Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
"Big Willy" Santiago is officially your champion of the 2010 May Mega Stack Challenge Main Event.
Congratulations to all of our players and winners!!!
Peter Campo raised from the button to 120K and Willy Santiago called from the big blind. The flop came down [Qh][5d][2d] and Santiago checked. Campo bet 150K and Santiago moved all in. Campo thought for a few minutes before making the call. They turned over:
Santiago took the lead on the flop with a pair of queens. The [Js] on the turn and [7s] on the river did not improve Campo's hand and he was eliminated in 3rd place.
Wilfredo Santiago raised to 65K preflop and Oleg Potseluev moved all in for around 400K more. Santiago made the call and they turned over:
The board ran out [Jc][5c][5s][4s][7c] and Santiago's tens held up to win the pot and eliminate Potseluev in 4th place.
Vinny Lambiase raised to 80K from the small blind and Brett Taylor called from the big blind. The flop came [8c][4c][2c] and Lambiase fired 150K. Taylor put him all in and Lambiase mase the call. They turned over:
Lambiase had flopped a set of fours but Taylor had the nut flush draw. The turn was the [6c], giving Taylor the flush and the lead.
The [3h] on the river was no help to Lambiase and he was eliminated from the tournament in 5th place.
After being crippled in a huge hand by Wilfredo Santiago, Michael Woods was just eliminated from the tournament after getting all in with [8s][7s] against the [5d][5h].
The board ran out [Ad][Kh][Js][9h][2d] and Woods was eliminated from the tournament in 6th place.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Kevin Murray moved all in preflop for his last 253K and was called by Brett Taylor in the big blind. They turned over:
The board came [Js][3s][2d][8s][2c] and Taylor won the pot, eliminating Murray from the tournament.
Kevin Murray had been crippled down to 12,000 in chips just a level and a half earlier. He made an amazing comeback to get back to over 400,000 entering the final table.
Wilfredo Santiago, Michael Woods and Ray Hicks get all in preflop with Santiago being the short stack and Woods having both players covered. They turned over:
The flop came [Ah][Tc][5h] and Woods took a huge lead in the pot after pairing his ace.
However, the turn came the [8d], giving Santiago a set of eights and the lead in the main pot.
The river was the [Qh] and Santiago tripled up to over one million chips.
Woods won the side pot, eliminating Hicks, and putting his stack at just over 1.3 million.
The board ran out [Jd][6s][3c][Jh][5c] and Hicks won both the main and side pot with his pair of aces. Gabriello was eliminated from the tournament in 9th place.
1. Wilfredo Santiago 526,000
2. Michael Huguenot 290,000
3. Andrea Gabriello 255,000
4. Kevin Murray 425,000
5. Peter Campo 1,357,000
6. Michael Woods 1,060,000
7. Ray Hicks 551,000
8. Oleg Potseluev 1,250,000
9. Vinny Lambiase 394,000
10. Brett Taylor 574,000
2010 Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event Champion and defending Mega Stack Challenge Champion Luis Vazquez has been eliminated from the main event in 20th place.
Shortly after Vazquez was eliminated, Radhames Vargas was knocked out in 19th place.
They both take home $3,637 for their finishes.
Luis Vazquez raised from the button to 8K preflop and Kevin Schaffel reraised from the big blind to 24K. Vazquez made the call and the flop came [Ks][7c][6s].
Schaffel led out for 40K and Vazquez moved all in. Schaffel immediately made the call and they turned over:
Vazquez announced "Nice hand" and started to count out his chip to send Schaffel's way as the turn came out the [Js].
It wasn't until about four second after the [5s] hit the river did anyone at the table realize that Vazquez had hit a flush to take the pot.
Schaffel, who is serving as host of the Mega Stack Challenge, shook Vazquez's hand and presented him with a hat and shirt before leaving the tournament area.
Dennis Phillips is all in after the river and the decision is on his opponent, who tanks for several minutes before calling the clock on himself...
