Christopher Nunnally Wins Pearl River Poker Open $600 Main Event ($57,835)
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From November 12-22, Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi played host to the 2020 Pearl River Poker Open. The nine-event series catered to 3,492 entrants – including players from as far away as Michigan, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Missouri – and awarded $865,851 in prize money.
The series kicked off with Event #1: $250 NLH $100K GTD, which crushed its guarantee by drawing 1,735 entries to create a $333,120 prize pool. Of that, $46,600 was paid out in double bag bonuses.
The top 169th finishers got paid including Sean Small (6th - $11,248), Dan Lowery (11th - $3,488), Amy Pullens (25th - $1,774), Ruth Hall (34th - $1,367), Judge Leo Boothe (48th - $873), Randy Hollis (64th - $669), Preston McEwen (70th - $669), Tim Burden (115th - $494), Joe Saleh (142nd - $436), and “Captain” Tom Franklin (164th - $377).
In the end, Anthony Reynolds of Atlanta, Georgia defeated Thierry Quintin in heads-up play to win the title for $45,894.
Pearl River Poker Open Event #1 Final Table Results
|1st||Anthony Reynolds||Atlanta, GA||$45,894|
|2nd||Thierry Quintin||Destin, FL||$28,629|
|3rd||Frank Boswell||Pell City, MS||$19,968|
|4th||Kenny Prendergrass||Brandon, MS||$17,062|
|5th||Eric Yim||Fairfax, VA||$14,156|
|6th||Sean Small||Douglasville, GA||$11,248|
|7th||Michael Owens||Chattanooga, TN||$8,342|
|8th||Thomas Pullens||Picayune, MS||$5,813|
|9th||Phyllis Pettit||Baton Rouge, LA||$4,012|
Christopher Nunnally Wins Main Event
The series culminated with the $600 buy-in, $100K GTD Main Event, a tournament that started players with 20,000 in chips and played 40-minute levels. It proved a winning formula as each of three starting flights attracted enough runners to surpassed the guarantee by itself. All told, 671 entrants participated and created a $335,500 prize pool that was paid out amongst the top 63 finishers.
Among those to cash were Dan Lowery (6th - $15,936), Andrew Barfield (13th - $4,026), Tiffany Keathley (20th - $2,684), Donnie Phan (25th - $2,684), Joe Saleh (28th - $2,013), Logan Hoover (42nd - $1,510), Trace Henderson (49th - $1,308), Kelly Hebert (56th - $1,174), and Robert Hankins (61st - $1,174).
In the end, Christopher Nunnally and Matt Higgins struck a deal that saw the latter secure $50,000 in prize money and the former the title and $57,835.
2020 Pearl River Poker Open Main Event Final Table Results
|1st||Christopher Nunnally||Birmingham, AL||$57,835|
|2nd||Matthew Higgins||Chatanooga, TN||$50,000|
|3rd||Jeffery Hewitt||Atlanta, GA||$27,679|
|4th||Dustin Steward||Biloxi, MS||$22,646|
|5th||Gerald Stogner||Kokomo, MS||$19,291|
|6th||Daniel Lowery||Ozark, AR||$15,936|
|7th||Joseph Hebert||Covington, LA||$12,581|
|8th||Shawn Calvit||Lafayette, LA||$9,226|
|9th||Kevin Henderson||Ft. Payne, AL||$5,871|
2020 Pearl River Poker Open Winners
Below is a look at all those to capture titles during the series. One of the more interesting tournaments was Event #8: $125 Rookies NLH, which required players to have less than $10,000 in career lifetime earnings according to HendonMob.
|Nov. 15||Event #1: $250 NLH $100K GTD||1,735||$333,120||Anthony Reynolds||$45,894|
|Nov. 16||Event #2: $350 Big Monster Stack||249||$72,210||Paul Strizhevsky||$7,000|
|Nov. 17||Event #3: $125 Celebrity Bounty||153||$15,300||Joe Hebert||$2,946|
|Nov. 18||Event #4: $200 NLH $20K GTD||192||$29,760||Gregory James||$4,347|
|Nov. 19||Event #5: $250 Monster Stack||213||$40,896||Brian Walsingham||$10,021|
|Nov. 20||Event #6: $200 Seniors||132||$20,460||Stephen Greene||$3,260|
|Nov. 20-22||Event #7: $600 Main Event||671||$335,500||Christopher Nunnally||$57,835|
|Nov. 21||Event #8: $125 Rookies NLH||76||$7,600||Terry Collins||$1,546|
|Nov. 22||Event #9: $200 Survivor NLH||71||$11,005||8 winners||$1,430 each|
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