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Sunday, May 3, 2015

10th Place: Ralph Macri ($4,699)

Ralph Macri (far left) waits for the river
After losing more than half of his stack to Ralph Massey, Ralph Macri got the rest of his chips in on a [7h][2s][7d] flop holding [5h][5d]. Unfortunately for him, his pair was no good as Matt Wantman held [Ah][Ac]. It was a close call when the turn fell [6c], and another close call when the river fell [4s]. But neither was a five to keep Ralph in the tournament, and he will exit in 10th place. Ralph will collect $4,699 for his efforts.

Watch a video of the final table up until Ralph's elimination below:

Ralph Massey doubles through Ralph Macri

Ralph Massey was all in preflop holding [As][Kd] against Ralph Macri's [Qs][Qc]. It was a flip for Massey's tournament life, and the [8c][3d][Kh] flop was just what he was looking for. Macri couldn't find a queen on the [4d] turn or [Kc] river, and he will ship over 300,000 to Massey, effectively reversing the Ralph's stacks.

Final table reached

With the elimination of Aaron Smith in 11th place, we are now at the final table. The final 10 players are now taking their seats. Here are chip counts and seating assignments:

Seat 1: Ralph Massey - 326,000
Seat 2: Marty Gorenc - 444,000
Seat 3: Kevin Lynch - 367,000
Seat 4: Ralph Macri - 626,000
Seat 5: Dominik Pelli - 183,000
Seat 6: Je Wook Oh - 584,000
Seat 7: Jonathan Lewis - 373,000
Seat 8: Matt Wantman - 967,000
Seat 9: Peter Everett - 603,000
Seat 10: Welther Marmol - 624,000

Here are the remaining prizes to be played for:

1st Place: $64,311
2nd Place: $41,803
3rd Place: $27,703
4th Place: $20,777
5th Place: $15,831
6th Place: $12,862
7th Place: $10,389
8th Place: $8,409
9th Place: $6,685
10th Place: $4,699

11th Place: Aaron Smith ($4,699)

12th Place: Ken Frey ($4,699)

Ken Frey and Marty Gorenc tangled in a pot where they both got their chips in preflop. Ken's [Td][Tc] were behind Marty's [Qh][Qd], and the [5c][3s][8d][4h][As] board changed nothing. The stacks were counted down, and Ken was left with just a few chips.

He got the last of his chips in a few hands later with pocket deuces, which were counterfitted by Ralph Macri's queen jack on a double paired board. Ken will exit this tournament in 12th place, good for $4,699.

13th Place: Ted Driscoll ($4,204)

On a [9s][6s][4h][5h] board, Welther Marmol bet 80,000 before Ted Driscoll moved all. Welther made the call, and both players were really close in chips we weren't sure who was all in. Welther had a straight and flush draw with his [Ah][3h] and Ted turned over [As][Td] for ace high, but the best hand. The river landed the [7d] to give Welther a straight, and the stacks were counted down. Welther had Ted slightly covered, so Ted will exit this tournament in 13th place, good for $4,204.

14th Place: Todd Rebello ($4,204)

At 4,000/8,000 blinds, Todd Rebello was all in from the button for 66,000. Ted Driscoll made the call from the big blind, and it was a race with Todd's [Js][Td] against Ted's [6h][6c]. It wasn't a race for long as the flop fell [8c][8s][6d], giving Ted a full house. Todd could only winning with running cards, and the [9s] wasn't one of them. The meaningless [2d] hit the river to eliminate Todd in 14th place, good for $4,204.

Je Wook Oh wins one with a straight

The board read [4d][5c][6h][3h][Ts] and Je Wook Oh bet 69,000, putting Todd Rebello in the tank. Todd thought it over and eventually called, mucking his hand when Je Wook showed him [7d][6d] for a turned straight. Je Wook increased his stack to 550,000 after that hand.

15th Place: Michael Orgettas ($4,204)

Michael Orgettas has been eliminated when his [Kh][Jh] was unable to improve against his opponent's [As][8c]. The board ran out [Ts][7s][3h][Ac][9d], and Michael will head to the rail in 15th place, good for $4,204.

16th Place: Brad St. Vincent ($3,657)

Brad St. Vincent has been eliminated when his king ten was unable to improve against Ralph Macri's ace seven. Ralph made a straight by the river to send Brad to the rail in 16th place. He will collect $3,657 for his efforts.

