Shaun Deeb Wins the Capital Region Classic ($36,559)

The $260 Capital Region Classic NLH $100,000 Guaranteed event once again drew a massive field. There were 733 total entries to create a prize ppol of $181,565 nearly doubling the guarantee. When the dust settled it was Shaun Deeb in the winners circle taking home $36,559 and the Capital Region Classic.

Deeb bought in on Day 2 and almost immediately doubled his starting stack. He was then off to the races moving into the Day 2 chip lead early and never looking back. When the final table started Deeb held more than double the chips of the nearest player. He never relinquished his lead and with three players left he was holding more than half of the chips in play.

The final three players agreed to a deal in which Deeb took first place for $36,559 and the Capital Region Classic trophy. Deeb adds another major title to his long list of poker accomplishments that now include 2 WSOP bracelets, and EPT title a PCA title and over $2,800,000 in live earnings. This concludes our coverage of the Capital Region Classic. Thank you to all the players, dealers and casino staff that made this event another huge success.

The Final Three Make A Deal

(Left to Right) Shaun Deeb, Michael Lynch and Keith Pierce

With the elimination of Raj Maragh in fourth place the final three players agreed to stop the clock and discuss a deal. Shaun Deeb was holding more than 13,000,000 of the 20,875,000 chips in play. After some brief discussion the players shook hands and came to an agreement. Keith Pierce who was the shortest stack will take 3rd place and $19,600.

Michael Lynch will take second place and his largest career tournament cash of $20,600. Deeb will be our newest Capital Region Classic champion taking home $36,559 and the C.R.C trophy.

Day 2: Raj Maragh Eliminated in 4th Place ($11,366)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 30:
Blinds 75,000/150,000/25,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
Players Remaining: 3Raj Maragh

Raj Maragh and Shaun Deeb went heads up to the river on a board of 10♦️3♣️K♥️A♦️3♦️. There was already more than 2,000,000 in the main pot when Maragh moved all in for his last 1,500,000. Deeb snap called turning over 10♥️10♠️ for tens full of threes and it was a brutal river card for Maragh who held Q♥️J♦️ for the turned broadway straight. Maragh is our 4th place finisher earning $11,366 and Deeb extends his massive chip lead.

Shaun Deeb- 13,500,000

Day 2: Lynch Flops A Nine To Crack Deeb’s Kings

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 30:
Blinds 75,000/150,000/25,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
Players Remaining: 4Michael Lynch 

Michael Lynch and Shaun Deeb were just involved in a preflop raising war. The end result was Lynch moving all for 2,750,000 and Deeb snap calling. Lynch turned over 9♠️9♥️ but was dominated by Deeb’s K♥️K♦️.

The dealer spread the A♣️10♣️9♦️ flop and Lynch flopped a set of nines to take the lead. The turn 10♦️ and river A♦️ improved Lynch to a full house and the nearly 6,000,000 pot was pushed Lynch’s way.

Michael Lynch- 5,825,000
Shaun Deeb- 8,100,000

Day 2: Alfonoso Santana Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,479)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 29:
Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
Players Remaining: 4Alfonso Santana

Alfonso Santana moves all in for 1,115,000 and it folds to Keith Pierce in the small blind. Pierce makes the call and Shaun Deeb quickly folds his big blind. Santana shows A♥️Q♦️ but will need to improve against the 9♦️9♣️ of Pierce. The board runs out K♠️2♥️6♦️2♣️10♣️ and Pierce’s nines hold up to earn him the pot and the elimination. Santana is our 5th place Capital Region Classic finisher taking home $8,479 for his efforts.

Keith Pierce- 2,400,000

Day 2: Ilir Cenalia Eliminated In 6th Place ($6,373)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 29:
Blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
Players Remaining: 5

Ilir Cenalia

A short stacked Ilir Cenalia moves all in for 385,000 and Keith Pierce reshoves all in for 1,005,000. The rest of the table folds and they turn over the cards.

Cenalia: K♦️8♦️
Pierce: A♦️Q♦️

The 7♥️5♥️9♦️7♣️2♠️ runout is no help to Cenalia and he will be our 6th place Capital Region Classic finisher earning $6,373.

Keith Pierce- 1,626,000

 

Day 2: Marc Pallozzi Eliminated in 7th Place ($4,902)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 27:
Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 6

Marc Pallozzi

Ilir Cenalia raises to 185,000 and Shaun Deeb reraises to 500,000 from the button. With the action on Marc Pallozzi in the big blind he moves all in for 2,305,000. It folds back to Deeb who verifies Pallozzi’s chip count and he makes the call.

Pallozzi: A♣️10♥️
Deeb: A♠️K♦️

The board runs out clean for Deeb 7♥️9♣️4♦️6♦️K♠️ and Pallozzi is eliminated in 7th place for $4,902. Deeb now holds more than half of the chips in play with 10,700,000 of the 20,875,000 in play.

 

Day 2: John Kasinki Eliminated in 8th Place ($3,777)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 27:
Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 7John Kasinki

The action folds to John Kasinki in the cutoff and he moves all in for 535,000. Shaun Deeb calls from the big blind and the hands are revealed.

Kasinki: K♦️J♠️
Deeb: A♥️10♠️

Kasinki fails to improve on the 4♥️9♣️8♥️5♣️9♦️ runout and he is eliminated in 8th place earning $3,777. Deeb extends his chip lead to approximately 7,700,000 and we are down to the final seven players.

