DeepStack Final Table Updates

DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #24
$400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
September 17-19, 2019

Yes, we have a deal.

Here is how our remaining three finished:

1st: Mike Christiansen
2nd: Aramis Hayrapetyan
3rd: Brandon Setzer

Check out the main page of our blog as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for the specifics and the final table wrap up.

A deal, perhaps.

Stay tuned, our remaining three are discussing a deal.

Updated chip counts.

Going into Level 28, here is where our remaining three players stand:

Aramis Hayrapetyan: 2.655 million
Mike Christiansen: 3.895 million
Brandon Setzer: 1.930 million

The blinds are now 40,000/80,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante.

Brandon Setzer doubles up.

After a few all-ins which were met with folds, this time Brandon Setzer got a call. This hand began with Setzer raising to 130K from the button and was called by Aramis Hayrapetyan in the small blind and Mike Christiansen in the big blind. The flop fell 3♦ A♥ 6♦. Hayrapetyan checked, Christiansen checked, and Setzer bet 175K. Hayrapetyan folded and Christiansen called. A 9♦ hit the turn, and both men checked. With a 7♥ on the river, Christiansen checked, Setzer shoved, and Christiansen called. Christiansen had thre 6’s; however, Setzer’s K♦ 10♦ gave him the flush and doubled his 780K chip stack.

Mike Christiansen doubles up.

Mike Christiansen doubled up his 1.565 million chip stack against Aramis Hayrapetyan when Christiansen hit a straight on the river with his 6, 7, off, besting Hayrapetyan’s pocket queens.

Alan Brand out in 4th place.

Alan Brand shoved from the button and was snap-called by Aramis Hayrapetyan from the big blind. Both men made a flush; however, Hayrapetyan outkicked Brand. Hayrapetyan amassed Brand’s 1.5 million chips and is now the massive chip leader.

Wait, what?

We finally had what looked like it would be an exciting hand. It began with Aramis Hayrapetyan raising to 150K from UTG. Brandon Setzer called from the big blind. The flop fell J♣ 8♥ Q♠. Setzer checked, Hayrapetyan bet 200K, Setzer raised to 600K, Hayrapetyan shoved, and Setzer snap-called. Both men flipped over Q, J off and split the pot.

A lull in the action.

There hasn’t been too much excitement to write about. The usual four-handed raise-fold-fold-fold, a couple of minimal pot showdowns, and a lot of checking. Stay tuned, though, something is bound to happen.

Stephen Lockett out in 5th place.

Lockett shoved from the cutoff with his final 130K chips and Q, 5 off. Alan Brand called from the big blind with his K, 6 off. Even though he didn’t need it, Brand rivered a king, thus eliminating Lockett.

Stephen Lockett runs into trouble.

After Alan Brand raised to 90K from the cutoff, Stephen Lockett called from the small blind. Aramis Hayrapetyan shoved with his 845K chip stack from the big blind, and Lockett snap-called. It was Lockett’s pocket 10’s versus Hayrapetyan’s pocket kings. Although he didn’t need it, Hayrapetyan hit a king on the river, leaving Lockett with 130K chips.

Robert Mantin out in 6th place.

It couldn’t last forever. This time, Mantin shoved from the cutoff with his final 565K chips and a decent hand of K♣ 10♥. He was called by Alan Brand in the lojack position with Q♣ 10♣. The board fell 3♣ 8♥ 3♠ J♠ 9♠, giving Brand a straight and eliminating Mantin. Brand is now our chip leader.

Robert Mantin doubles up. Twice.

Here are two unbelievable hands you won’t see too often. Robert Mantin was all-in from the big blind with his final 40K chips. Mike Christiansen called from the cutoff. It was Christiansen’s pocket kings versus Mantin’s 8, 3 off. The flop fell 8, 3, 8, and, well, you can guess what happened.

In the next hand Brandon Setzer called from the button, Mantin shoved from the small blind with his 175K chips, and Stephen Lockett called from the big blind. There was no side pot as the two still in play checked down. The board hit 7♥ 4♦ J♥ 7♠ K♥ and wouldn’t you know, Mantin had 7, 2 off, thus doubling up again.

Alan Brand doubles up.

This hand began with Robert Mantin raising to 60K from UTG, and Alan Brand calling from the button. The flop fell J♣ J♠ 10♠. Brand checked, Mantin bet 125K, and Brand called. With a 5♣ on the turn, Brand, again, checked and Mantin shoved. Brand called. It was Brand’s pocket jacks versus Mantin’s 8♣ 9♣. Even though an 8♦ fell on the river, Brand’s pocket jacks took the pot and he doubled up his 1.31 million chip stack.

Zachary Schwartz out in 7th place.

Zachary Schwartz shoved his final 365K chips from the small blind in response to Aramis Hayrapetyan’s raise from the hijack. Hayrapetyan called and flipped over pocket 10’s. Schwartz had two overs with A, Q off, but the 10’s held firm.

Jason Seitz out in 8th place.

Jason Seitz shoved from mid position with his final 265K chips, and was called all-in effective by Robert Mantin from the button. It was Seitz’s A, Q off versus Mantin’s A, K off. A king in the window on the flop sealed Seitz’s fate.

Konstantin Polin out in 9th place.

Konstantin Polin raised to 75K from UTG, and Brandon Setzer raised to 275K from the button. Polin shoved with his final 900K chips, and, after some thought, Setzer called. It was Polin’s pocket queens versus Setzer’s A, K off, and Setzer hit an ace on the flop,

Gautam Lillaney out in 10th place.

Gautam Lillaney fell to Alan Brand’s pocket jacks when his Q, A suited was beaten.

Konstantin Polin doubles up.

Konstantin Polin shoved with his 460K chip stack and was called effective by Gautam Lillaney. It was Polin’s pocket 7’s versus Lillaney’s pocket jacks, and Polin hit a 7 on the flop to keep his tournament going.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #24 $400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Aramis Hayrapetyan: 1,002,000
Mike Christiansen: 870,000
Jason Seitz: 325,000
Alan Brand: 1,125,000
Zachary Schwartz: 486,000
Brandon Setzer: 1,100,000
Robert Mantin: 1,696,000
Gautam Lillaney: 578,000
Stephen Lockett: 1,015,000
Konstantin Polin: 313,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #17
$600 NLH DoubleStack $200K GTD
September 12-15, 2019

And we have a deal.

Daniel Perkins had the lion’s share of the chips when he and Sukh Sangha made a very amicable deal. Check out the main blog for photos and the final table wrap up.

Daniel Perkins has the chip lead.

Daniel Perkins has been slowly and steadily chipping up with a masterful array of aggression and slow playing.

And play continues.

A deal, perhaps?

Our final two are discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Tuan Mai out in 3rd place.

