Chicago-based general contractor and Horseshoe cash player pockets $18,496 and a $2,000 Main Event seat in Event 3, $500 pot-limit Omaha.
Hammond, Ind. (March 10, 2015) — David Arfa is the Chicago Poker Classic’s most recent winner following a championship-caliber performance in Event 3, a $500 pot-limit Omaha tournament. Arfa, a general contractor from Chicago, worked his way through a tough field of 165 players to earn $18,496 along with a complimentary seat in the series’ $2,000 Main Event set to begin March 13. Arfa is a self-described gambler and admitted he’s not much for tournament play.
“I’m not a big tournament guy,” he said. “I’m more of a cash game player. I play for fun. I play to win, but I play for fun more than anything. [Poker is] not my job.”
The Event 3 final table likely didn’t embody Arfa’s ideal vision of fun. Play restarted at 2 p.m. with 10 players and it wasn’t until nearly eight hours later he bested fellow Horseshoe regular Alexander Ziskin heads up. The heads up battle in itself lasted better than a couple hours and saw Ziskin double through Arfa after Arfa doubled through Ziskin and so on and so forth. It wasn’t until Arfa improved to a flush on the river versus Ziskin’s turned straight that the duel finally ended.
“I love Omaha,” Arfa said. “It’s an exciting, action game. I’m a gambler by heart. [PLO] is my game.”
Arfa is exhibiting humility writing off his tournament play. Following his Event 3 victory, the self-proclaimed cash player has more than $50,000 in career earnings on the tournament felt – most notably coming in the form of a runner-up finish in the 2005 Chicago Poker Championship Main Event for $21,875.
“I play [at the Horseshoe] often,” Arfa said. “It’s awesome. Probably one of the best rooms in the country.”
Arfa works as a general contractor on the north side of Chicago. He has two children – a 19 year old and a 14 year old. His Event 3 victory marks his fifth tournament cash and moves him over the $50,000 mark in career earnings.
Event 3 was the third of 10 numbered events on the 2015 Chicago Poker Classic Schedule. The $500 pot-limit Omaha tournament boasted a prize pool of $69,795 and paid the top 18 finishers.
The CPC is recognized as the largest non-branded poker tournament series in the United States. In its seven-year history, the event has been headlined most notably by 2013’s 5,165-entry opener – one of the largest tournaments ever to take place outside the confines of Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker.
This year’s series began March 5 and runs through March 16 with the $2,000 Main Event beginning March 13.
Event 3 final table results:
1st: David Arfa – $18,496 + $2,000 seat
2nd: Alexander Ziskin – $11,446 + $2,000 seat
3rd: Robert Blair – $7,580 + $2,000 seat
4th: Joel Casper – $5,409
5th: John Schroeder – $4,041
6th: Charles Gibbs – $3,225
7th: Noomis Jones – $2,715
8th: Yorell Groves – $2,408
9th: Stephanie Chung – $2,247
2014 Chicago Poker Classic results:
Event 1: $360 NLH Re-Entry – Zal Irani defeated 2,296 entries for $100,000
Event 2A/B: $250 NLH – TBD
Event 3: $500 PLO – David Arfa defeated 165 entries for $18,496
2014 Chicago Poker Classic upcoming numbered events:
Event 4: $500 H2O – Monday, March 9 at 5 p.m.
Event 5: $360 NLH – Tuesday, March 10 at noon
Event 6: $400 OE – Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m.
Event 7: $600 NLH – Wednesday, March 11 at noon
Event 8A/B: $2,000 Main Event, Friday/Saturday, March 13/14 at noon
Event 9: $250 NLH – Saturday, March 14 at 3 and 6 p.m., Sunday, March 15 at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.
Event 10: $360 Turbo – Monday, March 16 at noon