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Friday, March 31, 2017

Event #25 Prize Pool

Cards in the Air: Day 2 Restart of the Monster Stack Event

The final day of the Winnin' O' the Green has just started up at the Bike. It is the Day 2 finals of the Monster Stack Event. Michael Ung leads the final 105 survivors today, but that field size will be growing, as Day 2 buy-ins will be available through the first two levels, or until about 2:45 PM today.

If we need to go to a third day, that will be played out tomorrow at 1 PM. Good luck everyone!

Winner's Interview with Mega Millions XVI Champion Jonas Hagstrom

Another exciting Mega Millions tournament wrapped up yesterday, and when the dust settled, it was Swedish pro Jonas Hagstrom who emerged victorious over the massive field. For his efforts, Hagstrom took home over $311,000, a Bicycle Casino trophy, and will get his face on the next Mega Millions banner in the tournament room. After the win, Hagstrom appeared to be relieved, and at a loss for words.

"I feel pretty good I'm not complaining."

Hagstrom was one of the short stacks for most of the final table, as slower play in big hands led to some shallow stacks. Hagstrom stayed patient, and told us that he made some plays he might not normally have done had the situation been different.

"I was waiting for good spots I made some pretty big folds early on where I would usually play the hands but I just ran good at the right time."

Hagstrom started his push when he eliminated Keyue Wang in sixth place, with pocket Aces against her Ace-King. From there, Hagstrom continued to lay low until three handed, when he won all of the meaningful pots. First, he doubled up with pocket Kings against Xiao Ruan. Then he won a monster flip to eliminate Massoud Eskandari, who had the chip lead for most of the final table.

By the time they got to heads up play, Hagstrom had nearly all of the chips. His opponent, Xiao Ruan, got his money in good with pocket Tens, but Hagstrom's King-Three suited caught up on the river, sending Hagstrom and his friends on the rail into a frenzy.

Hagstrom is mostly an online player who told us that a friend of his tipped him off to this event, and it ended up being quite a good tip.

"I've been playing some live cash so I have experience with that but of course it's way different than online. I live in Sweden. I didn't come here for this tournament I came here to hang out with friends and play some live cash but my friend told me about this tournament and I can say I'm happy I played it."

This is by far Hagstrom's biggest live cash, and he told us after the win that it might force him to change his plans for this summer.

"Yeah I wasn't planning on going to Vegas but now maybe I have to play some more."

Lastly, we asked Hagstrom if he would be coming back to America to defend his title. His answer got a raucous reaction from those still in the room.

"I'm going to have to come back and defend it right?" he said with a smile.

Congratulations again to Jonas Hagstrom on his incredible outright victory. Thank you once again to everyone who came out to the Mega Millions, and the entire Winnin' O' the Green series.

After the Day 2 finals of the Monster Stack $200,000 Guaranteed Event today, we will have daily tournaments running until the start of the Summer Series in June. See you guys then!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Congratulations to Jonas Hagstrom, Winner of Mega Millions XVI ($311,328)

The 16th Mega Millions final table is in the books, and it is Swedish pro Jonas Hagstrom who emerged victorious in the massive field. Hagstrom took advantage of his chance to buy-in on Day 2, and turned $4,300 into $311,328.  It is by far his biggest live cash, and one that he says might force him to go out to Las Vegas for more live tournaments at the WSOP this summer. Check out a full breakdown of how the final table panned out below, and come back tomorrow for a full winner's interview with our champion.

Congratulations again to Jonas Hagstrom, and thanks to everyone who came out to play this massive event!

1. Jonas Hagstrom - $311,328
2. Xiao Ruan - $167,625
3. Massoud Eskandari - $109,935
4. Larry Serebryany - $82,065
5. Benjamin Nguyen - $63,210
6. Keyue Wang - $49,310
7. Benjamin Chan - $38,765
8. Bhagwan Tejwani - $30,450
9. Raz Mael - $23,400

Xiao Ruan Eliminated in 2nd Place ($167,625), Jonas Hagstrom is the Winner!

Jonas Hagstrom moved all in from the small blind, and Xiao Ruan quickly called off his final 12 big blinds when he saw his cards.

Hagstrom: [Kd][3d]
Ruan: [10c][10s]

The flop of [Qd][Js][5d] gave Hagstrom a flush draw, and the [3s] on the turn gave him a few more outs. The river brought the [Kh], giving Hagstrom two pair, and the winning hand.

Hagstrom yelled in joy as he ran to his friends on the rail to celebrate. Ruan will take home $167,625 for his efforts, but the lion's share of the prize pool is going to Hagstrom, who will take home $311,328.

Massoud Eskandari Eliminated in 3rd Place ($109,935)

Massoud Eskandari moved all in for his final 26 million from the button, and Jonas Hagstrom called as soon as he saw his cards.

Hagstrom: [Ah][Kh]
Eskandari: [9h][9d]

The flop came down [Jd][10h][5d], giving Hagstrom a queen for an out, and running hearts as well. He wouldn't need them, as the [Ad] came on the turn. This did give Eskandari flush draw outs now, but the [8c] came instead.

This gets us to heads up play. Hagstrom has about 80 million to the 22 million of Xiao Ruan.

Hagstrom Doubles Into the Chip Lead

Xiao Ruan shoved all in from the small blind, having Jonas Hagstrom covered in the big blind. Hagstrom looked at his cards, and immediately called.

Hagstrom: [Kd][Ks]
Ruan: [Ad][2h]

Ruan paired up on the flop, but it wasn't the pair he was hoping for, as the flop came [Qh][4c][2c]. The [5s] on the turn gave Ruan a few more outs, but the [7d] on the river wasn't one of those cards.

Hagstrom doubles up to 44 million, while Ruan drops to 28.5 million.

No Deal Made

The final three players took a look at the numbers, both with the full amount, and with 10% taken out to play for, but they couldn't agree to a deal, so we play on! Here are exact updated chip counts again.

Blinds: 750,000-1,500,000

Xiao Ruan - 48.1 million
Massoud Eskandari - 29.6 million
Jonas Hagstro - 24.7 million

Larry Serebryany Eliminated in 4th Place ($82,065)

Xiao Ruan raised to 3.5 million, and Larry Serebryany moved all in for 11.15 more. It folded back to Ruan, who got the count, then made the call.

Ruan: [Ad][Js]
Serebryany: [Ah][6d]

The flop of [9h][2c][2s] brought some chop possibilites for Serebryany, but he wouldn't get any more help, as the turn came the [3d], and the river the [Qd].

The final three players are now looking at the numbers for a chip chop. Here is how they stack up right now.

Xiao Ruan - 48.1 million
Massoud Eskandari - 29.6 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 24.7 million

Ruan Doubles Through Serebryany

Massoud Eskandari raised to 2.5 million on the button, and Xiao Ruan moved all in for 15.35 million in the small blind. From the big blind, Larry Serebryany moved all in over the top. Eskandari folded, and the cards were on their backs.

