MSPT Sycuan Casino
Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Michael Gagliano Bags the Day 1b Chip Lead

123md • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michael Gagliano
Michael Gagliano

The Main Event of the inaugural PokerStars Festival New Jersey continued on Wednesday and drew 127 players, bringing the total field size to 208 players. The total prize pool is set at $201,760, with the top 39 places being paid and first place is set at $38,220. After 10 one-hour levels on Day 1B, just 45 players bagged and will join the 25 players who survived on Day 1a.

Bagging the Day 1b chip lead was Michael Gagliano with 144,900, putting him fourth in chips of the 70 remaining players. The rest of the top five Day 1b stacks are rounded out by Dan Howe (138,900), Tyson Apostol (135,200), Team PokerStars Online's Randy Lew (130,200), and Darren Elias (118,900).

Gagliano, who won Event #2 here a few days ago, had just more than a starting stack at the dinner break, but eliminated PokerStars MindSports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade to help propel his stack. Shahade raised, Gagliano defended his big blind with {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, and after the flop was checked he turned a ten-high straight. Shahade called his turn bet, then his river shove, and she was eliminated. Gagliano had just more than 50,000 that hand and went on a heater to end the night, nearly tripling his stack from that point.

Among those who failed to punch their ticket to Day 2 include Ari Engel, Theo Tran, Jon Borenstein, "Boston" Rob Mariano, Alex Foxen, Scott Baumstein, Shankar Pillai, Nick Palma, and Team PokerStars Online's Jaime Staples.

Play resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. where another 10 one-hour levels are scheduled to be played.

Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

123md • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
us 144,900 -10,100
Dan Howe us
Dan Howe
us 138,900 -17,100
Tyson Apostol us
Tyson Apostol
us 135,200 -9,800
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 130,200 10,200
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us 118,900 38,900
Nick Aguilera us
Nick Aguilera
us 110,200 30,200
Vinny Pahuja us
Vinny Pahuja
us 109,400 2,400
Eli Kim US
Eli Kim
US 97,200
David Levitch US
David Levitch
US 96,900 43,900
Jovy Ounthongdy us
Jovy Ounthongdy
us 90,700
Manuel Perito AR
Manuel Perito
AR 90,500 30,500
Jason Acosta us
Jason Acosta
us 87,900 43,900
Matthew Wantman us
Matthew Wantman
us 86,200 -11,800
Robert Cheung ca
Robert Cheung
ca 83,200 9,200
Tom Pschar US
Tom Pschar
US 82,800 -27,200
Jesse Elliott US
Jesse Elliott
US 75,700 -64,300
Craig Mason us
Craig Mason
us 72,400
Seung Woo Yoo US
Seung Woo Yoo
US 72,100 -22,400
Judith Bielan us
Judith Bielan
us 70,800
Bradley Snider us
Bradley Snider
us 67,900 15,900
Joe Sanfilippo
Joe Sanfilippo
Chris Dombrowski us
Chris Dombrowski
us 64,600
Shawn Dullavin
Shawn Dullavin
Charles Powell
Charles Powell
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
us 60,900 25,900

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Three More

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Players will play three more hands at each table before bagging for the night.

Gagliano Still Rolling at Resorts

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Michael Gagliano won the first event here, a $2,200 six-max, and he's looking to keep the success flowing with another good result. He's up to 155,000 after dragging a pot worth over 70,000 on a board of {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{a-Spades}{q-Hearts}. Gagliano checked in the small blind and an opponent in the cutoff thought awhile before checking back. Gagliano showed queens full and dragged the pot.

Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
us 155,000 45,000

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mnuwwarah • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Tournament Area
Tournament Area

Prize pool information has been made available. The winner of the event will take home $38,220, while a min-cash in 39th will be worth $1,576.

John Mirkovich Eliminated by Randy Lew

123md • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Randy Lew raised to 3,000 from the hijack, John Mirkovich three-bet shoved from the cutoff for about 13,500, and Lew called with {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, trailing Mirkovich's {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}.

The board came down {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, giving Lews eights full of tens to score the elimination.

Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 120,000 22,000
John Mirkovich
John Mirkovich

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Sewnig Bluffs Off His Stack to Pschar

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Three players checked an {8-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{a-Hearts} flop, and big blind Daniel Sewnig fired 6,000 on the {10-Spades} turn. Tom Pschar called from under the gun, and the third player mucked. The river was an {a-Diamonds} and Sewnig checked. Pschar bet 5,000 and Sewnig moved in for about 36,000 effective. Pschar stacked all of his chips in one tower and tanked about two minutes before putting them in the middle.

Sewnig turned {10-}{8-} over for a counterfeited two pair, and Pschar showed {a-Spades}{j-Spades} for trips. Sewnig had crumbs remaining and busted in short order.

Tom Pschar US
Tom Pschar
US 110,000
Daniel Sewnig us
Daniel Sewnig
us Busted

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Cheung Bounces One

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Robert Cheung opened and then called the shove of a player in the hijack who had about 10,000. Cheung held {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and was up against {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. The board ran out clean for him and he collected the pot.

Robert Cheung ca
Robert Cheung
ca 74,000 43,500

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