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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.