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Collin Grubaugh Wins iNinja World Championship

Collin Grubaugh


  • Collin Grubaugh won the 2016 iNinja World Championship at Planet Hollywood.

Collin Grubaugh came away with the lion's share of a three-way chop for the remaining prize money at iNinja World Championship, claiming $63,876 and a custom-made iNinja ring. Per the terms of the deal, his fellow deal-makers John Mann ($44,678) and Darius Studdard ($44,210) each got a little less than the original second-place money.

The agreement was reached after a marathon Day 2 that began at 2 p.m. local time here at Planet Hollywood and ended past 8 a.m. the next day, meaning play lasted 18 hours before factoring in breaks.

Final Table Results

1Collin Grubaugh$63,876
2John Mann$44,678
3Darius Studdard$44,210
4Carlos Chang$23,219
5Ryan Belz$16,895
6Munehiro Kurozumi$12,454
7Joshua Steiner$9,301
8James Millman$7,039
9Linh Le$5,399

Grubaugh was the second-shortest stack when the final table began, but with seven players left, he made a key call for all of his chips. Blinds were 60,000/120,000/20,000 when he bet 335,000 from the button on a board of {3-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Joshua Steiner check-raised all in for about 2.4 million total. Grubaugh tanked and had the clock called on him before ultimately calling off his stack with nine seconds remaining in his countdown.

Grubaugh had the {k-Spades}{q-Spades}, and Steiner the {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}.

Steiner had lots of outs but missed on the {4-Clubs} river. He went bust next, and a rather unusual scenario followed after the ensuing break.

Munehiro Kurozumi was the victim of a misunderstanding, thinking the players were bagging, and he disappeared until well after play resumed. When he got back, he had a mere four big blinds and quickly went bust.

Grubaugh busted Ryan Belz with the {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} against the {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} all in preflop, and four-handed play took awhile before Grubaugh picked up jacks and then kings to first double through then bust Carlos Chang.

Well over half of the chips were in Grubaugh's stack at that point, and after blinds went to 200,000/400,000/50,000, the deal was reached with Grubaugh leading negotiations. For besting a field of 1,140, he gets a cash bigger than the rest of his live scores combined and the aforementioned ring.

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