Daniel Perkins bested Tuan Mai when Perkins’ pocket kings held up against Mai’s A, 10, off.

Michael Haag out in 4th place.

After Sukh Sangha shoved from the small blind, Michael Haag called. It was Sangha’s pocket jacks versus Haag’s K, 10 suited, and the jacks held firm. Sangha accumulated another 1.5 million-ish chips to further extend his chip lead.

Daniel Perkins doubles up.

Daniel Perkins got a much-needed chip boost when he shoved from the cutoff and was snap-called all-in effective by Michael Haag. It was Perkins’ A, 10 suited versus Haag’s pocket sevens. Perkins got an ace on the flop and doubled up his 1.35 million chip stack.

Gautam Lillaney out in 5th place.

The short-stacked Gautam Lillaney found his tournament life on the line against Sukh Sangha when Lillaney shoved with A, 2 spades. Sangha flipped over A, 10 hearts. Both men paired their ace, and Sangha outkicked him.

William Korn out in 6th place.

William Korn was eliminated by Tuan Mai when Mai hit a set on the flop.

Michael Haag doubles up.

This hand began with Tuan Mai raising to 225K from UTG and being called by Sukh Sangha from the cutoff. Michael Haag went over the top and shoved from the button with his final 765K chips and Q♥ A♠. Tuan Mai called all in effective with pocket queens, and Sangha folded. Haag hit an ace on the flop and took the pot.

Joshua Suyat out in 7th place.

Joshua Suyat shoved from the hijack with his remaining 225K chips and was called effective by Michael Haag from the small blind. It was Haag’s pocket jacks against Suyat’s 8♥ 6♥. A crazy K♠ 9♠ 7♦ 10♥ 8♣ board ultimately gave Haag the win.

Daniel Perkins doubles up.

Daniel Perkins shoved from UTG with pocket kings and his final 990K chips and was called effective by Joshua Suyat with pocket eights. The kings held firm.

Gautam Lillaney doubles up.

In this hand, Gautam Lillaney shoved from the button and was called effective by Joshua Suyat from the big blind. It was Lillaney’s A, K off against Suyat’s Q, J suited. Suyat hit a queen on the flop, but Lillaney paired his ace and doubled up his 885K chips.

Sukh Sangha takes another nice pot.

This hand began with Sukh Sangha min-raising to 125K from the small blind and being called by Michael Haag in the big blind. The flop fell 5♦ 9♦ 8♥, and both men checked. A 4♣ hit the turn, and Sangha bet 225K. Haag called. With a 6♥ on the river. Sagha, again bet 250K, and, again, Haag called. Sangha’s A♣ 6♣ bested Haag’s pair of fives.

Sukh Sangha takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Daniel Perkins calling from the small blind and Sukh Sangha exercising his option. The flop fell 6♥ K♣ 6♠. Perkins bet 100K, Sangha called. With a Q♥ on the turn, Perkins, again, bet 150K. Sangha called. The 2♠ fell on the river, and Perkins bet 250K. Sangha called and showed Perkins his six to take the pot, besting Perkins’ pair of kings.

William Korn doubles up.

William Korn risked his final 550K chips with pocket tens against chip leader Sukh Sangha’s 9♠ 7♣. With a Q♦ 9♣ J♦ 8♣ 9♥ board, Korn hit the straight and lives to play another hand

Gautam Lillaney doubles up.

It was Gautam Lillaney’s turn to get in on the double-up action. He risked his A, J off and 685K chip stack against Tuan Mai’s A, K suited. Lillaney hit a jack on the turn to keep his tournament hopes alive.

Michael Haag doubles up.

Michael Haag made two pair with his 10, 3 suited on the flop to best Joshua Suyat’s pocket queens. Haag doubled his 465K chip stack

Kyle Caslin out in 8th place.

Kyle Caslin put up a valiant battle, even pairing his king on the flop; however, Daniel Perkins’ pocket sixes bested Caslin’s pair when a six also fell on the flop. Perkins accumulated Caslin’s final 495K chips.

Kyle Caslin doubles up.

Kyle Caslin managed to keep his tournament hopes alive when he shoved his short 210K stack with 8, 4 off. Daniel Perkins called with suited 6, 7. An eight on the flop gave Caslin another life.

In the next hand, Caslin shoved again, but had no takers.

Excitement.

We’ve had a few gutsy all-in moves that didn’t reach showdown. Daniel Perkins won a nice 700K-ish pot from Gautam Lillaney, and Joshua Suyat shoved against Michael Haag on a crazy board of 8♣ 9♣ 8♦ 8♠ 9♥, but Haag folded, giving Suyat an additional 600K-ish chips.

Willie Benton out in 9th place.

The very short-stacked Willie Benton risked his final chips with a K, 10 off against William Korn’s A, Q off. The ace would have been enough, but Korn hit a queen on the flop as well.

Rudy Cadenas out in 10th place.

After Tuan Mai min-raised from the button, Rudy Cadenas shoved, and Mai snap called. It was Mai’s A, K off versus Cadenas’ 7, 4 suited. An ace on the flop essentially sealed Cadenas’ fate, and Mai accumulated his remaining 865K chips.

Joshua Suyat takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Rudy Cadenas raising to 90K from mid position, and was called by both Daniel Perkins, also in mid position, and Joshua Suyat from the big blind. The flop fell 9♣ 5♦ 7♥, and all three men checked. With a 2♦ on the turn, Suyat bet 160K, Cadenas called, and Perkins got out of the way. An 8♥ hit the river. Suyat continued with 350K. After some thought, Cadenas called. Suyat showed his 6♥ A♣ for the straight, and Cadenas mucked.

Willie Benton doubles up.

Willie Benton doubled up against Gautam Lillaney when he shoved from UTG+1 with his pocket kings and was called effective by Lillaney in mid position with pocket eights. The kings held, and Benton doubled up his 150K chip stack.

William Korn doubles up.

William Korn shoved from the small blind with his final 375K chips and was called effective by Joshua Suyat in the big blind. It was Korn’s A&heartrs; 9♣ versus Suyat’s K♠ 7♦. Korn didn’t even need the nine he got on the river and doubled up.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #17 $600 NLH DoubleStack $200K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Kyle Caslin: 430,000
Rudy Cadenas: 1,500,000
Daniel Perkins: 1,100,000
Sukh Sangha: 3,670,000
Wllie Benton: 490,000
Michael Haag: 1,005,000
Gautam Lillaney: 1,695,000
William Korn: 455,000
Joshua Suyat: 1,340,000
Tuan Mai: 1,450,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #12
$340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
September 9-11, 2019

Now we have a deal.

The final two players, Adrian Armendariz and Phil Beck agreed to a heads-up deal with Armendariz taking the title by virtue of a few thousand chips. Check out the main blog for the final table wrap up.

