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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Alex Ziskin - East Chicago Champion - $201,391

Alex Ziskin used a Big Stack to his advantage throughout the day, cracking the Aces of Mike Kamenjarin on the final heads-up hand to take the HPT East Chicago title and with it a $201,391 cash  - along with a $3,500 package to the November HPT Season Championships at Ameristar East Chicago.

Ziskin was the dominant stack for much of the final table play, up to as much as 11 million early of the 18 million total in play. He eliminated both reigning HPT Belterra champ Aaron Johnson (8th, $22,377) and Niel Mittelman (7th, $26,852) in a single hand to establish that dominant stack. Johnson made his fourth final table in four months with his 8th-place finish.

Stacks leveled out by the time play was 3-handed with Kamenjarin and Ben Castle, with each of the three players having 50 or more BB. Three-handed play lasted more than three hours as Castle twice doubled through Ziskin in this timeframe, and Ziskin once through Castle.

Ziskin eliminated Castle (3rd, $81,540) a few hands after doubling-up through Castle, setting up the heads-up match where he held a 70/30 advantage to begin play.

Kamenjarin was unable to cut substantially in to that stack the first 75 minutes of HU play, but caught two doubles-up to take the chiplead for a few hands. Ziskin came back, grabbed the lead then cracked the Aces of Kamenjarin with Queen_Six, flopping two pair and rivering a full house for the win.

Castle and Johnson started Day 2 play well back of the chipleaders, starting out 93rd and 95th of the 109 players making Day 2. Kamenjarin and 5th place Mike Shin were the only two players who started Day 2 in the top-10 in chips to make the final table.

Michael Schlegel finished 4th while Tony Aldridge - in his first-ever tournament of any type - took 6th. Other notables who cashed in the 624-entry Main Event was Michael Wang (23rd), Robert Geith (25th), Jason Dewitt (27th), Michael Esquivel (40th), Reginald 'Shawn' Roberts (44th), Jason Ramos (48th), Al Hencheck (56th), Ben Ponzio (58th) Garrett Riley (60th) and Aaron Massey (62nd).

Among those who came to play the main event but did not cash was Keven Stammen, Ralph Massey, Craig Casino, Roger Campbell, Greg Raymer, Darrell Haywood, Joe Kuether, Gary Herstein, Kevin Saul, Matt Shepsky, Sameer Al-Dbhany and Nick Davidson.

Here are all the payouts from the May 2018 HPT East Chicago Main Event.

5/10-15/18HPT Main Event
$898,560Prize Pool
63Places Paid
*= 1st placeAlso gets $3500Champs Package
1AlexZiskinVernon Hills, IL$201,391*
2MichaelKamenjarinChicago, IL$124,413
3BenCastleWest. Spgs., IL$81,540
4MichaelSchlegelBatavia, IL$56,657
5Myung 'Mike'ShinMt. Pleasant, IL$41,173
6James 'Tony'AldridgePrinceton, IN$31,954
7NielMittelmanChicago, IL$26,852
8AaronJohnsonRed Wing, MN$22,377
9BrendanShillerChicago, IL$17,901
11AhmadZughayarChicago, IL$13,784
12JoeKuetherLas Vegas, NV$13,784
13ChristopherMoonSterling Hts, MI$10,293
14DavidMcGowanChicago, IL$10,293
15ChristopherWeberChicago, IL$10,293
16GaryLiebovitzNorthbrook, IL$7,877
17CaseyBlakeleyAthens, IL$7,877
18SamiShurbajiDyer, IN$7,877
19MatthewRadcliffeWesterville, PA$5,907
20JohnSimonNaperville, IL$5,907
21KenKomberecMenomonee Falls, MI$5,907
22PerryErnestLisle, IN$5,907
23MichaelWangLivingston, NJ$5,907
24DavidWeissChicago, IL$5,907
25RobertGeithIndianapolis, IN$5,907
26CarterMyersBreckenridge, MI$5,907
27JasonDewittSan Diego, CA$5,907
28ChristopherUnderwoodMooresville, IN$4,923
29JoeHackMokena, IL$4,923
30StevenClarkWarren, MI$4,923
31AlanAqelOrland Park, IL$4,923
32FaridJattinMiami, FL$4,923
33ShivaDudaniChicago, IL$4,923
34GregoryWilsonStreamwood, IL$4,923
35PaulBianchiChicago, IL$4,923
36ToddIvensHinsdale, IL$4,923
37ArthurHarbChicago, IL$4,117
38RyanScullyAurora, IL$4,117
39DrakeBronkRoscoe, IL$4,117
40MichaelEsquivelClarendon Hts, IL$4,117
41DavidYinglingCape Girardeau, MO$4,117
42ScottBohlmanLemont, IL$4,117
43Reginald 'Shawn'RobertsOzark, MO$4,117
44DavidMcDermottFlossmoor, IL$4,117
45MarkVan KeirsbilckEdmond, OK$4,117
46AndrewMacenisDarien, IL$3,491
47StevenPedlowOrland Park, IL$3,491
48JasonRamosCarol Stream, IL$3,491
49RajDhanekulaDallas, TX$3,491
50BenGriseIndianapolis, IN$3,491
51TracyGarrettDeMotte, IN$3,491
52AlanKrockeyChicago, IL$3,491
53RIchardRosasChicago, IL$3,491
54PerryStoneBloomfield, IN$3,491
55SandeepSikandIndianapolis, IN$3,222
56AlexanderHencheckLoveland, OH$3,222
57LarryBielfussWest Allis, WI$3,222
58BenPonzioChicago, IL$3,222
59RobertKochIndianapolis, IN$3,222
60GarrettRileyQuincy, IL$3,222
61JamesMaahsChicago, IL$3,222
62AaronMasseyChicago, IL$3,222
63PeterCowlesSeattle, WA$3,222

