Event 16: Summer Reunion

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-out)
Level 9: 250/500/75 Ante

Two players in today’s event have recent history with big money on the line. This summer’s World Series of Poker awarded the first-ever bracelet for an online event and the tournament drew 905 players.

Everyone who entered the event played the first day online and action stopped once it hit the final six players. They came to the Rio two days later to play live for the title.

The last two in that tournament are here today.

Anthony Spinella defeated Hunter Cichy heads up to capture the bracelet for just under $200,000 while Cichy took home $116,000.

They both entered Event 16 but only one is still around. Cichy came back from break with 33,000 but Spinella hit the door shortly after getting his picture snapped.

Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella
Hunter Cichy
Hunter Cichy
Anthony Spinella visits Hunter Cichy after his elimination
Anthony Spinella visits Hunter Cichy after his elimination

Event 16: Engel Moves Ahead

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-out)
Level 8: 200/400/50 Ante

The player count moved up to 214 during the break with registration open for three more levels plus the 40-minute dinner break.

David Jackson lost a chunk of his stack to drop in the counts while Ari Engel continues to climb. Mohammed Tarkamani is the only other player over 50,000 with a big gang trying to chase them down.

Ari Engel – 54,275 (136 bb)
Mohammed Tarkamani – 51,000 (128 bb)
Alberto Rodriguez – 46,200 (116 bb)
Jean Gaspard – 45,850 (115 bb)
Nick Yunis – 43,450 (109 bb)
Anthony Velaquez – 39,850 (100 bb)
Angel Vu – 36,975 (92 bb)
Ryan Tepen – 35,625 (89 bb)
Hunter Cichy – 33,175 (83 bb)
Chad Eveslage – 32,950 (82 bb)
Alex Rocha – 27,350 (68 bb)
David Jackson – 26,550 (66 bb)
Marshall White – 26,150 (65 bb)
Joe Serock – 25,100 (63 bb)
Michael Laake – 19,250 (48 bb)
Dermot Blain – 19,125 (48 bb)
Ory Hen – 19,125 (48 bb)
Mike Beasley – 18,300 (46 bb)
Tommy Vedes – 17,025 (43 bb)
Stuart Paterson – 15,400 (39 bb)
Will Failla – 14,775 (37 bb)
David Diaz – 12,875 (32 bb)
Aaron Mermelstein – 12,750 (32 bb)
Xuan Liu – 11,650 (29 bb)
Dan Buzgon – 10,025 (25 bb)
Tim Burt – 7,000 (18 bb)

Ari Engel
Ari Engel
Mohammed Tarkamani
Mohammed Tarkamani

Event 16: Two More Ambassadors

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-out)
Level 7: 150/300/50 Ante

The pace has finally slowed with 206 players in Event 16, it seems most of the players who want in the game have already taken their seats. So far there’s $206,000 up for grabs and that might entice more people to come down to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to take their freeze-out shot.

Two more patched up players are in the field. Matt Stout brings his talents back to the ballroom and looking to add to his $3.2 million in career earnings. He is also the proud owner of a 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open trophy.

Michael Laake was in the game early and grinding away. He won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2011 and has two Seminole Hard Rock Poker titles.

Matt Stout
Matt Stout (and massage therapist Shannon)
Michael Laake
Michael Laake

Event 16: Double the Money

$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-out)
Level 6: 100/200/50 Ante

Event 16 has crossed into double guarantee territory as the 200th player gets in the game. Four-time WSOP-C winner Sam Panzica was number 199 and we are still looking for who put the field at 200.

Table 28 has a reunion of friends and competitors. Two-time WPT final table member Dan Buzgon is sitting in the 2-seat and WPT Borgata Winer Poker Open champ Aaron Mermelstein took up residence in the 6-seat.

The two are friends from the Northeast and recently battled at the $1,100 Event 4 final table. Mermelstein went on to win the tournament with Buzgon going out in 3rd.

Also making a first time appearance this series is Xuan Liu. She has cashed for more than $1.5 million in her career including 3rd place in the 2012 PCA Main Event and 4th place at EPT Sanremo in 2011.

Aaron Mormelstein (background) and Dan Buzgon (foreground)
Aaron Mormelstein (background) and Dan Buzgon (foreground)
Xuan Liu
Xuan Liu