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Recapping the 3rd Annual Chicago Poker Classic

Anthony Marsico

For the past couple of weeks, the Horseshoe Hammond played host to the Third Annual Chicago Poker Classic, a tournament series that has established itself as one of the most prestigious in the country. This year’s event, which had $500,000 in added prizes, proved to be a tremendous success with attendance up in the prelims 50 percent from last year, while the Main Event was up 20 percent.

A full schedule of tournaments, plus a $50,000 cash bonus to the overall points leader of the 12-day series, and a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro V8 to the turbo series champion, appealed the masses and drew some of Chicagoland’s best poker players to the felt. While Ryan Leng managed to win both of those bonuses, it was Anthony Marsico who captured the headlines by winning the championship event.

Chicago Poker Classic Event #8 Main Event

The Main Event was a $3,125 buy-in that drew 360 entrants and created a prize pool of $1,107,600. The tournament attracted top pros like Chad Brown, Robert Chow, Kurt Jewell, Aaron Steury, Kevin Saul, and 2011 CPC Main Event champion Thomas Koral.

After three days of play, nine players secured seats at the 2012 Chicago Poker Classic final table:

3rd Annual Chicago Poker Classic Final Table

1Brett Schwertley453,000
2Matthew Rosen1,070,000
3Scott Seville1,109,000
4John Jovanovich1,281,000
5Timothy Chang1,467,000
6Edward Ochana1,520,000
7Shon Alexander695,000
8Elliott Hebden1,069,000
9Anthony Marsico2,154,000

It didn’t take long for action to heat up as five players were eliminated from the final table in just a level and a half. The first elimination came when short-stacked Brett Schwertley lost a flip with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} to {J-}{J-}. The 28-year-old poker pro from Omaha, Nebraska, earned $23,266 for his ninth-place finish.

After 23-year-old poker dealer Elliott Hebden exited in eighth place, Shon Alexander followed was eliminated in seventh. In Alexander's last hand, he moved all in for 243,000 with {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and was called by {A-Spades}{9-Hearts} of Scott Seville. An ace on the flop spelled the end for Alexander, who collected $36,152. Timothy Chang and John Jovanovich were the next two to go in sixth and fifth place, respectively, leaving just four players competing for the title.

At this point, Seville was sitting with nearly three million in chips and was primed for victory. However, Seville lost a few key pots before getting his stack all in with {J-}{J-} on a {3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop against Matthew Rosen’s {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. The {7-Hearts} kept Seville out in front, but the {8-Clubs} river gave Rosen a winning flush. Seville, a 37-year-old “computer guy” from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was eliminated in fourth place for $75,793.

A short time later, Edward Ochana, a professional poker player from Illinois who placed 34th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event for $255,000, succumbed in third place for $108,268, leaving Rosen to play heads up against Anthony Marsico. The latter had began the final table as the chip leader and slowly chipped up throughout the day.

Rosen ended up losing a big pot after running into Marsico’s rivered set of sevens, which left him with just 1.5 million to Marsico’s 9.5 million. Coincidentally, Rosen’s demise came when Marsico hit another set, this time a flopped set of eights. Rosen, a 28-year-old mortgage broker from Des Plaines, Illinois, finished as the runner-up for $164,279.

“This feels good. I’m a little bit tired, but it feels good,” Marsico said after the eight-hour final table. “I was pretty confident. I told someone before today that if I didn’t get to the top three I’d be pretty disappointed.”

Marisco, a 26-year-old professional poker player, had previously attended Lewis University where he was an All-American soccer player. He studied business administration and primarily plays high-limit pot-limit Omaha cash games in the Chicago area. Marisco, who finished Days 2 and 3 as the chip leader and was never all in for his tournament life until play reached three handed, became the 2012 Chicago Poker Classic Main Event champion and was awarded $265,825.

“I’m definitely going to go blow some money for sure. First on my buddies and then back at the poker table,” Marsico said after his win.

Chicago Poker Classic Event #8 Main Event

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Anthony MarsicoBloomingdale, IL$265,825
2Matthew RosenDes Plaines, IL$164,279
3Edward OchanaElgin, IL$108,268
4Scott SevilleSchaumberg, IL$75,793
5John JovanovichLombard, IL$56,166
6Tomothy ChangWoodbury, NY$43,927
7Shon AlexanderRoselle, IL$36,152
8Elliot HebdenPerry, MI$31,234
9Brett SchwetleyOmaha, NE$28,266

Here’s a look at the other winners from the Third Annual Chicago Poker Classic:

Paul Gibbons, winner of Event #1
Paul Gibbons, winner of Event #1

Chicago Poker Classic Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$2402,621 (1,806 true players)$525,349
1Paul GibbonsMiddleton, WI$97,192
2David LindquistBenton Harbor, MI$59,843
3Michael KamenjarinChicago, IL$39,664
4Christopher CampbellRomeoville, IL$27,843
5Robert PiovesanPeru, IN$20,751
6Frank CerminaraKenosha, WI$16,391
7Jose SerratosDetroit, MI$13,607
8David RoemerMukwonago, WI$11,873
9David PeistrupArlington Heights, IL$10,875

Paul Han, winner of Event #2
Paul Han, winner of Event #2

Chicago Poker Classic Event #2 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Paul HanUrbana, IL$56,861
2Zachary MohnDavenport, IA$35,144
3Dominic GiorangoOak Park, IL$23,022
4Christopher FerrisCarpentersville, IL$15,937
5Josh WilliamsSouth Bend, IN$11,623
6Eugene SukLong Beach, CA$8,907
7John MoeCincinnati, OH$7,156
8Harvey MathewsMount Morris, MI$6,017
9Eugene OvsyanikDes Plaines, IL$5,281

