Aug 28 5:05 am

Event 6: 1st Place – Mario Concepcion ($16,726)

Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 8,350,000

Deep Stacks Challenge Event 6 Champion – Mario Concepcion

Deep Stacks Challenge Event 6 Champion – Mario Concepcion

Throughout the Deep Stacks Challenge series, we highlighted many players who held the chip lead early in their respective event. While many fell by the wayside, Mario Concepcion was able to continue to build on his early stack and even when his chips were literally down, persevered, and was rewarded with his first career victory as a result.

Concepcion repeatedly said how badly he wanted to earn this trophy and first place, and his play allowed him to do so. A key hand in this course of events was when he doubled with a turned set of threes against the top two pair of then chip leader, Motti Golan. Concepcion came into heads-up play with Golan as the chip leader, and after suffering an early setback, battled back to regain the chip lead and eventually finished the job when his held against Golan’s in a preflop confrontation.

We will likely see more of Concepcion at the Borgata Poker Open as he looks to add another Mini-Borgata to his growing collection.

This officially wraps up the Deep Stacks Challenge blog, but with the BPO right around the corner, we will be back in September to provide coverage of what should be another record-breaking series.

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Aug 28 4:52 am

Event 6: 2nd Place – Motti Golan ($9,355)

Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 4,175,000

2nd Place: Motti Golan

2nd Place: Motti Golan

Despite taking the chip lead from Mario Concepcion early in their heads up duel, Concepcion was unrelenting in his aggression to regain his lost chip. After taking down many small pots to draw even, the two got nearly all of the chips in play in the middle at the start of Level 30.

Concepcion opened for 550,000 and Golan shoved all-in for 3,810,000 total with Concepcion calling immediately for most of his stack to put Golan at risk. Concepcion held , but Golan was live with .

The flop left Golan drawing thin, but the on the turn gave him outs to a straight. Even with his added outs, Golan missed when the hit the river giving first place to Concepcion. Golan will take home ($9,355 for his 2nd place finish. A winner’s recap will be posted shortly.

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Aug 28 4:16 am

Event 6: Motti Golan Doubles To Start Heads Up Play

Level 27 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 4,175,000

Mario Concepcion came into heads up play with a relatively large chip lead, but the tide now sways in Motti Golan’s advantage. After Concepcion limped the small blind, Golan raised to 200,000 with Concepcion calling. The flop was met with a bet of 400,000 from Golan, with Concepcion putting Golan all-in for 2,310,000 total.

Golan called and was miles ahead with against the of Concepcion. The on the turn and the on the river were no help to Concepcion and he will ship the massive double to Golan. When the dust settled, Golan now holds 5,200,000 to the 3,150,000 of Concepcion. With the deep stacks in play, it will be interesting to see if this heads up match follows this pattern or if the pots become smaller.

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Aug 28 4:04 am

Event 6: 3rd and 4th Place – Terry Akin and Moshe Dahan

Level 27 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 4,175,000

3rd Place: Terry Akin

3rd Place: Terry Akin

4th Place: Moshe Dahan

4th Place: Moshe Dahan

Moshe Dahan had the chance to make history at this final table by taking home Deep Stacks Challenge titles in the same series. Dahan was short for most of the final table and could never quite get over the hump and start building toward a full comeback. In his final hand, Dahan moved all-in for his last 700,000 and got a call from Terry Akin.

Dahan was ahead with against the of Akin. The flop quickly swung the hand toward Akin and after bricks on the turn and river, Dahan is on the road home to say hi to his wife Amy and the kids.

While Akin chipped up as a result of eliminating Dahan, he hit the rail only a few hands later. Akin made the mistake of bluffing on a board of against Mario Concepcion who held for a flush, while Akin could only muster king-high.

Motti Golan will enter heads up play with a large chip deficit as he holds 2,400,000 to Concepcion’s 5,900,000.

 

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Aug 28 3:46 am

Event 6: Mario Concepcion Takes Over The Chip Lead In Dramatic Fashion

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 2,090,000

Mario Concepcion is now the chip leader after turning a set and getting all of the chips in against Matti Golan.

Mario Concepcion is now the chip leader after turning a set and getting all of the chips in against Motti Golan.

Mario Concepcion has been slowly climbing near Motti Golan’s chip leading perch over the last few pots by repeatedly picking up small pots, but is now the chip leader after taking the biggest one of them all.

Concepcion opened the button to 130,000 and Golan defended his big blind to see a flop. Both players checked and the came off on the turn. Golan checked again and Concepcion bet 425,000 which Golan followed up by moving all-in having Concepcion covered.

Concepcion snap-called with leaving Golan devastated as he turned over . The on the river was close, but no cigar for Golan who sent a good portion of his stack to Concepcion, who now holds the chip lead with 3,500,000, while Golan is down to 2,400,000.

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Aug 28 3:24 am

Event 6: 5th Place – Jason Lawhun ($3,402)

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 2,090,000

5th Place: Jason Lawhun

5th Place: Jason Lawhun

Jason Lawhun is primarily an online player, but upon winning a seat to the WPT Main Event at the Borgata Poker Open, Lawhun decided to take his game to the live felt as a tune up for the $3 million guarantee next month.

Unfortunately for Lawhun, his run was cut just shy of the podium as Terry Akin eliminated him. After a flop of , Akin bet 250,000 from the small blind and Lawhun shoved all-in for about 700,000 total. Akin quickly called with and had Lawhun’s dominated.

The turn and river offered no additional help and Lawhun will earn $3,402 for his run, and we will see him again come the Borgata Poker Open.

