Full Chip Counts

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 10:00 PM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 6
  • Next Payout: $19,364

Three players eliminated during Level 29. Play will return with a 120k big blind. Here are the counts:

Dinner 1st Break
ALEXANDRE MOREIRA 7,365,000 14,690,000
PAL ZAGREDA 12,780,000 11,650,000
JOHN ALESI 2,905,000 4,825,000
BARTLEY DOWLING 5,540,000 4,815,000
GREGORY NERENBERG 7,695,000 4,430,000
JO KIM 3,995,000 2,415,000

Down To Six

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 9:30 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 6
  • Next Payout: $19,364
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Pearce Arnold, Day 3 Level 28

Bart Dowling opened the pot from the hijack to 260k. Action folded to Pearce Arnold in the big blind and he moved all-in for 1.37M total. Dowling thought for some time before making the call to put Arnold at risk.

Dowling Ax9x vs Arnold Ax8x Pot: ~3M

The board ran clean for Dowling with the better kicker and he busts Arnold chipping up to ~6M.

Pearce Arnold is eliminated in 7th place for $14,993.

Singh Runs Out of Gas

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 9:05PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 7
  • Next Payout: $14,993

Despite two amazing comebacks from 3.5 and 1.5 big blinds, Avi Singh is now out of the tournament.

Singh open-shoved from under the gun for 1.565M, just over 15 big blinds. Action folded to Alex Moreira on the button and he made the call. The blinds folded and Singh would be at risk once again.

Singh 3♠3♣ vs Moreira 9♦9♠ Pot: ~3.4M

Board: A♥10♥5♣J♥9♣

Moreira is now responsible for the last three knockouts. He is up to ~12M and essentially tied for the chip-lead with Pal Zagreda.

Avi Singh is eliminated in 8th place for $11,182.

Moreira vs Nerenberg

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 8:50 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $11,182

Greg Nerenberg opened to 200k from middle position and was 3-bet by Moreira in the hijack to 650k. Nerenberg made the call after the remaining players folded out to see the flop heads-up.

Flop: 5♦A♣3♦ Pot: 1.57M

Nerenberg led 550k. Moreira raised to 1.8M. Nerenberg moved all-in covering Moreira. Moreira made the call for 5.49M total.

Moreira A♦J♦ vs Nerenberg A♥K♠ Pot: ~11.6M

Turn: J♠

River: K♦

Moreira spikes his second pair and while Nerenberg found his two-pair on the river, it was the wrong King as it gave Moreira the nut-flush.

Nerenberg is left with ~2.8M after the hand.

Play Resumes

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 8:30 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $11,182

The first 10-minutes of the level have already passed and Avi Singh is up to ~2.2M from 155k. No details available except that it’s his second epic comeback in less than 30-minutes of play after winning three consecutive hands to start Level 29.

Full Chip Counts

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 7:40 PM
  • DINNER BREAK
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $11,182

Play resumes 8:15 PM with a 100k big blind. Here are the full chip-counts:

3rd Break Dinner
PAL ZAGREDA 12,730,000 12,780,000
GREGORY NERENBERG 3,140,000 7,695,000
ALEXANDRE MOREIRA 6,465,000 7,365,000
BARTLEY DOWLING 6,120,000 5,540,000
JO KIM 1,640,000 3,995,000
JOHN ALESI 3,050,000 2,905,000
PEARCE ARNOLD 3,400,000 2,390,000
AVINAASH SINGH 3,320,000 155,000

Roller-Coaster Ride For Singh

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 7:30 PM
  • DINNER BREAK
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 8
  • Next Payout: $11,182
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Greg Nerenberg, Day 3 Level 28

Avi Singh opened to 175k from early position and was called by Bart Dowling in the hijack. Greg Nerenberg 3-bet to 770k from the button. The blinds folded before Singh moved all-in for 3.78M total. Dowling had seen enough but Nerenberg had a huge hand and made the call.

Nerenberg A♠A♣ vs Singh J♣J♥ Pot: ~8M

Board: Kx9x6x6x2x

Nerenberg holds with the over-pair and cripples Singh (260k remaining).

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Avi Singh, Day 3 Level 28

Singh now finds back to back double ups through Nerenberg to recuperate some of his stack. First, Nerenberg opens into Singh’s big blind to 200k, and was flatted by Pearce Arnold in the small blind before Singh moved in for 250k. Both players called creating a dry side-pot with Singh at risk.

Flop: J♣9♥K♦ Pot: 830k

Arnold checked. Nerenberg signaled he had caught the flop with a bet of 200k and Arnold reluctantly folded.

Nerenberg K♣9♣ vs Singh A♥10♠

Turn: 7♥

River: Q♣

Singh finds his only out and drags the pot. He once again found his chips in the middle against Nerenberg on the very next hand. Nerenberg opened from middle position and Singh moved all-in from the small blind for 820k. Nerenberg made the call.

Nerenberg A♥K♠ vs Singh 9♣7♣ Pot: 1.8M

Board: 7♦7♠Q♣10♣A♠

Singh smashes the flop making trips and completing a huge comeback. He recovered half the stack he initially lost to Nerenberg. However, just a few hands later he would be crippled once again in a huge pot against Jo Kim.

jo kim
Jo Kim, Day 3 Level 28

Jo Kim opened from under the gun to 175k. Bart Dowling called from middle position as well as Pearce Arnold in the small blind. Singh moved all-in from the big blind for ~2M. Jo Kim made the call for 1.885M and the other two players folded their hands.

Kim A♣K♥ vs Singh A♥A♠ Pot: ~4.3M

Board: 9♠9♦K♣K♠6♦

Jo Kim makes a full-house after being dominated pre-flop. Singh was on the verge of a huge comeback but is left crippled with ~150k remaining after his tumultuous two orbits.

Full chip counts coming soon.