WPT BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN (TV)

January 25-30 | Borgata | Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Photo Recap: Aaron Mermelstein Wins the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

07:46 AM, 01/31/15

Hand #181: Aaron Mermelstein Wins the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

12:39 AM, 01/31/15

Hand #166: Aaron Mermelstein Regains a 2-to-1 Lead

11:51 PM, 01/30/15

WPT Video: Super Bowl Picks

11:03 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #153: Randy Pfeifer Out in 3rd Place ($253,263)

10:52 PM, 01/30/15

Get Your Fill of Live Updates Following WPTDeepstacks in Florida

10:36 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #142: Aaron Mermelstein Takes a 5.6M Pot

10:32 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #140: Aaron Mermelstein Wins 10.7M Pot vs. Todd

10:24 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #136: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

10:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #120: Shawn Cunix Out in 4th Place ($212,108)

09:32 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #118: Aaron Mermelstein Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

09:26 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #112: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

09:00 PM, 01/30/15

A Royal Congratulations to Brittany Bell

08:56 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #97: Shawn Cunix Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

08:18 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #94: Shawn Cunix Triples Up

08:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #92: Eugene Todd Doubles Thru Shawn Cunix

08:04 PM, 01/30/15

WPTDeepstacks Heads To Malta Feb. 5-8

07:28 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #68: Randy Pfeifer Takes the Chip Lead

07:07 PM, 01/30/15

Pizza Break

06:50 PM, 01/30/15

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06:36 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #37: Esther Taylor-Brady Out in 5th Place ($174,118)

05:21 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #35: Aaron Mermelstein Takes the Lead From Cunix

05:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #17: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Eugene Todd (Again)

04:17 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #16: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Eugene Todd

04:12 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #14: Justin Liberto Out in 6th Place ($140,878)

04:04 PM, 01/30/15

Hand #13: Justin Liberto Doubles Thru Esther Taylor-Brady

03:58 PM, 01/30/15

Photo Recap, Day 4: Shawn Cunix Was Unstoppable

03:44 AM, 01/30/15

Shawn Cunix Goes Wire to Wire on Day 4 of the Winter Open

12:34 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #114: Casey Yontz Out in 7th Place ($112,386)

12:21 AM, 01/30/15

Hand #106: Philippe Belley Out in 8th Place ($85,476)

12:05 AM, 01/30/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Eight Players

11:45 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #86-87: Eugene Todd Doubles Thru Aaron Mermelstein

11:22 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #68: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Phillippe Belley

10:51 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #57: Michael Wang Out in 9th Place ($58,567)

10:29 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final Nine Players

10:12 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #46: Sheriff Cunix Has 8.56 Million in Chips

10:04 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #37-39: Esther Taylor-Brady Over 4 Million

09:34 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #34-36: Randy Pfeifer Doubles Thru Philippe Belley

09:32 PM, 01/29/15

Hands #32-33: Barry Leventhal Out in 10th Place ($37,989)

09:25 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #28: Aaron Mermelstein Wins 2.3M Pot vs. Leventhal

09:11 PM, 01/29/15

Hand #22: Philippe Belley Wins 3.3M Pot vs. Shawn Cunix

08:46 PM, 01/29/15

Check Out the Live Updates For WPTDeepstacks

07:22 PM, 01/29/15

Dinner Break Until 8:15 pm; Official Chip Counts

07:13 PM, 01/29/15

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06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 10 Players

06:34 PM, 01/29/15

Kevin Calenzo Out in 11th Place ($37,989)

06:32 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 12 Players

05:36 PM, 01/29/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Final Three Players

03:42 PM, 01/29/15

Updated Chip Counts: Final 17 Players

03:37 PM, 01/29/15

Aaron Massey Out in 18th Place ($18,045)

02:52 PM, 01/29/15

Official Seating & Chip Counts: Final 18 Players

02:51 PM, 01/29/15

Official Chip Counts: Final 21 Players

01:56 PM, 01/29/15

James Calderaro Out in 22nd Place ($14,879)

