William Luciano Wins 2016 CPC Main Event for $254,892

CPC Main Event champion William Luciano with Michael Soto, Kevin Voshell and Eric Comer.

CPC Main Event champion William Luciano with Michael Soto, Kevin Voshell and Eric Comer.

The third and final day of the $2,000 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event began with ten players of the 736 that entered the event. Each player had near $20,000 locked up already but it was William Luciano the outlasted the final table to earn $254,892.

“It’s sort of hard to believe that just happened,” Luciano said. “I just got a bigger bankroll for more events. I was inspired by Martin Jacobson in the Main Event a couple years ago where he sat back with a shorter stack and then ran it up for the win.”

“I was down to six blinds on Day 1 and I shouldn’t even be here,” he said. “I had pocket tens on a king-high flop and he checked it all the way down. If he doesn’t do that, I wouldn’t even be here.”

“I picked my spots, won a bunch of flips and targeted some players that would fold. Once I ran my stack up to a re-shove stack I started stealing in some spots,” Luciano said. “I feel like I hit my stride today – I never got above average stack on Day 2.”

Luciano qualified for the Main Event in a $240 Satellite three weeks ago in the Horseshoe Hammond poker room. He played Flight 1B and only had the one bullet to fire.

In addition to their six-figure payouts, the top three players earned a seat into the 2016 $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event. “I’m looking forward to playing it (WSOP Main Event) but I’m thinking about how I have to work on Tuesday.”

The event drew 736 entrants over two starting flights which juiced the prize pool to $1,307,136. The top 72 players earned a cash and over the entire CPC players earned $3,199,604, including four seats to the 2016 $10,000 WSOP Main Event and a 2016 Mustang GT.

Ben McCoy was the first elimination of the day. He arrived short on chips, shoved when he made top pair holding Tc 4c but ran into Joe Huang’s pocket kings, which ended his day.

Thomas Peebles also arrived at the final table with under a million chips. He tried a three-bet shoved from the big blind to steal, but Jorge Postigo called with ace queen and Peebles held Jd Td. Postigo flopped a queen, Peebles bricked and was eliminated.

Bryan Skreens tried to steal a pot like Peebles in position, but Postigo called a second time holding ace queen and flopped a queen.

Fada Hamad was the tournament leader for much of Day 2 but couldn’t get anything going at the final table. His final hand came holding ace six, Michael VanderWoude called with ace ten and after an ace hit the flop Hamad’s day was done in seventh place.

Postigo got short, got in a blind vs blind situation with pocket tens and moved all in. Freid called with ace queen and eliminated Postigo with his own hand.

Huang looked to be in control of the table in the early goings but ran out of steam. He shoved the rest of stack in holding Qh Jh, Luciano called with an ace, paired on the flop and eliminated Huang.

Tournament onlookers expected a long bubble from fourth to third place with a WSOP Main Event seat on the line. VanderWoude open-shipped his stack from the button for 1.29 million, Luciano took several moments to think and then called. Mike Rieck went deep into the tank in the big blind before electing just to call.

Luciano and Rieck went to the flop of Qc Td 2s and Luciano immediately moved all in. Rieck tanked again, talked himself into a call and tabled pocket jacks.

Luciano turned up pocket kings and VanderWoude held Ah Jh. The board completed Qs 7d, Luciano’s kings held and there was a double elimination. VanderWoude was out if fourth place and Rieck was credited for third place and the seat.

Freid began heads up play with a slight advantage, 10.3 million to 8.1 million, and the pair traded the lead back and forth over two full levels.

On the fourth hand back from break Luciano opened to 450,000 and Chad Freid moved all in. Luciano called with pocket sevens and Freid was gambling with Jd 8h.The board ran Ah Td 3c Qs Qh, Freid never improved and finished runner-up in the Main Event.

Final Table Payouts

William Luciano – $254,892
Chad Freid – $158,556
Mike Reick – $109,669
Michael VanderWoude – $79,775
Joe Huang – $60,886
Jorge Postigo – $48,390
Fadi Hamad – $38,364
Bryan Skreens – $30,326
Thomas Peebles – $23,790
Ben McCoy – $18,561

Chicago Poker Classic Results Events 1 – 13

CPC Results Event 1 final

CPC Results Event 2 final

CPC Results Event 3 final

CPC Results Event 4 final

CPC Results Event 5 final

CPC Results Event 6 final

CPC Results Event 7 final

CPC Results Event 8 final

CPC Results Event 9 final

CPC Results Event 10 final

CPC Results Event 11 final

CPC Results Event 12 (2) final

CPC Resutls Event 13 final

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Kevin Nystrom Ships Last Chance Turbo

Kevin Nystrom's last minute decision paid off with a WSOP Main Event seat.

Kevin Nystrom’s last minute decision paid off with a WSOP Main Event seat.

The final event of the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic closed at the Series with a 4 pm $250 Last Chance Turbo. The event drew 175 entrants with the added draw of a $10,000 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event seat added for the winner. Kevin Nystrom decided to play the event only a couple hours before it began, made a big comeback six-handed and won $9,544.

When the final card peeled off Nystrom held his hands in the air and said, “Yes! I knew I was going to win after that comeback.”

“Once I got short with two tables left and I came storming back I knew I had a chance to win,” Nystrom said. “I called my card on the river, got pocket aces twice six-handed – it was nuts.”

“I cashed in Event 1, ran really good in Event 11A, but then bricked off right before the money,” Nystrom said. “I said at the last second I’d give this a shot and it paid off.”

Nystrom has never played the WSOP Main Event before and is expecting to very nervous. He’s a 31 year-old Indiana native that works at a car dealership.

