Poker Room

‘$25K Cash Bash’ Wraps Up May Action

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 1.05.35 PMWhile the next major tournament series in the Rivers Poker Room will be the ‘Three Rivers Challenge’ in June, a series we’ll be building up over the next few weeks, there is another sizable prize pool up for grabs this weekend. 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 June and more information about the ‘Three Rivers Challenge, keep you eyes on the Rivers Poker blog and the Rivers Poker twitter page.

The Hammer

The Hammer: Philip Conner Wins Title, Complete Results

After a record breaking Pittsburgh Poker Open series, another record fell this past weekend. The first ever ‘The Hammer’ event was the biggest even in Rivers Poker history, as over 550 players came out to get a piece of a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. That prize pool was crushed and in the end, Philip Conner walked away with a lion’s share of it.

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Philip Conner – The Hammer Champion

He earned just over $31,000 for the win and, if we can predict the wants and desires of a city, the most coveted trophy in Pittsburgh Poker. Russel Stein earned $18,000 for second and a month after winning the opening event of the PPO, Philip Geisler notched another deep podium run.

A complete list of The Hammer results is provided below:

  1. Philip Conner – $31,238
  2. Russel Stein – $18,226
  3. Philip Geisler Jr. – $11,457
  4. Trevor Tracy – $8,853
  5. Chang Lee – $7,551
  6. Lucas Campbell – $5,338
  7. David Lipkin – $4,036
  8. Frederick Williams – $2,734
  9. Joseph Domyslawski – $1,953
  10. Blake McCowan – $1,432
  11. Sean Parli – $1,432
  12. Douglas MacKinnon – $1,432
  13. Jason Removlik – $1,432
  14. Judith Bubarth – $1,432
  15. James Patterson – $1,432
  16. Kenneth Conrad – $1,107
  17. Calvin Snead – $1,107
  18. Harold Enterline – $1,107
  19. James Garr – $1,107
  20. Richard Romea – $1,107
  21. Corey Zarnoch – $976
  22. Gerald Ruettgers – $976
  23. William Pilossoph – $976
  24. Jeffrey Palarino – $976
  25. Jeffrey Francia – $976
  26. Jeffrey Wells – $846
  27. Kyle Andrews – $846
  28. Brian McNabb – $846
  29. Maria Ballinger – $846
  30. Vincenzo Isoldi – $846
  31. Usman Ginting – $716
  32. Lavelle Snead – $716
  33. David Tesner – $716
  34. Chad Read – $716
  35. Tobias Brooks – $716
  36. John Galatic – $615
  37. Donald Jackson – $615
  38. Gregory Brletich – $615
  39. Denis Folcik – $615
  40. Timothy Pirraglia – $615
  41. Deborah Ray – $482
  42. Chad Rizzo – $482
  43. Allen Ostadali – $482
  44. Shawn Beck – $482
  45. Phillip Farbo – $482
  46. Leonard Borowski – $482
  47. Scott Sullivan – $482
  48. Michael Norman – $482
  49. Jeffrey Williams – $482
  50. Frank Bonacci – $482
  51. Richard Finberg – $391
  52. Philip Stout – $391
  53. Frank Delaria – $391
  54. Mark Blackstock – $391
  55. Audrey Scott – $391
  56. Sean Porter – $391
  57. Jason Shanbach – $391
  58. Robert Noel – $391
  59. Scott Spalding – $391
  60. David Augustine – $391

Thanks for following along and we look forward to seeing you this summer, as Will OC Media returns to Pittsburgh in June for the Three Rivers Challenge.

The Hammer

The Hammer: Complete Day 2 Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total ‘The Hammer’ Entrants: 532
Remaining: 131
Chip Average: 101,000

After eight starting flights, The Hammer is officially the biggest event in Rivers Poker history. In total, 532 players came out over the last few days, attempting to get to Sunday’s Day 2 session but in the end, only 131 of those players could do so.

While this is a record breaking field already, we could see it get even bigger, as late registration is open through the first two levels of Day 2. Those players will buy-in for $1,100 and get a 100,000 chip stack, which is right near the chip average and good for 30 big blinds.

Day 2 buy-ins could push this prize pool even higher but before we know how much is up for grabs today, the players have to know where they are starting Day 2. A complete list of the seating assignments is provided below, in alphabetical order.

