LIVE REPORTING: Stacked Poker Championship Main Event Day 1B & 1C

‘Marko’ in pole position – Day 1C is a wrap!

After having fired multiple bullets in tonight’s Turbo flight, Alex Markopoulos has managed to flip the script and end this evening’s session as the overall chip leader in this Main Event!

Markopoulos’ moment came late into the final level of the night, taking out Ty West after his Q6 spiked two pair on the board of 4361010 against West’s A2.

Also riding the positive trend was Milan Mehta, who tripped up and shut out another player with his J8 after the dealer fanned out a board of 8Q2108, despite Sidana’s opponent getting his money in ahead pre-flop with Q10.

Together, Markopoulos and Sidana make up the top two chip leaders from this Turbo flight, and they’ll join our other Day 1 survivors tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as their quest for Main Event glory continues!

Alex Markopoulos437,000
Milan Mehta339,000

The full seat draw will be released at least one hour prior to tomorrow’s restart, and will be made available on the Stacked Poker Facebook page and on our Live Reporting blog. Be sure to keep following us here at PMA for all the latest, but until next time, from all of us here in Adelaide, it’s ‘bye for now!

Level 11: 1,500/2,500 (2,500) > Level 12: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

A couple of Ling things

After claiming the first elimination from this evening’s Turbo flight, Ling L. has picked up another two KO’s on Table 5 in the form of Chris Parker and Ronnie Del Rosario.

It was three-way all-in action on the turn with a board that read J47Q; Parker was at risk with K10, but Ling had turned top-top with his AQ against Priplotski, who showed AK.

The river 3 completed the board and Ling scooped the pot to reduce Priplotski’s stack and send Parker packing.

Del Roasrio was then felted in brutal fashion: despite getting his money in with JJ, Ling L. freerolled to the nut boat on the board of 44AQA.

It was also an unlucky elimination for Nathan Gliase, who moved all-in for his last 52,200 pre-flop with A10, but although he turned trips on the board of 6109108, he was straight out the door courtesy of Mata Ye’s 76.

Mata Ye300,000
Roman Priplotski124,000
Ling L.100,000
Michael Tomeny171,000
Nathan GliaseBUSTED!
Chris ParkerBUSTED!
Ronnie Del RosarioBUSTED!

Level 9: 800/1,600 (1,600) > Level 10: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)

Pezzamitti punting, Chahine shafted

The chips have been flying across the felt in this turbo flight, with Frank Pezzamitti involved in most of the big hands we’ve seen as action continues here at Stacked Social.

After an earlier double-up, Pezzamitti found himself in a three-way all-in after a flop of 4810, which also included Milan Mehta.

Opponent: 77
Mehta: 44
Pezzamitti: Q5

The turn and river brought with it a pair of ducks – 2, 2 – but although Pezzamitti rivered the flush, Sidana scored a huge pot and eliminated the sevens with his full house.

Down to 11,300 in chips, Pezzamitti managed to triple up a short time later, getting his money in with 22 which flopped a book on the board of 88275 against Simon Chahine’s KK and a third player who had them both covered with AA.

After the chips were cut down, Chahine was confirmed as the sole elimination.

Milan Mehta169,100
Frank Pezzamitti33,900
Jason ChahineBUSTED!

Level 7: 500/1,000 (1,000) > Level 8: 600/1,200 (1,200)

No gamble, no future

The PMA Live Reporting Team haven’t been starved for action in this Turbo flight, but sadly, we won’t see any more action from Roman Priplotski, who was eliminated by Yuanting Wang.

Having been crippled in the previous stanza, Priplotski pushed the last of his chips in pre-flop with KJ, but Wang’s A9 held on after the dealer ran out a board of 6107107.

Back on Table 5, however, it’s been an absolute flip-fest, with Ronnie Del Rosario the first to go after putting his very short stack into the middle against Marco Perri and Alex Markopoulos.

Markopoulos: AA
Perri: 33
Del Rosario: 105

Board: 267210

Mata Ye then found himself in on the multi-way action, going up against Markopoulos and Perri.

