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Big Stax 500



Big Stax 500
Day 1b Completed

Jonathan Diolosa Bags Heaps as Another 45 Advance to Day 2

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

Another twelve hours and 15 levels are in the books for the second starting flight of the Big Stax XXXI 300, as 45 players advance to Sunday’s Day 2 out of a total 232 entries.

The two starting flights have combined for 481 total entries with 90 players advancings to Day 2 with Jonathan Diolosa (854,500) leading the Day 1b players.

Diolosa started to building his stack early in the day when he made a perfect read and called Svetlana [Removed:301]'s all-in bet with a bluff catcher to send him over 100,000. Diolosa continued to build chips but coasted around the 300,000 mark. It wasn't until one of the last hands of the night when he rivered a set of queens that sent him into the top spot.

Second in chips was Sridhar Natarajan who folded pocket kings in the second to last hand of the night securing his second place spot with 575,500.

The same can't be said for Aubrey Williams as she as well built up a nice stack all throughout the day but coasted in the later levels up until pivotal against Marv Siegel. The late hand saw both players river a flush but Williams held the nuts which dropped her into third in chips with 506,500.

Samuel Taylor is another player who climbed to the occasion very late and in particular, the very last hand of the night. Taylor was heads up against Michael Dalessandro on a {6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{q-Diamonds} board when Dalessandro jammed holding {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs} a Taylor snapped him off holding {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. Dalessandro was drawing dead before the dealer drooped a fourth with the {4-Diamonds} on the turn to give Taylor the end of the night double as he ended with 405,000.

Rounding out the top stack is David Lin who was chip leader up until the last level of the night but still ended with a 392,500 bag.

Other players to advance include Joe Palma (350,500), Ryan Eriquezzo, (342,000), Daniel Sewnig (300,000), Marilyn Matthews (223,000), and Tam Nguyen (221,000).

One last starting flight remains, with Day 1d starting Saturday at 10 a.m. local time.

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

Tags: Aubrey WilliamsDaniel SewnigDavid LinJoe PalmaJonathan DiolosaMarilyn MatthewsMarv SiegelMichael DalessandroRyan EriquezzoSamuel TaylorSridhar NatarajanTam Nguyen

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jonathan Diolosa us
Jonathan Diolosa
us 854,500 54,500
Sridhar Natarajan us
Sridhar Natarajan
us 575,500 575,500
Aubrey Williams us
Aubrey Williams
us 506,500 126,500
Samuel Taylor us
Samuel Taylor
us 405,000 405,000
David Lin us
David Lin
us 392,500 -7,500
Joe Palma us
Joe Palma
us 350,500 60,500
Ryan Eriquezzo us
Ryan Eriquezzo
us 342,000 180,000
Liang Liu US
Liang Liu
US 317,500 317,500
John Scrimenti US
John Scrimenti
US 305,000 305,000
Daniel Sewnig us
Daniel Sewnig
us 300,000 238,000
Andriy Yaremiy US
Andriy Yaremiy
US 290,000 120,000
Friman Villalona us
Friman Villalona
us 275,500 55,500
Jonathan Fader US
Jonathan Fader
US 265,000 265,000
Wenhao Huang us
Wenhao Huang
us 236,500 -23,500
Marilyn Matthews us
Marilyn Matthews
us 223,000 4,000
Tam Nguyen us
Tam Nguyen
us 221,000 120,600
Matthew Kurtz us
Matthew Kurtz
us 220,500 105,500
Scott Fitz-Gerald US
Scott Fitz-Gerald
US 209,500 -80,500
Jonas Wexler us
Jonas Wexler
us 208,500 208,500
Robert Brobyn us
Robert Brobyn
us 197,000 197,000
Paul Lambrakis us
Paul Lambrakis
us 177,500 177,500
Shuntak Yeung us
Shuntak Yeung
us 175,500 -39,500
Anthony Chin us
Anthony Chin
us 168,000 168,000
Yingxin Chen us
Yingxin Chen
us 159,000 -91,000
John Tavss us
John Tavss
us 156,000 101,000

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Final 3 Hands

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

The tournament director has just announced the final three hands of the evening.


Lin Spikes Ace on River to Double Through Palma

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

Yijun Lin open-jammed for 34,500 from early position and Joe Palma called sitting directly to his left.

Yijun Lin: {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Joe Palma: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}

Palma was ahead with his snowmen and nothing changed after the {7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop.

The turn fell the {4-Spades} adding the wheel draw to Lins's hand, and just as he was getting ready to leave his seat, the dealer dropped the {a-Clubs} on the river to give him the much needed double.

Joe Palma us
Joe Palma
us 290,000 185,000
Yijun Lin us
Yijun Lin
us 70,000 -85,000

Tags: Joe PalmaYijun Lin