Name Chips Table Seat
Alcsoy, Levent 75,000 5 1
Alfera, John 56,500 10 1
Ali, Ricky 52,000 11 3
Andrews, Kyle 157,500 6 6
Baldinger, Maria 167,000 6 3
Bane, Adam 85,500 10 4
N/A 164,000 11 7
Bochkoris, Matt 199,000 15 7
Bondarenko, Vasyl 48,000 6 5
Bonnaci, Frank 114,000 14 5
Borowski, Len 37,000 12 6
Brletich, Greg 46,500 7 8
Brooks, Tobias 55,000 9 3
Bubarth, Judith 330,000 4 1
Buckley, Bill 70,000 8 2
Burkhammer, Dean 62,500 12 3
Campbell, Lucas 162,000 14 8
Campbell, Roman 65,000 11 8
Carter, Jay 45,500 11 5
Cavanaugh, Ed 100,500 14 3
Chandran, Kannan 119,500 14 1
Chicase, Andrew 36,500 10 3
Cinti, Ross 28,000 5 2
Colonello, Rick 97,500 11 6
Conner, P. Scott 90,500 2 6
Conrad, Kenneth 130,500 11 4
Cumberledge, Jeremy 115,000 7 4
Curotola, Bob 69,000 15 4
Dellaria, Frank 115,000 15 2
DiPaolo, Joseph 169,000 2 8
Domyslaski, Joe 294,400 15 5
Donahue, Gerard 71,000 4 8
Enterline, Harold 123,500 12 2
Farbo, Phillip 72,500 15 6
Finberg, Richard 95,500 2 3
Folcik, Denis 136,500 9 8
Galatic, John 85,500 14 7
Gardner, James 39,500 3 7
Garr, Jim 141,000 2 2
Geisler Jr, Phil 90,600 10 7
Ginting, Usman 153,000 7 1
Glantz, Matt 140,000 4 3
Gusak, Stepan 46,500 3 6
Hartshorn, Travis 41,000 3 3
Haywood, William 74,000 1 7
Hoellew, Jon 43,000 12 5
Hoke, Ferhat 37,500 6 1
Humphrey, Jerry 185,500 7 6
Immel, Ben 86,000 8 4
Jackson, Donald 100,500 7 2
Kappernnaros, James 115,500 13 9
Kelly, Sean 93,500 9 2
Kennedy, Richard 160,000 15 3
Kindler, John 90,000 15 9
Kip, Kerim 46,800 4 6
Kisner, James 88,000 3 1
Kohan, Steve 50,000 10 8
Kulp, Brian 75,500 6 8
Kulp, John 57,500 12 7
Lee, Chang 185,000 15 8
Letcher, Ernie 84,500 9 7
Lipkin, David 52,000 5 6
Loorey, Matthew 57,500 6 7
Lucas, Joe 90,500 14 4
Lundie, David 154,500 8 1
MacKinnon, DJ 172,000 8 5
Marbury, Darrell 38,000 12 9
McCowan, Blake 139,000 13 1
McFeeley, Brian 27,500 11 2
McFeeley, Todd 50,500 2 1
McNabb, Brian 161,500 10 2
Newmyer, Tim 67,900 5 3
Noel, Bobby 110,500 7 3
Nolen, Robert 75,500 6 4
Norman, Mike 138,500 1 8
Oliastro, David 55,000 13 7
Ostadali, Allen 37,000 1 2
Palarino, Jeff 145,500 5 5
Parli, Sean 114,000 9 1
Parry, Scott 63,000 1 5
Patterson, Brian 179,500 1 1
Perkins, Chris 100,500 12 4
Pilossoph, Billy 97,500 13 8
Pirraglia, Timothy 106,500 3 2
Porter, Sean 73,000 2 5
N/A 94,000 10 6
Ray, Deborah 72,500 10 9
Reed, Chad 51,000 1 4
Rizzo, Chad 97,500 13 5
Romea, Rick 117,000 4 7
Rotthoff, Len 145,000 7 5
Ruettgers Jr, Gerald 93,000 5 7
Sacre, Lee 58,500 3 4
Sakulsky, David 178,500 2 7
Saldinder, Gokhan 122,000 8 8
Scaglione, Chuck 70,000 11 1
Schanbacher, Jason 177,500 1 6
Schnorr, Adam 46,500 13 4
Schwartz, Gary 110,500 3 5
Scott, Audrey 91,500 5 8
Scott, Randy 75,000 14 2
Shahen, Habib 104,500 8 7
Short, Thomas 100,500 13 6
Snead, Calvin 176,000 8 6
Snuffer, Iverson 111,000 4 5
Sosa, Will 114,000 13 3
Spalding, Scott 107,500 5 4
Stein, Russ 127,500 1 3
Stepanovich, Eli 50,000 6 2
Stevens, Andrew 111,500 14 9
Stout, Phil 97,500 9 5
Sullivan, Scott 44,500 11 9
Tesner, David 259,000 15 1
Tracy, Trevor 183,500 13 2
Trosky, Alan 105,000 14 6
Vassilaros, Sherry 48,000 2 4
Vilardi, Robert 80,500 12 8
Vukich, Chris 85,000 3 8
Wallace, Ed 64,500 7 7
Walters, Glen 197,000 12 1
Wells, Cliff 181,000 9 6
Williams, Frederick 140,500 4 2
Williams, Jeff 130,500 8 3
Witkowski, Michael 37,500 4 4
Yang, I-Ta 34,000 9 4
Zarnoch, Corey 210,000 10 5
The Hammer