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Aug 28 2:20 am

Event 6: 6th and 7th Place – Robert Seckinger & Kevin Lutz

Level 26 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 1,670,000

6th Place: Robert Steckinger

6th Place: Robert Steckinger

7th Place: Kevin Lutz

7th Place: Kevin Lutz

Motti Golan has been the man to beat for the entirety of this final and after the resumption of play, sent Kevin Lutz and Robert Seckinger to the rail. Moshe Dahan was the low man coming back from break, with 10 big blinds, but it was Lutz who hit the rail first.

Golan limped in from under the gun and Dahan completed from the small blind before Lutz moved all-in from the big bling for about 500,000 total. Golan called and Dahan got out of the way. Lutz would need some help as his trailed the of Golan. An ace on the flop effectively ended the drama and Lutz would bow out earning $2,268 for his run.

A few hands later, it was Seckinger hitting the rail, to the benefit of Golan. Terry Akin limped in as did Golan from the small blind before Seckinger raised to 250,000 from the big blind. Akin folded and Golan came along to see a flop. Golan led for 300,000 and Seckinger then shoved for 950,000 total. Golan got a count and then called with that was live against Seckinger’s . The on the turn paired Golan and Seckinger got no help on the river to finish 6th for $2,835.

With those pots, Golan has increased his chip lead to over 3,800,000, nearly double second place Mario Concepcion.

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Aug 28 1:59 am

Event 6: Terry Akin Turns Up The Heat, 8th Place – Alex Navalnii ($1,701)

Level 25 (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 7
Chip Average: 1,193,000

Terry Akin has flown under the radar for most of the day, but is now over 1,200,000 after taking down a big pot from chip leader Motti Golan.

Terry Akin has flown under the radar for most of the day, but is now over 1,200,000 after taking down a big pot from chip leader Motti Golan.

The final table is one player lighter and Terry Akin and Jason Lawhun are the primary recipients of the remainder of Alex Navalnii’s 8th place stack. The primary damage occurred when Lawhun eliminated Navalnii in a preflop confrontation. Following a limp from Motti Golan, Navalnii shoved all-in for his last 410,000 from the button. From the small blind, Lawhun thought for a few moments before calling all-in with Navalnii barely having him covered.

After Golan folded, Navalnii opened up and was far behind the of Lawhun. The board was no help to Navalnii and he was down to his last 25,000.

The next hand, Golan opened to 160,000 and then Akin three-bet to 325,000. Navalnii called all-in and action folded back to Golan who called. The flop was checked by Golan and Akin, who continued for about 350,000. Golan released and Akin showed and had Navalnii’s crushed. The turn and river were dry for Navalnii and he hit the rail, earning $1,701.

Akin is now sitting with 1,250,000 while Lawhun is near his peak at this event, playing just under 1,000,000. Despite the hit, Golan is still the overwhelming chip leader, with over 3,100,000 in front of him. Players are about to be on a short break and when they return, all eyes will be on Moshe Dahan, who is currently playing under 10 big blinds.

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Aug 28 1:20 am

Event 6: 9th and 10th Place – Frank Reina & Roger Wong

Level 24 (15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 8
Chip Average: 1,044,000

10th Place: Roger Wong

10th Place: Roger Wong

Motti Golan has been on a hot run for most of post-dinner break play and has continued his run at the hands of Roger Wong. In his final hand, Wong opened to 100,000 and Golan three-bet the action to 300,000 from late position.

Wong called, and the two saw a flop of . Wong bet the flop for 100,000 and Golan shoved all-in over the top having Wong covered. Wong wasted little time calling off his last 400,000 with and was ahead of the of Golan.

9th Place: Frank Reina

9th Place: Frank Reina

As has been the trend, Golan hit the on the turn and after the river bricked, Wong hit the rail earning $1,134 for his run. When the dust settled, Golan moved up to over 2,500,000 and is in firm control of the final table.

A few hands later, a very short-stacked Frank Reina couldn’t draw out with agains the of Terry Akin. Reina will earn $1,276 for his finish and we will likely see more of him come the Borgata Poker Open.

With the average stack nearing 35 big blinds, we will likely see big stacks like Golan continue to try to extract every last chip from the shorter stacks at the table.

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Aug 28 1:01 am

Event 6: Final Table Reached, Golan In The Driver’s Seat

Level 24 (15,000/30,000/4,000)
Total Entrants: 167
Players Remaining: 10
Chip Average: 835,000

Motti Golan chipped up immensely during two table play and enters the final table as the chip leader.

Motti Golan chipped up immensely during two table play and enters the final table as the chip leader.

As the shorter stacks continued to be swallowed up by their larger counterparts, the final table was quickly reached during the last level with Tony Cheng being the last to fall as his was drawn out on by Kevin Lutz’s with a queen on the river.

It will make for an interesting dynamic at the final table as there is a large disparity between the stack sizes among the final 10. Additionally, after taking home first place in Event 2, Moshe Dahan is alive for his second title of the series. He may be on the lower end of the chip spectrum, but Dahan has more than enough experience to compensate for the deficit.

An updated list of chip counts and remaining payouts is below.

  1. Kevin Lutz – 1,630,000
  2. Motti Golan – 1,880,000
  3. Frank Reina – 280,000
  4. Robert Seckinger – 1,460,000
  5. Terry Akin – 630,000
  6. Alex Navalnii – 450,000
  7. Jason Lawhun – 340,000
  8. Roger Wong – 1,100,000
  9. Mario Concepcion – 1,340,000
  10. Moshe Dahan – 620,000
  1. $16,726
  2. $9,355
  3. $5,670
  4. $4,536
  5. $3,402
  6. $2,835
  7. $2,268
  8. $1,701
  9. $1,276
  10.  $1,134

 

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