2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey

Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
30,000 / 60,000

Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Peter SmythUK102,500
12Jason AcostaUSA137,000
13Darren EliasUSA66,000
14Robert CheungCanada53,000
15Randy LewUSA100,500
16Dan HoweUSA480,000
17Eli KimUSA113,500
18Jovy OunthongdyUSA268,500
21Sridhar SangannagariUSA338,500
23Jack DuongUSA51,000
24John GulinoUSA246,500
25Rocco DicondinaUSA93,500
26Wayne GerichtenUSA54,000
27Matt AffleckUSA418,000
28NIck AguileraUSA247,000
31Ruben CostaUSA132,600
32John KimUSA109,500
33David VamplewUK219,000
34Tom RevelloUSA199,500
35Jesse ElliottUSA84,500
36David JohnstonUSA534,000
37Chris DombrowskiUSA494,500
38Michael GaglianoUSA484,000

David Johnston Leading After Day 2 of PokerStars Festival NJ, Gagliano Third

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
David Johnston
David Johnston

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 {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and won against Hohner's dominated {q-Spades}{j-Spades}.

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 {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}. 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 {a-Spades}{k-Spades} 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.

Tags: David JohnstonMichael Gagliano

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Player Chips Progress
David Johnston us
David Johnston
534,000 -1,000
Chris Dombrowski us
Chris Dombrowski
494,500 -500
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Howe us
Dan Howe
480,000 10,000
Matt Affleck us
Matt Affleck
418,000 250,500
Sridhar Sangannagari us
Sridhar Sangannagari
338,500 133,500
Jovy Ounthongdy us
Jovy Ounthongdy
268,500 -57,000
Nick Aguilera us
Nick Aguilera
247,000 119,000
John Gulino us
John Gulino
246,500 1,000
David Vamplew gb
David Vamplew
219,000 -45,000
EPT 1X Winner
Tom Revello us
Tom Revello
199,500 -10,500
Jason Acosta us
Jason Acosta
137,000 -5,000
Ruben Costa us
Ruben Costa
132,500 37,500
Eli Kim us
Eli Kim
113,500 -3,500
John Kim us
John Kim
109,500 38,500
Peter Smyth gb
Peter Smyth
102,500 -119,500
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
100,500 -6,500
Rocco Dicondina us
Rocco Dicondina
93,500 -45,500
Jesse Elliott us
Jesse Elliott
84,500 -135,500
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
66,000 -6,000
Wayne Gerichten us
Wayne Gerichten
54,000 12,000
Robert Cheung ca
Robert Cheung
53,000 9,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jack Duong us
Jack Duong
51,000 -115,500
WSOP 1X Winner

Mason Can't Find a Fold

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Craig Mason
Craig Mason

Craig Mason bet about 45,000 on the river and had Michael Gagliano shove on him. The board read {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts}{5-Spades}{7-Spades} 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 {a-Spades}{k-Spades} for the nut flush and Mason flicked his {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} into the middle.

Players are now bagging for the night.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
484,000 291,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Craig Mason us
Craig Mason

Tags: Craig MasonMichael Gagliano

David Johnston Crosses 500K

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

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 {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, leading Hohner's {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}.

The board came down clean for for Johnston, ending Hohner's tournament in 25th place.

Player Chips Progress
David Johnston us
David Johnston
535,000 240,000
Ryan Hohner us
Ryan Hohner

Tags: David JohnstonRyan Hohner

Dombrowski Takes Down Queen

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Chris Dombrowski
Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski raised from middle position and Alex Queen called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Queen checked to Dombrowski who continued for 9,000. Queen called.

The turn was the {7-Hearts} and Queen checked again. Dombrowski bet 24,000 and Queen called.

The river was the {8-Hearts} and Queen checked for a third time. Dombrowski shoved for effectively 75,000-ish and Queen called all in.

Dombrowski tabled {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} for a set of kings, Queen mucked, and Dombrowski scored the elimination.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Dombrowski us
Chris Dombrowski
495,000 165,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Alex Queen us
Alex Queen

Turn Lead Gets Elias in a Bind

Level 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante

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 {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop. When the {8-Clubs} 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.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Dombrowski us
Chris Dombrowski
330,000 104,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
72,000 -132,000

Tags: Chris DombrowskiDarren Elias