Perri: 88
Ye: A2
Markopoulos: 63

Board: 351078

As a result, Perri scored himself a triple as Markopoulos once again struck out.

Mata Ye152,000
Marco Perri150,000
Yuanting Wang117,500
Alex MarkopoulosBUSTED!
Ronnie Del RosarioBUSTED!
Roman PriplotskiBUSTED!

Our 25 remaining players are now on a 10-minute break, with 37 entries on the clock. Another six levels when we return – stay with us!

Level 5: 300/600 (600) > Level 6: 400/800 (800)

Markopoulos mashed

It’s been a stanza that Alex Markopoulos would rather forget, having been busted not once, but twice as Day 1C ballooned out to three tables.

In earlier action on Table 5, the SPC Super High Roller Champion found himself all-in pre-flop against a very familiar foe: Mata Ye, who scored some poetic justice after his AQ held firm against Markopoulos’ Q3 over a board of 10A746.

Frank Pezzamitti acquired a KO of his own on Table 7, flopping a set and then turning a full house with his 77 on the board of 36763 against his all-in opponent’s JJ.

Markopoulos then took his seat on Table 6, but after being all but felted in a previous hand, he flicked in his remaining chips holding 94; Roman Priplotski shoved over the top with AK, but Jim Chahoud called all-in and showed down KK.

Priplotski was then left as the severe short stack and Chahoud chipped up to more than 160,000 as Markopoulos returned to the cage to load up another bullet.

Jim Chahoud167,800
Mata Ye131,500
Frank Pezzamitti77,000
Alex MarkopoulosBUSTED!

Level 3: 200/400 (400) > Level 4: 300/500 (500)

It’s turbo time!

Day 1C of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event began with 17 players, with Bunteon Bok, Roman Priplotski, Damiano Aloi, Mata Ye and Yuanting Wang amongst the notables to be seated early.

Ling L. however, scored the first elimination of this flight during the second level, turning a flush with his Q9 on a board of 37842 against the all-in player’s JJ.

Then as the blinds ticked over into Level 3, the man simply known as ‘Sammy’ was sent packing, crippled by Wang in a previous hand before giving up the last of his chips to Priplotski.

Down to his last 23,900 in chips ‘Sammy’ got them into the middle pre-flop with A6, but found no help whatsoever on the board of 104Q5J against Priplotski’s 88.

Roman Priplotski89,600
Yuanting Wang79,500

Level 1: 100/200 (200) > Level 2: 200/300 (300)

Parker punted, Hynes on a high – Day 1B is a wrap!

Just before the last three hands were called, Chris Parker got all his chips into the middle before the flop with A4, but despite flopping the wheel and improving to a six-high straight on the board of 32562 Michael Tomeny’s AK turned the nut flush.

Michael Tomeny171,000
Chris ParkerBUSTED!

The tournament clock showed 31 players remaining from the 85 total entries taken in this afternoon’s flight, and our unofficial counts have Pierce Hynes as the chip leader with 364,500, with David Sun (357,500) and Chris Colaneri (310,000) not that far behind.

And with that, Day 1B is now done and dusted … and without further ado, it’s time for us to turn our attention to the Day 1C Turbo.

Colour change!

Lloyd buoyed, Chehade sunk

It’s a good time to be named David right now as we head into the closing stages of Day 1B of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event!

Over on the feature table, David Lloyd moved up to more than 170,000 in chips after waking up with AK against the A10 of his all-in opponent, with neither hand improving on the board of 76Q75.

Sun then found himself on the right end of the uber-cooler, turning up AA against Chehade, who had moved all-in with KK before the dealer spread the board of 9103J2.

David Sun358,000
David Lloyd174,200
Amin ChehadeBUSTED!

Morales mauled

Nick Morales was eliminated by Joe Hachem as the clocked ticked over into the final level of the night.

Action folded around to Morales who moved all-in for his last 28,000 from the cut-off; Hachem was the only caller out of the small blind.

Hachem: AQ
Morales: Q8

Board: A3677

Joe Hachem89,000
Nick MoralesBUSTED!

