Vinny Pahuja kept the family business going strong this week when he took the title and $104,475 at the Parx Big Stax XV 500 Main Event at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania, besting nearly 1,500 entrants. Just a few weeks earlier, his brother Mukui won the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Florida.
The tournament, which ended in a two-way chop with runner-up Adam White, put Pahuja over the $2 million mark in career earnings. Notable players Dan Buzgon, Jesse Cohen, and Jose Montes fell before the final table.
Rosendo Guerrero was the first to go from the final table of ten when he three-bet his A♤, K♡ to 800,000 then shoved all-in. Pahuja called with a K♧, K♤ for 8.1 million. The board of 8♢, 8♧, 2♤, 6♤, J♧ kept the kings ahead and Guerrero left with $7,175.
Grace Zheng, who started the final table as chip leader, sent John Castaldo packing in ninth, adding another 15 million to her stack.
This couldn’t stop Pahuja’s hot streak, however. After Robert Nicolaides (eighth), Andrew Klock (seventh), and Jeff Izes (sixth) busted, Pahuja knocked out John Lee in fifth with a set of sixes.
When four-handed play began, Jeff Gurfinkel was trailing majorly behind the other three players. He managed to outlast Zhang when she bet on the wrong side of another set battle, but he wasn’t long for the game. Gurfinkel eventually fell in third for $58,253.
Pahuja and White wasted no time in heads-up play, striking a deal before the first cards hit the table. Since Pahuja was holding about twice as many chips, he went home the winner and White banked $92,000. The win marked Pahuja’s second Big Stax title.
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(Photo credit: Prop Cash, Creative Commons.)
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