Arthur Andrade became $112K richer after three days of intense Texas Hold’em play in Jacksonville, Fla. as part of the Mid-States Poker Tour Season 7. The $1,100 Main Event attracted 38 more players than last year, for a total of 459, and created a $445,230 prize pool.
The first player to be eliminated at the final table ot ten was Joe DiChario, fresh off his first-place win for Event #4: $350 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty. Danny Romano and David Jackson went home in ninth and eighth places, respectively.
Blake Whittington, who had just won Event #1 $350 Regional for $45,492 the week before, was eliminated in seventh when he shoved for 180,000 holding a 10♤, 3♡. Andrade made the call and his J♧, J♢ held out after a K♢, A♡, 6♢, 9♢, 9♤ board.
A local poker dealer, Christopher Brauch, was the next to go when he ran an ace-high against Jermaine Gerlin’s pocket sevens. Gerlin’s victory was short lived, however; Jacksonville-native John O’Neal went home in fifth, and Gerlin followed him out the door in fourth.
Kenneth Kemple was the first of the final three to bow out, taking home $39,801 for his efforts. Kemple’s elimination set the stage for heads-up play between Andrade and David Mitchell.
The blinds were huge by the time Level 33 came around and the game got its winner. Mitchell went all in for 2.7 million before the flop with a K♢, Q♧. A pair of fours (♧, ♤) gave Andrade the confidence to stay in on what would be his lucky hand. The flop paired Mitchell’s queen (Q♤, 10♤, 7♤) but the turn (K♤) was what Andrade was hoping for and the flush ruled over Mitchell’s high pairs. The river (A♧) blanked and Andrade scored almost twice as much as his opponent for the win.
Before this, Andrade had just $14,452 in live tournament earnings, all scored in 2015.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: ccarlstead, Creative Commons).
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