1st Place – Dan Daconti $98,181
2nd Place – Ryan Eriquezzo $62,088
Ryan Eriquezzo had knocked Dan Daconti down to just 13.775M before two flips in a matter of a few hands ended the tournament in the final minute of Level 36.
First, Daconti moved all-in from the button for 13.775M with 5♠5♣ and was called by K♦J♦. The board ran out 7x3xAx3x6x and Daconti re-took the lead with ~27M to Eriquezzo’s ~17M.
A few hands later, Daconti moved all-in from the button once again, covering Eriquezzo’s stack of 16.775M. Eriquezzo immediately called and they would be off to the races once again.
Daconti A♠K♣ vs Eriquezzo J♠J♥
Daconti spikes his Ace right away and holds to take down the 500 Main Event trophy, the first outright winner in some time at the Big Stax series.
Four handed play began right at midnight and it took nearly ten hours of play to determine a winner in this excellent structure. The heads-up battle was very back and forth with three massive flips ultimately determining the outcome of the event.
Dan Daconti grabs his largest career score and his first major title. Eriquezzo had taken a long hiatus from live tournament poker and hits the largest score he has made since 2012.
Congratulations to all of the Day 3 finishers and thanks to everyone who participated in the 500 Main Event. The 1500 Main Event kicks off on Friday with the first of two opening flights.
Day 3 Results: