DeepStack Final Table Updates

DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #40
$400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD
February 22-24, 2020

The final hand.

After David Yoon shoved, Randy Krushelniski snap-called effective. It was Yoon’s Q, J off versus Krushelniski’s K, 10 off, and the king held up giving Krushelniski the win.

Randy Krushelniski extending his chip lead.

In heads up play Randy Krushelniski definitely had the poker gods smiling upon him. He first took a 2.6-ish million pot with a pair of fours. In the next hand, he amassed another 800K chips from David Yoon, thus extending his chip stack to a whopping 9.84 million. He took another 1.6 million pot with a strategic shove.

Marquis Waters out in 3rd place.

This hand began with Randy Krushelniski raising to 300K from the small blind, and Marquis waters calling from the big blind. The flop fell 9♥ 6♦ Q♦. Krushelniski c-bet 400K, and Waters called. With the 3♠ on the turn, Krushelniski shoved and Waters called. It was Krushelniski’s pocket aces against Waters’ Q♣ 10♥. The 5♣ on the river spelled the end of Waters’ tournament. Krushelniski is now the massive chip leader with 7.3-ish million chips.

Marquis Waters is chipping up.

In the first hand, Marquis Waters and David Yoon duked it out until showdown with Waters winning an 850K pot with a pair of nines. In the second hand, Waters won another 950K pot versus Yoon with pocket deuces.

Randy Krushelniski doubles up again.

After David Yoon raised to 160K from the button, Randy Krushelniski re-raised to 500K. Yoon shoved, and Krushelniski snap-called. It was Yoon’s A, Q off versus Krushelniski’s A, K suited, and the king kicker held up, enabling Krushelniski to double his 1.285 million chip stack.

Randy Krushelniski doubles up.

After David Yoon shoved from the small blind, Randy Krushelniski snap called from the big blind with his final 690K chip stack. Krushelniski’s A, 7 suited won him the pot when he hit a seven on the flop to stay alive.

No deal.

Play continues.

Updated chip counts.

The clock has stopped again for another potential deal. Our remaining three stand as follows:

Marquis Waters: 5.09 million
David Yoon: 4.935 million
Randy Krushelniski: 1.175 million

Tarek Makki out in 4th place.

Tarek Makki found himself all-in against David Yoon for his final 455K chips. It was Yoon’s A, K suited against Makki’s A, 10 suited. The king kicker held up.

Updated chip counts.

The gentlemen paused the clock to discuss a deal, but decided to continue playing. Here is where they stand at the moment:

Marquis Waters: 4.13 million
Tarek Makki: 1.29 million
David Yoon: 4.64 million
Randy Krushelniski: 1.04 million

We are in Level 25 with 25,000/50,000 blinds and a 25,000 big blind ante.

John Michalak out in 5th place.

On a 3♥ 7♣ 5♣ 7♠ board, Marquis Waters and John Michalak had created a 1.06 million pot. With the 2♦ on the river, Waters shoved and Michalak called. It was Michalak’s A♣ 4♣ versus Waters’ J♦ 3♦. Waters accumulated an additional 1.03 million from Michalak.

Rich Halford out in 6th place.

Rich Halford shoved with his final 425K chips from the button and was called effective by David Yoon from UTG. It was Yoon’s K, 5 suited versus Halford’s A, 10 suited. When the board ran 5-10-K-K-Q, Halford was out.

Rhonda Shepek out in 7th place.

This hand began with Randy Krushelniski, Rhonda Shepek, and David Yoon all contributing 150K preflop. The flop fell 7♠ 7♥ 10♦. All three players checked. The A♥ fell on the turn. Yoon and Shepek checked, Krushelniski bet 150K, Yoon raised to 450K, Shepek shoved with her final 600K-ish chip stack, Krushelniski folded, and Yoon snap-called effective. It was Shepek’s A♦ K♠ versus Yoon’s K♦ 7♦. A Q♥ on the river sealed Shepek’s fate.

David Yonnotti out in 8th place.

This hand began with David Yonnotti shoving from UTG with his final 375K chip stack. David Yoon called effective from the cutoff. It was Yonnotti’s A, 5 suited versus Yoon’s pocket sevens and the sevens held up.

Kyle Caslin out in 9th place.