Ruan: [Ac][3c]
Serebryany: [Ad][Jd]

A three popped right into the window on the flop of [Qs][10c][3h], and Serebryany was now looking for a king or a jack. The [6d] came on the turn, and the [5s] completed the board. Serebryany collapsed on the floor in disbelief as most of his chips went to Ruan, who now has the chip leader.

Xiao Ruan - 33 million
Larry Serebryany - 6 million

Hagstrom Wins Big Pot Without Showdown

Jonas Hagstrom raised to 2.5 million on the button, and Xiao Ruan defended his big blind. The flop came down [Kh][Qs][Jd], and Ruan led out for 2.5 million. Hagstrom called, and the turn brought the [9c]. Ruan fired out again, 4 million this time, and again, Hagstrom stuck around.

The river was the [7s], and this time, Ruan checked. Hagstrom counted out his stack, before announcing a bet of 4.2 million. It only took Ruan a few moments to fold, and Hagstrom dragged the pot, upping him to second in chips.

Jonas Hagstrom - 27.8 million
Xiao Ruan - 15 million

Fresh Counts From Our Final Four On Break

Blinds: 600,000-1,200,000

Massoud Eskandari - 47.5 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 19.3 million
Larry Serebryany - 17.5 million
Xiao Ruan - 17.1 million

Benjamin Nguyen Eliminated in 5th Place ($63,210)

Benjamin Nguyen was all in preflop for his final 1.35 million, and both blinds called: Larry Serebryany and Jonas Hagstrom. They would check down a board of [Ks][Jd][10d][8c][Ah], and Serebryany showed [Ad][9s] for a rivered pair of aces.

Hagstrom had just five high, and Nguyen shook his head before showing [10s][9c].  The river did him in, but Nguyen will still go home with $63,000 and change.

Keyue Wang Eliminated in 6th Place ($49,310)

Xiao Ruan raised to 2 million from early position, and Jonas Hagstrom moved all in for 9.6 million. It folded to Keyue Wang in the big blind, who had just under Hagstrom's total. Wang tanked for about a minute before calling, and Ruan folded, showing the [As].

Hagstrom: [Ac][Ah]
Wang: [Ad][Ks]

It was poor timing for Wang, who wouldn't catch any miracles, as the board ran down [7h][5h][7c][2s][7d]. Hagstrom is now second in chips with 25 million, while Wang will have to settle for just under $50,000.

Massoud Eskandari Has Half the Chips In Play

Blinds: 500,000-1,000,000 Average: 17 million

Massoud Eskandari - 46 million
Xiao Ruan - 15 million
Keyue Wang - 12.6 million
Larry Serebryany - 9.3 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 8.5 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 3 million

Wang Doubles Through Nguyen

Action started with Keyue Wang moving all in under the gun for 6.1 million total. It folded all the around to Benjamin Nguyen, who tanked for about three-four minutes before the clock was called. With about five seconds left in the clock, he made the call. 

Wang: [Qd][10c]
Nguyen: [As][3c]

Nguyen's weak ace was in the lead, but that would change after the flop came down [Kc][Qc][3h]. Wang took the lead, and she would hold the lead on the [4c] turn and the [10h] river.

Wang doubles up to 12.6 million, while Nguyen is now our short stack with 6.3 million.

Benjamin Chan Eliminated in 7th Place ($38,765)

After a raise from Massoud Eskandari, Benjamin Chan moved all in for 5.75 million more. It folded back around to Eskandari, who thought it over a bit before calling.

Eskandari: [Ac][10h]
Chan: [Kh][Js]

Two face cards came on the flop, but they were both queens: [Qh][Qd][2d]. The [6d] came on the turn, and neither player had a diamond. The [4s] completed the board, and Eskandari increased his chip lead.

Massoud Eskandari - 34.5 million
Benjamin Chan - Out

Shoves on Back-to-Back Hands, No Calls

The action is picking up right now, as the stacks are getting shallow. We just saw shoves on back-to-back hands, but no callers.

The first hand saw Benjamin Chan and Benjamin Nguyen go heads up to a flop of [10c][9s][6s]. Nguyen checks to Chan, who moved all in for 5.15 million. Nguyen tanked for about 4 minutes before the clock was called, and during the 10 second countdown, Nguyen folded.

On the next hand, Massoud Eskandari made it 2 million to go, and Jonas Hagstrom moved all in for 7.9 million total. Eskandari tanked for a while himself before folding, leaving us still seven handed. Here's how those four players stack up after those hands.

Massoud Eskandari - 23 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 18 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 12 million
Benjamin Chan - 9.75 million

Last $200,000 Guaranteed Flight Now Underway

Don't forget that we still have our $200,000 Guaranteed Event going on in the tournament room, and this is your last chance to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Registration will stay open for this flight until 7 PM tonight, and the top 12% of players will be cashing and moving on to the finals tomorrow.

Good luck all!

First Break Sees Ruan and Eskandari Neck and Neck for the Lead

In the first two levels and change of the day, we lost Raz Mael to an ugly runnout, and we also lost Bhagwan Tejwani. That leaves us with seven players, and at the moment, Xiao Ruan and Massoud Eskandari are both sitting on about 21 million.

We are coming back to the 400,000-800,000 level. The short stack right now is Larry Serebryany, who has about 6.5 million.

Bhagwan Tejwani Eliminated in 8th Place ($30,450)

Xiao Ruan limped in from under the gun, and it folded to Bhagwan Tejwani, who moved all in for 2.925 million total. It folded back around to Ruan, who called when he got the total.

Ruan: [8d][8s]
Tejwani: [7h][7s]

The board ran down [9d][3s][2c][10s][5h], and the eights held to give Ruan a nice pot, and get us down to just seven players.

Xian Ruan - 13 million
Bhagwan Tejwani - Out

Ruan Doubles Through Nugyen

Xiao Ruan moved all in for his final 4.15 million, and Benjamin Nguyen called to put him at risk.

Ruan: [Ah][Ad]
Nguyen: [Kc][Qs]

It was a dream time for Ruan to pick up aces, as he was on the short stack. His hand got even stronger after the flop of [Ac][9s][7d], and a three on the turn ended things.

Benjamin Nguyen - 16.5 million
Xiao Ruan - 8.7 million

Fresh Stacks From the Final Eight

Blinds: 300,000-600,000 Average Stack: 12.7 million

Massoud Eskandari - 30.3 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 21 million
Keyue Wang - 16 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 12 million
Larry Serebryany - 10 million
Benjamin Chan - 7 million
Bhagwan Tejwani - 4.25 million
Xiao Ruan  4.2 million

Raz Mael Eliminated in 9th Place ($23,400)

After a raise from Keyue Wang, Raz Mael shoved all in for about a min raise more. It folded around to Wang, and she called, only to see the bad news.

Wang: [Qc][Jc]
Mael: [Qd][Qs]

The flop of [Js][6c][4d] gave Wang some hope, and the [Ac] on the turn gave her a flush draw as well. The [9c] did come on the river, drawing an audible reaction from the entire table.

