Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||10,000 / 20,000|
Day 2 Completed
The World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods $3,250 High Roller reached it’s conclusion Monday night after 44 entries played down to the circuit ring winner.
Dave Stefanski emerged as that winner and took down the grand prize of $47,652 and his second WSOP Circuit ring, the first also coming in the 2016 Foxwoods High Roller.
Stefanski is well known at Foxwoods as is one of the most consistent players based out of Connecticut. The East Lyme native credited his luck as a large part of how he was able to win the ring.
“I ran really well today. I rivered a full house, got flush over flush. It was a good Day 2 overall." he said afterward in reference to the hands that brought him to victory
The win is Stefanski’s third-largest cash at a WSOP stop, trailing only his previous ring victory of $51,300 in Foxwoods and of course, his massive $325,034 score for his 16th-place finish in the 2015 WSOP Main Event out in Las Vegas.
High Roller Final Table Results
|1||Dave Stefanski||East Lyme, Connecticut||$47,652|
|2||James Frangoulidis||Brighton, Massachusetts||$29,463|
|3||Andrew Lauer||Granby, Connecticut||$19,430|
|4||Tarun Gulati||Glastonbury, Connecticut||$13,332|
|5||Paul Snead||Kings Park, New York||$9,517|
|6||Scott Efron||Boca Raton, Florida||$7,089|
|7||Lauren Monosson||Woodbury, New York||$5,517|
Recapping Day 2 Action
Some 19 players came from Day 1 into Day 2 at the start of play. They were joined by two more late entries to create a field of 21 as the day began. Eliminations came at a relatively consistent pace as the field got closer and closer to the money. It was a rough day for the players who started the day on top of the chip counts as both Luke Graham and Dennis Brand hit the rail short of the money, as well as Josias Santos, who was the bubble boy when he was busted in eighth place to assure the final seven players a spot in the money.
Post-bubble play slowed for a bit with several players looking to ladder up and aiming to go for the big money up top. It took a while before the first in-the-money elimination happened as Lauren Monosson was taken out in seventh place.
As play was whittled down to the final four players, it was then that the chips started to fly. James Frangoulidis took a big chip lead when he hit an ace on the flop against the pocket queens of Andrew Lauer, who had been chip leader. Lauer would not recover from the hand and was eventually eliminated in third place, a result good enough to secure him the Foxwoods Casino Championship and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.
Heads-up play would be a cagey affair as Frangoulidis entered as a 2:1 chip leader over Stefanski. Both players knew each other well as they are good friends and have played together on many occasions. The first round of heads up featured the two just trading small pots without many changes in chip counts. After a lengthy dinner break, the players returned to battle more intensely. On two occasions Frangoulidis had the chance to win as Stefanski was at risk, but both times Stefanski would survive.
Eventually, Stefanski took over the lead and in the final hand of the tournament Frangoulidis got it in with ace-deuce of hearts but failed to hold there against the king-nine of Stefanski, who made a full house. Frangoulidis had to settle for second place and $29,463 in prize money.
From the button James Frangoulidis raised, Dave Stefanski re-raised all in and Frangoulidis called.
The flop gave Stefanski the lead as it came . The turn was the and the river gave him a full boat with the to end Frangoulidis's tournament in 2nd place.
Dave Stefanski moved all in preflop over a raise and was called. He held the and was ahead vs the of James Frangoulidis.
The board ran out and Stefanski gathered in another double up.
Action was picked up on the river on a board that read . James Frangoulidis bet 82,000. He was raised to 237,000 by Dave Stefanski. Frangoulidis called quickly.
Stefanski showed air with the while Frangoulidis had the for the best hand and took in the large pot.
James Frangoulidis had a raise of 150,000 out in the middle and Dave Stefanski had moved all in for his remaining amount of 555,000. Frangoulidis weighed his options and said it was a close one. After about two minutes he called.
Frangoulidis called for an ace in the window and it came but a king came with it as the dealer spread the turn was the and the river came the to give Stefanski a big double up.
Dave Stefanski bet 30,000 on a flop of . James Frangoulidis called. The turn was the . The action went check-check.
The river came the . Dave Stefanski put together a bet of 127,000.
"I thought we were having a friendly game" said Frangoulidis. As he began to play with his chips and stack them. After about 30 seconds he pushed out a stack of chips for a raise that appeared to be around 425,000. Setfanski was taken aback by the raise after the speech play by Frangoulidis, thinking it was only ever a call or fold. After a few moment Stefanski folded to give the pot to Frangoulidis.
They players have not yet returned from dinner break. The clock is stopped and play is halted until they return.