Level 12: 1,500/3,000 (3,000)

Behrens burned, Sidana shut out

Just as the clock ticked into the 12th and final level of play and Day 1C of the Main Event began, the PMA crew caught two more eliminations over on the feature table.

Behrans Ceravand was the first to depart, moving all-in before the flop for his last 36,400, but although he held QQ, David Sun woke up with KK and held all the way down the 377310 board.

Sidana then put his tournament life on the line with JJ, however Michael Tomeny’s 77 picked up a set on the flop of 57A, which was enough as the turn and river ran out K, 6.

Michael Tomeny200,000
David Sun193,000
Milan MehtaBUSTED!
Behrans CeravandBUSTED!


John C. has managed to extract some chips from Qing Ye, having being redrawn back to the seat he was eliminated from after electing to re-enter this flight.

Almost as soon as he sat back down, John C. ripped in his stack with AQ and found himself in a fair fight against Ye’s A8, however neither hand improved on the board of 2K59J, resulting in a full double for John C.

John C.90,000
Qing Ye75,000

That’s pretty good!

Nathan Goodall has cracked the 200K mark after scoring a big double-up through Michael Tomeny out on the feature table.

Tomeny opened to 6,000 from UTG+1 and the action folded around to Goodall who flatted from the button. Gavin Best defended his small blind, so it was three-handed to a flop of A36.

Best checked to Tomeny who led out for 12,000, but Goodall quickly raised, which prompted Best to get out of the way before Tomeny jammed over the top. Goodall short-called.

Goodall: 66
Tomeny: AQ

Goodall’s set held for the full double after the turn and river ran out J, 8.

Nathan Goodall202,000
Michael Tomeny121,000

Level 11: 1,500/2,500 (2,500)

Curly gives ones up

Pierce Hynes has found a double-up through Emmanuel ‘Curly’ Seal in one of the last hands before start of the penultimate level of Day 1B.

Hynes jammed the last of his stack in with K8 before the flop, but managed to outdraw Seal’s AK after he spiked second pair on the board of [invalid notations].

Pierce Hynes64,300
Emmanuel ‘Curly’ Seal75,000

See ya, Seah

“All in and a call, mate … I’m an 80% favourite!”

Those were the words of Shane Baxter, who called our reporter over to witness an all-in-pre-flop showdown against Lionel Seah.

Baxter: AA
Seah: JJ

Baxter moved further ahead after the flop of 1099, but although Seah found some hope with the Q, the river 7 was one pip short.

Left with 11,500, Seah was eliminated a short time later.

Shane Baxter145,000
Lionel SeahBUSTED!

GG, J.C.

John C. has now fired another bullet into the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event after being eliminated over the space of two hands.

In earlier action, Eli X. opened to 6,500 from the +1 position before action folded to Qing Ye, who ripped in his last 52,400 from the hijack. John C. iso-shoved from the cut-off to force Eli X. out of the way and the cards were tabled.

John C: QQ
Ye: A9

Board: 2959A

Down to 15,200 in chips, John C. got them in good a short time later with A10, but was outdrawn by David Ewing’s Q9 on the board of 79475. K.O.

Qing Ye150,000
Dave Ewing85,000

Level 10: 1,000/2,000 (2,000)

Have a break

Time for one more 10-minute intermission, and then three more levels before we bag and tag. Back soon!

The Behniya-Mehta bonanza

Afshin Behniya and Milan Mehta have each scored an elimination in the lead-up to the last of break of today’s flight.

Over on the feature table, Roman Priplotski had moved all-in on the turn with QQ on a board of 96789, but Sidana had rolled up 54for the straight.

Behniya also cracked a big pair on his table; despite getting his money in behind with J9, against the all-in player’s KK, Behniya drilled two pair on the flop of 98J and then filled up after the board completed 7, 9.

Afshin Behniya150,000
Milan Mehta131,000
Roman PriplotskiBUSTED!

P.P. pressure

Back over on Table 3, Shane Baxter was heads-up against Super High Roller final tablist P.P. Huang, with action pending on the river with a board that read 835410.

