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‘$25K Cash Bash’ Wraps Up April Action

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While the next major tournament in the Rivers Poker Room will be next month’s $100,000 GTD ‘The Hammer’, an event we’ll be building up over the next two weeks, there is another sizable prize pool up for grabs this weekend. For the first time ever, the Rivers Poker Room is awarding $1,000 high hands as part of it’s month-ending ‘$25,000 Cash Bash’ promotion.

The Bash begins at 12 AM on Friday night and for the next 25 hours, until 12 AM on Saturday, $1,000 will be awarded every hour to qualifying high hands. That’s the biggest high hand promotion that Rivers has ever run and we’d imagine that it’s going to be a packed house all weekend, meaning that players should get in the action prior to 11 PM on Friday, when high hand qualification begins, as to not get locked out of the action.

For Rivers Poker Room updates heading into May and more information about ‘The Hammer’, keep you eyes on the Rivers Poker blog and the new Rivers Poker twitter page.

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Pittsburgh Poker Open: Closing Remarks

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On behalf of the entire Will OC Media team, we thank you for following the Rivers Poker blog during the Pittsburgh Poker Open. In total, over a dozen main event champions were crowned throughout the record breaking series and the passion, excitement and enthusiasm that we saw from everyone that participated in the PPO series was amazing.

The series culminated with the Poker Night in America Main Event, which was fittingly won by Pittsburgh native John Kulp. The PPO Points Champion was Nicholas Immekus, who had one of the best PPO series to date, claiming two titles and making half a dozen final table appearances. As mentioned, this was a record breaking series, as Event 17’s 414 player field was the biggest to ever come together at Rivers.

That number is because of so many different things but mainly it’s because of the love that the Rivers Poker community has for the PPO series. We’d like to thank those players, who made it easy and enjoyable to watch and follow throughout each and every tournament.

Thank you to friends, families and poker fans who followed the blog; we hopefully put out a product that was easy to read, informative, and gave you the feeling that you were right in the middle of the PPO action.

Thank you to the tournament staff, dealers and tournament directors. Every tournament was run like a well oiled machine and throughout the series, the entire Rivers Poker team showed nothing but professionalism.

And lastly, a huge thank you to the people behind the scenes throughout the Pittsburgh Poker Open. The marketing team, the social media team, the IT department, the Poker Night in America live streaming and production teams. Without everyone mentioned above, the PPO would not have been what it was.

Everyone played a role in making this another spectacular series, which is what you have come to expect from the Rivers Poker Room. We wish you luck, both on and off the felt, and look forward to seeing you at the next Pittsburgh Poker Open.

A complete list of all PPO results can be found here and be sure to continue to follow the Rivers Poker blog for updates over the next few weeks.

Thank you again,

Will OC

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 1st Place – John Kulp ($69,083)

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (60,000/120,000/15,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 1
Chip Average: 13,500,000

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Poker Night in America Main Event Champion, John Kulp

Simply put, John Kulp could not be stopped at today’s final table. From the first hand of the day when he eliminated Jay Kelley with top set against Kelley’s top two pair, it looked like the rest of the table would have their work cut out for them. They were correct in that rhetorical assessment as Kulp knocked out Dave Serkoch with the nut straight when and got all of Serkoch’s chips on the turn. Kulp followed that up by eliminating Eli Stepanovich when Kulp rivered a straight against Stepanovich’s overpair following a preflop confrontation.

Kulp’s run good carried over from the end of Day 2 when he eliminated all four players once the final nine was reached. Over the course of yesterday’s session, Kulp did his part to stay balanced through the long day by watching Steven Seagal movies on his iPad. Kulp said that the television hit ‘Breaking Bad’ was not doing the trick early in the day, so he made the switch and never looked back. Kulp’s patience certainly paid off as he got the card rush that all players dream of at the most impeccable time and carried the rush over to Day 3.

Kulp entered heads up play against Jonathan Love with a massive chip advantage, one that he never relinquished prior to winning a flip against Love to clinch the Poker Night in America Main Event at the Pittsburgh Poker Open.

The Pittsburgh native will take home $69,083 for his first place finish, the largest tournament score of his career. Given his roots and love for the Rivers Poker Room, Kulp will certainly be back to play future events and defend his main event title.

On behalf of the Rivers Poker Room blog, we would like to thank Poker Night in America and Rivers Casino for putting on a fantastic event. We look forward to being back to provide coverage of future Pittsburgh Poker Open events.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 2nd Place – Jonathan Love ($39,285)

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (60,000/120,000/15,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 1
Chip Average: 13,500,000 

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Jonathan Love – 2nd Place ($39,285)

Consider how much ground he had to gain coming into heads up play, no one would fault Jonathan Love for packing it in and accepting his second place finish. To Love’s credit, he hung there as long as he could before submitting to the unstoppable force that was John Kulp.

The final hand saw Kulp open for 260,000 which Love then three-bet to 760,000. Kulp thought for a few moments and moved all in to put Love at risk for his final 3,450,000. Love shook his head and did not look pleased with his predicament but committed the chips and saw he was in a flip with AQ against the 9♣9 of Kulp.

Given how often the cards have fallen Kulp’s way at this final table, it just seemed like one more flip would fall his way. The 8♠726J runout only confirmed what was apparent from literally the first hand today and sent Love to the rail in second place.

For his finish, Love will earn $39,285, a career best score and one he will be looking to top in future tournaments.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Level Up; Kulp Still Holds Lead

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (60,000/120,000/15,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 2
Chip Average: 6,750,000 (56 bb)

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Jonathan Love (left) and John Kulp (right) continue their heads up battle for the Poker Night in America Main Event title at the Pittsburgh Poker Open.

