On Sunday, January 6, 2019 we hosted our first $230 Buy-In, Bounty tournament! We had a total of 46 entries in our first event and are looking to only go up from here! Please be on the lookout for changes coming this New Year with the relocation of our Poker Room to the Casino of the Earth in the Hall of Lost Tribes.
Our FIRST Freeroll of 2019 has a total guaranteed prize pool of $14,163! There will be a total of 154 players returning to play on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 6:00pm. Registration will only remain open until 7:00pm (1 hour), no exceptions.
Listed (below) are the top 20 players of the Freeroll who will receive a starting stack of 20K in chips vs. 15K for the remaining 134 players. The top 20 will also receive a $10 daily food comp for February 2019.
Congratulations to Anthony Grillo for winning the 2018 Holiday Hangover! He was guaranteed $18,000 and played for the win, receiving a total of $21,700 plus the trophy!
Anthony had the biggest smile (I think we have ever posted on this blog)when he won the event! He shyly claimed that this is his first EVER tournament cash. He attempted a $400 buy-in at Foxwoods last month, firing in a few bullets and was disappointed with his play. He said this time around, he was more patient. He also veered away from his play that he finds success with in cash, as he quickly realized that they are two different beasts. He was excited to play against last year’s returning Champion, Souka Kachittavong, and never imagined he would take the win when Souka had him massively out chipped.
Anthony resides in Fairfield County, CT and was sad he was unable to share his win in person with his girlfriend. He decided that he wants to celebrate with her by taking her to the Bahamas in February! He also promised he would treat himself to a new phone. Congrats Anthony on your 1st place win! We look forward to seeing you soon!
The final three players decide to negotiate a chop based on chip stacks and play it out for the trophy and the remaining $3,700.00. Chips leader, David Valone is guaranteed $19,000. Second in chips, Anthony Grillo, secures $18,000, and Souka Kachittavong is set to take $17,000.
Shortly after the negotiation, Anthony Grillo ends up taking David Valone out in two large hands and has a decent chip lead over Souka. For over two hours, Souka and Grillo battle it out heads up where at point, Grillo is out chipped by Souka; Souka has 10M plus in chips, Grillo is just hanging on with over 4M in chips. Grillo regains momentum and comes to a point where he has Souka out chipped by about 1M in chips.
The final hand plays out with Souka and Grillo both all-in. Souka has KJ, and flops a jack. Grillo has AQ and rivers the straight for the win!
Great play by both players! Congrats to Souka for another cash in a Mohegan Sun tournament series! Souka recently placed in two of our Summer Showdown events this past August, and was our returning Champion from last year’s 2017 Holiday Hangover!
Chip stacks change dramatically as we approached the final table. Joe Starrat fights to outlast a few larger stacks and goes from bottom chip count at 16 players left, to outlasting 6 spots to cash at the final table, 10th place for $1,876.00.
Alexander Pertrucelli goes from chip leader at the dinner break to placing 9th for $2,539.00.
Jimmy Haskaris, similar to Starrat, goes shortest chip stack at the dinner break and pulls in some large hands to take 8th place for $3,385.00.
John Tavss holds strong and places 7th for $4,259.00.
Returning Summer Showdown Multi-Flight, 1st place finisher, Mark Perry takes 6th after declining an ICM chop that was not in his favor. He cashed for $5,190.00! Great seeing you back at the Holiday Hangover!
Regular, Mohegan Sun tournament player, David Lovin places 5th for $6,417.00. He is actually very sweet, could not catch his smile.
Georgia Korovilas holds strong against some fairly large stacks. With 16 players left, she has a fairly average amount of chips, at 500K. At the final table, she is 2nd lowest stack and ends up taking down 4th with some patient play on her part.