Outright Winner

1st Place – Michael Rossitto – $108,147

2nd Place – John Ciofalo – $68,599

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Michael Rossitto, Big Stax XXV 1100 Champion

Rossitto started heads up at an ~2:1 disadvantage but flipped the script before the final hand of the tournament. Ciofalo opened the button to 450k and was 3-bet by Rossitto to 1.4M. Ciofalo moved all-in for ~6M and was instantly called by Rossitto.

Rossitto K♠K♦ vs Ciofalo 6♣6♥

Board: A♦3♣K♥8♣J♦

The flop essentially sealed the deal and Rossitto would be the outright winner of the 1100 Main Event. Ciofalo did the majority of the heavy lifting at the Final Table but came up just short of the title despite his impressive chip-advantage throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Big Stax XXV series. There are still a couple more side events on the schedule, head to parxcasino.com/bigstax for information.

1 MICHAEL ROSSITTO $ 108,147
2 JOHN CIOFALO $ 68,599
3 JASON BRAUDA $ 44,426
4 SEAN VANTASSEL $ 32,113
5 GERALD FEHR $ 24,022
6 SHANKAR PILLAI $ 18,394
7 KYLE BOWKER $ 13,820
8 GLENN MACARTNEY $ 9,900
9 JASON RITCHIE $ 7,036
10 BROCK WILSON $ 7,036
11 JASON DEANE $ 7,036
12 KETAN PANDYA $ 6,081
13 MICHAEL LAVENBURG $ 6,081
14 MATTHEW MULLINS $ 6,081
15 QUINTIN TRAMMELL $ 6,081
16 JOSEPH REDDICK $ 5,176
17 ANTHONY MERLO JR $ 5,176
18 JEFFREY YANCHEK $ 5,176
19 LEONARD KRISS $ 5,176
20 ANTHONY TONZELLI $ 4,322
21 JOHN LYTLE JR $ 4,322
22 ANTHONY GAROFALO $ 4,322

Heads-Up

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 9:20 PM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Players Left: 2
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Jason Brauda, Day 3 Level 25

Brauda would go out after getting it in blind vs blind with Ax2x against Michael Rossitto’s KxQx. The flop came King-high and Brauda would not find an Ace.

Jason Brauda is eliminated in 3rd for $44,426.

Current heads-up chip count:

Ciofalo 15,900,000

Rossitto 7,400,000

VanTassel Out In 4th

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 8:30 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Players Left: 3
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Sean VanTassel, Day 3 Level 25

VanTassel was the next to run into John Ciofalo. He got it in pre-flop with JxJx against Ciofalo’s AKs. The flop came AKx and VanTassel could not find his two outer.

Ciofalo moves up to ~17M after the hand.

Sean VanTassel is eliminated in 4th for $32,113.

Fehr Out In 5th

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 7:15 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 4
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Gerald Fehr, Day 3 Level 25

Fehr moved all-in preflop for ~1.6M and was called by the chip-leader John Ciofalo.

It would be a standard flip with Fehr holding AxQx against Ciofalo’s JxJx. The board ran clean for the pair and Ciofalo continues his tear on Day 3.

Gerald Fehr is eliminated in 5th place for $24,022.

Dinner Break

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 6:00 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 5

The players have agreed to a short dinner break with play resuming at 6:30 PM. There will be 50 minutes remaining in Level 28. Here are the counts:

JOHN CIOFALO 11,470,000
JASON BRAUDA 3,385,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 3,384,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 2,910,000
GERALD FEHR 2,345,000

Ciofalo On Fire

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 5:45 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 5
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John Ciofalo, Day 3 Level 25

Sean VanTassel opened from under the gun and was called by Ciofalo as well as Shankar Pillai out of the big blind.

Flop: 4♣4♠2♠

Pillai shoved into both players for ~700k. VanTassel folded and Ciofalo made the call to put Pillai at risk.

Pillai A♠8♠ vs Ciofalo A♣Q♣

The turn and river bricked out for Pillai’s flush draw and Ciofalo takes the pot with a better kicker.

Shankar Pillai is eliminated in 6th place for $18,394.

Next Level

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 5:15 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 6
JOHN CIOFALO 10,400,000
JASON BRAUDA 4,625,000
GERALD FEHR 3,250,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 3,125,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 1,125,000
SHANKAR PILLAI 945,000

Chip Counts

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 4:20 PM
  • Level 27 (30000/60000/10000)
  • Players Left: 6

Shankar Pillai just doubled through Michael Rossitto with AxAx against AQo. That leaves Rossitto very short while Pillai moves to slightly over 20 big blinds. Here are the counts midway through Level 27:

JOHN CIOFALO 8,200,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 5,100,000
JASON BRAUDA 4,400,000
GERALD FEHR 4,100,000
SHANKAR PILLAI 1,300,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 500,000

Down To Six

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 4:10 PM
  • Level 27 (30000/60000/10000)
  • Players Left: 6

The first three bust-outs at the Final Table were all extremely short stacks failing to make a comeback.

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Jason Ritchie, Day 3 Level 25

John Ciofalo opened the pot and Ritchie moved all-in for ~400k. Ciofalo made the call to put him at risk with J9s against AxQx. The board ran out 9x4x4xTx5x and Ciofalo collected the short stack.

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Glenn Macartney, Day 3 Level 25

Macartney was blinded down to ~60k before he shoved all-in from under the gun. He was picked off by the big blind and could not mount a comeback.

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Kyle Bowker, Day 3 Level 25

Bowker was in a similar situation being forced to go with his hand in the big blind for ~90k total. He had Tx9x against Jx4x and couldn’t find any help.

Jason Ritchie is eliminated in 9th place for $7,036.

Glenn Macartney is eliminated in 8th place for $9,900.

Kyle Bowker is eliminated in 7th place for $13,820.