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