Day 2: Jason Tracey Eliminated in 9th Place ($3,014)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 27:
Blinds 40,000/80,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 8Jason Tracey

A short stacked Jason Tracey got the last of his chips in holding K♦️10♣️ against the A♠️Q♦️ of Alfonso Santana. Tracey failed to improve and is our 9th place Capital Region Classic finisher taking home $3,014 for his efforts.

Day 2: Tom Flynn Eliminated In 10th Place ($2,360)

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 26:
Blinds 30,000/60,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 9

Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn moves all in for his last 285,000 and it folds to Shaun Deeb in the big blind. Deeb makes the call and the hands are shown.

Flynn: 5♠️4♠️
Deeb: 8♠️8♣️

The board runs out clean for Deeb 2♥️A♣️10♥️4♦️K♣️ and Flynn is our 10th place finisher collecting $2,360 for his efforts.

Shaun Deeb- 6,500,000
Tom Flyn- Eliminated in 10th Place $2,360

Final Table Set, Shaun Deeb Leads

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 26:
Blinds 30,000/60,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 10

The final table of the Capital Region Classic is now set and we are just moments away from crowning our newest C.R.C champion. Shaun Deeb brings a massive chip lead into the final table holding over 6,000,000. Raj Maragh sits in second with 2,600,000 and Ilir Cenalia rounds out the top three with 2,075,000. The final ten will battle it out here in the Event Center for the $37,559 first prize and the C.R.C trophy. Below is a full list of updated chip counts and final table seating assignments.

Seat 1. Marc Pallozzi- 1,950,000
Seat 2. Jason Tracey- 890,000
Seat 3. Raj Maragh- 2,600,000
Seat 4. Tom Flynn- 375,000
Seat 5. Michael Lynch- 1,200,000
Seat 6. John Kasinki- 1,050,000
Seat 7. Ilir Cenalia- 2,075,000
Seat 8. Keith Pierce- 1,600,000
Seat 9. Shaun Deeb- 6,150,000
Seat 10. Alfonso Santana- 1,500,000

Day 2: Pallozzi Eliminates Dinuzzo In Dramatic Fashion

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 26:
Blinds 30,000/60,000/10,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 12

Marc Pallozzi raises to 250,000 and Mike Dinuzzo moves all in from the button for 420,000. It folds back to Pallozzi who quickly calls and the hands are shown.

Pallozzi: Q♥️Q♠️
Dinuzzo: 9♦️9♥️

The dealer fans the K♦️9♠️2♣️ flop and Dinuzzo flops a set of nines to take the lead. The turn is the 10♠️ and Pallozzi picks up a gutshot straight draw. The Q♣️ hits the river and the table erupts as Pallozzi rivers a set of queens to eliminate Dinuzzo.

Marc Pallozzi- 2,300,000
Mike Dinuzzo- Eliminated in 13th Place $1,852

Day 2: Santana Eliminates Cochinos

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 25:
Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 14Nick Cochinos

Nick Cochinos got his last 575,000 all in holding 9♠️9♥️. Unfortunately for Cochinos Alfonso Santana was holding K♥️K♣️. The board ran out clean for Santana 3♣️Q♥️3♦️8♣️6♣️ and Cochinos was sent to the rail in 15th place earning $1,852.

Alfonso Santana- 1,100,000
Nick Cochinos- Eliminated in 15th Place $1,852

Day 2: Lynch Doubles Through Blake

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 25:
Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 15Michael Lynch

The action folds to Daniel Blake in the cutoff and he raises to 120,000. Michael Lynch moves all in from the small blind for 490,000 and Blake makes the call.

Lynch: K♥️J♥️
Blake: K♦️10♥️

Lynch is in great shape to earn the double up and he does just that when the board runs out K♠️Q♦️9♠️3♦️4♠️. Both players pair their king but Lynch’s jack kicker will play and he doubles up.

Michael Lynch- 1,070,000
Daniel Blake- 200,000

Day 2: Maragh and Pallozzi Over Two Million

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 25:
Blinds 25,000/50,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 16Raj Maragh

Marc Pallozzi

While it’s been all Shaun Deeb here on Day 2 as of late two other players are climbing the chip counts. Raj Maragh and Marc Pallozzi are now both now over the 2,000,000 chip mark. Deeb is still well out in front but these two players are gaining ground as we inch closer to the C.R.C final table.

Day 2: Recent Eliminations

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 24:
Blinds 20,000/40,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 18

The following list of players have been eliminated from the Capital Region Classic.

19-27th Place $1,180

19. William Manzueta (Pictured)
20. John Yanni
21. Jon Vermilyea
22. Michael Tran
23. Gilbert Taveras Garcia
24. James Rue
25. Jared Jones
26. Brian Morgan
27. Larry Bakke

28-36th Place $980

28. Kevin Ryan
29. Daniel Fogg
30. Taylor Dean-Upson
31. Nate Morra
32. Mike Graham
33. Ray Purdy
34. Jian Jiang
35. Sean O’Neill
36. Dennis Zollo
37. Ramakrishna Jammula

Day 2: Quad Aces Propel Deeb To Six Million

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 24:
Blinds 20,000/40,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 20Shaun Deeb

In the previous blind level of 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante Shan Deeb raised to 65,000 from under the gun. Michael Tran called from the small blind and the big blind called. They went three handed to the A♣️A♥️A♠️ flop and Tran led out with a bet of 115,000.

