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Event 3: Bob Gallo Dominates WPTDeepStacks $350, Earns $29K and the Guitar Trophy

2017 WPTDeepStacks
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event #3
$350 Deep Stack
No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 513
Prize Pool: $153,900
June 12-14, 2017

(Tampa, Fla.)Having left the 2016 WPTDeepStacks series on a high note with a final table appearance and seventh-place finish in the Main Event, Bob Gallo returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hungry for another deep run. The Bradenton, Fla. business owner satisfied his appetite in Event 3, a $350 no limit hold’em tournament, late Wednesday night. Gallo dominated the late stages of the tournament, ultimately claiming the chip lead heads up before agreeing to an even chop that saw him earn $29,930 along with the guitar trophy.

The third of five events on the 2017 WPTDeepStacks schedule, Event 3 drew 513 entries marking a slight increase in attendance year over year. The prize pool smashed the $100,000 guarantee before topping out at $153,900. The top 54 players were paid with Zoltan Czinkota (12th, $2,001), Justin Fawcett (22nd, $846), Christine Holubeck (29th, $770) and Steve Trizis (42nd, $693) among the in-the-money finishers.

Joining Gallo at the final table were notables Joey Alegria, Herbert Woodbery and Rob Manjura. Gallo went on a heater, busting Rob Benford 10th, Alegria ninth and Manjura sixth. With five players remaining, Gallo and Chris Hyden owned the top two stacks and played an all-in pot that saw Hyden hit the rail speechless. Hyden was in the small blind and three-bet a Gallo late-position raise. The flop fell jdth5d and Hyden lead for 575,000. Gallo called. The turn was the kh and Hyden shoved for over 2,000,000. Gallo snapped and turned over adqh for the nuts. Hyden owned ksjs for two pair and was stunned. The river was no help and he busted fifth. Gallo, meanwhile, raked a pot worth well over half the total chips in play. He cruised to heads up action before chopping with Collin Wilson.

Gallo is 55 years old and owns his own construction company. He’s a regular at Seminole poker events and earned over $19,000 for his seventh-place finish in last year’s WPTDeepStacks-Tampa Main Event.

Event 3 final results:

1st: Bob Gallo – $29,930 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Collin Wilson – $29,930
3rd: Joe Buonodono – $13,851
4th: Herbert Woodbery – $11,004
5th: Chris Hyden – $8,618
6th: Rob Manjura – $7,079
7th: Frank Menendez – $5,617
8th: Stepas Tindziulis – $4,386
9th: Joey Alegria – $3,078
10th: Rob Benford – $2,001
11th: Quentin Jones – $2,001
12th: Zoltan Czinkota – $2,001
13th: John Redlitz – $1,539
14th: Harmeet Singh – $1,539
15th: Nicholas Owens – $1,539
16th: Joseph Ramsey – $1,154
17th: Larry Ram – $1,154
18th: Wesley Skinner – $1,154
19th: Glen Ballenger – $846
20th: Woodrow Pass – $846
21st: Kwi Paek – $846
22nd: Justin Fawcett – $846
23rd: Bruce Snell – $846
24th: Chris Boyle – $846
25th: Steven Zakarias – $846
26th: Sufian Soufan – $846
27th: Jason Lynn – $846
28th: Jody Keeling – $770
29th: Christine Holubeck – $770
30th: Richard Horswell – $770
31st: Adam Tencza – $770
32nd: Sanjib Acharya – $770
33rd: Rafik Abdel-Halim – $770
34th: Enzo Romano – $770
35th: Robert Woodward – $770
36th: Erik Zika – $770
37th: Stanley Tavanese – $693
38th: Michael Cohen – $693
39th: Daniel Lobato – $693
40th: Antuan Bunkley – $693
41st: Gholamreza Khoshkhou – $693
42nd: Steve Trizis – $693
43rd: Richard Doss – $693
44th: Khanh Le – $693
45th: Aaron Martin – $693
46th: Erik Eberts – $616
47th: Alexandru Ivan – $616
48th: Mark Smyrski – $616
49th: Albert Cohen – $616
50th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $616
51st: Pompy Luanglatbandith – $616
52nd: Larry Marklan – $616
53rd: Curtis Hoftyzer – $616
54th: Joseph Orsino – $616

Event 3: Bob Gallo Wins in Heads-Up Chop ($29,930); Collin Wilson Takes 2nd ($29,930)

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Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 2/513

After a couple hands of heads-up play, Bob Gallo and Collin Wilson decided to chop it up. Gallo had a slight chip advantage, but opted for an even split, each player going home with $29,930. As chip leader, Gallo went down as the champion earning the top spot along with the trophy.

