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Monday, December 15, 2014

1st Place: Omar Saeed ($74,983)

When Omar Saeed and Je Wook Oh got heads up, Omar had about a two to one chip leader.  The two discussed a deal and negotiated a chop where Je Wook Oh would get $63,000 and Omar would get the rest.  After running the math, Omar will take home $74,983 along with the title and the Mega Stack Challenge Main Event trophy.  Congratulations, Omar!

2nd Place: Je Wook Oh ($63,000)

3rd Place: Aaron Smith ($34,003)

At 30,000/60,000 blinds, Aaron Smith openen on the button to 125,000.  Je Wook Oh folded the small blind, and then Omar Saeed reraised to 400,000.  Aaron responded with a 4-bet to 1,125,000, and Omar 5-bet shoved.  Aaron called off with [8s][8h], but was in bad shape against Omar's [Ts][Td].  No eight appeared, and Omar will eliminate Aaron Smith in 3rd place.  He will collect $34,003 for his efforts.

Cards are back in the air

The final three have taken their seats and are now playing 30,000/60,000 blinds with a 10,000 ante.

Players are now on dinner break

The final 3 players are now on a one hour dinner break.  When they return, blinds will be 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante.  Here are updated chip counts:

Aaron Smith - 3,630,000
Je Wook Oh - 2,400,000
Omar Saeed - 1,375,000

Je Wook Oh makes quads to double up

On a [8s][3s][3d] flop, Je Wook Oh called Omar Saeed's 3-bet all in.  Omar tabled [9s][9h] for an overpaid, but Je Wook had outflopped him with his [Qc][3c].  The [2c] on the turn changed nothing, and the [3h] on the river gave Je Wook quad treys to win the hand and double up.  He now sits on 2.1 million while Omar drops to 1.8 million.

Chip counts at the break

The final 3 players are now on a 15 minute break.  When they return, bkinds will be 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante.  Here are updated chip counts:

Omar Saeed - 4,100,000
Je Wook Oh - 2,000,000
Aaron Smith - 1,200,000

Aaron Smith doubles through Omar Saeed

On a [7s][8c][Td] flop, Aaron Smith was all in with [8s][8d] and was up against the [Js][Ts] of Omar Saeed.  Omar had a gutshot, the [Tc] gave Aaron a full house, leaving Owen to need the [Th] or a jack to make a bigger full house. The [Qc] was not what Omar was looking for, and Aaron will double up to over 1.1 million.

4th Place: Michael Dobbs ($27,918)

On a [2h][4d][2s][2d] board, Michael Dobbs was all in and was snap called by Omar Saeed.  Michael had turned a full house with his [Tc][4h], but Michael had turned quad deuces with his [Ac][2c].  Michael was drawing dead, and the meaningless [9h] hit the river to send him to the rail in 9th place.  He will earn $27,918 for his efforts.

Michael Dobbs doubles through Omar Saeed

Under the gun, Je Wook Oh opened the pot before Omar Saeed 3-bet.  Michael Dobbs looked down at his cards and 4-bet all in.  Je Wook got out of the way, and Omar called after some time in the tank, tabling [Ac][Th].  He had hoped it would be a race, but it was not as Michael had him dominated with [As][Ks].  The [3c][9c][9d] gave Omar some chop outs, but the [Ts] on the turn changed everything.  Michael would need a king on the river to survive.  Miraculously, he found it when the [Kh] hit the river.  Michael will double up to over 800,000 while Omar is still sitting pretty with 1.55 million.

Players are now on break

The final 4 players are now on a 15 minute break.  When they return, blinds will be 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante.

5th Place: Steven Tabb ($21,118)

Steven Tabb has been eliminated when he ran his [Ad][Kh] into Je Wook Oh's [Ks][Kd].  The [4d][9s][8d] flop brought no ace, but the turn [Qd] did give Steven a flush draw.  When the [Ts] hit on the river, Je Wook high-fived his rail and then congratulated Steven on his run.  Steven will earn $21,118 for his 8th place finish.