17th Place: James Capmbell ($3,957)

James Campbell has been eliminated when his ace six ran into his opponent's pocket seven. James was unable to improve, and he will be sent to the rail in 17th place. He will collect $3,957 for his efforts.

18th Place: William Dang ($3,957)

William Dang has been eliminated in 18th place when his ace queen failed to improve against his opponent's pocket eights. He will take home $3,957 for his efforts.

Final two table seating chart

Table 1:
Seat 1: Michael Orgettas
Seat 2: Dominik Pelli
Seat 3: Je Wook Oh
Seat 4: James Capmbell
Seat 5: Todd Rebllo
Seat 6: Welther Marmol
Seat 7: Ted Driscoll
Seat 8: Matt Wantman
Seat 9: Peter Everett

Table 2:
Seat 1: Marty Gorenc
Seat 2: Kevin Lynch
Seat 3: Ralph Massey
Seat 4: Ralph Macri
Seat 5: William Dang
Seat 6: Brad St. Vincent
Seat 7: Aaron Smith
Seat 8: Jonathan Lewis
Seat 9: Ken Frey

Players are now in the money

Dave Stefanski was effectively all in preflop from early position and action folded around to Ken Frey in the big blind who made the call. It was Dave's [Kh][Jc] against Ken's [Ah][Qc]. The board ran out [7c][9s][6h][3s][3c] to keep Ken's ace high in front, and Dave will the unfortunate Bubble Boy.

The remaining 18 players are now in the money, with a guaranteed $3,957 payday. The clock has been paused while the tournament staff redraws the players into the final 2 tables. Play will resume shortly.

Chip counts at dinner break

Matt Wantman leads the field going to dinner break
Table 1
Seat 1: Dave Stefanski - 131,000
Seat 2: -empty-
Seat 3: Kevin Lynch - 300,000
Seat 4: Welther Marmol - 75,000
Seat 5: -empty-
Seat 6: Ralph Macri - 575,000
Seat 7: -empty-
Seat 8: Ken Frey - 462,000
Seat 9: Ted Driscoll - 367,000

Table 2
Seat 1: Michael Orgettas - 54,000
Seat 2: Todd Rebello - 249,000
Seat 3: Ralph Massey - 106,000
Seat 4: James Capmbell - 68,000
Seat 5: Dominik Pelli - 268,000
Seat 6: -empty-
Seat 7: William Dang - 77,000
Seat 8: -empty-
Seat 9: Je Wook Oh - 464,000

Table 3
Seat 1: Matt Wantman - 843,000
Seat 2: -empty-
Seat 3: Peter Everett - 358,000
Seat 4: 207,000
Seat 5: 156,000
Seat 6: -empty-
Seat 7: -empty-
Seat 8: Brad St. Vincent - 116,000
Seat 9: Aaron Smith - 188,000

Players are on dinner break

Because play was hand-for-hand, 10 minutes was added to the clock. The extra time was not enough to burst the bubble, so the 19 remaining players are now on a 1 hour dinner break. When play resumes, blinds will be 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante, and hand-for-hand play will continue.

Play is now hand for hand

With the elimination of James Frangoulidis in 19th place, Event #10 $1,650 Championship is now hand-for-hand. The next player out will be the Bubble Boy, while the remaining 18 will be guaranteed at least a $3,957 payday.

Ralph Macri spikes a 2-outer to knock one out

At 2,500/5,000 blinds, Dave Stefanski raised to 12,000 and James Frangoulidis called on the button. Ralph Macri reraised to 37,500 from the small blind and both Dave and James made the call after some thought. The flop fell [Jh][9d][4d] and Ralph moved all in, putting Dave deep into the tank. After a few minutes of thought, he folded, and James right behind him snap-called. Ralph had been outflopped as James had flopped top set with [Js][Jd] against Ralph's [Ad][Ac]. James was the one all in, and he didn't like the [Ah] that hit on the turn. Needing the case jack to survive, the dealer delivered the [Qc] on the river. James will be our 20th place finisher and Ralph will increase his stack to 560,000.

Matthew Wantman takes the chip lead with a huge pot

A player raised in early position and Matt Wantman called from the button. The big blind came along as well to see a [3d][Qs][Tc] flop. The preflop raiser led for 14,000 and Matt raised to 32,000. Action folded back to the preflop raiser who put in a 3-bet to 75,000, which Matt just called. The turn was a [6d] and Matt's opponent instantly went all in. Matt called just as quick and tabled [Ts][Td]. It was a cooler as his opponent had [3h][3c]. Matt just needed to dodge one out, and when the river came the [6c], a massive stack was pushed over to Matt, who now sits on over 700,000.

