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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jonathan Troisi Eliminated In 6th Place ($3,955) - Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK)

Jonathan Troisi - 6th Place - $3,955

Jonathan Troisi shoves all in in middle position.  Action folds to Soukha Kachittavong who also quickly shoves all in.  All remaining players fold.

Troisi: [6h][6c]
Kachittavong: [as][ac]

The board runs out [9h][2c][kd][5c][4s].  After a very close count of chips it's determined that Kachittavong has Troisi covered by 5,000 (a single pink chip), with 885,000 versus Troisi's 880,000, sending Troisi home in 6th place.

Jiahuan He Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,164) - Event # 2 NLH BIG STACK

Jiahuan He - 7th Place - $3,164

Jiahuan He has informed the blog that he was eliminated holding jack-ten against his opponent's ace-jack.

He will take home $3,164 for his 7th place finish. 

Cheng Dong Wins Massive Pot Off of Marty Salowitz (Event #2 - $300 NLH BIG STACK)

Marty Salowitz raises to 250,000 in the cutoff.  Cheng Dong re-raises to 700,000.  Both blinds fold, and Salowitz calls. 

Salowitz checked in the dark, and the flop comes [ad][jh][2s].  Dong checks behind. 

When the [3c] comes on the turn, Salowitz bets out 300,000, and Dong calls. 

When the river comes the [kh], Salowitz bets 500,000, and Dong shoves all in for 905,000 more.  Salowitz takes a moment to think, and eventually announces a call. 

Dong quickly turns over [kd][kc], and Salowitz mucks his cards face down. 

"Ace jack?" Dong asks Salowitz. 

"I didn't say what I had, but ace jack is a logical deduction," Salowitz replies. 

Cheng Dong - 4,960,000
Marty Salowitz - 860,000

Jonathan Davis Eliminated in 8th Place ($2,466)

Jonathan Davis - 8th Place - $2,466
Cheng Dong raises to 200,000 from under the gun.  Action folds to Jonathan Davis on the button who shoves all in for slightly less.  Soukha Kachittavong folds in the small blind, and Marty Salowitz asks for a count in the big blind. After hearing the 200,000, he opts to fold. 

Davis: [kc][jh]
Dong: [as][ks]

The board runs out [qc][7c][3d][qs][2c], sending Davis home in 8th place, with a $2,466 payday. 

Final Table of Event #2 - $300 NLH BIG STACK (w/ Chip Counts)

Seat 1 - Bill Villavicencio - 245,000
Seat 2 - Cheng Dong - 1,470,000
Seat 3 - David Drury - 2,180,000
Seat 4 - Jonathan Troisi - 1,215,000
Seat 5 - Jiahuan He - 1,108,000
Seat 6 - Anthony Magistrate - 625,000
Seat 7 - Jonathan Davis - 465,000
Seat 8 - Christopher Fusarelli - 420,000
Seat 9 - Soukha Kachittavong - 1,640,000
Seat 10 - Marty Salowitz - 1,665,000

Final 15 Players in Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK)

We are down to the final 15 players in Event #2.  Those 15 players are currently playing level 27 (20,000/40,000 blinds, with a 5,000 ante.)  The average chip stack at the moment is 851,538. 

Below are a few photos of the remaining players.

Final 16 Players in Event #3 ($250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+)

Here are photos of the remaining 16 players in Event #3.  As a reminder, the top 9 places will be paid. 

Bubble Burst in Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK) in Series of Two Hands

Robyn Fisk had just doubled up that last hand after being all in blind in the small blind. Her and the player on the button ended up chopping the pot to keep her alive. 

For the official bubble to burst, two players would need to be eliminated. 

In two different hands at two different tables, those two players were lost. 

Hand #1: 

Jonathan Troisi raises to 40,000 from under the gun.  The player in the cutoff calls, and Robyn Fisk shoves all in on the button for less than 10,000.  The player in the small blind raises to 100,000.  With action back on on Troisi, he reraises to 350,000.  The cutoff folds, and the player in the small blind goes into the tank.  After a few minutes of thinking, Troisi calls the clock on the player.  After 30 seconds pass, the player folds [qh][qs] face up. 

Troisi says to the player, "Nice fold," as he turns over his cards to show [ac][as].  Fisk would need some help holding [10d][10h]. 

The flop comes [ad][10d][4d], giving Troisi a set, but also giving Fisk the flush draw.  She calls aloud for a diamond.  But it's the [9c] that comes on the turn, and the [js] on the river. 

Fisk is eliminated from play, and Troisi is sitting just over 800,000, seemingly the chip leader of the tournament. 

Hand #2:

The player in the cutoff shoves all in for 130,000.  Sean Carlson asks for a count on the button.  Upon hearing the total, he shoves all in over the top.  All remaining players fold, and the following hands are tabled:

Carlson: [7h][7c]
Middle Position:  [as][kh]

The flop comes [8d][6c][4c], leaving Carlson in the lead.  But the [ac] on the turn gives the lead to his opponent.  Carlson needs to improve or his opponent will double up. 

