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Foxwoods Mega Stack XVII Pulls Strong Numbers

WSOP Main Event Stars Appear at Foxwoods and Attracts Record Numbers

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Jonathan Duhamel, Chris Moneymaker, and Darvin MoonLive poker tournaments at Foxwoods Hotel and Casino have shown strong growth during 2010 and that trend continued at their most recent event, the Mega Stack Series XVII. This consistent trend of growth is a positive sign for poker in New England and on the East Coast. The tournament series ran from August 17-23 and created a total prize pool of more than $1 million. More than 2,200 entrants participated in the tournament series.

The Mega Stack Series XVII featured three tournaments in all, a $340 no-limit hold’em event, a $560 no-limit hold’em event, and a $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event. The event was hosted by poker professionals Chris Moneymaker (2003 World Series of Poker main event champion), Darvin Moon (second-place finisher in the 2009 WSOP main event), and Jonathan Duhamel (2010 WSOP November Nine chip leader). Foxwoods Official Spokesperson and poker professional Bernard Lee was also on hand at the event. Read more below about a November Nine promotion that will be featured on his radio show, the Bernard Lee Poker Show.

In the $340 no-limit hold’em event William Davis from Roslyn Heights, New York took first place, winning $72,769 in the process. Second-place finisher John Weiss of Stamford, Connecticut won $45,787. The $560 no-limit hold’em event welcomed back 107 players on the final day of play. After 14 hours of competition, the final five players agreed to a deal which awarded the championship trophy and top money prize of $35,615 to Brad Harper of Putney, Vermont. Khalid Riley of Norwood, Massachusetts; Jose Montes from the Bronx, New York; David Felger of Lantana, Florida; and Mike MacIntosh of Crantson, Rhode Island rounded out the second through fifth place winners, each taking home $31,500.

The $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event attracted 320 players to compete for a chance to earn a piece of the $465,600 prize pool. Dan Suied of Billerica, Massachusetts finished first after 36 hours of play, earning $72,072 and the Mega Stack championship trophy. Marc Podell of New York, New York claimed top prize money with $74,919 in winnings as a result of an agreement amongst the final four players. Mike Dentale of Brooklyn, New York finished third with $58,533, while Ross Santos of Carver, Massachusetts took fourth place with $43,572.

Here is a look at the growth of the Foxwoods Mega Stack Events during 2010:

Buy-in $340 Event $560 Event $1650 Event
December ’09 442 268 141
February ’10 724 351 224
May ’10 946 415 166
August ’10 1295 663 320

Bernard LeeBernard Lee Poker Show Offers November Nine Prizes

The Bernard Lee Poker Show will run a contest for its listeners with cash and prizes totaling $1,000. The Bernard Lee Poker/November Nine Contest is sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino and PokerSource.com. You can listen to the show at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesdays on www.RoundersRadio.com or download the podcast via iTunes.

During the three months leading up to the 2010 WSOP final table, The Bernard Lee Poker Show will be interviewing all nine members of the 2010 November Nine.

Each week from September 7, 2010 through October 26, 2010, listeners of the show can enter by emailing the weekly two-word phrase to contest@BernardLeePoker.com. The first word can be heard on the radio show (always within the first half hour), while the second word will be placed on his twitter (BernardLeeShow) and Facebook (BernardLeePokerShow) page.

The Bernard Lee Poker Show will randomly pick one person per week among the responders. Eight of the winners will be chosen via this method. The final winner will be randomly chosen among all of the entrants over the entire eight-week period. Thus, the more you enter the more chances you have to capture the last spot. These nine listeners will be The Bernard Lee Poker Nine.

Each member of The Bernard Lee Poker Nine will be randomly linked with a 2010 November Nine player. The pairings will be announced on the November 2nd show. Each winner will win cash/prizes depending on how their paired November Niner places at the WSOP final table. The prize structure breaks down as follows:

1st place: $500 ($400 + $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate)
2nd place: $250 ($200 + $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificate)
3rd place: $100 ($50 + $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificate)
4th-9th place: $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate