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Tighe and Monaco Earn Titles at 2015 Western New York Poker Challenge

Pat Tighe

The 2015 Western New York Poker Challenge is cruising along at the Niagara Falls Poker Room, and Sunday night saw the completion of two more events on the jam-packed schedule. In Event 3: $300 No-Limit Hold'em, Pat Tighe grabbed the title and $9,514 in prize money. In Event 4: $100 No-Limit Hold'em, Frank Monaco earned the win and $2,154.

Tighe Tops in Third Event

Tighe got the best of a field of 135 entries to win the third event on the schedule early Monday morning. Although a deal was struck during four-handed play, Tighe officially recorded a $9,514 win after outlasting a marathon final table and beating Cameron Bartolotta heads up.

Final Table Payouts

1Pat Tighe$9,514
2Cameron Bartolotta$5,880
3Gene Amplement$4,248
4Jimmy Thomson$3,178
5John Michalak$2,311
6Rob Davis$1,767
7Christopher Trybus$1,359
8Ronnie D'Grillo$1,054
9Robert Petersen$850

Tighe showed up near the top of the chip counts at the final three tables, and while he made the final table with a healthy stack, there were several times he found himself short as play went on.

Getting key double ups to survive just when he needed them, Tighe grinded his way into four-handed action and took control from there.

He entered heads-up play facing a deficit, but doubled through Bartolotta to take the lead and eventually got him to commit all his chips dominated with the {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Tighe had the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}, and a board of {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{9-Spades} gave Tighe the win.

Monaco Rolls To Victory in Fourth Event

Monaco took down the fourth event, defeating a field of 92 entries including Rick Ross heads up.

Final Table Payouts

1Frank Monaco$2,154
2Rick Ross$1,317
3Jill Cloud$962
4Randy Lingenfelter$698
5Gregory Delecki$515
6Galvin Van Brussel$382
7Thomas Scanlon$309
8Randell Bogner$250
9John Stempien$198

Monaco collected $2,154 in first-place prize money after a final hand that saw him get it in with {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against Ross' {4-Clubs}{6-Clubs} on a {q-}{10-}{6-} flop. The turn and the river brought no help for Ross and delivered the title to Monaco.

Next up will be Event #5: $50 No-Limit Hold'em, taking place March 9-13 and boasting a $25,000 guarantee. You can follow live coverage by clicking here.

Here's a look at the complete schedule:

Tighe and Monaco Earn Titles at 2015 Western New York Poker Challenge 101

For more information on the WNY Poker Challenge, which dates back to 2012, either visit their Facebook page or contact their poker room at (716) 278-6300.

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