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Barry Knowlton Wins 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean's 11 San Diego Classic

Tops Field of 630 Total Entries To Take The Title After 10-Handed ICM Chop


The 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Ocean’s 11 San Diego Clasic $250 buy-in no-limit hold’em event is in the books. The tournament took place alongside celebrations for the casino’s 20th anniversary, which included $10,000 in cash giveaways, other commemorative prizes, a cake-cutting ceremony and more.

A total of 582 entries were made over the six starting flights that ran from January 26 – 28, with another 48 players opting to take advantage of the Quantum Reload structure and buy directly into day 2 for $1,500. As a result of the solid turnout, the total prize pool swelled to $178,800.

A total of 81 players made the money, but the top payout was eventually awarded to Barry Knowlton, who earned $17,157 and the title. Knowlton was the chip leader when the tournament reached the unofficial ten-handed final table. The final ten agreed to do an ICM-based chop of the remaining prize pool.

Here is a look at the payouts for the final ten as a result of the deal:

The final ten players

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Barry Knowlton $17,157
2 Donnie Sitic $16,483
3 Alex A. $13,165
4 Mike A. $13,120
5 Jeremy Ofseyer $12,960
6 Andrew Cook $11,002
7 Dan Polerecky $10,652
8 Andrew Wisdom $9,865
9 David Luttbeg $8,140
10 Joe Zomorrodi $7,256

The event was the perfect way to wrap up the celebration of the casino’s 20th anniversary. Reflecting on the last two decades Ocean’s owner Haig Kelegian recognized the unique position that the cardroom has been since opening in 1997. Located in North San Diego County, Ocean’s has always been the perfect spot for players from neighboring Orange and Riverside counties, as well as all of San Diego.

“We are smack in the middle of great people who enjoy a great game, customer service and outstanding food,” Kelegian said.

A group of 20-year Ocean's 11 employees

When asked why Ocean’s has remained the number one spot to play for 20 years running, Kelegian was quick to mention the employees.

“No matter how far ahead you are in offering new games or promotions, eventually others will try to copy you. However, the one thing that can’t duplicate is our amazing staff. I have owned casinos all over the state and played all over the country, and no one compares to the friendliest group of people we have at Ocean’s 11. People call us a family for a reason.”

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12 months ago

10 way chop? Super weak!