Jamie Brown eliminated in 10th ($9,000)
And just like that the final table has been set! The hand that decided it saw Jamie Brown open on the button for 50,000 and Matt Dapollonio call in the big blind. Both players checked the 9♥5♣4♠ flop before Dapollonio led out for 70,000 on the 2♠ turn. Brown called.
On the J♣ river Dapollonio announced he was all-in and Brown called with K♠J♠, but Dapollonio had turned huge with the 6♣3♣ and Brown’s day was done.
We now have our final table of nine!
Kit Manuel eliminated in 11th ($8,000)
They’re falling like dominoes now. Kit Manuel announced he was all-in UTG and Brett Marshall shoved over the top. Matt Dapollonio thought about calling both all-ins but eventually folded.
Manuel showed 6♣6♦ and Marshall Q♠Q♦, and when the board ran out K♠A♣4♦3♠9♥ we were down to 10 players and the final table bubble.
Play is now hand-for-hand.
Pip Chea eliminated in 12th ($7,000)
Pip Chea opened to 57,000 UTG and it was folded around to Nathan Glase who announced he was all-in. Chea made the call and when the cards were flipped it was Glase out in front holding J♦J♣ over Chea’s 7♦7♣.
There was no help for Chea, leaving him with just 60,000 behind. He shoved next hand with J♣6♠ and Glase finished the job, flopping a K with his K♥4♠.
Glase now has around 800,000.
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 (24,000)
Joe Sanjaev has scored a much needed double up, getting his remaining 185,000 into the middle holding K♦7♦ on a 2♦3♦9♥ flop and getting a call from Adam Cusenza with K♣K♠.
The turn was the 5♦ and Sanjaev moves back up to 390,000.
Chris Edgar eliminated in 13th ($7,000)
Adam Cusenza shoved in the small blind and a short-stacked Chris Edgar called in the big blind.
Edgar looked set for a much-needed double holding K♠Q♥ to Cusenza’s Q♣8♣, but the board ran out 3♥8♠10♥A♠9♠ and we’re down to 12 remaining.
Jacyn Che eliminated in 14th ($6,000)
Jacyn Che is our latest to fall after falling to the comeback kid, Matt Dapollonio. It was 3-way to a flop of 4♥3♠10♠ as Dapollonio led for 100,000. Jaycn Che then shoved for 158,000 and Brett Marshall folded the A♠4♠.
Dapollonio called however and showed 10♦10♥ for top set, leaving Che drawing very thing holding A♥10♣.
Che hits the rail while Dapollonio moves to 545,000.
Short stacks on a roll
There have been a number of instances of short stacks doubling through over the past 30 minutes as the balance of power continues to shift.
Loc Duong recently doubled through Joe Sanjaev and Matt Dapollonio doubled through Kit Manuel. Manuel was then all-in for his tournament life against Abhey Rai but survived that encounter too as we remain with 14 players left.
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Francesco Sergi eliminated in 15th ($5,000)
Francesco Sergi shoves his remaining chips from the button and Joel Williams called from the big blind.
It was Williams with Q♠J♠ against the K♦7♠ and a Q♣ on the flop was enough for Williams to end Sergi’s day early.
Brett Marshall shoved for just under 200,000 with 9♠9♦ and was called by Adam Cusenza holding A♠A♣.
It looked like that was all she wrote for Marshall as the 4♦6♠8♠Q♣ fell but the 9♣ river saved Marshall’s tournament life while dealing Cusenza a significant blow.
Michael Mariakis eliminated in 16th ($5,000)
Michael Mariakis was all-in for his last 35,000 with Francesco Sergi calling in the big blind.
Mariakis held A♣9♦ to Sergi’s 8♠5♦ but when the board fell J♦6♣5♥2♠Q♠ it was Sergi taking the chips.
Chris Colaneri eliminated in 17th ($4,000)
A short-stacked Chris Colaneri shoves for his last 35,000 and was called by Max Chea and Jamie Brown. On the J♠2♣9♥ flop, Chea bet 40,000 and Brown folded.