Some notable end of day chip counts:
Michael Woods - 358,900
Steve Buckley - 348,600
Kevin Schaffel - 146,000
Luis Vazquez - 136,900
Kyle Loman - 39,500
Kevin Schaffel was all in preflop against Kyle Loman and Steve Buckley. The flop came [Kc][4s][2s]. Loman and Buckley got all their chips in and the players turned over:
Schaffel had the lead with his pair of aces and Buckley was ahead in the side pot with a pair of kings with an ace kicker. However, Loman had the flush draw and two pair redraw with two cards to come.
The turn was the [7d] and the river came the [Th]. Loman missed his draw and doubled Buckley up to over 350,000. Loman was left with around 40,000.
Schaffel won the main pot and tripled up to around 150,000.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
On a board of [Kc]7x3x, Luis Vazquez's opponent bet out 4,200. Vazquez made the call and the turn was the [9c].
This time, his opponent led out for 8,000. Again, Vazquez made the call.
The river came the [3c] and his opponent went into the tank. After a few moments, he moved all in for his last 40,000.
Vazquez studied the other player for a minute before tossing eight black 5,000 chips into the middle.
His opponent said, "You win." and tabled J-10 off suit for jack high.
Vazquez flipped up A-J for ace high and raked in a pot that boosted his stack to well over 200,000.
Kevin Schaffel, who finished 8th in last years WSOP Main Event, talks to Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum about the upcoming World Series of Poker and his action at the May Mega Stack Challenge at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
Scott Blake, who made a deep run in the $560 Mega Stack Challenge event, has just been eliminated on day one action.
A short-stacked Blake got all his chips in the middle with [Jc][9c] on a board of [Ts][8c][6c] against an opponent holding pocket eights.
The turn was the [Th], giving his opponent the full house and a meaningless [Ad] fell on the river.
The payout structure is as follows:
1st - $65,475
2nd - $35,769
3rd - $22,795
4th - $19,400
5th - $16,661
6th - $13,580
7th - $10,792
8th - $8,123
9th - $5,583
10th-12th - $4,607
13th-15th - $4,122
16th-20th - $3,637
Luiz Vazquez - 95,000
Spiro Mitrokostas - 64,000
Bernard Lee - 53,500
Kyle Loman - 46,000
Charlotte Chabot - 43,000
Paul Harris - 34,800
Dennis Phillips - 22,900
Kevin Schaffel - 21,000
left: Dennis Phillips, right: Kevin Schaffel
2008 WSOP 3rd place finisher Dennis Phillips and 2009 WSOP 8th place finishers Kevin Schaffel are serving as hosts for the 2010 May Mega Stack Challenge here at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
Both are in the field for today's Mega Stack Challenge Main Event.
2009 WSOP 8th place finisher Kevin Schaffel gets play started on day one of the 2010 May Mega Stack Challenge Main Event at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
$560 Mega Stack Challenge Champion Chris Ganias
Runner-up Alexi Lammi
Third Place Finisher Glenn McCaffrey
When we reached three-handed play, a deal was made with Chris Ganias receiving $44,527 and the victory, Alexi Lammi credited for second place and $25,137 and Glenn McCaffrey third place and $25,137.
Congratulations to Chris Ganias, champion of the $560 Mega Stack Challenge at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
Stay tuned tomorrow for coverage of the 2010 May Mega Stack Challenge Main Event starting at 11AM.
Chris Ganias raised to 175K preflop and Todd Freeman moved all in for his last 530K. Ganias made the call and they turned over:
The board came [Qd][8s][5c][8h][3h] and Ganias won the pot to eliminate Freeman in fourth place.
James Coghlan moved all in from the small blind for his last 295K and was called by Chris Ganias in the big blind. They turned over:
The board ran out [Ah][Tc][7d][9c][Qs] and Ganias made a pair of aces to win the pot and eliminate Coghlan in 5th place.
On a board of [8c][4c][2s], Ryan Batza was all in against Glenn McCaffrey. They showed:
The turn was the [Th] and the river came the [Jc]. McCaffrey's nines held up to eliminate Batza in 6th place.