Wang is up to 13.6 million after that, while Mael is the first player out at this final table.

Slow, Passive Play So Far

We haven't seen many showdowns so far in the first hour plus of action so far at this final table. Short stack Raz Mael did shove once, and he got no callers. Massoud Eskandari is still the healthy chip leader, while Benjamin Nguyen has strengthened his positioning in second.

Final Day of Mega Millions Now Underway

And then there were nine. We have reached the final table of the 16th Mega Millions, and the cards are now in the air. Bicycle Casino regular Massoud Eskandari is in the lead with over 22 million. Below you will see the seating chart for today's final table. We will be here all day to provide you guys with updates on the bustouts and big double ups, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Seat 1: Larry Serebryany - 9.875 million
Seat 2: Raz Mael - 4.15 million (short stack)
Seat 3: Bhagwan Tejwani - 6.625 million
Seat 4: Jonas Hagstrom - 11.975 million
Seat 5: Benjamin Nguyen - 14.050 million
Seat 6: Keyue Wang - 9.625 million
Seat 7: Massoud Eskandari - 22.85 million (chip leader)
Seat 8: Benjamin Chan - 12.7 million
Seat 9: Xiao Ruan - 10.5 million

Another Day of $200,000 Guaranteed Action Has Started

It's time for another flight in this $200,000 Guaranteed Event. So far, Michael Ung leads the 55 Day 2 qualifiers with a huge stack of 640,500. He has nearly 200,000 more than the second biggest stack.

Registration for this flight will be open today until 2:30 PM, so make sure you come out and join us. The Day 2 finals will be starting up tomorrow at 1 PM. Good luck all!

Mega Millions XVI Final Table

Event 25 Return List

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Massoud Eskandari Leads the Final Table of Mega Millions XVI

It took us just over nine hours to get from 43 players to our final nine tonight, and it is a familiar face to the Bicycle Casino who will be bringing in the most chips tomorrow. Massoud Eskandari finished runner-up at the 2014 Legends of Poker Main Event, and late last year, he was part of the three way chop in the SCPC Main Event. He will be bringing in a whopping 22.85 million chips tomorrow.

Below you will see a full seating chart for tomorrow's final table, including everyone's exact chip counts. The blinds will be 200,000-400,000, and the button will be on Benjamin Nguyen. The final table will be starting up at 1 PM, and it will be streamed on Live At the Bike. That will be going online at 1:30 PM. If you would like to come rail the event, it will be shown on the big screen in the cash game area.

Thanks for tuning into the updates all day long. See you guys tomorrow, and good luck to our final nine!

Seat 1: Larry Serebryany - 9.875 million
Seat 2: Raz Mael - 4.15 million (short stack)
Seat 3: Bhagwan Tejwani - 6.625 million
Seat 4: Jonas Hagstrom - 11.975 million
Seat 5: Benjamin Nguyen - 14.050 million
Seat 6: Keyue Wang - 9.625 million
Seat 7: Massoud Eskandari - 22.85 million (chip leader)
Seat 8: Benjamin Chan - 12.7 million
Seat 9: Xiao Ruan - 10.5 million

Jonathan Dahlberg Eliminated in 10th Place ($17,015), the Final Nine is Set!

On the first hand of the ten-handed final table, Jonathan Dahlberg got his final chips in the middle holding [8h][7d]. He was dominated by the [Qd][Qs] of Benjamin Nguyen, and the flop of [Qh][8c][5d] all but ended things. The [3s] on the turn sealed that, and the final nine was set!

Stay tuned for an updated seating chart, along with end of day chip counts for all nine players.

Ron West Eliminated in 11th Place ($17,015)

Ron West and Massoud Eskandari went heads up to a flop of [Kh][8h][4c]. Eskandari bet out 1.05 million, West called, and the turn brought the [9d]. Eskandari fired 2 million, West called again, and the river was the [Kd].

Eskandari bet out 2 million again, and West quickly moved all in for 4.4 million total. Eskandari threw his hands up in the air, and when he got an exact count, he made the call.

Eskandari - [Kc][Qs]
West: [7h][6h]

The bluff didn't work out for West, and Eskandari scooped the huge pot to take a big chip lead going into the final table of 10.

Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in 12th Place ($17,015)

Chris Klodnicki raised to 1.5 million on the button, leaving himself with just 300,000 behind. Benjamin Chan was next to act, and he made it 5 million to go. The big blind tank folded, and Klodnicki tossed his final few chips in.

Klodnicki: [Ks][5c]
Nguyen: [Ad][Qs]

The flop of [8d][6h][5h] gave Klodnicki the lead, but he still had to fade an ace or queen. The [6c] on the turn meant an eight would work for Chan now as well, but he wouldn't need that, as the [Ac] came on the river instead.

Klodnicki came back from dinner break as the chip leader, but most of his chips went to Nguyen in this past hour, who is now the chip leader with 16.2 million

Serebryany Doubles Through West

Ron West raised it up from early position, and it folded around to Larry Serebryany, who moved all in for his final 4 million. West quickly called, and saw he was in great shape to add to his lead.

West: [As][Kd]
Serebryany: [Ac][4s]

The flop came down [9s][5s][2d], and Serebryany pleaded with the dealer "three or four please three or four." The dealer oblidged with the [3s] on the turn, and now Serebryany was calling for cards to fade. "No spade please!" The [8h] completed the board, and Serebryany clapped his hands as he scored a nice double up.

Ron West - 11 million
Larry Serebryany - 8.3 million

Updated Counts From the Final 12

Blinds: 200,000-400,000 Average: 8.5 million

Ron West - 15.5 million
Benjamin Chan - 14.7 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 12.6 million
Massoud Eskandari - 10.6 million
Keyue Wang - 9 million
Jonathan Dahlberg - 7.4 million
Bhagwan Tejwani - 7.2 million
Raz Mael - 5.5 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 4.7 million
Larry Serebryany - 4.3 million
Xiao Ruan - 4.1 million
Chris Klodnicki - 2.7 million

Damien Dreyer Elimineted in 13th Place ($14,320)

Damien Dreyer gets his chips in the middle with [As][Ac] on the turn of a board reading [Kh][9c[Qc][9d], but his opponent, Ron West, caught up to him with that card, as he had [10c][9h]. No miracle ace came on the river for Dreyer, and West scooped the big pot to up his stack to 14 million.

Mael Doubles Through Nguyen

After a raise from Benjamin Nguyen from under the gun, Raz Mael moves all in from the small blind for 2.65 million. The big blind folds, and Nguyen quickly calls.

Nguyen: [As][Ac]
Mael: [8h][8c]

Mael is well behind, but that all changes on the flop of [8s][6c][5s]. The [Ks] on the turn gives Nguyen some flush outs, but the [4h] on the river isn't one of those.