The Hammer: Complete Day 1E and 1F Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total ‘The Hammer’ Entrants: 310
Total Day 1E & 1F Entrants: 139
Total Day 1A-1F Advanced Players: 78
Chip Average: 99,360

Two more The Hammer starting flights are in the books and that means that we are 75% of the way home. The busiest day of the series still remains though, with two starting flights running on Saturday, at 12 PM and 7 PM. While a big stack didn’t come from the Day 1E or 1F fields, there are a handful of players who are in good spots moving forward.

Chang Lee finished top, with 185,000 and Brian Patterson and Jason Schanbacher finished just under that number. They’ll lead the 1E and 1F contingent into Day 2, which now has nearly 80 players confirmed for that rest. A complete list of yesterday’s survivors is provided below:

Name Chips
Lee, Chang 185,000
Patterson, Brian 179,500
Schanbacher, Jason 177,500
Snead, Calvin 176,000
DiPaolo, Joseph 169,000
Baldinger, Maria 167,000
Tenenbaum, Richie 164,000
Campbell, Lucas 162,000
Stein, Russ 127,500
Romea, Rick 117,000
Sosa, Will 114,000
Parli, Sean 114,000
Stevens, Andrew 111,500
Trosky, Alan 105,000
Stout, Phil 97,500
Ruettgers Jr, Gerald 93,000
Dellaria, Frank 89,000
Immel, Ben 86,000
Vukich, Chris 85,000
Letcher, Ernie 84,500
Dellaria, Frank 81,500
Humphrey, Jerry 78,000
Nolen, Robert 75,500
Haywood, William 74,000
Donahue, Gerard 71,000
Campbell, Roman 65,000
Wallace, Ed 64,500
Alfera, John 56,500
Kohan, Steve 50,000
Stepanovich, Eli 50,000
Vassilaros, Sherry 48,000
Carter, Jay 45,500
Nitkowski, Michael 37,500
Ostadali, Allen 37,000
Borowski, Len 37,000
The Hammer

The Hammer: Complete Day 1C and 1D Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total ‘The Hammer’ Entrants: 171
Total Day 1C & 1D Entrants: 79
Total Day 1A, B, C & D Advanced Players: 43
Chip Average: 99,400

We’re midway through ‘The Hammer’ schedule , as four of eight starting flights have played out. Those four starting flights have been on the two lightest days also, meaning that we should see four massive fields come together over the next two days.

Joe Domyslaski’s top stack from the first day is still holding as the clubhouse leader but David Tesner did his best to catch him yesterday. He finished with 259,000 and the closest player through either Day 1C or 1D was David Lundie. He finished with 154,000, good for second through yesterday’s sessions.

In total, 20 players bagged Thursday, pushing the advanced player number to 43 through four flights. A complete list of the advancing players through yesterday’s Day 1C and 1D flights is provided below:

Tesner, David 259,000
Lundie, David 154,500
Williams, Frederick 140,500
Walters, Glen 139,500
Folcik, Denis 136,500
Kappernnaros, James 115,500
Cavanaugh, Ed 100,500
Colonello, Rick 97,500
Pilossoph, Billy 97,500
Kelly, Sean 93,500
Conner, P. Scott 90,500
Lucas, Joe 90,500
Vilardi, Robert 80,500
Porter, Sean 73,000
Curotola, Bob 69,000
Parry, Scott 63,000
Loorey, Matthew 57,500
McFeeley, Todd 50,500
Hartshorn, Travis 41,000
Chicase, Andrew 36,500

 

The Hammer

The Hammer: Complete Day 1A & 1B Chip Counts

Level 13 (1,500/3,000/500)
Total Day 1A & 1B Entrants: 92
Total Day1A & 1B Advanced Players: 23
Chip Average: 100,000

The first two ‘The Hammer’ starting lights are in the books, meaning that we are a quarter of the way to Sunday’s Day 2 restart. In total, 92 players took their seats through Day 1A and 1B, with 23 of those players finding the bags and advancing.

