Zambanini, Csik, and Goldberg Out

  • Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event 1:30 PM
  • Level 25 (20000/40000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 1070
  • Players Left: 18
  • Next Payout: $4,269

The remaining 18 players are currently re-drawing for the Final Two Tables. Here’s a recap of the three bust-outs which happened in a span of just a few minutes:

Ray Medlin Jr opened under the gun and was called by John Alesi on his immediate left and Matt Zambanini in the big blind.

Flop: J♠10♠2♣ Pot: ~300k

Zambanini checked. Medlin Jr bet 200k. Alesi folded. Zambanini moved all-in for ~1.2M and was called by Medlin Jr.

Medlin Jr J♥J♦ vs Zambanini Q♣9♦ Pot: ~2.7M

Turn: 6♠

River: A♥

Matt Zambanini is eliminated in 21st for $4,269.



Chris Csik opened the pot from the cutoff and was flatted by Mike Bilinski in the small blind. Greg Nerenberg 3-bet from the big blind and was met by a 4-bet jam from Csik for ~1.1. Bilinski folded and Nerenberg called to reveal a standard pre-flop situation.

Csik AxKx vs Nerenberg JxJx

The board ran out ten-high and Csik loses the flip for his tournament life.

Chris Csik is eliminated in 20th place for $4,269.



Pal Zagreda opened under the gun and was shoved on my Michael Goldberg in the cutoff for ~600k total. Zagreda made the call and would have the 15 big blind stack at risk.

Zagreda KQo vs Goldberg A7s

Board: Ax Jx 3x Tx 8x

Goldberg improved on the flop reducing his opponent from six to four outs but Zagreda made the nuts on the turn and eliminated the short-stack.

Michael Goldberg is eliminated in 19th place for $4,269.


Accurate counts are coming at the end of the level in ~10 minutes.