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Sunday, April 26, 2015

2nd Place: Jeff Cohen ($21,856)

3rd Place: Don Farnen ($18,500)

Don Farnen was all in preflop holding [As][3d] and was behind Jeff Cohen's [Ah][Ks]. The [9c][9h][4s] flop gave Don chop outs, but the ace-king high held up through a [7s] turn and [8s] river. Don will earn $18,500 for his 3rd place finish.

4th Place: Frank Williams ($18,500)

Frank Williams was all in preflop holding [As][Kc] against Don Farnen's [Qh][Qc]. Earlier in this final table ace-king couldn't lose, but lately it can't win. The board ran out [Jh][7d][3d][5d][3c] to keep the queens in front, sending Frank to the rail in 4th place. He will earn $18,500 for his efforts.

Five way deal reached

The final five have just agreed to a deal. All five, with fairly equal stacks, will each take $18,500 a piece. The tournament will be winner take all for the remaining $5,356, so the winner will walk away with $23,856.

6th Place: Jonathan Ray ($7,307)

Jonathan Ray moved all in from the button and was called by Jeff Cohen in the small blind. John Quirk got out of the way, and Jonathan received the bad news: his pocket sevens had run into Jeff's pocket jacks. The board ran out pure, and Jeff's jacks held up to send Jonathan to the rail in 6th place. He will earn $7,307 for his efforts.

William Dang doubles through Frank Williams

William Dang was all in preflop holding [Ad][Kh] and was up against the [As][Qs] of Frank Williams. William quickly became an underdog when the flop fell [9s][Th][8s], giving his opponent a flush draw, a straight draw, and a live queen. The [7c] turn gave William's opponent three more outs to chop. Amazingly, the [Ah] hit the river, saving William from elimination. He will double up to 1,300,000.

Updated chip counts at dinner break

The final 6 players in Event #1 $600 NLH are now on a one hour dinner break. Play will resume at 7:40pm EST.

Here are updated chip counts for the final six in seat order:

Jonathan Ray - 722,000
Jeff Cohen - 665,000
John Quirk - 1,025,000
Don Farnen - 1,412,000
Frank Williams - 1,955,000
William Dang - 720,000

Jeff Cohen doubles through John Quirk

From the button, Jeff Cohen moved all in and was snap called by John Quirk in the small blind. Don Farnen folded the big blind, and it was another race with Jeff's pocket threes against John's ace-king. The 8-4-4 flop gave John some extra outs, but the turn was a five and the river was a six to keep the small pocket pair in front. For the first time at this final table, ace-king did not win a race, and Jeff was very happy about this as he collected his double-up.

7th Place: Muhammad Abdel-Rahim ($5,977)

Muhammad Abdel-Rahim raised under the gun before Don Farnen moved all in from the button. Action folded back to Muhammad who called all in for less, tabling [Js][Jc]. It was a good call as Don had [Ah][Kd], so it would be another coin flip at this final table. The [7c][3d][Kc] flop put Don in front, but the [8c] gave Muhammed a club flush draw to go with his two jack outs. As Don chanted, "No! No! No!" the dealer put the [Td] on the river, and Don's pair of kings would hold up. Muhammad will exit this tournament in 7th place, good for $5,977.

8th Place: Eric Kitain ($4,733)

On a [7c][7h][Ah] flop, Frank Williams bet out 170,000 before Eric Kitain moved all in. Frank thought about it for a bit but eventually made the call, seeing that his [Ac][Ts] was behind Eric's [Ad][Jh]. Frank asked for a king to chip, but instead the [Td] hit the turn to leave Eric in bad shape. He would need a jack to survive, but instead the [Ks] hit the river. Eric will earn $4,733 for his 8th place finish today.

9th Place: John Brakatselos ($3,666)

From under the gun, John Brakatselos moved all in and was called by Don Farnen on the button. It was a cooler as John had picked up [Ad][Kc] to Don's [As][Ac]. The [Jh][5c][2h] gave John two backdoor straight draws, and the [4c] turn meant he could hit a three to chop. But the river was the [Qs], sending John to the rail in 9th place. He will collect $3,666 for his efforts today.

