Dec 31 3:40 am

Event 5: 1st Place – Iannucci ($8,758)

Level 230 (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 6,400,000

John Iannucci - Deep Stacks Challenge Event 5 Champion

John Iannucci – Deep Stacks Challenge Event 5 Champion

We questioned if this was the ‘Greatest Comeback In Deep Stacks Challenge History’ earlier and we finally have our answer.

It was, and it might have been the best, most improbable comeback in the recent memory of any and all Borgata Poker tournaments.

After being chipped down in a massive pot, John Iannucci was left with just over 400,000 chips, leaving him with close to 5 big blinds.

What happened next, could only be described as “fate” as he won his next three all-ins to get back to evenly stacked play and then rivered a straight to take home his first Borgata Poker title here in Event 5 of the Deep Stacks Challenge.

Iannucci completed somewhat of a “wire to wire” finish here today, as he was pegged as an early chip leader before the end of the late registration period and then was one of the top stacks returning from the dinner break.

He clearly didn’t slow down there, as he entered into the Final Table as a top three stack and then, despite staying under the radar for much of the Final Table, managed to turn it on when it mattered and then battle back from near insurmountable odds to claim the victory.

We don’t think anyone could have thought of a more exciting and more memorable way to not only end this version of the Deep Stacks Challenge, but also to end the Borgata Poker tournament schedule for 2014.

This has been Will OC bringing you all of the action from the entire DSC series.

Myself and the rest of the Borgata, look forward to seeing everyone during the Winter Poker Open in January and we wish everyone a Happy New Year and good luck both on and off the felt in 2015.

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Dec 31 3:25 am

Event 5: 2nd Place – Lobell ($5,161)

Level 230 (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 1
Chip Average: 6,400,000

Scott Lobell (Westfield, NJ)

Scott Lobell (Westfield, NJ)

Momentum is a very powerful thing and over the last few hands, John Iannucci has had it and Scott Lobell has not.

After having Iannucci down to his final 400,000, Lobell didn’t press a single button incorrectly, but the deck just didn’t allow him to close it out and the deck’s cruelty showed through one last time, in the final hand of Event 5.

The action was picked up pre-flop with both players just calling the increased blinds.

Iannucci would check, call a bet of 300,000 on a flop of .

He would again check, call a bet of 500,000 as the came on the turn.

The would come on the river and Iannucci would again check to the aggressor and Lobell would cut out a bet of 1,000,000 even.

Iannucci would quickly announce himself all-in and Lobell would snap call, just like that all the chips were in the middle and Iannucci would be turning over for a rivered straight.

Lobell couldn’t believe it, as he flicked his cards in disgust and then tabled for a turned top two pair.

The chip stacks were extremely close and we weren’t sure who had who covered until the dealer counted out the stacks exactly.

When the dust settled, Iannucci held a slight advantage of just over 80,000 chips, meaning Lobell would be eliminated in 2nd place, for his biggest Borgata tournament score of his career, for just over $5,000.

Lobell was extremely disappointed, which was perfectly reasonable, as he had the Event 5 trophy in his sights and on numerous occasions was just a few cards away from closing this event out, but that’s poker and sometimes, you just can’t stop another players momentum.

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Dec 31 3:00 am

Event 5: The Greatest Comeback In DSC History?

Level 29 (80,000/160,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 3,200,000

John Iannucci (Mays Landing, NJ)

John Iannucci (Mays Landing, NJ)

After John Iannucci got cut down to his final four big blinds, no one was expecting this heads up match to go on for much longer, but after giving his own little “chip and a chair” speech and doubling up a few times, the gravity of the situation started to become more clearer and clearer with every double up.

The first double came on the very next hand, as Iannucci moved all-in from the button and was called by Scott Lobell.

Iannucci tabled and would need to hit to prolong this tournament as Lobell held .

The board would run out and Iannucci would hit the turn to double up to just over the 800,000 chips.

