods Poker title.

This concludes our Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge series blog coverage. Thank you to all the players, dealers and casino staff that made this series another big success.

Luis Vavquez- $6,700
Jay Huang- $6,699
Milton Thomas- $6,699
Azamat Dolda- $6,699

Event 12: Luis Vavquez Takes a Massive Chip Lead

Event 12: $300 NLH Big Stack$25,000 Guaranteed

Level 28: 20,000/40,000/5,000
Total Entries: 170
Players Remaining: 6



Luis Vazquez (pictured) just sent Al Borges to the rail holding pocket eights against the ace queen suited of Borges. The more than 1,500,000 chip pot was shipped to Vazquez and he is now sitting a mountain of chips.

Just six players remain and Vazquez is playing 2,800,000 of the 5,935,000 in play. He will look to finish strong and has his sights set on his third Foxwoods Poker title and the $11,148 first prize.

Event 12: Final Table Set, Ed West Leads

Event 12: $300 NLH Big Stack$25,000 Guaranteed

Level 27: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 170
Players Remaining: 10


The Event 12 final table is now set and it's Ed West (pictured) leading the way with 1,350,000. Azamat Dolda sits in second with 875,000 and Al Borges rounds out the top three with 760,000.

We will pick up all of the live final table action here on the Foxwoods Poker blog. Below is a look at the updated chip counts and seating and what they'll be playing for.

Seat 1. Luis Vazquez- 265,000
Seat 2. Jay Huang- 505,000
Seat 3. Azamat Dolda- 875,000
Seat 4. Ed West- 1,350,000
Seat 5. Omar Agueilera- 250,000
Seat 6. Al McLaughlin- 20,000
Seat 7. Arthur Larson- 500,000
Seat 8. Milton Thomas- 730,000
Seat 9. Charles Hrynewsky- 700,000
Seat 10. Al Borges- 760,000

1. $11,148+Trophy
2. $7,245
3. $4,802
4. $3,602
5. $2,744
6. $2,229
7. $1,801
8. $1,458
9. $1,164
10-12. $814

Event 12: In the Money

Event 12: $300 NLH Big Stack
$25,000 Guaranteed

Level 24: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Total Entries: 170
Players Remaining: 18


A short stacked players moves all in for just over 100,000. It folds to Azamat Dolda (pictured) in the big blind and he makes the call.

Dolda: K♣️2♣️
Opponent: A♦️10♥️

There is a king in the window on the K♠️Q♣️9♥️ and Dolda takes the lead. His opponent picks up a gutshot straight draw along with his over card but the 5♣️ turns and 3♠️ river are no help.

Dolda sends the player to the rail and the remaining 18 Event 12 players are now all in the money and guaranteed at least $685.

Azamat Dolda- 600,000

Event 12 Payouts, $11,148 Up Top

The twelfth and final Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge event is the $300 NLH Big Stack tournament. There are a total of 170 entries creating a prize pool of $44,200.

The final 18 players will all make the money and be guaranteed at least $685. The winner will take home $11,148 and the final Mega Stack Challenge trophy of the series.

Below is the full list of the final Event 12 payouts.

1. $11,148+Trophy
2. $7,245
3. $4,802
4. $3,602
5. $2,744
6. $2,229
7. $1,801
8. $1,458
9. $1,164
10-12. $814
13-15. $728
16-18. $685

Max Hoffman Wins the Main Event ($63,55)


The $1,650 NLH Main Event drew a total of 168 entries creating a prize pool of just over $250,000. When the dust settled Max Hoffman was the last man standing.

Hoffman flew under the radar for much of Day 1 and returned on Day 2 near the bottom of the chip counts with just 56,600. He began to heat up late on Day 2 and when play concluded he was leading the final six players with 1,669,000.

He returned on Day 3 with the chip lead and never relinquished it. Hoffman who is primarily a cash game players had just three reported live tournament cashes on his Hendon Mob before his Main Event victory.

This is his largest career score and he takes home $63,555 along with his first Foxwoods Poker Mega Stack Challenge title.

