Chicago Police Officer Michael “NarcoCop” Younan Wins Event 2 of the CPC
$250 no-limit hold’em event draws 634-player field, $36,000 in added prizes tops prize pool at over $164,000
Younan comes out on top in the form of a $28,813 score.
Hammond, Ind. (March 11, 2015) — Michael Younan continued the streak of successes for the Chicago-area players early Wednesday morning in Event 2 of the Chicago Poker Classic at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Younan, who joins Event 1 champion Zal Irani and Event 3 champion David Arfa as Chicagoans to win here at the Horseshoe, bested a field of 634 players in the $250 no-limit hold’em event to score $28,813 along with a seat in the property’s $2,000 Main Event.
“It feels awesome,” Younan said after the win. “I can’t even describe in words how proud I am to take down an event in my own town. It’s the Chicago Poker Classic. What else can I say? It’s awesome.”
Younan is a regular in the room and a regular of the property’s tournament series. He’s been playing poker since 2002, primarily online before Black Friday, and has made the transition to live over the last few years with worthwhile results. While Younan claims a previous CPC victory in a $200 turbo side event, his crowning achievement at the property came in a 2013 Circuit re-entry event with nearly 2,500 players. He played his way through a tough field eventually finishing third for $52,109.
In Event 2 of the 2015 CPC, his run was an unlikely one. The tournament featured two starting flights and permitted unlimited re-entry through the registration period. With his first bullet having shot a blank, Younan headed home with no intention to give it another go.
“To be honest with you, I played the first bullet and I wasn’t planning on playing a second bullet,” he admitted. “Something just told me on a whim. I told my wife, ‘You know what? I’m going to take off work. I’m going to play a second bullet.’ The second bullet turned into $28K and a win.”
Younan is a 38-year-old Chicago police officer of 13 years and has spent the last 10 years as a tactical officer. When he isn’t working or playing poker, he can be found with his wife, Lina, and two sons, Matthew and Michael Jr.
“My passion is my kids and my family,” Younan said. “I love my wife and my two kids. That’s my life – Matthew, Michael Jr. and Lina.
Event 2 featured 18 $2,000 CPC Main Event seats added to the prize pool courtesy of the Horseshoe. This $36,000 value topped the total prize pool out at better than $164,000 and, keeping in mind the $250 buy in and 634-player field, created a slight overlay for those in the event.
“For a $250 buy in it was really good,” Younan said of the tournament. “Like always, they run the tournaments great over here. I was impressed with how it was ran.”
Event 2 was the second of 10 numbered events on the 2015 Chicago Poker Classic Schedule. The $250 no-limit hold’em tournament boasted a prize pool of $128,068 and paid the top 63 finishers. Additionally, the top 18 finishers received $2,000 CPC Main Event seats added to the prize pool courtesy of the Horseshoe.
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 2 final table results:
1st: Michael Younan – $28,813 + $2,000 seat
2nd: Alturas Astrauskas – $17,801 + $2,000 seat
3rd: Robert Noe – $11,684 + $2,000 seat
4th: John Lamay – $8,109 + $2,000 seat
5th: Fadi Hamad – $5,936 + $2,000 seat
6th: Mitko Gjakovik – $4,571 + $2,000 seat
7th: Jaroslaw Piasecki – $3,693 + $2,000 seat
8th: Igor Elkin – $3,125 + $2,000 seat
9th: Joseph Trezzo – $2,763 + $2,000 seat
2014 Chicago Poker Classic results:
Event 1ABCDEF: $360 NLH Re-Entry – Zal Irani defeated 2,296 entries for $100,000
Event 2AB: $250 NLH – Michael “NarcoCop” Younan defeated 634 entries for $28,813
Event 3: $500 PLO – David Arfa defeated 165 entries for $18,496
Event 4: $500 H2O – Shawn Rice defeated 76 entries for $10,127
Event 5: $360 NLH – David Eliason defeated 122 entries $10,544
Event 6: $400 OE – TBD
Event 7: $600 Deep Stack Six Max – TBD
2014 Chicago Poker Classic upcoming numbered events:
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