10th Place: Samrish Variyath ($2,656)

John Quirk raised under the gun and action folded around to Samrish Variyath in the big blind who moved all in. John asked for a count and eventually made the call with [Ac][Kd], which was flipping against Samrish's [Qs][Qc]. Samrish asked the dealer to keep it low, but the [6s][Ah][4d] flop was not what he wanted. He needed to catch one of the two remaining queens, but the [4c] turn and [8d] river didn't hit him. Samrish will exit this tournament in 10th place, good fro $2,656.

Jonathan Ray doubles through Don Farnen

On the first hand of the final table, Jonathan Ray moved all in from UTG+1 for 264,000 at 10,000/20,000 blinds with a 3,000 ante. Action folded to Don Farnen in middle position who thought before moving all in over the top. The rest folded, and the two showed their hands:

Jonathan [Qh][Jh]
Don [9h][9c]

The board ran out [4h][Qs][2d][Tc][Jd] to give Jonathan the double up. Meanwhile, Don has seen his chip count drop to just under 500,000.

Event #1 Final Table Chip Counts & Seating Assignments

Here are chip counts & seating assignments for the final table:

Seat 1: Jonathan Ray - 267,000
Seat 2: Jeff Cohen - 419,000
Seat 3: Samrish Variyath - 451,000
Seat 4: John Quirk - 889,000
Seat 5: Don Farnen - 769,000
Seat 6: Frank Williams - 965,000
Seat 7: William Dang - 711,000
Seat 8: John Brakatselos - 346,000
Seat 9: Eric Kitain - 447,000
Seat 10: Muhammad Abdel-Rahim - 1,195,000

Here are the prizes left to be played for:

1st Place: $38,077
2nd Place: $23,247
3rd Place: $15,360
4th Place: $12,205
5th Place: $8,967
6th Place: $7,307
7th Place: $5,977
8th Place: $4,733
9th Place: $3,666
10th Place: $2,656

Event #1 Final Table Reached

We lost Kyle Carey in 11th place when his ace-ten was rivered by his opponent's ace-deuce. With that elimination, we are now at the final table. The final 10 players are drawing for their seats, and the tournament staff are getting chip counts. We will be resuming shortly.

15th Place: Ralph Macri ($2,241)

Ralph Macri was all in preflop with [Qc][Ts] and was racing against his opponent's [9s][9h]. The [8h][Ac][9d] flop gave Ralph's opponent a set, but Ralph had his own gutshot straight draw. He hit it on the [Jc] turn, but Ralph would still need to dodge the ten outs for his opponent to make a full house. The [8s] that hit the river was one of those outs, and Ralph will be eliminated in 15th place. He will collect $2,241 for his efforts.

Event #3 $230 Omaha/8 Prize Pool & Payouts

There were a total of 63 entrants in Event #3 $230 Omaha/8, creating a prize pool of $12,222. The top 9 players will be in the money, with a mincash worth $427. Here are the full payouts:

1st Place: $3,667
2nd Place: $2,567
3rd Place: $1,589
4th Place: $1,222
5th Place: $916
6th Place: $734
7th Place: $611
8th Place: $489
9th Place: $427

Event #2 $230 Bounty Prize Pool & Payouts

There were a total of 192 entrants in Event #2 $230 Bounty, creating a prize pool of $27,647. The top 21 players will be in the money, with a mincash worth $387. Here are the full payouts:

1st Place: $6,981
2nd Place: $4,493
3rd Place: $2,848
4th Place: $2,280
5th Place: $1,728
6th Place: $1,369
7th Place: $1,106
8th Place: $898
9th Place: $724
10th-12th Place: $497
13th-15th Place: $442
16th-18th Place: $414
19th-21st Place: $387

18th Place: Ryan Methia ($1,992)

Ryan Methia was all in preflop holding pocket jacks and was up against his opponent's king-queen. The ace high flop kept the jacks in front, and the turn was a brick. But a king fell on the river, delivering Ryan a knock-out blow. He will collect $1,992 for his 18th place finish.

Notable chip counts from the final 18

Blinds are 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante, and the average stack is 359,000. Here are updated chip counts for notable players still in the field:

Ralph Macri - 386,000
Joe Hillard - 360,000
John Quirk - 280,000
Ryan Methia - 115,000

Final 2 tables reached

With the elimination of our 19th place finisher, we have reached the final 2 tables in Event #1 $600 NLH. Players will be redrawing for seats shortly. Notables still in the hunt are John Quirk, Ryan Methia, Joe Hillard, and Ralph Macri. We will bring you updated chip counts shortly.

