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
|7||Patrick Grace III||$9,124|
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.
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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