The blinds have gone up here at the Poker Night in America Main Event final table. The heads up battle between John Kulp and Jonathan Love continues to wear on with both not giving much away to the other. Kulp has 8,750,000 to Love’s 4,750,000 but with one double up, the roles will be reversed in Love’s favor.

Since doubling up early in heads up play, Love has continued to slowly build and dig into what was once an overwhelming lead by Kulp. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues as the blinds are moving up.

With 1st place in this paying $68,093, and second place receiving $39,285, it is safe to say Kulp and Love will make every hand count as winning this PPO title would be the largest score of their respective careers.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 2): Play Slows Down In Heads Up

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 2
Chip Average: 6,750,000 (84 bb)

With both Jonathan Love and John Kulp sporting deep stacks late in the Poker Night in America Main Event, it comes as little surprise that play has slowed down significantly since Love doubled up earlier in the level.

The two players have traded light blows with a limited amount of hands having major confrontation or showdowns. Kulp still holds the lead with about 9,500,000 chips, but Love has no reason for immediate concern with his 4,000,000 stack.

The blinds will be increasing in about 15 minutes to a big blind of 120,000 and the action will likely pick up at that juncture as the pots will become naturally larger.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Jonathan Love Finds a Double

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (40,000/80,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 2
Chip Average: 6,750,000 (84 bb)

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Jonathan Love came into heads up play against facing an uphill climb against John Kulp, but he recently found a double to hang in the Poker Night in America Main Event. 

Facing a fairly overwhelming deficit coming into heads up play against John Kulp, Jonathan Love had little room to wait for a big hand to come his way. Luckily for him, he was able to find his big hand and double up as a result.

Picking up the action on a flop of J♣76 both players checked to the 6♠ turn. From there, Kulp checked to Love who bet 85,000. Kulp came over the top with a check-raise to 200,000. Love wasted little time in moving all in for 1,565,000 total. Kulp wasted little time in calling with J♠10 and saw he was far behind the K♣6♣ of Love.

Kulp needed to find a jack on the river but instead saw a brick hit and shipped the chips over to Love who now holds about 3,350,000.

Love still has a long way to go, but is off on the right foot so far.

 

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 3rd Place – Eli Stepanovich ($25,142)

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 2
Chip Average: 6,750,000 (113 bb)

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Eli Stepanovich – 3rd Place ($25,142)

Death, taxes, and John Kulp running pure. Three inevitable things in life with the latter becoming more and more prominent by the moment.

His latest victim is Eli Stepanovich and while Stepnaovich was able to get his money in with the best of it, that made no difference to the forces behind Kulp’s run over the last few days.

Stepanovich opened the action by limping from the button before facing a raise from Kulp out of the small blind to 280,000. After some thought, Stepanovich moved all in for his last 1,760,000. Kulp thought long and hard about the decision and ended up calling with 44 which trailed the 77♣ of Stepanovich.

The A♣3♣3 flop brought Kulp some additional backdoor outs which were strengthened by the 2 on the turn. With his rail cheering for a five, they found it on the 5 river to give Kulp a straight. A clearly anguished Stepanovich graciously shook hands with Kulp and took his leave in 3rd place earning $25,142.

Kulp will come into heads up play versus Jonathan Love with a commanding chip lead of 11,700,000 to Love’s 1,800,000.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 4th Place – Dave Serkoch ($19,904)

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 3
Chip Average: 4,500,000 (75 bb)

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Dave Serkoch- 4th Place ($19,904)

John Kulp’s run good has been well documented over the course of the last few days and it has continued this last level at the expense of Dave Serkoch’s tournament life.

 

Action started with Jonathan Love raising from under the gun and getting calls from Serkoch in the small blind and Kulp in the big blind. Action checked to Love on the K♠6♣5 flop and he continued for 250,000.

Serkoch responded with a min-raise to 500,000 that was called by Kulp and Love. Following the 9♠ turn, Serkoch led for 800,000 that was followed up by Kulp with an all in bet for about 3,100,000 total.

Love went into the tank and counted his stack numerous times before finding a fold. Serkoch did the same before calling off his final 2,100,000 with K8 Kulp turned over 8♣7 for the nut straight leaving Serkoch looking for a seven to chop the pot. He did not find it on the 10♣ river and Kulp scooped the massive pot with his straight.

Love claimed to have folded pocket aces which would have left him drawing dead had he committed his remaining chips. As it stands, he still has 2,125,000 and will have plenty of work to do against Kulp’s monster stack of 8,300,000. Eli Stepanovich has remained quiet so far, but is hanging in with just over 3,000,000.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Kulp Leads On Break

PNIA Main Event
Level 24 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entries: 270
Total Remaining Players: 4
Chip Average: 2,750,000 (46 bb)

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John Kulp continues to lead the Poker Night in America Main Event final table and will look to keep his foot on the throttle with his big stack all the more powerful with the increasing blinds. 

Action has slowed following John Kulp’s elimination of Jay Kelley on the first hand of play. Jonathan Love will come back from break as the short stack will have plenty of room to work with about 30 big blinds to his name.

Players are on a short break but will return to a big blind of 60,000 and 90 minute levels for the remainder of the tournament.

The chip counts for the remaining players and the prizepool are below.

  1. Dave Serkoch – 3,210,000
  2. John Kulp – 5,310,000
  3. Jonathan Love – 1,950,000
  4. Eli Stepanovich – 2,620,000

1st: $68,093
2nd: $39,285
3rd: $25,142
4th: $19,904