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New Jersey Online Poker Briefing: Matthew Mendez Ships the NJ Winter Series Main Event

Matthew "MattEMenz" Mendez
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  • Matthew Mendez took down the $400 NL Hold'em, $75,000 Gtd event for $20,936.

It was a huge Sunday for online poker players in the Garden State highlighted by the conclusion of the NJ Winter Series at PokerStars NJ.

Matthew "MattEMenz" Mendez secured not only his second biggest online poker cash haul when he took down the NJ Winter Series 10 - Main Event: $400 NL Hold'em, $75,000 Gtd, but also was the biggest single prize awarded in scheduled online poker tournaments at New Jersey regulated online poker rooms for the year ($20,936).

Mendez's biggest win came a decade earlier and three years before Black Friday when American players were abundant on major worldwide poker networks. In April 2008, he banked $53,452 for a third-place finish in the $750,000 Guarantee at Full Tilt Poker.

Also winning big in the NJ Winter Series Main Event were Richard "maddoggrik" Allen (fourth - $8,702), Fred "Scooby-D0O" Farrell (fifth - $5,938), Michael "KneadDaRiver" Bees (sixth - $4,607), Jason "TiltedHard" Lawhun (seventh - $3,583) and Joseph "B3ndTheKnee" Liberta (ninth - $1,945).

Meanwhile, Andrew "HashtagRack" Brenner snagged his biggest online cash after he took down the NJ Winter Series 9: $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO,6-Max], $20,000 Gtd for $7,798 including bounties. Well-known New Jersey grinder Norman "ADMSnackBar" Michalek finished just behind him in second place in this tournament for $4,120, while Devin "DangerFloof" Powers squeaked into the final table with a sixth place finish worth $957.

Ryan Hohner not only won the WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $10,000 Fierce Warrior for $3,695, but also had a runner-up finish in the PokerStars NJ Nightly Stars $100, $12,000 Gtd for $2,661 and an eighth-place finish in the WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $10,000 Warriors’ Opening Strike for $311.

Yong Kwon also had a great Sunday. The online poker specialist won the partypoker NJ/BorgataPoker.com Sunday Seconds $10K Gtd for $3,976 and also snagged a bigger cash of $5,457 with a runner-up performance in the PokerStars NJ Sunday High Roller [Six-Max], $15,000 Gtd.

Remarkably, Daniel Lupo managed to win almost $12,000 on Sunday without an outright victory thanks to four final table finishes in big tournaments. Lupo's final table appearances were in the WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $30,000 The BIG Deal (third - $4,203), the WSOP.com NJ/888poker NJ $50,000 Ultimate Warrior (fourth - $3,514), the partypoker NJ/BorgataPoker.com Sunday $40K gtd (sixth - $2,987) and the Nightly Stars $100, $12,000 Gtd (sixth - $858).

Here's a full look at the New Jersey Sunday results on PokerStars NJ, partypoker NJ, BorgataPoker.com, WSOP.com NJ and 888poker NJ:


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NJ Winter Series 9: $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO,6-Max], $20,000 Gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$93+93+14162$30,132
PlacePlayerPrize
1Andrew "HashtagRack" Brenner$7,798
2Norman "ADMSnackBar" Michalek$4,120
3LoosieGurl$2,272
4brikhappy$1,629
5You Are Tim$1,563
6Devin "DangerFloof" Powers$957

*All prizes include bounties.


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NJ Winter Series 10 - Main Event: $400 NL Hold'em, $75,000 Gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$375+25273$102,375
PlacePlayerPrize
1Matthew "MattEMenz" Mendez$20,936
2TRX350FM$15,356
3hyerolla777$11,568
4Richard "maddoggrik" Allen$8,702
5Fred "Scooby-D0O" Farrell$5,938
6Michael "KneadDaRiver" Bees$4,607
7Jason "TiltedHard" Lawhun$3,583
8TeethOfBags$2,559
9Joseph "B3ndTheKnee" Liberta$1,945

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Sunday High Roller [6-Max], $15,000 Gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$470+3043$ 20,210
PlacePlayerPrize
1PuppyL0ve$8,084
2Yong "iFoldN0T" Kwon$5,457
3LCC102515$3,032
4David "coles93" Coleman$2,021
5hummylun_plz$1,617

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Nightly Stars $100, $12,000 Gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$91.80+8.20187$17,167
PlacePlayerPrize
1FeelGruesome$3,691
2Ryan "ISlowRollYou" Hohner$2,661
3You Are Tim$2,017
4pd55473$1,502
5axn87$1,030
6Daniel "AvaGray" Lupo$858
7Norman "ADMSnackBar" Michalek$687
8Jamie "moosedeer17" Reyes$515
9Daniel "JerseyRU" Pipitone$343

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Sunday $40K gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+15262$52,400
PlacePlayerPrize
1vsamba99$10,480
2madrush479$6,901
3jkidd1084$4,978
4MrLucky13$4,192
5TheReader23$3,511
6Daniel "centrfieldr23" Lupo$2,987
7Anthony "Flawlessbink" Maio$2,463
8Michael "MikeDB7" DellaBarca$1,939
9BLUFF-THIS$1,415

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Daily $10K

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$100+9127$12,700
PlacePlayerPrize
1TENAFLY_BILL$2,774*
2supremetny$2,661*
3katarina$1,397
4Michael "MikeyCasino" Azzaro$1,080
5Bumpy_Toes$794
6bigant715$635
7Mohammed "MoeFarah" Farah$508
8Yong "OWNEDLOLUMAD" Kwon$400
9Isaac "Ikelove227" Furman$318

*Reflects heads-up deal.


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Sunday Seconds $10K Gtd

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$150+1293$13,950
PlacePlayerPrize
1Yong "OWNEDLOLUMAD" Kwon$3,976
2Isaac "Ikelove227" Furman$2,581
3CoolieCardCutta$1,883
4Michael "MikeyCasino" Azzaro$1,256
5AcesCracked1971$1,011
6Bob "SLHalper13" Taylor$802
7Vladimir "Donate_here" Alexandrov$628
8oh_shoot$488
9mrnissan50$383.62

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$10,000 Warriors’ Opening Strike

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$45.50+4.50187$12,968
PlacePlayerPrize
1supremetny$3,501
2sansara52$2,042
3fadiphatu1$1,167
4JNP09123$908
5rjsk0531$778
6ShipThis_1$648
7itashi28$493
8Ryan "sychosid" Hohner$311
9SoccerMommy$220

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$50,000 Ultimate Warrior

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$200+15174$50,200
PlacePlayerPrize
1kazuomatsui$13,554
2Big_Bux_Buro$7,907
3sevenstars$4,518
4Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo$3,514
5OnTheRun187$3,012
6Bigcakes1$2,510
7KevDurant35$1,908
8Ross "BlueTang" Gottlieb$1,205
9arose$853.40

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$10,000 Fierce Warrior

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$91+9105$13,195
PlacePlayerPrize
1Ryan "sychosid" Hohner$3,695
2KevDurant35$2,138
3Fred "BiggDaddy" Farrell$1,227
4Ryan "Hagzzz021" Hagerty$963
5Anthony "iamskynet" Cicali$831
6arose$699
7Andrew "smaulerg" Glauberg$554
8Daniel "juice" Buzgon$369
9rumpthumperr$277.09

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$30,000 The BIG Deal

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$467+3361$35,025
PlacePlayerPrize
1blinktwice$10,157
2.BEAST.$5,954
3Daniel "centrfieldr" Lupo$4,203
4Joseph "megolaman1ac" Liberta$3,503
5johnnygolf78$2,802
6RIP_Neiko$2,417
7rbam13$2,066
8Ashisit$1,716
9Anthony "l0lflawless" Maio$1,226

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