Silvio Mantuano is the unfortunate bubble boy

On table 3, we saw two Jim Procaccini bet the river against Eric Seigel while Silvio Mantuano was all in for the side pot. Eric folded, and Jim's ace-queen high was good against Silvio's ace-seven high. Silvio will be the bubble boy, while the remaining players are in the money. Tournament staff are breaking the outer table, and all seats will be filled in on the final 4 tables.

Event #1 is now on the bubble

The day started with 42 players and we are now down to 37 remaining in Event #1 $600 NLH. The next player eliminated will be the Bubble Boy, while the remaining 36. The blinds are currently 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante.

Event #1 Day 2 is under way

Cards are in the air for Day 2 of Event #1 $600 NLH. 42 players remain, with the top 36 players making the money.

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Today's schedule

On today's schedule at the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge:

Event #2 $230 NLH Bounty
$20,000 Guaranteed
($150 Buy-in / $50 Bounty / $30 Entry fee)
“With Re-Entries”
Players start with 15,000 in non-value tournament chips.
Each level will be played for 25 minutes.
Re-Entries are available through the end of registration.
Bounty Chip must be kept on the table and visible at all times.
Full structure is available here.

Day 2 of Event #1 $600 NO LIMIT HOLD’EM “With Re-Entries”
$125,000 Guaranteed
($530 Buy-in / $70 Entry fee)
Full structure is available here.

Event # 3 $230 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
$10,000 Guaranteed
($200 Buy-in / $30 Entry fee)
Players start with 10,000 in non-value tournament chips.
Each level will be played for 25 minutes.
Full structure is available here.

A full schedule for the series is available here.

Foxwoods April 2015 Mega Stack - Event #1 - $600 NLH - Returning Players

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
1-1 Ray, Jonathan 174,500
1-2 Wantman, Matthew 303,500
1-3 Kachittavong, Soukha 104,000
1-4 Williams, Frank 284,000
1-5 Variyath, Samrish 97,500
1-6 Driscoll, Ted 210,000
1-7 Schumacher, Mark 92,500
1-8 Barnes, Wendell 127,000
1-9 Fishman, Jordan 125,500
2-1 O'Neil, Tim 99,000
2-2 Schwartz, Justin 138,500
2-3 Kraemer, Mackenzie 224,500
2-4 Zhang, Jie 71,000
2-5 Patel, Dilipkumar 145,500
2-6 OPEN SEAT n/a
2-7 Methia, Ryan 108,000
2-8 Bazinet, Chad 128,500
2-9 Undisclosed 163,000
3-1 Kitain, Eric 75,000
3-2 Brakatselos, John 152,000
3-3 Mondello, Paul 37,000
3-4 OPEN SEAT n/a
3-5 Pappas, Billy 260,500
3-6 Hillard, Joe 213,500
3-7 Mantuano, Silvio 149,000
3-8 Procaccini, Jim 97,500
3-9 Quirk, John 196,500
4-1 Zara, Greg 69,500
4-2 Abdel-Rahim, Muhammad 129,000
4-3 St.Vincent, Brad 83,500
4-4 Orme, Henry 288,500
4-5 Cohen, Jeff 252,000
4-6 Long, Rohan 212,500
4-7 Farnen, Don 316,000
4-8 OPEN SEAT n/a
4-9 Carey, Kyle 93,500
5-1 Dang, William 91,500
5-2 Smith, Joseph 89,000
5-3 Dobbs, Michael 134,000
5-4 Macri, Ralph 274,500
5-5 Shotov, Victor 65,500
5-6 Miller, W. 141,000
5-7 Ricci, John 162,500
5-8 Massri, Mike 134,500
5-9 Siegel, Eric 134,000

Play has concluded for the night

With 10 minutes left in the level, a card was drawn. Three more hands were played on all tables before play had concluded for the night. 43 players will advance to Day 2, which will resume at 12pm EST. Full chip counts and seating assignments will be posted shortly.