Event 28: Ray Qartomy Doubles Up Twice

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Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 78

Ray Qartomy
Ray Qartomy

Ray Qartomy was all in from the button for 45,000 with JsJc, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 10h10d of Greg Baird (UTG+1).

The board came 9c6h2s6sAc, and the pocket jacks held up for Qartomy to win the pot and double up in chips.

Ray Qartomy  –  115,000  (14 bb)
Greg Baird  –  200,000  (25 bb)

Level 18 came to an end, and Level 19 began with increased blinds of 5K-10K with a 10K ante.

With the board showing QcQh5h10h on the turn, Ray Qartomy moved all in from the big blind for 95,000, and Faraz Jaka called with KhKd for two pair, kings and queens, with a king-high flush draw.

Qartomy turned over 6h3h for a six-high flush, and he needed it to hold to stay alive.

The river card was the 4d, and Qartomy won the pot with his flush to double up in chips.

Ray Qartomy  –  275,000  (28 bb)
Faraz Jaka  –  90,000  (9 bb)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 195,000 (20 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $12,875.

Event 28: James Calderaro – 9th Place ($11,355)

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Level 18:  4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 78

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

Jim Collopy was all in from the cutoff for 128,000 with QsQh, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 10h10d of Craig Varnell, who was UTG+1.

The board came Qd3s3h4h7h, and Collopy flopped a full house, queens full of threes, to win the pot and double up in chips.

Jim Collopy  –  276,000  (35 bb)
Craig Varnell  –  80,000  (10 bb)

Two hands later, Craig Varnell was all in from the big blind for 80,000 with 8d8c, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Qh4h of Ray Qartomy in the cutoff.

The board came 10s5h2dJsJc, and the pocket eights held up for Varnell to win the pot and double up in chips.

Craig Varnell  –  172,000  (22 bb)
Ray Qartomy  –  55,000  (7 bb)

A short while later, James Calderaro was short-stacked and all in from the button with Kh4s, but Jim Collopy woke up in the small blind with AhAc.

The board came Js10s3h4c7s — Calderaro paired his four on the turn, but improved no further. Collopy won the pot with his pocket aces to eliminate Calderaro in ninth place.

Jim Collopy  –  325,000  (41 bb)
James Calderaro  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($11,355)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 195,000 (24 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $12,875.

Event 28: Final Table Begins with Mark Guariglia in the Lead

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Level 18:  4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 78

Event 28 Final Table
Event 28 Final Table

After the elimination of Paul Domb in 10th place, the final nine players redraw for random seats at the final table. Here are their updated chip counts, followed by the prizepool:

Seat 1.  Jim Collopy  –  128,000  (16 bb)
Seat 2.  Jonathan Bussieres  –  140,000  (18 bb)
Seat 3.  Ray Qartomy  –  192,000  (24 bb)
Seat 4.  Mark Guariglia  –  277,000  (35 bb)
Seat 5.  Faraz Jaka  –  131,000  (16 bb)
Seat 6.  Craig Varnell  –  180,000  (23 bb)
Seat 7.  Greg Baird  –  179,000  (22 bb)
Seat 8.  Joe McKeehen  –  239,000  (30 bb)
Seat 9.  James Calderaro  –  100,000  (13 bb)

1st:  $113,535
2nd:  $75,695
3rd:  $50,460
4th:  $35,065
5th:  $25,450
6th:  $19,325
7th:  $15,385
8th:  $12,875
9th:  $11,355

10th:  Paul Domb  –  $11,355

Event 28: Hiro Harada Eliminated in 13th Place by Mark Guariglia; Ray Qartomy Leads the Final 12

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Level 17:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  12 of 78

Mark Guariglia
Mark Guariglia

Faraz Jaka raised from the cutoff to 11,000, Hiro Harada moved all in from the small blind for 75,000, and Mark Guariglia moved all in over the top from the big blind for nearly 150K, and Jaka folded.

Harada turned over Ah9d, and he needed to improve to stay alive against Guariglia’s AcKs.

