• August 2, 2021

Vinny Pahuja Takes Down Parx Big Stax XIII Championship for $62,000 After Three-Way Deal

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(pokernews.com)- he Parx Casino Big Stax XIII has been a newsworthy stop. First, Matt Glantz took down the Parx Casino Big Stax XIII 300 for $55,357 — while simultaneously announcing his decision to leave his role as room ambassador – and then on the same day that PokerNews published our feature piecePutting In Your Dues: Greg Himmelbrand’s Journey to Becoming a Poker Millionaire, the man in the title topped a field of 797 entrants to win the Parx Casino Big Stax XIII 500 for $80,725.
This past weekend, the stop wrapped up with the Parx Big Stax XIII 1,100 Championship Event, a tournament that attracted 332 entrants. In the end, the tournament came down to poker professional Vinny Pahuja, former November Niner Michael Esposito, and newcomer Thomas Revello. With the blinds big and stacks relatively close, the trip opted to strike a deal, one that ultimately saw Pahuja named champ.
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“Finally got one of these Big Stax things,” Pahuja said after the win, referencing numerous close calls at Parx.
The win marked the fifth-largest cash for Pahuja, the brother of World Poker Tour Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, and vaulted him over $1.9 million in lifetime earnings. Other highlights on Pahuja’s poker résumé include a runner-up finish in the 2008 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championshipfor $289,800; fourth in the 2012 Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship event for $107,067; a win in the 2008 Foxwoods Poker Classic $300 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $75,000; and $67,612 for a fifth-place finish in the 2013 Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship.
Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Vinny Pahuja $62,000*
2 Michael Esposito $66,000*
3 Thomas Revello $50,000*
4 Lisa Pickell $25,187
5 Chris Kostoulas $18,562
6 Christian Soto $15,162
7 Zhenjie Hou $12,505
8 Joel Frank $9,848
9 Scott Fitz-Gerald $7,439
10 Ben Pham $5,207

*Denotes Three-Handed Deal
According to updates from the event, the final table kicked off with the elimination of Ben Pham, who got his chips in with queens and jacks only to run into the aces and queens of Chris Kostoulas. The river was a blank, and Pham was sent to the rail in 10th place for $5,207.
After Kostoulas, the only Parx Big Stax champ remaining in the field, took his leave in fifth place, four-handed play lasted awhile before Lisa Pickell, the last woman standing, was bounced after first being crippled by Revello, and then being finished off by Pahuja. Pickell, who qualified for the event for just $150, earned $25,187 for her fourth-place finish.
At that point the final three players played a few more orbits before opting to strike a deal. Esposito, who was chip leader at the time, secured $66,000, while Revello, the short stack, got $50,000. Meanwhile, Pahuja negotiated $62,000 in prize money as well as the trophy and title.
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