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Eric Ladny Wins 2018 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel Main Event

Former Online Pro Defeats Field of 307 Total Entries To Win $54,022


2018 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel champion Eric LadnyEric Ladny has won the 2018 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament attracted a total of 307 total entries, blowing away the $200,000 guarantee to build a final prize pool of $307,000. The lion’s share of that was awarded to Ladny, who took home $54,022 and became the first-ever CPPT champion decided in Maryland.

Ladny now works as a radio producer, but he played poker professionally for many years. He got his start in poker as an online player, having won over $2.5 million under the screen name “psuNYY51” according to tracking sites. With this win, he now has live tournament earnings of $647,138. This was his third largest live tournament cash.

Ladny came into the final day of this event in 34th chip position with 83 remaining but had he managed to climb into the chip lead by the dinner break. At that point, there were 21 players remaining. Ladny made the final table, joined by notable poker pro Roland Israelashvili. The New York native with four WSOP final table finishes under his belt ultimately placed fifth in this event, cashing for $14,767 and bringing his lifetime tournament earnings to over $3 million.

Ladny made a deal during three-handed play that saw him secure the trophy and the top payout of $54,022, while Steven Markowitz took home $46,810 and Nitis Udornpim was awarded $45,019. In addition to the title and the money, Ladny also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, enough to see him join the top 20 early in the year.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Eric Ladny $54,022 480
2 Steven Markowitz $46,810 400
3 Nitis Udornpim $45,019 320
4 Dennis Yoder $19,126 240
5 Roland Israelashvili $14,767 200
6 Paul Min $12,034 160
7 Jason Bullock $10,285 120
8 Ryan Tamanini $8,443 80
9 Orlando Andujar $6,754 40

This main event is part of the first ever CPPT series held at the Live! Casino & Hotel, which was voted Maryland’s Best Casino five years running by Casino Player Magazine.

The bustling 15,000-square foot, 52-table poker room spreads some of the best cash games in the country. Maryland’s poker revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year in September 2017, making it the hottest poker cash game market in the nation.

Opening just three years ago, the Live! Poker Room is the largest in the state of Maryland, one of the biggest in the country, and is part of one of the fastest growing gaming complexes in the United States.

Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington D.C., Live! Casino & Hotel is open 24/7/365, features more than 200 live action table games, approximately 4,000 of the latest slot machines, and two High Limit rooms. With the new addition of the luxury Live! Hotel and Event Center, opening Spring 2018, the casino’s strong gaming product will be paired with first-class accommodations, entertainment, dining, and its signature customer service – strengthening Live! as the preferred destination in this region. The 310-room hotel tower will feature thousands of square feet of versatile meeting space, as well as a spa, fitness center, concert venue and new shopping and dining options. About 2,000 additional parking spaces are also to be added to the property.

The property currently offers world-class dining and entertainment, including the Zagat-rated no. 1 steakhouse The Prime Rib; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; Morty’s Delicatessen, a traditional New York-style deli; Luk Fu, serving authentic Asian cuisine; The Cheesecake Factory; Phillips Seafood Express. Two new eateries include 8 at Luk Fu, featuring sushi and sashimi; and En Vivo, with classic varieties of soft tacos and burritos. A sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage and the unique, interactive R Bar, completes the Live! experience.

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