Raz Mael - 5.8 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 2.3 million

Carlos Monteiro Eliminated in 14th Place ($14,320)

Carlos Monteiro shoved his short stack in from under the gun, and it folded all the way around to the big blind, Keyue Wang. She took a look at her cards, then quickly called.

Wang: [As][Qd]
Monteiro: [Ks][Qs]

The board ran down [9c][5c][2s][3c][6s], and Wang's ace high held up, getting us down to 13 players. When we lose four more players, we will be done for the night.

Keyue Wang - 8.5 million
Carlos Monteiro - Out

Mael Doubles Through Ruan

Raz Mael got his short stack in preflop holding [Ac][Qs], and he is in great shape against the [Ah][5h] of Xiao Ruan. The board came down [Js][4d][6s][10d][2d], and Mael notched the double up through Ruan.

Raz Mael - 4 million
Xiao Ruan - 2.6 million

Dahlberg Spikes One Outer to Double

Action folds around to Jonathan Dahlberg on the button, and he moves all in for 4.275 million. Massoud Eskandari is in the big blind, and he tanks for about 90 seconds before calling.

Dahlberg: [9c][9d]
Eskandari: [Kc][Js]

It was a great flop for Eskandari, coming down [As][Ks][10c]. Dahlberg needed a nine now, and he got just that on the [9s] turn. Eskandari could still win with a queen or spade, but the [4c] came instead. As the chips were being  counted, table mate Ron West said that he folded King-Nine, meaning it was a one outer for Dahlberg on the turn.

Massoud Eskandari - 13.4 million
Jonathan Dahlberg - 8.8 million

Dinner Time

The 14 remaining players are taking a 40-minute dinner break. Play will resume at 8:10 PM local time.

Klodnicki Wins the Biggest Pot of the Tournament

Chris Klodnicki just took the chip lead in this tournament after he doubled up through Xiao Ruan in a 17 million chip pot.

Action started with Klodnicki raising to 575,000 from early position. Ruan was the only caller, and the flop came down [9s][5d][5s]. Klodnicki continued for 525,000, Ruan called, and the [4d] hit the turn. Klodnicki fired 1 million this time, and Ruan fired back with a raise to 2.3 million. Klodnicki called, and the [Qs] completed the board.

Klodnicki checked, and Ruan thought for a while before assembling a massive bet of 5 million, and slid it in the middle. Klodnicki had about 250,000 more than the bet, so it was a decision for virtually all of his chips. Klodnicki immediately started shaking his head, and he asked Ruan if his full house was good. Ruan didn't react, and Klodnicki thought it over for about two minutes before he called.

Ruan rolled over [As][5s], but it was no good, as Klodnicki had [4h][4s] for a turned full house. He jumps all the way up to 17 million after that, while Ruan tumbles down to 4.7 million.

Nikoli Sears Eliminated in 15th Place ($14,320)

Nikoli Sears moved all in preflop, and for the second time in about half an hour, Jonas Hagstrom woke up with pocket aces behind him. He moved in over the top, and everyone else folded. Sears had some catching up to do with [Qs][10h], and the flop was about as good as he could ask for, coming [Kd][Jh][7d]. Sears needed an ace or nine now, but the [8s] turn and [4s] river brought no help.

Jonas Hagstrom - 10 million
Nikoli Sears - Out

West Doubles Through Dahlberg With Quads

Ron West started the action with a raise to 525,000 in the cutoff, and in the small blind, Jonathan Dahlberg reraised to 1.425 million. West called, and the flop came down [8s][6d][5d].

Dahlberg thought for about 30 seconds before moving all in, and West could not call fast enough.

West: [8d][8c]
Dahlberg: [Ah][Qc]

Dahlberg was drawing dead to winning the pot, but he could still find a way to chop if a straight ran out. The [7s] hit the turn, and West said "Don't do it." The dealer wouldn't as the [8h] came on the river to give West quads.

Ron West - 10.7 million
Jonathan Dahlberg - 2.4 million

Chan Doubles Through Wang

Benjamin Chan gets his final 4.275 million in the middle preflop holding [Ac][Qd], and he is in rough shape against the [Kh][Kc] of Keyue Wang. Wang asks the dealer for low cards, but instead the flop comes down [Ah][4h][2d]. This gives Chan top pair, and now Wang needs a king or running hearts. She picks up the [5h] on the turn, but the [5d] on the river doesn't complete her flush, shipping a big double up to Chan.

Benjamin Chan - 8.7 million
Keyue Wang - 3.5 million

Fresh Chip Counts From the Final 15

Blinds: 125,000-250,000 Average: 6.78 million

Massoud Eskandari - 17.3 million
Xian Ruan - 11.8 million
Chris Klodnicki - 10 million
Bhagwan Tejwani - 8.8 million
Jonathan Dahlberg - 7.7 million
Jonas Hagstrom - 7.2 million
Keyue Wang - 7.2 million
Ron West - 5.6 million
Benjamin Nguyen - 4.4 million
Larry Serebryany - 4.4 million
Carlos Monteiro - 4.3 million
Benjamin Chan - 4.27 million
Nikoli Sears - 3.5 million
Damien Dreyer - 2.2 million
Raz Mael - 2.2 million

David Malka Eliminated in 16th Place ($12,670)

David Malka, who started the day as a big chip leader, just busted in 16th place. He got pretty unlucky to do it as well.

Action started with Malka raising to 600,000 in middle position. Next to act, Xiao Ruan made it 1.6 million to go. It folded back to Malka, who didn't take long to move all in for about 3 million total. Ruan called, but he didn't look too thrilled about it.

Malka: [Qd][Qs]
Ruan: [Ad][Jc]

The flop of [8s][7d][4h] brought no backdoor outs for Ruan, who still needed an ace to win the pot. Sure enough, the [Ac] came on the turn, and now it was Malka who was hoping for a miracle. The [Kc] might have teased him for a bit, but it was no help, knocking Malka out just before the pay jump.

Xiao Ruan - 11.8 million
David Malka - Out

Eskandari and Klodnicki Separating Themselves From the Pack

Both Massoud Eskandari and Chris Klodnicki have been very happy since we reached the final two tables, as both players have been scooping most of the pots at their respective tables. Klodnicki just took a big pot off start of day chip leader David Malka, vaulting him up to 12.5 million.

However, it's Eskandari who holds the chip lead right now, with a whopping 17 million chip stack. Eskandari has finished runner up at the Legends of Poker Main Event, and finished third in the CSPC Event here last December. Will this be the big win at the Bike that has eluded Eskandari?

Hagstrom Doubles Through Sears

Action folded around to Nikoli Sears in the small blind, and he moved all in, having Jonas Hagstrom covered in the big blind. Hagstrom slowly sweated his cards, but as soon as he saw what they were, he called.

Hagstrom: [Ac][As]
Sears: [7h][7c]

The board runs down [Qs][Jh][6s][3s][4s], and Hagstrom makes an unnecessary flush on the river to score a big double up.

