Three Way Chop

1st Place – Greg Nerenberg $94,467

2nd Place – Shankar Pillai $78,404

3rd Place – David Zemel $77,874

greg nerenberg winners photo
Greg Nerenberg, Big Stax XXII 500 Champion

After the elimination of Kyle Merron in 4th place, Greg Nerenberg held the largest chip stack and would take the trophy and the lion’s share of a 3-way chop. Here’s a look at the final chip counts:

GREGORY NERENBERG 27,900,000
SHANKAR PILLAI 15,100,000
DAVID ZEMEL 14,775,000

Today’s session was a marathon affair lasting just over 16 hours since the beginning of play. The Final Table began just before the dinner break with Shankar Pillai holding the chip-lead and it would take another eight hours of play to reach the end. Nerenberg and Zemel came into the Final Table in 4th and 6th respectively and were never in any major trouble. In the end, it was Nerenberg who did most of the dirty work short-handed and vaulted into the lead after the massive pot which eliminated Sam Batra in 5th.

Congratulations to our three winners on an excellent performance and thanks to everyone who participated in the record setting running of the August Big Stax 500.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Day 3 results:

KYLE MERRON ATHOL MA $ 37,064
SAMEER BATRA DEER PARK NY $ 27,661
ALLYN MARSHALL LONG BRANCH NJ $ 20,797
JASON PASTER HAMILTON NJ $ 15,993
CHRISTOPHER KUSHA STATEN ISLAND NY $ 12,286
CHRISTOPHER MCNALLY PHILADELPHIA PA $ 9,678
SHAOTONG CHANG LONG ISLAND CITY NY $ 7,619
ABRAHAM FARONI PHILADELPHIA PA $ 7,619
JOSE GARCIA STATEN ISLAND NY $ 7,619
FRIMAN VILLALONA BRONX NY $ 5,971
SCHUYLER TWADDLE CHESTERBROOK PA $ 5,971
JEFFREY WICKER BRISTOL PA $ 5,971
SARDOR GAZIEV N BRUNSWICK NJ $ 4,805
KENNETH HUYNH UPPER DARBY PA $ 4,805
CARLOS ALVARADO FREEPORT NY $ 4,805
JOSIP RICOV ASTORIA NY $ 3,912
JONAS WEXLER COLLINSWOOD NJ $ 3,912
JAMES LABRIE CHESTERTOWN MD $ 3,912
VIRAL MEHTA PHILADELPHIA PA $ 3,912
GENE RAMAN MULLICA HILL NJ $ 3,912
HECTOR PEDRAZA FLUSHING NY $ 3,912
RUSLAN ARSTANALIYEV BROOKLYN NY $ 3,912
MIKE MAZURKIEWICZ BAYONNE NJ $ 3,912
JONATHAN PRANSKY MADISON NJ $ 3,912
ANON $ 3,157
VLADIMIR PECK JERSEY CITY NJ $ 3,157
YEHUDA BALIN BROOKLYN NY $ 3,157
CHARLES NOLL EXTON PA $ 3,157
JOSIAS DOSSANTOS LITHIA FL $ 3,157
SALVATORE BUSACCA COLTS NECK NJ $ 3,157
NOAM FLIEGELMAN PHILA PA $ 3,157
DEREK NATHAN STAIB WILMINGTON DE $ 3,157
DAVID MCCONACHIE NEW YORK NY $ 3,157

Down To Three

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 4:00 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 3
  • Next Payout: $50,517

Kyle Merron opened from under the gun to 625k. Pillai folded his button and Nerenberg 3-bet to 2.125M from the small blind. Zemel folded. Merron made the call leaving himself ~4.7M behind.

Flop: 5♣8♥J♠ Pot: 4.6M

Nerenberg led for 1.05M. Merron moved all in for 4.7M total. Nerenberg instantly called.

Nerenberg J♦J♥ vs Merron K♦K♠ Pot: 14M

Turn: 2♠

River: Q♥

Kyle Merron is eliminated in 4th place for $37,064. 

The three remaining players have paused the clock and are taking a short break to consider a chop. Here’s a look at the chip counts:

  1. Nerenberg 27.9M
  2. Pillai 15.1M
  3. Zemel 14.775M

Pillai Comes Back Strong

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 4:00 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 4
  • Next Payout: $37,064
Shankar Pillai, Day 3 Level 33

Shankar Pillai had been reeling for awhile after peaking around 18M. He was down to ~8.3M and was essentially tied with the other short-stack Kyle Merron when the following hand took place.

Greg Nerenberg opened to 600k under the gun. Action folded to Pillai in the big blind who 3-bet to 1.75M (6.55M behind). Nerenberg made the call.

Flop: J♥4♥9♥ Pot: 3.725M

Pillai continued with a bet of 1M. Nerenberg moved all-in having Pillai covered. Pillai quickly called.

Pillai 8♥3♥ vs Nerenberg Q♣J♣ Pot: 15.835M

The turn was a brick (6♠) which left Nerenberg drawing dead. Pillai hit a fortunate flop after 3-betting light and gets the full double. Nerenberg is left with ~19.4M after doubling both short stacks in the last couple of orbits.

 

Merron Fades Huge Draw

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 3:45 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 4
  • Next Payout: $37,064

Kyle Merron was on the button and raised to 2M (2.475M behind). Greg Nerenberg looked at his cards in the big blind and quickly announced all-in. Merron called immediately and would be at risk.

Merron A♥Q♦ vs Nerenberg A♦J♦ Pot: 9.175M

Board: 3♥6♦5♦8♥10♥

The flop gave Nerenberg a flush draw to drastically improve his previously dominated holding. Merron faded all of those outs and gets a crucial double up through the chip-leader. Shankar Pillai is now the shortest stack at the table with ~8M.

Merron On The Brink

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 3:40 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 4
  • Next Payout: $37,064

Greg Nerenberg opened to 600k from under the gun. Merron was in the small blind and 3-bet all-in for 4.8M total. Pillai folded out his big blind before Nerenberg made the call to put Merron at risk.

Nerenberg A♦9♠ vs Merron A♠4♠ Pot: ~10M

Board: 10♠10♥9♦A♣Q♠

Merron was in big trouble after the flop. Fortunately for him, the turn paired both players’ Ace and the pot was chopped after the river failed to produce one of the two outs Nerenberg needed to re-take the lead.

Batra Out in 4th

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 3:30 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 4
  • Next Payout: $37,064

David Zemel opened under the gun to 600k. Shankar Pillai 3-bet to 1.575M on the button. Sam Batra 4-bet all-in for 4.8M. Greg Nerenberg in the big blind moved all-in covering the two remaining players. Both Zemel and Pillai folded and Batra would be at risk.

Nerenberg A♦A♠ vs Batra A♥K♦ Pot: 11.875M

Board: Q♠K♠Q♣3♥7♠

After a crazy sequence of action Batra finds himself completely dominated. Nerenberg now has ~26M.

Sameer Batra is eliminated in 5th place for $27,661.

 

Chip Counts

  • Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 3:15 AM
  • Level 33 (125000/250000/25000)
  • Total Entries: 1445
  • Players Left: 5
  • Next Payout: $27,661

For the first time in awhile, Shankar Pillai has fallen out of the lead but he is still healthy with over 45 big blinds. Sam Batra and Kyle Merron remain the shorter stacks with just over 20 big blinds.

GREGORY NERENBERG 18,325,000
DAVID ZEMEL 16,875,000
SHANKAR PILLAI 11,650,000
KYLE MERRON 5,800,000
SAMEER BATRA 5,125,000