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Monday, October 21, 2019

Chris Klodnicki and Vyacheslav Stoyanov Agree to a Deal, Stoyanov is the Champion!

Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 2019 Cardplayer Tour Bicycle Casino Champion


Upon realizing that they were only separated by two big blinds, Chris Klodnicki and Vyacheslav Stoyanov started to discuss what sort of deal they could make. After a few minutes of talking, they decided to chop it up virtually evenly, and go all in blind on the next hand to determine who would win the trophy.

Well it was clearly meant to be for Stoyanov, as he was dealt [Ks][Kd]. Even better for Stoyanov, Klodnicki was dealt a dominated [Kc][9c]. The flop of [10s][8h][4h] left Klodnicki drawing to running cards, and an ace on the turn ended things.

Klodnicki will take home a bit more money, $109,780 to the $108,480 for Stoyanov, but the latter will be taking home the trophy, and will have his picture on the next Cardplayer magazine cover! Impressively, Klodnicki did virtually the exact same thing in August at the Legends of Poker, when he once again chopped nearly evenly with Adam Volen in the $500,000 Guaranteed Event, taking home just under $100,000 in that event.

Congratulations to both Klodnicki and Stoyanov on their incredible results. Thank you to everyone who played in this Main Event, and the 2019 Big Poker Oktober! The daily tournaments will return on Thursday, and the WSOP Circuit will be coming back here in December. See you guys then!

Chris Klodnicki- Runner up: $109,780

Peter Hengsakul Eliminated in 3rd Place ($51,085)


Peter Hengsakul moved all in from the button, and Chris Klodnicki moved all in for more in the small blind.

Hengsakul: [10d][10c]
Klodnicki: [Ah][Ad]

It was a tough cooler for Hengsakul, especially three handed, and a ten would never come, as the board ran out [Qc][8d][7h][3d][9c].

This gets us to heads up play, with Chris Klodnicki and Vyacheslav Stoyanov virtually even in chips.

Stoyanov Doubles Into the Chip Lead

Vyacheslav Stoyanov raised to 300,000 first to act, and it folded to Chris Klodnicki in the big blind. He three bet to one million, and Stoyanov thought for a bit before four bet shoving all in for 3.6 million total.

Klodnicki quickly called with [Ah][Qd], and he was in good shape against the [Ks][2s] of Stoyanov. However, the flop came down [Jd][4d][2h], giving Stoyanov the lead with a mighty pair of twos. The [6s] on the turn left Klodnicki drawing to just six outs, and none of them would come on the river.

Stoyanov doubled up to 7.3 million, and he now has the lead, as Klodnicki fell to 6 million.

Brendon Williams Eliminated in 4th Place ($39,680)


Brandon Williams and Chris Klodnicki went heads up to a flop of [8h][8c][7s]. Williams checked to Klodnicki, who bet out 325,000. Williams checked raised all in for two million total, and Klodnicki quickly called with [Qh][8s]. Williams held just [9d][7d], and he was drawing dead after the [Ah] hit the turn, and that gets us down to the final three.

Klodnicki holds about half the chips in play now three handed.

Fresh Counts For the Final Four on Break

Blinds: 75,000-150,000 Average: 4,380,000 Players Left: 4

Chris Klodnicki - 8,600,000
Peter Hengsakul - 4,300,000
Brendon Williams - 2,600,000
Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 2,300,000

Jim Collopy Eliminated in 5th Place ( $32,195)


Action folded around to Jim Collopy in the small blind, and he moved all in for about 2.1 million. As soon as Peter Hengsakul looked at his cards, he made the call.

Hengsakul: [Ad][Kd]
Collopy: [Ac][9s]

The flop of [5s][2h][2h] gave Collopy outs for a chop, but a king on the turn ended the hand. Hengsakul takes a big jump up to six million, and is firmly in second place after that big hand, while Collopy will have to settle for fifth place for the second year in a row in this event.

Williams Scores a Double Up

In a battle of the blinds, Vyacheslav Stoyanov shoved from the small blind, having Brendon Williams covered. Williams called with [Ad][Jd], and Stoyanov was behind but had two live cards with [Qh][7s]. The flop missed both players, and an ace on the turn sealed the double up for Williams.

He is up to over 2 million after that hand, while Stoyanov is now below that marker with 1.6 million.

Tarun Ravi Eliminated in 6th Place ($25,840)


Action folded around to Tarun Ravi in the small blind, and he moved all in for his final six big blinds or so. Chip leader Chris Klodnicki was in the big blind, and he called for a small portion of his chip stack with [Qh][4h]. Ravi held the lead with [Ac][7s], but his ace high couldn't survive the runout of [Kc][9h][8s][4s][9d].

With that pot, Klodnicki has taken a commanding chip lea with over seven million in chips.

Nicky Komphouvong Eliminated in 7th Place ($20,315)


Following a raise from Chris Klodnicki, Nicky Komphouvong moved all in for his final 985,000. Klodnicki quickly called with [Ah][Ad], and he was well ahead of the [Jh][Jd] of Komphouvong. The board only brought one paint card, the [Qc] on the flop, and the aces held for Klodnicki to get us down to just six players.

Daniel Shea Eliminated in 8th Place ($15,565)


Action folded around to Daniel Shea in the small blind, and he moved all in. Vyacheslav Stoyanov was in the big blind, and he made the call with [Kh][10h]. He was leading the [8s][7s] of Shea, and he would hold that lead throughout the runout of [Qc][6h][3s][Qd][As].

Stoyanov is now up to 3,225,000 after that hand, while Shea will have to settle for a payday of over $15,000.

Updated Counts on Break

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 Average; 2,200,000 Players Left: 8

Chris Klodnicki - 4,200,000
Peter Hengsakul - 3,200,000
Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 2,150,000
Jim Collopy - 1,950,000
Tarun Ravi - 1,920,000
Brendon Williams - 1,650,000
Daniel Shea - 1,250,000
Nicky Komphouvong - 720,000


Zaher Samaan Eliminated in 9th Place ($11,285)


It took over three hours, but we finally lost our first player of the final table, and it was Zaher Samaan. He shoved his short stack in preflop holding [Ac][4s], but unfortunately for him, Peter Hengsakul woke up with [As][Kh] two seats behind him.

The board would run out [Qc][10d][5c][10c][10h], and the king kicker would play for Hengsakul. He vaults up into second chip position after that pot, holding nearly 2.9 million in chips now.

Ravi Doubles Through Samaan

Tarun Ravi moved all in for his final 1.4 million from early position, and it folded around to Zaher Samaan in the big blind. He made the call with [Js][Jh], and he was flipping against the [As][Kh] of Ravi. The flop of [Kc][Qs][10c] gave Ravi the lead, but also gave Samaan some straight outs. He wouldn't hit any of them, as a four came on the turn and river to score the double for Ravi.

Samaan was able to double back up shortly there after, but he is still the severe short stack now with 570,000.

Samaan Doubles Through Klodnicki

And on cue, we had a preflop cooler that saw Zaher Samaan score a big double up through chip leader Chris Klodnicki. Samaan held [Qh][Qd], and he was dominating the [Js][Jc] of Klodnicki.

The board ran down [Kd][9d][8c][8c][7h], and the ladies held for Samaan to get him up to 1,840,000. Klodnicki on the other hand, fell to 3,225,000.

Several All Ins, Very Few Calls

We haven't had much to report since our last double up post. We have had more than a few all ins, but not much other than that. There was one all in and call, but both players held Ace-King, and that pot was chopped up.

We will be sure to post once we have an elimination or double up to report.

Williams Spikes the River to Double Up

Not long after the Hengsakul double up, short stack Brandon Williams got his final chips in preflop against chip leader Jim Collopy. Williams held [Ad][Qc], and he was flipping agains the pocket fives of Collopy. The fives held on the flop of [Kd][4h][3h], and the [8c] turn.

However, the [As] on the river flipped the script, giving Williams a double up to nearly 2 million. On the other side, Collopy gives up the chip lead for the first time today, dropping to 2.35 million.

Hengsakul Doubles Through Komphouvong

On one of the first hands of the final table, local regular Peter Hengsakul has scored a double up. He was heads up with Nicky Komphouvong on a flop of [Js][6c][3c] when Komphouvong check called a bet of 110,000 from Hengsakul.

The turn brought the [5h], and after another check, Hengsakul fired 200,000. Komphouvong responded with a check raise all in, easily having Hengsakul covered. He called with [ As][Jd], and was in great shape against the [Ah][3h] of Komphouvong. A seven completed the board, and Hengsakul doubled to nearly 1.8 million while Komphouvong dropped to 2.2 million.

