Event 28: Craig Varnell – 5th Place ($25,450)

$5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 78

Craig Varnell
Craig Varnell

Jonathan Bussieres raised from the button to 30,000, Mark Guariglia moved all in from the small blind for 95,000, and Bussieres called with Jd9d. Guariglia turned over AcQc, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Kc7d3hJsQs — Bussieres paired his jack on the turn, but Guariglia paired his queen on the river to win the pot and double up in chips.

Mark Guariglia  –  220,000  (15 bb)
Jonathan Bussieres  –  300,000  (20 bb)

Level 20 came to an end, and Level 21 began with increased blinds of 10K-15K with a 15K ante.

Craig Varnell moved all in under the gun for 85,000, and Mark Guariglia called from the small blind with AhAc.

Varnell turned over Ks7h, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 9s9c7d3s2d — Varnell paired his seven on the flop, but improved no further. Guariglia won the pot with his pocket aces to eliminate Varnell in fifth place.

Mark Guariglia  –  325,000  (22 bb)
Craig Varnell  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($25,450)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 390,000 (26 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $35,065.