DeepStack Final Table Updates

DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #46
$400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD
November 29-December 1, 2019

It’s over folks.

Our final hand was Valentyn Shabelnyk shoving and Brent Hart snap-calling. It was Shabelnyk’s K, 6 off versus Hart’s Q, 9 off, and the king held up, eliminating Hart in 2nd place.

Head on over to our main page shortly for photos and our final table wrap up.

Valentyn Shabelnyk chipping up.

When he isn’t winning hands at showdown, Valentyn Shabelnyk has been wreaking havoc with Brent Hart’s chip stack with exorbitant raises which cause Hart to fold. Shabelnyk has nearly 11 million of the nearly 13 million chips in play.

Chip updates.

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

Brent Hart: 5.035 million
Valentyn Shabelnyk: 7.8 million

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

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of our final table.

Heads up action.

We have some serious heads-up action going on with large bets, raises, re-raises, and, of course, folds with each gentleman trying to out-muscle the other.

Daniel Pickering out in 3rd place.

Daniel Pickering found himself all-in with A, Q off versus Brent Hart and his A, K off. The king held up and Hart amassed Pickering’s 2.86 million chip stack. Hart now has a slight chip lead.

Valentyn Shabelnyk wins a huge pot.

This time, Valentyn Shabelnyk, raised to 300K from the button, and Daniel Pickering re-raised to 950K from the small blind. The flop fell 8♣ 2♠ K♠. Pickering c-bet 715K, and Shabelnyk called. With the K♣ on the turn, Pickering checked, Shabelnyk bet 120K, and Pickering called. The 2♣ fell on the river, and both men checked. Pickering showed his pocket sixes and was dismayed to see Shabelnyk’s pocket sevens.

Daniel Pickering takes his chips back.

After Brent Hart raised to 300K from the button, Daniel Pickering called from the big blind. The flop fell 6♣ 4♣ 8♦. Pickering checked, Hart c-bet 400K, and Pickering called. With both the 10♠ and 4♠ on the turn, both men checked. Pickering showed his pair of tens, and Hart folded.

Brent Hart takes another pot.

In this hand, Daniel Pickering called from the small blind, and Brent Hart checked his option. The flop came 10♣ Q♥ 2♦. Pickering checked, Hart c-bet 125K, and Pickering called. The 2♠ fell on the turn. Pickering checked, Hart c-bet 300K, and Pickering called. With the 9♠ on the river, Pickering checked, Hart, again, bet 400K, and this time, after lengthy contemplation, Pickering folded.

Brent Hart chipping up.

This hand began with Brent Hart raising to 350K from the small blind, and Valentyn Shabelnyk calling from the big blind. The flop fell Q♣ 9♣ 3♥. Hart c-bet 300K, and Shabelnyk called. With both the 5♠ on the turn and J♣ on the river, both men checked. Hart showed his pocket fives, and Shabelnyk mucked.

Daniel Pickering takes a nice pot.

This time, Valentyn Shabelnyk found himself up against Daniel Pickering in a hand that began with Brent Hart min-raising to 200K from the button, and both Shabelnyk, from the small blind, and Pickering, from the big blind, calling. The flop fell 8♥ A♦ 5♦, and all three men checked. With the Q♥ on the turn, Shabelnyk checked, Pickering bet 420K, Shabelnyk called, and Hart got out of the way. The K♣ fell on the river. Shabelnyk checked, Pickering bet 475K, and Shabelnyk called. Pickering showed his A♣ 5♣, and Shabelnyk mucked.

Brent Hart wins a nice pot.

Brent Hart found himself heads-up with Valentyn Shabelnyk again. This hand began with Hart calling from the small blind and Shabelnyk, uncharacteristically, checking. The flop fell 7♣ 5♠ A♣. Hart checked, Shabelnyk bet 150K, Hart raised to 350K, and Shabelnyk called. The 10♥ came on the turn. Hart c-bet 450K, and Shabelnyk called. The A♥ came on the river. Hart, again, bet 800K, and Shabelnyk folded.

David Burke out in 4th place.

David Burke couldn’t really get any cards this final table and finally risked his very short stack but was eliminated.

Brent Hart and Valentyn Shabelnyk continue to spar.

We’ve had a few more hands with these two; however, Brent Hart has been a bit more aggressive with Valentyn Shabelnyk, and, thus, had won some of his prior losses back.

Valentyn Shabelnyk continues to dominate.

In two consecutive hands, Valentyn Shabelkyn went toe-to-toe against Brent Hart. In the first hand, Shabelnyk called Hart’s bets until the river when he raised, causing Hart to fold and winning a 1.2-ish million pot. In the second hand, Shabelnyk continued to call Hart’s bets; however, when we reached showdown, Shabelnyk had the better hand, taking another 1.8-ish million of Hart’s chips.

William Pappas out in 5th place.

After William Pappas shoved from the button, Valentyn Shabelnyk called effective. It was Pappas’ pocket deuces versus Shabelnyk’s K, 10 suited. Pappas was dismayed to see the Q-J-A flop, with no chance of taking this hand, and he was eliminated. Shabelnyk added another 870K to his chip lead.

David Burke doubles up.

After Valentyn Shabelnyk raised from the small blind to put David Burke, who was in the big blind, all in, Burke, indeed called with his final 570K chip stack. It was Burke’s K, 3 suited against Shabelnyk’s A, 5 off. Burke hit a king on the turn and took the pot.

Chuck Thayer out in 6th place.

With a Q♦ K♠ 2♠ 7♦ board, Chuck Thayer shoved with his final 625K chip stack and was snap called by Daniel Pickering. It was Thayer’s K♣ 2♣ versus Pickering’s K♥ J♥. The J♦ on the river gave Pickering a higher two pair, thus eliminating Thayer.

Brent Hart wins another large pot.

This hand began with David Burke raising to 125K from the button and being called by Brent Hart in the big blind. The flop fell 4♠ J♥ Q♠, and both men checked. The 9♦ fell on the turn. Hart bet 200K, and after some thought, Burke called. With the J♠ on the river. Hart c-bet 450K, and after more contemplation, Burke called. Hart showed his Q♥ J♦, and Burke mucked.

Ekrem Bozkurt out in 7th place.

This hand began with Brent Hart min-raising to 135K from the small blind. Ekrem Bozkurt, from the big blind shoved, and Hart snap called. It was Hart’s A♥ K♦ versus Bozkurt’s K♠ J♣. When the board ran 3♦ A♠ 7♦ 5♥ 5♣, Bozkurt was out and Hart amassed his 250K chip stack.

Philip McCall out in 8th place while Brent Hart almost triples up.

Here’s a doozy. Valentyn Shabelnyk raised from the button, effectively putting both Philip McCall from the big blind and Brent Hart from UTG all in. Hart risked his 1.3 million chip stack and McCall risked his 595K chip stack. McCall had A, Q off; Hart had pocket kings, and Shabelnyk had pocket sevens. Hart asked for (and got) a king on the flop to eliminate McCall and increase his chip stack considerably getting 595K from McCall and 1.4 million from Shabelnyk.

Isaac Choi out in 9th place.

Isaac Choi shoved from the cutoff with his remaining 535K chip stack and was called effective by Valentyn Shabelnyk from the big blind. It was Choi’s A, Q off versus Shabelnyk’s A, 6 suited. A six on the flop was all Shabelnyk needed to eliminate Choi.

Valentyn Shabelnyk exercising his muscle.

Early on, Valentyn Shabelnyk has been using his chip lead to re-raise and shove against opponents, getting them to fold.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #46 $400 NLH MonsterStack $100K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

David Burke: 1,200,000
Philip McCall: 775,000
Daniel Pickering: 1,325,000
Brent Hart: 1,300,000|
Ekrem Bozkurt: 530,000
Isaac Choi: 1,100,000
Chuck Thayer: 1,510,000
William Pappas: 1,356,000
Valentyn Shabelnyk: 3,800,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #40
$400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
November 25-27, 2019

Bruno Meneghel out in 2nd place.

After some serious back-and-forth action, our final hand came down to Jack Oliver calling and Bruno Meneghel checking his option. The flop fell 6♠ 7♠ 5♦. Meneghel checked, Oliver bet 125K, Meneghel re-raised to 425K, Oliver shoved, and Meneghel snap called. It was Oliver’s 8♠ 7♣ versus Meneghel’s 3♠ 2♠. The turn and river fell 4♦ 2♦, and even though Meneghel hit a straight, Oliver’s was higher, thus eliminating Meneghel in second place.

Orion Allen out in 3rd place.

With only 10K left, he knew his tournament life had come to an end.

Bruno Meneghel doubles up.

Bruno Meneghel’s K, 9 off bested Orion Allen’s pocket eights when a king hit the flop. Meneghel doubled his 1.3 million chip stack, and Allen is left with only 10K.

Orion Allen gets in on the action.

After Jack Oliver raised to two million from the small blind, Orion Allen shoved from the big blind. Allen’s K, Q off out-kicked Oliver’s K, 8 off, and Allen doubled his 595K chip stack.

Jack Oliver takes back his chips from Bruno Meneghel.

This hand began with Jack Oliver raising to 200K from the button. Bruno Meneghel called from the big blind. The flop came 3♦ 6♣ A♦. Meneghel checked, Oliver bet 150K, and Meneghel called. With the 8♠ on the turn, both men checked. The 8♦ fell on the river. Meneghel, again, checked, Oliver bet 400K, and Meneghel called. Oliver showed his J♦ 8♣, and Meneghel mucked.

Bruno Meneghel doubles up.

In this hand, Bruno Meneghel shoved from the small blind with his remaining 740K chip stack and was snap-called by, who else, Jack Oliver. Meneghel’s pocket jacks bested Oliver’s A, 6 off, and Meneghel lives to play another hand.

Jack Oliver wins another huge pot.

This hand began with Bruno Meneghel raising to 185K from the small blind and being called by Jack Oliver in the big blind. The flop fell 9♣ 6♥ 9♠. Meneghel c-bet 185K, and Oliver called. The 8♠ fell on the turn. Meneghel continued with 250K, and Oliver called. With the 10♥ on the river, Meneghel checked, Oliver bet 400K, and Meneghel called. Meneghel’s K♦ 9♦ proved no match for Oliver’s J♣ 7♣.

Filippo Ragone out in 4th place.

Jack Oliver’s reign of terror continues. This time, his pocket aces bested Filippo Ragone’s pair of queens to knock Ragone out and amass another one million-ish chips.

Jack Oliver regains the chip lead.

Bruno Meneghel raised to 175K from the button. Jack Oliver called from the big blind. The flop fell 3♠ J♠ 10♣. Oliver checked, Meneghel c-bet 175K, and Oliver called. The 9♥ fell on the turn. Oliver checked again, Meneghel, again, bet 250K, and Oliver, again, called. With the 3♦ on the river, both men checked. Oliver showed Q♣ 9♠ and Meneghel mucked.

