He was quiet for most of the tournament, but as Jesse McEuen accumulated chips he found himself talking more to his opponents. "I wanted to get in their heads a bit," McEuen said after emerging as the winner of the Hollywood Poker Open Season 3 Lawrenceburg Regional Main Event for nearly $50,000.
McEuen outlasted a record-setting HPO field of 207 players that created a prize pool of $207,000, which was also an HPO record. McEuen turned a short stack into a big one over the course of a grueling final two tables and used a series of all in moves to keep the pressure on once he did have chips. He eventually defeated Michael Hahn heads up after talking Hahn into calling with the worst hand.
McEuen is no stranger to success at the felt. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet this past summer in the $1,500 No Limit Hold 'Em Ante Up tournament, collecting $212,093 for that victory. He also took third in a $1,000 No Limit tournament at the 2013 WSOP for another six-figure payday. The 35-year-old professional poker player added his second major tournament win and $49,676 for his win here today. In addition, he was awarded a seat to the HPO Championship Event at the M Resort in June of 2015.
Final Table Results
Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion and an HPO Ambassador, was among those in attendance but he fail to advance to Day 2 which saw 43 players make the cut. Only 27 would make the money and the unfortunate bubble would be Shane Delaney whose could not catch against his bigger stacked opponent's .
Eventual third place finisher John Moe grabbed the headlines early when he made a "sick" call that garnered the respect and admiration of his table mates. Moe came into this tournament fresh off of three wins in preliminary events over the past two weeks. Coupled with his finish on Sunday he cruised to a win of the Leaderboard promotion and was awarded a seat into the 2015 HPO Championship Event at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
The day 1 chip leader was Tim Chocklett who entered Day 2 with more than twice the chips of his nearest competitor. Chocklett would struggle to gain any momentum however and would be eliminated short of the final table in tenth place ($4,244).
It was at the final table where McEuen started to emerge as a force to be reckoned with. In one hand, he four-bet shove against eventual runner-up Michael Hahn and after a long tank by Hahn called the clock. A perturbed Hahn eventually folded and the tone had been set for play between those two for the rest of the tournament.
The final hand saw McEuen talk his opponent into an all-in call with McEuen holding two pair, jacks and deuces, with his to Hahn's lone pair of jacks holdng on a flop of . Hahn would be unable to improve and McEuen was the winner of the first event of Season 3 for the HPO.
"I actually came here to test my skills in tournaments before going to Florida since I mainly play cash games," said McEuen afterwards. "I love the place, staff, dealers here. Everyone was great. It was the coolest staff I've ever dealt with as a poker player."
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