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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to Saturday, August 03, 2019

Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

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  • Buy-in: $400
  • Prizepool: $110,220
  • Entries: 334
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:49 PM Local Time


Sam Cosby is the latest winner in Lake Tahoe, topping a field of 334 entries to win $24,270 and his first ever World Series of Poker Circuit ring in the Monster Stack. “I don’t wanna get too excited about it, because if I want this to be the first of many, I wanna keep my head level. I don’t wanna get all blown up about winning a ring. It feels great to win,” said a humble Cosby.

Cosby is most well known in the poker world as part of the media, but recently transitioned to the other side of the felt. “I don’t really do anything else. This is basically what I do now. I do love the live reporting side. I won’t lie and say I don’t miss it because I do. I’m a poker fanboy at heart,” smiled Cosby.  “A lot of poker dealers and poker reporters are people that wanna be close to poker. They’re either poker fans or poker dreamers. I’ve always wanted to make a run at it and now we’re making a run at it.”

Last year, Cosby was part of the media at this very same Circuit stop but had to leave suddenly due to the passing of his dog, Winnie. “Coming back and winning a ring a year later feels great.”

In talking about his poker goals, Cosby has his sights on something bigger than a Circuit ring. “I wanna qualify for the Global Casino Championship – that’s my big goal for the year. I think I have a good shot at it now.”

Monster Stack Results
Official Report

Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:38 PM Local Time

The unofficial final table in the Monster Stack has been set with Sam Cosby leading the way with 1,980,000 chips. He is followed by the start-of-day chip leader Jonathan Magal (1,300,000) and Aaron Knapp (1,290,000) to round out the top three in counts. 

The final 10 players are guaranteed a payout of $1,662, with first place taking home $24,270 and a gold World Series of Poker Circuit ring. 

Ray Marchi looks to win his second career WSOP Circuit ring, while the rest of the players are in the hunt for their first. 

Here is a look at how the final 10 players stack up:

Seat 1: Jonathan Magal - 1,300,000
Seat 2: Aaron Knapp - 1,290,000
Seat 3: James Pupillo - 720,000
Seat 4: Ray Marchi - 1,070,000
Seat 5: Sam Cosby - 1,980,000
Seat 6: Steve Saklad - 550,000
Seat 7: Jesse Kertland - 1,100,000
Seat 8: Ryan Metcalfe - 870,000
Seat 9: Mrityunjay Jha - 385,000
Seat 10: Paul Perata - 690,000

An official report will be posted shortly after a winner is crowned.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:36 AM Local Time

After 24 levels and 334 entries in the Monster Stack, just 13 players are moving on to Day 2 on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. 

The final 13 players are guaranteed a payout of $1,365, but all eyes are on the first-place prize of $24,270.

Leading the way is Jonathan Magal with 1,475,000 chips, followed by Ray Marchi (1,170,000) and both Sam Cosby and Derrick Agee with 1,000,000 each. 

Monster Stack Prize Pool
Day 2 Chip Counts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:23 PM Local Time
Registration has closed and payouts have been calculated:
Total Entries: 334
Total Prize Pool: $110,220
Placed Paid: 51
First Place: $24,270 
Min-Cash: $551 
A full breakdown of the prize structure is available in the PRIZE POOL tab above.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:00 AM Local Time

Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack begins at 10:00 a.m. and is a two-day official ring event at Harvey's Lake Tahoe. 

Play will conclude at the end of Level 24, with Day 2 starting back up on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

Here is a look at the details for this event:

  • 30,000 starting stack
  • 30-minute levels on Day 1; 45-minute levels on Day 2
  • Unlimited re-entries
  • Registration closes at the beginning of Level 13 (5:30 p.m.)
  • 60-minute extended break at the end of Level 12 (4:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 24 completes (12:00 a.m.)
  • Day 2 is on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and will play down to a winner