After a battle between 603 entrants and a three-way deal at the final table, Alan Findlay claimed the first title at the 2016 Seneca Fall Poker Classic this weekend, taking home $19,546. The guaranteed prize pool of $75,000 was smashed thanks to the massive number of players; in the end, the pool reached just over $151,000 and paid out the top 64 places.
The final table was set when Maurice Sussem’s A, K knocked out the J, 10 shove of Darrin Bracken, sending him home in 10th-place. Blake Napierala was the the first of the final table to bust; he hit the rail a few hands after a run in with Lee Sylvester left him with just a few big blinds.
John McLean went home in eighth when his suited ace fell to Jeffrey Hobrecker’s straight. Then short-stacked Derek Schaud (suited A, J) went away in seventh after getting out0-flopped by Amin Akhlagi.
Schaud’s elimination was just the beginning of a good run for Akhlagi, who proceeded to score a massive pot off of Jason Garofalo. Akhlagi called a big bet on the river for a 2,500,000 chip pot, and Garofalo was sent home with $5,419 shortly after following a run in with Sussem.
Sylvester finished in fifth-place after another elimination by Akhlagi, and when Jeffrey Hobrecker jammed a 10. 6 suited into Sussem’s pocket aces, he hit the rail in fourth-palce.
The final three negotiated a chop that gave Akhlagi the most money ($27,710). Sussem, who was second in chips, took home $21,838 and third-place for his efforts. Coming into the final three, Findlay had the lowest chip count and agreed to take home $19,546 and keep playing for the trophy. The trio decided one hand would decide the winner.
In the final hand, Findlay’s 8♡, 6♡ was up against Akhlagi’s K♧, 7♧ and Sussem’s K♤, 6♧. A board of J♡, 7♢, 4♡, A♧, 8♢ gave Findlay a pair of eights to seal the deal.
Final table results:
Featured photo credit: The Rochesterian.
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