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Kaplan, Stefanski Chop Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event for $100,000 Each

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The 2016 Foxwoods Poker Classic $2,700 Main Event attracted 182 entries and saw Andrew Kaplan and David Stefanski finish one-two after a deal was struck during heads-up play. Having the most chips at the end allowed Kaplan to talk away with $100,638 and the trophy, whereas Stefanski took a dollar less at $100,637 for officially finishing in second place.

Final Table Results

1Andrew KaplanCranston, RI$100,638
2David StefanskiEast Lyme, CT$100,637
3Andrew DeanFeeding Hills, MA$49,955
4Bradley YaziciRosedale, MD$40,013
5Tony RubertoEverett, MA$30,312
6Brandon ShambachColumbia, ME$24,008
7Michael NyeEast Bridgewater, MA$19,400
8Tom DobrilovicWest Nyack, NY$15,762
9Bradley St. VincentBristol, RI$12,610

The top 21 players in the event were paid, with notables Curt Kohlberg (17th - $7,275), Matthew Wantman (16th - $7,275, Steven Tabb (13th - $7,760), and Jaime Kaplan (10th - $8,730) all finishing with a cash, but short of the official final table.

With nine players left, first to bust was Bradley St. Vincent, who fell at the hands of Tony Ruberto after the money went in preflop. It was Ruberto's {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} that defeated the {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for St. Vincent, giving the latter a $12,610 payday.

Tom Dobrilovic, who is a common fixture on the East Coast poker scene with dozens of live tournaments results and nearly $1.5 million in earnings, then fell in eighth place. He earned $15,762.

After the eliminations of Mike Nye in seventh and Brandon Shambach in sixth, it was Ruberto's turn to head to the payout desk. He fell to Andrew Kaplan's {a-Spades}{q-Hearts} with the {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} despite flopped a pair of nines. According to FoxwoodsPoker.com, the board ran out {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts} to give Kaplan the win with a flush. Ruberto took home $30,312.

Bradley Yazici busted fourth, and Andrew Dean finished third before heads-up play was set. When it began, it was reported that Stefanski had 3.8 million in chips to Andrew Kaplan's 1.4 million. The two originally agreed to a deal that would award $90,000 to second place, with the winner taking $111,275, but after a bit of play that saw Andrew Kaplan pulling into the lead, the two chopped up the remaining cash with Andy Kaplan taking the trophy for having the most chips.

For Stefanski, the score marked the second largest of his career behind only a $325,034 cash in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event where he finished 16th. It's his second live six-figure prize and pushed him to nearly $1.2 million in live tournament earnings.

For Andrew Kaplan, he just about doubled his career live tournament earnings with the win in what became his largest live score to date by about six times the previous.

*Image courtesy of FoxwoodsPoker.com.

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  • Andrew Kaplan and David Stefanski chopped up the Foxwoods Poker Classic Main Event for $100,000 each.

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