Monster Stack: David Gunas Takes Down the Monster Stack

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$365 Monster Stack (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 430
Prize Pool: $129,000
September 25-26, 2017

David Gunas, WSOPC Monster Stack Champion

The Monster Stack event gave players plenty of chips to put to use and the field size matched the name. It was a full house at the start of the tournament and we watched as David Gunas ran them all down to take the title along with $28,378 and the WSOPC ring.

There were 430 entries in the $365 Monster Stack event and the field was big enough to spread into the meeting room across the hall in early levels. They put together a prize pool worth $129,000 with 45 players grabbing some money before Day 1 was complete.

They reached the money bubble after the dinner break but the pace slowed at that point. It took eleven rounds of hand-for-hand action to put the field in the money. The action picked back up after the money bubble burst and only 22 players remained at the end of Day 1.

Three-time SHRP champ/two-time WSOPC winner Carlos Loving was among the top stacks near the end of the day but jumped into the lead when he knocked out both SHRP team member Sheddy Siddiqui and 2016 SHRP Player of the Year David Prociak in one of the last hands of the evening.

Only 22 players returned for Day 2 and Loving was able to stay near the top throughout. The final table ten was formed when SHRP team member Jessica Dawley went out in 11th place and it was packed with tough players.

SHRP regular Nancy Thomas went out ninth place followed by SHR Tampa standout Herbert Woodbery. Former SHRP champs Steven Bennett and Georges Boyadjian went out next before Loving dipped out in fifth place.

Jeffrey Dickman hit the rail in fourth place and the final three players settled into an extended grind with deep stacks and slow structure. Michael Ortiz was the first to fall out in third place and Gunas defeated Bryce McVay heads up for the title after a back-and-forth battle.

Gunas picked up $28,379 for the Monster Stack win to more than double his reported career earnings. This continues a nice WSOPC run for him after he picked up a runner-up results a few weeks at the series in Foxwoods. He now owns a WSOPC ring of his own and set himself up for a successful series.

Monster Stack results:

1st: David Gunas – $28,379 + Gold Ring
2nd: Bryce McVay – $17,538
3rd: Mike Ortiz – $12,815
4th: Jeffrey Dickman – $9,515
5th: Carlos Loving – $7,175
6th: Georges Boyadjian – $5,492
7th: Steven Bennett – $4,265
8th: Herbert Woodbery – $3,359
9th: Nancy Thomas – $2,683
10th: Jack Rolnitzky – $2,172
11th: Jessica Dawley – $2,172
12th: Kelly Webb – $2,172
13th: Edward Novak – $1,783
14th: Andrew Gordon – $1,783
15th: Charles Campos – $1,783
16th: Dejan Petkovic – $1,484
17th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $1,484
18th: Shawn Clark – $1,484
19th: Luiz De Farias Guimares – $1,250
20th: Nagui Yassa – $1,250
21st: Joseph Duchman – $1,250
22nd: Dedric Henderson – $1,067
23rd: Joseph Hargadon – $1,067
24th: Almog Biton – $1,067
25th: David Prociak – $922
26th: Sheddy Siddiqui – $922
27th: Steve Katlin – $922
28th: Adam Axman – $808
29th: Anthony Barbera – $808
30th: Daniel Pearlman – $808
31st: Tyler Rueger – $716
32nd: Steven Snyder – $716
33rd: Benjamin Yogel – $716
34th: Josias Santoas – $642
35th: Robert Campbell – $642
36th: Adam Koppel – $642
37th: G Robert Beck – $583
38th: Sean Shah – $583
39th: Ronald Campillo – $583
40th: Lenol Clark – $583
41st: Scott McInnis – $583
42nd: Steven Olek – $583
43rd: Mark Bernstein – $583
44th: Alexander Machado – $583
45th: Patrick Horrigan – $583

Monster Stack: David Gunas Wins, Scores $28,379 and Ring; Bryce McVay – 2nd Place ($17,538)

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 33: 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2 of 430

Monster Stack champion David Gunas

David Gunas raised the button to 325,000 and shortstack Bryce McVay shoved. Gunas called and had the tournament title within reach.

Gunas: 9c9h
McVay: tc8c

Runout: qsqh9d2c5c – Gunas flopped a boat taking the title in style.

For the win, Gunas earned $28,379 along with a World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring. McVay was sent home as the runner-up good for $17,538.

Monster Stack runner-up Bryce McVay

A full report on the tournament will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results.

1st: David Gunas – $28,379 + Gold Ring
2nd: Bryce McVay – $17,538
3rd: Mike Ortiz – $12,815
4th: Jeffrey Dickman – $9,515
5th: Carlos Loving – $7,175
6th: Georges Boyadjian – $5,492
7th: Steven Bennett – $4,265
8th: Herbert Woodbery – $3,359
9th: Nancy Thomas – $2,683

Monster Stack: David Gunas Doubles to Even the Stacks

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 33: 80,000/160,000 with a 20,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2 of 430

With the blinds rising, David Gunas got 1,500,000 in preflop with 5h4h. McVay had the best of it with ac7c and had a shot to eliminate Gunas.

Runout: qd8s5s6h8h

Gunas caught a pair and doubled through McVay.

Bryce McVay – 5,350,000 (33 bb)
David Gunas – 3,280,000 (20 bb)

Monster Stack: Queens for David Gunas

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 32: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2 of 430

Bryce McVay raised the button to 120,000 and David Gunas three-bet to 440,000. McVay called.

Flop: 9c7d4s – Gunas lead for 550,000. McVay called.

Turn: 9c7d4skc – Both players checked.

River: 9c7d4skc – Gunas lead for 885,000. McVay called.

Gunas tabled queens and and McVay mucked. Gunas won the pot.

David Gunas – 6,270,000 (52 bb)
Bryce McVay – 2,330,000 (19 bb)

Monster Stack: Mike Ortiz – 3rd Place ($12,815)

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 32: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 2 of 430

Mike Ortiz

Mike Ortiz got the last of his roughly 1,200,000 chips in from the big blind. He was at risk against David Gunas, but held a slight lead in the hand.

Ortiz: ah5c
Gunas: jc4h

Gunas flopped a jack and that spelled the end. Ortiz never caught back up and was eliminated in third place

Mike Ortiz – Eliminated in 3rd place ($12,815)

Monster Stack: Mike Ortiz Doubles through David Gunas

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 15,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 3 of 430

David Gunas raised the button to 200,000 and Mike Ortiz shoved the small blind for 1,655,000. Bryce McVay got out of the way. It was back on Gunas and he took a minute to think before calling and putting Ortiz at risk.

Gunas: 4s4d
Ortiz: ac7c

Runout: ac7d5dth3h

Ortiz caught up and took the lead flopping two pair. It held and he doubled through Gunas.

David Ortiz – 3,505,000 (35 bb)
David Gunas – 1,500,000 (15 bb)

Monster Stack: Jeffrey Dickman – 4th Place ($9,515)

$365 Monster Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 3 of 430

Jeffrey Dickman

Bryce McVay was under the gun and bumped it up to 125,000. David Gunas folded the button and Jeffrey Dickman shoved the small blind for about 545,000. Mike Ortiz mucked his big sending it back to McVay. McVay called and Dickman was at risk.

Dickman: ah6d
McVay: kdqh

Runout: qs5d2hkh3s

McVay improved to two pair to earn the pot and the bustout. Dickman was sent home fourth for $9,515.

Bryce McVay – 2,300,000 (38 bb)
Jeffrey Dickman – Eliminated in 4th place ($9,515)