Trygve Leite out in 5th place.

Trygve Leite shoved from the small blind with his remaining 380K chip stack and was called effective by Jack Oliver from UTG. Leite’s A, 8 off couldn’t stave off Oliver’s pocket fives, and he was eliminated.

Trygve Leite doubles up.

Bruno Meneghel shoved from the small blind with A, 4 off, and Trygve Leite called all-in effective from the big blind. It was Meneghel’s A, 4 off against Leite’s 10, 8 off. Leite managed to make two pair and doubled up his remaining 150K chip stack.

Jack Oliver doubles up.

After Trygve Leite shoved from UTG, Jack Oliver snap-called from the button. It was Leite’s K, Q off versus Oliver’s A, 9 off. Oliver hit an ace on the turn to take the pot, leaving Leite crippled.

Chip count update.

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

Trygve Leite: 1.01 million
Filippo Ragone: 1.405 million
Jack Oliver: 1.035 million
Orion Allen: 2.14 million
Bruno Meneghel: 3.15 million

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

Orion Allen doubles up.

This hand began with Trygve Leite raising to 125K from the cutoff, and Orion Allen calling from the big blind. The flop fell 2♦ 9♣ 6♠. Allen checked, Leite bet 75K, Allen raised to 275K, and, after lengthy thought, Leite called. The 10♦ fell on the river. Allen shoved, and, after more lengthy contemplation, Leite called. It was Allen’s K♥ 9♥ versus Leite’s 9♦ 8♣. The Q♥ on the river gave Allen the pot and the double up.

Bruno Meneghel doubles up.

On a 9-10-10 flop, Jack Oliver shoved from the button, and Bruno Meneghel snap-called from the big blind. It was Meneghel’s Q, 10 suited versus Oliver’s J, 8 off. Even thought the board rounded out with J-8, Meneghel’s trip tens enabled him to double his 1.45 million chip stack and take the chip lead.

Jack Oliver extends his chip lead.

This hand began with Bruno Meneghel raising to 130K from the cutoff, and Jack Oliver calling from the big blind. The flop fell 6♥ 7♠ 2♦. Oliver checked, Meneghel c-bet 130K, and Oliver called. With a 5♦ on the turn, Oliver led with 125K, and Meneghel called. The Q♦ fell on the river. Oliver bet 350K, and after a lengthy period of contemplation, Meneghel folded.

Mike Youngman out in 6th place.

This hand began with Jack Oliver raising to 110K from the button. Orion Allen called from the small blind, and Mike Youngman, from the big blind, shoved with his final 945K chip stack. Oliver snap-called and Allen snap-folded. It was Oliver’s A, K off versus Youngman’s A, 8 off. A king on the flop sealed Youngman’s fate.

Orion Allen doubles up.

In this hand, Orion Allen shoved from UTG with his 500K chip stack and was called effective by Jack Oliver in the big blind. Allen flipped over pocket aces, and Oliver showed his A, 9 off. The aces held up.

Scott Fisher out in 7th place.

Scott Fisher shoved from UTG with his final 125K chips and A, 5 off. Jack Oliver called effective from the big blind with J, 8 off. Oliver hit an eight on the turn to take the pot and eliminate Fisher.

Orion Allen chipping up.

After a couple of shoves wherein nobody called, Orion Allen finally got some action in a hand that began with Mike Youngman raising to 120K from UTG. He was called by both Scott Fisher from the small blind and Orion Allen from the big blind. The flop fell 3♦ A♥ A♠. Fisher checked, Allen checked, Youngman bet 100K, Fisher folded, Allen shoved, and Youngman folded.

Boguslaw Gornia out in 8th.

Boguslaw Gornia shoved from the cutoff with his final 545K chip stack and was called effective by Filippo Ragone from the big blind. It was Gornia’s pocket sevens versus Ragone’s pocket nines, and the nines held up.

Antonio Bernaudo out in 9th.

Antonio Bernaudo shoved from the big blind and was called effective by, who else, Bruno Meneghel. It was Bernaudo’s A, Q spades versus Meneghel’s A, Q off. Meneghel made the nut flush on the river to eliminate Bernaudo and accumulate another 450K chips.

Bruno Meneghel flexes some muscle.

In two consecutive hands, the stoic-faced Bruno Meneghal has been aggressively raising his opponents, eventually getting them to fold, to win two pretty nice pots 700K-ish and 500K-ish.

Jack Oliver doubles up.

Jack Oliver shoved from the hijack with his final 330K chip stack and K, Q, off. Bruno Meneghel called effective from UTG with A, J off. A queen in the window was all Oliver needed to double up.

Scott Fisher doubles up.

After Scott Fisher shoved with his final 235K chip stack, Antonio Bernaudo called effective from the button. It was Fisher’s A, 10 suited against Bernaudo’s A, 8 off. Fisher hit the flush on the river and lives to play another hand.

A close call for Jack Oliver.

Jack Oliver shoved from UTG and was called effective by Filippo Ragone from the small blind. It was Oliver’s Q, J suited versus Ragone’s A, K off. The board was a full house: nines over five, and Oliver issued a sigh of relief and sat back down after thinking he was out.

Scott Fisher doubles up.

Scott Fisher shoved with his 84K chip stack and was called effective by Boguslaw Gornia. Fisher’s A, 9 off bested Gornia’s Q, J suited and he took the pot.

We have reached the final table.

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

Trygve Leite: 2,200,000
Filippo Ragone: 894,000
Antonio Bernaudo: 803,000
Jack Oliver: 436,000
Scott Fisher: 108,000
Orion Allen: 850,000
Mike Youngman: 1,160,000
Boguslaw Gornia: 961,000
Bruno Meneghel: 1,270,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #39
$600 NLH EpicStack $200K GTD
November 22-25, 2019

We have a deal.

Head on over to our main blog page shortly for more information and our final table wrap up.

A deal, perhaps?

Here is where our final four currently stand:

Eyal Al Revah: 8.25 million
David Oppenheim: 5.365 million
Antonello Perrini: 4.99 million
David Kozma: 3.38 million

They are discussing a deal. Stay tuned.

Matt Ottogalli out in 5th place.

In the very next hand, Antonello Perrini hit a nine on the flop so his Q, 9 off beat Matt Ottogalli’s 6, 5 off, giving Perrini an additional 630K chips.

Matt Ottogalli doubles up.

After Matt Ottogalli shoved from the button with his final 315K chips, David Kozma called effective from the small blind. It was Ottogalli’s K, 5 off versus Kozma’s A, 10 off, and Ottogalli hit a king on the river, doubling him up.

Andrew Saklad out in 6th place.

The very short-stacked Andrew Saklad was eliminated by David Oppenheim.

Bill Watchman out in 7th place.

After Bill Watchman shoved from the button with his 1.595 million chip stack, David Oppenheim called all-in effective from the small blind. It was Oppenheim’s pocket aces against Watchman’s K, 8, off. Even thought Watchman hit a king on the flop, the aces held up.

Antonello Perrini doubles up.

Here’s a wacky one. Antonello Perrini shoved from the hijack with his final 1.81 million chips and was called effective by David Kozma. It was Perrini’s A, Q diamonds against Kozma’s A, Q off. Everyone was thinking a chopped pot; however, Perrini turned the flush to take the pot and double up.

Dustin Goff out in 8th place.

The short-stacked Dustin Goff fell to Eyal Al Revah when his Q, 6 off lost to Al Revah’s K, 9 suited.

David Oppenheim doubles up.

After David Oppenheim shoved from the big blind, Dustin Goff called. It was Oppenheim’s pocket aces versus Goff’s pocket kings, and the aces held up. Oppenheim doubled his 1.63 million chip stack, and Goff is severely crippled.

Dustin Goff doubles up.

After Andrew Saklad shoved from the button with his final 1.3 million chips and A, 3 off, Dustin Goff called from the small blind with A, 5 off. When the board ran K-6-J-7-8, Goff’s straight gave him the pot.

Antonello Perrini doubles up.

This hand began with Antonello Perrini shoving from the button with A, 6 off. Andrew Saklad called from the big blind with A, K off. On a 8-9-4-10-7 board, Perrini’s straight took the pot and enabled him to double his 1.15 million chips stack.

Bill Watchman doubles up.

Bill Watchman’s shoved with his K, 8 suited versus Matt Ottogalli’s A, Q off. A 10-J-A-Q-J board gave Watchman the straight and the double up to give him 2.5 million chips.

Eyal Al Revah doubles up.

Eyal Al Revah is getting even with David Kozma in a hand in which Kozma shoved with K, 9 off and Al Revah called with A, K off. Al Revah’s ace enabled him to double up his 2.82 million chip stack.

Dustin Goff triples up.

This hand began with Eyal Al Revah raising to 330K from UTG. Dustin Goff shoved with his final 110K chip stack from the small blind, and David Kozma, from the big blind, raised to 410K. Kozma called. The flop fell J♣ 3♠ 4♣. Kozma checked, Al Revah bet 400K, and Kozma called. With the K ♥ on the turn, Kozma checked, Al Revah shoved, and Kozma folded. It was Al Revah’s Q♠ 10♥ against Goff’s J♥ A♣. The 7♣ on the river gave Goff the main pot, and Al Revah got the remainder.

David Kozma continues to chip up.

In this hand, David Kozma raised preflop from the button to 250K, and Eyal Al Revah re-raised to 725K from the small blind. Kozma called. Both men checked on the 7♠ K♠ 4♦ flop. Al Revah bet 900K dark on the turn which was the 7♣. Kozma called. The 2♠ fell on the river, and both men checked. Kozma’s A♥ 10♥ bested Al Revah’s A♦ 3♥.

David Kozma extends his chip lead.

This hand began with Eyal Al Revah raising to 265K from UTG. David Kozma called from the big blind. The flop fell 3♣ J♦ 6♦. Kozma checked Al Revah c-bet 300K, and Kozma called. The A♠ fell on the turn. Kozma checked, Al Revah continued with 550K, and Kozma called. With the 2♥ on the river, Kozma checked, Al Revah, again, bet 800K, and Kozma called. Kozma’s 6♠ 2♠ bested Al Revah’s Q, 10 off, much to Al Revah’s chagrin..

David Vida out in 9th place.

In this hand, David Kozma riased preflop to 250K, and David Vida shoved with his final 2.39 million chip stack. Kozma called. It was Kozma’s pocket jacks versus Vida’s pocket tens, and the jacks held up. Kozma is now our chip leader with Eyal Al Revah a very close second.

David Oppenheim doubles up.

David Oppenheim shoved from the lojack with his final 1.07 million chips and pocket nines and was called effective by Antonello Perrini from the hijack with pocket eights. The nines held up, and Oppenheim lives to play another hand.

