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Buy-In: $1,100
Prize Pool: $200,000
Entrants: 192

$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em CPPT Main Event $200K GTD

  • Nov 01, '19 - Nov 03, '19
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Updates on Final Day (Nov 04, 19)

 
 

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

Richie Smith Eliminated In 2nd Place ($34,572)

Richie SmithRichie Smith limped in from the button and Joe Cashen raised to 150,00 from the big blind. Smith called and the two saw a flop of AClub Suit9Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit.

Cashen checked and Smith bet 350,000. Cashen check-raised all-in and Smith called, revealing the QDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit. Cashen held the AHeart SuitKHeart Suit for top pair.

The turn was the 8Spade Suit and the river the 6Heart Suit, securing the pot and the title for Cashen.

Smith was awarded $34,572 as the runner-up finisher.

Player Tags: Richard Smith
 

Heads Up Chip Counts

Joe Cashen – 5,180,000
Richie Smith – 2,500,000

 

Mukharji Uppalapati Eliminated In Third Place

Mukharji UppalapatiWith a flop of 7Spade Suit4Club Suit2Club Suit Joe Cashen bet 150,000 and Mukharji 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, improving on his 18th-place showing in the 2018 running of this event.

Player Tags: Mukharji Uppalapati
 

Level 26

Blinds are up to 30,000-50,000 with a big blind ante of 50,000 for level 26.

 

Jonathan Gilliam Eliminated In Fourth Place ($12,470)

Jonathan GilliamJoe Cashen limped in from under the gun and Jonathan Gilliam shoved all-in from the small blind. Richie Smith shoved all-in from the big blind and Cashen got out of the way.

Gilliam held the AHeart Suit10Club Suit, and was in rough shape against the AClub SuitQSpade Suit of Smith.

The board came down QDiamond Suit9Club Suit2Heart Suit4Heart SuitJHeart Suit and Smith paired his queen to take down the pot and knock Gilliam out in fourth place ($12,470).

Player Tags: Jonathan Gilliam
 

Jonathan Gilliam Doubles Up

Jonathan Gilliam shoved all-in for 730,000 and got called by Richie Smith. It was a classic race situation, with Gilliam holding ASpade SuitKSpade Suit up against the 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit of Smith.

The QSpade Suit7Heart Suit7Club Suit9Spade SuitKClub Suit runout gave Gilliam the winning pair of kings on the river to earn him the double up to around 1.5 million.

Smith fell to 2.2 million after the hand.

 

John Jones Eliminated In Fifth Place ($9,630)

John JonesRichie Smith raised to 125,000 from the button and John Jones moved all-in from the big blind.

SMith quickly called with the KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit and was in great shape against Jones’ JClub Suit9Club Suit.

The ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit4Spade SuitAHeart Suit runout gave Smith kings and aces to secure the pot. Jones earned $9,630 for his fifth-place showing.

Player Tags: John Jones
 

Level 25

Blinds are up to 20,000-40,000 with a big blind ante of 40,000 for level 25.

 

Chip Counts From The Break

1. Mukharji Uppalapati – 1,400,000
2. empty
3. empty
4. Jonathan Gilliam – 675,000
5. empty
6. Richie Smith – 2,465,000
7. Joe Cashen – 2,650,000
8. empty
9. John Jones – 560,000

 
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