Bob Gallo

For Wilson, the runner-up finish was a sweet deal after beginning the restart 91st of the 102 returning players.

Collin Wilson

A full report on the event will be posted Thursday. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final results:

1st: Bob Gallo – $29,930 + Guitar Trophy
2nd: Collin Wilson – $29,930
3rd: Joe Buonodono – $13,851
4th: Herbert Woodbery – $11,004
5th: Chris Hyden – $8,618
6th: Rob Manjura – $7,079
7th: Frank Menendez – $5,617
8th: Stepas Tindziulis – $4,386
9th: Joey Alegria – $3,078
10th: Rob Benford – $2,001
11th: Quentin Jones – $2,001
12th: Zoltan Czinkota – $2,001
13th: John Redlitz – $1,539
14th: Harmeet Singh – $1,539
15th: Nicholas Owens – $1,539
16th: Joseph Ramsey – $1,154
17th: Larry Ram – $1,154
18th: Wesley Skinner – $1,154
19th: Glen Ballenger – $846
20th: Woodrow Pass – $846
21st: Kwi Paek – $846
22nd: Justin Fawcett – $846
23rd: Bruce Snell – $846
24th: Chris Boyle – $846
25th: Steven Zakarias – $846
26th: Sufian Soufan – $846
27th: Jason Lynn – $846
28th: Jody Keeling – $770
29th: Christine Holubeck – $770
30th: Richard Horswell – $770
31st: Adam Tencza – $770
32nd: Sanjib Acharya – $770
33rd: Rafik Abdel-Halim – $770
34th: Enzo Romano – $770
35th: Robert Woodward – $770
36th: Erik Zika – $770
37th: Stanley Tavanese – $693
38th: Michael Cohen – $693
39th: Daniel Lobato – $693
40th: Antuan Bunkley – $693
41st: Gholamreza Khoshkhou – $693
42nd: Steve Trizis – $693
43rd: Richard Doss – $693
44th: Khanh Le – $693
45th: Aaron Martin – $693
46th: Erik Eberts – $616
47th: Alexandru Ivan – $616
48th: Mark Smyrski – $616
49th: Albert Cohen – $616
50th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $616
51st: Pompy Luanglatbandith – $616
52nd: Larry Marklan – $616
53rd: Curtis Hoftyzer – $616
54th: Joseph Orsino – $616

Event 3: Joe Buonodono Eliminated in 3rd Place ($13,851)

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Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 2/513

Joe Buonodono

Joe Buonodono was at about 1,000,000 chips and got them in in a blind-versus-blind battle against Collin Wilson.

Wilson: kskd
Buonodono: 4s4c

Buonodono could only watch as the dealer burned and turned the runout. He never spiked his set and was eliminated in third place leaving Wilson and Bob Gallo to battle it out.

Joe Buonodono – Eliminated in 3rd place ($13,851)

Event 3: Chris Hyden Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,618)

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Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 4/513

Chris Hyden

Bob Gallo raised to 140,000 from the cutoff and Chris Hyden three-bet to 405,000 from the small blind. Gallo called and they were heads up.

Flop: jdth5d

Hyden lead for 575,000. Gallo called.

Turn: jdth5dkh

Hyden, who held the second biggest stack behind Gallo following break, shoved. Gallo called.

“Straight?” Hyden asked, shocked.

Gallo: adqh for Broadway
Hyden: ksjs for top two

River: td

Hyden was left shocked as his two pair was second best. He was eliminated in fifth place while Gallo took a massive chip leader.

Bob Gallo – 6,475,000
Chris Hyden – Eliminated in 5th place ($8,618)

Event 3: Updated Five-Handed Chip Counts with 100Ks in Play

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Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 5/513

Players are freshly back in their seats following a break. During break, tournament stack colored up some of the stacks and put yellow 100,000 chips in play.

Updated chip counts and remaining payouts:

Bob Gallo – 3,365,000
Chris Hyden – 2,745,000
Collin Wilson – 2,350,000
Herbert Woodbery – 1,090,000
Joe Buonodono – 695,000

1st – $38,314 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $21,546
3rd – $13,851
4th – $11,004
5th – $8,618

Event 3: Frank Menendez Eliminated in 7th Place ($5,617)

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Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 6/513

Frank Menendez

Collin Wilson raised to 135,000 from early position and Frank Menendez moved all-in for less from the cutoff. It folded back to Wilson who called.

Wilson: 8c8d
Menendez: qsjs

The runout fell blanks and Wilson’s eights were good. Menendez was eliminated.

Frank Menendez – Eliminated in 7th place ($5,617)

Event 3: Joe Buonodono Doubles through Bob Gallo

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Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 8/513

Bob Gallo raised to 125,000 and Joe Buonodono shoved for 425,000 from the small blind. Gallo called putting Buonodono at risk.

