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TRPC (Day 2): 1st Place: Connor Arlia ($17,111)

Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 1

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Three Rivers Poker Challenge Main Event Winner Connor Arlia 

Day 1A of the Three Rivers Poker Challenge Main Event featured a relatively small turnout but one name stood out among the rest as Connor Arlia bagged 417,000 which put him nearly 100,000 ahead of his nearest competitor among the two Day 1 sessions. Arlia maintained his pace at the start of play today and slowly but surely began to take over as his aggressive play kept opponents on edge. Despite taking a cooler at the start of the final table that knocked him temporarily off the chip lead, Arlia managed to remain undeterred and quickly regained the chip lead on his way to victory.

The 23-year-old Arlia is a recent graduate of Kent State University and played college football for both the Golden Flashes and West Virginia University. Arlia said he started playing poker when he was in college and his love for the game grew from there. Since recording his first tournament cash in May 2015, Arlia has racked up over $19,000 in career winnings prior to his victory today. When he’s not playing poker, Arlia is staying in shape, eagerly awaiting calls from both the CFL and NFL as he tries to keep his potential career as a professional football player alive.

Arlia says that poker is a fun hobby and he will continue to play tournaments in the local area when he can. In the meantime, he adds to his growing collection of Rivers Poker Room tournament titles as he took down the “Big Blind Battle” during this spring’s Pittsburgh Poker Open. Given the level of play demonstrated over the last two days, Arlia is certainly a force to be reckoned within the Pittsburgh poker scene and will surely be a familiar sight in the Rivers Poker Room during the near future.

For all of us here at Rivers Poker Room blog, thank you again to the tournament staff and dealers for putting on another great event and we look forward to covering future events at this venue.

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TRPC (Day 2): 2nd Place: David Lipkin ($10,755)

Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 1

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2nd Place: David Lipkin ($10,755) 

Heads up play was a short lived affair as Connor Arlia made quick work of David Lipkin. After a few small pots were traded between the two, all of the chips went in for Lipkin as he was in a race for his tournament life.

Lipkin held the edge with 8♣8♠ against the AK♣ of Arlia but the K♣J♣J flop quickly tilted the advantage toward Arlia. Lipkin couldn’t find a miracle on the turn or river and will earn his best career cash in a Rivers Poker Room tournament for his efforts over the last two days.

A full winner’s recap will be posted shortly.

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TRPC (Day 2): 3rd Place: Habib Shahen ($7,333)

Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 1,400,000

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3rd Place: Habib Shahen ($7,333)

Habib Shahen played a valiant short stack for most of the final table and was able to ladder up a few pay jumps before his run came to an end after the blackhole that is Connor Arlia managed to relieve Shahen of the last of his chips.

Arlia opened from the button to 25,000 and Shahen defended his big blind leading the two to see a flop of K♠8♠6. Both players checked to the 2 turn. Shahen checked again and Arlia put him all-in for 100,000. Shahen called with 9♠8♠ and trailed the 10♣10 of Arlia. The river was a blank and Shahen will take 3rd place along with his largest recorded tournament cash.

Arlia and David Lipnik are now set to battle heads up with Arlia holding a commanding 2,200,000 to 600,000 chip advantage.

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TPRC (Day 2): 4th Place: Greg Brletich ($5,378)

Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 933,000

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4th Place: Greg Brletich ($5,378)

As quickly as he came into a pile of chips, Greg Brletich hit the rail. The hand in question came against Connor Arlia who now sits with over 2,000,000 of the 2,800,000 of the chips in play.

In his final hand, Brletich opened to 35,000 from the cutoff and received calls from Alari on the button and Habib Shahen in the big blind. The flop came down Q52 and action checked to Brletich who bet 75,000. Alari was the only caller and the J♠ hit the turn. Brletich led for 125,000 this time and Alari raised the action to 325,000.

Breltich went into the tank and came out with a raise all-in for about 400,000 more. Alari snap-called with 55♠ for a set to leave Brletich and his AQ♣ drawing dead.

Alari now holds an overwhelming chip lead over David Lipkin (600,000) and Habib Shahen (200,000) as three-handed play is underway.

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TRPC (Day 2): 5th Place: Frank Guerra ($4,400)

Level 19 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 4
Average Stack: 700,000

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5th Place: Frank Guerra ($4,400) 

Greg Brletich has played patiently for both days of play and his long game of waiting finally culminated into a monster pot that saw Frank Guerra crippled.

Brletich raised from the cutoff to 30,000 and found a call from Guerra in the small blind. The flop ran out K♠Q9♣ and Guerra checked to Brletich who continued for 30,000 more. Guerra called and the 7♣ came on the turn. Guerra checked again to Brletich and he kept up the aggression to the tune of 75,000. Guerra check-raised to 200,000 and Brletich beat him to the pot moving all-in for 111,000 more.