The [3c] on the river would give Carlson a flush, and send his opponent to the rail. 

All remaining players are now in the money and guaranteed at least $588. 

Tournament Updates - Near Bubble in Event #2

We are inching closer to the bubble bursting in Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK), with 49 players remaining (45 will make the money). 

In Event #3 ($250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+) there are currently 30 players remaining, and nine will eventually make the money. 

Soukha Kachittavong Apparent Chip Leader in Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK)

We are currently playing level 17 with 2,000/4,000 blinds, and a 500 ante.  Soukha Kachittavong is sitting with right around 260,000 in chips, and is seemingly the biggest stack in the room at this moment. 

"The General" is also seated at Kachittavong's table, and has around 70,000. 

Event #2 saw a grand total of 369 entries, and there are currently 101 players remaining.  The top 45 players will get paid in this event, and it will play to a conclusion tonight/early morning. 

To see a full list of payouts for Event #2 please click this link

Mike Clemente Eliminted By Joe Cherico in Event #2 ($300 NLH Big Stack)

Mike Clemente has shoved all in from the big blind, and Joe Cherico is contemplating the call from the hijack.  After a minute of thinking, Cherico throws in the 22,000 to call. 

Clemente: [as][kd]
Cherico: [ks][qh]

When the flop comes [10s][qs][4s], Cherico takes the lead with his pair of queens, but Clemente has the nut flush draw holding the ace of spades. 

Unfortunately for Clemente the [6d] turn, and [10c] river do not improve his hand, and he is sent to the rail.

Before walking away Clemente shakes Cherico's hand. 

"I'm sorry," Cherico says to Clemente.

"Don't be sorry, that's poker," Clemente responds genuinely.  

Event #3 ($250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+) Prize Pool Information

There were a total of 76 entries in today's Omaha Hi-Lo Event. 

The top 9 places will be paid out as follows: 

1 - $4,755
2 - $3,329
3 - $2,060
4 - $1,585
5 - $1,189
6 - $951
7 - $793
8 - $634
9 - $554

Total Prize Pool:  $15,850

Event #2 ($300 NLH BIG STACK) Prize Pool Information

There were a total of 369 entries in Event #2.

The top 45 places will be paid out as follows:

1 - $20,167
2 - $12,517
3 - $8,375
4 - $6,561
5 - $4,886
6 - $3,955
7 - $3,164
8 - $2,466
9 - $1,925
10-12 - $1,442
13-15 - $1,209
16-18 - $1,070
19-21 - $930
22-24 - $791
25-27 - $697
28-36 - $623
37-45 - $558

Total Prize Pool:  $93,062

Royal Flush for J'Quan Colton in Event #3 - $250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+

On a board reading [as][jd][10d][ad], a player in middle position bets 1,000, Greg Joshephson raises to 2,000 in the hijack, and J'Quan Colton reraises to 3,000 in the cutoff.  Both players call.

It checks around to Colton when the [8c] comes on the river, and he bets 3,000.  Both the player in middle position as well as Josephson call, and the players table the following hands: 

Middle Position: [ah][10c][2c][6c] (full house)
Josephson: [ac][10h][4h][3s] (full house)
Colton: [kd][qd][4d][2d] (Royal Flush)

The player in middle position says, "We had to call there, neither of us were thinking about the Royal Flush possibility." 

Colton is now sitting with nearly 25,000, and Josephson is left extremely short with around 1,500. 

Greg "Cowboy" Josephson Doubles in Event #3 - $250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+

With blinds at 250/500, and a board reading [ad][8d][8h], a player in the small blind bets 500, the player under the gun calls, and Greg Josephson raises to 1,000 in the cutoff.  Both players call.

It again checks around to Josephson when the [5s] comes on the turn, who shoves all in for 525 total.  The small blind calls and the following hands are tabled: 

Small Blind: [kd][5d][4d][jh]
Josephson: [8c][5c][4h][2c]

"I am drawing dead," the player in the small blind announces as the [4c] comes on the the river.

Josephson is awarded more than a full double.  

Aces vs. Queens Ends in Chopped Pot - Event #2 $300 NLH Big Stack

After a preflop betting war, Chris Blake is all in holding [ah][ac], and has been called by Kevin Bagley holding [qs][qd].

The [qc][js][9d] flop is just what Bagley needs to put him into the lead with a set of queens.

The [8s] comes on the turn giving Blake chop outs. He will need an ace to hit his set, or a ten for a straight to chop.

When the [10h] comes on the river, Blake is visibly relieved to chop the pot as both players are now playing the straight on the board.  Bagley on the other hand sighs out loud, and is less than pleased to chop after having flopped so far ahead of his opponent. 

Kevin Bagley - 46,000
Chris Blake - 31,000 

Notable Chip Counts - Event #2 $300 NLH Big Stack

With the entry/re-entry period officially closed, here are a few notable players' chip counts, just back from break, in Event #2:

Mike Nye - 65,000
Kathleen Pautler - 45,000
Soukha Kachittavong - 42,000
The General - 40,000
Raj Patel - 37,000
Ted Driscoll - 30,000 
James Magner - 24,000

Entry/Rebuy Period for Events 2 & 3 Now Closed

Event #2 - $300 NLH Big Stack is just coming back to level 11, and Event $3 - $250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+ is in the midst of level 6 which means that the entry period is now closed for both events. 