Jonas Hagstrom - 5.2 million
Nikoli Sears - 4 million

Sean Kim Eliminated in 17th Place ($12,670)

Chris Klodnicki raised to 450,000 from early position, and it folded around to Sean Kim in the small blind. He moved all in, and as soon as it got back to Klodnicki, he dropped chips in for the call.

Klodnicki: [Kd][Ks]
Kim: [Kd][Qs]

The hand was all but over after the [10d][7h][6c] flop, and the [10c] on the turn left Kim drawing dead.

Chris Klodnicki - 9.5 million
Sean Kim - Out

Benjamin Chan Doubles Through Chris Klodnicki

After a raise from Chris Klodnicki preflop, Benjamin Chan moved all in for his final 2.2 million on the button. It folded back around to Klodnicki, who called to put him at risk.

Klodnicki: [Jd][10d]
Chan: [Ac][4h]

Chan had a slight edge going to the flop, but that lead blew open after the flop came [Ah][Kd][6s]. Klodnicki needed a queen or running cards now, and the [4c] on the turn gave Chan two pair. Only a lady on the river would do now for Klodnicki, but the [10s] came instead.

Benjamin Chan - 4.8 million
Chris Klodnicki - 4.3 million

Kevin French Eliminated in 18th Place ($12,670)

Kevin French had just lost a good chunk of his stack when he doubled up Jonas Hagstrom in a blind vs. blind situation, and he would be felted on the next hand by Ron West, in another blind vs. blind altercation. French would shove from the small blind with [Ah][9h], but West woke up with a dominating hand [Ad][10d], in the big blind.

The flop of [7h][6d][5d] gave West a flush draw, cutting out one of French's outs. The [Jc] on the turn was no help to him, and the [3d] on the river improved West's hand to a flush.

Ron West - 7.3 million
Kevin French - Out

Carlos Monteiro Triples Up, Malka and Klodnicki Chop a Monster Side Pot

We just had a lengthy hand that went a few minutes into the break, and when the dust settled, Carlos Monteiro tripled up, while David Malka and Chris Klodnicki tangled in an interesting side pot. Here's how it went down.

Action started with Chris Klodnicki raising to 350,000 from under the gun. David Malka called in middle position, as did Xiao Ruan. It folded around to Carlos Monteiro in the big blind, and he moved all in for his final 820,000. It was back on Klodnicki now, and he put out a reraise to 1.75 million. Malka was next, and he tanked for about two minutes before calling. Ruan got out of the way, and we went to a flop.

That flop was [9h][9s][2h]. Klodnicki checked to Malka, who did the same. The [3c] on the turn saw two more checks, and the river was the [3s]. Klodnicki checked one more time, and here's where things got interesting.

Malka thought for over a minute before he put out a bet of 1.2 million. Klodnicki stared at the bet for about 30 seconds before softly announcing "3.8." The bet was for most of his stack, and it sent Malka deep into the tank. He sat motionless for over three minutes, contemplating the big decision. Eventually, he tossed one chip in the middle for the call.

Klodnicki rolled over [Ad][Ks], and Malka let out a sigh of relief, as he turned over the same hand, [Ah][Kc].  Klodnicki looked a bit confused by the call as he pulled his chips back into the stack, while Monteiro triumphantly tabled [7c][7h] for the winning hand.

His stack jumps up to nearly three million, as we move on with play in this final 18.

Final Two Tables With Fresh Chip Counts

Table 1

1. David Malka - 9 million
2. Xiao Ruan - 8.1 million
3. Benjamin Nguyen - 6.7 million
4. Sean Kim - 2.8 million
5. Keyue Wang - 3.5 million
6. Carlos Monteiro - 820,000
7. Chris Klodnicki - 7.1 million
8. Benjamin Chan - 2 million
9. Raz Mael - 3.6 million

Table 2

1. Larry Serebryany - 7.15 million
2. Nikoli Sears - 8.6 million
3. Jonas Hagstrom - 1.3 million
4. Kevin French - 2.6 million
5. Ron West - 4.2 million
6. Damien Dreyer - 5.4 million
7. Jonathan Dahlberg - 7.7 million
8. Bhagwan Tejwani - 8 million
9. Massoud Eskandari - 9.8 million

Down to Just Two Tables Now

We are down to the final 18 players now. We will get a fresh seating chart with chip counts for you guys shortly, but in the meantime, here are the players who all took home $11,160 today.

19. Inhpounh Vongvone
20. Jhovany Argueta
21. Bryan Piccioli

Second Session Underway in the $200,000 Guaranteed Event

Our post Mega Millions Event is in full swing, as another flight in the $200,000 Guaranteed Monster Stack Event has started. Players will be starting with 20,000 in chips, and registration will remain open until 7 PM tonight. The top 12% of players will be advancing to the finals in Friday to battle it out for this huge first place prize. Good luck all!

Next Group of Bustouts: 22-24th Places

The following three players all took home $9,680. Everyone still in has earned at least $11,160.

22. Quincy Weekly
23. Evan Krentzman
24. Raffi King

Next Round of Eliminations: 25-27th Places

We are at the point in the tournament where there is a pay jump for every three eliminations. The following players all won $8,240 today.

25. Juan Godinez
26. Bryce Hampton
27. Yaniv Fligelman

Tomorrow's Final Table WILL be Streamed on Live at the Bike

Originally, the final table was set to play out as it normally would in the tournament room, but Tournament Director Mo Fathipour has made an agreement to have the final table streamed on Live at the Bike. Rather than have a rail set up in the secluded room, the stream will instead be aired, on a delay of course, in the cash game area on the big screen. Those who wish to can come and watch the stream there.

Remember that the final table will be starting at 1 PM, with the live stream beginning online at 1:30 PM.

Three Table Redraw and Full Updated Counts

Table 1

1. Yaniv Fligelman - 1.1 million
2. Inhpounh Vongvone - 2 million
3. Benjamin Nguyen - 5.1 million
4. Sean Kim - 2.1 million
5. Keyue Wang - 1.4 million
6. Carlos Monteiro - 1.15 million
7. Juan Godinez - 1.1 million
8. Benjamin Chan - 3.6 million
9. Raz Mael - 1.95 million

Table 2

1. Larry Serebryany - 2.1 million
2. Nikoli Sears - 4.4 million
3. Jonas Hagstrom - 2.95 million
4. Jhovany Argueta -2.6 million
5. Quicy Weekly - 3 million
6. Damien Dreyer - 3.6 million
7. Bryce Hampton - 1.2 million
8. Evan Krentzman - 2.8 million
9. Massoud Eskandari - 8.2 million

Table 3

1. Ron West - 5.34 million
2. Chris Klodnicki - 5.7 million
3. David Malka - 11.3 million
4. Jonathan Dahlberg - 3.9 million
5. Xiao Ruan - 5.32 million
6. Bhagwan Tejwani - 6.2 million
7. Bryan Piccioli - 5.5 million
8. Kevin French - 3.9 million
9. Raffi King - 2 million

Eliminations 28th-36th Places

The following players all took home $6,875. We are in the process of a full three table redraw now. We will post a fresh seating chart with full, updated counts shortly.