Eyal Al Revah gets the better of David Kozma.

This hand began with David Kozma calling from the small blind. Eyal Al Revah raised to 375K from the big blind, and Kozma called. The flop fell K♣ 6♦ 2♣, and both men checked. With the K♦ on the turn, both men checked again. The 3♥ fell on the river. Kozma checked, Al Revah bet 250K, and Kozma called. Al Revah showed his pocket jacks and Kozma mucked.

Antonello Perrini gets some of Dustin Goff’s chips back.

Dustin Goff was a bit too aggressive with a pair of sixes against Antonello Perrini’s pocket tens and Perrini ended up winning a 1.7ish million pot.

Dustin Goff takes a huge pot.

This hand began with Dustin Goff raising to 300K from mid position. Antonello Perrini called. The flop fell 7♦ Q♣ 10♣, and both men checked. With the K♦ on the turn, Perrini checked, Goff bet 300K, and Perrini called. The 3♦ fell on the river. Perrini checked, Goff shoved, and after some thought, Perrini folded.

Nothing to report.

As the guys get used to each other, we’ve seen plenty of bets, raises, re-raises, and the like. Stay tuned. A lot of the action is between Dustin Goff and Eyal Al Revah who seem to enjoy out-raising each other.

Andrew Saklad doubles up.

Andrew Saklad raised from the hijack to 175K and was re-raised by Eyal Al Revah from the cutoff, effectively putting Saklad all-in if he called, which he did. It was Saklad’s pocket kings versus Al Revah’s pocket sevens, and the kings held up, thus enabling Saklad to double his 1.15 million chip stack.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #39 $600 NLH EpicStack $200K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Eyal Al Revah: 4,000,000
Bill Watchman: 1,700,000
David Vida: 1,865,000
David Oppenheim: 2,100,000
Antonello Perrini: 3,750,000
Matt Ottogalli: 1,560,000
Andrew Saklad: 1,150,000
Dustin Goff: 4,255,000
David Kozma: 2,225,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #36
$1,600 NLH Main Event $400K GTD
November 20-23, 2019

The last hand.

Our final hand of the tournament began with Samuel Uhlmann raising to 175K, Rory Brown re-raising to 600K, Uhlmann shoving, and Brown calling. It was Uhlmann’s pocket tens versus Brown’s A, K, off, and the tens held up.

Wait, what?

We finally got a hand. Here, Rory Brown raised to 375K, Samuel Uhlmann re-raised to 1.1 million, Brown shoved, and Uhlmann called. And they both had pocket kings. No flush. Play continues.

A deal and a save.

Our remaining two gentlemen have reached an agreement but will continue to play for an undisclosed as of now amount and the trophy.

Stay tuned.

Let’s make a deal.

Our remaining two gentlemen are discussing a deal. Here is where there stand:

Rory Brown: 3.685 million
Samuel Uhlmann: 5.645 million

Stay tuned.

Rory Brown chipping up.

This heads-up battle is heating up with raises, re-raises, re-re-raises and the like. Rory Brown has been flexing a bit of muscle and is catching up with Samuel Uhlmann’s chip stack.

Matthew Leecy out in 3rd place.

It’s Samuel Uhlmann for another knock out. Uhlmann managed to turn a full house against Matthew Leecy’s straight, thus amassing another million-ish chips.

Adam Demersseman out in 4th place.

Samuel Uhlmann continues his reign of terror. After Adam Demersseman raised to 300K, Uhlmann raised to 2.02 million, effectively putting Demersseman all in, and Demersseman called. It was Demersseman’s A, 2 suited against Uhlmann’s pocket jacks, and the jacks held up.

Samuel Uhlman extends his chip lead.

Following the 8♠ 3♥ Q♠ flop, Rory Brown bet 50K from the small blind, and Samuel Uhlmann called from the big blind. The 4♦ fell on the turn. Brown bet 75K, Uhlmann raised to 300K, and Brown called. With the 9♣ on the river, Brown checked, Uhlmann bet 400K, and Brown called. Brown’s K♦ Q♦ was bested by Uhlmann’s 8♦ 4♥.

Andrew Wisdom out in 5th place.

After Rory Brown shoved from the big blind with A, 7 suited, Andrew Wisdom snap-call-shoved from the button with pocket jacks. Brown hit an ace on the flop to eliminate Wisdom and amass his 980K chip stack.

Chris Tryba out in 6th place.

After Samuel Uhlmann called from the small blind, Chris Tryba shoved from the big blind with his final 715K chips. Uhlmann called. It was Uhlmann’s K, Q off against Tryba’s A, 2 off. When the board ran 6-9-8-J-10, Uhlmann’s straight eliminated Tryba.

Joshua Ray out in 7th place.

Joshua Ray shoved with A, 6 suited and was called by Rory Brown with pocket queens. Even though he didn’t need it, Brown hit another queen on the flop, eliminating Ray and amassing his 500K chip stack.

Joshua Turner out in 8th place.

This hand began with Samuel Uhlmann raising to 75K from the lojack. Both Matthew Leecy, from the cutoff, and Joshua Turner, from the big blind, called. The flop fell 5♦ Q♣ 8♥. Turner shoved, Uhlmann called, and Leecy folded. It was Turner’s K♠ Q♥ versus Uhlmann’s A♠ Q♠, and Uhlmann’s kicker eliminated Turner and gave Uhlmann an additional 260K chips.

Matthew Leecy doubles up.

Short-stacked Matthew Leecy just doubled up against Sam Uhlmann when he hit a king on the turn to pair his king, thus beating Uhlmann’s pocket threes. Leecy doubled his 320K chip stack and lives to play another hand.

Andrew Wisdom doubles up.

After Matthew Leecy raised to 75K from the cutoff, Andrew Wisdom shoved from the button. Leecy snap called. It was Leecy’s pocket tens versus Wisdom’s A, J off. Wisdom hit a jack on the flop and an ace on the turn to double up his 440K chip stack.

Adam Demersseman triples up.

This hand began with Adam Demersseman shoving from the hijack with his final 215K chips. He was called by both Rory Brown on the button and Samuel Uhlmann from the big blind. The flop fell 7♦ 7♠ 5♦, and both Brown and Uhlmann checked. The 4♠ fell on the turn, and, again, the two men checked. With a 2♠ on the river, they both checked again. Demersseman’s A♣ 3♦ gave him the straight, besting Brown’s K♣ Q♦ and Uhlmann’s A♠ J♥.

Chris Tryba doubles up.

After Chris Tryba shoved from the small blind, Matthew Leecy called from the big blind. It was Tryba’s J♣ 10♣ versus Leecy’a A♣ 10♠. When the board ran 9♠ K♥ 2♦ Q♦ 7♥, Tryba’s straight won him a double up of his 427K chip stack.

Andrew Wisdom doubles up.

Following a preflop min-raise by Matthew Leecy from the lojack, Andrew Wisdom shoved from the hijack. Leecy snap called. It was Wisdom’s pocket eights versus Leecy’s A, K, off, and the pair held up enabling Wisdom to double his 280K chip stack.

Nothing too exciting to write about.

As is usually the case when we reach a final table, there has been some action, but nothing too spectacular. We’ve had a lot of raise-folds and a few showdowns with minimal to moderate pots. Also, as is usually the case, something exciting is bound to happen.

Andrew Wisdom doubles up.

Easy come, easy go. This time Andrew Wisdom shoved from the small blind with his final 176K chip stack and was called by Adam Demersseman from the big blind. It was Wisdom’s J♠ 7♥ versus Demersseman’s pocket sixes, and Wisdom hit a seven on the turn to double up.

Adam Demersseman doubles up.

Adam Demersseman shoved from the cutoff with his final 334K chip stack and pocket kings, and was called by Samuel Uhlmann with pocket fours. Despite many outs for a straight, the kings held up and Demersseman lives to play another hand.

Joseph Spanne out in 9th place.

Joseph Spanne shoved preflop from UTG and was called by Samuel Uhlmann from the UTG+1 position. It was Spanne’s 6, 7 diamonds versus Uhlmann’s pocket kings, and the kings reigned supreme, eliminating Spanne and making Uhlmann 262K richer.

We have reached the final table.

We have reached the final table in our DSE IV Event #36 Main Event. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Adam Demersseman: 420,000
Joshua Turner: 662,000
Rory Brown: 2,100,000
Joshua Ray: 605,000
Joseph Spanne: 495,000
Samuel Uhlmann: 2,700,000
Chris Tryba: 300,000
Matthew Leecy: 1,565,000
Andrew Wisdom: 494,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #31
$400 NLH Seniors MonsterStack $30K GTD
November 18-19, 2019

They said yes.

Head on over to our main blog page shortly for photos, prizes, and the final table wrap up.

A deal in the making, perhaps?

Stay tuned.

Chip counts.

Going into the Level 24 break, here is where our remaining four gentlemen stand:

Robert Lichter: 1.16 million
Dan Hummer: 2.155 million
Scott Epstein: 1.19 million
Jeff Sloan: 690,000

When we return the blinds will be 20,000/40,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante.

Rick Munro out in 5th place.

In this hand, Dan Hummer raised to 75K from UTG, Munro shoved with his final 225K chips, and Hummer called. It was Hummer’s A, J off versus Munro’s A, 5 suited. A jack on the flop eliminated Munro.

Jeff Sloan doubles up.

This hand began with Jeff Sloan shoving from the small blind with his remaining 280K chip stack. Rick Munro called from the big blind. It was Munro’s A, 6 off against Sloan’s Q, A off, and, much to Munro’s chagrin, Sloan hit a club flush on the river.

Much of the same.

Bet, call, check raise, shove. The assertiveness continues and the chips are a’flying. Our five remaining players are all very close in chip counts at the moment with Dan Hummer currently in the lead.

Scott Epstein doubles up.

After Scott Epstein shoved from UTG, Rick Munro snap called from the button. It was Epstein’s pocket tens versus Munro’s pocket queens. Epstein hit a ten on the flop, much to Munro’s dismay, and he doubled his 580K chip stack.

Robert Lichter doubles up.

This hand began with Rick Munro raising to 60K from the button. Robert Lichter shoved with his final 332K chip stack. After some thought, Munro called. It was Lichter’s pocket aces against Munro’s Q, 10 suited. Despite getting a queen on the turn, Munro lost the pot, and Lichter lives to play another hand.

Jeff Sloan throws around some muscle.

Not to be outdone in the aggressive play department, Jeff Sloan raised to 150K from the big blind. Rick Munro called from UTG. With a 7♣ 4♥ Q♥ on the flop, both men checked. With the 9♠ on the turn, Sloan bet 150K, and Munro called. The 5♦ hit on the river. Sloan bet 200K, and Munro mucked.