Guerra called and saw the bad news when Brletich turned over KK♣ to leave Guerrra’s 9♠7♣ drawing dead.

With the pot, Brletich now sits with 800,000 while Guerra was left with the crumbs of a single blind and found elimination a few hands later. Guerra will earn $4,400 for his run after turning a satellite victory into a main event cash.

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TPRC (Day 2): Chip Counts On Break

Level 18 (6,000/12,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 5
Average Stack: 560,000

Players are on another short break and will return to increased blinds and each of them only four bustouts away from the Three Rivers Poker Challenge Main Event title. Connor Arlia still leads but the other four players are still contention as anything is capable of happening. Chip counts for the final five are below.

  1. Greg Brletich – 510,000
  2. Connor Arlia – 1,310,000
  3. David Lipkin – 580,000
  4. Frank Guerra – 450,000
  5. Habib Shahen – 155,000

 

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TPRC (Day 2): 6th Place: Frank Dellaria ($3,911)

Level 17 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 5
Average Stack: 560,000

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6th Place: Frank Dellaria ($3,911) 

Frank Dellaria was knocked down to the shortest stack on the table after distributing to double ups, and was soon at risk for his own tournament life. After Connor Arlia raised to 20,000 from under the gun, Dellaria moved all-in from the small blind for 80,000 total. Arlia gave it a moment of thought but called to put Dellaria at risk.

Dellaria’s AK had Arlia’s K♣J dominated but the J9♣2 flop left Dellaria drawing very thin. The turn and river blanked out and Dellaria took his exit earning $3,911 for his finish. After coming into Day 2 as the short stack in the field, Dellaria will be relatively pleased with his finish but will surely be back in future Rivers Poker Room Main Events.

With the knockout, Arlia increases his chip lead as he now holds about 1,400,000 which gives him half of the chips in play. Habib Shahen is now the short stack with 160,000 and will need to make a move soon of his own as the blinds will be going up shortly. .

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TPRC (Day 2): Frank Dellaria Doubles Up Two

Level 17 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 6
Average Stack: 467,000

Frank Dellaria came back from dinner break as the second biggest stack on the table and maintained that edge up until recently when he doubled up David Lipkin and Greg Brletich to give them new life and knock Dellaria down.

Brletich found his double in the preflop fashion. Dellaria opened to 30,000 from late position and Brletich moved all-in for 136,000 total from the small blind. Dellaria labored at the decision but found a call to put Brletich at risk with AJ. Brletich held QQ♠ and managed to avoid an ace on the board to move up to over 280,000.

Lipkin and Dellaria tangled a few hands later with Lipkin opening from the cutoff for 22,000 and Dellaria called from the big blind. Dellaria checked the K♣J♣9 flop to Lipkin who continued for 63,000 more. Dellaria called and then checked the 7 turn. Lipkin moved all-in for his last 175,000 and Dellaria called. Lipkin held AA♠ for an overpair to Dellaria’s KQ♠ that gave him outs to trips, two pair and a straight. Fortunately for Lipkin, the river was a brick and his stack is back up to 420,000.

Following the two set backs, Dellaria is down to 120,000 and will need a double up of his own soon to remain in contention.

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TRPC (Day 2): Connor Arlia Slowly Taking Over

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 6
Average Stack: 467,000

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Connor Arlia has every reason to smile as he holds over 40 percent of the chips left in play with only five players separating him from his his first main event win. 

Since knocking Dave Serkoch, Connor Arlia has done nothing but continue build his stack and chip away at the stacks of his five remaining opponents. Arlia is now up to 1,150,00 which is good for just over 40 percent of the chips in play. With blinds going up shortly, Arlia will look to keep the pressure on his opponents as he moves closer to his first career main event tournament title.

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TPRC (Day 2): Dave Serkoch Eliminated On The Bubble

Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entries: 56
Players Remaining: 6
Average Stack: 467,000

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7th Place: Dave Serkoch

After coming back from dinner as the short stack, Dave Serkoch’s TRPC Main Event is officially at and end. In his final hand, Serkoch opened the action with an early position limp that was enough to bring Frank Dellaria and Greg Brletich in before Connor Arlia raised the action to 35,000. Serkoch then moved all-in for 155,000 total and after two folds, Arlia found a call. Serkoch was dominated as his 9♠9 was up against the 10♣10 of Arlia.

Serkoch was able to improve to a gutshot straight draw by the J102♣K♣ turn but could not improve further on the river and hit the rail short of another Rivers Poker Room Main Event title. With the pot, Arlia climbs even farther up the leaderboard and now sits with 910,000.

With Serkoch’s elimination, Greg Breltich is the new tournament short stack with 240,000, but with 30 big blinds, he still has plenty of play left in his stack. All players remaining are now guaranteed at least $3,911 but all have their eyes on the first place total of $17,111.