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Big Stax 500



Big Stax 500
Day 1a Completed

Sameer Batra Leads The Remaining 45 Day 1A Players of Big Stax XXXI 500

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Sameer Batra
Sameer Batra

Twelve hours and 15 levels are in the books on Day 1a of the Big Stax XXXI 500, as 45 players find a bag from a 249 starting field to advance to Sunday’s Day 2.

Sameer Batra ended the day as the chip leader with 502,500. Batra was around the top throughout the day and held onto the chip lead even though Thomas Holowchuk made a run for it at the end of the night bagging 474,500, which was good enough for second.

Coming third in chips was Nicholas Bilotti, who ended the night with (410,500) after being down to just 22,500 to start the Level 13. Rounding out the top five stacks are Mike Kemeter (402,000) and John Forsyth (392,000).

Other players to advance include Ronan Teixeira (334,500), Vincent Teutonico, (271,500), Guoliang Chen (267,000), James Lillis (246,000), and Robert Link (191,500).

Two more starting flights remain, with Day 1b starting at 11 a.m. local time on Friday.

Come back to PokerNews for updates throughout the rest of the Big Stax XXXI 500 tournament.

Tags: Guoliang ChenJames LillisJohn ForsythNicholas BilottiRobert LinkRonan TeixeiraThomas HolowchukVincent Teutonico

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Sameer Batra us
Sameer Batra
us 502,500 22,500
Thomas Holowchuk us
Thomas Holowchuk
us 474,500
Nicholas Bilotti us
Nicholas Bilotti
us 410,500
Mike Kemeter us
Mike Kemeter
us 402,000
John Forsyth US
John Forsyth
US 392,000
Kevin Johnson us
Kevin Johnson
us 388,500
Moshe Zarum us
Moshe Zarum
us 388,500
Shankar Pillai us
Shankar Pillai
us 347,000
Ronan Teixeira US
Ronan Teixeira
US 334,500
Harish Gadre us
Harish Gadre
us 319,000
Tony Najjar us
Tony Najjar
us 291,000
Vincent Teutonico us
Vincent Teutonico
us 271,500
Yinglun Xu us
Yinglun Xu
us 267,500 -12,500
Guoliang Chen us
Guoliang Chen
us 267,000 72,000
Nik Dudi US
Nik Dudi
US 265,000
James Lillis us
James Lillis
us 246,000
Ken Keppol US
Ken Keppol
US 235,000
Douglas Mackinnon us
Douglas Mackinnon
us 223,000
Jamie Giunta us
Jamie Giunta
us 212,000
Frank Funaro Jr us
Frank Funaro Jr
us 210,500
William Miller us
William Miller
us 206,500
Sean Kurland US
Sean Kurland
US 203,000
Justin Mills us
Justin Mills
us 194,000
Robert Link us
Robert Link
us 191,500
Matthew Refice US
Matthew Refice
US 189,000

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Final 3 Hands

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The tournament director has just announced to deal out the final three hands of the night.

Forsyth Continues to Build

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
John Forsyth
John Forsyth

With over 50,000 already in the pot and a board showing {k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, John Forsyth check-raised his opponents 25,000 to 50,000.

Forsyth's opponent thought about it, then tossed his hand into the muck.

John Forsyth US
John Forsyth
US 210,000 25,000

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Dudi Wakes Up with Big Slick

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Nicholas Bilotti opened under the gun for 7,000 and was called by the small blind player.

Action was on Nick Dudi who three-bet to 17,000 from the big blind.

Bilotti mucked his hand along with the small blind player and Dudi tabled {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

Nicholas Bilotti us
Nicholas Bilotti
us 330,000 26,000
Nik Dudi US
Nik Dudi
US 160,000 -141,000

Tags: Nick DudiNicholas Bilotti