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Thomas Beckstead Wins The 2013 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino Main Event

California Poker Pro Earns $102,010 For Topping 369-Entry Field


Thomas Beckstead has won the 2013 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Casino $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event, topping a field of 369 entries to capture the title, the first-place prize of $102,010 and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points.

The 27 year-old Temecula, California resident had already made three smaller final tables this year, and now sits in 127th place in the overall POY standings as a result of this marquee win.

“[This is] pretty much cloud nine for me. Since I was about nineteen I’ve played poker for a good part of my income. When I started to play tournaments again this year, a lot of it was because I wanted to get that six-figure score and to get that bracelet, that trophy… some hardware to put on the mantle at home,” said Beckstead just after he won. “For me it’s been kind of a long journey, and this is definitely a little bit of vindication.”

Nichoel JurgensBeckstead defeated hometown-heroine Nichoel Jurgens heads-up for the title after a back-and-forth battle. Jurgens is a regular commentator on the Bicycle Casino’s popular cash-game web stream “Live At The Bike,” but she got a chance to be on the other side of the very camera at this final table, which was broadcast on the by Live At The Bike website and here on

Jurgens was the chip leader entering the final table, having survived and thrived through the grueling tournament days while all while five-months pregnant. Jurgen’s pregnancy didn’t seem to slow her down any, however, as she kept up the aggression all the way up until the final hand.

Beckstead opened to 450,000 from the button and Jurgens reraised to 950,000. Beckstead moved all-in and Jurgens called with the ASpade Suit6Diamond Suit.

Beckstead flipped up the JHeart SuitJClub Suit and was the favorite to win the title, as he just barely had Jurgens covered. The board ran out KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit6Spade Suit5Diamond Suit8Club Suit and Beckstead’s pocket jacks held up, securing him the title, while Jurgens earned $52,110 for her runner-up finish.

Here is a look at the complete payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Thomas Beckstead $102,010 600
2 Nichoel Jurgens $52,110 500
3 Rubin Chappell $34,900 400
4 Ho Shin Lee $24,340 300
5 Alan Myerson $14,460 250
6 Pogos Simityan $12,525 200
7 William M $10,735 150
8 Zaher Samaan $9,050 100
9 Stan Hackett $7,600 50