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