2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey

Main Event
Dias: 2
Event Info

2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey

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30,000 / 60,000

Welcome to Day 2 of PokerStars Festival New Jersey

Ruben Costa
Ruben Costa

PokerStars Festival New Jersey has seen two starting flights come and go, and it's time for everyone to get together under one roof to compete for the first time in the tournament, as Day 2 is set to begin at 11 a.m. local time with 70 runners.

Ruben Costa, who topped Day 1a with a stack of 222,500, is the man to catch for the moment. Others entering Day 2 with hefty stacks include John Gulino (196,700), Ryan Hohner (157,300), New Jersey regulated online market whiz Michael Gagliano (144,900), Dan Howe (138.900), and Survivor star Tyson Apostol (135,200).

Team PokerStars will also be represented, as Randy Lew, Victor Ramdin, and Barry Greenstein will all take to the felt when cards are in the air at 11 a.m. local time.

The schedule as of now calls for another 10 levels of play, each lasting one hour. There will be an 80-minute dinner break after the sixth level, so there's another grueling day of poker ahead. Blinds will begin at Level 11 (800/1,600/200). Keep an eye here throughout the day for all of the live updates.

Smyth Crushing

Nível 13 : 1,200/2,400, 400 ante
Peter Smyth and some familiar faces
Peter Smyth and some familiar faces

Michael Gagliano opened to 6,000 in the cutoff and saw Peter Smyth go to 20,000 in the big blind. Gagliano made it 47,000 to go. Smyth asked for a count of the raise and then fired out a reraise with a pile of T5,000 chips that looked to be around 70,000. Gagliano mucked quickly to the five-bet.

The next hand, after unknown preflop action, Smyth bet 8,000 from the small blind on a flop of {10-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{7-Hearts} against big blind Randy Lew. Lew called but then quickly mucked to an all-in shove of effectively about 25,000 on the {q-Diamonds} turn.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Peter Smyth gb
Peter Smyth
220,000 82,800
Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
211,400 -27,600
WSOP 1X Winner
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
24,600 -37,300

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Asher Conniff Eliminated on Bubble

Nível 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Asher Conniff
Asher Conniff

Asher Conniff moved all in from the button for 12,200. Randy Lew was tanking in the big blind when we arrived.

"That must be a good hand," Lew said.

"These cards are... not bad," Conniff confirmed.

"I don't even know the math," Lew said with a smile. "I'm tempted to just throw it in and hope."

In the end, that's what he decided to do.

Conniff: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Lew: {k-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Conniff was ahead, but the {3-Spades}{k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop was devastating for his hand, leaving him in dire need of an ace. The {2-Diamonds} turn and {5-Hearts} river were bricks, and Conniff was the final player eliminated to get nothing.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
84,500 59,900
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
WPT 1X Winner

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Dombrowski Takes Down Queen

Nível 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
Chris Dombrowski
Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski raised from middle position and Alex Queen called from the big blind.

The flop came down {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Queen checked to Dombrowski who continued for 9,000. Queen called.

The turn was the {7-Hearts} and Queen checked again. Dombrowski bet 24,000 and Queen called.

The river was the {8-Hearts} and Queen checked for a third time. Dombrowski shoved for effectively 75,000-ish and Queen called all in.

Dombrowski tabled {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} for a set of kings, Queen mucked, and Dombrowski scored the elimination.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Chris Dombrowski us
Chris Dombrowski
495,000 165,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Alex Queen us
Alex Queen

David Johnston Leading After Day 2 of PokerStars Festival NJ, Gagliano Third

Nível 16 : 2,500/5,000, 500 ante
David Johnston
David Johnston

Day 2 of the $1,100 Main Event at PokerStars Festival New Jersey proved to be a short one, as it took just seven hours for the 70 starting runners to be trimmed to the final 23, who bagged up to return Friday.

Twenty-two of them will be looking up in the counts at David Johnston, who put 534,000 in a bag and will be north of 100 big blinds when the tournament resumes. Bracelet winners Chris Dombrowski (494,500) and Michael Gagliano (484,000) are the next two biggest stacks, followed by Dan Howe (480,000) and Matt Affleck (418,000).

Johnston got in a preflop raising war during the last level of the night with blinds at 2,500/5,000/500. Ryan Hohner opened from the hijack to 11,000, Johnston made it 28,000 to go from the small blind, and Hohner jammed it in for 130,000. Johnston called with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and won against Hohner's dominated {q-Spades}{j-Spades}.

Gagliano has been having a good week at Resorts Casino Hotel. He won the small $2,000 six-max opening event for $11,350 and then bagged the chip lead in his starting flight for the Main Event. He wasn't afraid to play big pots from start to finish, coming after PokerStars Team Online Pro Randy Lew with a number of three-bets early on.

Just before the night ended, with players at other tables waiting for their bags, Gagliano busted Craig Mason in a huge pot on a board of {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{k-Hearts}{5-Spades}{7-Spades}. Mason bet about 45,000 on the end from early position, and Gagliano put him all in for about 100,000 more, which was almost all of Gagliano's remaining chips as well. Mason tanked awhile and called with aces but was shown {a-Spades}{k-Spades} for the nut flush.

David Vamplew, Nick Aguilera, Jack Duong, Jesse Elliott, Darren Elias, and Robert Chung also bagged.

Lew, incidentally, is the only PokerStars-sponsored player remaining after making it through with 100,500. Victor Ramdin and Barry Greenstein both busted during the course of play.

Others joining them included Carlos Chadha, Matthew Wantman, John Myung, and Asher Conniff, who bubbled out courtesy of a beat from Lew. Vinny Pahuja, Survivor star Tyson Apostol, Alex Queen, and Ramdin were among the players making it into the money but not to the end of the day.

Play resumes Friday at 11 a.m. with coverage here on PokerNews.

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