Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Event #4 $300 NLH is down to 48 players from a starting field of 318 entrants. The top 36 players will make the money. Blinds have just gone up to 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante.
Event #5 $300 PLO/8 is down to the final table. The 8 remaining players are now playing 2,000/4,000 blinds and are fighting for the $4,086 first place prize. The top 5 will be in the money.
1st Place: $18,390
2nd Place: $11,228
3rd Place: $7,419
4th Place: $5,895
5th Place: $4,330
6th Place: $3,529
7th Place: $2,887
8th Place: $2,286
9th Place: $1,778
10th-12th Place: $1,283
13th-15th Place: $1,082
16th-18th Place: $962
19th-21st Place: $842
22nd-24th Place: $761
25th-27th Place: $681
28th-36th Place: $625
John Quirk had gotten lucky once against Fred Paradis for his tournament life. He would have to get lucky again if he wanted to eliminate Fred, as Fred held the best hand with [Kh][3s] to John's [Js][Td].
The [3c][4c][As] gave Fred a pair of threes, but John was still live with two overs. The dealer placed the [Th] on the turn and instantly John put his hands behind his head, anticipating a blank river to give him the trophy he wanted to badly. When the [4d] hit the river, John pumped his fist in excitement and instantly shook Fred's hand for a well fought battle.
John Quirk has beaten the largest field in Foxwoods Casino history. He bested 1,911 players to become the champion of the 2015 Foxwoods Poker Classic Event #1 $600 No-Limit Hold'em. John will collect $124,376 along with the title and the trophy. Congratulations, John.
It didn't take long after doubling up John Quirk for Fred Paradis to get the rest of his chips back in play. On a [7d][8s][9s] flop, Fred was all in holding [Ts][7c] for bottom pair and an open ended straight draw. John held [8h][6h] for middle pair and a worse draw, which made him a 64% favorite to win the hand and the tournament. The [6c] turn gave Fred a straight, but John had made two pair and had outs to a full house. The river paired the board, bu the wrong card for John, as it fell [9d]. Fred's straight would win the hand and double him up to just over 11,000,000.
On a [Th][Qd][3c] board, John Quirk was all in with [4d][3d] against Fred Paradis's [Ks][Kh]. John shook hands with Fred as if giving up hope, but he had five outs to win. The [5h] turn changed nothing, but the [3c] river gave John the winning hand with trip threes. He now sits on over 27,000,000 to Fred's 7,500,000.
After making a 3-handed deal, play seemed to open up a bit. The three players were seeing a few more flops and perhaps playing more hands than they would have if there was still a money jump from 3rd to 2nd.
We caught up to a board reading [Jc][8h][6h][4d][5h], and Giuseppe Ruvolo was all in. He had rivered a flush with his [7h][2h], but Fred Paradis had rivered a bigger flush with his [Th][9h]. The two were close in chips, so the stacks were counted down. Giuseppe was covered, so he will be the 3rd place finisher, collecting $100,000.
Cards are back in the air and the blinds are now 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 ante.
On the river with the board reading [3c][5h][7h][Qh][Qc], Fred Paradis made a big bet of 2,500,000 and Giuseppe Ruvolo made the call, saying he could only beat a bluff. Apparently, Fred was bluffing, as he mucked his hand. Giuseppe proudly turned over [Ah][3s], which got a big reaction from John Quirk. John complimented him, saying it was an amazing call.
Giuseppe has taken over the chip lead after that hand and now sits on 17,500,000 with four minutes left in this blind level.
|Giuseppe Ruvolo counts his stack for Fred Paradis after moving all in|
The [Ts][3h][9h] favored Giuseppe, and now Fred would need to catch a five to eliminate his opponent. The [6s] was close, but not quite what he needed. When the [Qh] hit the river, Giuseppe celebrated his double-up and thanked Fred. As he shipped over a good portion his stack, he said, "Really? Thank you? Right after you win a hand against me?"
Fred still has a healthy stack of 11,500,000, but has lost the chip lead after this hand.
Under the gun, John Quirk moved all in, and Luca Pignatiello moved all in as well to his direct left. The other two players folded their hands.
