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Nagui Yassa Wins Coco Poker Showdown $560 for $13K on the Eve of the Championship

Below is the Coco Poker Showdown Event 7 final report — The tournament concluded during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 28

2017 Coco Poker Showdown
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, FL
Event #7
$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack
Entries: 95
Prize Pool: $50,000
January 27, 2017

Coconut Creek, FL — Nagui Yassa claimed his first major tournament title Friday night at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Yassa made his way through a field of 95 entries in Coco Poker Showdown Event 7, a $560 buy-in no limit hold’em tournament. He lead the way from three tables on and never looked back, claiming the chip lead late and going down as the victor following a five-way chop. The impressive performance earned Yassa $13,165.

Event 7 began alongside Day 2 of the Event 6 restart. As players busted Event 6, many moved right to the $560 to try their luck yet again. While Event 6 champion Sean Shah was a non-factor in the $560, other Event 6 final tablists made their presence known.

Both John Dollinger (Event 6 runner up) and Nachman Berlin (Event 6 10th-place finisher) graced the Event 7 final table. Dollinger min-cashed, busting ninth, while Berlin was a part of the chop officially going down as the third-place finisher earning $7,058.

It was Yassa who busted Dollinger ninth and Jason Leet in eighth. Berlin then took the reins, eliminating Stephen Greenstein in seventh and Rob Kessler did the sixth-place deed busting Paul Steiner. After that, tournament staff was called to run the numbers on an ICM chop. There was some brief debate, but ultimately the remaining five players agreed to a deal without any modifications.

Here’s a look at the final results:

1st: Nagui Yassa – $13,165
2nd: Daniel Pearlman – $8,400
3rd: Nachman Berlin – $7,058
4th: Luminita Petric – $6,951
5th: Rob Kessler – $6,426
6th: Paul Steiner – $2,750
7th: Stephen Greenstein – $2,250
8th: Jason Leet – $1,750
9th: John Dollinger – $1,250

Nagui Yassa is 67 years old and resides in Deerfield Beach, FL. A regular of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Yassa owns 18 reported tournament cashes and over $80,000 in earnings following the Event 7 win. The dominating performance came on the eve of the series’ $1,100 buy-in Championship and sends Yassa into the finale with a head of steam.

Event 7: Nagui Yassa Wins in Five-Way Chop ($13,165)

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 95

Coco Poker Showdown Event 7 choppers

Following Paul Steiner’s sixth-place elimination, the remaining five players called the floor over to run ICM numbers. There was some brief debate, but ultimately all agreed to the deal with no modifications. In the end, chip leader Nagui Yassa — who claimed 897,000 chips — went down as the champion pocketing $13,165.

Here’s how the payouts went down along with the chip counts at the time of the deal:

1st: Nagui Yassa (897,000 chips) – $13,165
2nd: Daniel Pearlman (287,000 chips) – $8,400
3rd: Nachman Berlin (189,000 chips) – $7,058
4th: Luminita Petric (182,000 chips) – $6,951
5th: Rob Kessler (150,000 chips) – $6,426

A more in-depth report on the event will be posted Saturday. In the meantime, the remainder of the tournament’s results are available below.

6th Paul Steiner – $2,750
7th: Stephen Greenstein – $2,250
8th: Jason Leet – $1,750
9th: John Dollinger – $1,250

Event 7: Paul Steiner Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,750)

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 95

Paul Steiner

Paul Steiner open-shoved 22,000 from the cutoff. Nachman Berlin called from the small blind as did Rob Kessler from the big blind. Steiner was at risk against two opponents.

Flop: qsts8h

Berlin and Kessler checked.

Turn: qsts8h7h

Berlin checked. Kessler bet 20,000. Berlin called.

River: qsts8h7h5s

Berlin checked again. Kessler moved all in for 38,000. Berlin made a painstaking folded and Kessler quickly flipped over jh9c for the flopped nuts. Steiner owned kcjc for king-jack high and was eliminated in sixth place for $2,750.

Paul Steiner – Eliminated

Event 7: John Dollinger Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,250)

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 95

John Dollinger

John Dollinger got about 175,000 in prelop holding kdtd versus the ksjc of Nagui Yassa. The runout fell ac9c9h8h5h and Dollinger, who finished runner up in Event 6 earlier today, hit the rail with a, “Nice hand.” Yassa, meanwhile, added to an impressive chip lead.

The ninth-place finish earned Dollinger $1,250.

Nagui Yassa – 840,000
John Dollinger – Eliminated

Event 7: Scott Ashley Eliminated on the Bubble; Remaining Nine in the Money

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 4,000/8,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 95

Scott Ashley

Scott Ashley was eliminated in 10th place moments ago leaving the final nine players in the money. All have locked up $1,250 with the tournament’s champion earning $17,500.

1st – $17,500
2nd – $10,000
3rd – $6,500
4th – $4,500
5th – $3,500
6th – $2,750
7th – $2,250
8th – $1,750
9th – $1,250

Event 7: Bubble Play Underway at 10-Handed Final Table

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 4,000/8,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 95

Nachman Berlin (left) and John Dollinger

It’s deja vu for Nachman Berlin and John Dollinger who find themselves at their second final table in the span of a few hours. Berlin found a 10th-place finish earlier today while Dollinger finished runner up. Both are in contention again, Berlin sitting second in chips and Dollinger in third.

Bubble play is underway now with the final 10 players consolidate to one table and only the top nine finishing in the money.

Seating assignments with chip counts followed by tournament payouts:

Seat 1: Jason Leet – 61,500
Seat 2: Daniel Pearlman – 172,000
Seat 3: Luminita Petric – 94,000
Seat 4: Stephen Greenstein – 66,500
Seat 5: Paul Steiner – 110,000
Seat 6: Nagui Yassa – 470,000
Seat 7: Nachman Berlin – 325,000
Seat 8: John Dollinger – 215,500
Seat 9: Rob Kessler – 150,000
Seat 10: Scott Ashley – 66,000

1st – $17,500
2nd – $10,000
3rd – $6,500
4th – $4,500
5th – $3,500
6th – $2,750
7th – $2,250
8th – $1,750
9th – $1,250

Event 7: Stacks Shallowing; Levy Among Recent Eliminations

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 3,000/6,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 95

With an average stack of 21 big blinds, play is shallowing in today’s $560. Among the recent eliminations is Marc Levy who final tabled the $350 just a few hours ago.

Marc Levy

Only 12 players remain and they’re two eliminations away from the 10-handed final table. Complete seating assignments and chip counts will be posted once play consolidates. Those still in at this point include John Dollinger, Nachman Berlin and Daniel Pearlman.

Event 7: Two Tables Remain; Yassa Leads

$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,500/3,000 with a 400 ante
Players Remaining: 20 of 95

Nagui Yassa

From 95 starting entries, the Event 7 field is down to the final 20. Play is freshly combined to two, 10-handed tables and it’s Nagui Yassa who leads the way with 195,000. Other notables still in with big stacks include Nachman Berlin and Daniel Pearlman.

Table 26
Table 27