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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Event #5 Final Table Reached

Play has been 11 handed for awhile, but 3 players got knocked out on the same hand to bring the field to the final table. 2 players got knocked out on one table while 1 was knocked out on the other. Play will resume at 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante shortly.

Event #5 Update

Event #5 $230 NLH is down to the final 41 players from the original 206 entries. They are currently playing 1,500/3,000 blinds with a 500 ante. The top 24 will be in the money.

1st Place: Chris Smith ($26,381)

Only a few hands after Ralph Macri's elimination, Ryan Eriquezzo found himself all in with [8s][8c] and was flipping against Chris Smith's [Js][Td].  The [Ac][3d][Jc] favored the big stack, and Ryan would need to catch an eight to extend the heads up battle.  The [7d] turn was a close call, but not quite what he needed.  When the [Jh] hit the river, Chris improved his hand to trip jacks, sending Ryan to the rail in 2nd place, good for $16,487.

Chris Smith has won Event #4 $300 NLH, capturing the title, the trophy, and the $26,381 first place prize.  Chris has to return to work tomorrow, but plans to come back to Foxwoods for the Championship Event on Saturday.  Congratulations, Chris!

2nd Place: Ryan Eriquezzo ($16,487)

3rd Place: Ralph Macri ($11,344)

4th Place: Anthony Harris ($8,507)

Anthony Harris was all in preflop holding [Jh][5h] against Chris Smith's [Ts][Th].  The [9d][As][Kh][7s][Qd] board was no help to Anthony, and he will be eliminated in 4th place.  Anthony will collect $8,507 for his efforts.

5th Place: Rick Marcy ($6,398)

Rick Marcy (left) was all in with [Ad][Th] and was up against Ryan Eriquezzo's [Jh][Jd].  The [6h][2c][3h] was no help for Rick, and the [Jc] turn left him drawing dead.  When the meaningless [8h] hit the river, Rick was sent to the payout desk to collect his $6,398 for his 5th place finish.

6th Place: Mark Gardiner ($5,144)

Mark Gardiner was all in preflop holding [As][6s] and was up against the [Qd][Tc] of Chris Smith.  The [8s][5s][5h] put Mark in good position to double up, but the [Qh] hit the turn to pair Chris.  Mark would need an ace on the river to survive, but it was not to be as the [Kh] fell instead.  Mark will exit this tournament in 6th place, good for $5,144.

Ryan Eriquezzo doubles through Mark Gardiner

Ryan Eriquezzo was all in preflop holding [Ah][9h] and was up against the [Th][Td] of Mark Gardiner.  The [7h][4s][Ac] flop favored Ryan, and no ten fell on the turn or river.  Ryan will double up to almost 2 million, while Mark has dropped to below 900,000.

Chip counts at the break

The final 6 players are now on a 15 minute break.  Here are updated chip counts in seat order:

Mark Gardiner - 1,225,000
Rick Marcy - 3,355,000
Ralph Macri - 1,025,000
Ryan Eriquezzo - 1,255,000
Anthony Harris - 635,000
Chris Smith - 340,000

7th Place: Christopher Leong ($4,221)

Christopher Leong was all in holding [Jh][7h] and was up against his opponent's [As][3s].  The [3d][Qd][7c] put Christopher in the lead with a pair of sevens, but the [Ad] gave his opponent two pair.  Christopher would need his five outer on the river, but the [6s] hit instead.  Christopher will collect $4,221 for his 7th place finish.

8th Place: Aaron Teeter ($3,297)

Aaron Teeter has been eliminated when his king eight ran into his opponent's pocket aces.  Aaron will exit the tournament in 8th place, good for $3,297.

9th Place: Jim Kattell ($2,590)

Jim Kattell (standing, red) watches the flop fall while he's all in
Jim Kattell was all in preflop holding [Jh][Jd] against his opponent's [Ah][Qc].  The [4s][Qd][2h] flop meant Jim would need to catch one of the two remaining jacks to survive.  The [9s] turn and [5s] river would be no help to Jim, and he will finish in 9th place, good for $2,590.

