Even Nemo can’t stop Foxwoods Mega Stack Poker Challenge

February 20, 2013  

New England weather can be brutal, and 2013 has seen considerable snowfall and horrendous travel conditions. However, the lure of the Foxwoods February Mega Stack Challenge still brought record numbers to Ledyard, even with winter storm Nemo bearing down on the region. The Foxwoods staff completed all but one event (the main was cancelled), with multiday events completed in just one day.

The series kicked off with the $600 no-limit hold’em mega stack, bringing in 427 runners looking to get a piece of the $125K guaranteed prize pool. David Grandieri of Danbury, Conn., took home the trophy and $41,102. The $300 NLHE mega attracted an astounding 828 players, with Mike Burns of Hudson, N.H. cashing a $40,721 first-place check.

Other results: $230 Super Bounty, $20K guaranteed, Rob Brown, Milford, N.H., $6,701; $400 six-max, $35K guarantee, Mark Lapiana, New Haven, Conn., $13,306; $230 deepstack, $30K guarantee, Randy Beauregard, Webster, Mass., $11,583; $400 mega, $75K guarantee, Carlo Sciannameo, Worcester, Mass., $17,673.

WSOPC: The World Series of Poker Circuit makes its inaugural debut in New England this month at Foxwoods, and local players can look for a full slate of tournaments, including 12 ring events and a $1,675 main event. The festivities run March 27-April 8. The circuit kicks off with a $365 two-day ring event, but other events include Omaha/8, a seniors event, a six-max and daily main-event satellites. And don’t forget about those nightly deepstacks at 6. See the ad on Pages 50-51 for the full schedule.

NEW YORK: Steve Bonanno, pictured, from Weedville, Pa., won $2,546 and the title to the First Tuesday of the Month championship on Jan. 19 at Seneca Salamanca’s poker room. He beat Daniel Dougan of Erie, Pa., heads-up for the win as Dougan finished second and earned an Ante Up Poker Cruise package. The event had 72 players for a prize pool of more than $8,600. Dougan was followed by Robert Greene ($1,208); Craig Tetrault ($777); Mike Steinhauser ($518); Sam Prinzi ($432); Bill Loomis ($345) and Greg Harvey ($259).

— Patrick Gallagher is Ante Up’s Northeast Ambassador. Email him at anteupne@gmail.com.