After Marquis Waters raised to 135K from mid position, Kyle Caslin shoved from the big blind. It was Waters’ pocket queens versus Caslin’s A, J off. Even though he didn’t need it, Waters hit another queen on the river, eliminating Caslin and amassing his 350K chip stack.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #40 $400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Marquis Waters: 1,665,000
Tarek Makki: 620,000
David Yoon: 2,295,000
John Michalak: 1,930,000
Rhonda Shepek: 650,000
Rich Halford: 1,400,000
Kyle Caslin: 450,000
David Yonnotti: 675,000
Randy Krushelniski: 1,440,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #34
$1,600 NLH Main Event $1M GTD
February 18-22, 2020

A deal has been made.

As soon as we began Level 31, our remaining five (very tired) players agreed to a deal. Head on over to our blog main page shortly for photos, payouts, and the final table wrap up.

Updated chip counts.

Going into the Level 3 break, here is where our final five stand:

Ross Ward: 2.745 million
Davis Harari: 6.355 million
Daniil Shalaev: 1.1 million
Anthony Spinella: 7.355 million
Christopher Carey: 3.35 million

When we return, the blinds will be 80,000/160,000 with a 160,000 big blind ante.

Yin Wu out in 6th place.

After Davis Harari raised to 200K from UTG, Yin Wu, after considerable thought, shoved. Harari snap called. Harari’s A, K off bested Wu’s A, Q suited, and Harari amassed an addition 1.5-ish million chips.

It’s been rather slow.

We’ve had the usual shove-fold and some hands reached showdown with nominal pots. Stay tuned, though. Something will happen. It always does.

Clayton Maguire out in 7th place.

After Christopher Carey shoved from the button, Clayton Maguire called all-in. It was Carey’s K, Q off versus Maguire’s A, K off. Carey hit a queen on the flop to eliminate Maguire. Carey has approximately 4.5 million chips at the moment.

Sergio Fernandez out in 8th place.

After Anthony Spinella raised from the small blind, Sergio Fernandez shoved with his remaining two million chips, and Spinella called effective. It was Spinella’s K, 2 off versus Fernandez’s A, 7 off. Spinella hit a deuce on the river to knock Fernandez out. Spinella has extended his chip lead and has approximately seven million chips.

Daniil Shalaev doubles up.

After Sergio Fernandez raised to 800K from the button, Daniil Shalaev called all-in with his final 735K chip stack. Shalaev ended up rivering a flush to stay alive.

Steve Heron out in 9th place.

Steve Heron shoved with his final 1.3-ish million chip stack from the UTG+1 position in response to Anthony Spinella’s min-raise. He was called effective by Spinella from UTG. It was Spinella’s pocket kings versus Heron’s A, Q off, and the kings held up.

Anthony Spinella wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Davis Harari raising to 175K from the button, and Anthony Spinella calling from the big blind. The flop fell 8♦ K♥ 5♥. Spinella checked, Harari c-bet 160K, and Spinella called. With the K♦ on the turn, both men checked. The 7♥ fell on the river. Spinella bet 225K, Harari raised to 575K, and Spinella called. Spinella’s K♣ Q♥ bested Harari’s J♦ 2♦ for a nice pot.

Yin Wu doubles up.

On a 10♦ 2♣ A♥ 9♦ board, Steve Heron bet 1.7 million, and Yin Wu called all-in. With the J♦ on the river, Wu’s A♦ K♦  flush beat Heron’s A♣ 9♣. Yu doubled up his 775K chip stack.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #34 $1,600 NLH Main Event $1M GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly talented—players are:

Clayton Maguire: 1,755,000
Ross Ward: 1,625,000
Yin Wu: 1,040,000
Davis Harari: 3,960,000
Daniil Shalaev: 1,475,000
Anthony Spinella: 3,260,000
Steve Heron: 2,760,000
Sergio Fernandez: 2,100,000
Christopher Carey: 3,100,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #26
$800 NLH MonsterStack (8Max) $250K GTD
February 13-16, 2020

Heads up.

It didn’t take long for our final hand. Glenn Poole shoved with J, 8 off, and James Czarnecki called with K, 10 off. With a 8-Q-J-8-K board, Poole’s full house took the pot and the championship.

Shawn Daniels out in 3rd place.

After Shawn Daniels raised to 400K from the button, Glenn Poole called from the big blind. The flop fell 8♣ 7♥ 9♥. Poole checked, Daniels bet 400K, Poole shoved, and Daniels called. It was Daniels’ pocket jacks versus Poole’s Q♦ 9♦. When the board rounded out K♣ 9♦, Daniels was out.

Chopped pot update.

Between James Czarnecki and Glenn Poole, number 5.

Glenn Poole triples up, and Eric Blair is out in 4th place.