Musa Taher, winner of Event #3
Musa Taher, winner of Event #3

Chicago Poker Classic Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em w/ $100 Rebuys

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$240196 (726 rebuys)$115,321
1Musa TaherTinley Park, IL$30,559
2Niel MittelmanLibertyville, IL$18,913
3Nick JivkovDes Plaines, IL$12,524
4Nicholas ManganaroOmaha, NE$8,937
5Luke WilliamsCrown Point, IN$6,677
6Jeffrey BullChicago, IL$5,328
7Stuart MarshakChicago, IL$4,486
8Cory BrettnerChicago, IL$3,979
9Jason CrewsPleasant Hill, Iowa$3,713

David To, winner of Event #4
David To, winner of Event #4

Chicago Poker Classic Event #4 Seven Game Mix

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1David ToHoffman Estates, IL$26,317
2Pawel AndrzejewskiDes Plaines, IL$16,267
3Benjamin SchollTrappe, PA$10,767
4Scott BohlmanHomer Glen, IL$7,602
5Robert RusakNorridge, IL$5,701
6Charles TonneChina, MI$4,527
7David DroegerChicago, IL$3,794
8Richard SmaniottoBlack River, MI$3,347
9Renan SugarmanLincolnwood, IL$2,554

Michael “Carwash” Schneider, winner of Event #5
Michael “Carwash” Schneider, winner of Event #5

Chicago Poker Classic Event #5 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Michael “Carwash” SchneiderCovington, GA$25,230
2Jose SerratosSan Antonio, TX$15,587
3Daniel HalleyChicago, IL$10,224
4John KukanLisle, IL$7,116
5Nick JivkovDes Plaines, IL$5,219
6Anthony SansoneBolingbrook, IL$4,029
7Thad FlorenceChicago, IL$3,266
8Robert RichmondChicago, IL$2,773
9Dustin PanoffWaukesha, WI$2,462

Kevin McColgan, winner of Event #6
Kevin McColgan, winner of Event #6

Chicago Poker Classic Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em Heads Up

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Kevin McColganDouglasville, PA$70,082
2Christopher CampbellRomeoville, IL$43,315
3Ryan LengSun City, AZ$24,457
4Hao SunMilwaukee, WI$24,457
5Kevin SaulWarrenville, IL$11,563
6Ghaleb ZayedMokena, IL$11,563
7Jeffrey ManzaNaperville, IL$11,563
8Ryan AustinWesterville, OH$11,563

Aaron Massey, winner of Event #7
Aaron Massey, winner of Event #7

Chicago Poker Classic Event #7 Pot Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys

Buy-inEntrantsRebuysPrize Pool
1Aaron MasseyElmwood Park, IL$40,940
2Hussain SajwaniChicago, IL$25,412
3Nachman BerlinBrooklyn, NY$16,941
4John LovejoyLa Vista, NE$12,282
5Kenneth DaciolasChicago, IL$8,753
6Paul HanUrbana, IL$6,918
7Robert CoventryChicago, IL$5,647
8James AndersonWooster, OH$4,800
9Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$4,094

Eli Loewenthal, winner of Event #9
Eli Loewenthal, winner of Event #9

Chicago Poker Classic Event #9 Six-Handed NLH

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Eli LoewenthalIndianapolis, IN$34,316
2Philip FaheyChicago, IL$21,200
3Carson FryRockford, IL$13,750
4Ping LiuGrand Blanc, MI$9,331
5Kyle AdamsSchaumburg, IL$6,615
6Jeffrey PecsMarina Del Rey, CA$4,890

Chicago Poker Classic Event #10 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Kevin BrownellChicago, IL$22,036
2Jeffrey MassieMedina, OH$13,626
3David McDermottFlossmoor, IL$8,965
4Evan LukowskiOrland Park, IL$6,262
5Robert WilliamsMcHenry, IL$4,620
6Fabian BumpMarshfield, WI$3,593
7Richard SharpElkhart, IN$2,940
8Trevor DeeterPhiladelphia, PA$2,522
9John AlbrightAurora, IL$2,265

Chicago Poker Classic Event #11 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Philip RussoElmhurst, IL$18,832
2Seungjin LeeAnn Arbor, MI$11,640
3Patrick BradyChicago, IL$7,672
4Michael BurnsOshkosh, WI$5,371
5David KimGlenview, IL$3,980
6Douglas MackinnonEast Amherst, NY$3,113
7Scott GoldsteinChicago, IL$2,562
8Robert RichmondChicago, IL$2,213
9Ben SaganChicago, IL$2,003

CPC Overall Point Standings Top Ten

Ryan Leng38.5
Jose Serratos37.5
Paul Gibbons37.5
Christopher Campbell36
Paul Han36
Nick Jivkov34
Pawel Andrzejewski34
Michael “Carwash” Schneider33.75
Matthew Rosen32
Niel Mittelman32

CPC Turbo Overall Point Standings Top Ten

Ryan Leng21.5
Derek Monson20.25
Ronald Cummings15
Frederick Adams13.5
Anastas Mukoski12.5
David Droeger12.5
Michael Younan12.5
Paul Gibbons12.5
Kevin Bohling12
Martin Derbyshire11.5

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