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Big Stack Special: Chip Counts through Flight D

October Big Stack Special
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Sheet
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/500

Flight A: 99 Entries, 14 Advanced
Flight B: 140 Entries, 16 Advanced
Flight C: 153 Entries, 20 Advanced
Flight D: 185 Entries, 25 Advanced
Flight E: Friday at 11am (No 7pm flight)
Flight F: Saturday at 11am (No 7pm flight)
Day 2: Sunday at 12pm

Players Remaining: 75 of 577

Day 2 chip counts through Flight D:

FIRST NAMELAST NAMECHIP COUNTTableSeat
CESARAMARAN298,500236
NICHOLASAVENA289,500353
NAJEEBREYES261,500363
RONALDCAMPILLO243,500303
STANLEYPOINT DU JOUR223,500295
LLOYDGUNTHER219,000262
GabrielBarroeta flores209,000281
JOHNPENDL207,000261
HAIMTOORGEMAN189,000319
AlexanderMichaels186,000212
JUANRODRIGUEZ184,500216
DEJANPETKOVIC178,000331
DARRENRUSH176,000362
JEFFREYFOGEL175,500338
THUYPHAM170,500294
JENNAGOLDSTEIN157,500339
RichieSmoak157,000213
JUANFERRER145,500258
LEVPARNAS145,500369
BRIANHERZFELD144,000227
ANDRESMORALES135,500235
RICHARDFORTNER130,000226
ANTHONYRUTTLER129,000292
ANDREWFRIER126,500305
RICHARDRUSS124,500247
RAYMONDROBERTY122,500325
DALEBERMAN122,000308
GAFURTURSUNOV120,000297
SEANKERSEY119,500358
LAWRENCEKLUR117,500359
CARLOSTORRES VAZQUEZ116,000316
ELIASNASSIF113,500214
JORDANKELLER111,500246
ROMANPESHEKHONOV111,500257
ALEJANDROARMAS SENIOR111,000286
NORBERTOIGLESIAS107,500361
JOELBORDEN106,000238
NIZARDAJANI106,000224
DANIELFISHMAN105,000249
JORGEGOMEZ104,500318
VITALYCHAIKA100,500342
WILMERDIAZ LEAL100,000347
ROBERTOBERROCAL99,500251
ALEXANDERCASTANER94,000284
ARTHURGALLINARO93,000327
JIANZHAO92,500215
HARISUKHU90,500272
KEVINIPPOLITO88,000348
JOSEPHVILLACCI87,500225
MAHENDRANRAMANATHAN87,000326
AYCAERAKBAS85,000237
ALVAROVIVAS GRISALES85,000271
ROMANBOROZAN83,500321
BILLODERAT83,500259
STEVENSONDAK82,000268
JUSTINSMITH79,500341
ALBERTOVICIEDO77,000349
ROBERTCANN75,500293
MARCKROPF68,500279
ROSTANTRAMLAL65,500275
FRANKSINOPOLI65,000337
KEVINDENG62,000269
SAMUELBATKO60,000314
MICHAELJOHNSON55,200315
ROBERTTRANSUE53,500234
HECTORGARELLI TUCCI53,000352
GUSTAVOVAZQUEZ50,500283
ALEXANDERMACHADO48,000248
TRENT-DARYLMCINTURFF47,000223
ALBERTONIEBLA43,500282
ANDYGARCIA41,000329
WISDOMAKPAKA40,000336
JOHNSNYDER30,500307
BRANDONFREIHAGE25,000332
XAVIERSILVA PENA24,500364

Big Stack Special Daily Schedule — $130 Buy-In, $100K GTD

Daily chip counts and other relevant information is expected to be posted each morning no later than 10am

Structure Sheet | Tournament Flyer

Wednesday, October 18

11am: Flight A – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:40pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

7pm: Flight B – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 11:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 2:40am)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

Thursday, October 19

11am: Flight C – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:40pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

7pm: Flight D – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 11:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 2:40am)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

Friday, October 20 (No 7pm Flight)

11am: Flight E – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:40pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

Saturday, October 21 (No 7pm Flight)

11am: Flight F – $130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 15,000 starting chips | 30-minute levels throughout
  • Late registration and unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:40pm)
  • Day 2 begins Sunday, October 22 at 12pm

Over $66K Raised for Feeding South Florida in PokerStars Hurricane Irma Charity Event

2017 PokerStars Charity Event Benefiting Feeding South Florida
Hurricane Irma Relief
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$300 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 124
Prize Pool: $10,500
October 3, 2017

PokerStars and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida teamed up for a charity event benefiting Feeding South Florida’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tournament Director Tony Burns (left) and Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Velez kick off the event

The event boasted a $300 buy-in and saw South Florida poker pros, amateurs and television and radio personalities compete for over $50,000 in prizes.