Here’s a fun hand. Shawn Daniels shoved from the small blind, Eric Blair shoved from the big blind, and Glenn Poole shoved from the button. Poole ended up turning a flush for the win and a triple up of his 3.205 million chips. Poole is now our huge chip leader.

Another chopped pot.

This time between James Czarnecki and Shawn Daniels. Total: 4.

Shawn Daniels extends his chip lead.

Eric Blair raised to 325K from UTG, and Shawn Daniels called from the big blind. The flop fell J♦ A♦ 7♦. Daniels checked, Blair bet 375K, and Daniels called. With a 7♥ on the turn, both men checked. The 2♦ fell on the river. Daniels bet 700K. Blair thought and then called. Daniels showed his K♦ 4♦ for the nut flush and a nice pot.

Chip updates.

Going into the Level 30 break, here is where our remaining four players stand:

Eric Blair: 4.4 million
James Czarnecki: 2.15 million
Glenn Poole: 3.53 million
Shawn Daniels: 5.1 million

When we return the blinds will be 80,000/160,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante.

Glenn Poole doubles up.

Glen Poole shoved from the big blind with A, 4 suited for his final 1.84 million chips. Eric Blair called effective from the button with pocket sevens. Poole hit an ace on the turn to keep his tournament hopes alive and double up.

Shawn Nelson out in 5th place.

The battle of the Shawns began with Shawn Daniels shoving from the small blind, and Shawn Nelson calling all in as well. It was Nelson’s A, J suited versus Daniels’ K, 5 off. Daniels hit a five on the flop and on the river to knock Nelson out and accumulate an additional 1.6-ish million chips.

James Czarnecki doubles up.

After Shawn Nelson raised to 300K from the cutoff, James Czarnecki shoved from the small blind. Nelson called. It was Nelson’s A, 10 suited versus Czarnecki’s pocket queens, and the queens held up enabling Czarnecki to double up his 880K chips stack.

Shawn Nelson doubles up.

After Shawn Nelson shoved from the button, James Czarnecki snap-called effective from the big blind. It was Czarnecki’s pocket aces against Nelson’s pocket sixes. Nelson hit a six on the river to double up his 1.2 million chip stack.

Glenn Poole takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Eric Blair raising to 275K from UTG. Glenn Poole called from the button. The flop fell 5♠ A♣ 8♠. Both men checked. With the 6♦ on the turn, Blair checked, Poole bet 300K, and Blair called. The K♣ fell on the river. Blair, again, checked, Poole continued with 500K, and Blair called. Poole showed his pocket sixes, and Blair mucked.

Jesse Cohen out in 6th place.

Jesse Cohen shoved from UTG with his final 835K chip stack and was called effective by James Czarnecki from the big blind. It was Cohen’s A, K off versus Czarnecki’s A, 10 suited. Two tens on the flop spelled the end of Cohen’s tournament life.

Glenn Poole doubles up.

Shawn Nelson bet 200K preflop from the big blind, and Glenn Poole called from the button. The flop fell J♣ 8♦ 9♣. Nelson checked, and Poole bet 250K, The 5♠ fell on the turn. Nelson checked, Poole shoved, and Nelson snap-called. It was Poole’s pocket queens against Nelson’s 10♦ 5♦, and the queens held up, enabling Poole to double his 640K chip stack.

Shawn Daniels doubles up.

This hand began with Shawn Daniels raising to 225K from UTG. Glenn Poole, from the big blind, called. The flop fell 3♣ 7♥ 9♦. Poole checked, Daniels bet 275K, Poole shoved, and Daniels snap-called. It was Daniels’ pocket aces versus Poole’s J♠ 9♠. The 7♦ on the turn and 6♠ on the river did nothing for Poole, and Daniels doubled up his 1.18 million chip stack.

Nothing much to report.

After the frenzied three eliminations, play has, again, slowed. We’ve had some minimum pots won after showdown and the usual shove-folds. Stay tuned. You won’t be sorry.

Chopped pot count: 3

Chip counts.

Going into the Level 27 break, here is where our remaining six stand:

Eric Blair: 6.2 million
James Czarnecki: 2.3 million
Jesse Cohen: 1.43 million
Glenn Poole: 1.79 million
Shawn Daniels: 1.4 million
Shawn Nelson: 2.1 million

When we return, the blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante.

Jesse Cohen doubles up.