Robert Lichter doubles up.

After Rick Munro raised to 50K from the cutoff, Robert Lichter shoved with his final 243K chip stack. After some thought, Munro called. It was Munro’s K, 8 suited versus Licther’s A, 5, off. An ace on the flop doubled Lichter up.

Scott Epstein wins a nice pot.

After Scott Epstein raised to 50K from UTG, both Rick Munro and Dan Hummer called from the button and big blind, respectively. The flop fell 3♦ 10♠ 8♣, and all three men checked. With the 4♣ on the turn, Hummer checked, Epstein checked, and Munro bet 75K. Hummer folded, and Epstein called. The 3♥ hit the river, Epstein checked, Munro bet 135K, and after some thought Epstein called. Epstein’s A♣ K♥ beat Munro’s J♣ 9♠ for a nice pot.

Rick Munro chipping up.

In three consecutive hands, Rick Munro has made some strategic bets and check-raises, thus causing his opponents to fold and enabling him to add to his chip lead.

Tim Bullard out in 6th place.

After Rick Munro raised to 40K from UTG, Tim Bullard shoved. Munro snap called. It was Munro’s K, 10 suited versus Bullard’s Q, J off, and Munro’s king kicker with a pair of aces on the board won the pot and eliminated Bullard.

Julio Novo out in 7th place.

After Scott Epstein shoved from the big blind, Julio Novo called from the small blind. It was Novo’s Q, 3 suited versus Epstein’s Q, 10 suited, and Epstein managed two pair, thus eliminating Novo. Interestingly, both men had 415K in chips, thus Epstein doubled his chip stack.

Patrick Wingard out in 8th place.

Patrick Wingard shoved preflop from the cutoff with his final 160K chips and K, Q off. Rick Munro called from the small blind with pocket aces. Despite hitting a king on the flop, Munro’s aces held up, and Wingard was out.

Scott Epstein doubles up.

This hand began with Scott Epstein raising preflop from UTG to 35K. Jeff Sloan called from the hijack. The flop fell 10♠ 3♠ 2♣. Epstein c-bet 40K, and Sloan called. The 9♠ fell on the turn. Epstein shoved, Sloan asked for a count, thought for a bit, and called. It was Epstein’s pocket queens versus Sloan’s A♠ 10♣. The 7♥ on the river didn’t help Sloan, and Epstein doubled up and lives to play another hand.

Kathy Liebert out in 9th place.

Julio Novo shoved from UTG, Kathy Liebert called all-in from UTG+1, and Tim Bullard called effective. Novo ended up flopping a flush to take both the main and side pots, and Liebert was out.

Robert Lichter doubles up.

After Rick Munro raised to 35K from the small blind, Robert Lichter shoved from the big blind with his 203K chip stack. Munro called. It was Munro’s A♣ 9♣ versus Lichter’s A♦ 6♠. When the board fell 6♥ K♣ 4♦ 8♥ A♠, Munro let out a groan, and Lichter doubled up.

Dan Hummer doubles up.

On a Q♦ 4♣ 7♠ 8♠ board, Dan Hummer bet 100K, and Julio Novo called. With the 10♠ on the river, Hummer shoved, and Novo called. Novo was dismayed to see Hummer’s pocket aces which bested his K♦ Q♣, and Hummer doubled his 315K chip stack.

Kathy Liebert doubles up.

The short-stacked Kathy Liebert shoved from mid position and was called effective by Dan Hummer from the big blind. It was Liebert’s A, 7 suited versus Hummer’s A, 2 suited, and Liebert’s kicker took the pot, enabling her to double her 75K chip stack.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #31 $400 NLH Seniors MonsterStack $30K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Rick Munro 1,629,000
Robert Lichter: 208,000
Dan Hummer: 669,000
Tim Bullard: 587,000
Julio Novo: 500,000
Kathy Liebert: 80,000
Scott Epstein: 261,000
Patrick Wingard: 241,000
Jeff Sloan: 945,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #27
$600 NLH UltimateStack $150K GTD
November 14-17, 2019

The final hand.

Daniel Pickering shoved and was snap called by Chase Petree. It was Pickering’s A, 10 off versus Petree’s A, Q off, and Petree’s kicker won him the pot and the tournament.

Check out the main blog page shortly for photos, prizes, and the final table wrap up.

Daniel Pickering doubles up.

Daniel Pickering shoved and Chase Petree snap called. Pickering had A, 5 off, and Petree had K, 9 off. The flop was a wicked K-5-5 followed by J-4. Pickering doubled his 1.715 million chips and lives to play another hand.

Nope.

Play continues.

A deal, perhaps?

Stay tuned.

Mike Youngman out in 3rd place.

Well, it wasn’t going to be back-to-back championships for Mike Youngman. This hand began with Youngman raising to 400K from the button. Chase Petree re-raised to 1.2 million from the small blind. After some thought, Youngman shoved, and Petree snap called. It was Youngman’s pocket queens versus Petree’s Q♠ J♦. When the board ran 6♥ K♣ 5♣ 9♣ 10♠, Petree rivered his straight and got Youngman’s 2.355 chips.

Tennis anyone?

Chase Petree just took a 1.3-ish million pot in a hand against Daniel Pickering. It didn’t reach showdown, but the action is getting fast and furious now.

In the next hand, not to be outdone, Mike Youngman snagged a 1.6 million pot in a hand with Petree.

The pace is picking up.

Chips are moving around like crazy since our break. Chase Petree took a nearly two million pot in a hand with Daniel Pickering, and the Pickering returned the favor with his own 1.3-ish million pot.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

After Daniel Pickering raised preflop to 500K, Mike Youngman shoved with his final 1.39 million. It was Youngman’s A, J off versus Pickering’s 10, 9 suited. Pickering hit a nine on the flop; however, Youngman caught a jack as well as an extraneous ace on the river to double up.

Chip updates.

Going into the Level 31 break, here is where our remaining three stand:

Chase Petree: 4.46 million
Daniel Pickering: 8.61 million
Mike Youngman: 750,000

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

Ryan Daneliuk out in 4th place.

Here’s a crazy hand that saw Daniel Pickering knock out Daneliuk and take a 2.325 million chunk of Mike Youngman’s chip stack when he rivered the nut flush beating Youngman’s K-high flush and Daneliuk’s straight.

Mike Youngman is a beast.

Mike Youngman is showing the same tenacity he did in our last event (which he won.) He just took a monster pot in a hand with Ryan Daneliuk in which a river shove causing Daneliuk to fold earned Youngman nearly three million more chips.

David Burke out in 5th place.

After David Burke shoved from UTG with his final 1.22 million chips, Chase Petree called all-in effective from the button. It was Burke’s A♦ 7♥ versus Petree’s A♣ K♥. When the board ran 7♣ 3♦. 3♣ K♦ A♥, even thought Burke hit two pair, Petree’s two pair was higher. Petree is now our chip leader.

Chase Petree continues to chip up.

In the next hand, Chase Petree raised to 250K from the cutoff. Daniel Pickering re-raised to 650K from the button. Petree shoved, and Pickering folded.

Chase Petree doubles up.

This hand began with Mike Youngman raising to 260K from the cutoff. Chase Petree shoved from the button, and Youngman called. It was Petree’s pocket eights versus Youngman’s A, 8 off, and the pocket pair held up, enabling Petree to double up his 1.25 million chip stack

Michael Youngman wins a hefty pot.

Michael Youngman, from the big blind, led out with bets of 225K, 250K, and 700K, and was called by Ryan Daneliuk each time from the button. Youngman took the 2.4-ish million pot with a pair of tens, and Daneliuk mucked.

Steve Nevius out in 6th place.

Steve Nevius shoved from the big blind with K, J off and was called effective by Ryan Daneliuk with A, 3 suited. Daneliuk hit a three on the flop to eliminate Nevius and accumulate his 570K chip stack.

Steve Nevius doubles up.

Mike Youngman shoved from the small blind and was called by the short-stacked Steve Nevius from the big blind. Even though Youngman hit two pair on the flop, Nevius rivered a straight for the win and a double up of his 310K chip stack.

David Burke doubles up.

David Burke shoved from the hijack with his 535K chip stack and K, 3 off and was called effective by Steve Nevius from the button with A, 9 off. Burke hit a king on the turn to take the pot, and Nevius is crippled at the moment.

Michael Youngman doubles up.

In this hand, Michael Youngman raised to 200K from UTG, and was called by Ryan Daneliuk in the small blind. The flop fell 8♥ 4♠ J♦. Daneliuk checked, Youngman bet 400K, Daneliuk raised to 800K, and Youngman shoved. Daneliuk called. It was Youngman’s pocket kings versus Daneliuk’s Q♦ J♠. A 5♦ and A♣ finished the board, and Youngman doubled his 1.455 million chip stack.

Daniel Pickering flexing his muscles.

Chip leader Daniel Pickering has been chipping up. In a recent hand, Pickering raised to 160K from the button and was called by David Burke from the big blind. The flop fell 10♦ 8♦ 4♦. Burke checked, Pickering bet 150K, Burke raised to 400K, and Pickering called. With a 2♣ on the turn, Burke bet 450K, Pickering called. A Q♠ fell on the river. Burke checked, Pickering shoved, and Burke folded.

Seat #4 out in 7th place giving Daniel Pickering a huge double up.

After Daniel Pickering raised to 160K from the hijack, Seat #4 called. The flop fell 9♣ 9♦ J♣. Pickering bet 175K, Seat #4 shoved, and Pickering called. It was Pickering’s Q♣ 10♣ against Seat #4’s pocket aces. The 8♦ fell on the tun , but the 2♣ hit the river giving Pickering a flush. Interestingly both men had exactly 1.470 million chips.

The pace is quickening, but…

We’ve seen some more aggression with check-raising, re-raising, and the occasional shove. Not many showdowns; however, again, things are bound to pick up.

Matthew Leecy out in 8th place.

Seat #4 raised to 125K from the hijack and was called by Steve Nevius from the small blind and Matthew Leecy from the big blind. The flop fell 6♣ 3♠ 4♠. Nevius checked, Leecy shoved, Seat #4 called, and Nevius got out of the way. It was Seat #4’s 9♠ 8♠ versus Leecy’s K♦ 5♦. With another spade on the river, Leecy was out and Seat #4 was 380K chips richer.

David Burke doubles up.

After David Burke shoved preflop from the small blind, Mike Youngman snap called. It was Burke’s 6, 7 suited versus Youngman’s A, 8 off. When the board ran 5♦ 5♥ J♣ 7♣ 5♠, Burke’s full house enabled him to double up his 770K chip stack,

David Hopson out in 9th place.

After David Hopson shoved from the button, Mike Youngman called all-in effective from the big blind. It was Hopson’s pocket queens versus Youngman’s A, K off. An ace on the flop gave Youngman the pot and eliminated Hopson.