Chea turned over A♥J♦ with Colaneri well behind holding 7♥10♥. The turn was the 9♣ and the river the A♣ to send Colaneri home.
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)
Cusenza cripples Colaneri
After doubling through Chris Colaneri moments earlier, Adam Cusenza called Colaneri’s 26,000 button open from the big blind and they took a flop of Q♣5♦2♣.
Cusenza then check-raised Colaneri’s 50,000 c-bet all-in and Colaneri made the call.
Colaneri showed K♣Q♥ and needed to fade flush and straight outs against Cusenza’s 3♣6♣, but the 9♣ landed on the turn to immediately cement the pot for Cusenza.
Colaneri is crippled why Cusenza moves to 480,000.
Rai of hope
Max Chea opened to 26,000 and Abhey Rai shoves for his last 130,000. Chea called and showed A♥K♣ to be racing against Rai’s 6♣6♠.
The J♥6♥2♦ flop was huge for Rai and he held to double through to 250,000.
Pip Chea opened to 30,000 from the cut-off and Joel Williams announced he was all-in for his last 110,000. Chea called and showed A♠4♣ to Williams’ 8♣8♥. The board ran out Q-high as Williams doubles through to 240,000.
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Obie Blanusa eliminated in 18th ($4,000)
Obie Blanusa shoved for 110,000 and was called by both Max Chea and Chris Colaneri. Chea and Colaneri then checked down the board as it fell
Blanusa turned over A♠Q♣ which wasn’t enough to get it done as Chea showed J♦J♣ and scooped the pot over Colaneri’s 10♦10♥.
Chea now has 660,000.
Joel Williams opened to 22,000 and Chris Edgar shoved for 77,000 from the small blind. Williams called and showed Q♥J♣ to be effectively racing against the A♥9♥ of Edgar.
The board ran out 3♦8♥5♠10♠7♦ as Edgar doubles through to 164,000.
The tournament has resumed and we’re on our way – just nine eliminations away from this year’s Stacked Poker Championship final table.
Break it up
Players are now on a 30-minute dinner break and will return at 8pm local time.
Jonathan Karamalikis busts on the bubble
Jonathan Karamalikis is our bubble boy after getting his very short stack in and finding two callers.
When the flop fell K♣9♦9♥, Nathan Glase bet 30,000 and Chris Edgar folded. Karamalikis turned over A♦5♣ but was drawing to running cards against Glase’s J♣9♣.
There was to be no miracle and Karamalikis exits in 19th.
We are now in the money and remaining 18 players are on a 30-minute break.
On the bubble!
Nathan Glase opened to 20,000 and Andrew Michael announced he was all-in from the cut-off. Joe Sanjaev shoved over the top and Glase let his hand go.
Sanjaev turned over K♦K♣ and was in great shape to send Michael to the rail with A♣Q♦ – especially when Glase said he’d folded the same hand.
The board ran out Q♠J♦9♦9♠8♦ to leave us with 19 platers remaining.
We are now on the money bubble and play is hand-for-hand.
Jonathan Karamalikis announced he was all-in from the cut-off and Joe Sanjaev shoved over the top. Everyone else folded and when the cards were turned Karamalikis found himself in trouble with 5♦5♠ against Sanjaev’s 10♦10♥.
The window card was the 10♣ which sealed the deal for Sanjaev. He moves to 275,000 while Karamalikis is down to around 60,000.
All the stacks
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Players are now on a 10-minute break.
Race for survival
After Max Chia opened to 20,000, Loc Duong announced he was all-in. Joel Williams then announced he was all-in too with Chea folding.
It was Loc’s A♣K♥ racing against the Q♠Q♣ with Williams holding on as the board ran out 9♦4♦10♠6♦8♦.
Williams moves to 210,000 while Loc drops down to just 72,000.
X marks the spot
Four way to a 4♣8♥2♣ flop, Gabby Xiourouppa came out swinging with a 100,000 bet. Jamie Brown folded but Max Chea announced he was all in for a little over 150,000.
Xiourouppa made the call with Q♦Q♥ but needed to dodge plenty of outs against Chea’s A♣3♣. He couldn’t as the 7♣ turn sent the pot Chea’s way.
Level 19: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Billy “The Croc” Argyros has just busted after losing consecutive races – first with AK against an opponent’s ladies and then with Jacks against AK.
His departure leaves us with 21 players remaining. We are now just three places away from the money.
Defending Stacked Poker Championship winner Michael Haddad won’t be making it back-to-back titles after hitting the rail moments ago.
Haddad shoved for his last 50,000 after Mac Chea’s open and was called by both Chea and Kit Manuel.
The two checked the A♠Q♥2♣ flop before Chea fired 15,000 on the 8♠ turn – enough force Manuel to fold.
He then turned over A♦5♦, leaving Haddad drawing thin with 3♣3♦. The river was the 7♣ and Haddad’s day is done.
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Players are on a 10-minute break.
Clash of the Adams
Adam Lutley has busted at the hands of Adam Cusenza. Lutley was down to his last 30,000 and got it in with 4♦4♥ but was in trouble against the 6♦6♥ of Cusenza.
The board bricked and Lutley was out last casualty before the break.
Kit catches Haddad
Joe Sanjaev opened to 11,500 and received calls from Jamie Brown and Michael Haddad before Kit Manuel 3-bet to 31,500 from late position. Brown and Haddad called to see a flop of 4♦5♠7♥.
Brown checked but Haddad led for 26,500. Manuel called and Brown folded.
On the 7♣ turn, Haddad bet 100,000 which sent Manuel deep into the tank. He eventually announced he was all-in for another 55,000 on top but flipped over his cards, Q♥Q♠, before Haddad had called.
Nevertheless, he eventually called with 2♣3♠, needing a 6 or an Ace to scoop the pot.
Instead the J♣ landed on the river, rocketing Manuel up towards the top of the chip counts.
|12 to 13||$7,000|
|15 to 16||$5,000|
|17 to 18||$4,000|
Pipped at the post
Pip Chea was all-in for his tournament life but in strong position holding K♣K♠ against the A♥J♥ of “AC”.
The Q♥9♣3♥ gave Chea a massive sweat but he dodged the danger to double through to 195,000.
“AC” is now crippled.
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 (5,000)
Huy Nguyen, Zhifan Ye, Karl Fielke and Alex Markopolous have all busted since the start of this level.
Croc at the double
Karl Fielke announced he was all-in for about 95,000 and it was folded around to Billy Argyros in the big blind. He went deep into the tank before announcing, “Well, there is always the cash games … I call.”
The Croc rolled over 8♠8♥ and was pleased to see he was racing the A♠Q♣ of Fielke. The board ran out T-high as Argyros doubles through to 185,000. Fielke is left with nothing but pocket change after that hand.
Glase fills up
After Tony Xu opened from the button and Nathan Glase 3-bet, Xu announed he was all-in and Glase quickly made the call.
Glase showed Q♥Q♠ to be well ahead of Xu’s A♣9♣ and he got even stronger on the Q♣5♠7♦ flop. TheJ♣ gave Xu some flush outs but while the 5♣ river was a club, it also filled Glase up.
With the re-entry period now over and play back underway, the tournament staff have released the final numbers with 181 entries into this year’s main Event creating a $362,000 prize pool.
There are currently 38 players remaining with payout details to be finalized shortly.
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 (4,000)
That brings us to the end of the re-entry period of this event. Players are on a 10-minute break.
Haddad takes chip lead with double strike
Eddie Saade opened to 7,000 in early position and both Joel Williams and Michael Haddad made the call.
On the 2♣6♦A♣ flop, Saade led for 17,000 and Williams shoved for 40,000. Haddad called but Saade shoved over the top for 130,000. Haddad called.
It was Saade in front holding A♠K♣ against the A♦4♦ of Williams and the 10♣7♣ of Haddad.