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez
Recording artist FRAN¢ aka former Miami Dolphin A.J. Francis

After the first $10,500, 100 percent of tournament buy-ins went directly to charity. PokerStars matched the prize pool’s charitable contribution and that was paired with the money raised by silent auction items. In the end, over $66,000* was raised with Bryan Emory of Plantation, Florida. going down as the tournament’s champion.

Bryan Emory (right) poses with Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns

“I put three [entries] into it,” Emory said of his charitable contribution. “I probably wouldn’t normally do that […] It’s a good cause.”

In addition to $3,000 in cash, Emory earned a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Championship package.

“I took a break [from][poker] for the past few months and I’m ready to get to play and travel a little bit. I’m super excited,” Emory said of winning the package.

Bryan Emory

Final results:

1st: Bryan Emory – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd: Alberto Rodriguez – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd: Paul Balzano – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th: Natasha Mercier – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th: Scott Bailey – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th: Mark Smith – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th: Chris Van Vliet – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th: Scott Bailey – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th: Gil Aboodi – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

Preceding the tournament was an exclusive player party featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

In addition to player entry fees and PokerStars match, money raised in the silent auction went toward Feeding South Florida

Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic and caused catastrophic damage. Feeding South Florida is the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida with 98 percent of all donations put directly back in to the community. The organization serves Broward, Miami-Dade,Palm Beach and Monroe Counties. According to the organization’s CEO, every dollar affords them up to six meals for a needy Floridian.

Thank you to all who participated in this charitable event!

*$66,000 figure includes tournament prize pool donations along with all silent auction items and independent donations.

PokerStars Charity Event: Down to the Final Nine and in the Money

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 13: 4,000/8,000 | Structure
Players Remaining: 9 of 124

The PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida is down to the final nine. Here’s a look at who’s left:

Seat 1: John Bond
Seat 2: Natasha Mercier
Seat 3: Scott Bailey
Seat 4: Gil Aboodi
Seat 5: Chris Van Vliet
Seat 6: Bryan Emory
Seat 7: Paul Balzano
Seat 8: Alberto “Terminator” Rodriguez
Seat 9: “Scooter” Mark Smith

1st – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

PokerStars Charity Event: Natasha Gets the Best of Jason

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 12: 3,000/6,000 | Structure
Players Remaining: 18 of 124

Natasha (left) and Jason Mercier

Husband and wife duo Natasha and Jason Mercier found themselves seated next to eachother late in the PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Tournament. Natasha outlasted Jason, as he’s one of the event’s most recent eliminations.

PokerStars Charity Event: Registration Closed

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 9: 800/1,600 | Structure
Players Remaining: 47 of 124

In addition to player entry fees and PokerStars match, money raised in the silent auction will go toward Feeding South Florida

Registration is closed in the PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida. The field sits at 124 players and PokerStars is set to match their charitable contribution to the prize pool. We will provide the final tally at the end of the event.

PokerStars Charity Event: 100+ Entries

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 7: 500/1,000 | Structure
Entries: 115

Recording artist FRAN¢ aka former Miami Dolphin A.J. Francis

Level 7 is nearly over and the registration period is set to end in 15 minutes. As of now, the entry count sits at 115. Along with PokerStars match, that brings the total amount raised for charity to $48,000 in buy-ins alone.

Among those in the game at this point is recording artist FRAN¢ aka former NFL player A.J. Francis.

PokerStars Charity Event: Prize List

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament

1st – $3,000 + PCA Championship Package
2nd – $2,000 + $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
3rd – $1,400 + $5,250 SHRPO Championship Entry
4th – $1,100 + $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Entry
5th – $800 + Hard Rock Punta Cana Three-Night Stay
6th – $700 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Jason Taylor Guitar)
7th – $600 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Boston Guitar)
8th – $500 + Party Like a Rock Star Basket (Chris Rock Guitar)
9th – $400 + Party Like a Rock Start Basket (Yes Guitar)

PokerStars Charity Event: Chris Van Vliet Putting Skills to the Test

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 5: 300/600 | Structure
Entries: 100

Chris Van Vliet of WSVN’s Deco Drive

Chris Van Vliet of WSVN’s Deco Drive stopped by the Seminole Hard Rock earlier in the week to get some poker tips from PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier. Van Vliet put those skills to the test tonight, but recently stood from his stack. He’s taking some time away from the felt to be in front of the camera interviewing event staff and tournament participants.

PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier (left) and Chris Van Vliet
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tournament Director and Chris Van Vliet

PokerStars Charity Event: Local Personalities in the Game

PokerStars Hurricane Irma Relief Charity Poker Tournament
Level 3: 100/200 | Structure
Entries: 84

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez

The charitable component of this event attracts some of the area’s most well known personalities. ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez, PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier and Andy Slater of WINZ are among those out in surpport of Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier
Andy Slater of WINZ