Jesse Cohen, from the big blind, shoved with his 685K chip stack and was called effective by Glenn Poole from UTG. It was Cohen’s pocket sevens versus Poole’s A, Q suited. Despite Poole hitting a queen on the flop, Cohen also hit a seven enabling him to double up and keep his tournament hopes alive.

Spencer Champlin out in 7th place.

After Spencer Champlin shoved with his final 925K chip stack, Eric Blair called. It was Champlin’s pocket eights versus Blair’s pocket nines. Champlin hit an eight on the flop; however, Blair got a nine on the turn.

Marc Foggin out in 8th place.

This hand began with Marc Foggin shoving from the hijack with his final 770K chips. Shawn Nelson called from the big blind. It was Foggin’s A, 5 suited versus Nelson’s A, Q off, and the queen kicker eliminated Foggin.

Spencer Champlin wins a decent pot.

In our first hand that reached showdown that wasn’t a chop, Glenn Poole raised to 100K from the cutoff, and both Spencer Champlin, from the small blind, and Shawn Nelson, from the big blind, called. The flop fell 3♣ 2♣ 9♦, and all three gentlemen checked. With the 6♦ on the turn, Champlin checked, Nelson bet 140K, Poole called, and Champlin called. With the 10♥ on the river, all three men checked again. Champlin had a pair of sixes and took the pot.

Haim Gabay out in 9th place.

This hand began with Haim Gabay raising to 120K from the cutoff. Eric Blair re-raised to 400K from the button. Gabay shoved, and Blair called. It was Gabay’s A, K suited against Blair’s A, J off. Blair hit a jack and an ace on the flop to eliminate Gabay and accumulate another 1.175 million chips.

A slow start.

We’ve had a few shoves, several folds, and two exciting hands with an all-in and a call; however, believe it or not, they both ended up with chops.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DSE I Event #26 $800 NLH MonsterStack (8Max) $250K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Haim Gabay: 1,135,000
Eric Blair: 3,685,000
James Czarnecki: 1,700,000
Jesse Cohen: 965,000
Marc Foggin: 1,000,000
Glenn Poole: 3,450,000
Shawn Daniels: 1,775,000
Spencer Champlin: 605,000
Shawn Nelson: 865,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #21
$400 NLH UltimateStack $100K GTD
February 10-12, 2020

Heads up.

Our remaining two players agreed on a heads-up even chop, thus giving Tony Gordy the win as he had the lion’s share of chips. Errol Samuel finished a very respectable second. Head on over to our blog main page shortly for photos and our final table wrap up.

Bobby Poe out in 3rd place.

Bobby Poe shoved from the button with his final 2.215 million chip stack and, Tony Gordy called effective from the small blind. It was Poe’s J, 9 off versus Gordy’s pocket tens. Poe did hit a nine on the flop, but nothing else.

Francisco Lopez Romero out in 4th place.

Francisco Lopez Romero found himself all-in against Tony Gordy for his tournament life. It was Gordy’s K, 4 off versus Romero’s A, 10 off. Much to Romero’s chagrin, Gordy hit an ace on the river, eliminating Romero and accumulating another 2.155 million chips.

Errol Samuel wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Francisco Lopez Romero raising to 250K from UTG. He was called by both Errol Samuel, from the button, and Tony Gordy, from the big blind. With a 6♠ 2♣ 10♦ flop, Gordy checked, Romero c-bet 275K, Samuel called, and Gordy got out of the way. The 2♠ fell on the turn, and both men checked. With the 3♣ on the river, Romero checked, Samuel bet 500K, and Romero called. Samuel showed his A♥ 6♣ for a pair, and Romero mucked.

Not much to report.

With our four-handed play, we have seen the usual raise-fold-fold-fold and some hands that reached showdown with minimal betting. Nothing too terribly exciting. But as is always the case, something exciting—or, at least, report-worthy—is bound to happen.

Play on.

Play continues.

Another pause in the action.

Our remaining four players are checking the numbers again. Here is where they stand at the moment:

Bobby Poe: 3.835 million
Tony Gordy: 4.19 million
Francisco Lopez Romero: 4.255 million
Errol Samuel: 5.79 million

Jorge Alba out in 5th place.

This hand began with Jorge Alba shoving from the button with his remaining 1.4 million chips. Errol Samuel called from the big blind. It was Alba’s A, 7 off versus Samuel’s K, J off. Samuel ended up hitting a king on the river to eliminate Alba and add Alba’s chips to his growing stack.

Morgan Polo out in 6th place.