Getting warmed up.

Our final table is slowly getting acclimated at the moment. Play has been a bit cautious, and there have been many all-ins which never reached fruition. As is always the case, something will happen. It will. Stay tuned.

Michael Youngman doubles up.

Michael Youngman shoved from the button with his final 625K chip stack and A, 9 off and was called effective by Matthew Leecy from the big blind with pocket sixes. Two aces on the flop keeps Youngman’s tournament life going.

We have reached the final table.

Well, folks, we have reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #27 $600 NLH UltimateStack $150K GTD. Our final nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Chase Petree: 2,200,000
Daniel Pickering:410,000
Ryan Daneliuk: 2,225,000
Seat #4: 1,375,000
David Hopson: 935,000
David Burke: 1,100,000
Mike Youngman: 870,000
Steve Nevius: 2,800,000
Matthew Leecy: 1,580,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #22
$400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
November 11-13, 2019

That was a quick heads up.

Our final hand of the tournament saw Mike Youngman hit an ace on the turn so his A♠ Q♠ bested Mike Del Vecchio’s post-flop open-ended straight draw, eliminating Del Vecchio in second place. Congratulations to Mike Youngman.

Head on over to the blog’s main page for photos and our final table wrap up.

Nathan Altenhofen out in 3rd place.

Altenhofen found himself against Mike Youngman again for his tournament life. Altenhofen’s 9, 7 suited went against Youngman’s A, J off, and an ace on the flop spelled Altenhofen’s demise.

Mike Youngman doubles up again.

In this hand, Mike Youngman raised to 260K from the button, and Nathan Altenhofen called. The flop fell 2♣ 9♣ 3♠. Altenhofen checked, Youngman c-bet 160K, and Altenhofen called. The 10♠ hit the turn, Altenhofen checked, Youngman c-bet 360K, Altenhofen shoved, and Youngman called. It was Youngman’s 10♥ A♠ versus Altenhofen’s J♦ Q♥. The 4♦ on the river didn’t help Altenhofen as Youngman amassed 3.06 million of Altenhofen’s chips, leaving Altenhofen severely short-stacked.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

This time, Mike Youngman shoved from the button with his 1.43 million chip stack. Nathan Altenhofen called from the big blind. It was Youngman’s A, 4 suited against Altenhofen’s pocket sixes. A K-3-A-2-4 board gave Youngman the pot.

Nathan Altenhofen doubles up.

This time, Nathan Altenhofen raised to 300K from the button. Mike Del Vecchio re-raised to 850K, Altenhofen shoved, and Del Vecchio called. Even though Del Vecchio had pocket kings, Altenhofen’s A, 7 suited took the pot when an ace came on the flop. Altenhofen doubled up his 1.86 million chip stack.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

In this hand, Nathan Altenhofen raised to 200K from the button. Mike Youngman shoved from the small blind with his remaining 365K chip stack. Even though Youngman warned Altenhofen not to call, he did, and Youngman’s pocket aces reigned supreme.

Mike Del Vecchio is in beast mode.

In this hand versus Nathan Altenhofen found himself up against Mike Del Vecchio when Altenhofen called Del Vecchio’s two million chip river bet on a K-K-3-Q-5 board. Turns out that Del Vecchio had kings full of fives, Altenhofen mucked, and Del Vecchio has a resounding chip lead now.

Mike Del Vecchio regains the chip lead.

Mike Youngman shoved from the button with A, Q off and was called by Mike Del Vecchio with pocket kings. The kings held up, and Del Vecchio doubled up his 2.46 million chips, giving him the chip lead again.

There’s been some serious muscle flexing.

Hand after hand after hand, we are seeing large bets, check-raises, strategic shoves, and other jockeying for position moves. The chips are flying. Nathan Altenhofen has regained his chip-leader status.

Mike Youngman doubles up again.

In the battle of the Mikes, Mike Youngman rasied to 250K preflop. Mike Del Vecchio re-raised to 675K from the small blind. After some thought, Youngman shoved, and Del Vecchio called. It was Youngman’s pocket aces versus Del Vecchio’s A, 8 off, and the aces held up, enabling Youngman to take another 2.25-ish million of Del Vecchio’s chips. Youngman is now our chip leader; however, all three men are very close in chips.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

Easy come, easy go, right? In this hand Mike Del Vecchio raised preflop from the button to 200K and was called by Nathan Altenhofen. Mike Youngman shoved over the top, Del Vecchio called, and Altenhofen got out of the way. It was Youngman’s pocket kings versus Del Vecchio’s K, Q off, and the pair reigned supreme. Youngman doubled up his 1.05 million chip stack.

Mike Del Vecchio takes a monster pot.

Following a 9♣ 8♣ 4♠ flop, Mike Del Vecchio, from the button, bet 160K, Nathan Altenhofen, in the small blind position, re-raised to 340K, and Del Vecchio called. A Q♠ fell on the turn. Altenhofen checked, Del Vecchio bet 675K, and Altenhofen called. An A♣ hit the river, and Altenhofen checked again. Del Vecchio continued with a 600K bet. Altenhofen thought for a bit, expressed his surety that Del Vecchio caught his flush, and folded.

Martin Zamani out in 4th place.

Martin Zamani fell to Nathan Altenhofen when Altenhofen’s queen high bested Zamani’s ten high on a pretty dry board.

Nathan Altenhofen doubles up.

This time, Nathan Altenhofen doubled up his one million chip stack in a hand with Martin Zamani in which Altenhofen’s pocket deuces held up.

John Strzemp out in 5th place.

It couldn’t last forever. John Strzemp fell to Mike Del Vecchio when his pocket sixes weren’t enough to topple Del Vecchio’s three kings.

Nathan Altenhofen doubles up.

Nathan Altenhofen doubled up his 2.08 million chip stack against Martin Zamani when Zaman’s pocket fives weren’t enough to best Altenhofen’s A, J off when a jack hit on the flop.

Martin Zamani doubles up.

Martin Zamani took a nice 3.22-ish million pot after he called Nathan Altenhofen’s shove after the river. It was Zamani’s two pair on the flop that won him the dough.

John Strzemp triples up.

John Strzemp is like a cat with nine lives. In this hand, Mike Del Vecchio raised to 225K from UTG, Strzemp shoved, and Mike Youngman called from the big blind. The board ran 9♠ J♣ 10♣ 3♦ 6♥ and Del Vecchio and Youngman checked each street. When all was said and done, it was Strzemp’s pocket tens that gave him the triple up.

Chip updates.

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

Nathan Altenhofen: 2.405 million
Mike Youngman: 1.555 million
Mike Del Vecchio: 4.8 million
Martin Zamani: 1.675 million
John Strzemp: 225K

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

John Strzemp triples up.

This hand began with Mike Del Vecchio raising to 180K from the cutoff, John Strzemp shoving from the small blind with his final 55K chips, and Nathan Altenhofen calling. The flop fell 6♥ 10♣ 5♠. Altenhofen checked dark, and Del Vecchio checked behind. The 8♠ fell on the turn, Altenhofen checked, Del Vecchio bet 400K, and Altenhofen folded. The 4♣ hit the river, and it was Strzemp’s A♥ Q♠ besting Del Vecchio’s K♠ 9♦, extending Strzemp’s tournament life.

John Strzemp doubles up.

John Strzemp risked his last 120K chips with A, 10 suited against Mike Del Vecchio’s J, 3 off, and the ace took the pot.

Mike Del Vecchio takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Mike Youngman raising to 100K from the button. Mike Del Vecchio re-raising to 225K from the small blind, and Youngman calling. The flop fell 2♣ K♠ 3♣. Del Vecchio bet 180K, Youngman called. With a 7♠ on the turn, Del Vecchio checked, Youngman bet 445K, and Del Vecchio called. The 9♥ hit the river, and both men checked. Del Vecchio showed pocket nines, and Youngman mucked. Del Vecchio has taken the chip lead.

Mike Youngman chipping up.

Mike Youngman took a nice 1.2-ish million pot from Mike Del Vecchio when Youngman flopped two pair to beat Del Vecchio’s pair of aces.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

See, I told you. This hand began with Martin Zamani calling from the cutoff, John Strzemp calling from the button, Nathan Altenhofen calling from the small blind, Mike Youngman shoving with his final 900K chip stack, Zamani folding, Strzemp folding, and Altenhofen calling. Youngman’s pocket tens held up against Altenhofen’s A, 5, off.

Nothing much to report at the moment.

Small pots, min-raises, folds. Stay tuned, though. Something will happen. It always does.

Brian Li out in 6th place.

This hand began with Brian Li raising to 125K from the hijack. Mike Del Vecchio re-raised to 350K from the cutoff. Li shoved, and Del Vecchio snap called. It was Li’s Q, A off versus Del Vecchio’s pocket tens. With a 2-10-Q-Q-4 board, Del Vecchio’s full house took the pot and another 1.15 million chips, and Li was out.

Seat #5 finishes in 7th place.

Seat #5 shoved and Mike Del Vecchio called. It was Seat #5’s A, 10 suited against Del Vecchio’s pocket eights. A ten fell on the turn, but an eight on the river gave Del Vecchio the hand and another 900K chips. Del Vecchio is second in chips behind Nathan Altenhofen at the moment.

Martin Zamani doubles up.

This hand began with Martin Zamani calling from the small blind, and John Strzemp checking his option. The flop fell Q♦ 6♣ 9♦. Both men checked. With a K♠ on the turn, Zamani bet 110K, Strzemp raised to 300K, Zamani shoved with his remaining 565K, and Strzemp called. It was Zamani’s 6♠ 9♥ versus Strzemp’s 10♠ Q♠. A 6♥ on the river improved Zamani’s hand to a full house, and he lives to play another hand.

Mike Youngman doubles up.

In this hand, Mike Youngman shoved from UTG with his final 565K chip stack and was called all-in effective by Martin Zamani from the small blind. It was Youngman’s A♣ K♥ against Zamani’s pocket nines. When the board ran Q♣ 8♠ J♣ 6♣ 8♣, Youngman’s nut flush gave him the double up.

Guy Maxtone-Graham out in 8th place.

This hand began with Guy Maxtone-Graham raising to 100K from the button. Nathan Altenhofen called from the small blind. The flop fell 8♣ 7♥ 5♣. Altenhofen checked dark, Maxtone-Graham checked behind. With a K♦ on the turn, Altenhofen bet 100K. Maxtone-Graham called. A 10♣ fell on the river. Altenhofen checked, Maxtone-Graham shoved, and after some thought, Altenhofen called. Altenhofen’s K♠ 10♦ bested Maxtone-Graham’s A♣ 5♥ and Altenhofen amassed another 500K-ish chips.

Debi O’Neill out in 9th place.

