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Still 1 Day of Great Pittsburgh Poker Action!

While Poker Night In America has moved on, we still have 2 great series events left to wrap up. PLO 8 Or Better caps off the schedule tonight at 7pm. We have had a lot of local players ask for some more variety outside of NLH and PLO. Hopefully this event is a big success and we can look at adding more variety to upcoming schedules. Event is Limit O8oB is not your game, with a reasonable $100 buy-in, it should be a great opportunity to come out and enjoy something a bit different from the every day NLH grind! We look forward to bringing you a series wrap up post, and some information on our next event here at The Rivers Casino Poker Room in February! Just wanted to share our favorite moment from the Poker Night In America cash game!

A huge thank you to for one of the best days of my life

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 1st Place – Jeremy Halaska ($49,700)

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 1
Average Stack: 4,880,000

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Poker Night in America Main Event Champion – Jeremy Halaska

Jeremy Halaska first appeared on the Rivers Poker Room blog toward the end of Day 1B when he found a double up at the right time as he built some momentum to end the flight. Halaska continued to build on Day 2 and was near the chip lead for most of play. Once the final table started today, Halaska looked calm and collected like he had been in this situation a few times before, which in fact he had.

Halaska’s tournament experience was touched on at the start of the final table but bears noting again. His $284,000 in recorded live earnings dwarfed his competitors and it showed in his patient play and calm demeanor. After coming up short in his first televised final table appearance in February 2015, Halaska was determined to rectify that today and did. Halaska gained control of the final table after eliminating Zachary Mullennix and soon found himself entrenched in a heads up war with Stan Fudor.

The play bounced back and forth between the two players but Halaska kept his cool and persevered under great pressure. Halaska’s correct call against Fudor was the culmination of three great days of poker as he earns his first main event victory.

This week’s Poker Night in America Main Event drew an elite field of 122 runners of players from across the country to take part in the Pittsburgh Poker Open Championship. In the end, though, it was a semi-professional who beat them all to take home the win, the trophy, and the $49,700.

This is likely not the last of Halaska we will see here in Pittsburgh as he is the latest champion to come out of Cleveland.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 2nd Place – Stan Fudor ($30,177)

Level 26 (30,000/60,000/10,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 1
Average Stack: 4,880,000

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2nd Place: Stan Fudor ($30,177)

The heads up match between Jeremy Halaska and Stan Fudor was a long and contentious one that spanned over the course of nearly two hours. Halaska grabbed the lead early in the match and pulled away from Fudor. Once Level 26 began, though, Fudor struck back and pulled nearly even before Halaska made the call of the tournament to take out Fudor and claim victory.

The ultimate hand started out simply enough with Fudor raising to 155,000 from the button and Halaska defending his big blind. The flop came down J74 and Halaska checked over to Fudor, who bet 150,000. Halaska called and the two players checked the 10♠ turn.

Halaska led for 375,000 on the 7♣ river and Fudor responded with an all-in shove for 2,145,000. Barely having Fudor covered, Halaska thought for a few moments and called with 52for a flopped flush. Fudor showed 7♠5 and graciously shook Halaska’s hand in defeat.

Fudor will take home over $30,000 for his finish as the satellite winner has plenty to be proud of as a result of this event. A winner’s recap will be posted shortly.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Level Up, Halaska Still In Control

End of Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 2,440,000

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Stan Fudor has some work to do as he is facing a 3-1 chip deficit against Jeremy Halaska but we know what can happen with 3-1 leads…

Players are on a short break with Level 25 officially completed. Since our last update, Jeremy Halaska has chipped up a little bit further and is closing in on victory. Stan Fudor will have roughly 20 big blinds once play resumes but a single double up will pull him even with Halaska.

Halaska and Fudor will resume their heads up match shortly with a new set of blinds to work with and another 90-minute level at their disposal. Only 80 big blinds total are now in play as every pot becomes all the more crucial. As a reminder, the final table is streaming live on Twitch with a mix of Pittsburgh locals including Dan Wolf, Bobby Noel and Stepan Gusak in the booth. Below is a look at the updated chip counts for the two finalists.

  1. Jeremy Halaska – 3,650,000
  2. Stan Fudor – 1,240,000
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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Jeremy Halaska Starting To Pull Away

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 2,440,000

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Stan Fudor and Jeremy Halaska continue to wage heads up warfare with the Poker Night in America Main Event title on the line. 

The heads up battle between Jeremy Halaska and Stan Fudor has been methodical with small pots taking up the majority of the action. Halaska started the match with a narrow chip advantage and has stretched that edge more than double what Fudor is playing. Fudor is now sitting with 1,500,000 while Halaska is nearing the 3,400,000 mark. With Level 25 only halfway completed, Fudor has plenty of time to regain ground before the blinds go up yet again.