01:29 PM, 01/29/15

Esther Taylor-Brady Doubles Thru Matthew Alexander

12:23 PM, 01/29/15

Final 27 Players: Official Seating & Chip Counts

10:09 AM, 01/29/15

Day 3 Ends with Prospect of Calderaro-Cunix Rematch

01:45 AM, 01/29/15

Final 34 Players: Updated Chip Counts

11:55 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Frankenberger Out in 40th Place ($11,713)

10:21 PM, 01/28/15

Skrill Last-Longer Update: Four Players Remain

09:04 PM, 01/28/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

05:51 PM, 01/28/15

Maruti Yarlapati Bursts the Bubble in 91st Place

03:13 PM, 01/28/15

Andy Hwang Eliminated by Tim Bishop in 92nd Place

03:05 PM, 01/28/15

ClubWPT is Giving Away 3 VIP Packages in February

02:31 PM, 01/28/15

Jared Jaffee Impresses His Table

02:13 PM, 01/28/15

Last Night's VIP Dinner for partypoker Qualifiers

12:51 PM, 01/28/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: 17 Players Left

12:47 PM, 01/28/15

Start of Day 3 Chip Counts

10:50 AM, 01/28/15

Justin Lunin-Pack and Tim Bishop Finish Day 2 on Top

12:51 AM, 01/28/15

Tim Bishop Doubles Thru Matt Itkin

12:17 AM, 01/28/15

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12:12 AM, 01/28/15

Shawn Cunix Makes a Billy Goat Puke

10:26 PM, 01/27/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:48 PM, 01/27/15

Snow Day for the Royal Flush Girls

09:02 PM, 01/27/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

06:55 PM, 01/27/15

Video Update: Day 2 of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

05:54 PM, 01/27/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

05:37 PM, 01/27/15

DraftKings Qualifiers Chip Update

03:40 PM, 01/27/15

Official Prizepool Released; First Prize is $712,305

03:31 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with ClubWPT Qualifier Edward Auh

03:26 PM, 01/27/15

Last-Minute, Single-Hand, Single-Table Satellite

01:55 PM, 01/27/15

partypoker Qualifiers on Day 2

01:13 PM, 01/27/15

Winter Arrives at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

12:57 PM, 01/27/15

Not Tony Dunst's Turn

12:49 PM, 01/27/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Joey "Mush" Galazzo

12:35 PM, 01/27/15

Nine DraftKings Qualifiers in the Field

12:32 PM, 01/27/15

Day 2 Chip Counts

10:29 AM, 01/27/15

Day 1B Reaches the Guarantee Despite the Storm

11:43 PM, 01/26/15

Interview With partypoker Qualifier Dan Leddy

11:23 PM, 01/26/15

New Jersey Shutting Down All Roads at 11:00 pm

10:17 PM, 01/26/15

Eight partypoker Qualifiers in the Field

10:09 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Thomas Reitveld

09:34 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Ernie Zambri

07:00 PM, 01/26/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the L.A. Poker Classic

06:51 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Qualifier Edward Auh

06:46 PM, 01/26/15

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05:40 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with Actor James Woods

05:01 PM, 01/26/15

Charity Winner Roger Lehman Won His Way Here

04:52 PM, 01/26/15

The Name Game

03:59 PM, 01/26/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize

03:10 PM, 01/26/15

Interview with partypoker Qualifier Jimmy Ross

01:24 PM, 01/26/15

ClubWPT.com Offering Two Seats to WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

12:40 PM, 01/26/15

End of Day 1A Chip Counts

09:55 AM, 01/26/15

Day 1A Ends with Past Champ Andy Hwang Leading

11:31 PM, 01/25/15

jude4 wins a FIAT 500 Abarth Automatic on ClubWPT

11:14 PM, 01/25/15

Melissa Castello Intros the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

10:59 PM, 01/25/15

Next Month: WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

09:46 PM, 01/25/15

Unofficially 360 Entries on Day 1A

09:00 PM, 01/25/15

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07:14 PM, 01/25/15

They Came. They Played. They Were Conquered!