Following a 10♣ Q♥ J♦ flop, Debi O’Neill shoved from mid position with her final 845K chip stack and Q♦ 8♣, and was called effective by Nathan Altenhofen with K♥ 9♥. A 5♥ and 3♦ rounded out the board, and O’Neill was out.

John Strzemp doubles up.

This hand began oddly with Martin Zamani shoving from the small blind with 8♣ 5♦ and John Strzemp calling from the big blind with pocket jacks. The board fell 6♥ A♣ 7♣, and the table let out a collective “Ooooh” at the possibility of Zamani hitting a straight. With a J♣ on the turn and K♠ on the flop, Strzemp doubled up his 760K chip stack.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #22 $400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD tournament. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Debi O’Neill: 880,000
Guy Maxtone-Graham: 990,000
Nathan Altenhofen: 1,305,000
Mike Youngman: 700,000
Seat #5: 1,300,000
Brian Li: 900,000
Mike Del Vecchio: 1,880,000
Martin Zamani: 2,055,000
John Strzemp: 895,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #17
$1,100 NLH MonsterStack $150K GTD
November 8-10, 2019

Game over.

Our final hand began with Jeff Niedelman raising to 125K. Jeremy Pekarek called. The flop fell 5♦ 6♥ 10♥. Pekarek checked, Niedelman bet 125K, Pekarek shoved over the top, and Niedelman snap called. It was Niedelman’s 6♦ 7♥ against Pekarek’s 10♣ J♥. When the board rounded out 3♠ 5♠, Niedelman knew his tournament life was over, leaving Jeremy Pekarek our big winner.

We are heads up.

Jeremy Pekarek and Jeff Niedelman are battling it out for the win. Pekarek currently has approximately a 4:1 chip lead over Niedelman.

Kfir Nahum out in 3rd place.

Kfir Nahum fell to Jeff Niedelman when Nahum’s Q, 10 suited fell to Niedelman’s A, Q suited. Although he didn’t need it, Niedelman hit an ace on the turn. Nahum is out, and Niedelman is nearly 400K richer.

Nick Jivkov out in 4th place.

After Nick Jivkov shoved from the button, Jeff Niedelmam shoved right behind him. It was Jivkov’s A, 9 off against Niedelman’s pocket deuces, and the deuces held up, eliminating Jivkov and giving Niedelman an additional 500K-ish chips.

Tim Reilly out in 5th place.

This hand began with Jeremy Pekarek min-raising to 80K from the cutoff, and was called by both Kfir Nahum from the button and Tim Reilly from the big blind. The flop fell 2♠ 5♠ 6♣. Reilly checked, Pekarek bet 100K, Nahum called, Reilly raised to 350K, Pekarek called, and Nahum got out of the way. The A♥ fell on the turn. Both men checked. With a 4♣ on the river, again, Reilly checked, Pekarek bet 300K, and after some thought, Reilly called. It was Reilly’s pocket eights versus Pekarek’s 4♦ 6♦, Reilly was out, and Pekarek increased his massive chip lead even more.

Kenny Ho out in 6th place.

Kenny Ho bet 100K preflop from the hijack and was re-raised by Jeremy Pekarek from the cutoff to 350K. After some thought, Ho re-raised all-in, and Pekarek snap called. It was Pekarek’s A, K suited against Ho’s K, Q off. Both men hit a king on the flop, but Pekarek outkicked Ho, eliminating him and taking Ho’s last  520K chips.

Jeremy Pekarek takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Jeremy Pekarek raising to 65K from the hijack. Play folded around to Jeff Niedelman who called from the big blind. The flop fell 5♠ K♦ 7♦. Niedelman checked, Pekarek c-bet 50K, and Niedelman called. A 7♠ hit the turn. Again, Niedelman checked, Pekarek continued with 100K, and Niedelman called. The 5♣ fell on the river. Again, Niedelman checked, Pekarek bet 230K, and, after some thought, Niedelman called. Pekarek showed his 4♣ 7♣, and Niedelman mucked.

Joe Marchal out in 7th.

Joe Marchal fell to Tim Reilly when Reilly outkicked him despite both men having a pair of aces.

Nick Jivkov doubles up.

Nick Jivkov shoved from UTG with his final 560K chip stack and was called all-in effective by Joe Marchal with A, 10 suited. Even though he didn’t need it, Jivkov hit another five on the river.

Kfir Nahum doubles up.

It was Kfir Nahum’s turn to get in on the action. With a 10♥ 4♣ A♥ Q♠ board, Nahum bet 150K from the lojack. Jeremy Pekarek called from the big blind. A 5♠ hit the river, Pekarek shoved and Nahum snap called. Despite having two pair with A♣ 5♣ for two pair, Nahum showed his K♥ J♣ for the straight and the win. He doubled up his 360K chip stack.

Joe Marchal doubles up.

Joe Marchal shoved from the big blind with his 374K chip stack and Q♣ 9♦, and was called effective by Nicki Jivkov from the lojack with 9♣ 8♣. When the board ran 6♦ 2♥ 3♠ 9♠ J♥, Marchal took the pot with his kicker.

Steve Hwang out in 8th place.

Steve Hwang decided to shove from the lojack with A, 9 off and was called effective by Tim Reilly from the small blind with A, 10 off as well. Reilly hit the nut flush on the river to oust Hwang.

James Brown out in 9th place.

James Brown shoved from UTG with Q, 8 off and was called effective by James Marchal from the button. Marshal hit a jack on the flop and turn to knock Brown out.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DSE IV Event #17 $1,100 NLH MonsterStack $150K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Jeff Niedelman: 882,000
Kenny Ho: 297,000
Jeremy Pekarek: 2,350,000
Steve Hwang: 193,000
Joe Marchal: 267,000
Kfir Nahum: 688,000
Nick Jivkov: 1,430,000
James Brown: 689,000
Tim Reilly: 1,200,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #9
$400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD
November 4-6, 2019

And the verdict is…

Our remaining four gentlemen have agreed to a deal. Head on over to our main blog page for photos, more details, and the final table wrap up.

Let’s make a deal, part 2.

Our remaining four are deep in discussion again.

David Gelley out in 5th place.

This hand began with Davide Suriano raising to 65K from UTG. David Gelley shoved from the button, and after some thought, Suriano called. It was Suriano’s pocket nines versus Gelley’s A, Q suited, and the pair reigned supreme, eliminating Gelley and giving Suriano an additional 605K in chips.

Not much to report.

We’ve had a few hands, a few limps, some raises, very few showdowns. Stay tuned, something is bound to happen.

Monte Littlefield out in 6th place.

In this hand, Monte Littlefield shoved from the cutoff and was snap called by Keith McIntosh on the button. It was Littlefield’s Q, J suited against McIntosh’s pocket queens, and the pair held up.

A lull in the action.

Our remaining six players are discussing a possible deal. Stay tuned.

David Burke out in 7th place.

In this hand, David Burke shoved from the cutoff with his 260K-ish chip stack and was snap called by Keith McIntosh from the big blind. It was Burke’s Q, 10 off versus McIntosh’s A, J suited, and McIntosh hit a jack both on the flop and on the turn to eliminate Burke.

Dustin Lee out in 8th place.

Keith McIntosh shoved again, this time with A, K off and was called by Dustin Lee with pocket kings. With an ace on the flop and on the turn, Lee’s tournament life ended. McIntosh amassed Lee’s 444K chips.

Keith McIntosh doubles up.

Keith McIntosh shoved from the small blind with his final 245K chip stack and A, 10 suited. Davide Suriano called effective from the cutoff with K, A, off. Both men paired their ace on the flop, but McIntosh’s kicker gave him the pot.

Valentyn Shabelnyk out in 9th place.

Dustin Lee min-raised to 48K from the hijack, Valentyn Shabelnyk reraised to 120K from the button, and Davide Suriano shoved from the small blind. Shabelnyk called. It was Shabelnyk’s pocket kings versus Suriano’s A, K off. Shabelnyk didn’t want to see the ace that hit on the flop, and he was eliminated.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #9 $400 NLH DoubleStack $100K GTD. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Monte Littlefield: 805,000
Keith McIntosh: 285,000
David Gelley: 1,330,000
Trygve Leite: 1,900,000
Virab Zakaryan: 440,000
Dustin Lee: 416,000
David Burke: 260,000
Valentyn Shabelnyk: 702,000
Davide Suriano: 838,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #5
$600 NLH MonsterStack $150K GTD
November 1-3, 2019

We have a deal.

Head on over to our blog main page for photos of our top four and the final table wrap up.

Hang on, folks.

Play has stopped momentarily while our remaining four discuss a deal. Our chip counts are as follows:

Gary Gabriel: 1.95 million
Jinghuai Chen: 3.73 million
Timothy Gilliam: 4.515 million
James Agate: 870,000

Stay tuned for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion to this final table.

James Brown out in 5th place.

James Brown shoved preflop from the button and was called effective by Timothy Gilliam in the big blind. It was Brown’s K, Q off versus Gilliam’s A, K off. Both men paired their king on the turn, but Gilliam outkicked Brown who was eliminated. Gilliam amassed another 1.165 million chips.

Gary Gabriel doubles up.

Gary Gabriel got in on the action when he shoved from the small blind with pocket kings and his 915K chip stack and was called effective by Timothy Gilliam with pocket jacks. Gabriel hit a king on the flop, and although Gilliam hit a jack on the river, Gabriel took the pot.

Timothy Gilliam flexing some muscle.

Chip leader Timothy Gilliam has been making some well-timed shoves in position to snag a few blinds and antes.

Robert Peacock out in 6th place.

This hand began with James Brown raising to 125K from the cutoff. Robert Peacock shoved from the button, and Jinghuai Chen shoved over the top from the small blind. Brown got out of the way. It was Peacock’s A, K suited against Chen’s pocket queens. Even though Peacock hit a four-flush on the flop, Chen hit another queen on the turn, The river was of no help to Peacock, and he was out. Chen got himself another 695K chips to add to his stack.

Carla Gonzalez out in 7th place.

Carla Gonzalez shoved from the hijack with her final 695K chips and was called effective by Timothy Gilliam from the big blind. This time, Gonzalez had pocket sevens against Gilliam’s A, Q off. A queen on the flop spelled the end for Gonzalez’s tournament life.

David Lackey out in 8th place.

This hand began with Timothy Gilliam raising to 130K from the button. Both David Lackey, from the small blind, and James Agate, from the big blind called. The flop fell 6♠ 9♣ 7♥. Lackey shoved, Agate called, Gilliam shoved over the top, and Agate got out of the way. It was Lackey’s 10♥ K♥ against Gilliam’s pocket sevens. The board ran out 2♦ Q♠, and Lackey was eliminated. Gilliam amassed Lackey’s 280K as well as 280K from Agate who called Lackey’s all-in bet.

