The Lone Star Poker Series Inaugural Texas State Main Event $1,300 buy-in no-limit maintain’em match attracted a large subject of 1,818 complete entries to the Champions Social Poker Club in Houston, TX. The big turnout noticed the $1 million assure simply surpassed, finally making a ultimate prize pool of $2,090,700 that was paid out among the many prime 220 finishers.
In the tip, the lion’s share was awarded to eventual champion Joon Park. The 29-year-old Austin, TX resident earned $271,429 for the win, by far the most important rating of his profession. Prior to this victory Park’s largest money was a $10,000 payday earned earlier this yr for a seventh-place end in a $500 buy-in occasion at The Lodge Poker Club & Card House in Round Rock, TX.
In addition to the title and the cash, Park was additionally awarded 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year factors for popping out on prime. This was Park’s second POY-qualified ultimate desk of the yr, and it introduced his level complete to 1,194. With $281,429 in year-to-date earnings, he has climbed into 18th place within the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
The ultimate day of this occasion started with 17 gamers remaining. By the time the ultimate desk of 9 was set, Christopher Doan had climbed into the lead, with Park sitting in fourth chip place.
Shawn Rice was the primary to fall on the ultimate desk. He acquired the final of his quick stack in with Q-4 offsuit, solely to run into the pocket aces of Jared Hemingway. The aces held up and Rice was eradicated in ninth place ($26,000). Park secured his first knockout of the day by successful a preflop race with pocket sixes in opposition to the AQ of Kevin Kaylor. Park made a straight by the river to ship Kaylor residence with $34,375 for his eighth-place displaying.
Doan got here into the ultimate desk with the chip lead, however misplaced two sizable all-in pots after getting his chips in forward to hit the rail in seventh place. First his A-Okay misplaced out to the Okay-Q of Gabriel Andrade, then his pocket kings have been unable to carry dealing with the pocket jacks of Nick Shkolnik. Doan earned $45,375 for his deep run on this occasion.
Park picked up his second knockout when Robert Wright shoved with A-5 into his A-Okay. Park made a flush by the river to ship Wright packing with $61,375. World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Michael Wang was the following to hit the rail. He acquired all-in with J9 and was known as by the A6 of Andrade. Wang paired his jack on the flop, however Andrade rivered a pair of aces to eradicate Wang in fifth place ($79,875). He elevated his profession match earnings complete to $2,935,536 with this newest rating.
Park doubled up early in four-handed play to take the lead. Nick Shkolnik leapfrogged him by busting Jared Hemingway in fourth place, although, along with his flopped flush draw with an overcard beating out the pair and straight draw of Hemingway by enhancing to the next pair on the flip. Hemingway was awarded $104,375 for his robust displaying on this occasion.
The ultimate three agreed to a deal that noticed Shkolnik lock up $257,170 because the chip chief, with Park guaranteeing himself $241,429 and Andrade securing at the least $195,955. The three left the title and $30,000 from the prize pool to play for. Shkolnik fell out of the lead after the deal was achieved, and was finally knocked out in third place when his A-6 failed to enhance in opposition to the pocket eights of Park.
Park took a large lead into heads-up play with Andrade. It didn’t take too lengthy for all the chips to get into the center. Andrade shoved from the button with A2 and Park known as from the large blind with AQ. The board ran out AOkay9A8 and Park’s journeys with a superior kicker earned him the pot and the title.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the ultimate desk:
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