Chris Staats Wins $20,819 and Main Event Seat

Christopher Staats WinnerEvent #7
No-Limit Hold’em Stimulus

Buy-In: $350
Total Entries: 292
Prize Pool: $84,972 + 18 Main Event Seats
May 8, 2014

$350 stimulus prize pool boasts 18 Main Event seats added. Finale kicks off Friday at noon.

Hammond, Ind. (May 8, 2014) — Christopher Staats was one of 18 players to pocket a Main Event seat added to the prize pool in Event 7, a $350 stimulus tournament, on the eve of the finale. The seats were provided by the Horseshoe and accounted for nearly $30,000 in value, but it was the players who generated the $84,972 prize pool. In addition to the seat, Staats earned $20,819 and heads to tomorrow’s Main Event with a head of steam.

The late stages of play in Event 7 included one of the hottest players of this year’s Chicago Poker Classic – Pavlin Karakikov. Karakikov came to Chicago fresh off three cashes including two final tables at the WSOP Circuit in Black Hawk, Colo. He kicked things off in the Windy City with a sixth-place finish in Event 2 and followed it up with a fifth-place finish and yet another deep run in Event 5. With those performances under his belt, Karakikov made his way through the 292-entry field in Event 7 to find himself at yet another final table.

Alas, a title was not to be, as he finished fifth impressively marking his five final table appearances in his last six cashes. Karakikov, like Staats, is primed heading to Friday’s $1,500 Main Event and sure to make some noise in the championship event.

In addition to Staats and Karakikov, other notables to cash in on the Horseshoe’s prize pool contribution include Michael Conti (16th), Paul Bianchi (15th) and Oleg Badmayev (fourth).

The first of two starting flights in the $1,500 Main Event begins Friday at 12 p.m. The sixth annual tournament boasts a $1,000,000 guarantee and a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat added to the prize pool. Players begin with 25,000 chips at the 50/100 level and levels 1-12 are 40 minutes in length. Registration remains open through Level 6 (until ~4:30 p.m.). Those expected to participate include 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer and the defending CPC Main Event Champion Blake Bohn.

Event 7 final table results:

1st: Christopher Staats – $20,819 + $1,500 Main Event seat
2nd: Kenneth Daciolas – $12,865 + $1,500 Main Event seat
3rd: Zackary Estes – $8,531 + $1,500 Main Event seat
4th: Oleg Badmayev – $6,036 + $1,500 Main Event seat
5th: Pavlin Karakikov – $4,549 + $1,500 Main Event seat
6th: Jay Kelley – $3,630 + $1,500 Main Event seat
7th: Jacob Wycklendt – $3,060 + $1,500 Main Event seat
8th: Brandon Townsend – $2,717 + $1,500 Main Event seat
9th: Kevin Spiguzza – $2,563 + $1,500 Main Event seat

Full results available from our friends at TheHendonMob.com.

2014 Chicago Poker Classic results:

  • Event 1: $350 NLH Re-Entry – Chris Karambinis defeated 3,092 entries for $168,039
  • Event 2: $500 NLH – Sachin Bhargava defeated 806 entries for $104,263
  • Event 3: $400 PLO – Ben Sagan defeated 194 entries for $19,854
  • Event 4: $350 NLH – Matt Kirby defeated 285 entries for $20,321
  • Event 5: $600 NLH Six Max – Drake Bronk defeated 269 entries for $37,695
  • Event 6: $500 HORSE – John Holley defeated 108 entries for $12,907
  • Event 7: $350 NLH Stimulus – Christopher Staats defeated 292 entries for $20,819

2014 Chicago Poker Classic upcoming events:

  • Event 8: $1,500 Main Event – Friday/Saturday, May 9-10, 12 p.m.
  • Event 9: $250 NLH Re-Entry – Saturday/Sunday, May 10-11, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Event 10: $350 NLH Turbo – Monday, May 12, 12 p.m.
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