28. Jesse Martin
29. Jesus Jimenez
30. Colleen Long
31. Gary Sewell
32. Dana Kellstrom
33. Kim Lam
34. Matt Salsberg
35. Chienyu Huang
36. Isaac Settle

Massoud Eskandari Leads The Way On First Break

We are down to our final 31 players on this Day 3 of the Mega Millions, and the chip leader is someone who has made plenty of big final tables here at the Bike: Massoud Eskandari. He has 9.5 million at the moment. David Malka was up to over 11 million at one point, but has dropped some since then, and is second with 9 million.

Some Fresh Stacks From the Final 36

When we get down to the three table redraw, we will post a full seating chart along with updated chip counts for everyone still in. Until then, here are how a few of the notables still vying for this title are doing. The blinds are currently 40,000-80,000, with an average stack of 2.8 million

David Malka - 11.3 million
Massoud Eskandari - 8.4 million
Ron West - 4.9 million
Chris Klodnicki - 3.55 million
Jesse Martin - 3.4 million
Bryan Piccioli - 2.95 million
Gary Sewell - 2.9 million
Matt Salsberg - 1.45 million
Colleen Long - 1.02 million

Eliminations So Far Today

We started with 43 players, and we have already lost five players. You can view those players below. They all took home $5,545.

39. Turbo Nguyen
40. Edison Tapiz
41. Michael Brown
42. Mithcell Nong
43. Dante Tabing

Day 3 Now Underway

David Malka leads the final 43 players coming back today for Day 3 of the Mega Millions. We will be playing ten 1-hour levels today, and we will be here all day to provide you guys with all of the live updates, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Cards in the Air: Opening $200k Flight Today

The $200,000 Guaranteed Monster Stack Event kicked off yesterday, and we have two more flights starting up today. The first of those two has just started up here in the tournament room. Players will be starting with 20,000 in chips today, and the top 12% will be moving on to the finals in Friday to battle it out for a first place prize that will be over $50,000. Good luck all!

Play Ends With David Malka Holding Massive Lead

After twelve hours of play, Day 2 of the 16th installment of the Mega Millions is in the books here at the Bicycle Casino. Tomorrow, it will be David Malka that holds the pole position, with a monster stack of 8.625 million. Malka already had the chip lead when he scored a huge knockout against Peter Hengsakul. Hengsakul had Ace-Queen against the Ace-Ten of Malka, and while his hand was good on the flop and the turn, a ten came on the river to give the huge pot to Malka. No one else left has over 5 million.

Play will continue tomorrow at 1 PM, where we will be playing 10 one hour levels. The final day will take place on Thursday, where one player will walk away with over $300,000. Be sure to come back here tomorrow for all of your updates, as we get closer to crowing the next Mega Millions champion!

Some Notable Big Stacks As We Enter Last Break

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 Players Left: 58 Average: 1.7 million

Massoud Eskandari - 4.5 million
Ron West - 4.35 million
David Malka - 3.9 million
Gary Sewell - 2.7 million
Chris Klodnicki - 2.5 million
Peter Hengsakul - 2.3 million

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Some Fresh Counts From the Final Nine Tables

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 Players Left: 81 Average: 1.25 million

Ron West - 2.9 million
David Malka - 2.7 million
Kevin French - 2.7 million
Gary Sewell - 2.5 million
Peter Hengsakul - 2.2 million
Massoud Eskandari - 1.9 million
Chris Klodnicki - 1.2 million
Nam Le - 1 million
Jordan Cristos - 825,000
Sang Yi - 525,000

The 100,000 Chips Are in Play

While the remaining players were on their latest break, the floor staff colored up the 1,000 chips, and introduced the pink 100,000 chips. We have 88 players left, and the average stack right now is 1.15 million. We will be playing three more levels tonight before the chips go into the bag.

Fresh Chip Counts From The Final 90

Blinds: 15,000-30,000 Players Left: 90 Average: 1.13 million

David Malka - 3.2 million
Gary Sewell - 2.5 million
Jesse Martin - 1.95 million
Massoud Eskandari - 1.5 million
Alex Massman - 1.45 million
Turbo Nguyen - 1.3 million
Ron West - 1.2 million
Jordan Cristos - 1.15 million
Gordon Vayo - 880,000

Less Than 100 Players Left

We are down to just 98 players in this Mega Millions Day 2. The average stack is just over one million, and it looks like the chip leader, David Malka, has about 3.3 million.

We just started Level 10, and we will be playing through Level 13 tonight.

Former Legends of Poker Champion Jordan Cristos Doubles Up

Jordan Cristos was getting short when he got his final 250,000 and change in preflop, and he was called by Craig Varnell, who easily had him covered.

Cristos: [Js][Jh]
Varnell: [10s][10c]

Cristos was in great shape, and he strengthened that lead after the flop of [8h][5h][7h]. Cristos had the only heart, meaning Varnell was looking for a one outer. The [6s] on the turn gave him some straight outs, but the [Kh] on the river gave improved Cristos to an unneeded flush.

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Craig Varnell - 1.7 million
Jordan Cristos - 580,000

Sang Yi The Last Former Champion Still Alive

Former Mega Millions champions Boris Goldstein and Sarkis Keshishian were knocked out before the money, leaving reigning champion Sang Yi as the only player left who came claim this title for the second time. Yi has a below average stack of 520,000, but with the blinds only at 12,000-24,000, he still has plenty of room to work with.

Time For Another Break

We are eight levels into play tonight, and the remaining 125 players are taking another break. Right now, Craig Varnell, David Malka, and Wing Ng are neck and neck for the chip lead, as all three players have over two million. Malka and Varnell are seated at a stacked table that also includes former Legends of Poker Champion Jordan Cristos, as well as tough local players Mark Hamilton and Ron West.

The Bubble Has Burst

We are down to the final 135 players, which means we are officially in the money here on this Day 2. Everyone still in has locked up at least $1,200, but everyone has their sights set on a prize much bigger than that. We have five and a half levels left to play tonight, so we still have plenty of poker coming for you guys tonight. Stay tuned!

Some Fresh Chippies For You Guys

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 Players Left: 160 Average: 640,000

David Malka - 1.9 million
Craig Varnell - 1.55 million
Alex Massman - 1.2 million
Ron West - 1.02 million
Harry Arutyunyan - 880,000
Massoud Eskandari - 750,000

Aces Get Wing Ng Up to Two Million

We just heard about an interesting hand that saw local player Wing Ng taken a massive pot to take the chip lead with two million. According to tablemate Dana Kellstrom, here's what happened.

The action started with a raise from under the gun. It folded around to the small blind, who put out a call. However, he quickly changed his mind, according to Kellstrom, and then announced all in. Because he had already put the call out, it was deemed a call, and from the big blind, Wing Ng shoved all in, having both players easily covered. The original raiser folded, but the small blind called off for his final 600,000 with pocket sevens. They were no good, as Ng had pocket aces, and his rockets would hold up on the five card run out.