Seat #4 out in 3rd place.

After Seat #4 shoved with pocket nines from the button, Adrian Armendariz snap-called from the small blind with 10, Q off. A queen on the flop sealed Seat #4’s fate.

Play resumes.

No consensus was made, so let’s play poker.

A deal, perhaps?

Our final three players are now discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Kami Hudson out in 4th place.

After Seat #4 raised to 300K from UTG, Kami Hudson shoved with her final 900K-ish chip stack, and Adrian Armendariz also went all-in effective. Seat #4 folded and it was Hudson’s A, K off versus Armendariz’s pocket 9’s. a 9 on the flop essentially sealed Hudson’s fate.

Phil Beck doubles up again.

Adrian Armendariz shoved from the small blind with pocket aces and was snap-called by Phil Beck from the big blind with 8♥ 9♣. When the board ran Q♠ 10♥ J♣ Q♥ 8♠, Beck hit his straight and doubled up his 2.1 million chips, making him the chip leader.

Guy Cicconi out in 5th place.

Guy Cicconi shoved from the small blind with his final 1.09 million chips and J, 7 off and was called effective by Seat #4 with J, 9 off. Both players hit a jack on the flop; however, Seat #4 hit a 9 on the river, taking the pot and eliminating Cicconi.

Updated chip counts.

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

Guy Cicconi: 1.09 million
Seat #4: 1.855 million
Kami Hudson: 1.26 million
Adrian Armendariz: 3.5 million
Phil Beck: 2.22 million

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

Phil Beck doubles up.

The very talkative Phil Beck just doubled up against Seat #4 when Beck’s J, A off went up against Seat #4’s pocket tens. Not only did Beck receive an ace on the flop, but, just for good measure, also hit one on the river. He doubled up his 1.140 million chips.

As is oftentimes the case…

…in late stages of larger tournaments, we have entered the raise-fold-fold-fold-fold segment.

Adrian Armendariz doubles up.

Adrian Armendariz took a nice chunk of chip leader Seat #4’s stack when he shoved from the cutoff in response to Seat #4’s re-raise from the big blind. It was Armendariz’s pocket queens versus Seat #4’s A, K off, and the queens held firm, thus enabling Armendariz to double his 1.735 million chip stack.

Sam Vizza out in 6th place.

This hand began with Sam Vizza raising to 110K from UTG. Seat #4 re-raised to 475K from the cutoff. Vizza shoved, and Seat #4 called effective. It was Vizza’s A, Q off versus Seat #4’s A, K off. Despite hitting a queen on the flop, Seat #4 rivered a king and took Vizza’s remaining 950K chips further extending his hefty chip lead.

Jason Stern out in 7th place.

Jason Stern found himself all-in with his final 475K chips against Seat #4. It was Stern’s A, 5 off against Seat #4’s pocket jacks; however, this time the jacks held out, and Stern was eliminated.

Seat #10 out in 8th place.

After losing the majority of his chips in the previous hand, Seat #10 risked his final 1,500 chips, which he lost to Kami Hudson.

Sam Vizza doubles up.

This hand began with Kami Hudson raising to 100K from the hijack. Adrian Armendariz called from the cutoff. Sam Vizza shoved from the small blind with his final 435K chips,  and Seat #10 called. Both Hudson and Armendariz got out of the way. It was Vizza’s A♦ 10♦ versus Seat #10’s pocket jacks. Despite Seat #10 getting a jack on a J♦ 6♣ 3♦ flop, Vizza managed to make a flush when a K♦ hit the turn. The river was an insignificant 10♥, and last week’s defending champion of this event lives to play another hand.

Seat #4 takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Guy Cicconi min-raising to 90K from the hijack and was called by both Seat #4 from the cutoff and Phil Beck from the big blind. The flop was 5♠ 3♥ 3♠. All three men checked. The turn fell 10♥, Beck checked, Cicconi checked, and #4 bet 120K. Cicconi got out of the way while Beck called. The 8♥ fell on the river. Beck checked again, #4 bet 290K, and Beck called. #4 showed A♥ 9♥ for the flush, and Beck mucked.

Stephen Foutty out in 9th place.

Stephen Foutty found himself all-in against Phil Beck when Beck called his all-in. It was Foutty’s A, 10 off versus Beck’s A, 5 diamonds, and Beck rivered a flush to take Foutty’s final 540K chips.

The calm before the storm.

There have been several hands played since our frenetic start; however, the pots have been relatively small and the hands really nothing to write home about. Stay tuned, though, things are bound to pick up.

Phil Beck doubles up.

This hand began with Adrian Armendariz raising to 75K from the cutoff. Phil Beck re-raised from the button to 290K. After asking for a count and staring Beck down, Armendariz shoved, and Beck also shoved with pocket aces and his final 542K chips. The aces bested Armendariz’s A, 10 off, and Beck took the pot.

Michael Vitello out in 10th place.

Right off the bat, Michael Vitello fell to Guy Cicconi when his A, Q off fell to Cicconi’s A,K off.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DSE III Event #12 $340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Jason Stern: 901,000
Guy Cicconi: 535,000
Michael Vitello: 435,000
Seat #4: 1,890,000
Kami Hudson: 1,600,000
Adrian Armendariz: 1,085,000
Phil Beck: 664,000
Stephen Foutty: 1,300,000
Sam Vizza: 1,180,000
Seat #10: 374,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #8
$400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD
September 6-8, 2019

And we have a deal.

The four remaining gentlemen amicably discussed and arrived at a deal. Check out the main blog for placements and prizes and the upcoming final table wrap up.

Let’s make a deal.

Our final four are discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Terry Fleischer out in fifth place.

Terry Fleischer min-raised to 160K from UTG and was called by Patrick Beirne from the button, as well as Kfir Nahum from the small blind and Willie Benton from the big blind. The flop fell J♥ Q♣ 7♦. Play checked around to chip leader Beirne who shoved. Fleischer called. It was Fleischer’s pocket kings versus Beirne’s pocket sevens. Turns out Beirne didn’t need the case 7 on the river.

Willie Benton wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Shaurabh Sharna min-raising from UTG to 170K. Both Willie Brown, from the small blind, and Terry Fleischer, from the big blind called. The flop fell 9♥ A♣ 5♦. All three men checked. With a 4♦ on the turn, Benton checked, Fleischer bet 100K, Sharna called, and Benton called. A 6♦ hit the river. Benton shoved with his 535K chip stack, thus causing the other two men to fold.

Malcolm Glenn-Adams out in sixth place.

