Level 29: (50,000/100,000/10,000)
James “Suits” Salters has taken the prize of the culminating event of this October’s Deep Stack Challenge.
James did not lead the tournament except at the very beginning and very end – an unusual pattern. Salters was steady throughout the middle period, and came into the final two, and then final table as an average to lower stack.
All that changed over the course of the final hours of play. After being frustrated by David Cook, Salters had a big breakthrough in two pots against his nemesis as PM turned to AM. Salters finally disposed of Cook and moved to the front of the pack in the process – just ahead of hard-fighting and hot-tempered Rosario Simone.
A key river lead bluff did not work against Rosario, but everything else at the final table seemed to go James’ way. His easy demeanor helped him keep his head both in the sudden rise in the level of play at the end, and during some tense agreement discussion moments.
Congratulations to Suits, who goes home with the prize and the trophy!
This concludes coverage of the October 2017 Deep Stack Challenge. Tomorrow’s Saturday Series begins at 11:00 AM, a $350+50 with a $100,000 guarantee.
Best wishes and see you at the FPO!
Level 29: (50,000/100,000/10,000)
After negotiation with both the players and the method of calculation, an adjusted payout for the $40,000 GTD has been reached.
4th – Peter Theofanopoulus (New York, NY) $5,046
Level 28: (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Theofanopoulos opens to 135,000, Rosario calls, and Salters does as well from the BB.
Action checks through on .
On , again Salters and Peter check, but that’s a bit of a red flag for Rosario, and he bets 200,000. Then Salters raises to 500,000, very smoothly and happily. It’s a little too strong looking and Rosario isn’t particularly frustrated this time when he folds.
More action from those two. Rosario opens button and Salter is in the big.
, check bet call. check check, then Salters bets river 400,000 on another ace.
It’s a little too suspicious and Rosario calls with a ten. He’s good, as Salters had a float with .
Now Peter value bets river with nuts against Mantin, is called.
Then Salters cools off Cook, versus second pair top kicker, gets healthy again.
Not done, Salters is dealt another shorthanded premium, pocket sevens, and Dave Cook can’t let go of top pair on . He gets now help and is our 5th place, for $2,815.
- Mitchell Mantin 6 bbs
- Rosario Simone 30 bbs
- James Salters 34 bbs
- Peter Theofanopoulus 24 bbs
Level 27: (30,000/60,000/5,000)
Mantin shoves his seven bbs again, gets called by Peter T, fades. From 3 to more than 15 bbs.
However, blinds go up now.
Salters gets no action with .
Mantin now shoves his 11 bigs. Rosario, hot-blooded all tournament, is disgusted, hoping for less adverse action, and flicks his cards at the dealer. It’s through.
Now Ed Mattis is out. He shoves tens while very short and Rosario makes the call with , having put in too much to fold. Runner-runner straight and Ed takes 6th for $2,346.
- Mitchell Mantin 13 bbs
- Rosario Simone 30 bbs
- Cook 36 bbs
- James Salters 25 bbs
- Peter Theofanopoulus 26 bbs
Level 26: (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Peter Theofanopoulos raises to 125,000, Cook flats button, cbets [Ax] board and wins.
Peter again wins, betting river against Salters who puts in a dangerous amount of chips chasing. He’s down to a few blinds.
Key hand: Cook x/r turn on middling board versus Mattis, who is crippled to 12 bigs.
Salters has button – can he find a shove? Yes. He picks up a needed 100,000.
Salters now 2.25x CO, Rosario defends BB. Check, Salters shoves 325,000 on dry board, gets fold.
Now Mantin folds button, Rosario completes, leads , wins.
Rosario opens BU, Mattis defends. He check shoves committing cbet from Rosario, gets fold.
Mantin shoves 10 bbs. Folds around, he shows queens.
- Mitchell Mantin 4 bbs
- Rosario Simone 28 bbs
- Cook 50 bbs
- Ed Mattis 20 bbs
- James Salters 27 bbs
- Peter Theofanopoulus 42 bbs
Next hand, Salters opens queens, Mantin shoves , flops pair but the wrong one. Now Mitchell is the short stack and Salters is out of the red zone.
Mitchell needs a double now. He shoves queen jack and escapes domination with a straight.
“I know you guys are rooting for me,” Mantin quips.
Level 25: (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Then, the big stack opens UTG and takes the so-called suicide bet check bet line. Is he leveling Rosario? Looking at the board, something close to , the BB should have a very wide number of draws, weak pairs and disguised trips – why is he betting, Rosario has to wonder?
It’s certainly a tough bet to hero because it’s a natural value spot. Further, Cook has asked for around a third of Rosario Simone’s stack.
Rosario isn’t scared however, pays, and is rewarded – Cook has for a missed draw.
A few hands later, Rosario catches fire.
Involved with , he ends up in the ideal situation – Jack Battaglia (7th for $1876) has top pair and cannot get away, hitting meaningless trips when he needed to fill up against the magical power of the hidden flopped set.
Suddenly, Rosario Simone is back in the black with just over 2,000,000.
Level 24: (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Dave Cook opened under the gun to ninety, and short stack David Ferrera went with an unknown hand.
Mantin made it 475,000 before letting it go against Cook’s reshove with – an apparently great fold that keeps him in the tournament but very wounded.
Ferrera takes 8th for $1,407.
Meanwhile, a new order has developed at the table.
Cook is in charge with 3,000,000.
Mattis has 1,800,000, and everyone else is far below average.
Level 23: (12,000/24,000/3,000)
We’ve arrived at the final ten. Several stubs have been holding on.
Michael Shafir, who has been short for hours, has somehow laddered to 12th and a $938 payday. Right after him, also playing for a better cash was Dennis Bacon, who takes the same amount.
Shafir got down to 3 blinds before shoving and Bacon was also critical and unable to protect his hand, creating a weird four way spot where Reina was allowed to make a big hand and collect a lot of dead money.
Overall, it was a passive final two tables. Shoving over raises has been minimal, and blind defense nearly non-existent. (An elderly man found the relaxed table 2, sat down, and attempted to buy in with some cash.) Anyone can still take it if so much equity continues to go unclaimed.
Here we go!
Our first victims fall rapidly:
Reina, in first tournament this week, puts in a great performance to get 10th for $938.
David Geiger was the final true short stack, and lost his final few chips, taking $1055 for ninth.
End of Level 22: (10,000/20,000/3,000)
Rich Gomolinski just wouldn’t go away. First he faded being dominated pre by pocket fives.
Then Rosario got him all in, jacks vs the fan-favorite – so naturally Rich got away with a runner- runner flush.
Some choice words were overheard.
However, blink, and he’s suddenly gone! With no leverage, having a few blinds is no way to thrive in tournament poker. Good ladder by Rich G.
Carl Luczak (13th for $821) is out, too, in a somewhat interesting spot where Dave Cook flatted the 6 bb shove from the button and Theofanopoulos attempted to trap Dave for piles, flatting behind with in the blinds. Very naughty.
The tables naturally square themselves at six apiece.
Level 21: (8000/16000/2000)
James “Suits” Salter first had to fold to a button shove from Dave Cook – a costly blow of 200,000 to Suits.
However, the deck was kind to him in two straight showdowns with drowning stacks
We head to a short break.