The 2014 Summer Slam kicked off Friday morning at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The opening event was a $200 no-limit hold'em deepstack turbo tournament which attracted 108 total entries, and after an action-packed day of preflop shoves it ended with a five-way chop. Scott Hosbach was the chip leader at the time of the chip and was ruled the official winner, collecting $3,100 and the Event #1 trophy.
Also included in the deal were Paula Rasmussen, Matthew Caramanna, Brett Ansel and Greg Illig, all of whom received $2,600.
Summer Slam Event #1 Final Table Results
*Denotes five-handed deal
Many of Western New York’s top poker talents were on display on Friday. Among the pros who competed were Andy Spears, Jason Nablo, Travell Thomas, Randy Pfeifer and D.J. MacKinnon. Only MacKinnon was still standing when the money bubble approached with 14 remaining, and he was able to sneak in after two players were eliminated simultaneously.
At one table, Hosbach limped from middle position and David Villaincourt shoved for around 90,000 (five big blinds) from late position. Action folded back to Hosbach and he snap-called.
Hosbach's trap worked, and his kings held up through the board to eliminate Villaincourt.
Meanwhile, one-time chip leader Aaron Olshan was eliminated at the next table over when his pocket kings were run down by Greg Illig’s ace-jack.
The remaining 12 players were all guaranteed $366, and they began falling quickly. The average stack at that point was around 10 big blinds and Chris Myers and Robert Lucas both hit the exits quickly before the final table was reached.
From there, Darrin Bracken, Sam Gercio, Paul McLean, MacKinnon and Steve Rumery were sent packing. MacKinnon had a roller-coaster final table, holding the chip lead at one point before losing several key pots. His last stand came when he moved all in with the and couldn’t overcome the of Ansel.
The remaining five players then went on a break and came to terms on the aforementioned deal.
Friday’s event was only the beginning of an exciting series in Niagara Falls. As always, the Summer Slam is highlighted by the $600 Main Event running from August 1-3. The tournament features two starting flights and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Also featured on the schedule is a $125 buy-in no-limit hold'em event with a $50,000 prize pool. The tournament will feature six separate starting flights across three days (July 28-30), and those who advance on Day 1 will return on July 31 to play down to a champion.
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