This hand began with Patrick Beirne raising from UTG to 150K. Play folded around to Malcolm Glenn-Adams in the small blind who shoved with his final 1.365 million chips. Beirne snap called and flipped over pocket queens against Glenn-Adams’ A,K suited. The queens held pat, and Glenn-Adams was eliminated.

Action slowed.

Well, the action has slowed a bit since our rapid early eliminations. There’s been some limping, a lot of checking, and several raises which were met with folds. But stay tuned. The action is bound to get exciting.

Terry Fleischer doubles up.

Following a 5♠ 3♦ 9♣ flop, Terry Fleischer shoved from the button with his final 745K chips. Willie Benton called effective from the cutoff. It was Fleischer’s A♠ 9♥ versus Benton’s 8♥ 5♥. When the board rounded out 4♣ A♦, Fleischer won the pot.

Richard West out in seventh place.

This hand began with Willie Benton raising to 425K from the button. Richard West shoved from the small blind, and Benton called effective. It was Benton’s pocket aces versus West’s pocket queens, and the aces held. Benton amassed West’s final 855K chips.

Guy Ciccone out in eighth place.

Guy Ciccone risked his final 710K chips with 8,9 suited from the button and was called effective by Malcolm Glenn-Adams in the big blind with A,8 off. The board paired queens and kings, and Glenn-Adams took the pot with his ace kicker, thus eliminating Ciccone.

Daniel Lawrence out in ninth place.

Daniel Lawrence fell to Richard West when Lawrence’s K, Q off fell to West’s pocket tens. West amassed Lawrence’s final 470K chips.

Evan Jones out in tenth place.

Jones shoved his short stack and pocket sixes, and was called effective by Malcolm Glenn-Adams with Q, J off. Glenn-Adams ended up rivering a straight, thus eliminating Jones.

Richard West doubles up.

Richard West doubled up against Evan Jones when his pocket eights held up against Jones’ A, Q off. Despite an ace on the flop, Jones ended up rivering a straight, thus leaving Jones severely crippled.

We’ve reached the final table.

Well, we’ve reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #8 $400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Shaurabh Sharna: 1,800,000
Patrick Beirne: 1,695,000
Kfir Nahum: 1,960,000
Evan Jones: 495,000
Willie Benton: 1,800,000
Ricnard West: 345,000
Guy Cicconi: 730,000
Terry Fleischer: 1,100,000
Daniel Lawrence: 535,000
Malcolm Glenn-Adams: 2,005,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza III Event #1
$340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
September 2-4, 2019

The final hand.

It didn’t take long after Debra Orum kept shoving before Sam Vizza answered. And did he answer. The final hand came down to Orum’s Q♠ 3♣ versus Vizza’s J♠ 7♠. When the board ran 4♦ 6♠ 8♦ 5♠ 10♦, Vizza knew he had it in the bag.

Jewook Oh out in 3rd place.

Sam Vizza took Jewook Oh’s final one million-ish chips when Vizza rivered a straight, besting Oh’s pocket threes.

Debra Orum doubles up.

Easy come, easy go as Jewook Oh lost 1.925 million chips to Debra Orum after he called her shove from the big blind. It was Oh’s A, 9 off versus Orum’s 8, 6 suited. Not only did Orum flop trips but she rivered a full house to take the pot.

Jewook Oh doubles up through Sam Vizza.

This time Sam Vizza got the short end of the deal when his Q, 8 off fell to Jewook Oh’s A, Q suited, thus giving Oh an additional nearly 3 million chips.

Chop talk.

After a brief discussion of a deal, play resumed. The chip counts are as follows:

Jewook Oh: 2.97 million
Debra Orum: 1.885 million
Sam Vizza: 7.425 million

Dmitriy Konikov eliminated in 4th place.

Dmitriy Konikov shoved with his final 650K chips and A, 8 off and was called effective, again, by the uber-hot Sam Vizza with pocket jacks. The jacks held up, and Konikov was out.

Eric Baldwin eliminated in 5th place.

Eric Baldwin shoved preflop with his final 625K and pocket eights, and was called effective by, who else, Sam Vizza with pocket aces. Even though he didn’t need it, Vizza got an ace on the turn, eliminating Baldwin.

Jamie McCarrel eliminated in 6th place.

Sam Vizza’s reign of terror continues, and this time Jamie McCarrel is the victim. McCarrel shoved preflop from the button with K, 8 off and his remaining 545K chips. Vizza called from the small blind with A, 3 suited. Vizza hit an ace on the flop and then one on the turn for the win.

Sam Vizza wins a nice pot.

Sam Vizza raised preflop to 150K from the button. After some thought, Jewook Oh called from the big blind. The flop fell J♣ 3♠ A♣. Both men checked. With a 2♥ on the turn, Oh checked, Vizza bet 200K, and Oh called. With a 7♠ on the river, Oh checked, Vizza upped the stakes by betting 555K, and Oh called. Vizza showed A♥ 3♦, and Oh mucked.

Debra Orum doubles up.

Debra Orum got the better of Eric Baldwin in a hand that began with Orum shoving from UTG with her 1.06 million chip stack. Baldwin called effective. It was Orum’s A, Q off against Baldwin’s pocket tens. A queen on the flop held up and Orum took the pot, leaving Baldwin with 510K.

Karl Pregitzer out in 7th place.

It was Sam Vizza for the second knockout in a row when Karl Pregitzer shoved with his final 635K chips and A, 10 off. Vizza called effective with A, J off, and Vizza out-kicked Pregitzer for the pot and Pregitzer’s stack.

Seat #6 out in 8th place.

Sam Vizza got the better of Seat #6 when Vizza’s suited 3, 4 held up against Seat #6’s pocket queens when he turned a straight, giving Vizza the pot and another almost 500K chips.

Debra Orum doubles up again.

This hand began with Jewook Oh raising from the lojack to 100K. Debra Orum shoved with her final 245K chips from the hijack, and Sam Vizza also called from the big blind. The flop fell 2♦ J♥ 3♦. Both men checked. With a 4♣ on the turn, Vizza checked, Oh bet 225K, and Vizza folded. Now it was Orum’s pocket nines against Oh’s A♣ 4♠. A J♦ on the river gave Orum the pot, and she lives to play another hand.

Jamie McCarrel doubles up.

It was Jamie McCarrel’s turn to get in on the action with Eric Baldwin. Baldwin called from the small blind and McCarell shoved from the big blind. Baldwin called. It was Baldwin’s pocket deuces against McCarrel’s J♠ A♦. Both a jack and an ace on the flop essentially sealed McCarrel’s victory and he doubled up his 600K chip stack.

Eric Baldwin returns the favor.