10th Place: Eric Wilbur ($1,872)

Eric Wilbur swings his arm in frustration as his opponent hits his flush
On a [Js][8s][6d] flop, Eric Wilbur was all in holding [Ks][Kh] against Rick Marcy's [As][9s].  Even though Eric had a blocker, Rick hit his flush on the [5s] turn, leaving Eric drawing dead.  When the [9h] hit the river, Eric headed to the payout deskout desk to collect his $1,872.

Event #5 Prize Pool & Payouts

Event #5 $230 NLH received 206 entries, creating a $41,200 prize pool.  The top 24 players will be in the money, with a mincash worth $499.  Here are the full payouts:

1st Place: $9,711
2nd Place: $6,135
3rd Place: $3,956
4th Place: $3,197
5th Place: $2,398
6th Place: $1,918
7th Place: $1,559
8th Place: $1,279
9th Place: $1,005
10th-12th Place: $699
13th-15th Place: $619
16th-18th Place: $579
19th-21st Place: $539
22nd-24th Place: $499

Final table chip counts & seating assignments

Seat 1: Mark Gardiner - 505,000
Seat 2: Aaron Teeter - 360,000
Seat 3: Rick Marcy - 1,240,000
Seat 4: Ralph Macri - 895,000
Seat 5: Ryan Eriquezzo - 1,620,000
Seat 6: Eric Wilbur - 1,260,000
Seat 7: Christopher Leong - 1,075,000
Seat 8: Jim Kattell - 300,000
Seat 9: Anthony Harris - 365,000
Seat 10: Chris Smith - 230,000

Here are the remaining prizes left to play for:

1st Place: $26,381
2nd Place: $16,487
3rd Place: $11,344
4th Place: $8,507
5th Place: $6,398
6th Place: $5,144
7th Place: $4,221
8th Place: $3,297
9th Place: $2,590
10th Place: $1,872

Final table reached

The final table has been reached in Event #4 $300 NLH.  The remaining 10 players are redrawing for seats, and we will have chip counts and seating assignments posted shortly.

Final 2 tables reached

With the elimination of our 19th place finisher, the final 2 tables have been reached. The final 18 players are redrawing for seats, and play will resume shortly.

Event #4 Day 2 has begun

The final 24 players in Event #4 have taken their seats and are now playing 8,000/16,000 blinds with a 1,000 ante. You can watch live at

Event #5 is Under Way

Cards are in the air for Event #5 $230 NLH.  This tournament features a $20,000 Guarantee and 15,000 in starting chips.  Registration is open until the end of level 6.  A full structure is available here.

At 12pm, Event #4 $300 NLH will resume with the final 24 players, and they will play down to a winner.  You can watch it all on the live stream at

December 2014 - Mega Stack Challenge - Event #4 - $300 NLH - Returning Players

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
1-9 Marcy, Rick 1,121,000
1-8 Eriquezzo, Ryan 618,000
2-3 Macri, Ralph 541,000
3-2 Truskowski, John 500,000
2-6 Harris, Anthony 475,000
1-5 Kosko, Joseph 407,000
3-7 Barrile, Jennifer 380,000
2-9 Leong, Christopher 362,000
2-5 Teeter, Aaron 348,000
2-8 Kattell, Jim 332,000
1-4 Smith, Chris 323,000
1-7 Gardiner, Mark 299,000
3-4 Hourigan, Michael 284,000
3-9 Drexel, Douglas 283,000
1-6 Boyns, Jay 261,000
2-2 Thompson, Chris 252,000
3-5 Wilbur, Eric 208,000
1-2 Santos, Mike 205,000
3-1 Pitti, Joseph 145,000
1-1 Aiello, Gerald 121,000
2-7 Markovikj, Kikja 116,000
3-3 Cannon, Mike 96,000
2-1 Dare, Stephen 95,000
3-8 Matson, John O. 83,000

Four more hands

With 10 minutes left on the clock, a card has been drawn. The remaining 24 players will play 4 more hands before bagging up for the night.  The surviving players will return at 12pm EST and play down to a winner.