Big Stax 500
Big Stax 500
Day 1c Completed

Wen Zhang Leads Day 1c as 76 Bag for Day 2

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

The final starting flight of the Big Stax XXXI 500 was the largest yet attracting 426 total entries and is in the books after another 15 levels of play with 76 players bagging and tagging at the end of the night.

The final starting flight started off quick with all-ins being announced all over the room as players were either building stacks quickly or re-buying and trying.

One player who built a stack very quickly was the Day 1d chip leader Weg Zhang. Zhang built up a 200,000 stack mid-way through the day and then had a table break and got seated next to Victor Ramdin. It was here where Zhang started increasing his stack swiftly, getting in back-and-forth matches with the Big Stax XXXI 300 winner with Zhang coming out on top ending the night with 644,500.

Patrick Ibrahim was player who got off to a very fast start doubling up within the very first levels of the day and continuously built up his stack without ever dropping below the average. Ibrahim shot up to the top late in the night with a knockout earning himself a bag with 488,500, along with Lance Funston as both players tied for second.

Rounding out the top stacks include Michael Dicharo who cracked pocket aces twice to end the night with (447,500), Steven Ortiz (428,500) and Danny Pabon (414,500). Pabon had an interesting climb to the top as he was just an average stack most of the day until Mario Concepcion came to his table. Concepcion had over 550,000 chips when he sat down at Pabon's table but after a few brutal hands and being flushed out on the river by Pabon, ended the night without finding a bag for Day 2.

The three starting flights accounted for 907 total entries coming from 558 unique players with 165 players returning with a bag for Day 2 Starting Sunday at 11 a.m. local time in the main casino poker room.

Players who didn't bag will still be able to buy-in until the end of level 16.

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

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Wen Zhang us
Wen Zhang
us 644,500 164,500
Lance Funston us
Lance Funston
us 488,500 328,500
Patrick Ibrahim us
Patrick Ibrahim
us 488,500
Michael Dichiaro us
Michael Dichiaro
us 447,500 447,500
Steven Ortiz US
Steven Ortiz
US 428,500 428,500
Daniel Pabon US
Daniel Pabon
US 414,500 414,500
John McGuinness us
John McGuinness
us 398,000 18,000
Alexander Bernard us
Alexander Bernard
us 372,500 372,500
Rahul Bhave us
Rahul Bhave
us 361,500 181,500
Dennis Zollo us
Dennis Zollo
us 357,500 7,500
Vineet Pahuja us
Vineet Pahuja
us 357,000 357,000
Joseph Agron Jr US
Joseph Agron Jr
US 348,500 238,500
Vincent Oliver US
Vincent Oliver
US 334,000 334,000
Mark Amabile us
Mark Amabile
us 312,000 312,000
Vyacheslav Molokovich us
Vyacheslav Molokovich
us 309,000 309,000
Michael Latour us
Michael Latour
us 298,500 298,500
Chris Cho US
Chris Cho
US 283,000 283,000
David Mcconachie gb
David Mcconachie
gb 279,000 129,000
Nathaniel Lindquist us
Nathaniel Lindquist
us 272,000 272,000
David Koshar us
David Koshar
us 268,000 268,000
Metin Adam us
Metin Adam
us 260,500 50,500
Andrey Malinin us
Andrey Malinin
us 258,500 123,500
Michael Linster us
Michael Linster
us 255,000 255,000
Michael Goldberg us
Michael Goldberg
us 252,500 105,500
John Morales US
John Morales
US 250,000 250,000

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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 night.

Zhang and Ramdin Continue to Battle

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

It was a battle of the blinds with Wen Zhang sitting from the small and Victor Ramdin from the bug.

The board read {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Zhang lead out for 15,00 into a 70,000 pot.

Ramdin raised to 50,000 sending Zhang into the tank.

Zhang thought for a while then tossed his hand into the muck.

As Ramdin was collecting his chips, Zhang said, "I really wanted to move all in there."

Ramdin replied, "I wish you would have.. it would have been the fastest snap-fold you have ever seen."

Wen Zhang us
Wen Zhang
us 480,000 120,000
Victor Ramdin us
Victor Ramdin
us 390,000 4,000

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Bonita Check-Jams Lepera

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

There was heads-up action between Diane Lepera from under the gun and Michael Bonita from the big blind.

The flop came {2-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Spades} and Bonita check-raised all in after Lepra fired out 25,000 into a 28,000 pot.

The raise sent Lepera into the tank and after a few minutes, she mucked {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} face-up.

Diane Lepera US
Diane Lepera
US 130,000 -50,000
Michael Bonita us
Michael Bonita
us 130,000 35,000

Tags: Diane LeperaMichael Bonita


McGuinness Claims Another

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

The button player open-jammed for 40,000 and John McGuinness came over the top from the small blind getting isolation.

John McGuinness: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

McGuinness had his opponent dominated and drawing dead after the {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop.

The {9-Hearts} turn sealed the deal giving McGuinness the nut-flush and the dealer dropped the meaningless {3-Clubs} on the river.

John McGuinness us
John McGuinness
us 380,000 140,000

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Kordys Flops the Goods to Double Through Hong

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

There was four players that saw a {2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop. Action was checked to Kevin hong who bet 28,000 from under the gun. Rafal Kordys called from middle position while the other two players folded.

Hong jammed after as soon as the {7-Hearts} turn hit the felt and Kordys snap-called for less.

Rafal Kordys: {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Kevin Hong: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Hong was drawing dead as the dealer completed the board with the {k-Diamonds} river and Hong sent over 52,000 to Kordys for the double.

Kevin Hong us
Kevin Hong
us 390,000 -97,500
Rafal Kordys us
Rafal Kordys
us 140,000 75,000

Tags: Rafal KordysKevin Hong