6th Place: Souhka Kachittavong ($16,823)

Souhka Kachittavong was all in preflop holding ace eight and was called by Michael Dobbs holding ace queen.  The board ran out 6-4-4-3-J to send Souhka to the rail in 6th place.  He will earn $16,823 for his efforts.

7th Place: Samuel Taylor ($13,601)

Samuel Taylor was all in holding [Ac][Kd], and Aaron Smith was once again the player trying to score a knockout.  Aaron held [9s][9c], and it was the best hand through the [4d][Qs][2c] flop and [6d] turn.  Samuel snapped his fingers and called for a king to hit the river, but instead it was a [4c].  Samuel will collect $13,601 for his 7th place finish here today.

8th Place: David Espinola ($10,917)

At 8,000/16,000 blinds, David Espinola was all in for his last 110,000 with [Ad][Qd] against Aaron Smith's [As][3s].  David was in great shape to double up after the [5c][5s][Ac] flop.  The [2s] turn meant Aaron went from drawing dead on the flop to having a slew of win outs to go with his existing chop outs.  Amazingly, the [Js] hit the river to gave Aaron the winning flush.  David will exit this tournament in 8th place, good for $10,917.

9th Place: Joe Starratt ($8,597)

After being crippled on a previous hand, Joe Starratt was all in for a little more than the big blind.  He was called by both Je Wook Oh in the small and and Steven Tabb in the big.  The flop fell [8c][Qh][5h], and Je Wook check-called a bet from Steven.  When the [5s], Je Wook checked again and Steven fired one more time.  Je Wook laid down his hand, and Steven tabled [Js][5d] for trips.  Joe was drawing dead with his [Ad][3c], and when the river landed the [6d], he was sent to the rail in 9th place.  Joe will collect $8,597 for his efforts.

10th Place: Roger Brestak ($6,064)

Roger Brestak has been eliminated in 10th place when his pocket queens ran into the [As][Ad] of Omar Saeed.  The board ran out [6c][8d][4c][2d][7d] to send Roger to the rail, collecting $6,064 for his efforts.

Final Table Chip Counts & Seating Assignments

Seat 1: Omar Saeed - 1,127,000
Seat 2: Roger Brestak - 455,000
Seat 3: Michael Dobbs - 1,253,000
Seat 4: Souhka Kachittavong - 434,000
Seat 5: Samuel Taylor - 350,000
Seat 6: Joe Starratt - 112,000
Seat 7: Aaron Smith - 1,004,000
Seat 8: David Espinola - 196,000
Seat 9: Je Wook Oh - 1,689,000
Seat 10: Steven Tabb - 779,000

Here are the remaining prizes left to play for

1st Place: $85,367
2nd Place: $52,616
3rd Place: $34,003
4th Place: $27,918
5th Place: $21,118
6th Place: $16,823
7th Place: $13,601
8th Place: $10,917
9th Place: $8,597
10th Place: $6,064

Final Table Reached

With the elimination of Joseph Tieri in 11th place, the final table has been reached in the $1,650 Main Event.  Play will resume after a short break.

Day 3 is Under Way

Cards are in the air for Day 3 of the $1,650 Main Event.  The final 11 players have taken their seats, and all eyes are on the $85,367 first place prize.  Je Wook Oh is the chip leader with 1,604,000, and Joe Starratt is the short stack with 92,000.  Blinds are 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante.

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December 2014 - December Mega Stack - Event #10 - $1,650 NLH Returning Players Day 3

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
1-5 Oh, Je Wook 1,604,000
1-9 Tabb, Steven 1,220,000
1-4 Smith, Aaron 985,000
2-5 Dobbs, Michael 873,000
1-3 Saeed, Omar 680,000
2-1 Kachittavong, Soukha 576,000
1-7 Brestak, Roger 493,000
2-6 Taylor, Samuel 407,000
1-6 Espinola, David 268,000
2-2 Tieri, Joseph 201,000
2-3 Starratt, Joe 92,000