Chris Tryba has been eliminated

We missed the hand, but we saw Chris Tryba exiting the tournament area. He has been eliminated in 22nd place, just shy of the money.

Chip counts at the break

Players are now on their second break of the day. Only 25 player remain, with 18 making the money. When players return, blinds will be 2,000/4,000 with a 500 ante. Here are chip counts for the entire field:

Table 1:
Seat 1: Dave Stefanski - 113,000
Seat 2: David Olshan - 23,900
Seat 3: Kevin Lynch - 207,000
Seat 4: Welther Marmol - 105,000
Seat 5: James Frangoulidis - 187,000
Seat 6: Ralph Macri - 339,000
Seat 7: Tony Akoury - 138,000
Seat 8: 432,000
Seat 9: Ted Driscoll - 336,000

Table 2
Seat 1: Michael Orgettas - 106,000
Seat 2: Todd Rebello - 229,5000
Seat 3: Ralph Massey - 101,500
Seat 4: James Capmbell - 171,000
Seat 5: Dominik Pelli - 117,500
Seat 6: -empty-
Seat 7: William Dang - 228,500
Seat 8: Ryan Stanhope - 114,500
Seat 9: Je Wook Oh -

Table 3
Seat 1: Matt Wantman - 440,000
Seat 2: Chris Tryba - 74,000
Seat 3: Peter Everett - 305,000
Seat 4: 229,000
Seat 5: 137,000
Seat 6: -empty-
Seat 7: 312,000
Seat 8: Brad St. Vincent - 172,500
Seat 9: Aaron Smith - 235,500

Final 3 tables

Georgia Fleger has been eliminated in 28th place when her [Ad][7d] was unable to overcome her opponent's ace queen. With her elimination, we are down to the final 27 players, so the entire field is being redrawn into the final 3 tables. Play will continue at 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante once players are seated. We will attempt to get a full seat draw shortly. Here is a partial seat draw:

Seat 1: Dave Stefanski
Seat 2: David Olshan
Seat 3:
Seat 4:
Seat 5:
Seat 6: Ralph Macri
Seat 7:
Seat 8:
Seat 9: Ted Driscoll

Seat 1:
Seat 2: Todd Rebello
Seat 3: Ralph Massey
Seat 4: James Capmbell
Seat 5: Dominik Pelli
Seat 6: Peter Everett
Seat 7: William Dang
Seat 8:
Seat 9: Je Wook Oh

Seat 1: Matt Wantman
Seat 2: Chris Tryba
Seat 3:
Seat 4:
Seat 5:
Seat 6:
Seat 7:
Seat 8:
Seat 9: Aaron Smith

Mike Nye has been eliminated

Mike Nye pushed the last of his chips in from the cutoff and was called by the small blind. Mike's [Kc][3c] was live against the small blind's [Ah][4c], but the [7h][6h][9h][5s][Th] board was no help for Mike, who will exit this tournament in 31st place.

Four tables remain

The field has been trimmed to 36 players, which means we're down to the final four tables.

Chip counts at the break

44 players remain in Event #10 $1,650 Championship, and they are now on a 15 minute break. When they return, blinds will be 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante. The top 18 players will be in the money. Here are chip counts for notable players:

Je Wook Oh leads the chip counts
Je Wook Oh - 260,000
Dave Stefanski - 160,000
Matt Wantman - 154,500
Ralph Macri - 153,600
Chris Tryba - 149,500
William Dang - 120,000
Dominik Pelli - 115,000
David Harting - 96,800
Aaron Smith - 79,300
James Campbell - 78,000
Bryan Leskowitz - 64,600
Ralph Massey - 58,000
Fred Paradis - 50,400
Mike Nye - 35,300
Giuseppe Ruvolo - 23,000
Gerry Aiello - 6,000

Championship Event Day 2 is Under Way

Cards are back in the air for Day 2 of Event #10 $1,650 Championship. All remaining players from yesterday's Flights A & B have combined and will play 10 levels today.

You can watch the stream of the featured table at

Today's schedule

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

Event #11 $300 NLH Big Stack
($260 Buy-in/$40 Entry fee)
“With Re-Entries”
Players start with 30,000 in non-value tournament chips.
Re-Entries are available through the end of registration.
Registration will remain open through the end of the 9th level.
Levels 1 - 25 will be played for 20 minutes.
Levels 26 & UP will be played for 30 minutes.
Full structure is available here.

