Once again, the $10,000 Guaranteed Main Event at Encore Club sold-out and brought about an giant prize pool of $22,950. Eleven alternates were seated, thirty-four players rebought, and a large majority chose the add-on, building up an impressive first place of $6250.
There was plenty of fun and excitement to be had playing for the great prize pool with some of the best players Portland has to offer. I had an easy time of it, working with the whole Encore team to bring you this tournament. Thanks go out to all of the great dealers and floor help I had while directing this event… they’re the ones who keep this place running. I was fortunate enough to hear a number of compliments on our efficiency, and it’s our great group of volunteers that allows things to run so well.
A number of our great regular players made deep runs in the tournament, with Peter Asch (Left in upper left image), Marc Vugia (Center image) and Tim Vanagas (lower left image) all making it to the final four tables. None of them made their way to the final nine, however. A dangerous final table full of experienced deep-stack players made for an impressive late tournament battle.
Congratulations to our final nine, as seen to the left, from left to right, top to bottom: Tony Mule, Ben Pascua, Slick Jimmy, The Dude, Darrel Plant, Warren Chan, David Smith, DT (Not pictured), and Elbert Heine. They were a great group of players and we were happy to have all of you in enjoying our club. Thanks again, Portland players, for making our tournament such a success! We’re looking forward to many more.
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