Arkadiy Wins 2500 Main Event

1st Place – Tsinis Arkadiy $77,053

2nd Place – Ryan Tamanini $49,210

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Tsinis Arkadiy, Big Stax XXIV 2500 Champion

Ryan Tamanini raised on the button to 125k. Arkadiy called. The flop came 6♣3♣5♠. Arkadiy checked and Tamanini bet 125k. Arkadiy moved all-in and Tamanini made the call with 8♣4♣ against Arkadiy’s A♣7♣.

Turn: J♠ River: 9♦

Arkadiy holds with Ace-high and converts his 5-1 advantage into an outright win of the 2500 Main Event.

That hand brings an end to Big Stax XXIV. Thanks to everyone who participated and the schedule for Big Stax XXV, which will be in May, will be released soon. Full results for the 2500 Main Event will be posted soon.


  • Big Stax XXIV 2500 Main Event 7:15 PM
  • Level 26 (25000/50000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 112
  • Players Remaining: 2

Abe Faroni moved all-in on the button for 825k and was called by Ryan Taminini in the big blind.

Faroni 7x7x vs Taminini KJs

Board: AxTx8x4xJx

Abe Faroni is eliminated in 3rd place for $31,714.

It will be Tsinis Arkadiy vs Ryan Taminini heads-up for the title. Exact counts will be available heading into Level 27 in just a few minutes.

Down To Three

  • Big Stax XXIV 2500 Main Event 6:40 PM
  • Level 26 (25000/50000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 112
  • Players Remaining: 3

Nick Lee raised to 110k from under the gun and was called by Tsinis Arkadiy on the button as well as Abe Faroni in the big blind.

Flop: 4♥7♠3♥ Pot: 375k

Faroni checks. Lee bets 150k. Arkadiy called. Faroni folded.

Turn: 2♦ Pot: 675k

Lee checked. Arkadiy bet 450k. Lee moved all-in for 1.4M and was called.

Lee 10♥7♥ vs Arkadiy 3♦3♠ Pot: 3.475M

River: 4♦

Lee was still drawing live to his flush but the board paired on the end giving Arkadiy a full-house and another elimination at the Final Table. He extends his chip-lead while Faroni and Taminini will have to fight for the opportunity to gets heads-up with Arkadiy.

Nick Lee is eliminated in 4th place for $23,121.

Next Level (Chip Counts)

  • Big Stax XXIV 2500 Main Event 5:45 PM
  • Level 26 (25000/50000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 112
  • Players Remaining: 4

During Level 25, Ryan Taminini found a full double through Abe Faroni with 6x6x against AxKx all-in preflop. The board ran out 9x8x6x8x5x and Taminini escaped the short-stack. After that, the four players stayed fairly even for the remainder of the level. Here’s how the chip-counts look heading into Level 26:

  1. Tsinis Arkadiy 5,240,000
  2. Abe Faroni 2,375,000
  3. Ryan Taminini 1,980,000
  4. Nick Lee 1,615,000


Four Handed Counts

  • Big Stax XXIV 2500 Main Event 4:00 PM
  • Level 25 (20000/40000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 112
  • Players Remaining: 4

Tsinis Arkadiy opened from the button to 65k and Apter 3-bet from the big blind to 225k. Arkadiy called.

Flop: 9x8x3x

Apter leads for 225k and Arkadiy moved all-in having him covered. Apter made the call and would have TxTx against Arkadiy’s JxTx

Turn: 2x River: Qx

Arkadiy makes his straight on the end and sends Apter to the rail.

Brett Apter is eliminated in 5th place for $17,341.

  1. Tsinis Arkadiy 5,665,000
  2. Nick Lee 2,570,000
  3. Abe Faroni 2,150,000
  4. Ryan Taminini 835,000

Down To Five

  • Big Stax XXIV 2500 Main Event 3:25 PM
  • Level 24 (15000/30000/5000)
  • Total Entries: 112
  • Players Remaining: 5

Under the gun opens to 65k and Brett Apter calls from the cutoff. Ron Sims is in the big blind and moves all-in for 885k. The original raiser folds and Apter makes the call.

Apter JxJx vs Sims TxTx

Board: 4x6x6x9x4x

Ron Sims is eliminated in 7th place for $10,167.

Tsinis Arkadiy opens to 65k and Aaron Mermelstein moves all-in for 350k. Arkadiy makes the call hold AxTx against Mermelstein’s 6x6x.

Board: Tx5x2xQx8x

Arkadiy wins the flip for his third KO at the Final Table.

Aaron Mermelstein is eliminated in 6th place for $13,109.