Matt D’Apollonio will take the lead into the final table of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event after staging a remarkable comeback late on Day 2 in the Stacked Social poker room.
Down to just 40,000 chips or two big blinds only around two hours before the final table of nine players was set, D’Apollonio was one card away from elimination before manna from heaven gave him a split pot, but after winning a race to move to around 100,000 he went on a remarkable tear in which he made big hand after big hand – and was repeatedly paid off in the process.
In the end he finished the day with a massive stack of 1,841,000 – double that of the next largest stack in the room, Nathan Glase with 935,000.
Falling just short of the final table was overnight chip leader Kit Manuel, who finished 11th, while Jonathan Karamalikis – recently inducted to the South Australian Poker Hall of Fame – was bubble boy after busting in 19th.
The nine remaining players will all return on Monday at 4pm with eyes on the massive $100,000 first prize.
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