Event #51: $400 Colossus
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Event #51: $400 Colossus
Day 3 Completed

Sam Laskowitz Holds Massive Lead at Final Table of the Colossus

dsalituro • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Sam Laskowitz
Sam Laskowitz

The penultimate day of Event #51: $400 Colossus No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end with the final seven players set, and the top of the leaderboard is occupied by a player with no reported cashes.

Sam Laskowitz of New York seized the chip lead by shoving the turn in a big pot against bracelet winner David Jackson and never looked back, finishing Day 3 with 206,500,000 and a huge chip advantage over the rest of the final table.

Laskowitz increased his lead by busting Paul McMullin in 13th and Ryan McPherson in 12th. Once the final table began, he went all in on the river against former chip leader Jordan Pelon. He’s never cashed in a live tournament before but has already secured himself at least $66,670, and with his chip lead his eye will be firmly on the $414,490 top prize tomorrow.

Behind him is Paul Hizer of Britain, who busted Jackson in 11th place with a queen on the river and finished the day with 132,000,000. In contrast to Laskowitz, Hizer has $474,000 in live earnings, including a 31st place finish in the Millionaire Maker earlier this series.

There was a time on Day 3 when it looked like the Frenchman Pelon was unstoppable. He began the day as the massive chip leader and kept up that advantage for the better part of the day before losing that pot to Laskowitz. He still ended up with 68,000,000 and in third place for Tuesday’s final table.

Event #51: $400 Colossus Final Table Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Sam LaskowitzUnited States206,500,00052
2Paul HizerUnited Kingdom132,000,00033
3Jordan PelonFrance68,000,00017
4Jeff LoiaconoUnited States56,000,00014
5Luong QuachUnited States38,500,0009
6Anthony RuttlerUnited States32,000,0008
7James ScottUnited Kingdom13,500,0003

The final table is rounded out by Jeff Loiacono (56,000,000), Luong Quach (38,500,000), Anthony Ruttler (32,000,000), and short stack James Scott (13,500,000). They will return to play at 4 p.m. local time tomorrow on the main feature table inside the Bally’s Thunderdome, with action being streamed on a one-hour delay on PokerGo. There are 20 minutes remaining on Level 43, with blinds at 2,000,000-4,000,000 and a 4,000,000 big blind ante. The average stack at the final table is only 19 big blinds, with three players below 10 big blinds.

They’ve already outlasted an enormous field of 13,565 players, and by the end of the day tomorrow, there will be only one holding up the World Series of Poker bracelet. PokerNews will be on hand providing all the updates as they play down to a Colossus champion.

Tags: Anthony RuttlerJames ScottJeff LoiaconoJordan PelonLuong QuachPaul HizerSam Laskowitz

William Gian Eliminated in 8th Place ($51,930)

AndrewK47 • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
William Gian
William Gian

Action was picked up when William Gian moved all in for his last 14,000,000 and only Jeff Loiacono made the call from the big blind.

William Gian: {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Jeff Loiacono: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{q-Spades}{a-Spades}{5-Diamonds} securing the knockout on the turn with aces-full and William Gian was eliminated in 8th place.

Jeff Loiacono US
Jeff Loiacono
US 56,000,000 14,500,000
William Gian US
William Gian
US Busted

Tags: Jeff LoiaconoWilliam Gian

Sean Shah Eliminated in 9th Place ($40,710)

dsalituro • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Sean Shah
Sean Shah

One hand after tripling up William Gian, action folded to Paul Hizer who raised enough to put Gian and Sean Shah all in from the blinds. Gian folded, but Shah snap-called for around 15,000,000 with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Hizer didn't have kings again, but he did have one better, {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}. Shah could only give a shrug of resignation as the board came {4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades} to send him out in ninth place.

Paul Hizer gb
Paul Hizer
gb 105,000,000 10,000,000
Sean Shah us
Sean Shah
us Busted

Tags: Paul HizerSean Shah

Gian Triples Up Blind

dsalituro • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante

William Gian was all in from the big blind as Sam Laskowitz and Paul Hizer limped in.

Laskowitz and Hizer checked down the board of {j-Clubs}{10-Spades}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} when Hizer turned over {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} for a straight.

"Yes," Gian yelled as he showed {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts} for a full house.

"I didn't look at all," he admitted as he raked in the pot.

Sam Laskowitz us
Sam Laskowitz
us 215,000,000 19,000,000
Paul Hizer gb
Paul Hizer
gb 95,000,000 -10,000,000
William Gian US
William Gian
US 12,000,000 -11,000,000

Tags: Paul HizerSam LaskowitzWilliam Gian

Ruttler Cracks Queens

AndrewK47 • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Anthony Ruttler
Anthony Ruttler

Action folded to Jordan Pelon in the cutoff who opened for 8,000,000 and Anthony Ruttler moved all in for his last 9,000,000 total in the big blind, Pelon called.

Jordan Pelon: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Anthony Ruttler: {10-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

After losing the big pot with queens to ace-jack earlier, Ruttler was left just over two big blinds and needed help against the queens of Pelon now.

The board ran out {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Ruttler cracked the queens with two-pair, starting his comeback.

Jordan Pelon fr
Jordan Pelon
fr 60,000,000 -17,000,000
Anthony Ruttler US
Anthony Ruttler
US 19,000,000 9,000,000

Tags: Anthony RuttlerJordan Pelon

Level:
43
Blinds:
2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante:
4,000,000

Scott Drills the Turn to Leave Ruttler With Crumbs

dsalituro • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Jordan Pelon raised to 6,500,000 from early position and James Scott shoved for 8,500,000. Anthony Ruttler then re-shoved for 21,000,000, and Pelon went into the tank for about two minutes before folding.

James Scott: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Anthony Ruttler: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Ruttler stayed ahead as the flop came {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, but the {a-Diamonds} on the turn propelled Scott into the lead as he raised his arms into the air. The river was the {10-Hearts} and Ruttler was forced to hand over most of his stack.

Jordan Pelon fr
Jordan Pelon
fr 77,000,000 7,000,000
James Scott us
James Scott
us 24,000,000 9,000,000
Anthony Ruttler US
Anthony Ruttler
US 10,000,000 -5,000,000

Tags: Anthony RuttlerJames ScottJordan Pelon

Loiacono Stays Alive

dsalituro • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Paul Hizer raised to 6,500,000 from middle position, then called when Jeff Loiacono moved all in from the big blind for around 20,000,000.

Loiacono showed {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. "We need an eight," Hizer said to his rail as he showed {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

He wouldn't be the one to flop a set, however, as the board came {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} to earn Loiacono a double up.

Paul Hizer gb
Paul Hizer
gb 105,000,000 -20,000,000
Jeff Loiacono US
Jeff Loiacono
US 41,500,000 31,500,000

Tags: Jeff LoiaconoPaul Hizer