Uri Kadosh Chops Battles at the Beach for Second Straight Year
Winning a decent-sized poker tournament is hard enough, but winning it two years in a row is quite a feat indeed.
That's what Uri Kadosh accomplished Monday evening, chopping Isle Casino Battles at the Beach $1,500 Championship for the second straight year. As part of his deal with Marshall White, Kadosh secured $98,993, while While got $96,660.
Last year, the Florida businessman made a three-way deal with Joey Couden and Darryll Fish that also saw Kadosh win the trophy along with $120,035.
Official Final Table Results
|1||Uri Kadosh||Davie, FL||$98,993*|
|2||Marshall White||Garner, NC||$96,660*|
|3||Jake Schwartz||New York, NY||$51,880|
|4||Josh Kay||Boca Raton, FL||$34,970|
|5||Joel Deutsch||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||$26,883|
|6||Qasem Jamhour||Miami, FL||$22,326|
|7||Bill Farnan||Jupiter, FL||$18,698|
|8||Jacobo Fernandez||Coral Springs, FL||$15,093|
|9||Loni Harwood||Staten Island, NY||$11,499|
|10||TJ Shulman||Boynton Beach, FL||$9,739|
*reflects heads-up deal
Even on a packed weekend of tournaments, the South Florida event drew 433 runners to surpass its $500,000 guarantee. Some of those among the 55 cashing included Jonathan Borenstein, Ryan D'Angelo, Raj Vohra, Kevin Schaffel and Sam Panzica.
Final Table Action
Kadosh was among a slew of short stacks when the final table began, according to the live updates, with everyone chasing formidable New York pro Jake Schwartz (2.92 million) at the top of the counts. Four-time Circuit ring winner White sat in second with 2.35 million 20,000/40,000/5,000.
Another pro, Josh Kay, who has two WPT final tables to his credit, made the first big move when he won a three-way all in with tens against the nines of short stack TJ Shulman and the ace-king of Schwartz. Though a nine flopped, Kay would make a straight on the river to score the first knockout and double through Schwartz.
Florida favorite Loni Harwood, who recently took down her fifth WSOPC ring, followed in ninth. She lost a flip to Schwartz after going into the final table short.
Two Miami-area locals then went out in succession. Jacobo Fernandez jammed a flush draw into White's aces up and didn't get there. Bill Farnan lost a flip to Schwartz as he flopped a set of eights only to see Schwartz's run a straight.
After dinner, White would claim the next two victims. Qasem Jamhour reshipped with over White's open, but the held by White dominated him and held up. Then, White completed in the small blind with jacks and snapped off a shove from Joel Deutsch. Deutsch could only muster and was dispatched after a jack flopped.
The key pot then materialized for Kadosh at 30,000/60,000/10,000. He completed the blind and saw Schwartz make it 210,000. Kadosh came back with 850,000 and then called Schwartz's jam for about 3 million effective. It was a race with Kadosh's ace-king chasing a pair of eights and an ace-high flop saw the massive pot pushed to Kadosh, leaving former leader Schwartz under 10 bigs.
Schwartz would ladder past Kay, who got short and lost a race to Kadosh, but he'd go out in third. He called off the last of his chips in a blinds battle with only to see Kadosh turn over two aces and proclaim he'd only looked at one.
That brought it to heads-up play between White and Kadosh, but nary a hand would be dealt. They agreed to a deal that saw the players take similar cash prizes, while Kadosh earned a trophy for the second straight year.
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