Baxter checked to Huang, who moved all-in for his last 64,500 – roughly the same amount as the pot. Baxter spent a good three minutes in the blender before he decided to open-fold 77.

P.P. Huang104,000
Shane Baxter79,000

Hachem locked out

Jacob Lock has just picked up a whole bunch of chips and the proverbial scalp of Joe Hachem as we head into Level 9.

All the money went into the middle after the turn on the board of Q9K4; Hachem had flopped second pair with his Q10, but was in a world of hurt against Lock who tabled KQ for two pair.

Hachem then proceeded to the cage to re-fire after the 3 blanked out on the river.

Jacob Lock154,800
Joe HachemBUSTED!

Level 9: 800/1,600 (1,600)

Hussaini heisted

Meerwais Hussaini’s run in this tournament has now come to an end after he gave up the last of chips to David Sun.

Having been dealt a critical hit by Qing Ye in a previous hand, Hussaini got his chips in good with KK, however Sun’s AQ spiked another Ace on the flop and held as the board completed 2AJ64.

It was at that moment that Shane Baxter took the opportunity to audition for the PMA Live Reporting Team.

“Here’s some headlines for you!” Baxter exclaimed. “Sun rising, Sun up … hey, it’s almost 6 o’clock, the Sun’s going down!”

Have our people call your people, let’s do lunch!

David Sun163,100
Meerwais HussainiBUSTED!

Tyanting tossed

Yuanting Wang has been chopped out of a three-way all-in pot on the feature table as action continues in Day 1B of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event.

All the money was in the middle pre-flop and we got there as the cards were tabled.

Goodall: AK
Best: AK
Wang: 87

Board: K698Q

Top-top for both Goodall and Best, which resulted in a full split of what was left of Wang’s chips.

Gavin Best165,400
Nathan Goodall69,200
Yuanting WangBUSTED!

Meerwais left wanting

Our reporter caught heads-up action between Qing Ye and Meerwais Hussaini heads-up to a flop of 5KQ; Hussaini check-called Ye’s bet of 1,700, and then both players checked the turn of the K.

Hussaini led out for 3,200 on the river of the 8, but tank-folded after Ye’s all-in bet, which resulted in his stack being cut down to less than half the start bank.

Qing Ye49,000
Meerwais Hussaini21,600

Aoukar advances

Pierre Aoukar has knocked out a player heads up after the action went all in-call on the turn.

The board completed 35276, with Aoukar’s 77 spiking a set on the turn, which resulted in his opponent being knocked out after they showed down 5x 2x for two pair.

Pierre Aoukar161,400

Level 8: 600/1,200 (1,200)

Two for Tomeny

A massive three-way all-in developed after the flop of 744, with Michael Tomeny, Higor Sebel and Nathan Goodall getting all their chips into the middle.

Goodall: KK
Tomeny: 88
Sebel: 65

Tomeny hit a runner-runner straight as the board completed 6, 5 to take down the pot and deliver the double KO.

Michael Tomeny266,600
Nathan GoodallBUSTED!
Higor SebelBUSTED!

Ooh AA, Seah

Over on Table 3, Lionel Seah went all-in-pre for 20,900, and was quickly called by Josh Foster.

Foster’s K10 was left dead the whole way through a board of 7Q1057, as Seah flipped up AA to claim the full double.

Lionel Seah43,000
Josh Foster29,600

No such thing as Tomeny chances

Some heated action on the feature table, as Michael Tomeny went heads up on a preflop all in-call with Yuanting Wang who is currently on his third chance in today’s flight. Tomeny held AK, but failed to hit against Wang’s 66 which held clean through the board of 941093, busting Tomeny.

It wasn’t the last of the action between the two however, as Tomeny quickly re-entered and was drawn back into the same seat to go all in-call pre with Wang again.

Tomeny’s AJ quickly hit Ace-Jack two pair as the dealer spread JQA97, leaving Wang’s A8 trailing cold.

Michael Tomeny112,500
Yuanting Wang60,000

Calcagno no more

Scott Calcagno went all in on the turn, holding J10 suited connectors which had flopped top pair and improved to two pair and a flush draw on a spread J833. Unfortunately for Calcagno, Perri called with K8 for the other flush draw which hit the 10 river, knocking him out.

