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John Griswold Wins Event #4 of the 2018 WNYPC

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  • Only the second cash of his career, John Griswold takes down Event 4 at the 2018 WNYPC!

The latest champion of the 2018 Western New York Poker Challenge is American John Griswold. Griswold topped a field of 152 entries in Event #4: $120 No-Limit Hold'em $10,000 Guarantee defeating Leo Kaplin heads up to claim a top prize of $3,821.

Griswold entered the final table second in chips and rarely lost a pot until the final moments. Impressively, this will be just the second-ever cash on Griswold's live-recorded career tournament resume. His only previous cash came back in 2015 at this very series placing 10th in a $20 NLHE event for $516.

Final Table Results:

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1John GriswoldUnited States$3,821
2Leo KaplinUnited States$2,400
3John AbrahamUnited States$1,733
4Anonymous PlayerUnited States$1,227
5Jeff DioUnited States$939
6Ben BrackenCanada$736
7John FluderUnited States$563
8Marty DerbyshireCanada$433
9Malgorzata KurtykoUnited States$347
10Janet TricoliUnited States$274

The event drew a total of 152 entries that created a prize pool of $14,400, easily surpassing the $10,000 guarantee. The top 18 spots were to be paid out but once play got down to the money bubble; the 19 remaining players decided to remove $120 from the top two prizes and give the next player to bust their money back. From there, the post-bubble bust out bonanza claimed the next eight players swiftly setting up a final table of 10.

Most of the finalists began the final table with sub ten big blind stacks and had no choice but to get their stacks in the middle.
Janet Tricoli and Malgorzata Kurtyko were eliminated in back-to-back hands eliminated by the anonymous player and John Fluder respectively. Just moments later, Marty Derbyshire and Fluder also fell in consecutive hands.

Ben Bracken was the next player to be eliminated, dwindling down to just three big blinds before having his chips taken by John Abraham. Jeff Dio followed Bracken after losing his last ten big blinds to Kaplin, dominated by a higher ace-kicker hand.

Just a couple hands later, Griswold had Kaplin all in and at risk.

The final four played for a couple of levels as the stacks kept getting more shallow. With three of them having sub ten big blind stacks, the anonymous player was the first to crack, knocked out by the big stack of Griswold. Nursing a short stack for the better part of the final table, Abraham finally had his luck run out, getting it in good against Kaplin but not being able to hold, setting up a heads-up battle between Kaplin and Griswold.

Kaplin started the battle with the chip lead, but a big hand where his kings were cracked shifted the advantage to Griswold. Just a couple hands later, Griswold had Kaplin all in and at risk. Kaplin was ahead with ace-three, but Griswold made trips with king-queen after both flopped a pair and it held to capture the Event #4 title.

The next title hunting opportunity comes with Event #5: $120 No-Limit Hold'em $10,000 Guarantee which kicks off at 5 PM on Wednesday evening.

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