Big Stax XXVI Schedule

The next Big Stax series will feature our usual 300, 500, and 1500 Main Events. For the first time, these three main events will be using the increasingly popular “big blind ante” format, where the player in the big blind puts up an ante for the entire table.  Much like the last couple series, events will be split between two locations with the larger Day 1 flights and Day 2 sessions being played at Parx East, the old poker room. Final Days as well as most side-events will be played in the new room located in the main casino building.

The structure sheets will be available at http://www.parxcasino.com/bigstax/ soon.  Here’s a look at the full schedule for Big Stax XXIV:

Location
Day Date Time Buyin Event Parx Parx East
Sun 7/29/18 12:00 PM $100+20 Super Satellite to Big Stax 300 & 500 X
Wed 8/1/18 11:00 AM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Day 1a X
Thu 8/2/18 11:00 AM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Day 1b X
Fri 8/3/18 11:00 AM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Day 1c X
Sat 8/4/18 10:00 AM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Day 1d X
Sun 8/5/18 11:00 AM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Day 2 X
Mon 8/6/18 12:00 PM $300+40 Big Stax 300: Final Day X
Wed 8/8/18 5:00 PM $500+60 NL Hold’em : Survivor ($5000 winners) X
Thu 8/9/18 11:00 AM $500+50 Big Stax 500: Day 1a X
Fri 8/10/18 11:00 AM $500+50 Big Stax 500: Day 1b X
Sat 8/11/18 10:00 AM $500+50 Big Stax 500: Day 1c X
Sun 8/12/18 11:00 AM $500+50 Big Stax 500: Day 2 X
Mon 8/13/18 12:00 PM $500+50 Big Stax 500: Final Day X
Mon 8/13/18 7:00 PM $150+25 Super Satellite to Big Stax 1500 X
Tues 8/14/18 7:15 PM $100+20+100 Tuesday Night Black Chip Bounty ($5,000 guaranteed) X
Wed 8/15/18 11:00 AM $175+25+25 Super Satellite to Big Stax 1500 w/Green Chip Bounty X
Wed 8/15/18 7:00 PM $200+30+100 Super Satellite to Big Stax 1500 w/Black Chip Bounty X
Thu 8/16/18 11:00 AM $1500+100 Big Stax 1500: Day 1a (8-handed) X
Fri 8/17/18 10:00 AM $1500+100 Big Stax 1500: Day 1b (8-handed) X
Sat 8/18/18 11:00 AM $1500+100 Big Stax 1500: Day 2 (8-handed) X
Sun 8/19/18 12:00 PM $1500+100 Big Stax 1500: Final Day (8-handed) X
Sun 8/19/18 2:00 PM $1000+80 $1,000 Semi-Turbo NL Hold’em: Day 1 X
Mon 8/20/18 2:00 PM $1000+80 $1,000 Semi-Turbo NL Hold’em: Day 2 X
Mon 8/20/18 5:00 PM $300+40 Pot Limit Omaha/NL Holdem Mix X
Tues 8/21/18 7:15 PM $100+20+100 Tuesday Night Black Chip Bounty ($5,000 guaranteed) X
Wed 8/22/18 11:00 AM $300+40 NL Hold’em : Seniors (50+) Event X
Thu 8/23/18 5:00 PM $300+40 NL Hold’em : Survivor ($3000 winners) X
Fri 8/24/18 11:00 AM $200+30+200 NL Hold’em : Double Black Chip Bounty X

Side Event Results

The Seniors Event ($340 buy-in) brought in 147 entries creating a prize-pool of $42,777. The event ended in an 8-way chop. Here are the results:

1 AILEEN FREIFELD $ 4,512
2 KENNETH BARKOFF $ 4,512
3 MARK NAPIER $ 4,512
4 RICHARD LEVINE $ 4,512
5 EDUARDO FIGUEREDO $ 4,512
6 DOUGLAS SHIRK $ 4,512
7 KENNETH RUBIN $ 4,511
8 DAVID CHACE $ 4,511
9 TODD TIEGER $ 1,035
10 JUDD LEVY $ 856
11 VELUMAILU SATHIANATHAN $ 856
12 NATALE KUEY $ 856
13 RAYMOND WHITNEY $ 770
14 JUDITH BIELAN $ 770
15 MICHELLR MACATEE $ 770
16 QUIROZ VARGAS $ 770

The PLO/NL Mix ($340-buyin) brought in 62 entries creating a prize-pool $18,042. The event ended with a heads-up chop:

1 ALEXANDER ZAVERUKHA $ 5,333
2 ZHENJIE HOU $ 4,500
3 RICHARD GOMOLINSKI $ 2,345
4 JOHN SHILLING $ 1,804
5 DAVID KUDER $ 1,353
6 JEFFREY GIBSON $ 1,083
7 NAVEEN CHETTIPALLY $ 902
8 JOSEPH PALMA $ 722

The Purple Chip Bount ($560-$500 buy-in) brought in 78 runners creating a prize-pool of $37,830. The event ended with a heads-up chop:

1 MICHAEL LINSTER $ 10,309
2 GARY GELMAN $ 10,308
3 RALPH ROILAND $ 4,918
4 JOSEPH KADELOCK $ 3,783
5 KEVIN GRABEL $ 2,837
6 DAVID SADLOWSKI $ 2,270
7 MICHELL BROWN $ 1,892
8 JASON PARDY $ 1,513

Outright Winner

1st Place – Michael Rossitto – $108,147

2nd Place – John Ciofalo – $68,599

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Michael Rossitto, Big Stax XXV 1100 Champion

Rossitto started heads up at an ~2:1 disadvantage but flipped the script before the final hand of the tournament. Ciofalo opened the button to 450k and was 3-bet by Rossitto to 1.4M. Ciofalo moved all-in for ~6M and was instantly called by Rossitto.

