Day 2 Completed
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Day 2 Completed
Niagara Falls, NY nurse and top-notch local rounder Blake Napierala won the 2017 Seneca Niagara Summer Slam Main Event for $23,316 inside the Niagara Falls Poker Room at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Sunday.
The $600 buy-in reentry event drew 414 entries over two starting flights Friday and Saturday, creating a $100,000 guarantee-smashing $220,869 prize pool that paid the top 45.
A total of 88 survivors pushed through to Sunday’s final day and they moved into the money fairly quickly.
Overnight leader Scott Hosbach dominated play throughout and held on to bring the lead into the final table of ten. However, Kristan Mackiewicz went on a huge heater in the final nine, and by the time they got down to five-handed play, she had more than a third of the chips in play.
They struck a deal, giving Mackiewicz $30,000 and leaving $1,316, the trophy and title to play for.
Short stacked Blake Napierala took the least amount of money in the chop, then went on a heater of his own, knocking out 2015 Summer Slam Main Event champ William Liang, upstart Canadian Sahar Khajavi, and Hosbach in short order to take a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Mackiewicz.
Mackiewicz doubled up with a dominating ace to flip the script, but Napierala endured, and ultimately got deuces to hold for the win.
That’s all from the 2017 Seneca Niagara Summer Slam series, where the players and staff at Seneca Niagara put on another great show, crushing all the event guarantees and having a great time doing it.
Next up is the 2017 Seneca Fall Poker Classic coming up sometime in November. Keep it locked on PokerNews for all the details.
2015 Summer Slam Main Event champ William Liang took fifth losing a flip with nines to Blake Napierala's ace-king.
Sahar Khajavi was the next to exit, taking fourth when she ran nines into Napierala's jacks.
Napierala and Scott Hosbach then flipped with rags and Napierala hit a pair.
Play moves on to heads up between Napierala and Kristan Mackiewicz with the players willing to gamble now that they've chopped up the majority of the prize money.
The players have agreed to a deal leaving $1,316 and the trophy to play for.
Here's how it breaks down:
Kristan Mackiewicz: $30,000
Scott Hosbach: $27,000
Sahar Khajavi: $27,000
William Liang: $23,000
Blake Napierala: $22,000
Frank Dellaria shoved some 450,000 over a Scott Hosbach open and Hosbach made the reluctant call with the .
He was ahead versus Dellaria's , and flopped him dead making a wheel when the was turned over.
Dellaria went runner-runner two pair, but it was too little too late. He takes sixth and then there were five.
It's all coming up Kristan Mackiewicz right now.
Omar El-Nasrallah got it in for 700,000 with the versus Mackiewicz' and hit the flop. He looked good for the double up after the turn. However, Mackiewicz spiked a set on the river to send him packing.
It's six handed now and she's got about a third of the chips in play.
Blake Napierala was down to his last 500,000 and shipped it in from the button.
Scott Hosbach called in the big blind with the . However, Napierala held two queens and spiked a third one on the flop to double up.