Buonodono: 9s9d
Gallo: kcqh

Runout: askhqd9h4c

Gallo hit two pair on the flop, but Buonodono hit a miracle turn to stay alive. Buonodono doubled through Gallo.

Buonodono – 935,000

Event 3: Joey Alegria Eliminated in 9th Place ($3,078)

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Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 8/513

Joey Alegria

Bob Gallo raised to 100,000 from early position and Joey Alegria defended the big blind.

Flop: qdjstd

Alegria open-shoved about 550,000. Gallo snapped.

Gallo: askd for Broadway
Alegria: kcts for a pair and open-ended straight draw

Alegria let out a chuckle as he started down Gallo’s ace-king.

Turn and river: jc3h

Alegria was eliminated in ninth place earning $3,078.

Joey Alegrian – Eliminated in 9th place ($3,078)

Event 3: Rob Benford Eliminated in 10th Place ($2,001)

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Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 9/513

Rob Benford

Bob Gallo was under the gun and Rob Benford was on his direct left. The pair got the last of Benford’s stack in, Benford claiming 7h7d to Gallo’s qsqc. Benford never improved and Gallo was best. Benford busted 10th earning $2,001. The remaining nine players enjoyed a pay jump, then being assured at least $3,078.

Bob Gallo – 2,230,000
Rob Benford – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,001)

Event 3: The Final Table; $38K and a Trophy to the Champ

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Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 10/513

Seat 1: Rob Manjura – 815,000
Seat 2: Frank Menendez – 665,000
Seat 3: Bob Gallo – 1,175,000
Seat 4: Stepas Tindziulis – 490,000
Seat 5: Rob “The Professor” Benford – 300,000
Seat 6: Herbert Woodbery – 1,910,000
Seat 7: Chris Hyden – 1,825,000
Seat 8: Joe Buonodono – 655,000
Seat 9: Collin Wilson – 1,525,000
Seat 10: Joey Alegria – 860,000

1st – $38,314 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $21,546
3rd – $13,851
4th – $11,004
5th – $8,618
6th – $7,079
7th – $5,617
8th – $4,386
9th – $3,078
10th – $2,001

Event 3: Quentin Jones Eliminated in 11th Place ($2,001)

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Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 10/513

Quentin Jones

Quentin Jones just busted 11th earning $2,001. The elimination narrows the field to the final 10 players and they’re combining to one table. The complete, 10-handed seating chart will be posted shortly.

Quentin Jones – Eliminated in 11th place ($2,001)

Event 3: Zoltan Czkinkota Eliminated in 12th Place ($2,001)

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Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 11/513

Zoltan Czinkota

Rob Manjura moved all in for 300,000 from the button and Zoltan Czinkota, who had Manjura covered just slightly, called from the small blind.

Czinkota: jsjd
Manjura: ackc

Runout: kdqc3s3h2h

Manjura doubled while Czinkota was left with just 15,000. After his 5,000-chip ante on the next hand, he had just 10,000 and busted 12th a short time later.

Zoltan Czinkota – Eliminated in 12th place ($2,001)

Event 3: John Redlitz Eliminated in 13th Place ($1,539)

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Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000
Players Remaining: 12/513

John Redlitz

John Redlitz was in the cutoff and jammed 335,000. Herbert Woodbery called and tabled kckh. Redlitz was covered and behind holding 9s9h.

Runout: 8c6c5skd5d

For the second hand in a row, Woodbery picked up kings and turned a set to score a nice pot. Redlitz was eliminated in 13th place.

John Redlitz – Eliminated in 13th place ($1,539)

Event 3: Harmeet Singh Eliminated in 14th Place ($1,539)

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Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 13/513

Harmeet Singh

Harmeet Singh shoved for 222,000 and Herbert Woodbery called from the cutoff. John Redlitz, who had Woodbery covered, shoved the button. Woodbery called off and Redlitz had the opportunity to bust two.

Woodbery: kckh
Redlitz: qcqd
Singh: 2c2d

Runout: 8s5c3dks2h

Woodbery’s set of kings was best and he doubled while Singh was eliminated in 14th place.

Harmeet Singh – Eliminated in 14th place ($1,539)

Event 3: Joseph Ramsey Eliminated in 16th Place ($1,154); Larry Ram Eliminated in 17th Place ($1,154)

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Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 15/513

Joseph Ramsey just got about 225,000 in preflop against Lewis Gallo. Ramsey held qhjd and couldn’t catch up to Gallo’s jsjh. Ramsey was eliminated in 16th place. He was preceded on the rail 17th by Larry Ram.

