Event 2: Joseph Patalano ($2,330 + seat) and Marcus Stein ($2,950) Chop

$240 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 3,000/6,000

As the owner of a commanding chip lead, Joseph Patalano began peddling chop deals when the table was three-handed. Marcus Stein admitted that the offers were more than fair, but he declined, suggesting that he might be more receptive during heads-up play.

When Robert Melo was eliminated in third place, Patalano tried again. He offered to give up $950 to his opponent, taking the $2,500 seat plus $2,330 in cash. Stein initially declined again, but the two men were still stalemated after several orbits of head-up play.

Finally, the dealer pitches each player their final four cards of the night, with Patalano still trying to sell his deal. “Twenty-nine fifty?” Stein confirms, almost sold on the deal.

Patalano nods.

“Chop it up,” Stein says, sending his cards back to the dealer.

Marcus Stein (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Marcus Stein (Pembroke Pines, FL)

Stein earns $2,950 for his work today, officially finishing in second place.

Joseph Patalano (Wellington, FL)
Joseph Patalano (Wellington, FL)

Joseph Patalano is the champion of Event 2, earning $2,330 in cash, plus the seat in the Championship Event to be held on October 1.