Brittney Barnes out in 9th place.

In this hand, Brittney Barnes shoved preflop from the UTG+1 position with her final 1.07 million chip stack and, after some thought, was called effective by Timothy Gilliam in the hijack. It was Barnes’ pocket kings versus Gilliam’s pocket queens. When the flop failed to deliver, Gilliam was obviously distressed; however, a queen on the turn, and a brick on the river, gave him the pot and knocked Barnes out.

Brittney Barnes doubles up.

After James Brown raised preflop from the cutoff to 100K, Brittney Barnes shoved with her 500K chip stack. Brown called. It was Brown’s K, 7 off versus Barnes’ K, 10 off. Barnes kicker held up, and she doubled up.

Battle of the Jameses.

Jim Agate made a pretty penny when he hit Broadway on the river and called James Brown’s bet to take a nice 1.1 million-ish pot from Brown.

James Brown feels good with a double up.

This hand began with David Lackey raising from the lojack to 75K. Both James Brown, from the small blind, and Brittney Barnes, from the big blind, called. The flop fell 3♥ 5♣ 9♠. Brown checked, Barnes checked, Lackey bet 130K, Brown shoved, Barnes shoved as well, and Lackey folded. It was Brown’s 5♥ 3♦ versus Barnes’ K♥ 9♣. The board ran out Q♣ 7♣, and Brown’s two pair got the double-up.

Robert Peacock doubles up.

We’ve had some wild action right off the bat. In this hand, Robert Peacock shoved from UTG with his final 400K chips and K, J off, and was called effective by Gary Gabriel from the hijack with A, Q off. Peacock got a jack on the flop and it held up, keeping his tournament hopes alive.

Jim Agate doubles up.

In this hand, Jim Agate called Robert Peacock’s preflop shove from the small blind. It was Peacock’s A, K off versus Agate’s pocket kings, and the kings held up enabling Agate to double his 595K chip stack.

Carla Gonzalez doubles up.

Right off the bat, Carla Gonzalez shoved from the big blind with her 725K chip stack and pocket deuces. Brittney Barnes called from mid position with A, 8 off. Even though she didn’t need it, Gonzalez hit another deuce on the flop to double up.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached that portion of the tournament that those who follow this blog eagerly anticipate: final table time. Our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Gary Gabriel: 2,000,000
Carla Gonzalez: 1,025,000
James Brown: 1,710,000
Brittney Barnes: 2,420,000
Robert Peacock, 1,055,000
Jinghuai Chen: 710,000
Timothy Gilliam: 900,000
David Lackey: 645,000
Jim Agate: 595,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Extravaganza IV Event #1
$400 NLH UltimateStack $100K GTD
October 28-31, 2019

Let’s make a deal.

Our remaining three players agreed to a deal, and Dave White took the title. Check out the blog’s main page for more information and the final table wrap up.

Michael Youngman out in 4th.

Michael Youngman raised to 220K preflop from the cutoff. Jerry Zickert shoved, and Young also called all-in. Zickert had Youngman’s 1.35 million chip stack covered. It was Zickert’s pocket queens versus Youngman’s A, Q off, and the queens held firm.

Justin Hall chipping up.

Justin Hall took a nice 1.5 millionish pot in a hand against Dave White wherein Hall made two pair on the turn. White mucked his hand.

Dave White flexing his muscle.

In two consecutive hands, Dave White shoved after Michael Youngman made large bets, causing him to fold. In the first hand, Youngman lost 860K, and in the second hand he lost almost one million.

Take 5, er 15.

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

Justin Hall: 1,500,000
Jerry Zickert: 2,560,000
Dave White: 4,980,000
Michael Youngman: 2,730,000

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

Tyler Patterson out in 5th.

In this hand, Justin Hall raised to 135K from the button, and Tyler Patterson called. The flop fell 5♦ J♥ 9♣, and Patterson shoved with his final 440K chips. Hall called. It was Patterson’s pocket threes versus Hall’s 7♦ 8♦. The turn and river were the 7♠ and 4♥, and Patterson was out.

Aramis Hayrapetyan out in 6th.

Here’s a doozy of a hand. We had three-way all-in action among Justin Hall, Jerry Zickert, and Aramis Hayrapetyan. It was Hall’s pocket jacks versus Zickert’s pocket aces versus Hayrapetyan’s pocket kings. When the board fell 8♣ 2♦ 9♥ 6♥ J♥, Hall tripled up his 645K chip stack, Zickert got the side pot, and Hayrapetyan was out.

Jerry Zickert doubles up.

Jerry Zickert raised to 250K from the cutoff, and was called by Dave White in the big blind. The flop hit 9♠ 5♠ 10♣. White checked, Zickert shoved with his remaining 730K chip stack, and White called. It was Zickert’s pocket jacks versus White’s A♦ 10♦. The board rounded out with the 4♦ and 7♣, and Zickert’s jacks held up for the double up.

Dave White takes another nice pot.

This hand began with Tyler Patterson raising to 115K. Dave White, Justin Hall, and Jerry Zickert called. The flop fell 5♥ J♠ Q♠. Hall checked, Zickert checked, Patterson bet 350K, White called, Hall folded, and Zickert called. The 5♠ fell on the turn. Zickert checked, Patterson checked, White bet 575K, Zickert folded, and Patterson called. A 3♣ hit the river, and both men checked. Patterson showed his J♥ Q♥ but was bested by White’s A♠ 9♠ for the flush and the pot.

Dave White wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Justin Hall raising from the hijack to 110K. Dave White called from the big blind. The flop fell K♠ A♠ 5♥. White checked, Hall c-bet 155K, and White called. An 8♠ hit the turn. This time, White bet 260K, and, after some thought, Hall called. The K♦ rounded out the board. White checked, Hall bet 385K, and White called. White’s 10♦ A♣ bested Hall’s 10♠ J♦ and he took the pot.

Ari Mezrich out in 7th place.

The action just keeps on coming. This time, Ari Mezrich shoved from the hijack with his final 295K chip stack and was snap called by Justin Hall in the big blind. It was Mezrich’s A♦ 7♣ versus Hall’s A♦ 8♣. With an eight on the flop, Mezrich feared the worst, and he was right.

Paolo Schmenger out in 8th place.

Again, immediately, Paolo Schmenger shoved with his Q, A suited and was called by Jerry Zickert with A, 9 off. Both men hit an ace; however, Zickert also paired his nine for the pot, thus ending Schmenger’s tournament life.

Gautam Lillaney out in 9th place.

Right off the bat, Gautam Lillaney shoved with his short stack and Q, K suited against Justin Hall’s pocket aces. The aces held up and Lillaney was eliminated in 9th place.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DSE IV Event #1 $400 NLH UltimateStack $10K GTD tournament. As new TDA rules went into effect this week, our final tables are only nine-handed instead of ten (as they have been.) So, without further ado, our remaining nine lucky—and, of course, highly skilled players—are:

Justin Hall: 1,235,000
Jerry Zickert: 1,100,000
Aramis Hayrapetyan: 1,525,000
Gautam Lillaney: 425,000
Ari Mezrich: 625,000
Paolo Schhmenger: 453,000
Tyler Patterson: 1,650,000
Dave White: 2,500,000
Michael Youngman: 2,000,000

Good luck gentlemen!

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Lucky Shot Poker Series Event #1
$250 NLH $150K Total Prize Pool
October 21-27, 2019

Paul Hockin out in 2nd place.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Diogo Bento shoved with K♥ 2♥ and was snap called by Paul Hockin with Q♥ 10♥. When the board ran out 9♥ 3♦ 4 ♠ 4♣ 5♣, Bento’s king gave him the hand and the win, and Hockin was eliminated.

Shadd Baudoin out in 3rd place.

Diogo Bento again got the better of Shadd Baudoin when Baudoin snap called Bento’s shove. Bento was on a flush draw, and he hit it on the turn, much to Baudoin’s chagrin. Bento added another 4.5 million to his extensive chip lead, and Baudoin was out. Bento is now the massive chip leader.

Diogo Bento regains the chip lead.

This hand began with Diogo Bento raising to 360K from the button preflop and was called by Shadd Baudoin from the big blind. The flop fell K♦ 2♥ 5♥. Baudoin bet 365K, and Bento called. With a Q♣ on the turn, Baudoin continued with a 500K bet. Bento called. When the 9♠ hit the river, Baudoin, again led out, this time with 1.415 million. Bento called and his 10♠ 6♣ bested Baudoin’s K♣ 10♥.

Shadd Baudoin continues to be aggressive.

Shadd Baudoin took another nearly two million chip pot versus Diogo Bento when Baudoin shoved after the turn causing Bento to fold. Baudoin has regained a slight chip lead.

Shadd Baudoin chipping up.

In two consecutive hands, Shadd Baudoin won a 1.2-ish million chip pot against Diogo Bento and then a 1.6-ish million chip pot versus Paul Hockin. Bento is still currently the chip leader; Baudoin is in second place, and Hockin in third.

Paul Hockin doubles up.

This hand began with Shadd Baudoin calling from the button and Paul Hockin checking his option. The flop fell 3♥ 10♦ 6♠. Hockin checked, Baudoin shoved, and Hockin snap called. It was Baudoin’s A♣ 6♦ versus Hockin’s 10♠ 6♣. The board rounded out with 4♠ 5♥, and Hockin doubled up his 1.39 million chip stack.

Diogo Bento’s reign of terror continues.

After Seat #9 shoved from the big blind, Diogo Bento snap called from the button. It was Bento’s pocket aces versus Seat #9’s K, J suited, and the aces held up, thus eliminating Seat #9 and giving Bento an additional 2.4-ish million chips to further extend his chip lead. Seat #9 wins $10,350 for her efforts.

Diogo Bento continues to chip up.

In the very next hand, Diogo Bento flopped trip queens to take an approximate two million chip pot versus Paul Hockin. Bento is now our chip leader.

Diogo Bento doubles up.

Chip leader Shadd Baudoin took a 2.395 million chip hit from Diogo Bento when Baudoin called Bento’s shove from the big blind. It was Bento’s A, 2 suited versus Baudoin’s J, 7 off. Even though Baudoin hit a seven on the flop, an ace on the turn and deuce on the river gave Bento the pot and doubled him up.

Seat #9 doubles up.

In this hand, Seat #9 shoved from the big blind with her final 1.54 million chips and K, Q suited. Paul Hockin, having previously called the big blind, called Seat #9’s shove with K, 7 off. The K, Q held up, thus extending Seat #9’s tournament life.

Nathan Henry out in 5th place.

