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Saturday, August 31, 2019

STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF VAZANELLIS


There's an open to 6,500 from George Vazanellis, a call from Aaron Johnson and a third challenge, the BB, also comes along to the flop.

Ac 6c 8s is spread by the dealer, and Vazanellis fires 21,000, enough to get a snap-fold from Johnson, but the challenger doesn't budge, putting his own 21,000 out there.

Both players check the 9d, the challenger checks the Jc river and Vazanellis reaches for more grey 5k chips, firing six more across the felt. About 30 seconds pass and a call is made.

Vazanellis shows Ace_Jack, flopped top pair and rivered two pair.

The challenger? ... Ace_Queen ... rivered by the owner of chips.

Vazanellis moves to 620,000.

Level - 13
Ante - 2400
Blinds - 1200/2400
Entries - 72/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

ALBERS ELIMINATES TO


David To (pictured) has been grinding a short stack of chips all day and night long in Day 1C of the HPT East Chicago Main Event. All in FTA for his last 51,000, action folds around the Kevin Albers in the BB who asks for a count, pauses, then calls.


  • King_Queen for To
  • Sevens for Albers
5-9-8-A-3 goes the board and To departs midway through Level 13.


Level - 13
Ante - 2400
Blinds - 1200/2400
Entries - 80/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

VAZANELLIS CLAIMS ANOTHER


There's three levels remaining in Day 1C of the HPT East Chicago Main Event and chipleader George Vazanellis is almost the overall 3-flight chipleader right now.

A short-ish stacked player moved all-in on a 2-3-4 flop and Vazanellis called.

  • Fives for the challenger
  • Jacks for the chipleader
7-4 goes the board, MORE chips to Vazanellis and he leaves on break with a total of an almost-obscene 520,000 - aka 217BB when action resumes.


When play resumes, action moves to
Level - 13
Ante - 2400
Blinds - 1200/2400
Entries - 86/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

THE WRIGHT HAND WINS


Two players make it through to the river, Spencer Wright leading out and getting a call from his challenger.

Wright turns his hand over and the challenger just stares, doesn't show his cards, and stares some more at the 5s 8s Kh 6s 8d board, wondering where he went wrong as he looks at a King in his hand and mucks.

What did Wright have?

7s 9s, a straight flush on the turn ... #HeGood

Level - 12
Ante - 2k
Blinds - 1k/2k
Entries - 99/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

VAZANELLIS RUSHES TO THE TOP


Player after player at Table 7 is shipping their chips across the felt to new chipleader George Vazanellis in Day 1C of the HPT east Chicago $1,650 Main Event.

The recent elimination by Vazanellis of Jill Bryant propelled Vazanellis to 345,000 as Level 11 is drawing near its end. he is about 100k clear of anyone else in the field right now.

Level - 11
Ante - 1600
Blinds - 800/1600
Entries - 111/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

WAZWAZ ELIMINATED


A few hands after losing most of his stack, former HPT East Chicago champ Rob Wazwaz is in for his last 8BB with K-5 .. and he runs in to one challenger who overshoves with Queens.

A-2-T-2-A goes the board and this main event comes to an end for Wazwaz midway through Day 1C's level 11.

Level - 11
Ante - 1600
Blinds - 800/1600
Entries - 117/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

GRISE SENDS A SHORT STACK HOME


Ben Grise is the only player to give action to a short-stack player moving in after only looking at one card (can anyone say, 'Ace,'), so up go the cards in this 42,000 pot.

  • Sevens for Grise
  • Ace .... drumroll as the player oh-so-slowly peels his second card ... 6
Oops.

J-J-8-J-4 goes the board and Grise adds to his stack, moving to 85,000 as Level 11 begins.


Level - 11
Ante - 1600
Blinds - 800/1600
Entries - 120/307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

$190,312 TO HPT EAST CHICAGO CHAMP


That's a wrap on registration for all three flights in the @HPTPoker East Chicago Main Event, the final number on the scoreboard showing 579 total entries. The players created a prize pool of $833,760, paying 63 places, with the winner earning $186,812 plus a $3,500 HPT Season XV Championship package.

Here's Sunday and Monday's scheduled payouts.



Level - 10
Ante - 1200
Blinds - 600/1200
Today's Entries - 307
Total Entries - 579

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

307 FOR DAY 1C


Registration has closed on the third and final starting flight in the @HPTpoker East Chicago Main Event and the scoreboard shows 307 entires for this flight, one of the largest single-entry flights HPT has ever recorded in a $1,650 buy-in.

Play continues tonight until the end of Level 15 at about 11:45pm when the Bag-n-Tag takes place for everyone who still has chips. Those players return Sunday at 11am (note the starting time, folks), for the Day 2 Restart, playing down to the 9-handed final table.

The Pay Table is due shortly.

Level - 10
Ante - 1200
Blinds - 600/1200
Entries - 307

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

JUST BEFORE DINNER BREAK CHIPCOUNTS


Chris Moon remains atop the chipcount-leaderboard a few minutes before players in the final starting flight of the @HPTpoker $1,650 East Chicago Main Event head out for their hour-long dinner break.