Day 2
($1,500 Buy-in / $150 Entry fee)
“With Re-Entries”
Play will end after level 22 or Final Table which ever comes first.
Day 3 will start at Noon and will be played to completion.
Full structure is available here.

A full schedule for the series is available here.

Foxwoods April 2015 Mega Stack - Event #10 - $1,650 NLH Championship - Day 2 Returning Players

Table-Seat Name Chip Count
2-4 Wantman, Matthew 227,200
3-1 Olshan, David 200,400
7-4 Rebello, Todd 198,300
5-7 Gorenc, Marty 196,500
2-8 Petrucelli, Alex 180,800
1-4 Pidvysotski, Dmitri 167,400
3-7 Frangoulidis, James 156,300
7-3 Macri, Ralph 147,500
6-2 Lynch, Kevin 146,900
5-3 Everett, Peter 131,400
1-1 Oh, Je Wook 131,200
4-7 Harting, David 127,600
5-1 Ibrahim, Ramy 111,700
2-1 Paradis, Fred 108,500
7-1 Reinhardt, Jon 107,500
1-5 Akoury, Tony 102,200
2-5 St. Vincent, Brad 99,900
1-2 Marmol, Welther 95,600
7-2 Variyath, Samrish 95,400
1-3 Small, Neil 95,300
3-3 Handwerker, Michael 91,800
2-7 Awalt, Mark 89,800
6-3 Tryba, Chris 84,700
2-3 MacNeil, Chris 81,000
7-6 Nye, Mike 79,400
3-4 Smith, Aaron 76,200
2-6 Wing, Jeremy 76,000
6-5 Kuey, Natale 75,500
1-6 Abdel-Rahim, M. 75,000
4-1 Garrett, Rob 70,700
4-9 Foulkes, Ethan 68,800
7-5 Cooper, Andrew 68,700
6-1 Bills, Michael 66,400
6-7 Stanhope, Ryan 65,600
5-8 Rawlinson, Ken 64,700
7-9 Driscoll, Ted 64,200
2-9 Hick, Ray 63,600
1-7 Stefanski, David 61,200
7-8 Kluchman, David 57,300
4-3 Campbell, James 56,700
3-5 Felger, David 53,700
7-7 Massey, Aaron 53,200
5-4 Lewis, Jonathan 52,600
4-2 Caruso, Pasquale 50,900
5-5 Hukmani, Rohit 48,200
4-8 Pelli, Dominick 48,200
4-6 Dang, William 47,200
4-5 Campo, Peter 45,900
2-2 Frey, Ken 45,400
1-8 Kurtz, David 41,400
5-9 Orgettas, Michael 41,100
6-8 Ruvolo, Giuseppe 38,700
5-6 Okrah, Manny 38,100
3-8 Gulati, Tarun 37,500
3-6 Felger, Georgia 37,300
3-2 Jacoby, Doug 31,900
6-9 Lu, Meng 24,000
6-6 Massey, Ralph 21,900
3-9 Prasetyo, Aditya 20,700
4-4 Leskowitz, Bryan 20,200
5-2 DiPaoli, Matthew 18,600
6-4 Aiello, Gerald 18,400
1-9 Dong, Cheng 10,800

Event #10 Prize Pool & Payouts

There were a total of 170 entries in Event #10 $1,650 Championship, creating a $247,350 prize pool. The top 18 players will be in the money, with a mincash worth $3,957. Here are the full payouts:

1st Place: $64,311
2nd Place; $41,803
3rd Place: $27,703
4th Place: $20,777
5th Place: $15,831
6th Place: $12,862
7th Place: $10,389
8th Place: $8,409
9th Place: $6,685
10th-12th Place: $4,699
13th-15th Place: $4,204
16th-18th Place: $3,957

Three more hands

With 10 minutes left on the clock, the tournament staff has drawn a card. Three more hands will be played before Flight Bwill be complete for the night. The board reads 21 players remaining.

Chip counts in Level 12

Je Wook Oh - 101,000
James Campbell - 58,000
Gerry Aiello -  46,500
Allen Kessler - busted

Last level of the night

Play has begun in the last level of the night. Blinds are now 600/1,200 with a 200 ante. At the completion of this level all remaining players will bag up their chips for the night and return at 12pm to play Day 2.