Jon wasted no time in flopping a set as the flop fell [Ac][3h][Qs]. Luca was drawing dead to running nines, and the [3s] turn sealed his fate. The stacks were counted down, and Luca had slightly less than John, so he will be eliminated in 4th place. Luca earns $47,182 for his efforts here today.
From under the gun, John Chung moved all in, and Fred Paradis moved all in over the top next to act. The remaining players folded, and the two revealed their hands:
The board ran out a clean [2s][Jc][5s][7h][Ah], and John will be eliminated in 5th place. He will collect $35,386 for his efforts.
|Giuseppe Ruvolo (blue shirt) claps his hands in excitement|
|Luca Pignatiello agonizes over his decision|
|Timmy Egan (center) takes a drink of water as he watches the last card fall|
|Luca Pignatiello (standing, right) awaits the river card|
|Jordan Joeckel (standing, right) is eliminated in 10th place|
Jordan Joeckel opened the button before Michael Cretella moved all in from the small blind. Fred Paradis reraised all in from the big blind and Jordan got out of the way. Jordan's timing was unfortunate as his ace-five ran into Fred's ace-king. By the river, Fred had made broadway to eliminate Michael in 8th place. He will earn $14,744 for his efforts today.
|10th place finisher Brian Borgeson (left) shakes hands with John Quirk|
John was a 58% favorite to knock out two players, so off to the flop we went. The dealer knocked the table and put out [6h][7d][Qd], giving John an almost unbeatable set. The two other players would need running cards to survive. The [Ts] kept the drama alive as everyone had a shot at winning this pot. The [9d] hit the river, however, and John's set of queens would be the best hand.
Since Jonathan had the bigger stack to start the hand, he will earn $12,409 for his 10th place finish, while Brian will earn $10,321 for his 9th place finish.
|Jonathan Lewis stays seated to await his fate|
|Brian Borgeson (center) is all in and awaits John Quirk's decision|
|Chip leader Fred Paradis|
Seat 1: Michael Cretella - 1,195,000
Seat 2: Fred Paradis - 7,780,000
Seat 3: Brian Borgeson - 460,000
Seat 4: John Quirk - 6,650,000
Seat 5: Timmy Egan - 4,420,000
Seat 6: Luca Pignatiello - 3,975,000
Seat 7: Giuseppe Ruvolo - 2,510,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Lewis - 2,315,000
Seat 9: John Chung - 6,120,000
Seat 10: Jordan Joeckel - 2,860,000
Here are the remaining prizes to be played for:
1st Place: $157,274
2nd Place: $98,295
3rd Place: $68,807
4th Place: $47,182
5th Place: $35,386
6th Place: $25,950
7th Place: $19,659
8th Place: $14,744
9th Place: $12,409
10th Place: $10,321
On a [5d][4c][6d] flop, Ron Dalgo was all in against Fred Paradis. Fred held pocket aces, but Ron was very live with his [Qh][7s]. The turn [Qs] opened up even more outs for Ron, but the [Jh] was the brick Fred was hoping for. Ron will be eliminated in 13th place for $8,944. Meanwhile, Fred has increased his stack to 6,700,000.
|1-5||Dalgo II, Ronald||2,490,000|
John Quirk - 5,210,000
Tom Martin - 4,050,000
Joe Nelligan - 3,975,000
Fred Paradis - 3,320,000
Jordan Joeckel - 3,210,000
Thomas Pocchia - 3,355,000
Giuseppe Ruvolo - 2,650,000
Ronald Delfott - 2,495,000
Luca Pignatiello - 2,480,000
Mike Cretella - 2,045,000
John Chung - 1,720,00
Brian Borgeson - 1,460,000
Jonathan Lewis - 1,365,000
Timmy Egan - 965,000
Michael Withrow was all in preflop holding [Ah][Qc] against his opponent's [8s][8c]. The [6h][Jc][Td] flop gave Michael a gutshot to go with his two overs, and the [2s] on the turn changed nothing. The [5d] hit the river to miss Michael's 10-outer, and he will be eliminated in 15th place. Michael earns $8,944 for his efforts.
|Sean Barringer (right) gets a count to pay off the all in|