A list of payouts will be posted as soon as they are available. 

The General Triples Right Before End of Rebuy Period

The infamous "General" is all in from the big blind against two other players at the table (one in middle position that has everyone covered), and the small blind who has the least amount of chips. 

Small Blind: [kh][8s]
The General (Big Blind): [9c][10d]
Middle Position: [ah][kc]

The General calls for a nine or a ten, just as the dealer deals out the [jh][9s][7h] flop. 

The [5s] turn and [jd] river are safe, and The General triples up, sending the player in the small blind to the rail.

"I was just trying to rebuy," General said as he started to stack his chips. 

A break is now commencing, and players wishing to buy in or rebuy will have through this fifteen break to do so. 

Will Perry Chips Up in Event #3 $250 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+

Will Perry
Will Perry is looking for a repeat performance in today's $230 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+ tournament.  In October of 2014, Perry took down the $300 Omaha 8+ Event in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals for $4,369.  Perry has a total of $15,986  in live earnings, almost exclusively from Foxwoods Events.

In Event #3 with blinds at 75/150 (limit 150/300) , we recently found Perry involved in a hand with five limpers to see the [kc][5s][4s] flop.  It checks around to the player in the hijack who bets 150.  All four players call.  When the [6c] comes on the turn it checks around to the player on the button who bets 300.  Perry calls, as do the hijack and the cutoff.  

When the [ad] comes on the river, Perry leads out for 300. Only the player on the button calls.  

Perry tables [2c][3c][4c][7h] to scoop the pot.  He is now sitting with just around 15,000 in chips

Kathleen Pautler Nearly Doubles in Event #2

On a board reading [ac][jc][4h], Ralph Macri checks in the big blind, two players in middle position also check, and Kathleen Pautler bets 3,500.  The player in the hijack calls, as does one of the players in middle position. 

The player in middle position checks the [2s] turn, as does Pautler, and the hijack bets 6,500.  Only Pautler calls. 

Pautler checks the [3d] river, and her opponent hesitantly checks behind after a moment of thinking about it.  

Pautler turns over [ah][qh].  Her opponent again pauses before eventually mucking his cards face down. 

While Pautler is stacking her chips, Ralph Macri says, "I folded pocket fives. Now I wish I had played them."

Kathleen Pautler - 31,000
Ralph Macri - 60,000

Players Now on First Break in Event #2 $300 NLH Big Stack

Players are now on their first fifteen minute break of the day. 

Play will resume at Level 6, with 150/300 blinds and a 25 ante.

At the current time there are 254 entries, and players have until the start of level 11 to enter and/or re-enter. 

Event #3 $230 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+ Event Now Under Way

Event #3, the $230 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+ tournament is now underway.  Players start with 10,000 in chips, and this event will play to a conclusion today.  The levels for this tournament are 30 minutes, re-entries are not allowed, and registration is open until the start of level 5 for those wishing to enter. 

Dan Demers' Cheering Squad

Dan Demers raises to 300 in early position, and both blinds call.

The flop comes [10s][8d][7d].  Both blinds check, and Demers bets 600.  Only the small blind calls.

The turn is the [9c].  The small blind checks, Demers bets 1,600, and his opponent calls. 

When the [3h] comes on the river, the small blind leads for 2,500, and Demers calls.

The player in the small blind turns over [qh][2h], and Demers shows [ks][jc] to win the pot with his straight.

A friend standing behind Demers to deliver him a cup of coffee says, "I don't know what's going on, but nice job," as Demers starts stacking his newly acquired chips. 

Demers is now sitting with just around 35,000 in chips.  

Event #2 - Cards In the Air

Event #2, the $300 No Limit Hold Em Big Stack with a $25,000 Guarantee has just kicked off and players are filling up the room here at Foxwoods.  Anyone wishing to enter or re-enter has until the beginning of Level 11 to do so. 

Schedule for Sat. Feb. 6th Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge

$60 No Limit Hold Em

Event #2 - $300 No Limit Hold Em Big Stack
$25,000 Guarantee
($260 Buy-in / $40 Entry Fee)
With Re-Entries
Players start with 30,000 in non-value tournament chips
Levels 1-25:  20 minutes
Levels 26+: 30 minutes
Registration open until the start of level 11
Full Structure is available here.

Event #3 - $230 Omaha Hi-Lo 8+
($215 Buy-in / $35 Entry Fee)
Players start with 10,000 in non-value tournament chips
Levels:  30 minutes
Registration open until the start of level 5
Full Structure is available here.
$200 Mega Super Satellite (win a $1,650 voucher)
2 seats guaranteed

$160 No Limit Hold Em

$100 NLH Bounty
A full schedule for the Mega Stack Series is available here