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Sunday, March 23, 2014

1st Place: She Lok Wong ($95,000)

From L-R: Sam Haddad (2nd), She Lok Wong (1st), Mazen Nesheiwat (3rd)
As the 30,000/60,000 blind level began, the final 3 players decided to make a deal and chop up the remaining prize money.  She Lok Wong will take $85,000 along with the title and trophy.  As the money bubble approached yesterday, She Lok turned down any deal for paying the bubble as he said he only had his sights set on first place.  He has done just that.

Sam Haddad will take 2nd place for $92,434, and Mazen Nesheiwat will take 3rd for $84,125.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

2nd Place: Sam Haddad ($92,434)

3rd Place: Mazen Nesheiwat ($84,125)

4th Place: Aaron Smith ($43,844)

Aaron reacts to the river card being dealt
Four handed, action started with She Lok Wong who limped for 50,000.  Mazen Nesheiwat raised to 200,000 and Aaron Smith re-raised to 525,000.  Sam Haddad four-bet to 900,000, and both She Lok and Mazen folded after a little hesitation.  Aaron moved all in and Sam called.

It was a cooler as Aaron held [As][Ac] to Sam's [Ks][Kc].  Aaron was in great shape to double up as the flop fell [6d][Ts][8d].  The turn was the [Qc], which changed nothing, but the [Kd] gave Sam the two-outer he needed to eliminate Aaron.  Aaron will collect $43,844 for his 4th place finish today.

5th Place: Mike Jarvela ($32,883)

Mike Jarvela was all in preflop holding [Ah][7d] and was up against Mazen Nesheiwat's [As][Qd].  The board ran out [2s][Td][3s][8d][4d] and Mike will be our 5th place finisher.  He collects $32,883 for his efforts.

Aaron Smith doubles through Sam Haddad

Five handed, Aaron Smith moved all in under the gun and was called by Sam Haddad on his direct left.  The rest of the table folded, and the two revealed their hands:

Aaron [As][Jh]
Sam [Kh][Kc]

Aaron got lucky when the flop fell [Ac][9s][Js], and his top two pair held through a [6s] turn and [6d] river.  His chips were counted, and Sam shipped over 845,000 chips into Aaron's stack.

Cards back in the air

Cards are back in the air and the final five are now playing 25,000/50,000 blinds with a 5,000 ante.

Chip counts at dinner break

Players are now on their one hour dinner break.  Play will resume at approximately 7:45pm.  Here are updated chip counts in seat order:

Mike Jarvela - 855,000
Mazen Nesheiwat - 1,585,000
Aaron Smith - 450,000
Sam Haddad - 2,100,000
She Lok Wong - 1,750,000

6th Place: Bharath Sreekanth ($26,307)

At 15,000/30,000 blinds, Bharath Sreekanth opened to 80,000 in the cutoff before Sam Haddad reraised from the small blind to 350,000.  Action folded back to Bharath who moved all in for an additional 520,000.  Sam got up from his chair and reasoned through the hand, eventually making the call.

Bharath [6s][6c]
Sam [As][Kd]

It was a coin flip for over a million in chips.  If Sam won, Bharath would be eliminated. If Bharath won, Sam would be crippled.  The dealer fanned a [Kh][7h][5c] flop, and Sam's pair of kings took the lead.  The [Jh] changed nothing, and Bharath would need a six to stay alive.  But the [Ac] gave Sam the winning two pair, sending Bharath to the rail in 6th place.  He will collect $26,307 for his efforts today.

Sam Haddad paces around the table as he makes his decision

After Bharath's elimination, Sam celebrates with his wife on the rail

7th Place: Daniel Chalifour ($21,374)

Daniel Chalifour (left) shakes hands with Aaron Smith after being eliminated
Daniel Chalifour moved all in preflop and Aaron Smith moved all in over the top right behind him.  Everyone else folded, and the two tabled their hands:

Daniel [As][Ts]
Aaron [Qh][Qc]

Any hope of sucking out was mostly taken away as the flop fell [5h][7d][Qd], giving Aaron top set and leaving Daniel to have only runner runner outs.  The turn and river failed to save Daniel, and he will exit this tournament in 7th place, good for $21,374.

