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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photos: Foxwoods $340 Mega Stack Heads-Up

John Weiss

Bill Davis Jr.

Quick Break Before Heads-Up Play Begins

John Weiss and Bill Davis Jr. are on a 10-minute break before heads-up play begins.

Edward Kiaer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($28,263)

John Weiss raised to 300K from the button and Edward Kiaer moved all in for an additional 695K from the small blind. Weiss made the call and they turned over:

Kiaer [Tc][Td]
Weiss [Ac][3c]

The board ran out [As][8h][5d][4h][4s] and Weiss paired his ace to win the pot. Kiaer has been eliminated from the tournament in 3rd place.

Linda Swears Eliminated in 4th Place ($21,669)

Linda Swears raised to 300K before the flop and Bill Davis Jr. moved all-in from the big blind. Swears made the call and they turned over:

Swears [Ac][Kc]
Davis [Ah][Qh]

Swears got it in with the best hand but the board ran out [Qs][Th][Ts][5c][Tc]. Davis made tens full of queens to win the pot and eliminate Swears in 4th place.

Edson Pap Eliminated in 5th Place ($17,146)

Edson Pap raised to 275K before the flop and Bill Davis Jr. reraised to 1 million, enough to put Pap all-in. Pap made the call and they turned over:

Pap [Ah][8d]
Davis [Td][Th]

The board ran out [Jd][9c][7h][7c][6c] and Davis's tens held to win the pot, eliminating Pap in 5th place.

Break Time in the $340 Mega Stack Challenge

The five remaining players are on a 10-minute break.

When play resumes, the blinds will be 50,000-100,000 with a 15,000 ante.

Michael Forman Eliminated in 6th Place ($13,378)

Michael Forman moved all in for his last 650K preflop and was called by chip leader John Weiss. They turned over:

Forman [5d][5s]
Weiss [4c][4d]

Forman was way ahead before the flop. However, the way Weiss had been running at the final table, everyone knew what was coming on the board...


Weiss flopped the set to win yet another big pot and eliminated Forman in 6th place.

Michael Donegan Eliminated in 7th Place ($10,137)

Edson Pap raised to 225K before the flop and Michael Donegan moved all in for just over 700K. John Weiss then reraised to 2 million and Pap folded. They turned over:

Donegan [Qd][Qs]
Weiss [Ah][Qh]

The board came [As][Kd][8h][5d][5h], giving Weiss a pair of aces and the pot.

Donegan was eliminated from the tournament in 7th place.

Jaime Wagner Eliminated in 8th Place ($8,103)

After being crippled with pocket tens against ace-king just a few hands earlier, Jaime Wagner moved all in and was called by Bill Davis Jr.. They turned over:

Wagner [Td][Ts]
Davis [Jd][Js][

The board ran out [7s][3c][2s][Qh][4d] and Wagner's tens were unable to improve, eliminating her from the tournament in 8th place.

Matt Pierce Eliminated in 9th Place ($6,262)

Michael Forman raised to 135K preflop and Matt Pierce reraised an additional 225K from the small blind. Jeff Weiss called from the big blind and the Forman folded.

The flop came down [Kd][Jh][Td] and Pierce bet 800K. Weiss raised to 2 million straight and Pierce moved all in. Weiss immediately made the call and they turned over:

Pierce [Kh][Ks]
Weiss [Ah][Qh]

Pierce had flopped a set but Weiss flopped the straight. The turn was the [4d] and the river came the [5d]. Pierce was unable to make his full house and Weiss won the pot.

Weiss had Pierce covered by less than 100K to eliminated him from the tournament.

Weiss now has well over nine million chips with just over 19 million total in play.

Colin Maneval Eliminated in 10th Place ($3,843)

On the first hand at the final table, Colin Maneval moved in for his last 745K. Matt Pierce made the call and everyone else folded. They turned up:

Maneval [Kc][Tc]
Pierce [3c][3h]

The flop came out [Ad][Jc][3d], giving Pierce a set but Maneval still has out with a gut-shot straight draw. However, any chance he had disappeared when the [3s] came out on the turn. Giving Pierce quads.

A meaningless [Ah] fell on the river and Pierce raked the pot, knocking Maneval out in 10th place.

$340 Foxwoods Mega Stack Final Table Chip Counts

The final table chip counts by seat assignment are as follows:

1. Michael Forman 1,530,000
2. Colin Maneval 755,000
3. Linda Swears 4,250,000
4. Matt Pierce 3,410,000
5. John Weiss 4,020,000
6. Edward Kiaer 1,405,000
7. Edson Pap 860,000
8. Michael Donegan 1,390,000
9. Jaime Wagner 1,140,000
10. William Davis Jr. 760,000

$340 Mega Stack Final Table!

We are down to the final ten players in the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge event.

Players are now redrawing for seats at the final table!

Cards Back in the Air at Foxwoods

Players have returned from dinner break and the blinds have been increased to 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante.

$340 NLHE Results: $2,939 for 13th-15th

13th - Pedro Couto
14th - Eldon Jandreau
15th - Matthew Mrachek

Dinner Break

The remaining 12 players are now on their one-hour dinner break.

Photos: The Final Two Tables

$340 NLHE Results: $2,261 for 16th-20th

16th - Gregory Zara
17th - Roger Fisette
18th - Neil Dugas
19th - Laslo Madar
20th - Michael Rhodes

$340 NLHE Results: $1,620 for 21st-30th

21st - Ross Santos
22nd - Steven Kingsley
23rd - Justin Winstead
24th - Michael Mikowski
25th - Christopher Garrity
26th - Robert Boyko
27th - Jonathan Manwaring
28th - Paul Mariton
29th - Eric Miller
30th - Angelo Papatheodorou

Redraw for the Final Two Table

With only 20 players now remaining, players are redrawing for seats at the final two tables.

