• Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 11:15 PM
  • Level 24 (15000/30000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 28
  • Average Stack: 1,528,000
john alesi
John Alesi, Day 2 Level 24

Ryan Oberholtzer opened the button to 70k. Alesi 3-bet from the small blind to 235k. Malik Saundes folded his big blind before Oberholtzer made the call to see a heads-up flop.

Flop: K♣5♥3♣ Pot: 540k

Alesi bet 175k and was called.

Turn: 5♦ Pot: 890k

Alesi bet 325k and was called.

River: 9♣ Pot: 1.19M

Alesi finally slowed down on the river with a check. Oberholtzer took this opportunity to move all-in for 1.575M total. Alesi immediately called and fast-rolled his hand, 5♣5♠, for the nuts. Oberholtzer mucked and was eliminated in the largest pot of the tournament so far.

Alesi now has the chip-lead over Matt Zambanini (3.6M) who had previously held that spot since very early on in Day 2. The field is now just one elimination away from a re-draw at 27 players.