As mentioned earlier, the first week of the Fall Poker Open series is in the books and in total, ten FPO champions were crowned. Before we get into our Event 11 Almighty Stack coverage, we wanted to highlight and recap those events, starting with the opening $500,000 GTD event that played to completion on Friday.
Stephanie Hubbard returned for Day 3 of Event 1 with just a ten big blind stack and the old adage that it’s ‘not how you start, it’s how you finish’ certainly applied, as she caught heat at the final table en route to her first ever major tournament victory. Hubbard’s Event 1 win was also the first ever victory for a female player in any opening BPO event, coming after a few close calls during the last few September $2,000,000 GTD events.
While Hubbard was the opening event champion, the first trophy of this FPO series was technically won by Hermenegildo Trillo, who took down Event 2 Junkies Poker Open on Thursday. That win was good for Trillo’s best career tournament score, as he took home just over $14,500 for the victory.
A majority of the FPO schedule from the first week of the series was filled with No Limit Hold’em tournaments but the first mixed game event of the series was claimed by Giuseppe Pizzolato. Pizzolato won Event 3 ‘PLO High’ for just over $13,000 and his first career BPO title.
Event 4 ‘Black Chip Bounty’ is always one of the more well attended events throughout the series and is always a long, long grind. That grind was worth it for Kenneth Roberts, who took home the title and a nearly $23,000 score. Roberts claimed the first weekend trophy and the next few were claimed by some of the bigger names we’ve seen in the winner’s circle throughout this FPO series.
Mark ‘dipthrong’ Herm proved that nothing’s changed en route to his Event 6 $100,000 GTD ‘Saturday Series’ win, good for $50,000, and Barry Leventhal put Brooklyn on his back during his run to a second BPO title in the Event 7 ’40 Big Blinds Black Chip Bounty’. Leventhal’s win was good for a $13,000 score and adds to his trophy case, which includes a BPO ‘Seniors Event’ title.
That Event 8 ‘Seniors NLH’ trophy now belongs with David Hollenberg, who outlasted a tough field to take home his first major tournament title and now joins his son, Michael, as a Borgata Poker champion. While we’d have to consult with the BPO Historians, we imagine that has to be one of, if not the only, case of a father/son pairing each owning BPO trophies.
After Hollenberg took down Event 8, two more trophy winners were crowned before the weekend came to an end. First, Daniel Conway won Event 9 ‘Deep Stack’ for $13,000 and then, Juliette Maestre booked a win with her first career live cash, taking down Event 10 ‘Ladies NLH’.
We imagine that the rest of the Fall Poker Open series will provide even more great storylines and champions to follow and the FPO blog will be here to follow all the action, starting with today’s Day 1A Almighty Stack flight. For a complete list of results from the respective events, click the links above and for a complete recap of the action from each event, click the categorical tabs under the post’s title.