The big blind quickly folded and Deeb raised to 265,000. With the action back on Tran he made it 815,000 and Deeb made the call. The dealer burned and turned the 7♠️ and Tran moved all in for 1,400,000. Deeb snap called turning over A♦️4♣️ for quad aces and Tran was drawing stone dead holding 6♣️6♥️. Tran was eliminated when the 10♥️ hit the river and Deeb is now holding 6,000,000 of the 20,875,000 chips in play with just 20 players remaining.

Day 2: Jared Jones Eliminated

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 23:
Blinds 15,000/30,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 23Jared Jones

After losing a big flip to Nick Cochinos holding ace king against the pocket jacks of Cochinos Jared Jones moved all in for his last 125,000. It folded to Mike Dinuzzo on the button who reshoved all in for about 300,000. The blinds quickly folded and they turned over their hands.

Jones: A♦️Q♥️
Dinuzzo: Q♦️Q♠️

The board ran out clean for Dinuzzo 8♥️5♠️6♦️10♣️10♥️ and Jones is eliminated in 25th place earning $1.180.

Mike Dinuzzo- 500,000
Jared Jones- Eliminated in 25th Place $1,180

Day 2: The Shaun Deeb Show Continues

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 23:
Blinds 15,000/30,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 26Shaun Deeb

It’s been all Shaun Deeb here today on Day 2 of the Capital Region Classic and he is not slowing down. He now holds a massive chip lead with just 25 players remaining. Below is a look at how some of the stacks are shaping up as our Day 2 field is thinning at a rapid pace.

Shaun Deeb- 3,800,000
Michael Tran- 2,200,000
Keith Pierce- 1,500,000
Marc Pallozzi- 1,100,000
Jon Vermilyea- 1,050,000
Raj Maragh- 860,000
William Manzueta- 650,000
Jacques Capone- 565,000
Daniel Blake- 525,000
Mike Dinuzzo- 500,000
Brian Morgan- 410,000
Gilbert Taveras Garcia- 360,000
Michael Lynch- 350,000
John Yanni- 340,000
Nick Cochinos- 250,000

Day 2: Shaun Deeb Eliminates Ray Purdy

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 23:
Blinds 15,000/30,000/5,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 32Ray Purdy

Ray Purdy moves all in from under the gun and it folds to Shaun Deeb in the small blind. Deeb raises to 400,000 covering the big blind who quickly folds. Purdy turns over K♦️Q♣️ but will need to improve against the 8♦️8♥️ of Deeb.

The dealer fans the 2♦️3♣️8♣️ flop and Deeb flops top set to put a hammer lock on the hand. The turn 2♣️ improves Deeb to a full house leaving Purdy drawing dead and the meaningless 4♣️ hits the river. Purdy is eliminated and Deeb adds to his massive chip lead.

Shaun Deeb- 3,100,000
Ray Purdy- Eliminated in 33th Place $980

Day 2: Maragh Eliminates Zollo In Brutal Fashion

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 22:
Blinds 12,000/24,000/4,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 35

Dennis Zollo

Dennis Zollo moved his last 225,000 all in from the big blind over the late postion raise of Raj Maragh. After thinking it over for a bit Maragh makes the call and Zollo instantly tables his A♣️A♦️. Maragh sees the bad new as he turns over K♣️Q♣️ and Zollo is in great shape to double up holding pocket rockets.

The dealer spreads the J♣️10♣️2♣️ flop and Maragh flops a flush to take control of the hand. Zollo is holding the ace of clubs but the 6♥️ turn and 3♦️ river seal the deal for Maragh. Zollo is eliminated in brutal fashion in 36th place and will earn $980 for his efforts.

Raj Maragh- 1,050,000
Dennis Zollo- Eliminated in 36th Place $980

Day 2: Deeb Keeping His Foot On The Gas

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 22:
Blinds 12,000/24,000/4,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 37Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb has been a one man wrecking crew here on Day 2 of the Capital Region Classic. He bought in today on Day 2 and was able to double his stack in one of the very first hands of the day. Deeb has never looked back and continues to rake in pot after pot and is now the first player over 2,000,000. We are down to the final 37 players and Deeb is all alone at the top of the chip counts.

Day 2: Nick Cochinos Doubles Up

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 21:
Blinds 10,000/20,000/3,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 41Nick Cochinos

A player in early position raises to 51,000 and Nick Cochinos moves all in for 146,000. It folds back to the player who makes the call and the hands are shown.

Cochinos: 9♠️9♣️
Opponent: 6♠️6♦️

Cochinos is in great shape to double up and he does just that when the board runs out J♠️10♣️7♣️8♣️3♠️.

Nick Cochinos- 352,000

Day 2: Pierce and Tran Closing the Distance

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 21:
Blinds 10,000/20,000/3,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 45Keith Pierce

Michael Tran

The players have returned from their dinner break and Day 2 play is back underway. Shaun Deeb is leading the way with over 1,500,000 but two players are right on his heels. Michael Tran and Keith Pierce are now both over 1,300,000 and are gaining ground on our chip leader. Just 45 players remain and they’re all now guaranteed at least $835. We will crown our newest Capital Region Classic champion here tonight and the winner will be taking home $37,559 and the C.R.C trophy.