06:42 PM, 01/25/15

Coming Up Next: WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open

05:41 PM, 01/25/15

Royal Flush Girls Bounty Tourney at 6 pm on ClubWPT

04:00 PM, 01/25/15

DraftKings Wants to Send You to the WPT L.A. Poker Classic

01:49 PM, 01/25/15

How Early Is Too Early? You Be the Judge

01:37 PM, 01/25/15

Photo: Shuffle Up and Deal

12:17 PM, 01/25/15

The Skrill Last-Longer Bonus Prize: $3,500

11:37 AM, 01/25/15

Darren Elias Eliminated, Ready to Re-Enter

11:28 AM, 01/25/15

Live Tournament Updates

Matt Giannetti Wins the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open ($323,804)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

By Ryan Lucchesi

The final table of the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida was packed full of professional players and great storylines when cards got into the air today at 3 p.m. ET. Matt Salsberg was appearing at back-to-back WPT final tables and he was joined by fellow Champions Club member Matt Giannetti. In addition to the possibility of a repeat WPT champion, long-time professionals Darryll Fish and Danny Shiff were each gunning for their first WPT title. Lily Kiletto was also in the mix, so the first open WPT event woman champion was another storyline in play. Here were the chip counts and seating chart when cards got into the air:

Seat 1: Matt Giannetti - 3,005,000
Seat 2: Lily Kiletto - 860,000
Seat 3: Darryll Fish - 2,660,000
Seat 4: Matt Salsberg - 980,000
Seat 5: Hayden Fortini - 1,620,000
Seat 6: Danny Shiff - 1,930,000

By the end of play at a quick final table that finished just after 7 p.m. it was Giannetti who emerged with his second WPT title. Once again he faced a woman in the heads-up final, and once again he emerged victorious, just as he did at WPT Malta during Season X. Giannetti joins an elite group of players that have won at least two WPT titles, which includes Carlos Mortensen, Gus Hansen, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Negreanu, and Antonio Esfandiari.

The first elimination tonight came rather quickly on the ninth hand of play at the final table. Darryll Fish raised to 85,000 from the cutoff preflop and Matt Salsberg reraised to 200,000 on the button. Fish tanked for about a minute before he moved all in. Salsberg called all in for 815,000 with JclubJdiamond and Fish turned over 7spade5spade. The board came 6heart6club4clubKspade3heart and Fish rivered a seven-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Salsberg in sixth place ($50,968). Salsberg matched his sixth-place finish at the Borgata Winter Poker Open that took place just 11 days ago. He has won $198,639 at the last two WPT events.

The five finalists then settled in for a longer battle and the pace of play at the final table established itself. Danny Shiff doubled up thru Hayden Fortini during this stretch in one of the largest hands of the tournament, which left Fortini crippled with less than five big blinds. On his final hand Lily Kiletto raised from the button to 125,000, Fish called from the small blind, and Fortini called all in from the big blind for 65,000. Kiletto and Fish continued to battle over a dry side pot, and they both checked to the turn on a board reading Jdiamond9club4diamond2spade. Fish bet 200,000 to open the action on that betting round and Kiletto folded after initially checking. Fish took back his 200,000, and showed 4heart4spade for a set of fours. Fortini turned over Jclub5diamond for a pair of jacks, and he was drawing dead. The meaningless river card was the 3club, and Fish won the pot to eliminate Fortini in fifth place ($64,160).

