$250 re-entry event features five flights and $250,000 guarantee. Ramirez captures title, $48,200 and new car added to the prize pool by the Horseshoe.
Hammond, Ind. (May 12, 2014) — James Ramirez made the most of the promotional value in Event 9, a $250 re-entry tournament with a 2014 Chrysler 300C added to the prize pool. Ramirez navigated through a minefield of 1,106 entries to earn a final table berth, a heads-up berth and eventually $48,200 in first-place prize money as well as a brand-new car.
As expected, Ramirez was given the option of accepting a cash prize – $25,000 – in lieu of the car. Following two days of grueling poker and keeping in mind the tournament concluded during the late-night hours of Monday, Ramirez requested additional time to weigh his options and the property granted him a grace period before accepting any prizes.
The tournament boasted five staring flights, a $250,000 guarantee and $3,500 bonuses paid out to players for each Day 2 they advanced to after their first. With unlimited re-entries, players could take multiple shots at earning a piece of the impressive prize pool and those who advanced to multiple Day 2s forfeited their smallest stacks.
Much like the $1,000,000 guarantee series-opening event, the double qualifier bonus proved a tough task in Event 9, but three lucky players stood up to the challenge – Greg Koutelidakis, John Simon and Ryan Austin. Of them, Koutelidakis surrendered the most chips to earn a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat and $2,000 traveling cash put up by the property. Simon and Austin, meanwhile, laid claim to the second and third most chips surrendered to earn $5,000 cash also put up by the property.
Flight-by-flight entry and double qualifier break down:
|5/10, 4 p.m.||A||283||11||—|
|5/10, 7 p.m.||B||212||8||0|
|5/11, 1 p.m.||C||206||8||0|
|5/11, 4 p.m.||D||172||7||0|
|5/11, 7 p.m.||E||233||9||3|
Day 2 of the event kicked off Monday at 3 p.m. with 40 players remaining and 2004 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Raymer headlining the action. Raymer began play 15th of those still alive and was coming off a 57th-place finish in the CPC Main Event. The early stages of Day 2 were tough on him as he took to Twitter explaining he lost 60 percent of his stack before running ace-king into aces. While the hand didn’t knock him out, it crippled him and he busted 18th a while later when his ace-jack could not outdraw an opponent’s pocket sixes.
Event 9 was the ninth of 10 numbered events on the 2014 schedule. The $250 re-entry tournament boasted a $225,292 prize pool, paid 10 percent of each starting flight and bagged 4 percent. All Day 2 players were in the money. While the final prize pool figure didn’t reflect it, the property met its guarantee keeping in mind the tournament’s promotional prizes and 3 percent staffing fee.
Event 9 final table results:
1st: James Ramirez – $48,200 + 2014 Chrysler 300C
2nd: Adam Zschau – $30,034
3rd: Conner Maro – $19,351
4th: Brandon Sowers – $13,344
5th: Ryan Beckwith – $9,586
6th: George Kolerich – $7,212
7th: James Wheeler – $5,539
8th: Arris Kontos – $4,262
9th: Urszula Jivkov – $3,291
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 Deep Stack Mini Stimulus – Matt Kirby defeated 285 entries for $20,321
Event 5: $600 NLH Deep Stack 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
Event 8: $1,500 Main Event – Eddie Ochana defeated 745 entries for $217,810
Event 9: $250 NLH Re-Entry – James Ramirez defeated 1,106 entries for $48,200
Event 10: $350 NLH Deep Stack Turbo – Zal Irani defeated 394 entries for $27,521