This pot gets Ng to almost exactly two million, and he holds the chip lead now with 170 players left.

The Money Bubble Approaches as We Go on Break #3

Players are taking their third break of the day right now, and we have 170 players remaining. Only 135 of them will be locking up a min-cash of $1,200, meaning we should be in the money sometime in the next two levels.

We will go around the room when the players return and get some more fresh chip stacks for you guys then.

Some Notable Big Stacks With 200 Remaining

Blinds: 6,000-12,000 Players Left: 200 Average: 505,000

David Malka - 1.7 million
Craig Varnell - 1.2 million
Alex Massman  - 1.15 million
Chris Klodnicki - 1.1 million
Harry Arutyunyan - 1.05 million
Chris Demaci - 1.04 million
John Cynn - 860,000
Bryce Yockey - 810,000
Gordon Vayo - 740,000
Jordan Cristos - 720,000

David Malka Leads The Way on Second Break

We have reached the second break of the day, and the clock is showing 240 players left. Right now the chip leader looks to be David Malka, who won the WSOPC High Roller Event here in March of last year. Malka has about 1.6 million right now, nearly four times the posted average.

We need to lose just over 100 more people to get into the money tonight. Stay tuned for more updates as we go!

Three Former Mega Millions Champions Still In

We took a quick walk through the field and spotted three former winners of this event trying to become the first two time winners. One of those is reigning champion Sang Yi, who has the biggest stack of the three with 380,000. Sarkis Keshishian (170,000), and Boris Goldstein (125,000), are the other two former champions still alive. We will be keeping tabs on these three as the night progresses.

By the Numbers: Final Payouts For Mega Millions XVI

We had a grand total of 108 players buy-in today for $4,300, making for a grand total of $1,854,688 in the prizepool. The final 135 players today will be in the money, all locking up at least $1,200. The final 21 players will lock up a five-figure payday, and first place will be worth a whopping $311,328. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the payouts, and good luck to everyone still in.

1. $311,328
2. $167,625
3. $109,935
4. $82,065
5. $63,210
6. $49,310
7. $38,765
8. $30,450
9. $23,400
10-12. $17,015
13-15. $14,320
16-18. $12,670
19-21. $11,160
22-24. $9,680
25-27. $8,240
28-36. $6,875
37-45. $5,545
46-54. $4,400
55-63. $3,285
64-72. $2,655
73-81. $2,165
82-90. $1,845
91-99. $1,580
100-108. $1,395
109-117. $1,315
118-126. $1,245
127-135. $1,200

Cards in the Air: Opening Flight of the $200,000 Guaranteed Event

We wanted to make sure that you guys knew that our post Mega Millions event has just started up here at the Bike. It is a $200,000 Guaranteed Monster Stack Event. Day 1 flights will be played out today, tomorrow, and Thursday, with the finals starting up on Friday. The Day 1 buy-in will be $245, and the Day 2 buy-in is $1,400. Good luck players!

A Few Updated Big Stacks

Blinds: 3,000-6,000 Players Left: 303 Average: 335,000

Michael Brown - 1.32 million
Xinli Ye - 1.15 million
Kevin French - 960,000
Mehrzad Sadeghi - 850,000
Chris Demaci - 820,000
Massoud Eskandari - 700,000

Updated Numbers On This Day 2

We just checked in with the floor staff to get an update on some of the key numbers in this Day 2 restart. Right now, we have 334 players who are still in the event. We have had a total of 98 Day 2 buy-ins so far, meaning that the overall prizepool is just over $1.8 million.

We have half an hour left in registration, which means we will get over 100 Day 2 buy-ins, and that the prize pool will get close to $2 million overall.

Some of the Players Who Brought In Today

We have nearly 100 Day 2 buy-ins so far today in the Mega Millions Day 2, and that number will only be growing, as late registration is open until the top of the hour. Below you will see some of the players who exercised that option. Dyland Wilkerson and Toby Lewis earned big scores here earlier this month when they finished 1st and 2nd in the WSOPC Main Event.

Speaking of 1st and 2nd, we also spotted the top two finishers of the SCPC Event last December, Tim Cramer and Danny Illingworth. Illingworth took his seat first, and Cramer came in to fill the seat next to him after that player busted out. Check out their photos below, and stay tuned for more information, including the final number of Day 2 buy-ins, and official prize pool!

Dylan Wilkerson

Toby Lewis

Tim Cramer and Danny Illingworth

Isaac Baron

Jesse Martin

Jordan Cristos

The Big Stacks to Start Day 2

Chris Demaci - 825,000

Gregory Fishberg - 801,500

Mehrzad Sadeghi - 799,000

Michael Brown - 756,500

Kevin French - 746,500

Cards in the Air: Day 2 of the Mega Millions

The eagerly anticipated Day 2 of the Mega Million has just started up here at the Bicycle Casino. Right now, we have 75 players who have exercised their option to buy in on Day 2, but the line for the cage is 15 people deep, so that number will be going up throughout the registration period, which ends at 3 PM. We will be here all day to provide you guys with live updates, so make sure you don't go anywhere!

Mega Millions XVI Day 2 Return List & Mega Satellite Points List FINAL Standings

Monday, March 27, 2017

First Session in the Books With Juan Godinez in the Lead

It was a neck and neck race for the chip lead in this opening flight, but it was Juan Godinez (pictured above) who would emerge as the top dog of this 14 player list. thanks to a late charge. He bagged up 380,000 in chips, and will be in good shape for tomorrow's finals at 1 PM.

Be sure to come back in the morning for a final list of survivors, and don't forget that the action picks up again at 1 PM tomorrow, when the highly anticipated Day 2 of the Mega Millions starts up!

Cards in the Air: $460 Mega Satellite

We wanted to make sure you guys knew that tonight's $460 satellite, which will be guaranteeing at least three $4,300 Day 2 buy-in seats for tomorrow, has just kicked off. Players will be starting with 10,000 in chips tonight, and registration will be open until 10:05 PM. Click here for a full structure of this satellite, and don't forget that this is the only one where three seats are guaranteed!

Some Notable Chip Stacks In the $550 Session

Blinds: 1,500-3,000 Average: 92,000 Players Left: 54

Harry Arutyunyan - 150,000
Frank Lin - 140,000
Hunter Moss - 62,000
Matt Schultz - 60,000
Brian Bumpas - 58,000

First Session in the Money Now

After hand-for-hand play that lasted about half an hour, we are in the money in the opening session. The final 27 players have all locked up $300, but they all have their eyes set on the top 14 spots that will be advancing to tomorrow's finals.

Stay tuned to find out who bags the most chips from this flight.