Despite the double up Shiff was up next on the chopping block and he fell on the 67th hand of play. His swan song began when Kiletto raised from the button to 130,000, and Shiff called from the big blind. The flop came 9club8heart8spade and Shiff checked. Kiletto bet 260,000 and Shiff check-raised all in for 1,025,000. Kiletto paused briefly before she called with 3club3spade, and Shiff turned over Jdiamond10diamond for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the 6diamond and the river was the 2club. Kiletto won the pot with two pair, eights and threes, and eliminated Shiff in fourth place ($86,946).

Another long battle took place to decide third place, and it was on the 108th hand at the final table that three became two. Giannetti raised from the button to 170,000, and Fish thought for about a minute before he moved all in from the big blind for 835,000. Giannetti called with QheartJspade and he had Fish's Qclub10spade dominated. The board came KspadeJdiamondJheartQspade3club and Giannetti won the pot with a full house, jacks full of queens, to eliminate Fish in third place ($125,921). After that a short pause was taken to reset the final table for the heads-up final.

Matt Giannetti - 6,830,000 (85 bb)
Lily Kiletto - 4,230,000 (52 bb)

The two only played six hands of heads-poker before it was all over. Kiletto raised to 200,000, Giannetti thought for a while before reraising to 580,000, and Kiletto paused a moment before moving all in for 3,920,000. Giannetti thought for about two minutes before he called with 8club8heart. Kiletto turned over 8spade7spade, and she was dominated facing elimination. The board came 3club2heart2spade9spadeJclub and Kiletto picked up a spade flush draw on the turn, but she improved no further. Giannetti won the pot (and his second WPT title) with two pair, eights and deuces. Kiletto finished as the runner-up, earning $191,880.

Giannetti won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $323,804, which includes his entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship. Giannetti will also receive a WPT Champions Trophy, and get his name engraved (for a second time) on the one and only WPT Champions Cup.

Final Table Results:

1: Matt Giannetti - $323,804 (includes $25,500 seat in WPT World Championship)
2: Lily Kiletto - $191,880
3: Darryll Fish - $125,921
4: Danny Shiff - $86,946
5: Hayden Fortini - $64,160
6: Matt Salsberg - $50,968

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:58 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #115: Lily Kiletto Eliminated in 2nd Place ($191,888)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Lily Kiletto raises to 200,000, Matt Giannetti thinks for a while before reraising to 580,000, and Kiletto pauses a moment before moving all in for 3,920,000.

Giannetti thinks for about two minutes before he calls with 8club8heart. Kiletto turns over 8spade7spade, and she's dominated as she faces elimination.

The board comes 3club2heart2spade9spadeJclub, and Kiletto picks up a spade flush draw on the turn, but improves no further. Matt Giannetti wins the pot -- and his second WPT title -- with two pair, eights and deuces.

Lily Kiletto finishes as the runner-up, earning $191,880.

Matt Giannetti wins the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $323,804, which includes his entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship. Giannetti will also receive a WPT Champions Trophy, and get his name engraved (for a second time) on the one and only WPT Champions Cup.

Congratulations to Matt Giannetti, who joins the elite club of players with multiple WPT titles!

1st:  Matt Giannetti  -  $323,804
2nd:  Lily Kiletto  -  $191,880
3rd:  Darryll Fish  -  $125,921
4th:  Danny Shiff  -  $86,946
5th:  Hayden Fortini  -  $64,160
6th:  Matt Salsberg  -  $50,968

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Giannetti, Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:29 PM, 02/12/13

Final Table Bio - Matt Giannetti

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

 Seat 1: Matt Giannetti

8081 Matt Giannetti

Matt Giannetti is one of two Champions Club members at today's final table and he is also the chip leader with just over 3 million. That gives this poker professional a great shot at winning another WPT title to go with his triumph at WPT Malta during Season X. He cashed a total of three times during Season X but this is his first cash of Season XI. Giannetti has been playing poker for ten years and eight of them have been as a professional. He has $464,939 in total WPT cashes and his career earnings are close to $4 million. Giannetti was a recent member of the November Nine and he took fourth place at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table this past Fall to score $3 million. He currently resides in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with his girlfriend and their child. He was born in Worcester, MA and was raised in Upstate New York. The 28-year-old has also spent some time in Austin, TX while attending the University of Texas.