This hand began with Diogo Bento min-raising to 250K from the button. Nathan Henry shoved from the small blind, and Paul Hockin shoved over the top. Bento got out of the way. It was Henry’s A, K suited versus Hockin’s A, Q off. While both men hit an ace on the flop, Hockin got a queen as well, and his hand held up, thus eliminating Henry and giving Hockin an additional 1.675 million chips.

Franck Marescaux out in 6th place.

After Franck Marescaux shoved from the cutoff, Nathan’s Henry called all-in effective from the button. It was Marescaux’s A, 5 suited against Henry’s A, Q suited, and the queen kicker held up.

Chip counts.

Going into the Level 28 break, here is where our remaining six players stand:

Diogo Bento: 2.905 million
Franck Marescaux: 880K
Nathan Henry: 2.395 million
Paul Hockin: 2.785 million
Seat #9: 1.23 million
Shadd Baudoin: 6.345 million

When we return, the blinds will be 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 big blind ante.

Diogo Bento wins a nice pot.

In this hand, Diogo Bento min-raised preflop from the hijack to 130K, and Seat #9 called. The flop fell 5♠ 3♣ 8♠. Seat #9 checked, Bento c-bet 105K, and Seat #9 called. A 3♠ fell on the turn, and Seat #9 checked again. Bento continued with a 145K bet that Seat #9 called. A J♣ hit the river. Seat #9, again, checked, Bento bet 265K, and, after some thought, Seat #9 called. Bento showed his Q, J suited, and Seat #9 mucked.

Franck Marescaux doubles up.

In this hand Franck Marescaux shoved from the big blind with his final 370K chips and was called all-in effective by Seat #9 in the cutoff. Shadd Baudoin thought for a minute but folded from the button. It was Marescaux’s pocket kings versus Seat #9’s pocket eights, and although he didn’t need it, Marescaux hit a king on the flop to double up.

Shadd Baudoin wins a nice pot.

This hand began with Shadd Baudoin calling the big blind from the button, Diogo Bento calling from the small blind, and Franck Marescaux checking his option. The flop fell 5♥ 7♦ 5♣. All three men checked. A 10♦ fell on the turn, Bento checked, Marescaux bet 150K, Baudoin called, and Bento folded. A K♦ fell on the river. Marescaux bet 250K, Baudoin raised to 700K, and Marescaux called. Baudoin showed his Q♦ 4♦ for the flush, and Marescaux mucked.

Gabriel Morales out in 7th.

This hand began with Gabriel Morales shoving from the cutoff. He was snap called by Franck Marescaux from the small blind. Nathan Henry shoved over the top from the big blind, and after some though, Marescaux folded. It was Morales’ pocket fives versus Henry’s pocket aces, and, even though he didn’t need it, Henry hit an ace on the river. Morales was eliminated and Henry became 810K chips richer.

Anthony Cusumano out in 8th.

In this hand, Anthony Cusumano shoved preflop from UTG and was called effective by Paul Hockin. It was Cusumano’s pocket queens against Hockin’s A, K suited. An ace fell on the flop and held up, eliminating Cusumano and giving Hockin an additional 925K chips to add to his 1.385 million.

Conrad Sanchez out in 9th.

Conrad Sanchez found himself all-in with pocket tens versus Anthony Cusumano’s J, A, suited. A jack hit the turn, and Sanchez was eliminated.

Brian Jones out in 10th.

Brian Jones shoved with pocket nines and his final 845K chips and was called effective by Shadd Baudoin with A, K suited. With an ace on the flop, Jones knew his tournament life was in danger, and he was correct. Baudoin added another 845K to his hefty chip stack.

Seat #9 doubles up.

Seat #9’s pocket queens were up against Gabriel Morales’ A, 9 off, and the queens held up, thus enabling Seat #9 to double her 1.08 million chip stack.

Action right off the bat.

Immediately, we had an all-in and call between Shadd Baudoin in the cutoff position and Diogo Bento from the UTG spot. The board fell J♠ 10♣ Q♣ K♠ before Baudoin shoved and was called by Bento. It was Baudoin’s A♣ 2♣ versus Bento’s 9♠ 10♠. When the 6♠ hit the river, Bento’s flush beat Baudoin’s straight and Bento amassed, much to Baudoin’s chagrin, 1.155 million of Baudoin’s chips.

We have reached the final table.

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

Brian Jones: 945,000
Gabriel Morales: 1,760,000
Anthony Cusumano: 685,000
Diogo Bento: 1,330,000
Franck Marescaux: 2,155,000
Conrad Sanchez: 700,000
Nathan Henry: 2,975,000
Paul Hockin: 1,470,000
Seat #9: 1,080,000
Shadd Baudoin: 3,170,000

Good luck everyone!

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DeepStack Showdown October Event #3
$400 NLH MonsterStack $250K GTD
October 15-20, 2019

Andrew Campbell out in 2nd place.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Andrew Campbell shoved with his K♠ 10♣, and was snap-called by Eric Baldwin with his K♣ Q♠. The board ran 6♦ 9♥ J♣ 10♥ A♦, the poker gods again smiled down upon Baldwin as he hit a straight, and Campbell was out.

Daniel Pickering out in 3rd place.

Daniel Pickering shoved his final 2.6 million chip stack with pocket fours, and was called effective by Eric Baldwin with pocket sevens. The sevens held up, Pickering was eliminated, and Baldwin continues to dominate.

Eric Baldwin extends his huge chip lead.

This hand began with Eric Baldwin calling from the small blind, and Daniel Pickering checking his option. The flop fell J♣ 5♦ A♦. Baldwin bet 240K, and Pickering called. A 4♠ fell on the turn. Baldwin c-bet 760K, and Pickering, after some thought, called. With a 7♥ on the river, Baldwin bet a whopping 2.86 million. After some more thought, Pickering called. Baldwin showed his A♥ 5♥ for two pair, and Pickering mucked.

Chip counts.

Going into the Level 32 break, here is where our remaining three players stand:

Eric Baldwin: 13.355 million
Daniel Pickering: 7.415 million
Andrew Campbell: 3.94 million

When return, the blinds will be 120,000/240,000 with a 120,000 big blind ante.

Stay tuned for what will surely be an exciting conclusion to our tournament.

Daniel Pickering chipping up.

Daniel Pickering took a nice million-ish pot against Eric Baldwin when he slow-played his flopped trip aces and then another nice pot, also against Baldwin, when Pickering shoved over-the top after Baldwin raised preflop.

Djordje Lazovic out in 4th place.

After Djordje Lazovic shoved preflop from the button, Daniel Pickering called effective. It was Lazovic’s A, J clubs versus Pickering’s A, K spades, and the king kicker held up. Pickering amassed Lazovic’s final 3.3 million chips, bringing him up to around seven million.

Andrew Campbell chipping up.

Andrew Campbell has been throwing some of his muscle around with some nicely placed large bets which have made both Eric Baldwin and Daniel Pickering get out of his way.

Claire Thomas out in 5th place.

Claire Thomas found herself all-in with pocket sevens against Djordje Lazovic’s pocket kings. With a king on the flop, Thomas knew her tournament life had come to an end.

Claire Thomas doubles up.

This time, Claire Thomas found herself all in against Eric Baldwin; however, her A, K off held up against Baldwin’s A, 10 off, and she found herself 995K richer.

Ari Mezrich out in 6th place.

In the very next hand, Ari Mezrich found himself in peril against, you guessed it, Eric Baldwin. This time, Mezrich’s K, 8 off fell to Baldwin’s A, 8 off, and Baldwin earned another 160K chips.

Ryan Leng out in 7th place.

Ryan Leng found himself all-in against the uber hot Eric Baldwin. Baldwin had pocket fours and Leng had pocket queens. When a four hit on the flop, Leng suspected his tournament life had come to an end, and he was right. Baldwin amassed Leng’s final 970K chips.

Daniel Pickering takes a nice pot.

This hand began with Ryan Leng raising to 250K from the cutoff. Daniel Pickering called from the big blind. The flop fell K♦ A♦ Q♠. Both men checked. A 4♠ fell on the turn. Pickering bet 340K, and Leng called. With a 9♣ on the river, Pickering c-bet 850K, and Leng called again. Pickering’s A♥ 4♣ bested Leng’s K♥ Q♣ , and Pickering took the hefty pot.

Eric Baldwin takes control.

Eric Baldwin has been exercising his muscle with some very well-timed shoves and large bets on later streets that make his opponents fold, thus allowing him to increase his already large chip lead.

Ari Mezrich doubles up.

Ari Mezrich found himself all-in against Ryan Leng when Mezrich shoved on a 8♦ A♥ 10♥ 2♦ board. It was Mezrich’s A♠ 2♠ against Leng’s 9♠ 10♠. A J♥ on the river ensured Mezrich’s win.

Chip counts thus far.

Going into the Level 29 break, here is where our remaining seven players stand:

Ryan Leng: 1,775,000
Eric Baldwin: 8,565,000
Ari Mezrich: 840,000
Daniel Pickering: 2,950,000
Andrew Campbell: 4,550,000
Djordje Lazovic: 3,600,000
Claire Thomas: 2,400,000

When we return, the blinds will be 60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 big blind ante.

Daniel Pickering doubles up.

This hand began with Ryan Leng calling from the cutoff. Eric Baldwin also called from the button, as did Ari Mezrich from the small blind. Daniel Pickering checked. The flop fell K♦ 4♦ 5♦. Mezrich checked, Pickering checked, Leng bet 250K, Baldwin folded, Mezrich folded, PIckering shoved, and Leng called. Whew. It was Pickering’s J♦ 8♦ versus Leng’s A♠ K♠, and Pickering’s flopped flush held up, thus enabling him to double up his 1.255 million chip stack.

Jeff Musiello out in 8th place.

It couldn’t last forever.

Jeff Musiello stays alive.

As would be expected, Musiello shoved with his final few chips from the UTG position. Andrew Campbell raised to 200K, and Ryan Leng called. Musiello’s pocket kings held up and he lives to play another hand.

Ari Mezrich triples up, cripples Jeff Musiello.

Here’s a doozy of a hand that began with Jeff Musiello shoving from mid position with his final 660K chips. Ari Mezrich called all-in with his 650K chips. Ryan Leng called effective. It was Musiello’s pocket kings versus Mezrich’s pocket aces, versus Leng’s K, 9 diamonds. The aces held up.

We have reached the final table.

We have finally reached the final table in our DeepStack Showdown Event #3 $400 NLH MonsterStack $250K GTD. Our remaining eight (thanks to a triple elimination right before the final table) lucky—and, of course, highly skilled—players are:

Ryan Leng: 3,800,000
Eric Baldwin: 6,550,000
Jeff Musiello: 965,000
Ari Mezrich: 1,030,000
Daniel Pickering: 800,000
Andrew Campbell: 4,335,000
Djordje Lazovic: 4,665,000
Claire Thomas: 2,465,000

Good luck everyone!

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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

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