The board came Qc6d5d10dQh, and Guariglia won the pot with his king to eliminate Harada in 13th place.

It was an unfortunate stretch for Harada, who had been chipleader with 13 players left, only to bust in 13th place.

Mark Guariglia  –  245,000  (49 bb)
Hiro Harada  –  Eliminated

Daniel Monosson moved all in from the hijack for 41,000, and Faraz Jaka called from the small blind with Ac10h.

Monosson turned over QcJd, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came KsQh5h5d9d, and Monosson paired his queen on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Daniel Monosson  –  92,000  (18 bb)
Faraz Jaka  –  167,000  (33 bb)

A short while later, Level 17 began with increased blinds of 3K-6K with a 6K ante. Here are their updated chip counts:

TABLE 1
Seat 1.  Jonathan Bussieres  –  130,000  (22 bb)
Seat 2.  Ray Qartomy  –  255,000  (43 bb)
Seat 3.  Gregory Back  –  135,000  (23 bb)
Seat 4.  
Seat 5.  Joe McKeehen  –  80,000  (13 bb)
Seat 6.  Gregory Baird  –  80,000  (13 bb)
Seat 7.  Paul Domb  –  105,000  (18 bb)
Seat 8.  

TABLE 2
Seat 1.  Jim Collopy  –  85,000  (14 bb)
Seat 2.  
Seat 3.  
Seat 4.  Mark Guariglia  –  230,000  (38 bb)
Seat 5.  Daniel Monosson  –  67,000  (11 bb)
Seat 6.  James Calderaro  –  115,000  (19 bb)
Seat 7.  Craig Varnell  –  97,000  (16 bb)
Seat 8.  Faraz Jaka  –  215,000  (36 bb)

With 12 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 130,000 (22 big blinds). The final 10 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $11,355 each.

Event 28: Craig Varnell Bounces Back From 3bb; Hiro Harada Leads the Final 13

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Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  13 of 78

Craig Varnell
Craig Varnell

With the blinds still at 2K-4K (with a 4K ante), Craig Varnell was all the way down to 12,500 in chips (3 big blinds) when he got it all in with Kc3s against the 8c2h of Jim Collopy in the big blind.

The board came KhQd7d5d6d, and since neither player had a diamond, Varnell won the pot with a pair of kings.

Craig Varnell  –  31,000  (8 bb)
Jim Collopy  –  60,000  (15 bb)

A hand or two later, Varnell got it all in from the hijack for 31,000 with KdKc, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the 10h10d of Mark Guariglia in the big blind.

The board came Ad3s2hQc3h, and the pocket kings held up for Varnell to win the pot and double up in chips.

Craig Varnell  –  68,000  (17 bb)
Mark Guariglia  –  72,000  (18 bb)

Joe McKeehen vs. Hiro Harada
Joe McKeehen (left) and Hiro Harada

A short while later, Level 15 came to an end, and the players took a 15-minute break. These were their official chip counts from the break:

TABLE 1
Seat 1.  Jonathan Bussieres  –  192,000  (38 bb)
Seat 2.  Ray Qartomy  –  162,000  (32 bb)
Seat 3.  Gregory Back  –  96,000  (19 bb)
Seat 4.  
Seat 5.  Joe McKeehen  –  97,000  (19 bb)
Seat 6.  Gregory Baird  –  51,000  (10 bb)
Seat 7.  Paul Domb  –  150,000  (30 bb)
Seat 8.  James Calderaro  –  122,000  (24 bb)

TABLE 2
Seat 1.  Jim Collopy  –  62,000  (12 bb)
Seat 2.  
Seat 3.  Hiro Harada  –  234,000  (47 bb)
Seat 4.  Mark Guariglia  –  85,000  (17 bb)
Seat 5.  Daniel Monosson  –  78,000  (16 bb)
Seat 6.  
Seat 7.  Craig Varnell  –  58,000  (12 bb)
Seat 8.  Faraz Jaka  –  166,000  (33 bb)

With 13 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 120,000 (24 big blinds). The final 10 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $11,355 each.