Ronnie Pease didn’t surprise anyone when he won the Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods Main event.
The clash, which took place in Foxwoods Resort Casino under American gambling laws, started very promising for Pease. At the end of Day 1A of the tour’s $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em $300,000 Guarantee Main event he already got the lead over the rest 22 players. Pease finished Day 2 as a leader again, leading in front of the final 13 players.
The final hand was dealt for almost 14 hours and Ronnie won against Chris Tryba, the 2012 World Series of Poker winner.
Pease commented: “Chris is a friend. It was weird playing heads-up with a friend but it was fun. He is a really good player and it’s cool to get heads-up with a friend. It was a long battle but I’m happy.”
The epic battle
Ronnie Pease Won the CPPT Foxwoods Main Event
• Pease took home $91,347 and 480 Card Player “Player of the Year” points
• Pease won over his friend Chris Tryba in the final battle
• The two finalists agreed to share the same share of the prize
The heads-up match lasted around four hours and Pease and Tryba collectively decided to split a fifty-fifty cut for $91,347. After more than 11 hours of play a little before midnight, the two players agreed on a deal, where each player was guaranteed $85,000 and they continued to play for the rest – $12,693.
After around 2 hours of play, the deal was re-calculated to an even chop and only the trophy was undecided.
Pease gave more details about his game: “I had pretty much wire to wire chip lead but the low points were pretty low.”
He added: “It was different to have to change gears, but at the same time, when you play tournaments and play poker for a living you have to be able to switch it up. You can’t always be gas pedal when you lose that chip lead. You have to change your strategy.”
Pease brought home the $91,347 award, in addition to the trophy and 480 Card Player “Player of the Year” points.
The interesting stories of different players
Despite the memorable final battle, there was another interesting development of events. Mike Jarvela started the final day with the least chips – only 132,000. Nevertheless, he didn’t give up, continued applying his skills gained in various US poker rooms and managed to reach the third place, winning $45,760.
Frank Paul, who finished in the fourth place, won his place at a $200 satellite’s main event and confessed that he was quite nervous before going to the final. The New Hampshire’s truck driver has been playing in online poker sites in America for around a decade, but just for fun. Therefore, this tournament was his peak so far, winning the great amount of $36,360.
When Tom Thomas dropped off as the 11th place finisher, the rest 10 players were moved to the unofficial final table. Justin Adams open-shoved for 367,000 on the second hand of the 10-handed play and the action folded around Anthony Ruberto who went all-in.
Then Tryba had both of them covered and went all-in. This is the moment when Tryba’s game became very successful and he reached the final trophy battle.
The great success of CPPT Foxwoods
The CPPT’s first tour stop at Foxwoods can be considered an impressive success. The 11-tournament series guaranteed $700,000 prize pool and despite the unfortunate Event 8, a $300 No-Limit Hold’em $75,000 Guarantee, which was canceled because of a severe snow storm, the series still broke the guarantees. The total prize pools were estimated at around $1,347,000.
Another big winner was Chris Leong, who won Event 1, $600 No-Limit Hold’em $100,000 Guarantee for $42,149, cashing out for 52nd and $602 in Event 4, $300 No-Limit Hold’em $75,000 Guarantee. He also was third in Event 7, $400 No-Limit Hold’em $75,000 Guarantee for $11,763.
He didn’t cash in the Main event and commented jokingly in Twitter: “Busted… guess it was ridic to think I could cash in first 4 tourneys of the year lol.”
Chris Schonbach also made a good impression finishing 12th in the Main event for $7,917. Therefore his total earnings for the season reached $50,964.
Final table earnings
|Brad St. Vincent||$17,809|