Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||12,000 / 24,000|
Day 2 Completed
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 , and Foster called holding the in the small blind before Wayne Smith shoved for about the same amount in the big blind. Foster put Smith and his at risk, though an ace-high flop looked great for Smith. However, Hamad was the only one left with outs after an turn. He missed on the 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
*Denotes six-handed deal
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After a half hour negotiation, the players have agreed to a chop. Details forthcoming.
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.
Ace-king was again the ticket for Renner as the board ran out . He pumped his fist in celebration.
Players are on a brief smoke break.
Four players saw a 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 turn. Boyi's turn to call this time, and both checked the .
Boyi opened for a flopped pair of jacks, but Foster had caught him on the turn with .
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 grabbed the lead as the flop came , giving him aces. However, the turn meant Smith went from leading to drawing dead, with only Hamad having a chance to overtake the set. The river wasn't what he needed though, and Foster scored an unlikely double knockout.
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.
Alabsi was pleased to see his tens were dominated, and Foster looked not long for the tournament as the first four came , but a river caused Renner yell in anguish.