Nine players returned to Niagara Falls on Monday for the final table of the $1,000 Western New York Poker Challenge Main Event. Guy Klass entered the final day with a massive chip lead, holding nearly three times as many chips as his next closest competitor, and was the odds-on favorite to win his first major live event.
It took only three hours for the tournament to end, but it wasn't Klass who finished on top. Buck Ramsay dominated the action from start to finish, eliminating the first three players at the final table. He eventually grabbed the chip lead and was able to knock out Klass as well. Ramsay and Paula Ferro agreed to a heads-up deal that saw Ramsay claim his second Main Event title in Niagara Falls in seven months.
WNY Poker Challenge Final Table Results
|4||Charles Johnson, Jr.||$19,802|
*Reflects heads-up deal
Ramsay was third in chips when the final table commenced at noon, but he began climbing right from the start. He took down David Kelly in ninth place after the two players saw a flop of . Kelly checked, Ramsay bet 45,000, Kelly raised to 100,000 and Ramsay called.
The turn brought the and Kelly shoved for more than 400,000. Ramsay called with pocket kings and was in front of Kelly's , and the river bricked to send Ramsay a nice pot to start the day.
A short while later Ramsay knocked out two players at the same time. With the blinds at 12,000/24,000, Ramsay raised to 55,000 from early position and Lawrence Schumacher called from the hijack. Alex Rivera then shipped it for 205,000 from the button. Ramsay and Schumacher both called, creating a massive pot before the flop was event dealt.
The dealer fanned the flop and Ramsay bet 400,000. Schumacher moved all in for around 500,000 total, and Ramsay called.
Rivera was nearly dead, and Ramsay was able to hold on when the and completed the board.
Ramsay continued to rake in chips without getting involved in any all-in situations until he and Klass went head-to-head in a huge pot. On a flop of , Klass checked, Ramsay bet 140,000 and Klass check-raised to 350,000. Ramsay moved all in, and Klass tank-called.
Klass pleaded for a nine, but the dealer didn't oblige with the turn and river. That pot gave Ramsey nearly a seven-to-one lead going into heads-up play with Ferro. She began shoving preflop and was able to double up once with against , but the two called it a day after agreeing to a deal.
The Canadian Ramsay now has two Main Event titles at Seneca Niagara since August when he won the Seneca Summer Slam for $40,000. This victory also pushes him past $200,000 in career live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob.
Congratulations to Buck Ramsay on another victory in Niagara Falls!