1. Max Hoffman- $63,555+Trophy
2. Stephen Song- $41,310
3. Anonymous- $27,378
4. Ovi Mihu- $20,532
5. Daniel Marrs- $15,645
6. Frank Passantino- $12,711
7. Tarun Gulati- $10,266
8. Brock Wilson- $8,311
9. John Niceforo- $6,602
10. Soukha Kachittavong- $4,644

Event 10: Stephen Song Eliminated in 2nd Place ($41,310)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 1

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker

Stephen Song (pictured) raises to 90,000 and Max Hoffman re-raises to 300,000. With the action back on Song he makes it 725,000 and Hoffman calls.

They see a flop of 8♦️6♦️3♥️ and Hoffman check calls a bet of 475,000 from Song. The turn is the 6♥️ and Hoffman checks to Song who moves all in for 1,100,000.

Hoffman quickly calls turning over 7♣️6♣️ for trip sixes and Song sees the bad news as he tables his Q♦️Q♠️. The 4♠️ hits the river and Song is our Main Event runner up taking home $41,310 for his efforts.


Event 10: Heads Up, Hoffman Leads

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 2

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


With the elimination of the anonymous player in third we are now heads up in the Main Event. Max Hoffman is in the lead holding 4,300,000 and Stephen Song is playing 1,565,000.

They are both now guaranteed at least $41,310 and the winner will be taking home $63,555 along with the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge trophy.

Event 10: 3rd Place- Anonymous ($27,378)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 2

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker



The anonymous player moves all in for 150,000 and Stephen Song calls from the big blind.

Anonymous: A♣️Q♠️
Song: 5♥️4♦️

"You woke up with ace queen" jokes Song just as the dealer spread the A♥️10♠️2♠️ flop. The player flops an ace but Song picks up a gutshot straight draw.

The turn is the 3♥️ and Song spikes his straight on the turn leaving his opponent drawing dead. The meaningless 4♠️ hits the river and the anonymous player is sent to the rail in 3rd earning $27,378.

Heads up play is now underway between chip leader Max Hoffman and Stephen Song.

Stephen Song- 1,565,000
Anonymous- Eliminated in 3rd Place ($27,378)




Event 10: 4th Place- Ovi Mihu ($20,532)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 3

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


Ovi Mihu (pictured)  moves all in for 100,000. Stephen Song slides out a stack of 500,000 covering the anonymous player in the big blind who folds.

Song: 9♥️8♥️
Mihu: 6♥️6♠️

The dealer fans the J♠️9♦️3♦️ flop and Song flops a nine to take the lead. The turn 2♥️ and river 8♣️ improve Song to two pair and Mihu is our 4th place Main Event finisher taking home $20,532.

Stephen Song- 1,600,000
Ovi Mihu- Eliminated in 4th Place ($20,532)

Event 10: 5th Place- Daniel Marrs ($15,645)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 4

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


Daniel Marrs who did not return on Day 3 was blinded off. He was able to ladder up one spot to fifth place with the elimination of Frank Passantino in sixth. Marrs will take home $15,645 for his efforts and we are down to the final four.

1. $63,555
2. $41,310
3. $27,378
4. $20,532

Event 10: 6th Place- Frank Passantino ($12,711)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 5

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker



The anonymous player limps in and Frank Passantino (pictured) limps in from the button. Max Hoffman raises to 125,000 from the big blind. Passantino calls and they go heads up to the 9♠️6♦️5♣️ flop.

Hoffman continues with a bet of 150,000 and Passantino calls. The turn is the Q♦️ and Hoffman fires out a bet of 250,000. Passantino again calls and the 2♠️ hits the river.

Hoffman checks and Passantino moves all in for just over 900,000. Hoffman makes the call and Passantino shows K♣️7♣️ for just king high.

Hoffman shows A♥️9♥️ to take the pot and Passantino is the first player eliminated from the final table.

Max Hoffman- 3,800,000
Frank Passantino- Eliminated in 6th Place ($12,711)



Event 10: Updated Chip Counts on Break, Hoffman Leads

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

End of Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker

The Main Event players are now on a 15 minute color up break. There are still six players remaining and Max Hoffman is leading the way.