Updated chip counts at the break

The eight remaining players are now on a 15 minute break.  When they return, blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 4,000 ante.  Here are updated chip counts in seat order:

Mike Jarvela - 1,139,000
Mazen Nesheiwat - 1,478,000
Bharath Sreekanth - 599,000
Daniel Chalifour - 456,000
Aaron Smith - 774,000
Sam Haddad - 1,185,000
She Lok Wong - 1,146,000

8th Place: Antoine Younes ($17,537)

Antoine Younes (right) grimaces as Aaron Smith (left) hits the turn
Antoine Younes was all in preflop with [9s][9h] against Aaron Smith's [Ac][Qh].  The [Jc][5h][2s] flop was safe for Antoine, but the [Qs] paired Aaron's cards.  Antoine would need to catch one of the two remaining nines to survive, but the [3h] river ended Antoine's run.  He will collect $17,537 for his 8th place finish.

She Lok Wong makes a straight flush

We didn't catch the hand, but on the river She Lok Wong bet and his opponent folded.  She Lok tabled a straight flush, holding [Jd][Td] on a [Kh][9d][Qd][Th][8d] board.  We caught a shot of it on the live stream shown below:

9th Place: Joseph Tieri ($13,712)

Joseph Tieri was all in preflop and was called by both Mazen Nesheiwat and Sam Haddad.  The two checked to the river on a [5d][3d][8s][2c][Ac] where Sam bet the minimum and Mazen folded.  Sam declared that he had the nuts, however he only had the second nuts as he tabled [4s][4c].  Joseph thew his [Ah][7d] into the muck and headed to the payout desk to collect $13,712 for his 9th place finish.

Antoine Younes loses one and then wins one

Sam Haddad (right) reacts to a scary river as he doubles up through Antoine Younes (left)
Antoine stands for his allin hand
Antoine Younes opened for a raise before Sam Haddad moved all in.  Action folded back to Antonie who made the quick call, showing [Ac][Ks].  But Sam tabled [Ah][Ad], making this the second time we've seen this matchup since being at the final table.  Amazingly, a similar flop appeared when it fell [3d][Kd][7d], leaving Antonie drawing to a non-diamond king.  The turn and river fell [7h][Qd] to give Sam the nut flush, scaring him briefly since the river was red paint (the [Kh] would have busted him).

A few hands later, Antoine was all in and out of his chair as his [Tc][9s] was in trouble against his opponent's [Ah][Kh].  The [6d][7d][8c] flop changed all that as it gave Antonie a 99% chance of doubling up.  The [4c] turn secured him the doubleup, and the river fell the meaningless [2s].  Antoine ends this rollercoaster with 225,000.

Antoine Younes doubles through She Lok Wong

Antoine Younes was all in with [Ac][Jc] and was up again She Lok Wong's [Tc][8c].  The board ran out [7h][2c][7s][5h][4c] and Antoine will double up to approximately 400,000.

She Lok Wong doubles again

Only a couple hands after She Lok Wong doubled up, he was at it again.  This time he had even less of sweat as he was all in with [Ah][Ad] against Joseph Tieri's [As][Kc].  The flop came [6h][Jh][Qs], and Joseph was drawing to a non-heart ten.  When the board ran out [Jc][7h], She Lok earned another doubleup, this time increasing his stack to over 750,000.

She Lok Wong doubles through Mazen Nesheiwat

She Lok Wong was all in preflop holding [Ks][Kc] and was up against Mazen Nesheiwat's [Qs][Js].  The board ran out fairly clean for She Lok as it fell [7c][Ac][9d][6d][9c], and he will double up to approximately 350,000.

10th Place: Bob Ricciuti ($9,590)

Bob (left) and Mike (right) watch the final card get dealt
It was a classic race as Bob Ricciuti was all in preflop holding [8s][8h] against Mike Jarvela's [Ah][Kd].  Mike flopped top pair on the [Ks][3s][9c] flop, and it held through the [9d] turn and [Th] river.  Bob will exit this tournament in 10th place, good for $9,590.

Antoine Younes doubles through Sam Haddad

On a [3h][5h][8h], Antoine Younes was all in holding [Ah][Qd] and was drawing to the nut flush against Sam Haddad's [3d][3c].  The [2s] gave Antoine a gutshot straight draw as well, but the [9h] river gave Antoine the winning flush.  He will double up to approximately 620,000.