A few hands later, he was at it again, moving all-in from the button and getting called by Lobell, this time Iannucci was dominating the big stack, over .

The board would run out and Iannucci’s high card would play to take him up and over the 1,500,000 chip mark.

Then, on just the very next hand, John Iannucci moved all-in on a flop of after Lobell had checked to him, only to see Lobell snap call and table a monster hand in any situation, but especially heads up.

Iannucci held and would need to hit to stay alive and hit he did, as the spiked on the turn, giving Iannucci two pair and the pot, as the river would brick out.

Lobell would simple roll his eyes and the look on his face said it all, as he had been a few cards away from winning this event on multiple occasions, but the deck just wouldn’t let him close it out.

While Lobell had the look of a man defeated, Iannucci had new life and was all of a sudden sitting with just over 3,200,000 and had finally overcome his sever chip advantage.

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Dec 31 2:42 am

Event 5: Coach Crippled, Left With 400K

Level 29 (80,000/160,000/30,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 3,200,000

A few hands after Scott Lobell doubled up to get back to an even stack, Lobell was landing what looked to be a knockout blow as the two players were all-in with Lobell holding a slight lead over John Iannucci in terms of equity, but Iannucci held a slight lead in terms of chips.

The two got into a leveling war pre-flop and Iannucci eventually moved all-in and would get snap called by Lobell who held .

Iannucci held and needed help before the flop and even more after the flop, as it came down , leaving Iannucci drawing extremely thin as he needed running cards to complete the knockout.

The turn brought one of those cards, as the fell, but the on the river locked up the double up and left Iannucci with just 400,000 chips in front of him and we fully expected Event 5 to be over within the next few hands…

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Dec 31 2:30 am

Event 5: Lobell Battles Back To Even

Level 28 (60,000/120,000/20,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 3,200,000

Scott Lobell (Westfield, NJ)

Scott Lobell (Westfield, NJ)

After John Iannucci doubled up through Scott Lobell, it looked like this heads up match would not last very long, but Lobell would battle back to an even stack just a few hands later.

The hand that Lobell doubled with was an interesting one, as Iannucci would raise pre-flop to 500,000 and see Lobell just call, leaving himself close to 1,200,000 behind.

The action would then go check, check on the flop and Iannucci would then lead out on the turn for 500,000 only to see Lobell raise all-in for just over 700,000 more.

It was an interesting hand, because due to the size of the bet and all-in amount, Iannucci was more or less priced into make a call with any piece of the board, but everyone around the table could tell he wasn’t happy committing the chips.

He eventually did, tabling which was currently behind Lobell’s .

Iannucci had more outs than you’d think, as he was drawing to both high cards, a gut shot straight and had counterfeit outs to win the hand.

He wouldn’t hit any of those though, as the river bricked out and Lobell would be doubling up as the two players were now just about even.

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Dec 31 2:11 am

Event 5: Coach Doubles To Cripple Lobell

Level 28 (50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 3,200,000

After flying under the radar for much of the Final Table, John Iannucci is now sitting with a 2:1 chip leads heads up for the Event 5 title.

After flying under the radar for much of the Final Table, John Iannucci is now sitting with a 2:1 chip leads heads up for the Event 5 title.

The biggest hand of the tournament just played out and it may just be the one that gives John “Coach” Iannucci the Event 5 title as Scott Lobell is now down below the chip average for the first time since well before the dinner break.

The action was picked up pre-flop with Coach raising to 500,000, Lobell would flat call to see a flop.

The flop would come down and both players would check, bringing the on the turn.

Lobell would again check and Coach would bet out 500,000 and get a quick call from Lobell.

The river would bring the and Lobell would again check to the pre-flop aggressor, who would announce himself all-in.

After a few moments of thought, Lobell would say call, only to see Coach turn over for top two pair.

The all-in bet was for just under 1,200,000 and Lobell would muck his cards and say, “I thought you might be bluffing just once today.”

Coach obviously wasn’t and after being relatively quiet throughout this entire Final Table, he is now playing close to 4,500,000 chips.