 

Day 2: Shaun Deeb Extends His Lead Before Dinner

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
End Of Level 20:
Blinds 8,000/16,000/2,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 45Shaun Deeb

Shaun Deeb is putting his Day 2 buy-in to work and has moved into the chip lead with just 45 players remaining. He is beginning to pull away from the field and is now up to 1,550,000. Deeb looks to be one of only two players currently over the million chip mark. Keith Pierce now sits in second with 1,050,000 and Daniel Blake who started Day 2 as the chip leader is still near the top with 975,000. The players are now on a one hour dinner break. We will be picking back up on all of the Day 2 action when the players return and the cards are back in the air.

Day 2: Dennis Zollo Battling Back

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 19:
Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 54Dennis Zollo

Dennis Zollo was one of the shorter stacks in the field on the money bubble and was down to 90,000 in the previous level. Zollo has stayed patience and picked his spots picking up a few key pots without showdown. He is now back up to a very healthy stack of 420,000 with just 54 players left in the hunt.

Day 2: Matt Goodman Rivers a Flush to Survive

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 19:
Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 57Matt Goodman

Gilbert Taveras Garcia raises to 30,000 from early positon and Matt Goodman moves all in for 154,000. The player next to act reshoves all in for about 210,000 and it folds back to Taveras Garcia who quickly folds.

Goodman: A♣️8♣️
Opponent: Q♣️Q♥️

They see a flop of 2♣️7♣️4♥️ and Goodman flops the nut flush draw. Goodman adds a gutshot straight draw to go along with his nut flush draw on the 5♦️ turn. The 6♣️ hits the river and Goodman improves to the nut flush to double up and stay alive.

Matt Goodman-368,000

Day 2: Nick Wildman First Over a Million

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 19:
Blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 63Nick Wildman

When we last featured Nick Wildman on the blog earlier in the day we talked about how he had been flying under the radar. That is definitely no longer the case as Wildman has caught fire after the break. Wildman has moved into the chip lead and is beginning to distance himself from the Day 2 field. He is now playing just over 1,000,000 and is the first player to cross the million chip mark. Wildman was our third place finisher in Mays inaugural Capital Region Classic and is now poised to make another deep C.R.C run.

Day 2: Jerry Edwards Spikes the Turn to Stay Alive

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 18:
Blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 66Jerry Edwards

Jerry Edwards got his last 97,000 all in preflop holding 6♥️6♠️ and was called by a player who held A♠️Q♥️. It looked as though Edwards Capital Region Classic was coming to an end when the dealer fanned the A♣️9♥️5♥️ flop. Edwards stood up from chair preparing to make his exit when his opponent paired his ace on the flop to take the lead.

The dealer burned and turned the 6♦️ and Edwards spiked his two outer improving to a set of sixes to leave his opponent drawing dead. The meaningless J♥️ hit the river and Mays C.R.C runner up Jerry Edwards sits back down to rake in the pot.

Jerry Edwards- 228,000

Day 2: Daniel Blake Bursts the Bubble

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
End Of Level 17:
Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 79Daniel Blake

We catch up to the heads up action on a flop of 7♣️Q♣️2♠️ and a player moves all in for his last 57,000. Daniel Blake makes the call and the hands are revealed.

Blake: A♣️6♣️
Opponent: A♦️Q♥️

The turn brings the 8♦️ and the 4♣️ competes the board. Blake improves to the nut flush to eliminate his opponent and burst the Capital Region Classic bubble. The remaining 80 players are now all in the money and will be guaranteed a minimum of $581 for their efforts.

Daniel Blake- 410,000

Day 2: Big Stacks On the Bubble

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 17:
Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 82Gilbert Taveras Garcia

We are now rapidly approaching the money bubble with just 82 players remaining.  With two more eliminations the final 80 players will all be in the money and guaranteed at least $581. There are plenty of big stacks starting to emerge and it’s neck and neck at the top of the chip counts. Gilbert Taveras Garcia is in the lead with approximately 680,000 and Jon Vermilyea is right on his heels with 650,000. Shaun Deeb who bought in on Day 2 is now over 600,000 and rounds out the top three stacks. Below is a look at some of the biggest stacks from our Day 2 field.Jon Vermilyea

Gilbert Taveras Garcia- 680,000
Jon Vermilyea- 650,000
Shaun Deeb- 610,000
Joe “The Worm” Palma- 575,000
William Manzueta- 550,000
Nate Morra- 540,000
Kevin Grabel- 525,000
Alfonso Santana- 490,000
Elvis Rodriguez- 455,000

Day 2: Shaun Deeb Eliminates Suzanne Jackson

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 17:
Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 85Shaun Deeb

We catch up to the blind versus blind action on the river on a board reading 6♦️8♠️2♦️3♣️Q♣️. Suzanne Jackson leads out with a bet of 25,000 into a main pot of about 75,000. Shaun Deeb moves all in covering Jackson who has about 110,000 behind. She goes deep into the tank and eventually calls for her tournament life turning over 6♣️8♥️ for two pair.

