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CPC Final Day: Triple Your Pleasure, Triple Your Fun

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Chasse Rehwinkel

I gamble, therefore I write...or I write, therefore I gamble...honestly, they're pretty similar professions…

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(Courtesy of IMPDI)

It's finally over. After ten days filled with bad beats and lucky suck-outs we finally have a new champion of all Chicago poker.

The series didn't go quietly into the night, however. Nope, the final day was instead the CPC's busiest, with three tournaments playing down to a champion on Sunday.

You read that right, three played down to a winner in one day, when the three-day main event collided with a two-day $350 event and a one-day turbo tournament.

Needless to say, the day was a bit tiring.

Anyway, here's how the CPC wrapped-up... 

Dave McNash: In Memorian


Before I start with Sunday's recap, I'd like to take a moment to talk about something far more somber.

On Saturday night, Dave McNash, a popular dealer on the tournament circuit, passed away from apparent complications with pneumonia.

McNash had been working the Chicago Poker Classic for most of the week, but was sent home early because of his illness.

McNash's sudden death has deeply touched the poker community, especially those who work behind the scenes.

Said one tournament director about McNash's passing, "I've known McNash since the mid-nineties. He was always known for his gregarious nature and trademark blue sunglasses. He was one of the good guys."

It has been said that poker is a people game. I think that's true in more than just one sense. On the one side, you have the players, playing mind games and reading tells, but on the other, you have the people pitching the cards, who work long hours, often for little pay, to make the poker player's tournament more enjoyable.

I don't mean to sour anyone's day, but I felt it necessary to stress the point that the poker community is not just limited to players, but is instead a vast interconnecting group of dealers, directors, players, casino workers and many other hard working, but often forgotten, people.

This weekend we lost one of the good guys, and it is a loss that will hurt for some time. For those who knew Wavy Davey, however, please, don't let that good be forgotten.

Event 8 ($350 No Limit Hold'em) Results:


It's tough to play tournament poker. Long days and nearly perfect play are often rewarded with bad breaks and a bruised ego.

Let me rephrase that, it's tough to play tournament poker unless your name is Asa Snyder.

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"Hey Asa, buy me one?"

I poke fun at Asa, but seriously, on Saturday, mid-way through day one of Event 8, Snyder came up to me and said, "Get ready to write about my second final table."

For a kid who was playing in only his second major tournament this might seem like overconfidence, but then again check out the final table chips and positions for Event 8...

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Snyder eventually finished sixth--guess he is mortal after all--and one of his good friends and fellow Double Deuce Poker League member cashed with him.

Said Snyder about his and other members of the poker league, and their success this week, "There are a ton of talented players out there just waiting for their chance. That's why these events are great, so we can show what we can do."

If you're wondering, yes I am trying to organize something with the Double Deuce Poker League for the future. I mean, at this point I'm just curious what's in the water up there.

The champion for Event 8 ended up being Ron Waxberg who also had a solid series, cashing three times in the CPC this year.

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"Mr. Waxberg, Asa won't buy me a lotto ticket. Will you?" (Courtesy of IMPDI)


Event 9 ($240 No Limit Hold'em) Results:


I'll let you in on a little secret, quite a bit of prop betting is made during a poker tournament--I know, shocker right? And on the CPC's last day the big bet was which of the three tournaments would finish up first.

The odds on favorite: Event 9.

Yeah I know, Event 9 actually started on Sunday, meaning that it was a one day event. But, the structure was such that it went from 255 runners to 84 in a little under three hours...and 84 to 10 in just under four.

So quick was the action that between the two other final tables playing out at the same time, I was nearly unable to keep track of Event 9's action.

I was able to get the final table stack sizes and positions for you, however...

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Special Note: "The Driller" might be my favorite nickname ever. Dokhanchi's a dentist if you were wondering...

Your winner: Eugene Ovsyannikov from Des Plaines, IL.

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"Wow look at the time, I can still make the buffet" (Courtesy of IMPDI)

Ovsyannikov wasn't that comfortable with English so he later responded to my questions via email.

He said that he was obviously excited about the win and played poker because he thought it helped him better understand himself and other people.

Well put Eugene.

Event 7 ($3,000 No Limit Hold'em, Main Event) Results:


There were more than a few story lines worth following as the main event's action restarted for a final time.

Could either Paulie "Walnuts" Bianchi or Kevin Manely--winners of Events 3 and 5, respectively--parlay their earlier victories into a main event championship?

Could Thomas Koral, runner up in the WSOP Hammond Circuit Main Event in 2008, avenge his previous loss at the Horseshoe and finally win a Chicago championship?

Could current number five ranked player in the world, Dwyte Pilgrim, move up to a number one ranking with a Chicago victory?

...well, unfortunately for me, none of those possible paths actually came to fruition.

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Son of a b#@%h! The article was already f%#&ing written!

Lucky, one plot point managed to squeak past all the pitfalls of final table tournament poker; the fact that two of the chip leaders throughout the event, Ryan Julius and Nicholas Grippo, are in fact great friends and were on a collision course to meet in the tournament's final stages.

Here is how everyone looked as we headed into final table play:

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After a final table of plenty ups and downs, friends Nick Grippo and Ryan Julius managed to get heads-up for the championship.

Julius overcame an early chip deficit to take down the top prize, and after handshakes and photos with his buddy Nick, Ryan was able to talk with me about his big win.

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"I'm never letting Nick live this down"

Windy City Rounder: So Ryan, you are the official champion of Chicago poker. How does it feel?

Ryan Julius:
It feels amazing. I guess I never thought about that, but yeah, it's great. I'm extremely tired so it probably won't sink in until Tuesday.

WCR: What did you think of the tournament, overall?

Julius: Awesome tournament, great venue--no pun intended--, structure's great; overall a great tournament. That's why I made the trip up and it was well worth it.

WCR: What did you think of the play at the final table?

Julius: Honestly, it was a very tough final table, especially with Nick there, who is one of the best in the world. And I just met Josh [Tekesky], who is young but has a lot of talent. As for the others at the table, most everyone seemed to be able to play. There were very few soft spots.

WCR: Any plans for the money?

Julius: Actually it's funny, Nick and I were talking about going to the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, so we might do that now. And, potentially, a new car in the spring.

Congratulations to Ryan Julius, our new Chicago Poker Classic Champion. Hope you have a great time driving to the Big East Tournament in your brand new ride you lucky son of a b...


Random Stuff for Day 10


  • No offense to the other players, my favorite final tablist of the series has to be Greg Masterson, who went out eighth in the main event. His classic British charm mixed with his Hugh Hefner chic made him an irresistible character. I wish I had a picture for you, but alas, no. Just trust me, he was great.

  • Late in the night, with only two die hard fans left on the stage sweating the action, one of the spectators made a $5 prop bet with a dealer that he shoot his empty beer bottle off the stage into a garbage can by the tournament directors' desk. He was unsuccessful, nearly destroying expensive computer equipment in his failure. In retrospect somebody probably should have said something, but come on...it was so late in the week.
  • If you notice on the stacks and position image, Ryan Julius and Nick Grippo were seated on the same side of the table. So when heads-up play commenced Nick asked Ryan, "Could you move your chips a little farther that way?" Ryan's response, "Hey, you think just because you have more chips than me you can tell me what to do?"

I'd like to thank everyone who helped me out this week. Especially Rob and Jason from the Horseshoe, tournament directors Curt, Steve, Troy and Charlie as well as the out of state dealers, and Erick and Amy from IMPDI. Also, Tory for her help with spot editing. Thank you!


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