Eric Baldwin doubled up against Debra Orum in a hand wherein action folded to Orum in the small blind who raised to 140K. Baldwin called from the big blind. The flop fell K♦ 2♣ Q♦. Orum shoved and, after some thought, Baldwin called. Orum showed pocket aces while Baldwin flipped over K♠ 4♠. The turn and river fell K♣ 4♦, thus giving Baldwin a full house and doubling up his 700K chip stack.

Rick Munro out in 9th place.

Dmitriy Konikov then got the best of Rick Munro in a hand that began with Konikov calling from UTG. Rick Munro shoved from the small blind with his final 300K chips, and Konikov snap called. It was Munro’s pocket jacks versus Konikov’s A, Q off. A queen on the flop essentially sealed Munro’s fate.

Justin Pacult out in 10th place.

After Dimitriy Konikov raised to 110K preflop from the lojack, Justin Pacult shoved with his short stack. Konikov snap called. It was Konikov’s pocket eights versus Pacult’s desperate 4, 2 off, and, as would be expected, the eights held up, eliminating Pacult.

Dmitriy Konikov doubles up.

This hand began with Dimitriy Konikov shoving from UTG with his final 610K chips. Play folded around to Justin Pacult in the hijack who called effective. It was Konikov’s pocket nines versus Pacult’s pocket jacks. The flop fell J♥ 6♦ 8♥, and Konikov stood up thinking he was eliminated; however, a 7♠ on the turn and 10♣ on the river doubled him up with a straight. Pacult is severely short-stacked at the moment.

Debra Orum doubles up.

Well, it didn’t take long for Debra Orum to shove from the cutoff with pocket deuces and her final 492K chips. She was called all-in effective by Eric Baldwin from the button with his Q, A off. The deuces held up.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table of our Event #1. Our remaining ten lucky, and of course highly skilled, players are:

Jewook Oh: 2,373,000
Debra Orum: 492,000
Eric Baldwin: 942,000
Justin Pacult: 820,000
Jamie McCarrel: 802,000
Seat #6: 1,154,000
Rick Munro: 703,000
Sam Vizza: 3,031,000
Dimitriy Konikov: 612,000
Karl Pregitzer: 1,400,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Showdown August Event #14
$400 NLH DoubleStack $250K GTD
August 13-18, 2019

The final hand.

As would be expected, Chris Ray shoved with his final 830K chips and Mahesh Rathi snap called. It was Ray’s Q♦ 8♠ against Rathi’s 3♠ 2♣ (definitely not as promising as the previous hand.) The flop fell 10♦ 3♦ 7♠., and Ray still had some hope remaining. However, with a 7♣ on the turn and 3♣ on the river, Rathi’s unlikely full house secured him the win.

Chris Ray crippled.

In this hand, both men agreed to go all-in blind. It was Chris Ray’s pocket fours versus Mahesh Rathi’s A♠ 8♠ (actually, two decent hands for shoving and calling blind.) The board fell Q♠ K♠ A♣ 7♠ 10♠, thus giving Rathi the win. Ray had 11.3 million chips at the time, and Rathi had 10.2 million.

Greg Flierl eliminated in third place.

This hand began with Greg Flierl raising to 555K from the button. Mahesh Rathi re-raised to 1.5 million, and Flierl shoved. Rathi called. It was Flierl’s A♣ 9♦ versus Rathi’s pocket sevens, and the sevens held up. Rathi amassed Flierl’s 4.88 million chip stack as Flierl was out.

Greg Flierl wins a nice pot.

Mahesh Rathi min-raised to 320K from the button and Greg Flierl re-raised to 870K from the big blind. Rathi called. The flop fell 8♦ 7♣ K♣. Both men checked. With an A♦ on the turn, Flierl checked, Rathi bet 400K, Flierl shoved, and Rathi folded.

A deal and a save.

The three men agreed to a three-way even chop, and they will play out for the remainder of the prize pool and our beautiful trophy.

A pause in the action.

The remaining three gentlemen are discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Robert Peacock out in 4th place.

Robert Peacock found his tournament life on the line when he shoved from the button in response to Chris Ray’s 320K raise from the UTG position. Ray called. It was Peacock’s 10♣ A♥ against Ray’s J♣ K♦. Ray couldn’t have gotten a much better flop than the J♦ 4♣ K♠ that came. A meaningless 3♥ on the turn and 5♠ on the river eliminated Peacock in fourth place and gave Ray another 3.8 million chips, making him the overwhelming chip leader.

Greg Flierl doubles up.

Greg Flierl shoved from the big blind with his 2.275 million chip stack and pocket fives and was called effective by Robert Peacock from the small blind and A, 6 suited. Even though he didn’t need it, Flierl hit another five on the turn, thus extending his tournament life.

Ray Johnston out in fifth place.

This hand began with Chris Ray shoving from UTG and being snap called by Ray Johnston from the cutoff. It was Ray’s pocket kings against Johnston’s A, K off, and the kings held firm. Ray amassed Johnston’s final 1.8 million chips.

Level 30 break chip counts.

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

Ray Johnston: 1.968 million
Robert Peacock: 7.69 million
Grel Flierl: 2.4 million
Mahesh Rathi: 4.98 million
Chris Ray: 4.07 million

When we return, the blinds will be 80,000/160,000.

Jon Turner out in sixth place.

This hand began with Mahesh Rathi raising to 300K from UTG. He was called by both Robert Peacock from the button, and Jon Turner from the cutoff. The flop fell 10♠ 5♠ A♠. Turner shoved with his 700K-ish chips. Rathi folded, and Peacock called. It was Turner’s A♣ 7♣ against Peacock’s pocket queens. The board rounded out 10♣ Q♣, and Turner was out.

Jon Turner doubles up.

Turner recouped 530K of his previous hand’s losses when he answered Greg Flierl’s 300K raise with an over-the-top shove. Flierl snap called. Turner’s pocket sixes bested Flierl’s K, Q off.

Chris Ray doubles up.

This hand began with Jon Turner shoving from the button and being snap called by Chris Ray from the big blind. It was Turner’s pocket threes versus Ray’s A♥ 7♠. The flop fell 5♦ 3♥ 2♦, giving Turner a set; however, a 4♦ on the turn made Ray’s straight. The 8♣ on the river didn’t help Turner, and Ray doubled up his 2.3 million chip stack.

Bobby Poe out in seventh place.

Bobby Poe fell to Robert Peacock, losing his final 260K chips.

Tamas Lendvai out in eighth place.

Tamas Lendvai shoved from UTG with his final 785K chips and pocket jacks, and was called all-in effective by Ray Johnston with A, K off. An ace on the flop sealed Lendvai’s fate.

Justin Teal out in ninth place.

Teal, from the big blind, called Jon Turner’s cutoff raise to 225K preflop. It was Turner’s A♣ 9♠ against Teal’s A♦ 4♦. When the board fell 7♥ A♠ 4♣ A♥, Teal thought he had it; however, a 9♣ on the river sealed his fate and he was eliminated.