Marco Perri183,000
Scott CalcagnoBUSTED!

No pot for Perri

Emmanuel “Curly” Seal min bet on a rainbow flop of 297, with Marco Perri calling from the button. Both players checked the 5 turn, and Seal laid a bet of 5,100 into the 3 river. Perri surrendered his cards into the muck, awarding Seal the pot which shifted him up closer with the average stack.

Marco Perri145,100
Emmanuel “Curly” Seal60,600

Sun down

Qing Ye opened pre to 2,000 from the cutoff and then called David Sun’s raise to 7,500 from the button. On the flop of QA10, Ye check-called Sun’s 3,100 bet, and both checked on the 9 turn. The river delivered Q with Ye ripping a bet of 19,700, forcing a fold from Sun.

David Sun145,100
Qing Ye65,300

Level 7: 500/1,000 (1,000)

Have a stretch

Our players are now on another 10-minute break, with the tournament clock showing 61 total entries with 44 players remaining. Back soon!

No win for Tin

It’s not often that you see Tin Win’s name on the tournament casualty list, but unfortunately, that is the case today, as he’s just been felted by John C.

All the money was in the middle after the turn on the board of K2A3; Win was at risk and on the come with his 64, but John C. had flopped top pair holding A6 and held after the river 9 completed the board.

John C.85,000

Hachem … SMASH!

The beauty of re-entry tournaments is that fortunes can change on a dime, and that’s certainly the case for Joe Hachem, who’s now back in action on Table 5.

After a pre-flop raise of 1,800 from early position, Eli X. called, along with both the small blind player and Hachem in the big blind to make it four handed to a flop of 734.

The small blind checked, Hachem bet 5,000 and Eli was the only caller, so it was heads-up to the turn of the K, which both players checked, before Hachem opened for 30,000 after the river 2. Eli called, but mucked after Hachem showed down A2 for the nut flush.

Hachem then found himself calling off an all-in player a short time later, but although his AK trailed his opponent’s AA, Hachem jagged trip Kings on the board of K8K6J to send his adversary to the rail.

Joe Hachem128,000
Eli X.73,800
Joe Hachem

Hachem smashed

Chris Colaneri has eliminated Joe Hachem over the course of two hands as we moved into the final level of play before the next break.

Earlier, Hachem raised from under the gun and found two callers in Pierre Aoukar and Anne Anne Beyguliogh before Colaneri three-bet from the button. The other three players called, and then all four players checked the flop of 23Q.

Action then checked to Colaneri after the turn of the K; Colaneri opened and Aoukar got out of the way, making it three-handed to the river 8, where action checked to Colaneri once again.

Colaneri then fired out a bet worth 20,500, leaving only 13,000 behind. Hachem check-called and Beyguliogh check-folded, but Hachem also sent his hand into the muck after Colaneri showed down AK.

Down to around 13,000 in chips, Hachem then ripped them in a short time later with QJ, but was unable to improve against Colaneri’s A5 on the board of 27K76.

Chris Colaneri126,200
Joe HachemBUSTED!

Level 6: 400/800 (800)

Lock down

Stand-up equity has paid off for Eli X., who has just scored a chunk of change off Jacob Lock as we moved towards the sixth level of play in this Main Event flight.

Action was five-handed into a flop of 9Q4; action checked to Eli who moved all-in for his last 28,800 from late position and Lock was the only caller out of the small blind.

Lock: AA
Eli: KQ

A repeat Q on the turn gave Eli trips, and he then filled up with the river K for the full double.

Eli X.123,600
Jacob Lock81,000

Morales on the move

Yuanting Wang has returned to the cage to re-fire after being eliminated by Nick Morales out on Table 4.

After being crippled in an earlier hand, Wang moved all-in pre-flop for around 13,500 holding 53, but despite picking up a pair and a straight draw on the board of 574KQ, it wasn’t enough against Morales’ 66.

Nick Morales79,700
Yuanting WangBUSTED!