Here's a look at estimated chipcounts just before break.


ChrisMoon220,000
SteveWilliams210,000
NickPupillo180,000
GregGeller105,000
AlanCutler105,000
SteveFox105,000
HaroldEvans95,000
ShawnRoberts85,000
BenGrise78,000
MikeVanderWoude70,000
JakeBazeley70,000
JakeBaumgartner66,000
BlakeWhittington65,000
MarkMorris60,000
OssamaEstafnous60,000
DavidTo56,000
KeithLutz53,000
HenryZou47,000
AaronJohnson44,000
JillBryant42,000
FrankMaggio41,000
NickBlackburn41,000
DarrylRonconi40,000
GregBaird40,000
BryanSkreens35,000
AaronMassey35,000
RaviRaghavan32,000
GaryHerstein28,000
KevenStammen26,000
PratapGolla23,000
RobWazwaz21,000
DavidMcGowan15,000
AlexZiskin11,000
AndyRogowski0
DavidLarson0
MikeShanahan0
JeroldSaeman0
MattShepsky0
CraigCasino0
XunchangWang0
JamesPupillo0
MikeSabbia0

Level - 9
Ante - 1000
Blinds - 500/1000
Entries - 300

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

ONYI CALLS FOR HIS CARD


Down to just 6BB, Amalim Onyi gets his chips in the middle and draws one challenger early in Level 9 of the HPT East Chicago Main Event.

  • 7c 8c for Onyi
  • 2c 2s for his challenger
Deuce on the flop should seal-the-deal on the 2-4-7 flop, amirite?

The turn is 5c and Onyi calls out for his four-outer 6 to stay alive.

River  ... 6c

Onyi gets back to 1/2 of a starting stack.

Level - 9
Ante - 1000
Blinds - 500/1000
Entries - 294

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

LAST LEVEL FOR REGISTRATION


This is the last active level for players to enter, or re-enter, the HPT East Chicago $1,650 Main Event. The field is up to 290 entries today, with registration staying open through the dinner break, closing when Level 10 begins at about 7:30pm.

The Main Event Pay Table is going to be available shortly after registration closes.

Level - 9
Ante - 1000
Blinds - 500/1000
Entries - 290

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

MOON LANDS ON 200K MARK


Chris Moon has been on a serious run today, moving now to the top of the leaderboard at 230,000 - aka 288BB - early in Level 8 of the final starting flight in the $1,650 @HPTpoker East Chicago Main Event.

Moon - winner of the 570-entry HPT East Chicago Main Event last May for $187,399 - is 5th on the Season XV Player of the Year leaderboard.

Nick Pupillo, sitting atop the Player of the Year leaderboard, is making his own heater-of-a-run today, up to 145,000 now.

Level - 8
Ante - 800
Blinds - 400/800
Entries Today - 283
Total Entries So Far - 557

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

GELLER ELIMINATES JAMES PUPILLO


Greg Geller is a familiar face of the @HPTPoker tour, but mostly from playing at @gates_poker in Black Hawk, Co tournaments.

He's ventured a wee bit out of his tournament-home comfort zone today, landing at Ameristar East Chicago for Day 1C of the $1,650 Main Event.

We just saw James Pupillo stacked up and slide his chips across the felt to Geller, departing as Geller stacked up a 100k total of towers.

Level - 7
Ante - 600
Blinds - 300/600
Entries - 270

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

BIG STACKS EMERGING


A handful of players are the new members of Club 100k in today's Day1C of the HPT East Chicago $1,650 Main Event.

Bill Dowell has added to his stack, moving up to 185,000 midway through Level 7 and staying atop the leaderboard.

Here's a look at other 6-figure stacks we found on a tour of the second-floor tournament area.


BillDowell185,000
SteveWilliams165,000
ChrisMoon150,000
AlanCutler120,000
SteveFox115,000
MarkMorris100,000

Level - 7
Ante - 600
Blinds - 300/600
Entries - 26

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

LEVEL 6 CHIPCOUNTS


Bill Dowell tops the chipcount-leaderboard as players in Day 1C of the @HPTpoker East Chicago Main Event head off for their second 15-minute break of the day.

There's a hour-long dinner break after Level 9 - starting at about 6:30pm and wrapping up around 7:30pm when Level 10 begins and registration closes.

Here's a quick look at chipcounts from across the vast tournament area.