Mahesh Rathi getting active.

The relatively-quiet-until-now Mahesh Rathi took a nice 1.5-ish million pot from Greg Flierl when he paired his ten on the turn to beat Flierl’s  pocket eights. In the next hand, despite raising against Flierl again, Flierl’s re-raise forced Rathi to fold. Then Rathi found himself in a hand against Chris Ray; however a Ray raise, again, forced Rathi to fold; however, in the next hand, Rathi recouped some of his prior losses in another raise-fold hand with Ray.

Robert Peacock doubles up.

Pocket tens to the rescue again. This time Robert Peacock defended his 1.735 million chip stack against Chris Ray’s suited Q, 4.

Justin Teal doubles up.

It was Justin Teal’s turn to win with pocket tens versus Robert Peacock who called Teal’s shove with his own and A, 8 off. Again, the tens held up, and Teal doubled his 425K chip stack.

Eric Baldwin out in tenth place.

This hand began with Greg Flierl raising to 250K from UTG. Eric BBaldwin went all-in with his final 1.64 million chips. Flierl called. It was Baldwin’s A♠ K♣ against Flierl’s pocket 10’s. With a Q♣ 6♥ 2♣ J♦ 4♠ board, Baldwin was out.

Eric Baldwin doubles up.

Eric Baldwin just doubled up his 640K chip stack against Jon Turner when Baldwin paired his king on the turn.

Chris Ray wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Tamas Lendvai raising to 250K from the button, and Chris Ray called from the UTG position after initially calling the big blind. The flop fell A♣ J♣ 2♠. Ray bet 250K, Lendvai, after some thought called. The turn was the K♠. Ray bet 500K, and Lendvai, after some thought, called. With a 5♠ on the river, Ray continued by shoving, thus causing Lendvai to fold. Neither player showed his cards.

Ray Johnston doubles up.

Here’s a hand that began with Eric Baldwin raising to 120K from the hijack and was called by Mahesh Rathi from the cutoff, Chris Ray from the button, and Ray Johnston from the big blind. The flop fell 3♠ 2♣ J♠, and Johnston shoved with his final 875K. After some contemplation, Baldwin called and both Rathi and Ray got out of the way. It was Johnston’s A♠ 4♣ against Baldwin’s A♦ J♣. The board rounded out J♥ and 5♥, and Johnston doubled up with a wheel.

Greg Flierl doubles up.

Greg Flierl shoved from the lojack with his A, K off and 835K and was called all-in effective by John Turner from the button with A, Q off. Flierl’s king kicker held up, and he lives to play another hand.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DSA Event #14 $400 NLH DoubleStack $250K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Ray Johnston: 450,000
Robert Peacock: 2,280,000
Greg Flierl: 810,000
Bobby Poe: 1,640,000
Tamas Lendvai: 1,750,000
Jon Turner: 3,415,000
Eric Baldwin: 1,965,000
Mahesh Rathi: 2,755,000
Chris Ray: 4,325,000
Justin Teal: 1,665,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Showdown August Event #8
$400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD
August 9-11, 2019

David Gelley out in 2nd.

In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Brandon Waggoner shoved with pocket threes and was snap called by David Gelley and his pocket kings. Waggoner asked for a three on the flop and, as has been the case today, the poker gods were smiling upon Waggoner as his wish was granted.

David Gelley doubles up.

David Gelley shoved with his 1.72 million chip stack and 9♥ 10♦ against Brandon Waggoner’s K♥ 3♣. The Q♥ J♠ 6♥ 8♥ K♦ board gave Gelley the straight and the pot.

Paul Lieu out in 3rd.

Brandon Waggoner has been buying pots left and right, and Paul Lieu found himself against yet another Waggoner shove. When all was said and done, it was Waggoner’s Q♣ 6♦ against Lieu’s 6♠ 7♠ on a 9♥ 2♣ 6♣ 8♦ K♥ board, and Lieu was outkicked and, thus, was eliminated.

We have a deal and a save agreement.

The three remaining players have agreed to a deal wherein each will win a minimum of $16,000, and they will play out for the trophy and balance of prize pool, giving the winner a respectable $22,735.

Paul Lieu doubles up again.

This time, Lieu’s pocket kings reigned supreme when he shoved with his final 485K chips. Brandon Waggoner called but mucked his hand when Lieu hit another king on the river.

Paul Lieu doubles up.

Pocket jacks won again. This time, Paul Lieu doubled up his 640K chip stack against Brandon Waggoner’s A, 10 off.

David Gelley doubles up.

Gelley’s pocket jacks against Paul Lieu enabled Gelley to double up his 1.49 million chips against Lieu’s A, K off.

Tiffany Keathley out in 4th place.

Brandon Waggoner dealt another knockout punch. This time, Tiffany Keathley was the victim. In this hand, Keathley raised to 200K from the button, and Waggoner shoved from the small blind. Keathley snap called. It was Keathley’s K♣ J♦ versus Waggoner’s A♣ J♣. When the board ran out 10♣ J♠ 3♣ 4♣ K♦, despite making two pair, Keathley’s hand paled to Waggoner’s flush and he is the massive chip leader.

No deal.

Again. Play continues.

More talks in the works.

Another deal is being discussed. Here is where our final four stand:
Brandon Waggoner: 3,565,000
Paul Lieu: 2,125,000
David Gelley: 1,590,000
Tiffany Keathley: 2,970,000

Oren Goering out in 5th place.

Brandon Waggoner re-exerted his muscle when his pocket jacks bested Goering’s A,J off.

No deal.

Play continues.

Pause in the action.

Action has paused as the final five are discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Tiffany Keathley doubles up again.

Brandon Waggoner’s reign of terror was just stifled by Tiffany Keathley who scored a king on the turn to give her a pair and 1.435 million of Waggoner’s chips.

Cameron Lemmons out in 6th place.

Cameron Lemmons fell to Brandon Waggoner when Waggoner called Lemmons’ shove. It was Lemmons’ pocket aces against Waggoner’s K♣ 10♠. The board fell K♥ 9♠ K♠ 8♥ 10♣, giving Waggoner a hefty full house and Lemmons’ 2.045 million chips, thus cracking Lemmons’ aces and eliminating him.

Michael Sanders, Jr. out in 7th place.

Michael Sanders wagered his final 700K chips and J♠ A♣ against Brandon Waggoner’s K♥ 6♦. When the board fell 3♣ A♠ 6♥ K♠ 5♦, Sanders was eliminated.

Tiffany Keathley doubles up.

Keathley shoved from the small blind with pocket kings and her final 675K chips and was called by Brandon Waggoner from the UTG position with 10, Q suited. The kings held up.