Deeb however shows Q♥️6♠️ for a better two pair sending Jackson to the rail just shy of the money. Deeb adds to his stack and is now in contention for the chip lead with approximately 610,000.

Day 2: Durand Doubles Through Grabel

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 16:
Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 94Mike Durand

The action folds around to Kevin Grabel on the button and he raises to 15,000. Mike Durand calls from the big blind and they go heads up to the K♣️7♦️6♦️ flop. Durand checks and Grabel  tosses out a bet of 20,000. Durand check raises all in for his last 57,500 and Grabel makes the call.

Durand: K♠️Q♣️
Grabel: 8♦️5♠️

Durand turns over his top pair and Grabel will need to improve with an open ended straight draw. The turn 2♥️ and river A♦️ are no help to Grabel and Durand doubles up.

Kevin Grabel- 450,000
Mike Durand- 157,000

Day 2: Nick Wildman Still In The Hunt

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 16:
Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
P
layers Remaining: 103

While we have featured Mays Capital Region Classic champion Rob Saladin and runner up Jerry Edwards plenty on the blog there is another player from that final table who has been flying under the radar. Nick Wildman was the 3rd place finisher in the inaugural Capital Region Classic and took home nearly $21,000. Wildman started the day with 147,000 and has chipped up to over 200,000 here in the early levels. We are now just 23 spots off the money and Wildman is closing in on his second Capital Region Classic cash in as many events.

Day 2: Rob Saladin Eliminated

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 16:
Blinds 3,000/6,000/1,000 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 125Rob Saladin

Rob Saladin got the last of his chips in holding ace eight and was outflopped by the king queen of the big blind. Saladin was sent to the rail and the defending Capital Region Classic champions run has come to an end.

Day 2: Final Payouts

The Capital Region Classic drew a total of 733 entries creating a prize pool of $181,565 nearly doubling the $100,000 guarantee. The final 80 players will all make the money and be guaranteed a minimum of $581. The winner will be taking home $37,559 along with the Capital Region Classic trophy. Below is a full list of the final tournament payouts.

1. $37,559+C.R.C trophy
2. $23,749
3. $15,451
4. $11,366
5. $8,479
6. $6,373
7. $4,902
8. $3,777
9. $3,014
10-12. $2,360
13-15. $1,852
16-18. $1,453
19-27. $1,180
28-36. $980
37-45. $835
46-54. $744
55-63. $672
64-72. $617
73-80. $581

Day 2: Mike Dinuzzo Nears the Top

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 15
: Blinds 2,500/5,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 135Mike Dinuzzo

Mike Dinuzzo started Day 2 with just over 80,000 and was able to double up early. He then found another massive double up after flopping a set against the top pair of his opponent. Dinuzzo is now up to 490,000 and is nearing the top of the chip counts as we inch closer to the money.

Day 2: Tournament Registration Closed

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 15
: Blinds 2,500/5,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 733
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layers Remaining: 135

The players have returned from break and Day 2 play has resumed. There were a total of 34 Day 2 entries bringing the total number of Capital Region Classic entries to 733. Tournament registration and re-entry is now closed and there is over $180,000 in the prize pool. The tournament payouts are now being finalized and will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Day 2: Break, Last Chance to Register

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
End Of Level 14
: Blinds 2,000/4,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 728
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layers Remaining: 155

The Day 2 players are now on their first 10 minute break of the day.  29 players have bought in on Day 2 and there are now 728 total Capital Region Classic entries. There is already over $175,000 in the prize pool and tournament registration and re-entry will be closing when play resumes. Don’t miss your very last chance to get on the action as we will be crowning our newest Capital Region Classic champion here tonight.

Day 2: Joe Palma Takes the Lead

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 14
: Blinds 2,000/4,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 719
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layers Remaining: 155Joe “The Worm” Palma

Joe “The Worm” Palma started Day 2 with 182,000 and has caught fire here in the early levels. He is now sitting behind a mountain of chips and is closing in on 500,000. Daniel Blake who started the day as the chip leader is still playing over 400,000 but it’s Palma has now moved into the Day 2 chip lead.

Day 2: Shaun Deeb Rockets Up the Chip Counts

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 710
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layers Remaining: 160Shaun Deeb

We are seeing plenty of players who are electing to buy-in here on Day 2 for $1,100 and receive a 100,000 chip starting stack. One of those players is Shaun Deeb and he’s putting his Day 2 buy-in to good use early. We are not even through the first level of play and already Deeb has doubled his stack. He is now playing over 200,000 and is rocketing up the chip counts as we inch our way closer to the money bubble. Deeb is seated to the left of Jerry Edwards and Greg Fishberg so we expect to see our fair share of action today on table 20.

Day 2: Carl DiVeglia III’s Alter Ego

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 710

Players Remaining: 160Chase Thunder

Carl DiVeglia III promised us that if he made Day 2 of the Capital Region Classic he would return dressed in one of his signature costumes. He is a man of words as he has shown up today as his alter ego. “I’m not Carl today I’m Chase Thunder” he tells us just as we see him raking in pot holding a set of 3♣️3♦️. DiVeglia III started the day with 120,500 and has already chipped up to about 160,000 early on.

DiVeglia III has quite the poker resume that now boast nearly $250,000 in live earnings but Chase Thunder is still looking for his first big live tournament score.

