PPC Main Event (Day 2): 3rd Place – Abe Faroni ($40,434)

Level 32 (125,000/250,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 9,140,000

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Abe Faroni fought as hard as he could but will end up finishing third in the PPC Main Event.

With the blinds up once again, there were less than 75 big blinds in play for the three main event finalists. Relatively even in stacks, one hand could be the deciding one and Joe Palma found a double to cripple Abe Faroni, who was then fully done in by Michael Hager.

Palma said he wanted to try and get the tournament done within this level and did his part to keep that end of the bargain by getting his last 5,950,000 in with 10♠10 against the 88♠ of Faroni. The AA♠3♣Q♣7 board ran clean for Palma and Faroni was crippled down to 1,000,000. Unlike Hager before him, Faroni could not mount a miracle comeback and was eliminated by Hager himself. Heads up play is underway now between Hager and Palma. A look at the chip counts is below.

  1. Joe Palma – 14,500,000
  2. Michael Hager – 3,800,000

PNIA Main Event (Day 2): Abe Faroni Doubles Through Joe Palma

Level 31 (100,000/200,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

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Abe Faroni won a flip his tournament life against Joe Palma and final three players are near dead-even in chips.

It’s almost 7:00 am and no one wants to go home. Despite Michael Hager and Abe Faroni both being short-stacked at some point during three-handed play, neither have been given their formal walking papers and it is Faroni’s turn to stay alive.

Faroni open-shoved for 2,975,000 on the button and Michael Hager folded his small blind. Palma noted he had a hand that he had flopped a set with earlier and after some time in the tank, called with 5♣5♠. Faroni was plenty live with Q♣J and flopped a pair on the Q104♠ flop. A jack hit the turn and a queen filled up Faroni on the river to secure the double.

Faroni is back over 6,000,000 and Palma is right next to him with Hager trailing close behind.

PPC Main Event (Day 2): Worm Slithers His Way Back On Top

Level 31 (100,000/200,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

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Joe Palma is once again in control and nearing heads up play. 

Michael Hager climbed close to the chip lead after being down to five big blinds in Level 30 and is now firmly in second behind Joe Palma. The three-handed dynamic has been something to behold as the three players have been friendly with one another but are fighting like crazy to take the title. Palma is back in the lead with close to 10,000,000 after picking off a Hager bluff.

Palma opened for 450,000 on the button and Hager defended his big blind to see a K♣7♠4 flop. Both players checked and the 3 hit the turn. Hager bet 500,000 and Palma called to the A river.

Hager fired a 1,000,000 chip barrel and Palma called after some thought with K2♣. Hager’s jack-high was no good and Palma took in the pot.

Hager is playing about 5,200,000 and Abe Faroni is the short stack with only 3,000,000.

PPC Main Event (Day 2): Hager On Comeback Trail, Back Up To 6,000,000

Level 30 (75,000/150,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

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Michael Hager was down to just a few blinds but is now back near the chip lead as we continue three-handed play. 

Michael Hager was more or less left for dead on the side of the road after doubling up Joe Palma, but is now near the chip lead. Hager doubled up a few times through Palma and then took Palma to showdown in a few medium-sized pots.

Hagar was able to dodge elimination with K7 against the K♠6♠ of Palma, on a J♠7♠2♣ board and then flopped a jack with KJ against Palma’s A9.

With the doubles and other pots, Hager is second in chips to Palma, who has 6,125,000. The chip leader coming into three-handed play, Abe Faroni is now down to 4,600,000.

PPC Main Event (Day 2): Palma Doubles Through Hager, Over 12,000,000

Level 30 (75,000/150,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

Joe Palma has flopped his fair share of sets today and worked that magic again to cripple Michael Hager. Palma opened for 350,000 on the button and Hager shoved for 6,350,000 in the big blind. Palma dropped chips in and called with Q♣Q and was in a huge flip against the AK♣ of Hager.

Sure enough, the Q♠9♣8 flop gave Palma a set and for good measure, the Q hit the turn to give Palma quads. Palma is now over 12,000,000 and holds two-thirds of the chips in play while Hager is down to less than five big blinds.

PPC Main Event (Day 2): Joe Palma Doubles Into The Chip Lead

Level 30 (75,000/150,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

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Joe Palma doubled up through Abe Faroni and is back in the chip lead. 

Joe Palma is a tough worm to kill and he has used every one of his lives to perfection today. Palma was able to dodge defeat against Abe Faroni and is the new three-handed chip leader.

Faroni opened for a standard raise on the button and Michael Hager called in the small blind. Palma jammed for 3,725,000 and Faroni moved all-in over the top, which caused Hager to fold. Palma was down to three immediate outs with A♣2 against the AK♠ of Faroni.

The 6♠42♠ flop paired Palma’s deuce and he dodged trouble on the two other community cards to double up to 7,650,000. Faroni is down to 4,950,000, which puts him a few hundred thousand ahead of Michael Hager.

PPC Main Event (Day 2): Deal Agreed To, Three-Handed Play Set To Begin

Level 30 (75,000/150,000/25,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 6,095,000

After the conclusion of Level 29, Abe Faroni, Michael Hager, and Joe Palma negotiated for about 30 minutes to try and come to an agreement on a chop deal. Using ICM and a little bit of bartering on all ends, the players came to a conclusion. Faroni will take $40,434 while Hager and Palma both lock up $35,000. With the deal, there is still $11,000 left to play for and the title of PPC Main Event Champion. Below is a look at the chip counts at the start of three-handed play.

  1. Michael Hager – 4,275,000
  2. Joe Palma – 4,925,000
  3. Abe Faroni – 9,100,000