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Joe King Crowned Champion of Event #5 of the 2018 WNYPC

Joe King

Joe King has a new crown after taking down Event #5: $120 No-Limit Hold'em $10,000 Guarantee at the 2018 Western New York Poker Challenge (WNYPC). King bested a field of 157 entries to take the top honors.

There will be a new player added to the HendonMob.com after the result's of Wednesday night's event gets posted as this is King's first-ever live recorded tournament cash. King jumped to the top of the counts early on in the day and continued to add to his stack, reaching the final table with the third best stack.

With eight players left, King got into a massive pot with fellow big stack Scott Murawa collecting more than half of the chips in play which ultimately propelled him to victory.

Final Table Results:

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Joe KingUnited States$4,026
2Keith GrayUnited States$2,521
3Joe CatalanoUnited States$1,790
4Jeremy DrummUnited States$1,268
5Bob LiebeckUnited States$969
6Victor ReaUnited States$761
7Scott MurawaUnited States$582
8Ken WongUnited States$447
9Lou ScottUnited States$358
10James MillerUnited States$283

Just edging Tuesdays Event #4, Wednesday's event drew a total of 157 entries, creating a guarantee-smashing prize pool worth $14,915. Like Event #4, the top 18 spots were to be paid but once again, the field agreed to pay the bubble and avoid hand-for-hand play.

Moments after the final table was formed, the blinds swallowed up the short stacks of James Miller and Lou Scott. Ken Wong soon joined them, finding himself paying the big blind with all of his chips and unable to make a hand.

It was a shock to the entire table when the two biggest stacks collided in a massive pot that King busted Murawa in. Murawa turned top pair, but King had flopped a set, and all the chips went in, literally more than half of the chips in play.

Victor Rea was the next to depart, shoving with an up and down straight draw but failed to improve, falling to Joe Catalano's flopped top pair. Just a couple hands later, Bob Liebeck lost most of his chips to Jeremy Drumm, and he bowed out the very next hand.

The final four players played for the better part of three levels with very little chip movement until Keith Gray took control of the chip lead from King and collected the rest of Drumm's sub five-big blind stack. Catalano had also slid to just a few big blinds when he got his stack in the middle. Catalano was racing with pocket threes against King's ace-jack, but a broadway straight for King would seal Catalano's fate.

King started the heads-up battle with a massive chip lead, but a quick double up for Gray narrowed it slightly. Just a hand later, the two got it in again. It was ace-eight for King and king-three for Gray. Gray let out a big cheer when he spiked a king on the turn to take the lead but an ace peeled off right behind it to secure the title for King.

Featured on Thursday at the WNYPC is Event #6: $300 Pot-Limit Omaha with a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool. The action kicks off at 1 PM with Live Reporting on PokerNews.com. PokerNews will be here throughout the festival, bringing you all the news and live updates. Follow @pokernews on Twitter, on Facebook, and Instagram.

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