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CPPT Lone Star State Poker Championship: Justin Sumrall and Pete Quinones Latest Champions

The $580 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Kicks Off On Friday, Aug. 3


Two more events have come to a close at the 2nd annual Lone Star State Poker Championship, presented by the Card Player Poker Tour. The series kicked off this week at the Post Oak Poker Club in Houston, the first licensed poker club in the Lone Star State. The Lone Star State Poker Championship Main Event, which features a $500 buy-in (plus the $80 seat rental), will run Aug. 3-5. You can check out the full schedule of events here.

$230 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

Justin SumrallThe $230 no-limit hold’em Deepstack event drew a total of 216 entries to create a $43,200 prize pool. Once the final table was reached the remaining players agreed to a deal based on ICM that saw Justin Sumrall awarded the top prize and the title. The Houston native took home $4,754 as the champion.

Gary Friedlander finished ninth in the event. The Bellaire, TX resident had just finished fourth in the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,000 seniors event for $227,072 in late June. Friedlander now has lifetime live tournament earnings of just less than $1.3 million.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Justin Sumrall $4,754
2 Nelli Shteyn $4,474
3 David Geyer $4,122
4 Hieu Dang $4,201
5 Rory Tolunay $3,780
6 Amador Trinidad $3,365
7 Alex Mendoza $2,978
8 David Chung $2,964
9 Gary Friedlander $2,413

$580 Lone Star State PLO Championship

2018 CPPT Lone Star State PLO Championship winner Pete QuinonesThe $580 buy-in Lone Star State PLO Championship event drew 115 total entries to create a $57,500 prize pool. Plenty of big names made the money in the event, including 2017 WSOP ‘Millionaire Maker’ runner-up Dejuante Alexander (11th – $1,207), 2005 WSOP Circuit Tunica pot-limit Omaha champion George Abdallah (6th – $2,990), champion of the kickoff event of this series Lisa Fleishman (5th – $4,025), and six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Joshua Turner (4th – $5,463), who placed third in the WSOP $1,000 double stack event in late June for $294,760.

In the end it came down to a heads-up showdown between Ohad Yannay and Pete Quinones. The two struck a deal that saw Quinones secure the ring and the title, with the remaining prize money split evenly between the two players. This was the second pot-limit Omaha cash of Quinones’ career, having placed 21st in a $365 WSOP Circuit Choctaw PLO event back in 2014. Yannay finished 14th in the Deepstack event the just a day before his deep run in this event.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Pete Quinones $13,972 120
2 Ohad Yannay $13,972 100
3 Allen Brivic $7,532 80
4 Joshua Turner $5,463 60
5 Lisa Fleishman $4,025 50
6 George Abdallah $2,990 40
7 Trevor Brooks $2,415 30
8 Jason Daly $1,955 20
9 Justin Shaft $1,554 10

“We are really going to have a lot of fun and Card Player is the perfect partner to help us get the word out,” said Post Oak Poker Club founder Daniel Kebort.

“We are working to create a festival atmosphere around the event complete with a freeroll tournament, giveaways and a complimentary buffet highlighting the best of Texas in order to welcome Texas Hold’em back home in style,” Kebort said.

The custom gold ring for the pot-limit Omaha eventCustomized gold rings will be awarded to the winners of the following events: Lone Star State PLO Championship, Lone Star State Seniors Poker Championship and the Lone Star State Poker Championship Main Event. The championship rings are crowned with the Texas state gem, blue topaz, cut in a Lone Star shape and featuring black onyx and rubies.

Click here for discount hotel rooms available from the Post Oak Hilton Galleria.

About the Post Oak Poker Club

The Post Oak Poker Club opened in August of 2017 as the first private poker club in Houston. Since then, POPC has continued to pioneer the poker industry in Texas. Along with the Card Player Poker Tour, the Post Oak Poker Club is now poised to set the standard for what players can expect from a major tour stop in Texas. POPC is located in the heart of Uptown Houston, the most exclusive neighborhood in Texas for shopping, dining and now poker.

“Come out and see the best of Houston as we show the world what poker in Texas is all about,” Kebort said. “As the first major tour stop in Texas we are looking forward to sharing our world-class venue and unique membership model poker club with the national poker community.”

In order to fully comply with Texas gambling law, POPC doesn’t take a rake but rather charges fees for seat rentals and other amenities poker players love.

Here’s another look at the schedule for the series:

Date Buy-In Event Chips Levels
30-Jul $330 Black Chip Bounty ($100) 8,000 30 minutes
31-Jul $230 Deepstack NLH 15,000 30 minutes
1-Aug $580 PLO Championship 12,000 30 minutes
2-Aug $230 Seniors NLH 10,000 30 minutes
3-Aug $580 Main Event Flight A 20,000 30 minutes
4-Aug $580 Main Event Flight B 20,000 30 minutes
5-Aug $120 Last Chance NLH 8,000 20 minutes