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BillDowell145,000
ChrisMoon130,000
SteveFox115,000
MarkMorris100,000
NickPupillo70,000
JillBryant60,000
KeithLutz54,000
JakeBazeley48,000
FrankMaggio44,000
DarrylRonconi42,000
AndyRogowski41,000
JamesPupillo40,000
GaryHerstein37,000
MikeVanderWoude37,000
BenGrise37,000
RaviRaghavan35,000
DavidLarson35,000
DavidMcGowan35,000
PratapGolla35,000
JakeBaumgartner32,000
GregGeller31,000
MattShepsky30,000
NickBlackburn29,000
BlakeWhittington29,000
XunchangWang29,000
JeroldSaeman29,000
CraigCasino27,000
KevenStammen27,000
ShawnRoberts27,000
AlanCutler26,000
AaronMassey26,000
MarkMorris25,000
RobWazwaz22,000
OssamaEstafnous21,000
BryanSkreens19,000
GregBaird19,000
HenryZou17,000
DavidTo13,000
AlexZiskin12,000
AaronJohnson12,000
HaroldEvans10,000
MikeShanahan0
MikeSabbia0

When play resumes, action moves to

Level - 7
Ante - 600
Blinds - 300/600
Entries - 257+

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

PRIZE POOL TOPS $750,000


We're midway through Level 6 and the overall @HPTpoker East Chicago Main Event field has built a prize pool that is now in excess of $750,000 - with registration still open for 3 1/2 more hours.

There's now 257 entries today, with the recent re-entry from Aaron Massey, moving the overall field size to 529.

Level - 6
Ante - 500
Blinds - 200/500
Entries - 257

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

FLUSH OVER FLUSH BUSTS SABBIA


An all-spades Qs 7s Ks flush gets the interest of Mike Sabbia, Bill Dowell and a third challenger here in Day 1C of the @HPTPoker $1,650 East Chicago Main Event.

There's a bet from Sabbia on the 8h turn, Dowell moves all-in, the third challenger steps aside, and after a bit of a delay, Sabbia talks himself in to calling off his stack.
  • Sabbia turns over 5s 6s
  • Dowell shows As Ts 
  • and Sabbia is drawing dead, this stack gone in Level 6, he has until the start of Level 10 to purchase another 30,000 stack for $1,650.
Dowell moves to 145,000.

Level - 6
Ante - 500
Blinds - 200/500
Entries - 251

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

500 ENTRIES AND CLIMBING


The arrival of former @HPTPoker champ Matt Shepsky pushes today's Day 1C entry number to 228 and the overall East Chicago $1,650 Main Event field to 500 entries.

Registration and the unlimited-entry period is open until Level 10 begins at about 7:30pm, so the number is going to climb considerably in the next 4 1/2 hours.

The prize pool has already surpassed the $700,000 mark.

Level - 5
Ante - 400
Blinds - 200/400
Entries - 228

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

90 PLAYERS WON HPT EAST CHICAGO SEATS IN QUALIFIERS


Today's $375 Last Chance Qualifier just added nine more players in to Day 1C of the @HPTpoker East Chicago $1,650 Main Event. A total of 90 seats were won in to the tournament via qualifiers this weekend.

Every HPT Main Event host location offers a wide variety of qualifiers for players to win their way in for a fraction of the main event buy-in rate. Give a qualifier a try the next time HPT comes to your local poker room.

Level - 5
Ante - 400
Blinds - 200/400
Entries - 223

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

NEW FACES FOR DAY 1C


Jake Bazeley (pictured), Ravi Raghavan, @WSOP Main Event Last-Woman-Standing @JillBryant1961, David McGowan, Ben Grise, Ossama Estafanous and Alex Ziskin are among those added to the field as Day 1C moves along in the HPT East Chicago $1,650 Main Event.

The field today has already topped 200 entries with close to five hours remaining in the registration and unlimited-entry period.

Level - 4
Ante - 300
Blinds - 100/300
Entries - 209

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

QUADS FOR HERSTEIN


There's plenty of action over at Gary Herstein's table - yeah, there's ALWAYS chips moving rapidly at a table with Gary - but this is a lot for only Level 4 of @HPTpoker East Chicago's Day 1C.

Herstein gets the last of his stack in the middle on the river with the board showing 4-4-3-2-4.

Up go Herstein's cards, and he shows the Case Four, along with a 5.

Quads Good

Herstein moves to 44,000.

Level - 4
Ante - 300
Blinds - 100/300
Entries - 203

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

FOX TAKES WANG'S WINNINGS


Xunchang Wang was the first player to move to a 3x starting stack in today's Day 1C @HPTPoker East Chicago Main Event, but his 'extra chips,' have all gone away now.

Steve Fox - in a series of hands - has reduced Wang to 29,000 and added to his own towers, moving to 100,000 as players go on their first break of the day.

When play resumes, the BB Ante makes it first appearance of the day and action moves to

Level - 4
Ante - 300
Blinds - 100/300
Entries - 189

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live

WANG MOVES TO 3X


A series of preflop raises ends with Ray Brint getting his last 17,500 in the middle, called by Xunchang Wang who has already chipped up significantly in the first two levels of today's @HPTpoker East Chicago Day 1C.

  • Ace_King for Brint
  • Kings for Wang
The board blanks and Wang earns the elimination, moving to 91,000 and the top stack in the room right now.

Level - 3
Ante - 0
Blinds - 100/300
Entries - 184

-- Dan Ross - Hold'em Media Live