Gary Kreymer moved all in for 585K preflop and was called by Glenn McCaffrey. They turned up:
The board came [6h][5d][3d][8s][9c] and McCaffrey won the pot and eliminated Kreymer in 7th place.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Frank Melgar moved all in for his last 90K. Gary Kreymer then moved all in from the button for a total of 235K. Todd Freeman called from the big blind and they turned over:
The board ran out [9d][3d][2h][2d][Td] and Kreymer's makes the nut flush to win the whole pot.
Melgar is eliminated in 8th place.
Glenn McCaffrey raised to 90K and Todd Freeman called. Attilo Bitondo called all in for his last 70K from the button. The flop came [Ts][6h][5c] and McCaffrey led out for 125K. Freeman folded and they turned up:
The turn was the [6d] and the river came the [8h]. McCaffrey won the pot with his pair of tens and eliminated Bitondo in 9th place.
Juan Catala shoved all in from the small blind and was called by Glenn McCaffrey in the big blind. They turned over:
The board ran out [Qd][7s][5c][6d][Tc] and McCaffrey's four held up to win the pot and eliminate Catala in 10th place.
1. Todd Freeman 822,000
2. Attilio Bitondo 1,134,000
3. Ryan Batza 908,000
4. Alexi Lammi 1,014,000
5. James Coghlan 1,511,000
6. Chris Ganias 1,119,000
7. Frank Melgar 241,000
8. Gary Kreymer 619,000
9. Juan "Majic" Catala 350,000
10. Glenn McCaffrey 591,000
Soeun Soer moved all in preflop for his last 42,000. Ami Sharma then reraised to 100,000. Behind him, Todd Freeman moved all in and Sharma called all in for his last 150,000. They turned over:
The flop came [Ks][8d][3c], giving Freeman a set and a virtual lock on the hand and double elimination.
The turn came the [7s], giving Soer an smaller set and the very slimmest of hopes.
However, the table erupted when Soer hit the [7d] on the river, giving him quads and tripling him up!!!
Freeman took the monster side pot with his kings full and is now over 800,000 chips.
With 46 players remaining and top 45 spots finishing in the money, the bubble is burst at the Foxwoods $560 Mega Stack Challenge event.
David Giribaldi ended day one with 91,400 in chips. However, he called this morning and had an emergency that he had to attend to and would not be able to make today's action.
Despite that, Giribaldi has made the money. We are down to 41 players and Giribaldi's stack still has 12,000 worth of chips, which is less than one orbit.
Alex "ags104" Santiago talks to Jay "WhoJedi" Newnum about his recent SCOOP victory and FTOPS final table as well as his plans for the upcoming WSOP.
Ernie Hou has had an up and down two days here at the $560 Mega Stack event, taking some of he most brutal beats.
Yesterday, Ernie called a players all in after the turn of a nine high board with J-9. His opponent turned over Q-T and spiked the queen on the river.
He built his stack back up and got another opponent all in with pocket eights against Hou's pocket kings. A king on the flop gave Hou a monster lead. However, his opponent caught runner runner eight eight to make quads.
On the first hand of the day, Hou had yet another opponent all in on a board of K-K-x-x-x. Once again, Hou was on the wrong end as his K-Q lost to his opponent's A-K.
Despite all of those beats, Hou has survived and continues to build his stack with only 60 players remaining.
The blinds are now 2K-4K with 400 ante.
Top 45 players finish in the money and we will play down to a winner today.
The top chip stacks going into today are:
Todd Freeman 563,000
Gary Kreymer 457,000
Alexi Lanni 452,700
Dennis Phillips is eliminated from the $560 Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge with less than 100 players remaining.
There are just over 60 players remaining with top 45 finishing in the money.
Play will resume tomorrow at noon.
Stay tuned to www.FoxwoodsLive.com for all the updates, photos and videos from the Mega Stack Challenge.
After fighting a short stack for most of the day, Kevin Schaffel got all of his chips in the middle preflop with pocket aces against his opponent's pocket nines. The aces held and Schaffel over now over 100K as we near the end of play on day one.