Ceravand cracks a century

After a shaky start, Behrans Ceravand has steadied the ship and is now past the 100K mark as Day 1B of the Stacked Social Main Event continues.

Over on Table 2, the player in the UTG position raised to 1,500 and got three callers (including Pierce Hynes) before Ceravand three-bet from the button to 7,000. The initial raiser and Hynes folded, so it was three-handed to the flop of 872.

Action then checked to Ceravand who fired 15,000, but that was enough to get the others out of the way.

Behrans Ceravand117,000

Level 5: 300/600 (600)

Yuanting building

Back over on Table 4, Joe Hachem has now joined the fray and was involved in some action action along with Pierre Aoukar and Yuanting Wang.

Earlier, our reporter picked up action between Aoukar and Wang to the turn on a board of 5963; Wang led out for 8,000 and Aoukar called, but Aoukar then mucked after Wang then open-shoved on the river J.

Then as the blinds ticked over to Level 5, Hachem came out with a pre-flop raise from middle position; Wang called from the cut-off, and both players checked down the flop and turn of 6JQ9 before Hachem check-folded to Wang’s bet of 3,000 on the river J.

Yuanting Wang85,800
Pierre Aoukar73,700
Joe Hachem57,500

Sidana departs

Jacob Lock has now moved up to more than double the starting stack after eliminating Rajat Sidana on Table 5.

Sidana moved all-in for his last 4,500 or so pre-flop holding AQ, but was unable to improve against Lock’s AK, which held up across the board of 55294.

Jacob Lock101,500
Rajat SidanaBUSTED!

Hynes expires

After a critical hit against Anne Beyguliogh, Pierce Hynes was subsequently felted at the hands of Pierre Aoukar in the first level after the break.

Earlier on Table 4, Beyguliogh and Hynes tangled in a big heads-up pot, with action on all streets across a board of K49K10. After the river, Beyguliogh led out for 10,000 into a pot worth around 18,000 and Hynes called, but was no good against Beyguliogh’s JJ.

Hynes then moved all-in from the button for 25K effective in the very next hand, but his Q5 was beaten by Pierre Aoukar’s 76, which turned two pair on the run-out of 99872.

Pierre Aoukar105,300
Anne Beyguliogh91,000
Pierce HynesBUSTED!

Level 4: 300/500 (500)

Break it down

Time for a quick stretch and a bite to eat, courtesy of Arz Charcoal Chicken. Back in 10 minutes!

Sun burns Baxter

In one of the last hands before the first break, our reporter picked up three-handed action to a flop of K24.

From the small blind, Baxter opened for 6,000 into a pot worth 17,000; David Sun and Michael Tomeny called from the hijack and cut-off respectively, and then Baxter checked his option after the dealer produced the turn of the K.

Sun bet out 8,500, Tomeny got out of the way and Baxter then flatted before he fired out 15,000 on the river 3. Sun quickly moved all-in, which elicited a loud sigh from Baxter.

“I hit a flush and still can’t win!” Baxter muttered to himself before looking over in Sun’s direction. “You hit a [full house] with your fours again?”

Baxter then peeked at his cards and thought about it for another 30 seconds before flicking his hand into the muck.

David Sun119,0000
Shane Baxter21,800

Del Rosario busto

After taking a big hit in an earlier hand, Ronnie Del Rosario has been relegated to the rail by John Apostolidis.

Del Rosario was down to about 5,000 in chips, which he put at risk holding K2, but despite turning two pair, Apostolidis’ 109 rivered a straight on the board of KJ92Q.

John Apostolidis56,100
Ronnie Del RosarioBUSTED!

Tomeny gets a double

Action folded to Michael Tomeny on the button who opened for 1,000 before Afshin Behniya re-raised to 5,000 out of the small blind. Tomeny flatted, and then moved all-in after Behniya continued for 4,000 after the flop of 1059. Behniya quickly called.

Behniya: AK
Tomeny: Q9

Tomeny tripped up on the turn of the 9 and secured the full double., with the river 4 merely a formality.

