Victor Adams Wins the Seneca Fall Poker Classic 2018 Main Event
The final day began with an impressive group of players at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. When the dust had settled, it was Canadian Victor Adams taking down the Fall Poker Classic $1,000 Main Event.
The day started full of action, with many players taking part in the fireworks. Adams sat back and watched as the tournament began to shrink in front of his eyes. The Canadian played well; he showed great patience, but he wasn't afraid to push it all in the middle when needed. He began the day at the bottom of the leaderboard and grinded his short-stack until finally finding a double through Tim Vance when he spiked an ace against the latter's ladies.
Adams would jump over the million-mark for the first time and didn't look back from that point on, ending the day as the champion of the Fall Poker Classic Main Event for a first place prize of $53,853.
2018 Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Chris Meyers||United States||$33,848|
|5||Tim Vance||United States||$13,407|
|6||Alex Visbisky||United States||$10,110|
|9||Steven Calvaneso||United States||$4,945|
Final Table Action
On Day 2, the unofficial final table was reached, and it started with a bang. On the very first hand, there was a three-way all in that included Jeremy Hoeltke, Maximilian Droege, and Peter Mancini. Hoeltke would be eliminated in the hand, dubbed as the official final table bubble boy, while Mancini catapulted his stack into the chip lead with kings through Droege's pair of jacks.
The original plan was to end Day 2 once the tournament had only nine remaining, but the players agreed to finish the level before everyone would bag up their chips. During this level, there would be two eliminations. The first to bust the official final table was Steven Calvaneso, when he got all of his chips in with nines against Vadim Rozin's ladies.
The big first hand of the unofficial final table left Droege as one of the shorter stacks. The Canadian moved his remaining chips in the middle with queens, only to run into the aces of Meyers. Droege would take an exit in eighth place.
Jason James was one of the first players to aid in the tournament victory of Adams. James played patiently throughout the final day, and when he finally picked up a hand, it was no good as he ran into Adams and his pocket rockets, being eliminated in seventh place.
Second in chips to start the day was Alex Visbisky, who was looking to surpass his sixth place finish in this exact tournament last year. Visbisky lost a large percentage of his stack earlier in the day and when he finally picked up a decent hand with ace-four and moved all in, only to run into the tens of Rozin. He took an exit in sixth place for a second straight year.
The fifth place finished would be EPT winner Tim Vance. He was on a roller coaster ride all day; coming into the day around average and at one point was the chip leader of the tournament. He would catch a string of losing hands that ended in Adams sending him home with pocket tens to Vance's ace-jack.
Final day chipleader Mancini played a solid few days of poker, building up a monster stack for the last day of the tournament and applying pressure after doing so. The Canadian lost a few hands, leaving him a short-stack. He moved in from the button with pocket fives, and Meyers called with ace-jack. After an ace hit the flop and turn, Mancini headed out the door in fourth place.
When the tournament hit three-handed, the play seemed passive at times. It took over six hours of play before the next player hit the rail. Unfortunately for Rozin, he was that individual as he would grind down to a short-stack. He moved all in, being called by Adams and heading home on a flip losing eights to ace-jack.
The heads-up battle was long, grueling, and full of post-flop play. Meyers started as an underdog, but quickly caught up to Adams, and the two would take turns as the chipleader for several hours before the final hand played out. The tournament ended when Meyers moved all in with ace-jack, and Adams called with kings. No ace or other helpful cards appeared, and Meyers had to settle for second place.
Adams is no rookie to the game, after just final tabling the WSOP Circuit event in Montreal earlier this year. He now has over $100,000 in tournament cashes with this win, and will forever be the Fall Poker Classic 2018 Main Event Champion.