Daniel Blake Leads Day 2, Cards in the Air

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Coming Back to Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 699

Day 2 Players Remaining: 166Daniel Blake

The cards are now in the air on Day 2 of the Capital Region Classic and we will be crowning our latest C.R.C. champion here tonight. There are now 699 entries and counting creating a prize pool of over $150,000. 166 players will return today and players still have the option to buy in until the start of level 15 or approximately 1:30 P.M. Daniel Blake is all alone ate the top of the chip counts with 486,000. Kevin Grabel sits in second with 332,500 and Day 1F’s Darren Danko rounds out the top three stacks with 302,000. There are still plenty of dangerous players left in the field including Matt Glantz, Joe Palma, and Greg Fishberg just to name a few. Mays C.R.C champion Rob Saladin and previous C.R.C runner up Jerry Edwards are also both still in the hunt.

There should be no shortage of action today as the chips were flying in the Event Center on Day 1. Below is a look at the numbers from all eight Day 1 flights as Day 2 play gets underway.

Day 1A Entries: 91
Day 1A Players Remaining: 26
Day 1A Chip Leader: Sanford Tobin- 243,500

Day 1B Entries: 101
Day 1B Players Remaining: 20
Day 1B Chip Leader: William Manzueta- 258,000

Day 1C Entries: 72
Day 1C Players Remaining: 21
Day 1C Chip Leader: Jonathan Kadish- 186,000

Day 1D Entries: 77
Day 1D Players Remaining: 15
Day 1D Chip Leader: Daniel Blake- 486,000

Day 1E Entries: 65
Day 1E Players Remaining: 17
Day 1E Chip Leader: Mike Durand- 207,000

Day 1F Entries: 102
Day 1F Players Remaining: 27
Day 1F Chip Leader: Darren Danko- 302,000

Day 1G Entries: 103
Day 1G Players Remaining: 24
Day 1G Chip Leader: Kevin Grabel- 332,500

Day 1H Entries: 88
Day 1H Players Remaining: 22
Day 1H Chip Leader: Ray White- 279,000

Tournament Registration Still Open

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Coming Back to Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 699

Day 2 Players Remaining: 166

The Capital Region Classic Day 2 play gets underway here in the Event Center starting at noon. 166 players will return and will battle it out to be the next C.R.C champion. There are already 166 total entries and the prize pool is now over $150,000. Tournament registration and re-entry will remain open until the start of level 15 or approximately 1:30 P.M.

Players who choose to enter on Day 2 will receive a 100,000 chip starting stack for their $1,100 entry fee. Don’t miss your last chance to get in on that action as we will be crowning our second ever Capital Region Classic champion here tonight.

Day 2 Chip Counts and Seating Assingments

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Coming Back to Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 699

Day 2 Players Remaining: 166

Day 2 Play of the Capital Region Classic will resume Sunday August 27th in the Event Center. There are now a total of 699 entries and there is $150,285 in the prize pool. Tournament registration and re-entry will remain open until the start of level 15 or approximately 1:30 P.M. Players that choose to enter on Day 2 will pay $1,100 and receive a 100,000 chip starting stack. Below is a full list of Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments (All players table and seat numbers are in bold following their chip count below).

