Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the $1,100 Main Event at PokerStars Festival New Jersey proved to be a short one, as it took just seven hours for the 70 starting runners to be trimmed to the final 23, who bagged up to return Friday.
Twenty-two of them will be looking up in the counts at David Johnston, who put 534,000 in a bag and will be north of 100 big blinds when the tournament resumes. Bracelet winners Chris Dombrowski (494,500) and Michael Gagliano (484,000) are the next two biggest stacks, followed by Dan Howe (480,000) and Matt Affleck (418,000).
Johnston got in a preflop raising war during the last level of the night with blinds at 2,500/5,000/500. Ryan Hohner opened from the hijack to 11,000, Johnston made it 28,000 to go from the small blind, and Hohner jammed it in for 130,000. Johnston called with and won against Hohner's dominated .
Gagliano has been having a good week at Resorts Casino Hotel. He won the small $2,000 six-max opening event for $11,350 and then bagged the chip lead in his starting flight for the Main Event. He wasn't afraid to play big pots from start to finish, coming after PokerStars Team Online Pro Randy Lew with a number of three-bets early on.
Just before the night ended, with players at other tables waiting for their bags, Gagliano busted Craig Mason in a huge pot on a board of . Mason bet about 45,000 on the end from early position, and Gagliano put him all in for about 100,000 more, which was almost all of Gagliano's remaining chips as well. Mason tanked awhile and called with aces but was shown for the nut flush.
David Vamplew, Nick Aguilera, Jack Duong, Jesse Elliott, Darren Elias, and Robert Chung also bagged.
Lew, incidentally, is the only PokerStars-sponsored player remaining after making it through with 100,500. Victor Ramdin and Barry Greenstein both busted during the course of play.
Others joining them included Carlos Chadha, Matthew Wantman, John Myung, and Asher Conniff, who bubbled out courtesy of a beat from Lew. Vinny Pahuja, Survivor star Tyson Apostol, Alex Queen, and Ramdin were among the players making it into the money but not to the end of the day.
Play resumes Friday at 11 a.m. with coverage here on PokerNews.
Craig Mason bet about 45,000 on the river and had Michael Gagliano shove on him. The board read and Gagliano had Mason's last 100,000 or so barely covered.
"This is fucking sick," Mason said with a sigh, double-checking his cards.
After a few minutes in the tank, he called. Gagliano showed him for the nut flush and Mason flicked his into the middle.
Players are now bagging for the night.
Ryan Hohner raised to 11,000 from hijack, David Johnston three-bet to 28,000 from the small blind, Hohner four-bet shoved for about 130,000, and Johnston called with , leading Hohner's .
The board came down clean for for Johnston, ending Hohner's tournament in 25th place.
Robert Cheung opened to 12,000 and called the shove of a player who had about 40,000 in the cutoff.
The board ran out , and the pot went to Cheung's opponent, leaving Cheung short.
Chris Dombrowski raised from middle position and Alex Queen called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Queen checked to Dombrowski who continued for 9,000. Queen called.
The turn was the and Queen checked again. Dombrowski bet 24,000 and Queen called.
The river was the and Queen checked for a third time. Dombrowski shoved for effectively 75,000-ish and Queen called all in.
Dombrowski tabled for a set of kings, Queen mucked, and Dombrowski scored the elimination.
Darren Elias was defending his big blind and check-called a bet of 16,000 from Chris Dombrowski, who was under the gun on a flop. When the arrived, Elias came out betting with 28,000. Dombrowski then shoved all in to put Elias to the test for what looked like about 72,000 more. He eventually folded.
PokerStars Team Pro Victor Ramdin got his last 35,000 or so in with and was at risk against a player in the big blind with eights. The board ran out clean for the player with eights, and Ramdin headed for payouts.