Smith, Mercier, Marchese, and Somerville Chop Bellagio $100K for Over $1 Million Each
Seventeen hours after the start of the 2014 Bellagio $100K Summer Super High Roller, the tournament came to a close when the last four players decided to chop the remaining prize pool according to figures suggested by ICM (Independent Chip Model). Dan Smith, Jason Mercier, Tom Marchese, and Jason Somerville — the last men standing — decided to divide the entire remaining prize pool and forgo the custom of holding back a certain amount for which to play for since they weren’t playing for a trophy.
While no there was no trophy, there were still Global Poker Index points to consider. That issue was easily solved when the players decided to just be placed in the order of their chip amounts. So “official” congratulations go out to Dan Smith who thanks to having the largest chip stack at the time of the deal technically won the tournament.
Originally scheduled to be a $10K event, a group of players convinced tournament staff that if the event were changed to a "super high roller" with a $100K buy-in, they would get a better turnout — and a great turnout is exactly what they got. As players and the media took to Twitter, the word got out and many of the big names made it over to Bellagio to get in on the action.
A total of 66 players ultimately entered the tournament with 21 of them re-entering. The 87 total entries thereby created a prize pool of $8,613,000 with $2,842,290 originally scheduled to go to the winner.
The road to the final table was filled with aggressive play and a lot of action. A few notable players who made an appearance at Bellagio but did not get paid for their efforts included Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Phil Galfond, Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi, Daniel Alaei, Fabian Quoss, Martin Finger, and Philipp Gruissem.
David “Doc” Sands ($172,260) and Pratyush Buddiga ($172,260) were eliminated in 11th and 10th place, respectively, to set up an official final table that included Chris Klodnicki, Gabe Kaplan, Doug Polk, Adam Bilzerian, Matty Hyman, Somerville, Marchese, Mercier, and Smith.
The first player to leave the final table was Klodnicki, also earning $172,260. He was severely short following a four-way all in and would be eliminated not long after:
It was then time to say goodbye to Gabe Kaplan ($258,390):
Adam Bilzerian would be the next player to leave ($344,520):
Matt Hyman’s time ran out next ($430,650):
It was at this point that the first attempt at chopping the prize pool was discussed but Polk decided against making a deal and play continued onward. Unfortunately for Polk, he would be the next one to hit the rail ($602,910):
Immediately following Polk’s elimination, the players agreed on a deal ensuring each of the final four a seven-figure payday. And just like that, the tournament was over. Here are the final tournament standings:
|3||Tom Marchese||$1,465, 451*|
|11||David “Doc” Sands||$172,260|
*denotes a four-handed deal dividing the remaining prize money
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