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PPO: The Final Four Make a Deal, Tomasello Takes the Trophy and $13,000

Tommy Tomasello

With the elimination of Mark Milburn in 5th place the pace of play began to come to a crawl. The players agreed to take a moment and discuss and adjusted payout deal.

It didn’t take long for them to come to an agreement and chip leader Tommy Tomasello will take home $13,000 and his first Pittsburgh Poker Open title. Dolphy Garricks will take second place for $12,331 and Chris Meyers rounds out the top thre with $11,830.

(Left to Right) Tommy Tomasello, Chris Meyers, Robine Elias, Dolphy Garricks

A short stacked Robine Elias takes fourth and $5,834. This concludes our PPO Main Event coverage and all of the winners are listed below.

1st Place: Tommy Tomasello-$13,000+PPO trophy
2nd Place: Dolphy Garricks- $12,331
3rd Place: Chris Meyers- $11,830
4th Place: Robine Elias- $5,834
5th Place: Mark Milburn- $3,791
6th Place: Budwey Salhab- $2,978
7th Place: Jake Seung- $2,437
8th Place: Jonathan Love- $1,949

 

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PPO: Mark Milburn Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,791)

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 17: 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 4

Mark Milburn

Mark Milburn moved all in for his last 100,000 on a flop of Q♠️J♣️8♦️. Unfortunately for him Dolphy Garricks snap called turning over 10♦️9♥️ for the nut straight.

Milburn showed J♠️5♠️ and was drawing dead when the 3♦️ hit the turn. The meaningless 10♣️ completed the board and Milburn was sent to the rail in 4th place taking home $3,791.

Dolphy Garricks- 625,000

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PPO: Budwey Salhab Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,978)

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 17: 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 5

Budwey Salhab

Budwey Salhab raises to 18,000 and Tommy Tomasello reraises to 48,000. Salhab calls and they go heads up to the 8♠️7♥️2♠️ flop. Both players check and the dealer burns and turns the 7♦️.

Salhab moves all in for 195,000 and Tomasello begins to talk through the hand. He eventually slides the calling chips forward and Salhab turns over A♥️Q♥️ for just ace high.

Tomasello shows A♠️8♣️ for top pair and the 10♥️ river seals the deal for him. Salhab is eliminated in 6th place earning $2,978 and Tomasello extends his chip lead.

Tommy Tomasello- 1,100,000

 

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PPO: Jake Seung Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,437)

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 17: 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 6

Jake Seung

Jake Seung moves all in for his last 63,000 from under the gun and it folds to Budwey Salhab in the big blind. Salhab makes the call and the hands are revealed.

Seung: A♥️7♥️
Salhab: K♠️Q♦️

They see a flop of K♥️10♠️5♦️ and Salhab pairs his king in the window to take the lead. The turn is the 3♥️ and Seung picks up the nut flush.

The 10♣️ river is no help to Seung and he is eliminated in 7th place earingn $2,437.

Budwey Salhab- 180,000

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PPO: Tomasello Sets Up Seung Before Break

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 16: 3,000/6,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 7

Tommy Tomasello

Jake Seung raises to 16,000 from the cutoff and Tommy Tomasello calls from the button. Both of the blinds call and they go four handed to the A♥️9♥️5♦️ flop.

It checks to Tomasello who bets 27,500 and Jake Seung calls. They go heads up to the Q♣️ turn and Seung checks. Tomasello bets 58,500 and after giving it some thought Seung calls.

The river is the 8♠️ and Seung checks for a third time. Tomasello slides out a bet of 124,500 sending Seung deep into the tank. After over a minute he calls and Tomasello shows 5♥️5♣️ for a flopped set.

Seung fires his hand into the muck and Tomasello extends his chip lead just as the players take a 15 minute break.

Tommy Tomasello- 780,000
Jake Seung- 60,000

 

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PPP: Jonathan Love Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,949)

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 16: 3,000/6,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 7

Jonathan Love

Jonathan Love moves all in for his last 89,500. It folds to Chris Meyers in the small blind who calls and they turn over their hands.

Love: Q♦️10♦️
Meyers: A♣️Q♣️

The dealer fans the A♦️8♥️4♠️ flop and Meyers pairs his ace to put a hammerlock on the hand. Love picks up a gutshot straight draw on the 9♠️ turn but the K♠️ river is no help.

Meyers takes the pot and Love is our 8th place PPO finisher earning $1,949 for his efforts.

Chris Meyers- 525,00

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PPO: Finberg Out in 9th, Final 8 In the Money

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 15: 2,500/5,000/500 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 8

Richard Finberg

Jake Seung raises to 11,500 and Tommy Tomasello calls. Richard Finberg moves all in for his last 59,500 and it folds to Chris Myers in the big blind. Meyers reshoves all in for about 350,000 and the players quickly fold.

Meyers tables his A♠️K♠️ and is dominated the A♥️Q♠️ of Finberg. The board runs out K♦️3♥️5♣️J♦️6♦️ and Meyers pairs his king to earn the pot and the knockout.

With the elimination of Finberg in 9th place the remaining 8 players are now all in the money and guaranteed at least $1,949.

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PPO: Randy Bogner is the First to Go

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 15: 2,500/5,000/500 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 9

Randy Bogner

A short stacked Randy Bogner got his last 30,500 all in preflop holding 7♦️7♥️ against the A♠️10♠️ of Tommy Tomasello.

The dealer fanned the 8♠️7♠️3♠️ flop and it was an action flop to say the least. Bogner flopped a set of sevens but would need the board to pair as Tomasello flopped the nut flush.

The turn 2♥️ and river K♣️ was no help to Bogner and he is sent to the rail. We are now on the money bubble as the final 8 players will all make the cash and be guaranteed at least $1,949.

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PPO: Day 2 Play Underway

$1,100 PPO Main Event
Level 15: 2,500/5,000/500 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 10

The Day 2 PPO Main Event players have returned and play has now returned. Leading the way is Tommy Tomasello with 509,500 and we are just two eliminations away from the money.

The final 8 players will all be guaranteed at least $1,949 and the winner will take home $19,493 and the PPO trophy. We will now be picking up on all of the live tournament action here on the blog.

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PPO: Tommy Tomasello Bags the Overall Chip Lead

$1,100 PPO Main Event
End Of Level 14: 2,000/4,000/500 ante
Total Entries: 57
Players Remaining: 10

Tommy Tomasello

Day 1B of the Pittsburgh Poker Open drew a total of 42 entries and just 7 players from this flight remain. Tommy Tomasello is leading the way with 509,500 after flying under the radar for much of the night. Tomasello vaulted to the top in the last two levels and will return to Day 2 as the overall chip leader.

The combined Day 1A-B players will return Sunday October 1 at 12 P.M. noon and play down to a winner. The final 8 players will all make the money and be guaranteed at least $1,949 for their efforts.

We will be crowing our newest PPO Champion and one lucky player will take home the $19,493 first prize along with the PPO trophy.

Below is a list of chip counts from the final 10 Day 2 players that will be returning.

Tommy Tomasello- 509,500
Chris Meyers- 367,000
Jake Seung- 296,000
Dolphy Garricks- 285,000
Jonathan Love- 187,500
Robine Elias- 174,000
Mark Milburn- 159,500
Richard Finberg- 149,500
Budwey Salhab- 124,000
Randy Bogner- 32,500