Hammond, Ind. (March 17, 2015) — Matthew Lushin rode into the winner’s circle in style early Tuesday morning in Event 9 of the Chicago Poker Classic, a $250 no-limit hold’em tournament. Lushin, an Indianapolis resident, bested a super-sized field of 1,658 players in the five-starting-flight postlim to earn $52,000 along with a 2015 Lexus IS 350 added to the prize pool courtesy of the Horseshoe.
“I was looking to buy a car anyway,” Lushin said. “I’ve been shopping around. This kind of makes things a lot easier.”
The car carried a $49,457 price tag or a $25,000 cash option. When Event 9 got down to heads up play, both of the remaining players made it known they’d be taking the car were they were to win. For Lushin, it would save him the trouble of shopping around for a new ride while the eventual runner up, Anthony Parille, planned to give his soon-to-be 16-year-old child his car and keep the Lexus for himself.
With Lushin’s impressive victory came Parille’s crushing defeat. Parille put on an impressive performance during the 12-day CPC finishing second to Zal Irani in the 2,296-player opening event and then closing the series out with another runner-up finish in Event 9. Between his two cashes, he outlasted nearly 4,000 players and scored combined earnings of more than $95,000 – a worthwhile consolation prize for the Oak Brook, Ill. amateur.
Event 9 featured five starting flights and paid out a $2,000 double qualifier bonus for each time a player advanced to Day 2 after their first. Those who advanced from multiple start flights surrendered the smallest of their stacks and the players who gave up the first, second and third most chips earned a $10,000 WSOP Main Event and $5,000 and $3,000 cash prizes respectively. The double qualifier bonus was paid out a total of nine times including twice to Dakota Burnett who earned the $10,000 seat. The $5,000 and $3,000 bonuses went to Angel Vizcarra and Jacob Baumgartner.
“It was definitely a really good turnout,” Lushin, who fired four bullets in the $2,000 Main Event before registering Event 9, said. “I’m very happy with the results, obviously.”
Lushin is 36 years old and resides in Indianapolis where he owns a small real estate company. His job allows him the freedom to split his professional time between his work and poker, which he plays semi-professionally.
“It feels amazing,” he said of the win. “It’s a lot of hard work paying off. It feels really good.”
Event 9 was the ninth of 10 numbered events on the 2015 Chicago Poker Classic Schedule. The $250 no-limit hold’em tournament boasted a prize pool of $334,916 and paid the top 10 percent of the field. In addition to the lion’s share of the prize pool, Lushin earned a 2015 Lexus IS 350.
The tournament featured five starting flights beginning Saturday, March 14 at 3 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. All flights paid 10 percent of the starting field with 8 percent advancing to Day 2.
Keeping in mind nine double qualifiers, Day 2 restarted Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. with 123 players remaining.
Final table results:
1st: Matthew Lushin – $52,000 + 2015 Lexus IS 350
2nd: Anthony Parille – $34,000
3rd: Chris Staats – $23,000
4th: Zhaoxing Wang – $16,500
5th: Gerald Riley – $12,600
6th: Kevin Davis – $9,700
7th: Jacek Kowalski – $7,800
8th: Eli Loewenthal – $6,367
9th: Justin Newlen – $5,300
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 ran through March 16.
2015 Chicago Poker Classic results:
Event 1A/B/C/D/E/F: $360 NLH Re-Entry – Zal Irani defeated 2,296 entries for $100,000
Event 2A/B: $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 – William Slaght, Jr. defeated 113 entries for $10,505
Event 7: $600 Deep Stack Six Max – Jim Juvancic defeated 268 entries for $37,196
The Main Event (Event 8): $2,000 NLH – Brian Kleinhenz defeated 687 entries for $274,595
Event #9: $250 NLH – Matthew Lushin defeated 1,658 entries for $52,000
Event #10: $360 Turbo – Paul Fisher defeated 274 entries for $20,008