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
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.
If Simon Deadman’s superb win has you feeling inspired, make sure to open your real money account at Carbon Poker and play a hand of poker of your own. You never know, you might walk away with a huge win.