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2019 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel: Dave Alfa Wins Kickoff Event

A Look At The Results From The First Six Events of the CPPT Series


The Card Player Poker Tour has teamed up with Live! Casino & Hotel for a second time, coming together with the property voted Maryland’s Best Casino by Casino Player Magazine for six straight years tp put on a 25-event tournament series. The poker festival will run from Oct. 25 – Nov. 7, with something for every poker player. The buy-ins range from as low as $160 all the way up to $1,100 for the 2019 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel no-limit hold’em main event. The marquee tournament of this year’s series will run from Nov. 1-4 and feature a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Event 1 Champion Dave AlfaThe series got started with a $100,000 guaranteed $360 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that ran from Oct. 25-27. A total of 431 entries were made across the event’s four starting flights, easily surpassing the guarantee to create a final prize pool of $133,610.

When all was said and done Dave Alfa came out on top with the title, earning $25,018 as the first CPPT champion of the series. This was the Texas native’s fifth live tournament title, and his third-largest career score. Earlier this year he earned his biggest ever payday by taking down the World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw main event for $320,998.

CPPT Event #1 – $100,000 GTD. $360 NLH Final Table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Dave Alfa $25,018 288
2 Jeffrey Kostolni $21,000 240
3 Barry Remmel $12,212 192
4 Daniel Iachan $8,217 144
5 John Ross $6,320 120
6 Dennis Witol $5,238 96
7 Yuriy Guzman $4,396 72
8 Matthew Riebel $3,554 48
9 Michael Spotten $2,712 24

CPPT Event #2 – $200 Limit 5 Card Omaha Results:

Stuart Rotter

Place Player Payout
1 Stuart Rotter $1,831
2 Jeffery Davis $1,300
3 Frederick Karanovich $740
4 Joe Ort $479

The second event of the series was a $200 buy-in limit five-card Omaha tournament that drew 25 entries to create a $4,350 prize pool. Stuart Rotter emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $1,831 after defeating Jeffery Davis heads-up.

This was the Clarksville, MD resident’s second title won at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, having taken down a $330 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event in late 2017 during the World Poker Tour series.

CPPT Event #3 – $300 H.O.R.S.E. Results:

Place Player Payout
1 Christian Jones $1,757
2 John Echeverry $1,640
3 Daniel Zenko $1,560
4 Young Kwok $1,111
5 Marcus Sterner $975
6 Carl Smith $907
7 Allen Hyre $389

Next up on the schedule was the $300 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event which was held on Sunday, Oct. 27. A total of 31 entries were made, building a prize pool of $8,339 that was awarded to the top seven finishers.

Baltimore, MD resident Christian Jones came out on top to secure his first-ever live tournament title and the top prize of $1,757.

CPPT Event #4 – $25,000 GTD. $360 NLH Results:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Tae Kim $7,248 67
2 Ira Malis $6,126 56
3 Joseph Malebranche $3,050 45
4 Christopher Ayers $2,063 34
5 Mark Helfrich $1,563 28
6 Jason Webster $1,250 22
7 Kevin Golshan $1,100 17
8 Brian Moore $1,000 11
9 Douglas Moore $850 6
10 Louis Kanaras $750 0

The second no-limit hold’em event of the series featured a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool and a buy-in of $360. A total of 78 entries were made in this no-limit hold’em tournament, with the top ten finishers making the money.

The single-day event was ultimately won by Tae Kim from Ellicott City, MD. This was the first live tournament win of his career.

Joseph Malebranche finished third for $3,050, notching another deep run less than two weeks after he finished runner-up in the WSOP Circuit main event in Baltimore.

CPPT Event #5 – $160 Ladies NLH Results:

Place Player Payout
1 Latonia Gatling $1,040
2 Cynthia Kassus $500
3 Molissa Farber $500

Latonia Gatling overcame a field of 15 entries to win the CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland $160 buy-in no-limit hold’em ladies event. This was the Virginia Beach, VA resident’s first live tournament win.

CPPT Event #6 – $20,000 GTD. $300 Seniors NLH Results:

Timothy Little

Place Player Payout
2 Michael Lavington $2,644
3 Michael Payne $2,542
4 Mitchell Mantin $2,076
5 Ronald Hunt $2,039
6 William Crouch $1,996
7 Salah Levy $1,815
8 Mike Zgorski $1,754
9 Babak Golshani $1,553
10 Michael Connelly $1,345

The $20,000 guaranteed $300 buy-in seniors no-limit hold’em event saw 76 total entries made, beating the guarantee to create a final prize pool of $20,520. The top ten players all made the money, with Timothy Little of Hyattsville, MD earning the top payout of $2,756.

There is plenty of top-notch tournament action remaining at the 2019 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel series, including the $200,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. Click here for a look at the complete schedule.

“We are excited to be teaming up with the Card Player Poker Tour for the second time,” said The Poker Room at Live! Casino & Hotel Tournament Director Jason Heidenthal. “The room opened in 2013 and since then our goal has been to make it the premier tournament destination in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.”

The Poker Room at Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest on the East Coast, with 15,000 square feet of room and 50 tables available for 24/7, around-the-clock action. The luxurious and comfortable room will play host to 13 days of exciting tournament play, with a variety of games and formats on the schedule. There are four bounty events, a $200 six-max no-limit hold’em event, a $300 H.O.R.S.E. event, a $200 limit five-card Omaha, a tag-team switch event, a $300 survivor tournament, ladies and seniors tournaments and much more.

The whole affair kicks off with a $100,000 guaranteed $360 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, with four starting flights available. Day 1A and day 1B begin at 11:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 25, with day 1C and day 1D getting underway at the same starting times on Oct. 26. The survivors of all four flights will combine and play down to a champion on Oct. 27.

The $200,000 guaranteed CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel no-limit hold’em main event sports two starting flights, with day 1A kicking off at 12:15 on Nov. 1 and day 1B at 12:15 on Nov. 2. Players will begin with 40,000 in chips, with 40-minute levels on the two starting days and hour-long levels on day 2. The event will feature unlimited re-entry, with late registration available until the start of day 2.

There will be plenty of ways for players to win their way into the big guaranteed tournaments that are on the schedule for this series.

“We plan on running a lot of satellites for both the kickoff tournament and the main event,” said Heidenthal. “There will be tons of ways for people to get into the $200,000 guaranteed CPPT main event. Those satellites will start being offered in early October.”

The Live! Casino & Hotel first teamed up with the Card Player Poker Tour in January of 2018. The inaugural series featured 16 events, with the marquee tournament being the $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed 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 eventual champion Eric Ladny, who took home $54,022 and became the first-ever CPPT champion decided in Maryland.

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. Those driving to the property can take advantage of the six-story parking garage with space for 5,000 vehicles. The property is home to 11 excellent dining establishments, including Bobby’s Burger Palace, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Players can book rooms at the Hotel, which features 310 luxurious rooms and 52 suites. The Hotel Tower is the tallest building in the county at 17 stories high! Those looking for another lodging option can check out Live! Lofts, conveniently located five minutes from Live! Casino & Hotel, which offer 250 guest rooms and suites.

For reservations check out the casino website. For more information about the CPPT, visit the tour’s homepage.