The $400 PLO event drew a total of 126 entries, generating a total prizepool of $41,832. The field played down to 11 yesterday, and they all returned today at 3 p.m. to play it out. Brian McDaniel emerged victorious, with Shane Martin finishing in second for $7,237 and Scotty Mio in third for a payout of $4,957.
Brian McDaniel is primarily a tournament poker player from Chicago, and says he does the best in PLO tournaments. He has a WSOP Circuit ring from a $365 PLO tournament in 2015, and finished 2nd in this same event last year for $9,369. In that event, McDaniel says he had a long heads-up battle with Damjan Radanov, and he felt that the best player won (not him). His goal this year was to do better than last year, i.e. to win.
McDaniel attributes his win partially to “just not running bad anymore,” as he says he went through a difficult period of about six months of “really brutal run-bad.” He says he just stuck with it and did things to improve the rest of his life, and “it seems that poker kind of fell into place after that.”
McDaniel described the tournament for him as a “slow and steady climb.” When they were on the final table bubble last night, he kept taking shots at eliminating short stacks, but he kept doubling them up. As a result, he returned today in the middle of the pack, 5th in chips with 154,000 at blinds of 3,000/6,000. He steadily climbed up the counts at the final table and was second in chips with five left. Once they got down to three-handed, McDaniel says he kind of stalled out a little bit.
Three-handed, he and Shane Martin stayed pretty even in chips for about one level, with Scotty Mio maintaining a sizable chip lead. Then Martin doubled through Mio and McDaniel was the short stack.
When the blinds got up to 15,000/25,000, the chips starting moving rapidly. Martin doubled through Mio again, leaving Mio short, and he was the next to bust. Heads up, McDaniel started off by far the short stack and was able to battle back and take it down. Both Martin and McDaniel won a seat into the CPC Main Event for finishing in the top two, to go along with the cash prize. McDaniel received $11,711 for his first-place finish, along with the satisfaction of besting his second-place finish last year.
Complete Final Table Payouts:
1st place – Brian McDaniel ($11,711 plus a CPC Main Event seat)
2nd place – Shane Martin ($7,237 plus a CPC Main Event seat)
3rd place – Scotty Mio (4,957)
4th place – Trevor Redlarczyk ($3,485)
5th place – Jerry “Dan” Miller ($2,656)
6th place – Gerald Fox ($2,050)
7th place – Nancy Dang ($1,636)
8th place – Carl Horvath ($1,330)
9th place – George Tomasevich ($1,109)
10th place – Daniel Youn ($979)