Rossitto K♠K♦ vs Ciofalo 6♣6♥

Board: A♦3♣K♥8♣J♦

The flop essentially sealed the deal and Rossitto would be the outright winner of the 1100 Main Event. Ciofalo did the majority of the heavy lifting at the Final Table but came up just short of the title despite his impressive chip-advantage throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Big Stax XXV series. There are still a couple more side events on the schedule, head to parxcasino.com/bigstax for information.

1 MICHAEL ROSSITTO $ 108,147
2 JOHN CIOFALO $ 68,599
3 JASON BRAUDA $ 44,426
4 SEAN VANTASSEL $ 32,113
5 GERALD FEHR $ 24,022
6 SHANKAR PILLAI $ 18,394
7 KYLE BOWKER $ 13,820
8 GLENN MACARTNEY $ 9,900
9 JASON RITCHIE $ 7,036
10 BROCK WILSON $ 7,036
11 JASON DEANE $ 7,036
12 KETAN PANDYA $ 6,081
13 MICHAEL LAVENBURG $ 6,081
14 MATTHEW MULLINS $ 6,081
15 QUINTIN TRAMMELL $ 6,081
16 JOSEPH REDDICK $ 5,176
17 ANTHONY MERLO JR $ 5,176
18 JEFFREY YANCHEK $ 5,176
19 LEONARD KRISS $ 5,176
20 ANTHONY TONZELLI $ 4,322
21 JOHN LYTLE JR $ 4,322
22 ANTHONY GAROFALO $ 4,322

Heads-Up

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 9:20 PM
  • Level 30 (60000/120000/20000)
  • Players Left: 2
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Jason Brauda, Day 3 Level 25

Brauda would go out after getting it in blind vs blind with Ax2x against Michael Rossitto’s KxQx. The flop came King-high and Brauda would not find an Ace.

Jason Brauda is eliminated in 3rd for $44,426.

Current heads-up chip count:

Ciofalo 15,900,000

Rossitto 7,400,000

VanTassel Out In 4th

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 8:30 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Players Left: 3
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Sean VanTassel, Day 3 Level 25

VanTassel was the next to run into John Ciofalo. He got it in pre-flop with JxJx against Ciofalo’s AKs. The flop came AKx and VanTassel could not find his two outer.

Ciofalo moves up to ~17M after the hand.

Sean VanTassel is eliminated in 4th for $32,113.

Next Level

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 7:30 PM
  • Level 29 (50000/100000/15000)
  • Players Left: 4
JOHN CIOFALO 13,695,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 3,595,000
JASON BRAUDA 3,540,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 2,665,000

Fehr Out In 5th

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 7:15 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 4
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Gerald Fehr, Day 3 Level 25

Fehr moved all-in preflop for ~1.6M and was called by the chip-leader John Ciofalo.

It would be a standard flip with Fehr holding AxQx against Ciofalo’s JxJx. The board ran clean for the pair and Ciofalo continues his tear on Day 3.

Gerald Fehr is eliminated in 5th place for $24,022.

Dinner Break

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 6:00 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 5

The players have agreed to a short dinner break with play resuming at 6:30 PM. There will be 50 minutes remaining in Level 28. Here are the counts:

JOHN CIOFALO 11,470,000
JASON BRAUDA 3,385,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 3,384,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 2,910,000
GERALD FEHR 2,345,000

Ciofalo On Fire

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 5:45 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 5
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John Ciofalo, Day 3 Level 25

Sean VanTassel opened from under the gun and was called by Ciofalo as well as Shankar Pillai out of the big blind.

Flop: 4♣4♠2♠

Pillai shoved into both players for ~700k. VanTassel folded and Ciofalo made the call to put Pillai at risk.

Pillai A♠8♠ vs Ciofalo A♣Q♣

The turn and river bricked out for Pillai’s flush draw and Ciofalo takes the pot with a better kicker.

Shankar Pillai is eliminated in 6th place for $18,394.

Next Level

  • Big Stax XXV 1100 Main Event 5:15 PM
  • Level 28 (40000/80000/10000)
  • Players Left: 6
JOHN CIOFALO 10,400,000
JASON BRAUDA 4,625,000
GERALD FEHR 3,250,000
MICHAEL ROSSITTO 3,125,000
SEAN VANTASSEL 1,125,000
SHANKAR PILLAI 945,000