The turn J♥ kept Saade in front but the river was the 8♣, giving Haddad the flush and sending both Saade and Williams to the rail.
Haddad is now chip leader with 435,000.
Dapollonio ends another
Matt Dapollonio’s run of huge hands has continued in clash with Dion Mavrangelos. Mavrangelos got his last 60,000 in holding K♦J♣ on a K♣10♥4♠ board but ran straight into Dapollonio’s 4♥4♦.
Dapollonio is back up to 280,000 after that hand.
The big stacks
After Loc Duong opened to 6,000 in early position, Adrian Indovino 3-bet to 24,000 before Gabby Xiourouppa 4-bet to 100,000.
Duong folded by Indovino announced he was all-in. Xiourouppa called and they tabled their cards with Indivino’s Q♠Q♣ way out in front of Xiourouppa’s 10♦10♠.
The board ran out [invalid notations] as Indovino moves above 300,000.
Rai, Glase double through
There is plenty of action on Table 6 with a spate of all-ins since the start of play today. Those all-ins have seen two players score doubles in consecutive hands, starting with Nathan Glase who got it in with A♦Q♥ against the A♣J♥ of Steve K. The Q♣ on the flop sealed the deal to give him an early boost.
Next hand Abhey Rai shoved for around 62,000 and was called by Matt Dapollonio. Rai was in front with Q♣Q♠ against Dapollonio’s A♥Q♦ and his hand held on a J-high board.
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)
Faces in the crowd
Che scores the double KO
It was a three-way all-in on Table 2 with Zhifan Ye and Steve Topakas the players at risk
Ye held J♠J♣ and Topakas A♠K♦ while Jacyn Che had both covered but was trailing with A♣Q♠. It was Che who would emerge with all the chips however as the board ran out 10♥Q♣2♥8♣Q♦.
Che now has 190,000.
Max Chea opened to 5,000 UTG and it was folded around to Emmanuel Seal in the small blind who shoves for his remaining 42,500.
Francesk Gjoni in the big blind tanked for some time before making the call with Chea folding.
Seal showed A♥J♣ and was racing against Gjoni’s 9♥9♦ but didn’t get there as the board ran out 10♠6♣2♥5♦7♦.
Gjoni moves to around 100,000.
Tony Xu has also hit the rail early today, shoving the turn on a 4♠J♦8♥6♠ board with K♠K♥ and being called by Jamie Brown holding 4♦6♦. The river was the 9♠ as Brown moves to 230,000.
On the Matt
Matt Dapollonio appears to have had a pretty big night given he has turned up in the same clothes he wore all day yesterday, but it hasn’t stopped him sending the first player of the day to the rail.
Elliot Esca, aka “The Fit Chef”, was the victim as Dapollonio announced he was all-in on a board reading 4♥6♥J♣6♦. Esca thought briefly before calling with K♥K♦ but was way behind the J♥J♠ of his rival.
The river bricked and Dapollonio moves to 275,000.
Sealing the deal
Emmanuel Seal was all-in first hand for his last 26,000 holding 6♣6♥ and racing the A♣K♥ of Max Chea.
He hit big on the 4♥5♠6♦ flop to cement the double as he moves to 55,000.
Shuffle up and deal
We’re now underway on Day 2 of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event!
Level 14: 1,000/2,500 (2,500)
It’s Day 2 of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event as we start our descent with a GTD$100,000 prize awaiting the man who crosses that finish line first.
After two days of action – and there was plenty of it – in the Stacked Social poker room, today will see 54 of the 159 entries so far continue on the tournament, although re-entry remains open for the first two levels of today’s play so that figure could grow slightly.
This year’s field smashes the 126 entries who took part in 2021 with a number of familiar faces still in contention, including defending champion Michael Haddad, Jonathan Karamalikis, Steve Topakas, Joe Sanjaev and Neb Blanusa.
PokerMedia Australia will be on the floor from start to finish today so be sure to stay tuned to pokermedia.com.au for all the live reporting action as we play down to our final table.
Day 2 Seating Draw: