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Card Player Poker Tour Palm Beach Kennel Club a Smashing Success

More Than $376,000 Was Awarded in Prize Pool Money


Success for players and card rooms alike on the Card Player Poker Tour continues as Season II plays out across the United States. After beginning at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida in late August, the tour once again returned to Florida for a stop at Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach Florida.

The series kicked off in exciting fashion when the event 1: $345 no-limit hold’em $100,000 guarantee drew 405 players over three day ones, out doing the guarantee by $20,285.

“It was about what we expected with the other properties being as competitive as they are.” Poker Room Director Noah Carbone said of event 1. “Last year we had this same event without it being part of the Card Player Poker Tour and we wouldn’t have even thought of doing that because of the competiveness of the market.”

Following the success of event 1 play continued at an exciting pace when event 2: $30 no-limit hold’em with $20 re-buys $10,000 guarantee nearly doubled its prize pool, raking in an excess of $17,000.

Aside from tournament staff, players appeared to be pleased with the start of the series as well.

“They absolutely love the structure, to have a $300 event on a Thursday afternoon in south Florida and get 200 or more players is a big accomplishment,” Carbone said. “And the players were more excited knowing that their names will be in Card Player.”

But no player was likely more happy with the first tournament than Jerry Willis, who took home the top prize of $26,463 after three days of play in what originally scheduled to be a two-day event.

Jerry Willis“We ended up having to make event 1 a three-day event,” Carbone said. “The structure was so player friendly that it took three days to determine a winner. At a $345 price point, that is a lot of play.”

The series peaked with the $1,100 no-limit hold’em $250,000 guarantee main event which brought in a stacked field of 287 players including Chino Rheem, Matthew Waxman, Darryll Fish, Chance Kornuth, Lonnie Harwood, Eric Blair and Brian Hastings.

John McNulty, a 25-year old pro out of Jacksonville, won the title, the CPPT trophy and $68,191 after taking down a quick, four and a half hour final table.

Another perk for provided for players during the CPPT was a Player of the Series leaderboard hosted by Palm Beach Kennel Club with gave $26,000 to the top ten players at the conclusion of the series, with $10,000 going to the winner.

Willis emerged victorious for the top prize of $10,000 after winning and finishing ninth in event 7: $125 no-limit hodl’em turbo for $260. The $5,000 second place prize went to McNulty for his main event championship win and fourth place finishe in event 4: $125 no-limit hold’em .

John McNultyAfter winning event 2 for $4,660 and finishing third in event 1 for $11,949, Tyler Denson took an early lead in the race for the $10,000 top prize but ultimately he was relegated to third spot on the list, good for $3,000.

In total, Palm Beach Kennel Club awarded upwards of $376,000 in prize money over the course of nine tournaments.

With their location close to some of the largest rooms in South Florida, Carbone said drawing a player pool for the larger tournaments can be challenging, although Palm Beach Kennel Club has been successful at it.

“We are on the cusp of the South Florida market so it can be a little hard for us to draw as large as the Hard Rock and the Isle as we are on the northern outskirts. We have to create a little excitement but that keeps our games strong on a daily basis because we are not loosing players to the competition. “

Hosting the CPPT was part of that excitement.

Tournament Winners

Event 1: $345 No-Limit Hold’em $100,000 Guarantee – Jerry Willis
Event 2: $30 No-Limit Hold’em w/ $20 Re-Buys – Tyler Denson
Event 3: $125 No-Limit Hold’em – Jason Reep
Event 4: $125 No-Limit Hold’em – Barry Gallaher
Event 5: $125 H.O.R.S.E. – Ravindra Madala
Event 6: $125 No-Limit Hold’em – Robert Howard
Event 7: $125 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo – Alan Epstein
Event 8: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em $250,000 Guarantee Main Event – John McNulty
Event 9: $125 No-Limit Hold’em w/ $25 Bounties – Chris Christillo

PBKC Player of the Series

Jerry Willis – $10,000
John McNulty – $5,000
Tyler Denson – $3,000
Ravindra Madala – $2,000
Jerffrie Charlton – $1,000
Vincent Imbriani – $1,000
Ernest Hogan – $1,000
Barry Gallaher – $1,000
Gary Bodley – $1,000
Mitchell Smith – $1,000

Main Event Final Table Results

1. John McNulty – $68,191
2. Luke Brereton – $42,142
3. Evan Teitelbaum – $39,580
4. Sean Winter – $22,560
5. Ian O’Hara – $16,920
6. Eric Blair – $12,894
7. Brian Hastings – $9,947
8. Tom Gleason – $7,842
9. Gerard Donaghy – $6,257