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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chris Schonbach doubles through Stan Shaw

Chris Schonbach was all in preflop holding [As][9c] and was only 6% to survive as Stan Shaw had [Ah][Ac].  The flop was a dream for the underdog as it fell [Ts][6s][8s], and Chris's odds shot up to 47%.  Amazingly, the [3s] came right away on the turn to give Chris the winning flush.  The [Qs] hit on the river and the rest of the table joked that it was chop as both players had a flush.

5th Place: Jake Vo ($15,221)

Jake Vo was all in preflop holding [Qd][Jd] and was up against two better diamonds.  Stan Shaw held [Ad][Td] and had Jake covered, so he would need to hit to survive.  The board ran out [8c][7h][Ts][6s][6h] and Stan knocked Jake out with two pair.  Jake will earn $15,221 for his 5th place finish today.

6th Place: Mario Crisafi ($12,125)

Mario Crisafi raised preflop and Will "The Thrill" Failla made the call.  The flop fell [5h][Qs][9c] and Mario got the rest of his chip in.  Will said he couldn't fold, so the two tabled their hands:

Mario [Tc][8c]
Will [9s][7s]

Will had the best hand with second pair, but Mario could win with a ten or a jack.  The turn brought the [5c], which meant Mario picked up a flush draw and had 15 outs in total.  The [Qd] was not one of those outs, and he will have to settle for 6th place and the $12,125 that comes along with it.

7th Place: Frank Gangemi ($9,803)

Frank Gangemi was all in preflop holding [As][3c] and needed to improve against Will "The Thrill" Failla's [Ad][Kh].  The [Ah][6d][2d] flop gave Frank a backdoor draw to a straight, and the [4h] gave him that backdoor draw.  Frank would need a trey or a five to survive, but the [Ts] hit the river to eliminate Frank in 7th place.  He will earn $9,803 for his efforts.

Players are now on break

The remaining 7 players at the final table are now on break.  When they return, blinds will be 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante.

Mario Crisafi doubles up

Mario Crisafi has doubled up when his [Ts][Tc] held up against his opponent's [8h][8d].  The board ran out [Kh][Kd][5c][Qc][Qd] to give him the winning two pair with a ten kicker.  Mario now sits on approximately 500,000.

8th Place: Robert Corcione ($7,869)

Will "The Thrill" Failla raised preflop and then called Robert Corcione's allin to put him at risk.  It was another race as Robert held [3h][3d] to Will's [Ah][Js].  Will caught a pair on the [Jc][8s][Tc] flop, and it held up through the [2c] turn and [8d] river.  Robert will earn $7,874 for his 8th place finish today.

9th Place: Dan Chalifour ($6,199)

Stan Shaw was all in preflop and Dan Chalifour called all in for less.  It was a race as Stan held [6s][6h] to Dan's [Ac][9c].  The flop fell [Qh][8d][Qs] giving Dan nine outs, and the [2c] on the turn changed nothing.  The [3s] hit the river to eliminate Dan in 9th place, good for $6,199.

10th Place: Tom Dobrilovic ($4,385)

Jake Vo moved all in preflop and action folded around to Tom Dobrilovic.  He squeezed his cards and found pocket aces.  Tom was covered, so he was the all in player, and had to fade Jake's pocket tens.  Disaster struck for Tom as a ten hit the flop, and no ace came on the turn or river to save him.  Tom will earn $4,385 for his 10th place finish today.

Stan Shaw doubles through Will Failla

Will "The Thrill" Failla asks the dealer for the queen of diamonds
From under the gun, Stan Shaw moved all in for 525,000, or almost 22 big blinds.  Action folded to Will "The Thrill" Failla who called for almost half of his stack.  The rest of the table folded around, and the two exposed their hands:

Stan [As][Kd]
Will [Ah][Qs]

Frank Gangemi had claimed to have folded ace king as well, and Will would need a queen to bring this final table to 9 players.  Will asked the dealer if she knew what the queen of diamonds looked like, but apparently she did not as she dealt the [8c][6h][8s] flop.  Will asked for a six now, but the [Th] hit the turn.  The [5d] peeled off on the river to let ace king high win the pot.

Will watches the last card roll off to lose half his stack

Jake Vo doubles through Tom Dobrilovic

At 12,000/24,000 blinds, Tom Dobrilovic opened to 55,000 and Jake Vo moved all in from the small blind.  Tom eventually made the call, and the two tabled their hands:

Tom [5s][5h]
Jake [As][7c]

It was a race, and Jake took a strong lead on the [2h][Qd][7h] flop.  Tom would need a five or running straight cards, but the turn [4d] and river [9s] left him paying off the all in.

After the hand, Tom was down to around 450,000.

Meet your final table...

Top row (left to right): Dan Chalifour, Robert Allain, Mario Crisafi, Tom Dobrilovic, Will Failla
Bottom row (left to right): Robert Corcione, Chris Schonbach, Frank Gangemi, Jake Vo, Stan Shaw

Mario Crisafi doubles through Stan Shaw

Mario Crisafi doubles up
Stan Shaw opened the pot before Mario Crisafi moved all in.  Stan made the call and showed [Jh][Jd] but was behind Mario's [Qs][Qc].  The queens stayed in front on a [7d][2h][8h] flop, but Stan picked up a flush on when the turn fell [Ah].  The river was red, but the [5d] was not a heart, and so Mario will earn the first doubleup at this final table.  He now sits on approximately 500,000.

