Event 1 Flight A: James Calderaro Wins Two Flips to Double Up and Then Knock Out a Player

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 and a 4,000 ante
Flight A Players Remaining:  85 of 606

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

James Calderaro got it all in from the small blind for 26,000 with 8s8h, and he needed it to hold to stay alive against the AsQh of the player on the button.

The board came Kh10d8cJsJd — Calderaro flopped a set of eights, the button turned an ace-high straight, and Calderaro rivered a full house. Calderaro won the pot to double up in chips.

James Calderaro  –  60,000  (15 bb)

Several hands later, the player in the small blind got his short stack all in with 3d3h, and needed it to hold to stay alive against Calderaro’s Jh10d.

The board came 10c5d4h4dKh, and Calderaro paired his ten on the flop to win the pot and eliminate his opponent from Flight 1A.

James Calderaro  –  90,000  (23 bb)

With about 85 players remaining from a flight of 606, the average chip stack is around 143,000 (36 big blinds). Action will continue until there are 76 players remaining, and everyone who bags up chips for Day 2 will finish in the money.