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Mike Kamenjarin - 2nd Place - $124,413

Alex Ziskin limps and Mike Kamenjarin completes. The flop comes out, and the action rapidly heats up, with bets, raises, an all in and a call.

The flop is Kc Kc Kc

Kamenjarin - Kc  qc for the ultimate top pair.

Ziskin - Kc Kc for a flopped two pair

The board runs out Kc Kc and Kamenjarin is eliminated in 2nd place, cashing for a career-best $124,413.

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Kam Doubles Again

Alex Ziskin moves all in preflop to give Mike Kamenjarin a decision to call off his stack or fold, and Kamenjarin finds a call-off for his last 5.35 million.

Ziskin - Kc Kc
Kamenjarin - Kc Kc

There's an Ace in the window on the  qc Kc Kc flop, followed up by the turn and river Kc Kc and Kamenjarin takes the chiplead for the first time in their 75-minute-long heads-up match.

Kamenjarin to 11 million, Ziskin to 7.8 million

SB Ante - 200k
Blinds - 200k/400k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Kamenjarin Doubles Through Ziskin

Alex Ziskin puts Mike Kamenjarin all in preflop and Kamenjarin calls off his 2.805 million stack, the first all-in and a call in this now-75-minute-long heads-up match.

Ziskin -  qc Kc

Kamenjarin - Kc Kc

The Kc Kc Kc Kc flop and turn gives Ziskin is now open-ended as well as two overs

River  ... Kc

and Kamenjarin doubles to move to 6 million, Ziskin to 12 Million and players take a break before the next LevelUp.

When play resumes, action moves to

SB Ante - 200k
Blinds - 200k.400k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

No Big Swings

Alex Ziskin takes a few hands, Mike Kamenjarin a few, no big pots being played ... well no huge ones as each pot has a lot of chips when blinds are 150k/300k.

Stacks are staying pretty much at the 14.5 million for Ziskin to 4.4 million for Kamenjarin much of the last 30 minutes of play.

A 200k/400k level with 200k blinds is just around the corner and this is going to put Kamenjarin at 10-12BB.

SB Ante - 150k
Blinds - 150k/300k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Nosebleed Levels


SB Ante - 120k
Blinds - 120k/240k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

All In and No Call

Mike Kamenjarin has moved all in 3 times, Alex Ziskin once, all preflop, and neither player drew a call.

Ziskin maintains a 70/30 chiplead --- 14.2m-5.6m

SB Ante - 100k
Blinds - 100k/200k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Ziskin Opens Up Early

A few small pots early for Alex Ziskin and he opens a 14m - 4.5m lead over Mike Kamenjarin in their heads-up match.

$201k for winner
$124k for runner-up

SB Ante - 80k
Blinds - 80k/160k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Heads-up for East Chicago Title

Alex Ziskin matches up with Mike Kamenjarin heads up for the HPT East Chicago Main Event title.

Ziskin has 13,100,000
Kamenjarin has 5,600,000

Winner takes home $201,391 plus an additional $3,500 package to the HPT Season Championships at East Chicago in November

Runner-up receives $124,413

SB Ante - 80k
Blinds - 80k/160k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Ben Castle - 3rd Place - $81,540

Alex Ziskin moves all in to put pressure on the short-stacked Ben Castle and Castle calls off his 2,400,000 stack.

Ziskin - Kc Kc

Castle - Kc Kc

The board runs out Kc Kc Kc Kc Kc and Castle is eliminated in 3rd place, earning $81,540 and setting up a heads-up match between Ziskin and Mike Kamenjarin, with Ziskin starting at about a 70/30 chiplead.

SB Ante - 80k
Blinds - 80k/160k
Remaining - 2/624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates

Ziskin Doubles Through Castle

Ben Castle opens, Mike Kamenjarin calls, Alex Ziskin moves all in for 5.58 million and Ben Castle is debating whether to call to put Ziskin at risk.

Castle calls after nearly 2 minutes in the tank, Kamenjarin folds and up go the cards.

Ziskin - Pocket_Fours

Castle - Kc Kc

The board goes Kc Kc Kc Kc and Ziskin doesn't want a set now to give Castle a wheel.

River ... Kc

Ziskin to 11.3 million
Castle to 2.6 million
Kamenjarin to 4.8 million

SB Ante - 80k
Blinds - 80k/160k
Remaining - /624

-- Dan Ross, Hold'em Live Updates