The opening event of the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic was a smashing success featuring a $360 No Limit Hold’em event with six starting flights. All told, 2,160 entrants took a turn at the felt and Jeff Guss outlasted them all to win his tournament, a seat to the $2,000 CPC Main Event and $103,270.
“I had a really big hand with kings against queens that got me going into the final table. I just carried that on through,” Guss said. “Three-hand was really long and swingy, so I had switch up my game – the other two were extremely tight, so I pushed the action every chance I got – even heads-up.”
After a 15-hour day Guss said, “I played all day yesterday and after driving home, I only got a couple of hours of sleep,” he said. “The cards were good all day. I came back with a middle stack and I was trying to outlast the shovers and wait for good hands.”
Guss only fired two bullets in the event. He played Day 1A, was card dead and busted. Then he played the final flight and tripled his stack in the last two hours for a good position for Day 2.
The event featured an innovative structure where 11% of each flight would make the money and only the top 8% advanced to Day 2. Each player that cashed, but didn’t advance earned $800 and Sunday’s min-cash was $930. The total prize pool was $643,680 and Day 2 paid out $590,080.
Additionally, each player at the final earned a seat into the CPC Main Event beginning Friday, March 11.
Final Table Payouts
- Jeff Guss – $103,270
- Harsh Mehta – $62,250
- Sami Shurbaji – $40,720
- Michael Kahn – $30,590
- Daniel Kaufman – $23,605
- Yanni Orfanos – $18,590
- Charles Casavant – $14,810
- Thomas Cliatt – $11,800
- Daniel Sandoval – $9,330