Joe Domyslaski bagged the biggest stack and then some, finishing with 294,000. His next closest competitor, Matt Bochkoris, ended with just under 200,000, meaning that Domysklaski is a sizable clubhouse leader heading into today’s starting flights.

Day 1C and 1D will run today, starting at 12 PM and 7 PM respectively and a complete list of 1A and 1B survivors is provided below:

Domyslaski, Joe 294,400
Bochkoris, Matt 199,000
Andrews, Kyle 157,500
Ginting, Usman 153,000
Palarino, Jeff 145,500
Norman, Mike 138,500
Chandran, Kannan 119,500
Cumberledge, Jeremy 115,000
Schwartz, Gary 110,500
Short, Thomas 100,500
Rizzo, Chad 97,500
Finberg, Richard 95,500
Kulp, Brian 75,500
Scott, Randy 75,000
Ray, Deborah 72,500
Scaglione, Chuck 70,000
Ali, Ricky 52,000
Lipkin, David 52,000
Gusak, Stepan 46,500
Hoellew, Jon 43,000
Marbury, Darrell 38,000
Yang, I-Ta 34,000
Cinti, Ross 28,000
The Hammer

The Debut Of ‘The Hammer’

After last month’s record breaking Pittsburgh Poker Open series, the Rivers Poker community has been on edge for their next chance to get on the felt. They came out in droves for April’s $25,000 cash bash but the tournament grinders have had this week’s event circled on their calendars for a while now. That’s because a massive prize pool is up for grabs, with a brand new tournament structure, dubbed ‘The Pittsburgh Hammer’ making it’s Rivers Poker debut today.

This $100,000 GTD event will see eight starting flights run thought the next few days, with two flights, the first starting at 12 PM and the second starting at 7 PM, playing out from Wednesday, today, until Saturday. Those starting flights will carry a $220 + $30 buy-in and see players start with 25,000 in tournament chips.

Each Day 1 session will play a dozen 25-minute levels before players bag and tag their chips but after the final Day 1H flight concludes on Saturday night, there is still a chance to get in the action. That’s because ‘The Hammer’ allows Day 2 buy-ins, at a higher price point that will award players 100,000 in tournament chips.

Players that elect to wait until Day 2 to get in the action will pay $1,000 + $100 and be awarded 100,000 chips, good for just over 30 big blinds. Those Day 2 buy-ins could pump this prize pool even higher and while the Rivers Poker blog won’t be here to follow the action, we will be posting results from all eight ‘The Hammer’ starting flights and eventually, Sunday’s Day 12 session. Cards will get in the air for Day 1A at 12 PM and a complete The Hammer structure can be found here.

The Hammer

Just A Few Days From ‘The Hammer’

hammer.jpgAfter a record breaking Pittsburgh Poker Open series through March and April, the Rivers Poker Room is just a few days from what should be another extremely successful event. ‘The Hammer’ will boast a never before seen tournament structure and a massive guaranteed prize pool that should see a sizable field come together over the next week.

This $100,000 GTD event will see eight starting flights run thought the next few days, with two flights, the first starting at 12 PM and the second starting at 7 PM, playing out from Wednesday, May 11th to Saturday, May 14th. Those starting flights will carry a $220 + $30 buy-in and see players start with 25,000 in tournament chips.

Each Day 1 session will play 12 25-minute levels before players bag and tag their chips but after the final Day 1H flight concludes on Saturday night, there is still a chance to get in the action. That’s because this THE Hammer allows Day 2 buy-ins, at a higher price point that will award players 100,000 in tournament chips.

Players that elect to wait until Day 2 to get in the action will pay $1,000 + $100 and be awarded 100,000 chips, good for just over 30 big blinds. Those Day 2 buy-ins could pump this prize pool even higher and while the Rivers Poker Blog blog won’t be here to follow the action, we will be posting information leading up to the event and throughout the starting flights.

Throughout the week, the Rivers Poker blog will be posting results from all eight THE Hammer starting flights. A complete The Hammer structure can be found here and be sure to follow both Will OC Media and @RiversPokerPitt on twitter for all your Rivers Poker Room updates.