The short-stacked Morgan Polo shoved from the hijack with his A, 7 off and was called effective by Tony Gordy from the cutoff with pocket kings. The kings held up, thus eliminating Polo and giving Gordy another 1.5 million chips.

Jorge Alba doubles up.

After a 10♣ 9♥ Q♠ flop, Morgan Polo raised to 210K from the button, and Jorge Alba shoved with his 705K chip stack from the big blind. Polo snap called. It was Alba’s K♠ J♦ versus Polo’s Q♦ 10♦. The board rounded out 9♠ 2♠, and Alba’s flopped straight held up, thus crippling Polo.

No deal.

Let’s play poker!

A pause in the action.

The remaining six are discussing a possible deal. Stay tuned.

Updated chip counts.

Here is where our remaining six gentlemen stand:

Bobby Poe: 3,620,000
Morgan Polo: 2,970,000
Tony Gordy: 3,300,000
Jorge Alba: 1,015,000
Francisco Lopez Romero: 3,765,000
Errol Samuel: 3,405,000

Bobby Poe doubles up.

Bobby Poe shoved from the cutoff with his 1.86 million chip stack and pocket kings and was called effective by Francisco Lopez Romero from UTG with pocket nines. Even though he didn’t need it, Poe hit another king on the turn to keep his tournament hopes alive.

Kenna James out in 7th place.

After a 2♥ 6♥ 9♦ flop, Kenna James shoved from the big blind, and Tony Gordy snap called from the hijack. It was James’ 8♥ 5♥ versus Gordy’s K♥ 9♣. When the board rounded out Q♦ A♠, James was out and Gordy amassed an additional one million-ish chips.

Tony Gordy doubles up.

Tony Gordy shoved from the lojack position with his 1.18 million chip stack. Play folded around to Bobby Poe who called. It was Gordy’s pocket queens against Poe’s pocket queens. The 8-8-8 flop was somewhat ominous, but a 10-Q turn and river gave Gordy the win.

Ghulam Mirza out in 8th place.

The very short-stacked Ghulam Mirza shoved from mid-position with his final 180K chip stack and A, 3 off and was called by Bobby Poe with A, J suited. A jack on the flop spelled Mirza’s exit from the tournament.

Jorge Alba doubles up.

Jorge Alba shoved from mid position with his final 405K chip stack and A, J off. Ghulam Mirza called all-in effective. It was Alba’s A, J off versus Mirza’s A, K off. Alba hit a jack on the flop to take the pot, leaving Mirza very crippled.

David Cantu out in 9th place.

After David Cantu shoved from mid position, Errol Samuel called from UTG. It was Cantu’s pocket sevens versus Samuel’s pocket queens, and the queens held up, eliminating Cantu and making Samuel 825K richer.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in out DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #21 $400 NLH UltimateStack $100K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

David Cantu: 835,000
Bobby Poe: 1,685,000
Morgan Polo: 2,570,000
Tony Gordy: 1,840,000
Jorge Alba: 405,000
Francisco Lopez Romero: 5,500,000
Ghulam Mirza: 580,000
Errol Samuel: 2,445,000
Kenna James: 2, 100,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #18
$600 NLH MonsterStack $150K GTD
February 7-9, 2020

Heads up.

Our final two players agreed on a deal that included a save for the trophy and a portion of the prize pool.

In just the second hand, Ryan Rogers raised to 260K from the button, Anthony Wynn re-raised to 560K, and Rogers snap-called. The flop fell A♥ K♦ A♦, and both men checked. With the 8♥ on the turn, Wynn checked, Rogers bet 600K, Wynn shoved, and Rogers, again, snap-called. Both gentlemen had an ace; however, Wynn let out a groan when he saw Rogers’ kicker was a jack while his was a five. The 7♣ on the river sealed Rogers’ victory.

Sergei Kisviantsev out in 3rd place.

Ryan Rogers continues his reign of terror. This time, Rogers’ A, Q off bested Kisviantsev’s A, 2 suited, eliminating Kisviantsev and giving Rogers another 580K chips.

Andrew Burke out in 4th place.

Andrew Burke shoved from UTG with his 1.8 million chip stack and was called effective by Anthony Wynn from the small blind. Burke’s A, J off was up against Wynn’s pocket fives, and the fives held up.

Ryan Rogers doubles up.

Ryan Rogers shoved from the button with Q, J off and was called effective by Andrew Burke from the small blind with A, K off. Rogers hit a jack on both the flop and turn to double up his 3.63 million chip stack. Rogers is now the overwhelming chip leader.

Sergei Kisviantsev doubles up.

