He was at the bottom of the leaderboard going into the final table, but Mike Latour, a former professional online poker player, managed to reverse his luck and pull out an epic win at the 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam $200 No-Limit Hold’em Event #2.
The $21,246 first-place prize meant a lot to the 31-year-old alarm company account executive, who hasn’t played poker professionally since the Black Friday of online gaming.
Latour defeated 562 entrants and dominated short-handed play to claim his first-place victory. Four flights of play insured that the $50,000 guarantee was surpassed and, ultimately, created a $92,378 prize pool.
The final table began with Blake Napierala in the lead, but three big setbacks saw his finish in ninth-place, shortly after Cara Brewer went home in tenth.
One of Napierala’s big hits came to Latour, who then eliminated John Stempien in eighth and Tomasz Werstler in seventh. While Rodolfo Navas built up a commanding chip lead, Thomas Mader busted John Huening in sixth and Abe Reinhart hit the rail in fifth.
Next, Latour’s pair of kings busted Matt Devins in fourth, putting the eventual champ nearly on par with Navas in chip count.
Latour turned a straight and went head-to-head with Navas in three-handed play, winning a hand that doubled his chip count over Navas. Mader was then eliminated in third by Navas’ pocket aces and the two front-runners headed into heads-up play.
A pair of pocket kings would eventually secure the victory for Latour.
Seneca Niagara will next host the 300 Pot-Limit Omaha $15,000 Guaranteed Event on Thursday.
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