Michael Tomeny52,400
Afshin Behniya51,000

Del Rosario donates

Anne Beyguliogh is now almost double the starting stack in the early stages of this Main Event flight after forcing a laydown from Ronnie Del Rosario.

After another player in middle position min-raised, Del Rosario three-bet it to 3,000 and Beyguliogh called from the button. The MP also called, so it was three-handed to a flop of 6A8.

The MP checked, Del Rosario bet 5,200 and Beyguliogh flat-called, but the MP folded to make it heads-up to the turn of the 5. Del Rosario fired another 5,200, but then open-folded JJ after Beyguliogh raised to 10,000 straight.

“Next time, I’m all-in-pre,” Del Rosario said.

Anne Beyguliogh97,200
Ronnie Del Rosario23,000

Level 3: 200/400 (400)

Ceravand surrenders

Over on Table 2, our reporter witnessed Roy Le and Behrans Ceravand heads-up to a flop of 437.

Le checked his option out of the big blind position and Ceravan fired a pot-sized bet of 4,500; Le called, and then both players checked down the turn of the Q before Le fired 10,000 after the A appeared on the river, which prompted an insta-fold from Ceravand.

Roy Le57,000
Behrans Ceravand33,000

A little something for Yuanting

After a UTG+1 raised to 600 from David Lloyd, the action folded to Pierce Hynes who re-raised to 1,500 from the cut-off; Yuanting Wang called out of the small blind, as did John Apostolidis from the big blind before Lloyd folded to make it three-handed to a flop of 4J10.

All players checked their option post-flop, but the others gave their hands up after Wang opened for 5,800 on the turn of the 5.

Yuanting Wang72,000
Pierce Hynes55,300
John Apostolidis55,200

Photo time!

As opposed to yesterday’s frenetic fracas on the felt, today’s Day 1B flight has a more subdued feel, with 22 players currently seated. Amongst those to have taken their seats during the first levels include Neb Blanusa, Pierce Hynes, Shane Baxter and John Apostolidis, along with Super High Roller final tablists Marco Perri and David Sun.

Level 2: 200/300 (300)

Stacked Poker Championship Main Event Day 1A: End of flight results

The official results are now in from last night’s Day 1A flight, with 25 players bagging through from a total of 70 entries. After a rollercoaster ride throughout the early stages, Truc La finished the night as overall chip leader, bagging up 329,000, with Yoon Kang close behind with 315,000.

Nick Borrillo (210,000), Jin Li (199,500) and Ben Tieu (195,000) rounded out the top five; previous Main Event Champions Michael Haddad and Joe Sandaev have also advanced to Day 2, along with Australian Poker Hall of Famer Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros and reigning GPI Australian Player of the Year, Yita Choong.


Truc La329,000
Yoon Kang315,000
Nick Borrillo210,000
Jin Li199,500
Ben Tieu195,000
Michael Haddad172,500
Ryan Hong166,000
Huey Lam159,000
Kenny Wang157,500
Jamie Pham150,000
Mike Gainer145,500
Joe Sandaev133,500
Adam Cusenza129,000
Chris Edgar126,000
Yita Choong108,500
Tony Xu103,000
Mata Ye96,000
Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros94,000
Manny Rodriguez89,000
Max Chea87,000
Elliott Esca81,000
Armon Van Wijk74,000
Hayden Russell68,500
Mitchell Reid58,000
Jerry Zhang49,000

Cards in the air!

The order to shuffle up and deal has been given and Day 1B of the Stacked Poker Championship Main Event is now underway!

Once again, all players will start with 50,000 in chips and play through a dozen 40-minute levels, however tonight’s Turbo Day 1C flight will be slashed down to 20 minutes.

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Level 1: 100/200 (200)

Flights of fancy

Hello there and welcome back to PokerMedia Australia’s continued coverage of the 2023 Stacked Poker Championship series!

Today, the PMA Live Reporting Team are back on deck for a Main Event Day 1 double-header, which includes a Turbo flight starting at 8pm local time tonight.

In the interests of saving time and space, both of today’s Day 1 blogs will be here on this page and going back-to-back, so stay with us from 12pm ACDT as we bring you every bet, bluff and bink until the final falls!

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