Austin Roberts out in 8th place.

After Paul Lieu raised from the lojack to 100K, Austin Roberts shoved from the hijack with his final 620K chips. It was Lieu’s pocket kings against Roberts’ A,Q suited. Even thought Roberts hit a queen on the river, it was inadequate to best Lieu’s kings, and Roberts was eliminated.

Jonathan Delmundo out in 9th place.

Jonathan Delmundo shoved preflop from UTG+1, and was called all-in effective by David Gelley. It was Delmundo’s pocket queens against Gelley’s pocket aces. With an ace on the turn, Delmundo was eliminated, and Gelley amassed another 470K in chips.

David Gelley doubles up.

Following a 7♦ 6♥ 10♥ flop, Cameron Lemmons bet 125K from the hijack. After some thought David Gelley shoved from the big blind position with his final 465K chips. It was Gelley’s 5♦ 8♠ against Lemmons’ 9♥ 10♦. With a 9♠ and 7♠ completing the board, Gelley’s straight took the pot, and his tournament life continues.

Charles Lee out in 10th place.

From the hijack, Charles Lee shoved with his final 350K chips and A♦ J♠. He was called effective by Cameron Lemmons from the button with J♥ Q♠. When the board ran out K♥ 3♦ Q♦ 3♠ 5♠, Lee was out.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Showdown August Event #8 $400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Brandon Waggoner: 1,685,000
Paul Lieu: 650,000
Austin Roberts: 945,000
Jonathan Delmundo: 690,000
David Gelley: 640,000
Michael Sanders Jr.: 1,335,000
Oren Goering: 860,000
Charles Lee: 285,000
Tiffany Keathley: 1,060,000
Cameron Lemmons: 2,165,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Showdown August Event #3
$340 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
August 6-8, 2019

It’s over, folks.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Michael Addison raised preflop with A♠ 2♥, and was snap-called by Victor Dermendjian with pocket nines. On a board that ran K♦ Q♠ 6♥ 9♥ K♠, Dermendjian’s full house was overkill, and he emerged victorious.

Victor Dermendjian again.

Here’s another hand where Victor Dermendjian continues to assert himself. This hand began with Michael Addison raising preflop from the button to 250K. Dermendjian called. With a 8♣ 8♥ A♦ flop, Dermendjian checked, Addison c-bet 325K, and Dermendjian called. With a seemingly innocuous 3♣ on the turn, both men checked. The 7♥ came on the river. Dermendjian checked, Addison bet 425K, and Dermendjian called. Dermendjian’s Q♣ K♥ bested Addison’s 6♠ 10♠.

Victor Dermendjian continues to chip up.

Some well-timed bets and decent hands have enabled Victor Dermendjian to amass more than 6 million of the nearly 10 million chip total.

Victor Dermendjian doubles up again.

This time Victor Dermendjian shoved with pocket kings and 1.635 million chips. Michael Addison snap called with A♦ 9♥. The flop fell J♥ 10♥ K♦, giving Addison some outs; however, with an 8♣ 2♦ on the turn and river, Dermendjian took the pot, and the two gentlemen are virtually even chip-wise. Dermendjian has a slight edge.

Victor Dermendjian doubles up.

Victor Dermendjian doubled up his 1.57 million chips when his A, K off held up against Addison’s Q, 7, off when a king hit the turn.

Ping pong.

Play has been frenetic with fast bets, raises, calls, and folds. Victor Dermendjian will win a couple of good pots, then Michael Addison takes it back.

Victor Dermendjian doubles up.

Michael Addison has been throwing around his muscle, but Victor Dermendjian finally made a move that paid off. This hand began with Addison raising from the button to 200K, and Dermendjian called. The flop fell K♦ 10♥ 4♥. Dermendjian checked, Addison bet 200K, and Dermendjian called. The turn was the 8♦. Dermendjian checked, Addison bet 300K, and Dermendjian shoved. Addison called. It was Addison’s pocket queens versus Dermendjian’s 8♥ 10♣. The 6♥ on the river enabled Dermendjian to double up his 1.305 million chip stack.

Kenna James out in 3rd place.

Michael Addison called Kenna James’ 300K raise by going over the top. It was James; 10♦ A♦ versus Addison’s A♠ J♣ and the jack held up.

Michael Addison doubles up.

Michael Addison began the hand raising from the button to 225K and, after some thought, was called by Kenna James from the big blind. The flop fell 9♥ 6♣ 3♠, and both men checked. An 8♥ fell on the turn, James bet 250K, Addison shoved, and after a lengthy contemplation, James called. It was James’ A♠ 7♣ against Addison’s Q♥ 7♥, and, has been par for the course at this final table, Addison rivered a queen, doubling up his 1.8 million chips and making him the overwhelming chip leader at the moment.

Take five.

The remaining three are on a break heading into Level 27. Their chip counts are as follows:

Michael Addison: 2.65 million
Victor Dermendjian: 4.055 million
Kenna James: 3 million

When we return, the blinds will be 30,000/60,000 and a reduced (as per our norm when we reach four players) 30,000 big blind ante.

Play continues.

Nothing of much consequence in the past several hands. Some raise-fold-fold as would be expected at this level, some check-downs. Nothing too exciting.

We’ve struck a deal.

The three remaining men agreed to a deal with a save. Both second and third places will receive $14,750 while the winner gets $20,436 and our beautiful and highly coveted trophy. Stay tuned for what will, undoubtedly, be a thrilling conclusion to our tournament.

Stan Lee out in 4th place.

Stan Lee found himself against Michael Addison for his tournament life after Addison, from the button, called effective Lee’s shove from the big blind. It was Lee’s pocket kings against Addison’s pocket tens, one of which was a heart. The board ran Q♥ 9♥ 8♥ 6♠ 2♥, giving Addison the flush and eliminating Lee.

Ezequiel Torres out in 5th place.

Ezequiel Torres’ luck couldn’t last forever. In this hand, Michael Addison raised preflop to 150K, and Torres shoved. Addison called effective. It was Addison’s A♦ 4♦ against Torres’ pocket nines. The flop fell 4♠ 2♠ A♥, and Torres knew he needed help. With a 6♠ on the turn and 6♦ on the river, Torres was out.

Billy Pappas out in 6th place.

Pappas shoved from the hijack with his final 910K chips and pocket fours and was called effective by Victor Dermendjian from the cutoff with A♦ K♦. The board fell 6♦ 8♦ 6♣ 8♣ 3♦, eliminating Pappas.

Sujeet Mehta out in 7th place.

Sujeet Mehta fell to Victor Dermendjian when Dermendjian called Mehta’s shove. Dermendjian’s pocket queens were enough even though he hit another queen on the river.

Michael Abreu out in 8th place.

