“Mad” Mike Gainer wins Stacked Poker Championship NLH terminator ($5,500)

“Mad” Mike Gainer is champion of the Stacked Poker Championship $550 NLH Terminator event, overcoming a field of 71 entries to take home the $5,500 top prize.

With the Terminator adopting a bounty format, with half of each player’s $500 official entry fee going into the prize pool and the other half a reward for whoever eliminates each player, there was plenty of loose calling early on as stacks soared then fell as fast as they had grown.

But it was once the re-entry period finished that Gainer emerged from the pack, taking the overall chip lead midway through the day’s play and maintaining it almost all the way to the finishing post.

He also collected plenty of bounty chips along the way – at least 10 by our count – and after crippling his main rival at the final table, Frank Pezzaniti, in a huge pre-flop clash KK versus JJ he never looked troubled once play was 3-way.

In the end his heads-up battle with WSOP bracelet winner Scott Calcogno didn’t last long. With Calcogno desperately short the chips went in Ganier capped then win in style as his J8 became quads on a Q88J8 board.

Gainer’s win also his second final table appearance of this series, having finished third in the $550 NLH Monster Stack on Monday for $5,400.

PAYOUTS:

PositionPlayerPrize
1Mike Gainer$5,500 
2Scott Calcogno$4,000 
3Troy Pellaschiar$3,000 
4Frank Pezzaniti$2,300 
5Adam Cusenza$1,750 
6Jacyn Che$1,200 

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