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Pechanga Resort & Casino's Endless Summer Poker Series: A Look At The Big Winners

Exciting Poker Festival Draws More Than 1,300 Total Entries


Michael Knight won the $200,000 gtd. event at Pechanga's Endless Summer Poker SeriesPechanga Resort & Casino wrapped up their exciting Endless Summer Poker Series last weekend. The action-packed affair ran from September 18-23 in the 23,000 square foot Pechanga Grand Ballroom and attracted more than 1,300 total entries across the series.

The centerpiece of the week was the Endless Summer Poker Series $200,000 guaranteed $400 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The tournament paid out 63 players, with the largest chunk of money going to eventual champion Michael Knight of Escondido, California. Knight secured the win in this event holding pocket kings, with the big hand earning him a big payday of $33,616.

“We haven’t had a big series like this in a long time, probably 10 years,” said Richie Lopez, Pechanga’s assistant director of poker and OTB. “We really want to showcase what we do here and get back in the game of having big events each year. So far, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about this event and our goal is to work our way up to a half-million guarantee.”

There were several other big events on offer during this series. Paulette Renney (pictured on the left) took down the first of two $30,000 guaranteed $240 buy-in events. Gilbert Radovan and Sean Beachler both took home $5,335, chopping first and second place in the series’ first $20,000 guarantee event. Thu Nguyen of Westminster, Calif. took down the last days’ $30,000 guarantee event claiming the final trophy of the Series. David Myers and Zachary Lane (both pictured on the left) also took down events during the series.

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