Joseph Ramsey – Eliminated in 16th place ($1,154)
Larry Ram – Eliminated in 17th place ($1,154)

Event 3: Wesley Skinner Eliminated in 18th Place ($1,154)

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Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 17/513

Wesley Skinner’s ace-10 is face up against Quentin Jones’ jack-six

Quentin Jones jammed the button and Wesley Skinner moved all-in for less from the big blind. Skinner was ahead with ahtc versus the jh6h of Jones, but a js7c3h4d2h runout changed that.

Skinner was eliminated in 18th place.

Wesley Skinner – Eliminated in 18th place ($1,154)

Event 3: Dinner Break; Play Resumes at ~7:30pm

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Heading to Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Players Remaining: 18/513

Players are in the midst of their 40-minute dinner break. Cards go back in the at roughly 7:30pm. With 18 left, it appears to be Collin Wilson who leads the way with a stack of roughly 1,275,000.

Here’s a look at the event:

Seat 1: John Redlitz
Seat 2: Stepas Tindziulis
Seat 3: Larry Ram
Seat 4: Robert Benford
Seat 5: Lewis Gallo
Seat 6: Harmeet Singh
Seat 7: Chris Hyden
Seat 8: Joseph Ramsey
Seat 9: Herbert Woodbery

Seat 1: Quentin Jones
Seat 2: Joey Alegria
Seat 3: Wesley Skinner
Seat 4: Frank Menendez
Seat 5: Robert Manjura
Seat 6: Zoltan Czinkota
Seat 7: Collin Wilson
Seat 8: Joseph Buonodono
Seat 9: Nicholas Owens

1st – $38,314 + Guitar Trophy
2nd – $21,546
3rd – $13,851
4th – $11,004
5th – $8,618
6th – $7,079
7th – $5,617
8th – $4,386
9th – $3,078
10th-12th – $2,001
13th-15th – $1,539
16th-18th – $1,154

19th: Glen Ballenger – $846
20th: Woodrow Pass – $846
21st: Kwi Paek – $846
22nd: Justin Fawcett – $846
23rd: Bruce Snell – $846
24th: Chris Boyle – $846
25th: Steven Zakarias – $846
26th: Sufian Soufan – $846
27th: Jason Lynn – $846
28th: Jody Keeling – $770
29th: Christine Holubeck – $770
30th: Richard Horswell – $770
31st: Adam Tencza – $770
32nd: Sanjib Acharya – $770
33rd: Rafik Abdel-Halim – $770
34th: Enzo Romano – $770
35th: Robert Woodward – $770
36th: Erik Zika – $770
37th: Stanley Tavanese – $693
38th: Michael Cohen – $693
39th: Daniel Lobato – $693
40th: Antuan Bunkley – $693
41st: Gholamreza Khoshkhou – $693
42nd: Steve Trizis – $693
43rd: Richard Doss – $693
44th: Khanh Le – $693
45th: Aaron Martin – $693
46th: Erik Eberts – $616
47th: Alexandru Ivan – $616
48th: Mark Smyrski – $616
49th: Albert Cohen – $616
50th: Nikolaos Costarelis – $616
51st: Pompy Luanglatbandith – $616
52nd: Larry Marklan – $616
53rd: Curtis Hoftyzer – $616
54th: Joseph Orsino – $616

Event 3: Collin Wilson versus Zoltan Czinkota

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Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 25/513

Zoltan Czinkota (left) and Collin Wilson (right)

Zoltan Czinkota raised to 35,000 from late position. Collin Wilson three-bet to 100,000 from the cutoff. It folded to Glen Ballenger in the big blind and he called. Czinkota called, too, and they saw a flop three ways.

Flop: 9c6s4h

Ballenger checked. Czinkota bet 50,000. Wilson made it 100,000 to go. Ballenger folded and Czinkita called. They were heads up.

Turn: 9c6s4h8h

Both players checked.

River: 9c6s4h8h5s

Czinkota checked. Wilson bet 220,000. Czinkota tanked and a tablemate called the clock. Czinkota called before the clock expired and Wilson tabled 7s7d for a rivered straight. Czinkota mucked and Wilson took the pot.

Collin Wilson – 1,260,000
Zoltan Czinkota – 360,000

Event 3: Sufian Soufan Eliminated in 26th Place ($846)

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Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 25/513

Sufian Soufan (left) and Harmeet Singh (right) stand for the runout

Short stacked Sufian Soufan was all-in and at risk against Harmeet Singh.

Singh: ks5d
Soufan: 8c6h

Sing’s king-high held and Soufan was eliminated in 26th place.

Sufian Soufan – Eliminated in 26th place ($846)