Special education teacher Kristen Mackiewicz, 33, took home the title in the first event on the 2015 Seneca Fall Poker Classic on Sunday night. The $200 No-Limit Hold’em event ended in five-handed and three-handed deals, splitting the prize money, and giving the top-three contenders $11,365.
The schedule’s first event saw a rush of entrants – drawing almost 600 players and turning the $50,000-guarantee into a $96,728 prize pool. Fifty-four players cashed out.
The first player to see leave in the money was busted around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday – day two of the event. Geoffrey O’Connor led the way at the time. When it boiled down to the final ten, Dominic Baranyi was in the top spot and Mackiewicz found herself in eighth place.
The eventual winner knocked out Art Demmerley in tenth and then big-stack Michael Davis fell in ninth, proving early that it was anyone’s game. O’Connor, though slipping, pulled a pair of pocket jacks which was enough to force Kevin Reyes’ elimination in eighth.
After Mackiewicz dominated Sivio DeRubeis with a straight, Baranyi finished the job and sent the seventh-place finisher home with $2,951. Joe Ciffa was next to go in sixth, and then the final-five players struck a deal that gave everyone even money – saving just an extra $5,000 for the first-place winner.
Todd Saffron, Brad Bourne, and Mackiewicz were the last trio standing and struck their own three-handed deal, agreeing to flip for the trophy in the process. Mackiewicz took the toss.
Final table results:
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