Below is an updated look at the updated chip counts and payouts.

Max Hoffman- 2,300,000
Frank Passantino- 1,500,000
Stephen Song- 1,350,000
Anonymous- 695,000
Ovi Mihu- 270,000
Daniel Marrs- 127,000

1. $63,555
2. $41,310
3. $27,378
4. $20,532
5. $15,645
6. $12,711

Event 10: Passantino Doubles Through Hoffman

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker



Three players see a flop of 9♦️5♠️4♠️ and Frank Passantino (pictured) leads out with a bet of 65,000 into a main pot of about 200,000. Max Hoffman raises to 200,000 and Stephen Song gets out of the way.

Passantino calls and the dealer burns and turns the 2♠️. Passantino moves all in for about 260,000 and Hoffman makes the call.

"I have nothing" says Passantino turning over his K♠️J♥️ and Hoffman shows Q♣️Q♦️. The river is the 6 ♠️ and Passantino spikes a spade to improve to a king high flush cracking the queens of Hoffman to earn the double up.

Frank Passantino- 920,000
Max Hoffman- 2,675,000


Event 10: Max Hoffman Extending His Chip Lead

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 24: 102000/24,000/4,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


We have yet to lose a player from our Main Event final table after nearly two hours of play. Max Hoffman started Day 3 with the chip lead and continues to add to his stack.

Hoffman is now up to about 2,500,000 and has extended his chip lead as six handed final table play continues.

Event 10: Swapping Chips

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


The pace of the Main Event final table has been a slow one to say the least. After an hour of play the pots have been few and far between. The players continue to swap chips and there has to be a single player eliminated from the final table.

Five handed play still continues and Daniel Marrs' stack is still being blinded off and down to about 450,000.

Event 10: Final Table Play Underway

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry) 

Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker

Daniel Marrs 

The Main Event final table play is now back underway here on Day 3. There are just six players remaining but one of this six players Daniel Marrs will not be returning.

We received a phone call this morning that Marrs had a very important matter to deal with and he is unavailable today. His stack will be blinded off and the final five players will battle it out for the $63,555 first prize and the trophy.

You can tune into all of the live action on the livestream link above or catch up to the live updates her on the Foxwoods Poker Blog.

$300 NLH Big Stack $25,000 Guaranteed NLH Event Kicks Off at 11 A.M.


Event 10: Max Hoffman Leads the Final Six

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry)

Returning to Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker

Max Hoffman

Day 2 of the $1,650 NLH has come to and end and after 22 levels of play it's Max Hoffman leading the way with 1,669,000.
Stephen Song

Stephen Song is right behind him with 1,261,000 and Frank Passantino rounds out the top three with 1,254,000.

The players will return Monday December 11 at 12 P.M. noon to resume Day 3 play and one lucky winner will take home $63,555 and the trophy.

Below is a look at the Main Event Final table seating assignments and chip counts from our final six.

Seat 1. Empty
Seat 2. Daniel Marrs- 703,000
Seat 3. Anonymous- 624,000
Seat 4. Empy
Seat 5. Frank Passantino- 1,254,000
Seat 6. Ovi Mihu- 358,000
Seat 7. Max Hoffman- 1,669,000
Seat 8. Stephen Song- 1,261,000
Seat 9. Empty
Seat 10. Empty

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Event 10: 7th Place- Tarun Gulati ($10,266)

Event 10: Main Event
$1,650 NLH (Re-Entry)

Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Total Entries: 168
Players Remaining: 6

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/foxwoodspoker


Tarun Gulati (pictured) moves all in for his last 174,000 from under the gun. Frank Passantino is next to act and he makes the call. The rest of the table gets out of the way and they turn over the cards.

Gulati: A♥️K♥️
Passantino: K♦️K♣️

It's a cooler for Gulati who asks the dealer for an ace one time. He does not get his wish on the 9♣️7♠️6♥️5♣️5♦️ runout and is our 7th place finisher taking home $10,266.

Frank Passantino- 1,450,000
Tarun Gulati- Eliminated in 7th Place ($10,266)