Sergei Kisviantsev shoved from UTG with his final 655K chip stack and was called effective by Anthony Wynn from the button. It was Kisviantsev’s A, 9 suited against Wynn’s Q, 10 suited. Kisviantsev hit an ace on the river to double up.

Lokesh Garg out in 5th place.

Lokesh Garg ran into Andrew Burke yet again. After Garg shoved with 10, 9 off, Burke called effective with A, 3 off. Garg hit a ten on the flop (along with a three for Burke), but running aces on the turn and river spelled the end for Garg and gave chip-leader Burke an additional 725K chips.

Chris Shebat out in 6th place.

This hand began with Anthony Wynn calling from the hijack. Ryan Rogers raised to 300K from the cutoff, and Chris Shebat shoved. Wynn folded, and Rogers snap-called. It was Rogers’ pocket kings versus Shebat’s pocket queens, and, even though he didn’t need it, Rogers picked up another king on the river and amassed Shebat’s 700K-ish chips.

Sergei Kisviantsev triples up.

The short-stacked Sergei Kisviantsev shoved from the cutoff with his remaining 235K chips. Lokesh Garg called from the button, and Anthony Wynn, from the small blind, shoved as well. Garg got out of the way. It was Wynn’s A, 10 suited against Kisviantsev’s Q, J off. Kisviantsev hit two more jacks on the flop to triple up and stay alive.

Just wait.

After a frenetic start, the pace has slowed considerably. We’ve had our fair share of shoves and folds as well as a number of minor pots that have reached showdown. As is always the case, however, something exciting is bound to happen.

Ryan Rogers doubles up.

Ryan Rogers shoved from UTG and was snap-called effective by Andrew Burke from the cutoff. It was Rogers’ pocket sixes versus Burke’s A, 7 suited. A 7-6-5-10-9 board gave Rogers trips and a double up of his 365K chip stack.

Chris Shebat doubles up again.

This time, Chris Shebat shoved from the big blind with his final 660K chip stack and pocket queens and was called, again, by Lokesh Garg with pocket nines. Even thought hie didn’t need it, Shebat hit another queen on the turn.

Chris Shebat doubles up.

Chris Shebat shoved from UTG with his final 270K chip stack and J, 9 suited. Lokesh Garg called effective from the button with A, J off. Shebat hit a nine on the river to keep his tournament hopes alive.

Scott Clements out in 7th place.

This hand began with Scott Clements shoving from the lojack and being called effective by Andrew Burke from the button. It was Clement’s Q, 8 suited against Burke’s pocket kings. Even thought Clements hit an eight on the flop, he got no other help and was out. Burke amassed Clements’ final 860K chips.

Noam Muallem out in 8th place.

This hand began with Anthony Wynn raising to 140K from the lojack. Noam Muallen shoved from the big blind with his final 560K chip stack and A, 3 suited. Wynn had A, Q off. With the board falling 5-J-10-6-K, Wynn’s straight eliminated Muallem.

Raj Ramakrishnan out in 9th place.

Raj Ramakrishnan found himself all-in with his final 800K chips against Andrew Burke. It was Ramakrishnan’s J, 9 off versus Burke’s A, J off. A jack on the flop paired both men; however, Burke’s ace kicker took the pot.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #18 $600 NLH MonsterStack $150K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Lokesh Garg: 3,700,000
Anthony Wynn: 3,300,000
Scott Clements: 500,000
Ryan Rogers: 1,500,000
Raj Ramarkrishnan: 860,000
Chris Shebat: 2,100,000
Andrew Burke: 2,820,000
Noam Muallem: 605,000
Sergei Kisviantsev: 1,320,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #11
$400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
February 3-5, 2020

A deal, indeed.

Our remaining three have agreed on a deal with Matthew Volosevich finishing third, Seat #8 finishing second, and Kfir Nahum taking the top honors. Head on over to our regular blog shortly for photos and our final table wrap up.

A deal, perchance?

Our remaining three gentlemen are discussing a possible deal. Stay tuned for what will likely be a thrilling conclusion to our tournament. They always are.

Jon-Michael Gisler out in 4th place.

This hand began with Jon-Michael Gisler min-raising from UTG to 160K. Kfir Nahum re-raised to 325K from the small blind. Seat #8 called from the big blind. After some thought, Gisler shoved, and Nahum called all-in effective. Seat #8 got out of the way. It was Gisler’s pocket jacks versus Nahum’s pocket aces and, wouldn’t you know it, the aces held up. Nahum amassed Gisler’s final 1.3 million chips and is the huge chip leader.

