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2017 Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event Champion: Greg Brletich

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Brletich with his title-clinching hand while honoring his dog, Jack.

The largest hand of the heads-up match put Ali’s stack nearly to the felt.  On the button, Greg raised to 70,000 preflop and Ali called.

Flop:  3♥ 10♣ 4♣

Ali checked and Brletich bet 100,000.  Ali raised to 400,000 and Brletich 3-bet with an all-in move.  Ali called the all-in.

Brletich showed his hand of  10♠ 3♠, flopping two-pair.

Ali turned over his flush draw with Q♣ 8♣.

Turn:  7♦

River:  K♦

Ali was forced to go all-in every hand in an attempt to double-up.  Brletich waited for a hand and finally received pocket 5s to put Ali at risk of elimination.

Brletich:  5♦ 5♥

Ali:  A♥ 8♦

Flop:  6♠ 2♣ J♦

Turn:  6♥

River:  3♣

The hand secured the PPO Main Event Title for Brletich.

Congratulations to both Greg Brletich and Ricky Ali.  Brletich earned the right to be called “the best poker player in Pittsburgh.”  As for Ali, he was already well-known in the Pittsburgh poker community.  Ali solidified his status as one of the top players in Pittsburgh and is capable of unlimited poker success in future events.  Both players did an amazing job of representing all poker players in the Pittsburgh-area.

1st Place:  Greg Brletich ($38,296)

2nd Place:  Ricky Ali ($23,251)

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Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event (Final Table): Brletich – Changing the Game

Level 22 (12000/24000/4000)

Total PPO Main Event Entries:  141

PPO Main Event Players Remaining:  2

PPO Main Event Average Chip Stack:  2,820,000   

Next Prize Payout:  $23,251

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Will Ali or Brletich take the PPO Main Event Title?

Greg Brletich’s style of play appears to be making an impact in this heads-up battle versus Ricky Ali.  The play has shifted to a more methodical, post-flop game.  Ali is fully capable of excellent post-flop play as well.  It’s quite possible that the champion will have to out-duel his opponent in a long heads-up battle.

 

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Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event (Final Table): Brletich and Ali Go Heads-Up for the Title

Level 22 (12000/24000/4000)

Total PPO Main Event Entries:  141

PPO Main Event Players Remaining:  2

PPO Main Event Average Chip Stack:  2,820,000   

Next Prize Payout:  $23,251

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Ali and Brletich: Final Two Remaining

If you love watching the suspense of all-ins preflop, then this was the Final Table for you. Post-flop maneuvering has occurred, but has been very sporadic.

Vince Isoldi shoved all-in from the small blind, Ricky Ali called from his big blind.

Isoldi:  K♦ Q♠

Ali:  3♥ 3♠

Flop:  2♦ 5♥ 10♣

Turn:  8♦

River:  4♥

Isoldi could not improve his over-cards and his tournament comes to an end.

3rd Place:  Vince Isoldi ($14,498)

 

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Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event (Final Table): Ricky Ali with another K.O.

Level 22 (12000/24000/4000)

Total PPO Main Event Entries:  141

PPO Main Event Players Remaining:  3

PPO Main Event Average Chip Stack:  1,880,000

Next Prize Payout:  $14,498

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Roy Kramer had a very nice run to the Final Table.  However, like many other players into the tournament, he ran into Ricky Ali.  Ali opened the hand on the button with a raise to 50,000.  Greg Brletich called while Kramer 3-bet all-in.  Ali pushed Brletich out of the hand by 4-betting to 390,000, which also covered Kramer’s all-in.  Ali received big help on the turn.

Ali:  K♥ 8♣

Kramer:  6♣ 5♣

Flop:  5♥ J♦ J♣

Turn:  8♥

River:  Q♥

4th Place:  Roy Kramer ($11,762)

 

 

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Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event (Final Table): Brletich Eliminates Palmer

Level 21 (10000/20000/3000)

Total PPO Main Event Entries:  141

PPO Main Event Players Remaining:  4

PPO Main Event Average Chip Stack:  1,410,000

Next Prize Payout:  $11,762

 

Jared Palmer takes an early exit from the Final Table.  Brletich opened from under the gun to 60,000.  Palmer shoved all-in and was called by Brletich.

Palmer:  A ♣ J♠

Brletich:  4♥ 4♣

Flop:  K♣ 8♣ 8♥

Turn:  Q♣

River:  3♠

Palmer could not find help from the board and is out in 5th Place.

5th Place:  Jared Palmer ($10,395)

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Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event (Final Table): The Stage is Set

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The cameras are ready to film the conclusion of the PPO Main Event Final Table.

The players are filing in and the Poker Night in America Crew is ready.

Join us in the Rivers Casino Poker Room or follow the action online as we crown “the best poker player in Pittsburgh.”

 

Chip stacks entering the day:

Ricky Ali (Seat 4):  3 M

Vince Isoldi (Seat 2):  1.351 M

Greg Brletich (Seat 5):  787 K

Roy Kramer (Seat 1):  337 K

Jared Palmer (Seat 3):  209 K

 

Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event Final Table Payout:

1st Place:  $38,296

2nd Place:  $23,251

3rd Place:  $14,498

4th Place:  $11,762

5th Place:  $10,395