Event 1: Dinner Break Chip Counts

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Dinner Break, Play Resumes 7:50 pm

Mike Nykoliation triples his 234k stack on one of the final hands before the one hour dinner break.

Nykoliation is in bad shape against RJ Garlapati and Martin Welch until he spikes a Jack on the river.

Nykoliation: AJ
Garlapati: AK
Welch: TT

Nykoliation takes the main pot, while Welch clips Garlapati in the side pot.

Garlapati was up to 1.1 million, but has come back to the pack and his second overall behind Dominick Minaya.

Final Table Dinner Break Chip Counts

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Amelio Amato (Sarasota, FL) 285k
2 Bobby Rosetta (Tampa, FL) 285k
3 RJ Garlapati (Austin, TX) 741k
4 Manny Minaya (Tampa, FL) 372k
6 Martin Welch (Zephyrhills, FL) 130k
7 Mike Nykoliation (Barrie, ON) 560k
8 Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL) 730k
9 Stephen Diamantas (Tampa, FL) 496k
10 Dominick Minaya (Tampa, FL) 1.2 million

Remaining Prize Pool

Place    Payout

1st    $41,844
2nd    $24,566
3rd    $15,888
4th    $10,114
5th    $7,226
6th    $6,217
7th    $4,765
8th    $3,471
9th    $3,329

Event 1: Dominick Doubles Through Amato

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 15k/30k/5k ante

Dominick Minaya opens the betting from the button to 80k (350k behind).  Amelio Amato moves all in for 800k and puts Bobby Rosetta in the tank.

After a minute, Amato folds and Minaya thinks for a second before calling:

Minaya: JJ♠
Amato: A 8

Flop: 8 3 2 (Amato, pair of 8s )

Turn: A (Amato, two pairs)

River: J

The river Jack gives Minaya new life and he doubles to more than 800k and is now one of the chip leaders; Amato is cut to 390k.

This will be the last level before the ~6:45 dinner break.

Event 1: 10th Place – Nguyen

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds: 12k/24k/4k ante

Tom NguyenTom Nguyen (Tampa, FL)

In a 500k chip pot, Tom Nguyen is all in preflop with AQ against  Kirk Adams’ AK.

Nguyen doesn’t improve and is out in 10th place for $3,187.  Adams adds 250k to his stack and is among the leaders with 800k.

Event 1: Final Table

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds:  10k/20k/3k ante

Final Table1 in 10 Shot at $41,844

A few interesting story lines are at the final table.

The top two returning chip stacks in Kirk Adams and Robert Rosetta are here, along with Mike Nykoliation, who began the day 6th in chips. And it’s a father-son affair with Manny & Dominick Minaya both among the last 10 players.

The average final table stack is 483k (24 bb).

Seat-Name-Chip Count

1 Amelio Amato (Sarasota, FL) 973k  (49 bb)
2 Bobby Rosetta (Tampa, FL) 377k
3 RJ Garlapati (Austin, TX) 310k
4 Manny Minaya (Tampa, FL) 550k
5 Tom Nguyen (Tampa, FL) 255k
6 Martin Welch (Zephyrhills, FL) 127k (6 bb)
7 Mike Nykoliation (Barrie, ON) 294k
8 Kirk Adams (St. Pete Beach, FL) 360k
9 Stephen Diamantas (Tampa, FL) 660k
10 Dominick Minaya (Tampa, FL) 780k

Remaining Prize Pool

Place    Payout

1st    $41,844
2nd    $24,566
3rd    $15,888
4th    $10,114
5th    $7,226
6th    $6,217
7th    $4,765
8th    $3,471
9th    $3,329
10th    $3,187

Event 1: 11th-17th Places

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)


11th Lane Phillips (Sanford, FL) $3,029
12th Ricky Carter (Wesley Chapel, FL) $2,887
13th Peter Walsworth (Sarasota, FL) $2,745
14th Dan Duda (Rockaway, NJ) $2,603
15th Jeff Coutroulis (Tampa, FL) $2,446
16th Hai Ly (St. Petersburg, FL) $2,304
17th Michael Masella (Daytona Beach, FL) $2,177

Event 1: Big Stacks

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 8k/16k/2k ante

Dominick MinayaDominick Minaya, Chip Leader

On the last hand of the previous level John Faucette (Apopka, FL) goes out in 18th place for $2,020.

The remaining 17 players have an average stack of 284k (18 bb), while the big stack belongs to Dominick Minaya with 716k (45 bb).

Chip Leaders

Dominick Minaya 716k
Amelio Amato 699k
Stephen Diamantas 644k

Event 1: Two Table Redraw

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Blinds 6k/12k/2k ante

Table 1


1 Dan Duda
2 John Faucette
3 Tom Nguyen
4 Kirk Adams
5 Jeff Coutroulis
6 Dominick Minaya
7 Peter Walsworth
8 Manny Minaya
9 RJ Garlapati

Table 2


1 Bobby Rosetta
2 Michael Nykoliation
3 Stephen Diamantas
4 Hai Ly
5 Amelio Amato
6 Ricky Carter
7 Martin Welch
8 Lane Phillips
9 Michael Masella

Event 1:19th-25th Places

$490 + $45 + $20 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

19th Alex Ivan (Palm Harbor, FL) $1,878
20th Scottsworth Gertiser (Nokomis, FL) $1,736
21st Wayne Alesia (Ocala, FL) $1,183
22nd Jon Godwin (Palm Harbor, FL) $1,183
23rd Michael Ferneman (Davenport, FL) $1,183
24th Alan Korpi (Lutz, FL) $1,183
25th Alan Fink (St. Cloud, FL) $1,183