Cliff Green out in 5th place.

The short-stacked Cliff Green shoved from the cutoff with his final 650K chips and was snap called effective by Kfir Nahum in the small blind. It was Green’s Q♦ J♣ versus Nahum’s A♠ 9♣. When the board fell 8♣ 5♣ 7♣ 9♥ 5♦, Nahum’s pair of nines took the pot and eliminated Green.

Jon-Michael Gisler doubles up.

Jon-Michael Gisler shoved from UTG with his 475K chip stack and A, 4 suited. Kfir Nahum called effective from the small blind with 10, 8 off. Gisler hit a four on the flop, and, just for good measure, another on the river to double up.

Chip updates

Going into the Level 27 break, here is where our remaining five players stand:

Jon-Michael Gisler: 475,000
Cliff Green: 930,000
Matt Volosevich: 2,600,000
Kfir Nahum: 4,410,000
Seat #8: 4,380,000

When we return, the blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante.

Julio Novo out in 6th place.

After Julio Novo shoved from the cutoff with his final 550K chip stack, Seat #8 snap called from the big blind. It was Novo’s 9, 8 suited versus Seat #8’s pocket jacks. A Q-A-10 flop gave Novo some outs; however, a 4-Q on the turn and river eliminated Novo.

Cliff Green doubles up.

After Cliff Green shoved from the big blind with his final 650K chips, Kfir Nahum called effective from the cutoff. It was Green’s K, 10 suited versus Nahum’s A, 2 suited. A king on the flop held up, thus enabling Green to live to play another hand.

Mark Ellerbe out in 7th place.

Mark Ellerbe raised to 150K from UTG, and the action folded around to Seat #8 in the button who re-raised to 430K. After some thought, Ellerbe shoved with his 1.89 million chip stack, and Seat #8 called effective. It was Ellerbe’s pocket tens against Seat #8’s pocket queens, and the queens held up.

Julio Novo doubles up.

After Cliff Green raised to 350K from the small blind, Julio Novo called from the big blind. The flop fell 4♠ J♦ K♠. Green bet 325K. After some thought, Novo shoved with his final 425K chips. Green called. It was Green’s pocket fives versus Novo’s J♥ 7♥. Novo hit a jack on the flop to keep his tournament life going.

Austin Roberts out in 8th place.

This hand began with Seat #8 calling from the small blind followed by Austin Roberts shoving from the big blind. Seat #8 snap called. It was Roberts’ J, A suited against Seat #8’s pocket eights. The board fell 6-5-9-8-5 giving Seat #8 a full house and Roberts’ final 400K-ish chips.

Jon-Michael Gisler doubles up.

This hand began with Matt Volosevich raising to 100K from the hijack, and Jon-Michael Gisler calling from the big blind. The flop fell 5♠ J♣10♣. Gisler shoved with his 185K chip stack. Volosevich snap called. It was Gisler’s A♥ 5♣ versus Volosevich’s K♣ 4♣. The board rounded out 8♥ 4♠, and Gisler doubled up.

George Peckham out in 9th place.

Right off the bat, George Peckham shoved with his final 420K chips and A, 4 suited. Matt Volosevich called effective with A, 10 suited. Volosevich hit a ten on the turn to take the pot and eliminate Peckham.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza I Event #11 $400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our final nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Jon-Michael Gisler: 560,000
George Peckham: 420,000
Mark Ellerbe: 915,000
Cliff Green: 2,300,000
Julio Novo: 900,000
Matt Volosevich: 1,345,000
Kfir Nahum: 2,835,000
Seat #8: 2,035,000
Austin Roberts: 1,460,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza NYE Event #51
$340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
January 10-12, 2020

The final hand.

In our final hand, Ross Ward raised preflop to 355K, and Eric Baldwin called. The flop fell 7♥ A♣ 9♥. Baldwin checked, Ward bet 300K, Baldwin raised to 800K, Ward shoved, and Baldwin snap-called. It was Ward’s A♠ J♦ versus Baldwin’s 9♣ 8♠. The board rounded out 6♦ 4♣, and Ward’s pair of aces won him the pot and the tournament.

Ross Ward keeps chipping up.

Ross Ward has been flexing his muscle with some aggressive and very well-placed raises/shoves in this heads-up battle versus the very formidable Eric Baldwin.

Vyacheslav Stoyanov out in 3rd place.