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Dec 31 1:52 am

Event 5: 3rd Place – Hood ($2,972)

Level 28 (50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 2
Chip Average: 3,200,000

Shawn Hood (Mt. Laurel, NJ)

Shawn Hood (Mt. Laurel, NJ)

Scott Lobell just can’t be stopped and after knocking out Scott Rosmarin in 5th place with pocket sixes, he was at it again sending Shawn Hood to the rail in 3rd place, again with .

Hood moved all-in from the button and Lobell would call in the small blind.

Hood would table and the race was on.

Hood would shoot out into the lead on the flop, but Lobell’s sixes found a set for the second consecutive time, as the came on the turn.

The completed the board just to add insult to injury for Hood, who after a quiet Final Table run, bows out in 3rd place.

Hood, who scored a triple knockout earlier in the day, was an above average stack at this Final Table, but just couldn’t get any traction over the last few levels, but did manage to make a few pay jumps and will make just under $3,000 for his efforts.

We are now heads up for the Event 5 title with Scott Lobell holding a slight advantage over John Iannucci.

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Dec 31 1:39 am

Event 5: 4th Place – Vasserman ($2,409)

Level 28 (50,000/100,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 2,100,000

Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Valley, PA)

Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Vall, PA)

Scott Lobell has been on an absolute tear and is making himself the Final Table executioner, as he’s just claimed another knock victim after Ilya Vasserman (Huntingdon Valley, PA) moved all-in from early position and Lobell would call from the big blind.

Ilya was dominated as he held to Lobell’s .

There would be a Jack in the window, but it would be immediately followed by a King, teasing Ilya who thought he was poised for a double up.

He wouldn’t and Lobell’s red hot run at this Final Table continues as he heads into three handed play with a decent chip lead over Shawn Hood and John Iannucci.

Ilya, who came into this Final Table as the shortest stack, managed to make numerous pay jumps and cashes for $2,500.

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Dec 31 1:14 am

Event 5: 5th Place – Rosmarin ($1,877)

Level 28 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 1,700,000

Scott Rosmarin (Marlboro, NJ)

Scott Rosmarin (Marlboro, NJ)

After doubling up a few times and making a few pay jumps, Scott Rosmarin was finally sent to the rail in 5th place, after he moved all-in overtop of Scott Lobell’s pre-flop raise and lost to Lobell’s flopped set.

The action was picked up pre-flop with Lobell raising to 300,000 and Rosmarin moved all-in from the button for just over 800,000 total.

Lobell would table and the race would be on as Rosmarin turned over .

The board would run out and Rosmarin would turn a flush draw that he’d need to hit to stay alive after Lobell flopped a set of sixes.

He wouldn’t and the short stacked player would be sent to the rail after he would be unlucky not to have had a bigger stack going into that hand as he just chopped a pot against Ilya Vasserman that would have eliminated Ilya and moved Rosmarin close to the 1,500,00 chip mark.

Nevertheless, Rosmarin will make just under $2,000 for his efforts and Lobell is now playing just over 2,500,000 chips.

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Dec 31 12:57 am

Event 5: 6th Place – Wolper ($1,564)

Level 28 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 258
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 1,300,000

Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ)

Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ)

We went almost an entire level without an elimination as short stacks doubled up multiple times over the last 20 minutes.

Scott Rosmarin was the biggest “gainer” of those 20 minutes, as he is now playing just over the chip average after being short stacked for the last few levels.

But, we just lost Howard Wolper (Atlantic City, NJ) when he moved all-in from the button with 400,000 chips remaining and was called by Scott Lobell in the small blind.

Howard made a standard shove with , but he’d be in serious trouble when Lobell turned over .

It was a cooler of all coolers and the board would bring no help as Wolper would be sent to the rail in 6th place, breaking a slow period of play at the Final Table.

We are now five handed and are coming up on the next level up, where there will be a big blind of 100,000 chips and there will be just over 60 total big blinds in play.

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