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Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino Pompano Park: Erik Nomberg Wins Kickoff Event

The $360 Buy-In No-Limit Hold'em Event Drew 759 Entries


For the first time in its six-season history, the Card Player Poker Tour is making its way to South Florida this August. The tour has descended on the beautiful Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, for a 10-event series that boasts a combined $485,000 in guarantees.

The series officially kicked off with a $200,000 guaranteed $360 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The tournament began on Aug. 16 and six starting flights. The event ended up attracting a total field of 759 entries, blowing past the guarantee to create a final prize pool of $227,700.

Erik NombergThe top 40 players ended up making the money, with the top seven players all ultimately earning five-figure paydays. The final seven made a deal which saw the title awarded to Erik Nomberg, who was the chip leader at the time. Nomberg took home $28,510 as the champion of the event.

Nomberg entered the final table as the chip leader with 80 big blinds. His stack only grew when he scored the first elimination at the final table. Zachary Milchman get all-in preflop holding the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. He was up against Nomberg’s AClub SuitQHeart Suit and was in good shape to double up. The board had other ideas, though, bringing the QSpade SuitQClub Suit4Diamond Suit2Spade Suit8Heart Suit to give Nomberg trip queens and the knockout. Milchman earned $4,060 as the ninth-place finisher.

Michael Kopjanski was the next to go. David Coughlin had opened to 125,000 before Kopjanski attempted to open for 150,000. He had not seen Coughlin’s action, and as a result was forced to just call the 125,000. The chips all got in on the turn with a board of 8Spade Suit5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit3Spade Suit. Coughlin had flopped a full house with 8Heart Suit8Club Suit and taken a commanding lead over Kopjanski’s QSpade SuitQClub Suit. The river kept Coughlin in the lead, sending Kopjanski to the rail with $5,120 for his eighth-place showing.

The remaining seven players then looked at the numbers and agreed to a deal based on an ICM chop. Here is a look at the payouts and Card Player Player of the Year points awarded to the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Erik Nomberg $28,510 365
2 Matthew Bretzfield $22,374 304
3 David Coughlin $19,218 243
4 Chad Kastel $14,188 182
5 Michael Garavuso $13,608 152
6 Kharlin Sued $12,493 122
7 Keith Nassetta $11,174 91
8 Michael Kopjanski $5,120 61
9 Zachary Milchman $4,060 30

While this event is already in the books, there are plenty of other events on the schedule including a $300 six-max no-limit hold’em tournament, a $300 pot-limit Omaha tournament with $200 rebuys, and no-limit hold’em tournaments with buy-ins of $130 and $150.

The highlight of the series is undoubtedly the $1,100 CPPT main event, which sports a $200,000 guarantee. There are three starting flights for the main event, kicking off Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between Aug. 23-25. Each player will receive 30,000 in chips to start while enjoying a generous 40-minute blind structure on day 1.

“Not only am I excited about the Card Player Poker Tour coming to Isle Casino Pompano Park, but the entire Pompano team is excited,” says Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Poker Room Manager Ken Lambert. “This will be the first time that we have had the opportunity to create a partnership with a tour that reaches every card room in the US plus international card rooms. It is exciting to know that we will be reaching new markets and players who are looking for new events that bring big prize pools and unknown players to challenge their skills.”

Lambert added: “In addition to this exciting poker tournament, we also offer One-Card Poker, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em in our Poker Room, or take your chance at any of our 1,500 slot machines. While you are on property, stop by any of our fantastic restaurants from casual dining to our fine dining steakhouse Farraddays.”

Players can also buy-in up until the start of day 2, which is Sunday, Aug. 26. The blinds will be increased to 50 minutes on day 2, and 60 minutes during the final table on Monday, Aug. 27. Main event qualifiers begin Wednesday, Aug. 22 and run daily until Sunday. Satellite buy-ins range from $130 to $240.

About Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

Of course, poker isn’t the only reason to visit the Isle Casino, which also offers nearly 1,500 slot machines, as well as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, and the ultimate one card poker game, War.

The Isle Casino now offers the lowest gaming limits in South Florida, with table limits as low as $5. Known as “The Winter Home Of Harness Racing,” Isle Casino is also an ideal spot for track bettors, offering simulcast wagering on horse racing from all over the United States and Canada. Thanks to the warm climate, the harness racetrack can also offer live racing for 10 months each year.

The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park also recently announced a big project to develop 223 acres of land around the property for “a new world-class, mixed-use entertainment and hospitality destination” that will include a new hotel and “upscale retail, dining and entertainment to South Florida.”

Players looking for a bite have the option of something quick at B-Express, something casual at Myron’s Delicatessen & Cafe, something more refined at Farraddays Steakhouse, or whatever they want at the Farmer’s Pick Buffet. If you’re looking to shake off a bad beat or celebrate a big win, Fling Lounge has you covered with cocktails and live music entertainment.

The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is located at 777 Isle of Capri Circle in Pompano Beach, Florida, just 15 minutes west of the beach, and 20 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. For more information, visit the casino’s homepage

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