Michael Abreu fell to Kenna James when James called Abreu’s shove. James hit an ace on the turn to give him top pair.

Mark Yazbeck out in 9th place.

The severely short-stacked Mark Yazbeck shoved from UTG and was called effective by both Kenna James and Stan Lee. Lee threw out a bet on the river after both James and Lee checked on the flop and turn. James folded, and Lee’s pair took the pot, eliminating Yazbeck.

Michael Addison doubles up.

After Mark Yazbeck shoved preflop from the lojack, Michael Addison called from the big blind. It was Yazbeck’s A, 6 diamonds against Addison’s pocket sevens. A seven hit on the flop, giving Addison a double up of his 450K chip stack. Yazbeck is severely crippled now.

Rivered, again.

Ezequiel Torres, yet again, hits his hand on the river. This hand began with Torres raising preflop from UTG to 90K. He was called by both Billy Pappas from the cutoff and Mark Yazbeck from the big blind. The flop hit 3♦ 2♣ 4♦. Yazbeck checked, Torres bet 150K, Pappas raised to 425K, Yazbeck folded, Torres shoved with his final 615K, and Pappas called. It was Torres’ pocket aces against Pappas’ pocket threes. The board rounded out Q♦ J♦ giving Torres the nut flush and the pot.

Ezequiel Torres hits the river again.

This time, Torres shoved from the cutoff with his final 380K chips and pocket tens and was called effective by Billy Pappas with A, 9 hearts. Again, Pappas looked to take the pot with an ace on the flop and a 9 on the river; however, Torres hit the ten on the river. Again.

Ezequiel Torres doubles up.

Michael Addison raised to 80K from mid position and was snap called by Ezequiel Torres who shoved from the small blind. It was Torres’ pocket queens against Addison’s K, 10 suited. When a king hit on the turn, Torres groaned, but a queen on the river saved him and he doubled his 160K chip stack.

Victor Dermendjian chipping up.

In two consecutive hands, Victor Dermendjian has been making some gutsy moves. In the first, against Mark Yazbeck, Dermendjian raised preflop from the mid position to 65K. Yazbeck reraised from the hijack to 110K, and Dermendjian called. The flop fell 9♣ K♥ 2♣. Dermendjian checked, Yazbeck bet 200K, and Dermendjian called. With a 10♠ on the turn, both men checked. A Q♣ fell on the river, Dermendjian bet 305K, and Yazbeck folded.

In the next hand Dermendjian raised from UTG+1 to 65K. Michael Addison called from the big blind. The flop fell K♥ 5♠ 7♠, Addison checked, Dermenjian bet 55K, Addison raised to 255K, Dermendjian shoved, and Addison folded.

Dean Blatt out in 10th place.

Right off the bat, Dean Blatt shoved from the big blind with K,Q off, and was immediately called effective by Sujeet Mehta with pocket jacks. The jacks held up and Blatt is out in tenth.

The final table begins.

We’ve reached our final table. Our remaining ten lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Sujeet Mehta: 701,000
Michael Addison: 670,000
Billy Pappas: 2,400,000
Victor Dermendjian: 677,000
Stan Lee: 1,450,000
Mark Yazbeck: 863,000
Ezequiel Torres 992,000
Dean Blatt: 384,000
Michael Abreu: 580,000
Kenna James: 1,575,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DCPS Event #130 $400 NLH Closer $250K GTD
July 23-28, 2019

We’ve reached a deal.

Our remaining six players have agreed to a deal. Check out our regular blog for photos, prize money, and the Final Table Wrap Up.

Level 33 chip counts.

Going into level 33, here is where our remaining six players stand:

Stephen Chimelski: 2.59 million
Thomas Macey: 4.32 million
Noam Muallem: 7.755 mililon
Ben Farrell: 6.22 million
Sam Vizza: 5.605 million
Kim Tae Hyung: 3.25 million

The players are “looking at the numbers” for a possible deal. Stay tuned.

Royce Baker eliminated in 7th place.

Baker shoved from the lojack position with his A♠ 5♠ and was called effective by Ben Farrell from the hijack and A♣ K♦. Even though an ace fell on the flop, Farrell outkicked Baker.

Thomas Macey doubles up through Stephen Chimelski.

This hand began with Chimelski calling from UTG. Macey raised all-in from UTG+1 with his final 2.25 million chip stack and A♣ K♠. Chimelski called with pocket sixes. The board ran 3♦ J♥ 9♦ Q♣ 10♠ giving Macey the straight and the pot.

Teri Lewis eliminated in 8th place.

Lewis shoved from the button with her final 2.02 million ships after Thomas Macey raised to 700K from the lojack. Sam Vizza called all-in effective from the big blind. It was Lewis’s pocket fours versus Vizza’s pocket jacks, and the jacks held up.

Stephen Chimelski wins a nice pot.

Ben Farrell min-raised from the lojack to 325K and was called by both Chimelski from the button and Noam Muallem from the big blind. The flop fell 10♥ 9♥ J♣. Muallem bet 425K and was called by Farrell and, after some contemplation, by Chimelski. The turn was the A♠. The action checked around to Chimelski who levied a 1.2 million bet and the other two folded.

Jeremy Menard eliminated in 9th place.

Menard lost his final 950K chips to Sam Vizza when Menard shoved from the small blind with A, K off and Vizza called effective with pocket jacks. The jacks held up.

Royce Baker doubles up.

Royce Baker just doubled up his 725K chip stack against Kim Tae Hyung in a hand that began with Hyung raising preflop from the lojack to 360K. He was called by Noam Muallem from the button and Baker from the big blind. The flop fell 9♥ Q♥ J♣. Baker shoved and Hyung called effective. Muallem got out of the way. It was Baker’s A♥ 3♥ versus Hyung’s Q♣ A♣. With a 7♥ on the turn, Baker knew he had the pot. The river was an insignificant 4♠.

Cody Wiegmann eliminated in 10th place.

Wiegmann shoved from UTG with his final 1.14 million chips and was called effective by Ben Farrell. It was Wiegmann’s K&heats; Q♦ against Farrell’s pocket kings. The flop and turn was somewhat favorable for a chop as it fell 9♠ J♠ Q♠ 10♣ ;however, a 7♠ on the fiver gave Farrell a flush and the win.

We’ve reached the final table.

Here are our lucky—and, of course, highly skilled— remaining ten players:

Cody Wiegmann: 1,140,000
Stephen Chimelski: 3,600,000
Thomas Macey: 2,050,000
Noam Muallem: 4,800,000
Jeremy Menard: 1,710,000
Royce Baker: 1,500,000
Teri Lewis: 3,300,000
Ben Farrell: 3,250,000
Sam Vizza: 4,200,000
Kim Tae Hyung: 4,245,000

Good luck everyone!