FIRST LAST CITY STATE CHIP COUNT TABLE  SEAT

Adam Agnew Altamont NY 16,500 6 1
Gene Agresta Amsterdam NY 34,000 12 2
Mapare Alwala Rocky Hill CT 31,000 1 3
David Andersen Yonkers NY 122,000 10 3
Thomas Anderson Schenectady NY 38,500 16 3
William Andrews Adams MA 87,500 15 5
Thomas Andreyo Clifton Park NY 68,000 5 2
William Ashbaugh Rensselaer NY Table 60,000 3  5
Raice Austin Pulaski NY 86,000 4 8
Steven Avery Rensselaer NY 169,500 15 2
Larry Bakke Saratoga Springs NY 128,500 6 4
Scott Baldwin Troy NY 118,000 9 3
Bruce Bardin Latham NY 41,000 3 8
Sean Barringer Saugerties NY 106,000 18 1
Fred Bartlett South Glens Falls NY 190,500 7 5
John Bates Saratoga Springs NY 184,500 1 2
Richard Bengis Rensselaer NY 194,500 18 6
Daniel Blake Newburgh NY 486,000 2 7
James Bousa Clifton Park NY 73,000 9 5
Ronald Bradway Fort Ann NY 105,000 2 5
Jeffrey Brush Greenville NY 75,000 5 5
Dominic Cafarelli Schenectady NY 30,000 15 3
Frank Callucci Saratoga Springs NY 70,000 4 2
Joseph Cannon West Hurley NY 88,000 14 4
Peter Cantine Bearsville NY 61,500 15 4
Jacques Capone Northville NY 199,500 6 7
Michael Casey Marlboro NY 44,000 17 3
Zachary Chinski Schenectady NY 76,000 18 2
Nicholas Cochinos Poughkeepsie NY 35,000 12 6
Angelo Cochinos Poughkeepsie NY 23,000 17 4
Randolph Collins Schenectady NY 39,000 9 2
Justin Contento Selkirk NY 177,000 16 9
Michael Crowley Schenectady NY 24,500 14 7
Edward Cummins Modena NY 96,000 6 5
Darren Danko Clifton Park NY 320,000 14 6
Dennis Day Schenectady NY 138,500 7 2
Taylor Dean-Upson Woodstock NY 122,000 1 6
Andrew Decarolis Rome NY 180,000 2 8
Steven Dembling Albany NY 176,500 10 2
Daniel Demeo Ballston Lake NY 50,000 2 6
Michael Detraglia Eagle Bridge NY 50,000 19 6
Matthew Devins Rochester NY 132,000 5 6
R Dickinson Fort Ann NY 26,500 2 2
Travis Dickson Kingston NY 71,500 19 9
Carl Diveglia Albany NY 120,500 10 1
Gary Domalewicz Albany NY 51,000 18 5
Daniel Drislane Mechanicville NY 118,500 7 4
Michael Durand Rexford NY 207,000 19 1
Paul Eddy Albany NY 82,000 13 2
Gerald Edwards Schenectady NY 131,500 20 9
Michael Falcone Schenectady NY 86,500 15 7
Bruce Fellows Clifton Park NY 15,500 19 7
Gregory Fishberg Huntingdon Valley PA 83,500 20 8
Thomas Flynn Johnstown NY 194,000 8 1
Daniel Fogg Schenectady NY 93,000 8 5
William Gaffney Albany NY 33,000 3 7
Anthony Gagliardo Monroe NY 85,500 12 1
Daniel Gaies Schenectady NY 79,500 9 8
Stephen Gallant Latham NY 237,500 20 3
Edward Gentiluomo Ballston Spa NY 69,000 8 2
Matthew Glantz Lafayette Hill PA 66,000 11 1
David Goldberger Monroe NY 113,500 1 7
Matthew Goodman Hudson Falls NY 159,500 3 3
Kenneth Goodman Orlando FL 56,500 19 3
Kevin Grabel Southampton PA 332,500 19 8
Michael Graham Schenectady NY 138,500 15 9
Fredrik Haavind Saratoga Springs NY 27,500 19 5
Leslie Haggerty Rensselaer NY 52,500 3 2
Adam Hall Schenectady NY 48,500 9 7
William Harder Woodstock NY 64,000 11 8
Christopher Harding Whitehouse TX 144,000 6 2
Theodore Harpolis Pleasant Valley NY 145,000 9 6
Aidan Hite Esopus NY 55,000 7 6
Robert Hite Esopus NY 117,500 11 3
Travis Hosgood Clifton Park NY 76,000 17 7
Jason House Pennellville NY 205,500 13 6
Sean Hurley Ballston Spa NY 207,000 19 2
Suzanne Jackson Waterford NY 98,000 18 9
Ramakrishna Jammula Guilderland NY 188,000 4 1
Jian Jiang Albany NY 96,500 2 1
Andrew Joseph Corinth NY 38,000 20 1
Jonathan Kadish New York NY 186,000 14 3
Kurt Kaiser Waterford NY 109,500 16 5
John Kasinki Newburgh NY 90,000 1 1
Andrew Klein Berne NY 107,000 5 4
Flynn Kroft Ballston Lake NY 98,500 17 1
Jason Krug Highland NY 64,000 15 8
Jason Kwartler South Fallsburg NY 106,500 4 7
John J Lacombe Waterford NY 123,500 10 7
Brandon Lamora Albany NY 74,000 5 1
Daniel Leaman Chatham NY 61,000 15 6
Keith Loeffler Kingston NY 51,500 6 3
Theodore Lutz Schenectady NY 83,500 10 5
Michael Lynch Staten Island NY 206,500 1 8
Chris Malandrino Schenectady NY 16,500 17 2
Miles Malik Hillsdale NJ 39,000 20 2
William Manzueta Saratoga Springs NY 258,000 3 6
Norman Martin Schenectady NY 92,000 16 4
Vito Masi Latham NY 111,000 20 6
Gary Mell Schenectady NY 62,000 14 1
Anthony Mero Ballston Spa NY 106,000 17 6
John Miley Schenectady NY 54,500 12 3
Ronald Miller Jr Cifton Park NY 106,500 20 4
Brian Morgan Wilton NY 158,500 18 4
Nathaniel Morra Latham NY 90,000 14 5
Dennis Muoio Cranston RI 72,000 18 8
William Murphy Bennington VT 88,500 10 4
William Mutch Troy NY 52,500 7 7
James Namiot Canajoharie NY 61,500 11 7
Son Nguyen Albany NY 242,500 2 4
Lawrence Numrich Latham NY 51,500 12 5
Matthew Obrien Albany NY 140,000 8 8
Scott Oconnell Waterford NY 49,000 12 4
Peter Olsen Delmar NY 40,500 16 8
Sean Oneill Cifton Park NY 115,000 8 3
Joseph Paigo Albany NY 54,500 19 4
Marc Pallozzi Waterford NY 145,000 16 6
Joseph Palma Bensalem PA 182,000 17 9
Charles Papa Albany NY 37,500 9 1
Richard Parry Albany NY 66,000 13 4
Teresa Phillips Castleton VT 211,000 2 3
James Phillips Troy NY 40,500 5 8
Matthew Pierce Albany NY 103,500 3 1
Keith Pierce Valatie NY 109,500 13 1
Steven Polimeni Cornwall NY 125,000 11 4
Christopher Purack Schoharie NY 51,500 9 4
Raymond Purdy Fort Edward NY 131,500 14 8
Shawn Redish South Glens Falls NY 57,000 6 8
Domenico Rega Glenford NY 59,000 8 4
Ben Riehlman Schenectady NY 90,000 4 5
Michael Rinaldi Pittsfield MA 184,500 5 3
Elvis Rodriguez Middletown NY 145,500 6 6
Clifford Rowe Green Island NY 66,500 1 4
James Rue Saratoga Springs NY 31,000 4 3
Kevin Ryan Glens Falls NY 33,500 4 4
Canio Sabia Rome NY 85,000 1 5
Robert Saladin Montgomery NY 50,000 11 6
Jennifer Sangiacomo Troy NY 55,000 8 6
Alfonso Santana Hudson Falls NY 169,000 12 7
Anthony Scialdone Albany NY 64,000 16 1
Benjamin Scott Wappingers Falls NY 95,500 13 3
Jeremy Seeman New York NY 47,500 5 7
Michael Shaughnessy Woodstock NY 162,000 11 5
Joseph Sicko Waterford NY 52,500 15 1
Lynn Smirensky Delmar NY 45,500 11 2
Jason Staalesen Schenectady NY 41,500 13 5
Arthur Stuarts Rensselaer NY 70,000 18 7
Mark Sullivan Troy NY 19,500 16 2
Sandy Tabin Saugerties NY 243,500 3 4
Gibert Taverasgarcia Utica NY 174,000 13 7
Nicholas Tironi Waterford NY 36,000 17 5
Jason Tracey Clifton Park NY 31,000 20 7
Luke Vaccaro Highland NY 67,500 7 8
Devan Vanguilder Queensbury NY 167,500 10 6
J Vecchiarelli Cazenovia NY 155,000 4 6
Jonathan Vermilyea Rosendale NY 198,000 10 8
William Volkmann Wellesley Hills MA 63,000 14 2
Sergey Weiss Ballston Lake NY 67,000 12 8
Raymond White Troy NY 279,000 20 5
Nicholas Wildman Rensselaer NY 147,000 17 8
Jared Woodell Glens Falls NY 110,500 7 1
Tyler Yager Hoosick Falls NY 102,000 13 8
John Yanni New Windsor NY 105,500 8 7
Paul Young Saratoga Springs NY 43,500 7 3
Andrew Zhu Plainfield NJ 64,500 18 3
Dennis Zollo Pine Bush NY 115,000 16 7