Here is a doozy of a hand. Ross Ward raised to 300K from the button, and Vyacheslav Stoyanov reraised to 800K from the big blind. Ward called. The flop fell 3♦ 2♥ 4♦. Stoyanov c-bet 700K, Ward shoved, and Stoyanov called. It was Ward’s A♦ Q♣ against Stoyanov’s A♠ Q♠. The 7♦ on the turn and 10♦ on the river gave Ward the flush, thus eliminating Stoyanov and accumulating his two millionish chips. Ward is the commanding chip leader at the moment.

Derrick Mokedi out in 4th place.

Derrick Mokedi shoved from the big blind and was called effective by Ross Ward from the cutoff position. It was Mokedi’s A, 10 off versus Ward’s pocket aces, and the aces held up, eliminating Mokedi and giving Ward his 1.8 million chip stack.

Mehdi Madani out in 5th place.

This hand began with Ross Ward raising to 240K from UTG. Eric Baldwin reraised from the cutoff to 640K, and Mehdi Madani shoved from the button. Ward got out of the way. It was Baldwin’s pocket queens versus Madani’s A, 10 off. Despite getting a ten on the flop, Baldwin’s queens held up, and he amassed Madani’s final 600K chips.

Derrick Mokedi doubles up.

Derrick Mokedi just doubled up his 1.395 million chip stack against Eric Baldwin when his A, 10 suited bested Baldwin’s A, K off when a ten fell on the flop.

Bob Chow out in 6th place.

Bob Chow found himself all-in against chip leader Eric Baldwin for his remaining 800K chips. It was Chow’s pocket queens versus Baldwin’s pocket kings, and the kings held up.

Kwan Joey Kong out in 7th place.

After Kwan Joey Kong shoved from UTG with her remaining one million-ish chip stack, Eric Baldwin called effective from the cutoff. It was Kong’s A, K suited versus Baldwin’s pocket queens. Baldwin hit a queen on the flop, and Kong was out.

Mehdi Madani doubles up.

This hand began with Mehdi Madani shoving from the lojack with his final 720K chip stack. He was called effective by Kwan Joey Kong from the cutoff. I was Madani’s K, J off versus Kong’s pocket eights. Madani hit a jack on the flop to double up.

Break time.

Going into the Level 27 break, here is where our remaining players stand:

Kwan Joey Kong: 1.52 million
Derrick Mokedi: 2.54 million
Ross Ward: 2.47 million
Eric Baldwin: 2.56 million
Bob Chow 805,000
Mehdi Madani: 1.12 million
Vyacheslav Stoyanov: 1.94 million

When we return, the blinds will be 40,000/80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante.

Ben Scrogins out in 8th place.

Ben Scrogins shoved with his final 300K-ish chip stack and A, 10 suited and was snap-called effective by Ross Ward and his pocket kings. Ward hit a king in the window, and Scrogins was out.

Tuan Mai out in 9th place.

Tuan Mai found himself all-in with pocket eights versus Vyacheslav Stoyanov and his A, Q off. With a 3-2-4-5-Q board, Mai was eliminated, and Stoyanov amassed another 600K-ish chips.

Derrick Mokedi’s big blind special.

This hand began with Ben Scrogins calling from the small blind, and Derrick Mokedi checking his option. The flop fell J♦ 2♣ 7♠, and both men checked. The 2♦ fell on the turn. Scrogins bet 60K, and Mokedi called. With the 2♥ on the river, Scrogins checked, Mokedi bet 160K, and Scrogins called. Wouldn’t you know it, Mokedi had a deuce.

Wait a second.

We had a moment of excitement when Derrick Mokedi shoved and Ross Ward snap called. Both men flipped over A, K. The flop was a rainbow. The excitement waned.

The action has been a bit slow.

We’ve had the usual assortment of raises, shoves, and folds. Very few hands have reached showdown. Don’t worry, it always picks up. Always.

Ben Scrogins doubles up.

Ben Scrogins shoved from the lojack with his final 525K chip stack and was called effective by Derrick Mokedi. It was Scrogins’ pocket sevens versus Mokedi’s A, K suited, and the sevens held up.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza NYE Event #51 $340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Kwan Joey Kong: 2,580,000
Ben Scrogins: 780,000
Derrick Mokedi: 1,200,000
Ross Ward: 2,100,000
Eric Baldwin: 1,520,000
Tuan Mai: 650,000
Bob Chow: 925,000
Mehdi Madani: 2,000,000
Vyacheslav Stoyanov: 1,165,000

Good luck everyone!