The final hand saw all the money go in preflop, Nystrom held Ah Js and Marcin Koscielniak had As 8h. The board ran Qc 9d 5h 6s Kh, Nystrom’s hand held and he closed out the 2016 CPC with his hands in the air.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Kevin Nystrom – $9,544
  2. Marcin Koscielniak – $5,868
  3. Thomas Ruzecki – $4.065
  4. Daniel Loizzo – $2,934
  5. Brian Shurte – $2,192
  6. Nick Jivkov – $1,669
  7. Brad Sailor – $1,311
  8. Thomas Tolbert – $1,057
  9. Tetania Fox – $866

John Raiche Wins Event 11, 2016 Ford Mustang GT

John Raiche standing with his new 2016 Mustang GT.

John Raiche standing with his new 2016 Mustang GT.

Event 11: $250 Double Qualifier Bonus with a 2016 Mustang GT returned for Day 2 with 91 players and ten hours later John Raiche took down the $43,101 prize and the 2016 Mustang GT.

“I’ve always wanted a Mustang – this is really exciting,” Raiche said. “This event is huge to me – I played the Main Event and didn’t last too long – definitely a Series saver for me.”

“I don’t play a lot of tournaments, I mostly stick to cash games,” he added. “I’m glad how it worked out because I think Sean (Small) is a much better player than I am – I’m thrilled.”

Raiche fired three bullets in the Event, bagged in Flight 1b and min-cashed in Flight 1E while he was going for the double bag bonus. “My goal was to make the final table when I started,” Raiche added. “I don’t play a lot short-handed so it made me look at the game in a different way – these guys are very sophisticated these days.”

Three-handed play was battle between Raiche, Sean Small and Andreas Halikias. They played two levels together before Halikias shoved preflop holding Ah Qs and Small called with pocket fours. The board ran 9s 3s 3d 5d Jh, Halikias didn’t improve and he hit the rail in third place.

Heads-up play began with Raiche holding 7.5 million to Small’s 5.2 million. Over a series of several hands Raiche chipped away at Small’s stack before he made final stand holding Jd 2s. Raiche woke up pocket sevens, called and the board ran Qc Td Tc Kd 4s.

Small missed his hand, finished runner-up and Raiche was happy to pose with his brand-new candy apple red 2016 Mustang GT.

Final Table Payouts*

  1. John Raiche – $43,101
  2. Sean Small – $26,005
  3. Andreas Halikias – $18,570
  4. Bubak Rahimisaeidi – $14,100
  5. John Holley – $12,795
  6. David Plotkin- $8,300
  7. George Tomasevich – $8,405
  8. Nick Pupillo – $8,950
  9. Parm Soni – $3,860

*Reflects added bonuses.

Mike Burns Wins Mega Deepstack Turbo for $12,956

Mike Burns is already thinking about the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

Mike Burns is already thinking about the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

The penultimate event to the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic kicked off at noon Monday with a $360 Mega Deepstack Turbo event. There were 161 entries that built a $47,978 prize pool and Mike Burns walked away the winner with $12,956 and a seat to the 2016 $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event.

“I tried to take off last week from my full-time job so I could be here for the whole series, but they screwed up and this upcoming week off,” Burns said. “I didn’t get to play the CPC Main, which was my plan, but here we are and I had a nice showing here.”

“This was kind of a Series saver for me,” Burns added. “I fired five bullets in Event 11 and came up empty. I have not played the WSOP Main Event before and I’m already thinking about it. I mean, we still have a couple months but I’m looking forward to it.”

Burns is a 29 year-old Call Center manager from Osh Kosh, Wisconsin. He used to play full time but now just plays when cans.

Christ Staats and Orlando Romero, second and eighth respectively, had a solid CPC series with a couple of cashes each.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Mike Burns – $12,956
  2. Chris Staats – $7,964
  3. Paul LoDuca – $5,517
  4. Jeff Baker – $3,982
  5. Bobba Sasidhar – $2,975
  6. Shane Martin – $2,265
  7. Ryan Jaworski – $1,780
  8. Orlando Romero – $1,435
  9. Patrick McVady – $1,175

William Luciano Wins CPC Main Event for $254,892

William Luciano won $254,892 off a $240 investment.

William Luciano won $254,892 off a $240 investment.

The third and final day of the $2,000 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event began with ten players of the 736 that entered the event. Each player had near $20,000 locked up already but it was William Luciano the outlasted the final table to earn $254,892.

“It’s sort of hard to believe that just happened,” Luciano said. “I just got a bigger bankroll for more events. I was inspired by Martin Jacobson in the Main Event a couple years ago where he sat back with a shorter stack and then ran it up for the win.”

“I was down to six blinds on Day 1 and I shouldn’t even be here,” he said. “I had pocket tens on a king-high flop and he checked it all the way down. If he doesn’t do that, I wouldn’t even be here.”

I picked my spots, won many flips and targeted some players that would fold. Once I ran my stack up to a re-shove stack I started stealing in some spots,” Luciano said. “I won most of flips but I feel like I hit my stride today – I never got above average stack on Day 2.”

Luciano qualified for the Main Event in a $240 Satellite three weeks ago in the Horseshoe Hammond poker room. He played Flight 1B and only had the one bullet to fire.

In addition to their six-figure payouts, the top three players earned a seat into the 2016 $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event. “I’m looking forward to playing it (WSOP Main Event) but I’m thinking about how I have to work on Tuesday.”

Final Table Payouts

  1. William Luciano – $254,892
  2. Chad Freid – $158,556
  3. Mike Reick – $109,669
  4. Michael VanderWoude – $79,775
  5. Joe Huang – $60,886
  6. Jorge Postigo – $48,390
  7. Fadi Hamad – $38,364
  8. Bryan Skreens – $30,326
  9. Thomas Peebles – $23,790
  10. Ben McCoy – $18,561