Ray White Leads Day 1H

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Coming Back to Level 13
: Blinds 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 699

Day 2 Players Remaining: 166Ray White

The final flight of the Capital Region Classic drew a total of 88 entries. 22 players from this flight will be advancing to Day and it’s Ray White holding the Day 1H chip lead with 279,000. Son Nguyen is right on his heels with 242,500 and Mike Lynch rounds out the top three with 206,500.

172 total players will return Sunday August 27 at 12 P.M. noon to resume Day 2 play and play down to a winner. Below is a list of some of the big stacks from this flight. A full list of Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments will be posted as soon as they’re available.

Ray White- 279,000
Son Nguyen- 242,500
Mike Lynch- 206,500
Rich Bengis- 193,000
Mike Rinaldi- 184,500
Nick Wildman- 147,000

 

Day 1H: Son Nguyen Leads, Ray White Climbing

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 11
: Blinds 1,000/2,000/300 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 697

Day 1A-G Players Remaining: 150
Total Day 1H Entries: 86
Day 1H Players Remaining: 36Son Nguyen

Ray White

We are approaching the last level of play here in our Day 1H flight. Son Nguyen took the chip lead early and is showing no signs of slowing down. Nguyen is now playing approximately 235,000 and is the only player over the 200,000 chip mark. Ray White continues to climb and is now up to about 160,000. Both players will look to finish strong with less than 35 minutes left in the night.

Day 1H: Last Break of the Night

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
End Of Level 9
: Blinds 600/1,200/200 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 690

Day 1A-G Players Remaining: 150
Total Day 1H Entries: 79
Day 1H Players Remaining: 42

The Day 1H players are now on a 10 minute break and this is the last break of the night. When play resumes they will play three more levels before the bagging process begins.

Day 1H: Raj Patel Finds a Double Up

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 8
: Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 690

Day 1A-G Players Remaining: 150
Total Day 1H Entries: 79Raj Patel

We catch up to the action on a flop of A♥️10♥️7♠️ and there is already more than 8,000 in the main pot. The player checks and Raj Patel moves all in for his last 7,400. After giving it some thought his opponent makes the call and the hands are shown.

Patel: A♦️Q♦️
Opponent: K♦️K♥️

The turn is the 3♠️ and the Q♣️ completes the board improving Patel to two pair to earn him the double up.

Raj Patel- 23,000

Day 1H: Nguyen and Leaman at the Top

$260 CRC $100,000 GTD NLH
Level 7
: Blinds 300/600/100 ante
Total Capital Region Classic Enries: 690

Day 1A-G Players Remaining: 150
Total Day 1H Entries: 79
Son Nguyen

Dan Leaman

Day 1H field is beginning to thin down and some big stacks are starting to emerge. At the moment it’s a battle for the chip lead. Both Son Nguyen and Dan Leaman are playing nearly identical stacks of about 150,000 and are neck and neck at the top of the chip counts.