Photos and Updated Counts From the Final Nine

Seat 1: Chris Klodnicki - 2,955,000

Seat 2: Daniel Shea - 1,370,000

Seat 3: Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 3,285,000

Seat 4: Nicky Komphouvong - 3,050,000

Seat 5: Brendon Williams - 855,000

Seat 6: Zaher Samaan - 860,000

Seat 7: Jim Collopy - 3,295,000

Seat 8: Peter Hengsakul - 825,000

Seat 9: Tarun Ravi - 1,260,000

Marvin Rettenmaier Eliminated in 10th Place ($7,720)


After a raise from Nicky Komphouvong, Marvin Rettenmaier moved all in from the small blind. It folded back around to Komphouvong, who snap called with two red aces. Rettenmaier held pocket sevens, and was looking for a two outer. The flop brought three eights, which left Rettenmaier drawing all but dead. A queen on the turn ended things, sending us to our final table of nine.

Those nine are currently setting up in the Live at the Bike stage. We will be posting our updates in accordance with the 30 minute delay on the live stream. Good luck to the final nine!

Daily Tournaments Return on Thursday

The Big Poker Oktober is wrapping up today, and that means that our daily tournaments will be starting up again later this week! We are kicking them off on Thursday with a $5,000 Guaranteed Event, where the Bike is adding $3,000 to the prizepool. The buy-in is just $50, and players will have an optional $20 add-on. We are also running a points leader giveaway, from October 24th-November 28th.

Scroll down for photos breaking that down, as well as the daily tournament schedule coming up!




Unofficial Final Table Seating Chart and Counts

Seat 1: Chris Klodnicki - 2,950,000

Seat 2: Daniel Shea - 1,280,000

Seat 3: Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 2,730,000

Seat 4: Nicky Komphouvong - 1,625,000

Seat 5: Brendon Williams - 830,000

Seat 6: Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,375,000

Seat 7: Zaher Samaan - 1,125,000

Seat 8: Jim Collopy - 3,300,000

Seat 9: Peter Hengsakul - 1,355,000

Seat 10: Tarun Ravi - 1,100,000

Michael Ung the Only Casualty of the First Level

The blinds have just gone up to 30,000-50,000, and we are now down to 11 players. Michael Ungrounds was eliminated fairly early in the day by Peter Hengsakul, while on the other table, both Tarun Ravi and Brendon Williams have scored double ups off of Jim Collopy, who still holds the chip lead despite losing those pots.

Once we get down to the final 10 players, we will post a seating chart, and updated counts for all ten players.

The Day 3 Finals Are Now Underway

We are underway in the Day 3 finals of the Cardplayer Tour Main Event. Jim Collopy, who finished 5th in this event last year, is primed for another final table, as he holds the chip lead. Right behind him is Chris Klodnicki, who is hoping to win major events in back to back series, as he chopped the $500,000 Guaranteed Event with Adam Volen at the Legends of Poker in August.

Below you will see the chip counts coming into today. The blinds to start will be 20,000-40,000. Once we get down to the final table, we will move to the Live at the Bike stage, where we will post our updates in accordance with the half hour delay. Good luck to the final 12!

1. Jim Collopy - 3,725,000
2. Chris Klodnicki - 3,040,000
3. Nicky Komphouvong - 2,190,000
4. Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 1,770,000
5. Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,550,000
6. Peter Hengsakul - 1,185,000
7. Anne Bui - 875,000
8. Zaher Samaan - 795,000
9. Tarun Ravi - 785,000
10. Daniel Shea - 700,000
11. Brandon Williams - 670,000
12. Michael Ung - 480,000

Play Ends With 12 Left, Jim Collopy Lead the Way

Jim Collopy- Chip Leader

Chris Klodnicki - 2nd in chips 

After twelve hours of play, a starting field of 146 players is down to just 12 now. It's a stacked field, led by former WSOP bracelet winner Jim Collopy. He has a massive stack of 3,745,000, while Chris Klodnicki is the only other player over 3 million, having 3,040,000.

Other notables moving on to the Day 3 finals tomorrow include Marvin Rettenmaier, Peter Hengsakul, and Michael Ung.

The full list of chip counts can be seen below. Remember that the final day of action will start tomorrow at 2 PM, and the final table will be played out on the Live at the Bike stage! See you guys tomorrow.

1. Jim Collopy - 3,725,000
2. Chris Klodnicki - 3,040,000
3. Nicky Komphouvong - 2,190,000
4. Vyacheslav Stoyanov - 1,770,000
5. Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,550,000
6. Peter Hengsakul - 1,185,000
7. Anne Bui - 875,000
8. Zaher Samaan - 795,000
9. Tarun Ravi - 785,000
10. Daniel Shea - 700,000
11. Brandon Williams - 670,000
12. Michael Ung - 480,000