Final Day 1 Session Closed

The 4 PM session has just closed it's doors for registration, and it drew a tournament high 351 players. With those buy-ins taken into account, the prizepool is now up to over $1.4 million. With the Day 2 buy-ins tomorrow still to come, we anticipate a prizepool of about $1.8 million. Here is how the payouts will be handled for this final session.

1-20. Advance to Day 2
21-26. $400
27-35. $300

Nearly 200 Players Registered in the $550 Session

The afternoon $550 session drew a whopping 193 players, by far the biggest turnout for that buy-in level in this event. That means that 19 more Day 2 tickets will be punched from that flight. We have just one more Day 1 qualifying session, but don't forget that we also have a $460 buy-in mega satellites tonight at 8:30 PM where at least three Day 2 buy-in seats are guaranteed.

1-19. Advance to Day 2

More Details on the Direct Day 2 Buy-in Tomorrow

With Day 2 of the Mega Millions coming up tomorrow, we wanted to make sure we posted some more details about the Day 2 buy-in option for anyone who wants to come out and join us.

The day will be kicking off at 1 PM. If you would like to buy-in directly, it will be $4,300. Players will be allowed to buy-in directly until the start of the third level, or until 3 PM local time. You are allowed to re-enter one time for $4,300 if you are eliminated, and this applies to Day 1 qualifiers as well. All levels tomorrow will be 50 minutes long, with hour long levels from then on.

All tables will have three seats empty for the Day 2 buy-ins, and those players will be assigned randomly as they come in.

Players who finish in the top 33% will be in the money, earning a min cash of around $1,000. You can view the structure below, and know that Day 2-4 will all be starting up at 1 PM. Good luck everyone!

A Few Player Photos From Our Final $550 Session

We have a few player photos for you guys from our big final $550 session. Former WPT500 winner Craig Varnell is here looking to make another major final table in a massive field event. Speaking of final tabling big events, former November Niner Patrick Chan is two seats to his left. Check out their photos, and a few more, below, as we continue this final day of Mega Millions qualifying!

Aaron Kweskin

Craig Varnell

Patrick Chan

Matt Schultz

Eric Hershler

Cards in the Air: Final Day 1 Qualifying Session

This is it ladies and gentlemen! After nearly two weeks of qualifying heats, the final Day 1 session has just started up here at the Bike. Just like the other 4 PM sessions, the buy-in will be $160, with an optional $100 add-on. Registration will remain open until 7 PM tonight, and the final 5% will be making the finals.

Remember that we also have a $460 buy-in satellite tonight at 8:30 that will be guaranteeing three Day 2 buy-in $4,300 seats.

Big Numbers for the Final $550 Session

We are on the first break of the final $550 session, and while previous sessions like this have usually had just under 100 players at this point in the flight, this final session already has 126 and counting. Remember that the top 10% will be qualifying from this heat, so this could be a great chance to punch that last minute ticket to the finals tomorrow.

By the Numbers: First Flight of the Final Day 1

Time is running out if you haven't locked up your Day 2 seat here at the Mega Millions! The first session of the day is in the books with 272 players registered. That means that the top 27 will be making the money, with the final 14 players moving on to the finals tomorrow to battle it out for this massive first place prize.

Remember that registration is open in our last $550 session until 5 PM, and the final $160 session of the tournament starts up at 4 PM. Good luck players!

1-14. Advance to Day 2
15-20. $400
21-27. $300

Final $550 Session of Mega Millions XVI

As the title indicates, we have just started up our final $550 session of this 16th Mega Millions tournament. The top 10% will be joining the rest of the survivors in the Day 2 finals, which will be starting up at 1 PM tomorrow. First place in this event should be over $250,000, so if you haven't gotten your Day 2 seat yet, be sure to come join us for this flight!

Good luck all!

Final Day of Mega Millions Qualifying Now Underway

Nearly two weeks of Mega Millions qualifying heats are about to wrap up, as we just started up the final day of Day 1 qualifying. You should know the drill by now. The buy-in for this flight will be $160, and all players will have an optional $100 add-on. Registration will stay open until 2:30 PM.

If you aren't able to make it out for this flight, we also have a $550 session at 2 PM, and one last $160 session starting at 4 PM. Good luck all!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Final Numbers for the 4 PM Session

The doors for registration are closed on the third and final flight of the day, and here are the official numbers. This session drew 243 players, meaning that the top 24 will finish in the money. Twelve more Day 2 tickets will be punched in this session, one of the last ones of the entire tournament. Don't forget that you have one more day to qualify tomorrow, with flights starting up at 11:30, 2, and 4 PM.

1-12. Advance to Day 2
13-18. $400
19-24. $300

Some Notable Counts in the $550 Session

Blinds: 800-1,600 Players Left: 72 Average: 51,000

Chris Demaci - 125,000
Sarkis Keshishian - 109,000
Thu Nguyen - 98,000
Bobby Suer - 81,000
Duey Duong - 75,000
Sean Yu - 70,000
Matt Salsberg - 63,000
Tommy San - 40,000

The Bubble is Burst in the First Session

Right as the clock struck 7 PM here at the Bicycle Casino, we lost our 30th place player, meaning that the remaining 29 are all in the money. Play will continue in this flight until we are down to just 14 players. Be sure to come back in the morning for an updated list of Day 2 Survivors here in this 16th installment of the Mega Millions!

Fifteen More Seats to be Handed Out in the $550 Session

The afternoon session today drew one of the biggest crowds for a $550 buy-in, as 147 players entered. That means that, as the title indicates, 15 more Day 2 seats will be handed out in that flight. If you want to play one of these higher buy-in flights where the top 10% advance, your last chance to do so is tomorrow at 2 PM.

1-15. Advance to Day 2

Tonight's 8:30 Mega Your Last Chance for Qualifier Points

We wanted to remind you guys that tonight's $460 Mega Satellite at 8:30 is your last chance to earn points for our Mega Satellite Qualifiers rankings, listed below. The top 20 players on this list will earn a free seat to either tomorrow night's 8:30 PM satellite, or Tuesday morning's 10 AM satellite. Tomorrow, three $4,300 Day 2 buy-in seats will be guaranteed. Be sure you don't miss out on your shot!

By the Numbers: 11:30 AM Flight

The opening flight of the day drew another massive crowd of 287 players. This means that 14 more Day 2 seats will be handed out, with the final 29 locking up a pay day. Remember that the final flight of the day just kicked off, and you have three hours to come and enter.

Also, a quick update on the prize pool. We are at $1.16 million in the middle, and that number will only be rising over the next two days. Be sure you don't miss out on your chance to qualify!

1-14. Advance to Day 2
15-22. $400
23-29. $300

Some Snapshots From the $550 Session

We have a few player photos for you guys from the afternoon $550 session that you can view below. Former WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg is in the building today hoping to make a deep run in this event. We also spotted another former WPT Champion Eric Hershler, as well as a few other local notables. Check out those photos below, and stay tuned to find out if these players will make it to the finals on Tuesday!

Matt Salsberg

Khang Nguyen

Eric Hershler 

Thu Nguyen 

Mark Jun