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Simon Deadman Wins Hollywood Poker Open Championship Event

HPO Championship Event Draws 692 Entrants At M Resort In Las Vegas


Simon DeadmanThe Hollywood Poker Open Championship kicked off Friday at the M Resort Spa and Casino in Las Vegas and after an extended registration period, a total of 692 players posted the $2,500 buy-in creating a prize pool of $1,560,450. The field exceeded the 631 players that participated in 2013.

The three-day event capped off the second season of the HPO, which featured regional stops in Lawrenceburg, Tunica, Grantville, St. Louis, Charles Town and Columbus. Numerous qualifiers flooded the tournament, which featured a generous 25,000 in starting chips and 60-minute levels.

In the end, the title went to British pro Simon Deadman, who banked the $351,097 first-place prize. It was the largest score of Deadman’s career, giving him $766,000 in lifetime tournament earnings.

Deadman also earned 1,260 Card Player Player of the Year points for his finish, giving him a total of 2,280 for 2014. He is now sitting in 15th place overall.

Other notables at the final table included Mike Sowers (9th), Robbie Bakker (6th), Kitty Kuo (3rd) and Michael Wang (2nd). Other recognizable faces to make the money included Chris DeMaci (10th), Brian Hastings (11th), Jorn Walthaus (12th), Garrett Beckman (15th), Andrew Lichtenberger (32nd), Bruno Lopes (51st) and Michael Katz (55th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Simon Deadman $351,097 1,260
2 Michael Wang $216,904 1,050
3 Kitty Kuo $141,158 840
4 Martin Godsk $98,777 630
5 Elliot Zaydman $71,781 525
6 Robbie Bakker $55,708 420
7 Bradley Yazici $46,814 315
8 Damian Salas $39,012 210
9 Mike Sowers $31,209 105

*Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Poker Open