Break Time in the $340 Mega Stack Challenge

The 21 remaining players are now on a 10-minute break.

When they return, the blinds will be increased to 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante.

The average chip stack is 925,000.

Redraw for the Final Three Tables

We are down to the final three tables of the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge and players are now redrawing for seats.

$340 NLHE Results: $1,507 for 31st-40th

31st - Robert Corcione
32nd - George Goodale
33rd - Normando Stcyr
34th - Kenneth Ferara
35th - Bryan Cuzino
36th - Dennis Lamer
37th - William Smith
38th - Louis Diaho
39th - Joseph Manning
40th - Robert Di Paola

Break Time in the $340 Mega Stack Challenge

The bust-outs are still coming early and often on Day Two of the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge. We are now down to 35 players remaining.

Players are currently on a 10-minute break. When they return, the blinds will be increased to 12,000-24,000 with a 3,000 ante.

$340 NLHE Results: $1,394 for 41st-50th

41st - Joseph Cote
42nd - Steven Sandone
43rd - Stephen Hackett
44th - Frank Salese
45th - Richard Fowler
46th - Phi Hong
47th - Victor Amereno
48th - Gerald Leone
49th - Thomas Bergeron
50th - Lou Giampa

$340 NLHE Results: $1,281 for 51st-60th

51st - Frances Ackley
52nd - Roger Breton
53rd - Robert Marotto
54th - Tim McGowen
55th - Richard Galvin
56th - David Christiano
57th - Jason Engelmann
58th - Eric Petit
59th - Colten Bettez
60th - Louis Avitabile

$340 NLHE Results: $1,168 for 61st-70th

61st - Jason Sanita
62nd - Eric Salvadori
63rd - Keith Walo
64th - Daniel Pabon
65th - Aaron Smith
66th - Vincent Rinaldi
67th - Pey Lee
68th - Charles Ludaitis
69th - Neal Gersony
70th - Tim Shepardson

$340 NLHE Results: $1,055 for 71st-80th

71st - Andrew Gileno
72nd - Michael Welsh
73rd - Jack Deutch
74th - Chris Surel
75th - Leann Anderson
76th - John Caputo
77th - Michael Rinella
78th - James Tinker
79th - John Mason
80th - John McNally

$340 NLHE Results: $979 for 81st-90th

81st - Richard Zisk
82nd - William Mitkoff
83rd - Ronald Gannon
84th - Farhad Sinaei
85th - Jonathan McCard
86th - Jose Montes
87th - Mikail Vainstein
88th - Shawn Vance
89th - Molly Lodato
90th - Anthony Dagostino

Break Time in the $340 Mega Stack Challenge

The action has been incredibly fast paced here on Day Two of the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge event.

The players are currently on a 10-minute break.

When they return, the blinds will be increased to 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante.

There are now only 62 players remaining and the average chip stack is just over 313,000.

$340 NLHE Results: $904 for 91st-100th

91st - William Trask
92nd - Ramon Rivera
93rd - Allan Elrod
94th - Karl Brueggeman
95th - Daniel Goldberg
96th - Darrin Renner
97th - Antonio Cavaliero
98th - William Devasher
99th - Robert Perry
100th - Concetta Rinaldi

$340 NLHE Results: $829 for 101st-110th

101st - Ryan Martin
102nd - John Perullo
103rd - Isaiah Cannata
104th - Sebastian Crivelli
105th - Russell Poulin
106th - Richard Woener
107th - Daniel Decoteau
108th - Bruce Barrett
109th - Vincent Diecidue
110th - Steven Perreault

$340 NLHE Results: $753 for 111th-120th

111th - Jason Mumbach
112th - John Sandberg
113th - John Alger
114th - Ricky Yap
115th - Wade Phillips
116th - Thomas Leonard
117th - Walter Holt
118th - Joseph Reynolds
119th - Karl Braun
120th - Chris Schonbach

$340 NLHE Results: $678 for 121st-131st

121st - Christian Baez
122nd -David Gardner
123rd - Noel O'Connor
124th - Travis Adams
125th - Damon Hilton
126th - Jason Warren
127th - James Frasca
128th - Korte Yeo
129th - Joseph McTiernan
130th - Jonathan Rodgers *
131st - William Gagnon *

* 130th and 131st were both knocked out on the same hand at different tables during hand for hand play and therefore slit the payout for 130th place.

Cards Back in the Air at Foxwoods

Play has resumed on Day 2 of the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge event.

The blinds are now 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000 ante.

Day Two Set to Begin

Players filing in to the Grand Pequot Ballroom and starting to unbag their chips. A total of 110 players survived Day One.

We will be playing down to a winner today!

Play Concludes for the Day with 110 Remaining

Day One of the $340 NLHE Mega Stack Challenge Event #1 has come to an end with 110 players remaining.

We will redraw for new seating assignments tonight and play will resume tomorrow at noon.

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Double Bubble Bust!

With 131 players remaining, play was hand for hand when we lost a player at two different tables on the same hand.

Those players will split the $678 prize for 130th place and play is now back underway with 15:39 left in the final level of the day.

Next Mega Stack Event Starts Thursday - $560 NLHE

The next event in the August Mega Stack Challenge is the $560 NLHE. The event kicks off at 11am.

Come join hosts 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris MoneyMaker and 2009 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Darvin Moon for this $125,000 Guaranteed prize pool event.

Final Level of the Day

With only 137 players remaining and top 130 spots cashing, we are now starting the final level of the night.

The blinds are now 4,000-8,000 with a 500 ante and the chip average is just under 142,000.

Photos: Big Stacks Around the Room