Final Table is Under Way

All 10 players are back from their dinner break and are now playing the final table.  There are still 10 minutes left in 10,000/20,000 blinds with a 3,000 ante.

You can watch the Final Table live at

$1,200 Mega Stack Final Table Chip Counts & Seating Assignments

Will "The Thrill" is the chip leader
Seat 1: Dan Chalifour - 422,000
Seat 2: Robert Allain - 1,176,000
Seat 3: Mario Crisafi - 236,000
Seat 4: Tom Dobrilovic - 844,000
Seat 5: Will "The Thrill" Failla - 1,549,000
Seat 6: Robert Corcione - 587,000
Seat 7: Chris Schonbach - 855,000
Seat 8: Frank Gangemi - 396,000
Seat 9: Jake Vo - 460,000
Seat 10: Stan Shaw - 890,000

Here are the remaining prizes to be played for:

1st Place: $61,529
2nd Place: $37,923
3rd Place: $24,508
4th Place: $20,123
5th Place: $15,221
6th Place: $12,125
7th Place: $9,803
8th Place: $7,869
9th Place: $6,204
10th Place: $4,385

Final table reached

With the elimination of our 11th place finisher (A8 < KK), the final table has been reached.  Players are now redrawing for seats at the final table.

The final 10 are taking a one hour dinner break and will resume play at approximately 8:30pm EST.

Final 15 players in action

The featured table
The secondary table
Tom Dobrilovic doubles up his opponent
The chip leader sits on over 1,300,000!
Will "The Thrill" Failla is in 2nd in the tournament with around 900,000

Final two tables reached

With the elimination of our 19th place finisher, we are now at the final two tables.  Players are redrawing for seats and play will continue shortly at 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante.

Players are now on break

There are 22 players remaining, and they are now on break.  When they return, blinds will be 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante.

$1,200 Mega Stack is now in the money

Hand for hand didn't even happen as the players in 29th and 28th place were eliminated just before hand for hand.  The remaining 27 players are now in the money and are each guaranteed $2,579.

You can now watch our Featured Table live at

YouTube Video: $1,200 Mega Stack Day 1 Part 2

YouTube Video: $1,200 Mega Stack Day 1 Part 1

Day 2 is Under Way

Cards are back in the air for Day 2 of the $1,200 Mega Stack.  58 players remain and the top 27 players will make the money.  Blinds will begin at 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante, and levels will last 50 minutes.

May 2014 - Mega Stack Challenge - Event #9 - $1,200 NLH - Returning Players

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
1-3 Seaver, Jim 492,000
5-7 Shaw, Stan 363,000
4-4 McDaid, Patrick 306,500
3-6 Gandhi, Nick 292,500
2-7 Jarvela, Mike 292,000
6-7 Dang, William 251,000
5-4 Tryba, Chris 234,500
3-9 Sheahan, Michael 220,000
5-9 Crisafi, Mario 217,000
4-9 Olshan, David 209,000
4-3 Corcione, Robert 199,500
6-2 Dobrilovic, Tom 194,500
2-1 Schonbach, Chris 184,000
2-8 Secor, Bruce 183,500
3-2 Allain, Robert 182,000
4-8 Chalifour, Dan 179,000
6-9 Maxtone-Graham, Guy 163,500
2-6 Starratt, Joe 162,500
4-5 Flowers, Frank 159,500
4-7 Failla, Will "The Thrill" 155,500
1-7 Meacham, Jeremy 154,000
4-1 Gilmartin, John 149,000
2-2 Kazarian, George 140,500
5-3 Stames, Tom 138,000
1-5 Rebello, Todd 137,000
4-6 Harris, Anthony 132,500
6-1 Gangemi, Frank 131,500
5-2 Lieberman, Mark 127,500
6-6 Carleton, David 117,500
6-3 Salema, Manuel 114,000
2-3 Long, Rohan 107,500
3-3 Massri, Mike 104,000
5-6 Israelashvili, Roland 100,500
1-9 Torgersen, Ryan 100,000
1-4 Moustakis, Dino 86,000
2-5 Johnson, Douglas 82,500
1-1 Minxolli, Glen 81,500
5-8 Casciola, Philippe 76,000
5-5 Chan, Daniel 71,500
6-4 Belur, Akhila 50,500
1-2 Putterman, David 48,500
3-1 Rinas, Leonard 45,000
3-5 Itkin, Matt 42,500
3-7 Ruvolo, Giuseppe 40,500
2-9 Vo, Jake 31,500
3-8 Gulati, Tarun 30,500
1-6 Manchala, Sandeep 29,000
6-5 Aiello, Gerald 25,000

Play is almost done for the night

With 10 minutes left on the clock, a card has been drawn.  Three more hands will be played before players will bag up their chips for the night.  The board reads 49 players remaining, and a complete list of chip counts and seating assignments will be posted shortly.  Play resumes at 12pm EST.

Last break of the night

The remaining 54 players are on their last break of the night.  Tournament staff are coloring up and racing off the 100 chips.  The field will play one more level after break before bagging up for the night: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante.