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Regional Main Event

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 4,000
Regional Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Maxcy Wins HPO Toledo Regional Main Event ($37,465)

mnuwwarah • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Charles Maxcy - 1st Place
Charles Maxcy - 1st Place

After about a half hour negotiating period, the final six players in the Hollywood Poker Open Toledo Regional Main Event, a tournament that attracted 288 entries, reached an agreeable deal to chop up the remaining prize pool. Charles Maxcy, a local player from Toledo, earned the title of champion and a $37,465 payday, while Trevor Renner (officially sixth), Kenny Zuspan (fifth), Joka Boyi (fourth), Emad Alabsi (third), and Ken Foster (runner-up) all received $30,465 as part of the deal.

According to a venue official, Maxcy plays in local tournaments five nights a week. The long hours stood out to Maxcy, who is used to the shorter nightly tournaments.

"I'm getting old," Maxcy said after the win. "I can't handle these hours. But, it's the most I've ever won."

Day 2 of the tournament kicked off with 53 runners from the two Day 1 flights, but only 27 would make the money. The structure allowed for plenty of play, so it took four hours before the bubble burst. Some formidable names looked poised to make final tables runs — such as Nick Pupillo, Michael Hahn, Tom Midena — but all fell short. Midena's demise in 10th place came after check-shoving a six-high board with jacks only to run in Boyi's set of sixes.

When the final nine combined, Maxcy sat in second in chips with just over 1 million at Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000). Neil Coughlin, who had been active showing down bluffs throughout the day, including running a big one on Maxcy early on, got tricky one time too many and was snapped off on a bluff early in the final table, busting in ninth.

Eight-handed play lasted another hour before Foster scored a monster double knockout to pare the field down to six. Freddy Hamad jammed his ten big blinds in with the {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}, and Foster called holding the {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} in the small blind before Wayne Smith shoved for about the same amount in the big blind. Foster put Smith and his {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} at risk, though an ace-high flop looked great for Smith. However, Hamad was the only one left with outs after an {8-Clubs} turn. He missed on the {6-Hearts} river, and the last six players battled for about another hour.

The survivors talked intermittently about a chop, and shortly after the blinds went up to Level 24 (12,000/24,000/4,000), talks got serious and play stalled until a suitable deal was reached.

As part of the agreement, Maxcy also won a $2,500 seat into the Hollywood Poker Open at the M Resort in Las Vegas this coming June. He stipulated that he would take the seat as part of the negotiations and said he's excited for the opportunity.

Final Table Results

1Charles Maxcy$37,465*
2Ken Foster$30,465*
3Emad Alabsi$30,465*
4Joka Boyi$30,465*
5Kenny Zuspan$30,465*
6Trevor Renner$30,465*
7Wayne Smith$10,800
8Freddy Hamad$9,072
9Neil Coughlin$7,488

*Denotes six-handed deal

The Hollywood Poker Open will next visit Tunica from Feb. 26 through March 8, 2015. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action from the stop's Main Event.

Tags: Charles MaxcyEmad AlabsiJoka BoyiKen FosterKenny ZuspanTrevor Renner

It's Over

mnuwwarah • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

After a half hour negotiation, the players have agreed to a chop. Details forthcoming.


Renner Doubles Through Zuspan

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Kenny Zuspan opened for 55,000 under the gun and was called by Charles Maxcy on his left. In the next spot, Trevor Renner shoved all in for 395,000, and Zuspan called, while Maxcy folded.

Renner: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Zuspan: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Ace-king was again the ticket for Renner as the board ran out {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{k-Spades}{4-Spades}{k-Clubs}. He pumped his fist in celebration.

Players are on a brief smoke break.

Trevor Renner 894,000 484,000
Kenny Zuspan 763,000 -337,000

Tags: Charles MaxcyKenny ZuspanTrevor Renner

Foster Increases Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Four players saw a {5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} flop for the minimum, and Ken Foster bet 50,000 into the field from the small blind. Two folds later, Joka Boyi made it 175,000 on the button. Foster called, and he came out betting with 200,000 on the {q-Spades} turn. Boyi's turn to call this time, and both checked the {a-Clubs}.

Boyi opened {k-Hearts}{j-Spades} for a flopped pair of jacks, but Foster had caught him on the turn with {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}.

Ken Foster 1,750,000 450,000
Joka Boyi 650,000 -380,000

Tags: Ken FosterJoka Boyi

Wayne Smith Eliminated in 7th Place ($10,800); Freddy Hamad Eliminated in 8th Place ($9,072)

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Wayne Smith - 7th Place
Wayne Smith - 7th Place

Freddy Hamad pushed all in from middle position for about 220,000, and Ken Foster called in the small blind. Big blind Wayne Smith also shoved for 237,000 total, and Foster called.

Smith: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Foster: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Hamad: {j-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Smith grabbed the lead as the flop came {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}, giving him aces. However, the {8-Clubs} turn meant Smith went from leading to drawing dead, with only Hamad having a chance to overtake the set. The {6-Hearts} river wasn't what he needed though, and Foster scored an unlikely double knockout.

Wayne Smith Busted
Freddy Hamad Busted

Tags: Freddy HamadKen FosterWayne Smith

Foster Doubles Through Renner

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Ken Foster
Ken Foster

Trevor Renner opened for a raise under the gun to 60,000, and Ken Foster shipped on him for the second straight hand. Emad Alabsi said he had a tough spot in the cutoff and tank-folded, while Renner called this time for 385,000.

Renner: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Foster: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Alabsi was pleased to see his tens were dominated, and Foster looked not long for the tournament as the first four came {3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, but a river {q-Spades} caused Renner yell in anguish.

Ken Foster 816,000 401,000
Trevor Renner 70,000 -668,000

Tags: Emad AlabsiKen FosterTrevor Renner