Zal Irani Wins $10,000 WSOP Seat in CPC Closer

Zal Irani Winner
Event #10

No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Buy-In: $350
Total Entries: 394
Prize Pool: $114,654 + three $10,000 WSOP seats
May 12, 2014

Horseshoe Casino sweetens the pot with three $10,000 WSOP seats added to the prize pool. 14-day series hands out total of seven seats to poker’s championship event.

2014 Chicago Poker Classic concludes with Chicagoan making his third deep run of the series count.

Hammond, Ind. (May 12, 2014) — Zal Irani plays with a bit of a homefield advantage when he takes to the felt at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Irani, a former financial planner turned poker pro, resides in Chicago’s South Loop and was afforded the luxury of commuting back-and-forth during the two-week Chicago Poker Classic.

“It’s easier sleeping in your own bed when you’re playing poker 12 hours a day for 12 days in a row,” Irani said of his proximity to the casino.

Whether the idea of homefield advantage in a game that takes players all over the globe resonates with you or not, one thing is clear – it resonates with Irani. Irani recorded five cashes during the two-week series, most notably winning Event 10, a $350 deep stack turbo event with three $10,000 seats added to the prize pool late Monday night.

In addition to a complimentary Main Event berth, Irani earned $27,521 and his first title on his home turf.

“This is by far my luckiest casino anywhere,” Irani said after his win. “I’m just hoping to get more series here.”

The victory may mark his first win in The Venue, but it’s just the most recent in a long list of cashes and far from his biggest score. During the 2014 CPC alone, Irani accumulated $47,692 in earnings along with a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat. Putting those numbers in even greater perspective are some of Irani’s other Chicago tournament scores – a runner-up in last year’s 5,165-entry opening event for $104,275 and a fifth-place finish in the property’s 2012 WSOP Circuit Main Event for $104,371

“I play here more than anywhere which is a great benefit to me,” Irani said of his good fortune. “This is my seventh or eighth final table in The Venue. I always look forward to the CPC.”

Irani was one of seven participants to play his way in to the WSOP Main Event during the CPC. The other seats went to Main Event champion Eddie Ochana, Event 1 most chips surrendered winner Matt Kirby, Event 9 most chips surrendered winner Greg Koutelidakis, Event 10 3rd-place finisher Nino Dicosola, Event 10 runner-up Robert Levin and the winner of the $150 last-chance turbo event.

All seats were added by the Horseshoe.

We can’t speak for the other players, but Irani made it clear he planned to the play the WSOP Main Event either way and his promotional seat is just an added bonus.

“This is so much easier,” he laughed. “I do well in massive fields so hopefully it’s going to be a fun summer.”

Event 10 was the last of the numbered events on the CPC schedule. The $350 deep stack turbo event drew 394 players creating a $114,654 prize pool. In addition to the funds generated from buy-ins, Horseshoe Casino added three $10,000 WSOP Main Event seats. The top 36 players were paid

Event 10 final table results:

1st: Zal Irani – $27,521 + $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat
2nd: Robert Levin – $17,005 + $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat
3rd: Nino Dicosola – $11,207 + $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat
4th: Victor Easley – $7,846
5th: Anthony Calabrese – $5,814
6th: Mike Zaplatich – $4,547
7th: Yorell Groves – $3,742
8th: Jared Palmer – $3,233
9th: Henry Montgomery – $2,926

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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


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