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Joe Cashen Wins 2019 CPPT Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland Main Event

The 60-Year-Old Contractor Topped A Field of 192 Entries To Earn $50,680


Joe Cashen is the champion of the 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland $200,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The 60-year-old commercial contractor defeated a field of 192 total entries in this event to secure the title and the top prize of $50,680. This was the largest tournament score of Cashen’s career.

“I’ve been poker all my life, but no-limit hold’em tournaments since 2013 or so,” said Cashen after coming out on top. “It was a wonderful event. I had a lot of fun. I really put a lot of effort into taking this down.”

Cashen was a talkative and gregarious player at the table, and he told Card Player that is how he believes that things should be in a poker tournament.

“I love to have fun… if you aren’t having fun playing this game, you shouldn’t be here,” said Cashen.

Cashen came into the final table of this event in third chip position among the nine remaining players. Noah Shefrin began with the lead, and he extended that advantage by eliminating start-of-day short stack Ryan Hohner in ninth place ($5,088). Hohner was all-in preflop for 188,000 with ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit up against the 9Club Suit8Club Suit of Shefrin. The board came down KDiamond Suit6Club Suit3Spade SuitJClub Suit3Club Suit and Shefrin made a flush to send Hohner to the rail. This was his second CPPT final-table finish, having placed third in the main event held at Venetian Las Vegas in December of 2018.

The next player to fall was Mukala Sikyala. He got his last chips in the middle in a classic race situation, with his AClub SuitKSpade Suit facing the QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit of Jonathan Gilliam. The JHeart Suit10Club Suit8Heart Suit7Heart Suit7Club Suit runout kept Gilliam ahead, sending Sikyala home with $5,930.

Seven-handed play continued for more than two hours. Chris Grove was eventually knocked out in seventh place when he ran ASpade Suit8Spade Suit into the AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit of Noah Shefrin. Grove failed to come from behind and was sent packing with $6,800.

Noah ShefrinThe final six battled it out for nearly two more hours before the next elimination took place. In that time Noah Shefrin’s stack slowly dwindled until he was one of the shortest left. He shoved over the top of a opening raise of 80,000 from Cashen for 300,000 with ASpade Suit6Heart Suit. Cashen called with the JClub Suit6Club Suit. The board came down JHeart Suit8Heart Suit4Diamond Suit7Club Suit9Spade Suit and Cashen made a pair of jacks to bust Shefrin in sixth place. He took home $7,980 for his deep run.

The paced started to pick up during short-handed action. John Jones got the last of his chips in with JClub Suit9Club Suit, only to get called by Richie Smith with the KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Smith flopped a king and held from there to eliminate Jones in fifth place ($9,630).

Smith scored his second knockout of the day when he called the all-in of Jonathan Gilliam with AClub SuitQSpade Suit. He had Gilliam’s AHeart Suit10Club Suit dominated, and furthered his advantage by flopping a queen. Gilliam was unable to come from behind and was knocked out in fourth place, earning $12,470.

With that Smith and Cashen took the two biggest stacks into three-handed play with Mukharji Uppalapati, who finished 18th in the inaugural CPPT main event held here at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland back in January of 2018. With a flop of 7Spade Suit4Club Suit2Club Suit, Cashen bet 150,000 and Uppalapati called. The turn was the 4Heart Suit and Cashen checked. Uppalapati moved all-in for 365,000. Cashen called with the AHeart Suit2Spade Suit. Uppalapati held the 8Spade Suit5Heart Suit. The river was the JDiamond Suit and Cashen’s pair of deuces was enough to send Uppalapati home with $20,500 as the third-place finisher.

Richie SmithWith that Cashen took 5,180,000 into heads-up play with Richie Smith, who held 2,500,000. The final showdown didn’t last all that long. Just a few hands into their battle, Smith limped in from the button and Cashen raised to 150,00 out of the big blind.

Smith called and the flop came down AClub Suit9Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit. Cashen checked and Smith fired out 350,000. Cashen check-raised all-in and Smith called with the QDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit for a flush draw. Cashen held the AHeart SuitKHeart Suit for top pair, top kicker. The 8Spade Suit turn and the 6Heart Suit river locked up the title for Cashen. Smith earned $34,572 as the runner-up.

Cashen earned 336 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. This was his fourth POY-qualified score of 2019, and it moved him into 959th place in the overall standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

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

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Joe Cashen $50,680 336
2 Richard Smith $34,572 280
3 Mukharji Uppalapati $20,500 224
4 Jonathan Gilliam $12,470 168
5 John Jones $9,630 140
6 Noah Shefrin $7,980 112
7 Christopher Grove $6,800 84
8 Mukala Sikyala $5,930 56
9 Ryan Hohner $5,088 28

About Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

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.

“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 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.