It will be interesting to see if Halaska starts to put more pressure on Fudor with each pot becoming more valuable. If Fudor can chip up or possibly find a double, the complexion of the PNIA Main Event finale could change on a dime. The Rivers Poker Room will continue to bring the action as we approach a new PPO Plaque being engraved.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Heads Up Play Underway

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 2,440,000

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Jeremy Halaska starts heads up play against Stan Fudor as the chip leader as he goes for his first career main event title. 

The action has been swift at this final table and we are now into the heads up portion of the Poker Night in America Main Event. Jeremy Halaska will start play with a slight chip lead against Stan Fudor but one pot can easily be the difference between the two of them switching ends.

Both players are playing effectively 50 big blind stacks and with 90-minute levels in play for the remainder of the tournament, it will be interesting to see how the action plays out. Below is a look at the chip counts for the two players along with the remaining payouts as we are one step away from naming the newest Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event Champion.

  1. Jeremy Halaska – 2,520,000
  2. Stan Fudor – 2,390,000
  1. $49,700
  2. $30,177
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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 3rd Place – Zachary Mullennix ($18,816)

Level 24 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 2
Average Stack: 2,440,000

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3rd Place: Zachary Mullennix: ($18,816)

Zachary Mullennix was the chip leader in the earlier portion of today’s final table but had his PPO stock drop after doubling up Stan Fudor. Mullennix was soon below the 1,000,000 mark and never fully recovered and hit the rail with Jeremy Halaska sending him out the door.

With 465,000 behind, Mullennix open-shipped from the small blind with K♣5 and Halaska called immediately with JJ♠ from the big blind. Mullennix would need help heading to the flop but found little on the AQ♣4♠ runout. The 9♠ turn did not improve his hand and the 10 turn would officially send him out.

Mullennix will earn just under $19,000 for his third place run as continues to represent his hometown poker room tremendously well.

Halaska is now the slight chip leader over Stan Fudor with heads up play soon to get underway.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): Stan Fudor Retakes The Chip Lead

Level 24 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 1,625,000

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After starting Day 3 as the chip leader, Stan Fudor is back in control after doubling through Zachary Mullennix.

Stan Fudor started the final table as the chip leader and is once again on top after winning a crucial all-in against Zachary Mullennix. Mullennix was able to knock out the first two players at the final table by having them dominated when the chips went in but Fudor was able to get the better of him and doubled up as a result.

Fudor opened to 90,000 from the button and face a three-bet from Mullennix to 245,000 out of the small blind. Fudor called and the flop came out K9♠7♠. Mullennix open shoved to put Fudor all-in and the short stack called for his last 700,000. Fudor was ahead with K♣J and would need to fade the over card and the backdoor draw of Mullennix A♣5.

The 3 turn and 8 river were safe for Fudor and he is now the chip leader with over 2,000,000 while Mullennix is back to 1,250,000.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 4th Place – Mark Bowersock ($15,266)

Level 24 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 1,625,000

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4th Place: Mark Bowersock ($15,266)

After the elimination of David Ferringer, Mark Bowersock was the new short stack at this final table. Despite having a workable stack, Bowersock was soon all-in against Zachary Mullennix in a preflop confrontation. Bowersock’s aggressive play earned him a lot of pots this weekend but he ran into a bad spot against Mullennix to be eliminated.

Bowersock opened for 105,000 from the small blind and was three-bet by Mullennix out of the big blind to 255,000. With roughly 700,000 behind, Bowersock four-bet jammed and was snapped off by Mullennix.

Similar to the elimination of David Ferringer, Mullennix had another potential victim dominated with AK against Bowersock’s A♣5♣. The Q♣10♠8910♣ runout was as clean as could be for Mullennix. Bowersock will take home over $15,000 for his final table run while Mullennix is now over 2,200,000.

With nearly half the chips in play in his stack, it will be interesting to see how Mullennix proceeds three-handed against Stan Fudor and Jeremy Halaska.

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PNIA Main Event (Day 3): 5th Place – David Ferringer ( $13,491)

Level 24 (20,000/40,000/5,000)
Total Entrants: 122
Players Remaining: 4
Average Stack: 1,220,000

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5th Place: David Ferringer ($13,491)

The blinds went up a few minutes into the start of today’s final table and the short stacks were under siege as a result. Mark Bowersock was able to get a few shoves through to boost his stack but David Ferringer was not and he found himself down to 10 big blinds as a result.

With 410,000 behind, Ferringer found a shove from the small blind and was called in little hesitation by Zachary Mullennix in the big blind. Ferringer was in deep trouble with 104 against the A♠4♣ of Mullennix. The A7♠4♠ flop was a death knell for Ferringer as he would need running cards to stay alive.

The J turn was a brick and the 10 river was a needle for Ferringer as he exits the final table stage. Mullennix is now the chip leader with 1,550,000 with Stan Fudor and Jeremy Halaska trailing him. Bowersock is the new short stack with 720,000 but has a little bit of breathing room for the time being.