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:27 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #114: Lily Kiletto

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti raises to 200,000, Lily Kiletto reraises to 500,000, and Giannetti folds.

Matt Giannetti  -  7,130,000
Lily Kiletto  -  3,930,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:21 PM, 02/12/13

Final Table Bio - Lily Kiletto

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Seat 2: Lily Kiletto

8422 Lily Kiletto

Lily Kiletto is the short stack heading into Tuesday's final table with 860,000 and she is the last woman standing in this event. She is originally from Laos and grew up in Raymond, WA. Lily is currently an investor and fashion designer, and formerly worked as a casino dealer. This 30-year-old has been playing poker for 10 years and this is the fourth WPT event she has entered. Lily has $8,000 in career poker earnings and she will easily top that today in Florida with a guaranteed cash worth at least $50,968.

Sorted In: Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:21 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #113: Lily Kiletto

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Lily Kiletto raises to 200,000, and Matt Giannetti calls. The flop comes 9club9heart4spade, Giannetti checks, Kiletto bets 200,000, and Giannetti folds. Kiletto takes the pot.

Matt Giannetti  -  7,340,000
Lily Kiletto  -  3,720,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:20 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #112: Matt Giannetti Wins a Pot Worth 2 Million

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti raises to 200,000, and Lily Kiletto calls. The flop comes Kdiamond5heart2heart, Kiletto checks, Giannetti bets 265,000, and Kiletto calls.

The turn is the 10club, and both players check. The river pairs the board with the 10diamond, Kiletto bets 500,000, and Giannetti tanks for nearly two minutes before he calls.

Kiletto shows A-Q, but Giannetti turns over 9spade2diamond to win the pot with two pair, tens and deuces.

Matt Giannetti  -  7,550,000
Lily Kiletto  -  3,510,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Lily Kiletto, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:19 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #111: Matt Giannetti

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Lily Kiletto folds, giving Matt Giannetti a walk.

Matt Giannetti  -  6,575,000
Lily Kiletto  -  4,485,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:13 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #110: Lily Kiletto

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Matt Giannetti limps for 80,000, Lily Kiletto raises to 225,000, and Giannetti folds.

Matt Giannetti  -  6,525,000
Lily Kiletto  -  4,535,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:12 PM, 02/12/13

Hand #109: Lily Kiletto

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Lily Kiletto raises to 205,000, and Matt Giannetti calls. The flop comes AheartJdiamond6spade, Giannetti checks, Kiletto bets 260,000, and Giannetti folds. Kiletto takes the pot.

Matt Giannetti  -  6,615,000
Lily Kiletto  -  4,445,000

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
07:11 PM, 02/12/13

 

RANKING

1
Aaron Mermelstein
$712,305
2
Eugene Todd
$419,467
3
Randy Pfeifer
$253,263
4
Shawn Cunix
$212,108
5
Esther Taylor-Brady
$174,118
6
Justin Liberto
$140,878

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $712,305
2 $419,467
3 $253,263
4 $212,108
5 $174,118
6 $140,878
7 $112,386
8 $85,476
9 $58,567
10 - 12 $37,989
13 - 15 $28,492
16 - 18 $18,045
19 - 27 $14,879
28 - 36 $12,980
37 - 45 $11,713
46 - 54 $10,447
55 - 63 $9,497
64 - 72 $8,548
73 - 81 $7,598
82 - 90 $6,965

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 75,000-150,000 25,000
33 100,000-200,000 25,000
34 125,000-250,000 25,000
35 150,000-300,000 50,000
36 200,000-400,000 50,000
37 250,000-500,000 75,000
38 300,000-600,000 100,000
39 400,000-800,000 100,000
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