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Simon Deadman Wins 2014 HPO Championship Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

A record-setting field of 692 entries played in the 2014 Hollywood Poker Open Championship Event last week which resulted in an amazing prize pool of $1,560,460.

After three grueling days of play, Simon Deadman emerged from the near 700 strong playing field victorious. In addition to the $351,097 first-place prize money, Deadman took home the HPO Championship trophy as well as the honor of being just the second-ever HPO Championship winner, joining inaugural winner Ana Marquez in the record books.

Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Simon Deadman $351,097
2 Michael Wang $216,904
3 Kitty Kuo $141,159
4 Martin Godsk $98,777
5 Elliott Zaydman $71,781
6 Robbie Bakker $55,708
7 Bradley Yazici $46,814
8 Damian Salas $39,012
9 Mike Sowers $31,209

Deadman was celebrating his own personal accomplishment – his first win of 2014. After finishing runner-up in six tournaments since the beginning of the year, which is both an impressive yet disappointing accomplishment, the poker player finally got the big one.


“It was painful not getting the trophy,” a relieved Deadman said to PokerNews after the tournament. “I always joke around about finishing second, but I wanted to win this real bad.”

Deadman had the support of a large rail that cheered him on to victory. “It felt great that they would drive all the way down from the Strip to watch. I really appreciated it.”

As for future plans, Deadman will take part in the Main Event at the World Series of Poker, but for now he is going to take a day off. “But knowing me, I’ll jump right into the mixed-max tomorrow.”

23 players returned for the final day of play but it didn’t take long for that number to whittle down until only the final table players remained. Brian Hastings (11th – $24,031) and Chris DeMaci (10th – $24,031) fell just short of the final table, leaving nine remaining players.

With just three players left, the tournament suddenly turned into the Deadman show. He took control of things with a huge double up against Kitty Kuo that moved her from the chip lead to the short stack when her triple kings fell to his full house. She went out on the very next hand to Deadman, finishing 3rd for $142,158. Deadman then beat Michael Wang in heads-up play after his ace of clubs/three of diamonds beat Wang’s double fives.

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$500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool at Hollywood Poker Open

by | Published: Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Hollywood Poker Open Championship Event kicks off at the M Resort in Las Vegas on June 27, which is less than one week away.

Season 2The tournament, which features a $2,500 buy-in with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, runs from the 27th until the 29th. You can expect to see many Vegas-regular poker pros at the event, including HPO ambassador Chris Moneymaker, just like last year.

The second season of the championship has grown from last year, with even more seat winners set to participate thanks to the addition of six new regional stops and increased local promotions at Penn National Gaming properties over the past eight months.

Even more seats are due to be handed out this week. The M Resort is set to host eight no-limit hold’em satellites that will award the winners a seat into the $2,500 Main Event. Each qualifier has a buy-in of $235 and will guarantee at least one Main Event seat. The satellites will run from June 25 – 27, with times ranging from 10 AM – 10 PM. Click here to read the structure of the eight Mega/Turbo satellites.

One of the highlights of the three day Hollywood Poker Open tournament is the $1,800 pot-limit Omaha event, which will begin at 2 PM local time on Saturday, June 28.

“We had strong momentum following a successful Season 1 of the Hollywood Poker Open last year, and that has continued with each regional event this year,” said Gaye Gullo, Vice President of Marketing for Penn National Gaming. “Our players value the numerous opportunities to get in on the action for the Hollywood Poker Open. Offering a Las Vegas Championship is icing on the cake for what’s grown to be a well-respected tournament series, and we’re proud of that.”

Last year, Ana Marquez outlasted a field of 631 to take out the top prize of $320,189 in the Championship Event, defeating Ryan Tepen heads-up for the title. She was joined in the Main Event final table by Kory Kilpatrick, who came 3rd with $129,641, Ramzi Jelassi, 4th with $90,080, Sam Stein, 5th with $65,461, and Max Greenwood, 6th with $50,803.

Who will take out the top prize this year? Stay tuned to find out!

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Joey Couden Overcomes Chip Deficit to Win Columbus Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Joey Couden came back from a 7-1 chip disadvantage during heads-up play in the 2014 Hollywood Poker Open Columbus Regional Main Event to take out a win. But the poker player never panicked, “You can’t ever let losing enter your mind.”

“It’s a poison,” he continued. “I was born to win this tournament. I’ve been playing in the Columbus area since I was 15,” the Columbus native added.

Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Joey Couden $60,827
2 John Michalak $36,496
3 Christopher Collins $24,330
4 Todd Funderburg $17,944
5 Jimmie Adams $13,483
6 Scott Dehm $11,151
7 Patrick Grace III $9,124
8 Danny Clements $7,096
9 Stephan Birtcher $5,576


After collecting over $60,000 from the win, Couden’s career live tournament earnings has moved above the half-million dollar mark. “I’ll be playing some at the World Series,” he said of his immediate plans for the money.

2014 Hollywood Poker Open

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Couden outlasted a record-setting HPO field of 126 players, who created a total prize pool of $202,754, to take out the top spot. The 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Chris Moneymaker, was one of those players, but was eliminated early on in Day 1. Moneymaker’s hopes of winning his second HPO Regional title of the year were cut short.

At the end of play on Day 1, there were 29 players who would make the cut and return to try and make the money on Day 2. Only 13 would get a cut of the prize pool, so there was plenty of work left for those still in the field.

Couden started his run to the final two when he hit runner-runner nut flush to take down a big pot.

Couden eliminated Christopher Collins in third place ($24,330) with a two pair, guaranteeing himself second or first place.  Heads-up play started with him holding a slight chip advantage over Michalak, but that didn’t last long as Michalak soon took control of the match.

After nearly three hours in, things began to change in Couden’s favor when he doubled with an Ace of Clubs and 10 of Clubs against Michalak’s Ace of Hearts and 6 of Spades. Couden remained on top, eventually eliminating Michalak in second place for $36,496.

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Raghavan Wins World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic

by | Published: Monday, December 10th, 2012

Ravi Raghavan has recorded a stunning comeback to win the 2012 World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic.

Raghavan overcame a final table that included poker superstar Antonio Esfandiari to win the WPT Trophy as well as the first place prize of $1,268,571.

Raghavan was overwhelmed to have won such a prestigious tournament.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Raghavan said.

“It hasn’t hit me yet.”

Raghavan has been a regular on the World Poker Tour in recent seasons and was clearly emotional to score a breakthrough victory.

“I’ve been playing this game for a long time and this is what you play for so it fills amazing to actually do it,” Raghavan said.

The Illinois native was short stacked for the majority of the tournament and played superb poker to keep himself in the event.

“I think I play pretty well short stacked and I was very patient,” he said.

The turning point of the final table came when Raghavan busted Esfandiari who had dominated the early proceedings of the tournament.

“[Busting Esfandiari] was huge,” Raghavan said.

“He is tough as nails and one of the best in the world.”

Despite eliminating The Big One For One Drop champion Raghvan was still up against it heading into the heads up battle with Shawn Buchanan who he rates as a very tricky opponent.

“Buchanan is really good and he plays with really interesting heads-up style so I had to adjust to it,” Raghavan said.

“I hit a lot of flops so I guess I picked a really good day to run amazing.”

Raghavan has achieved a great deal of tournament success in recent years but this is easily the biggest victory of his career.

His previously biggest score was also in a World Poker Tour event when he won $105,234 for finishing fifth in the 2010 Hollywood Poker Open.

The World Poker Tour takes a break for Christmas but resumes on January 27th for the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

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