Bharath Sreekanth doubles through Aaron Smith

On one of the first hands of the final table, Bharath Sreekanth was all in holding [Ks][Kh] and was called by Aaron Smith holding [Th][Tc].  The board ran out [7d][Qs][9c][6d][As] and Bharath will double up to approximately 400,000.

Final table now playing

Cards are back in the air for the Championship Final Table

Final Table Reached

Chip leader Mazen Nesheiwat
With the elimination of Mike Schoultz in 11th place, the final table has been reached.  Players will take a 20 minute break and then will be continuing 8,000/16,000 blinds with a 2,000 ante for another 3 minutes and 37 seconds.  Here are chip counts and seating assignments for the final table:

Seat 1: Mike Jarvela - 602,000
Seat 2: Mazen Nesheiwat - 2,224,000
Seat 3: Bharath Sreekanth - 202,000
Seat 4: Daniel Chalifour - 635,000
Seat 5: Aaron Smith - 732,000
Seat 6: Antoine Younes - 351,000
Seat 7: Sam Haddad - 628,000
Seat 8: Joseph Tieri - 540,000
Seat 9: She Lok Wong - 517,000
Seat 10: Bob Ricciuti - 345,000

Here are the remaining prizes to be awarded:

1st Place: $133,177
2nd Place: $84,125
3rd Place: $54,257
4th Place: $43,844
5th Place: $32,883
6th Place: $26,307
7th Place: $21,374
8th Place: $17,537
9th Place: $13,712
10th Place: $9,590

11th Place: Mike Schoultz ($9,590)

Mike was all in preflop holding A-9 and was called by Mazen Nesheiwat who held A-J.  No nine came and Mike Schoultz will be our 11th place finisher for $9,590.  The remaining 10 players will be combining for a final table.

12th Place: Andy Stone ($9,590)

13th Place: Je Wook Oh ($8,494)

YouTube Video: Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship Event - Day 2 (part 2)

YouTube Video: Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship Event - Day 2 (part 1)

YouTube Video: Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship Event - Day 2 (part 1)

$2,700 Championship: Day 3 is under way

With only 13 players remaining, Day 3 is under way for the $2,700 Championship.  Play will resume at 6,000/12,000 blinds with a 2,000 ante, and levels are still one hour.  There will be a redraw when we combine at 10 for the final table.  Watch all of the action live at  Here are the remaining players:

Featured Table
Seat 1: Antoine Younes - 889,000
Seat 2: Daniel Chalifour - 432,000
Seat 3: Joseph Tieri - 595,000
Seat 4: Bob Ricciuti - 393,000
Seat 5: empty
Seat 6: empty
Seat 7: Sam Haddad - 503,000
Seat 8: Jewook Oh - 81,000
Seat 9: Aaron Smith - 237,000

Secondary Table
Seat 1: Bharath Sreekanth - 337,000
Seat 2: empty
Seat 3: empty
Seat 4: Mike Schoultz - 407,000
Seat 5: empty
Seat 6: Mazen Nesheiwat - 1,023,000
Seat 7: Mike Jarvela - 511,000
Seat 8: Andy Stone - 1,042,000
Seat 9: She Lok Wong - 229,000

March 2014 - Foxwoods Poker Classic - Event #20 - $2,700 NLH Day 3 - Returning Players

Table - Seat Name Chip Count
2-8 Andy Stone 1,042,000
2-6 Mazen Nesheiwat 1,023,000
1-1 Antoine Younes 889,000
1-3 Joseph Tieri 595,000
2-7 Mike Jarvela 511,000
1-7 Sam Haddad 503,000
1-2 Daniel Chalifour 432,000
2-4 Mike Schoultz 407,000
1-4 Bob Ricciuti 393,000
2-1 Bharath Sreekanth 337,000
1-9 Aaron Smith 237,000
2-9 She Lok Wong 229,000
1-8 Jewook Oh 81,000

YouTube Video: Foxwoods Poker Classic Championship Event - Day 1 (part 2)

Day 2 has concluded

With 13 players remaining, play has concluded for the night in the $2,700 Championship.  Play will resume at 12pm with the same seating assignments as a redraw was recently done.  There will be another redraw when the final 10 players are reached.  Full chip counts will be posted shortly.