Day 3 Completed
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Day 3 Completed
After four days of poker, Dejuante Alexander came out on top of a 655-entry field to capture the Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Championship Event title and a $297,644 top prize.
The Houston, Texas resident had $299,904 in career tournament earnings coming into the event, and almost matched that with the win on Sunday.
The event's final day started with 21 players, and quickly moved to a final table of 10 with Calvin Anderson in the lead.
Qualifier Jim Kasputis, who won his seat for the tournament at the Hollywood property in Aurora, Illinios, was the shortest stack and first to go, before Michael Aron ran a small pair into Aaron Mermelstein's bigger one to bust ninth.
Alexander then took the lead making trips with a redraw, and fooling Anderson into shoving top two with a massive check-raise on the turn. Anderson was left short and took eighth soon after.
Bryan Piccioli ran a weak king into Brady Bullard's eights to say goodbye next, and Julian Parmann lost a race with eights to take sixth, handing Mermelstein his stack.
After winning a big hand against Michael Tureniec, Mermelstein took the lead into a 75-minute dinner break.
Tureniec returned from the dinner break and ran Broadway cards into Mermelstein's kings to go broke fifth. Thomas Muehloecker returned short, and although he doubled once, he ran Broadway cards into Alexander's queens to exit fourth.
Brady Bullard was the short stack three handed, and Mermelstein cracked his aces to dispatch him third.
Heads-up play started with Mermelstein in front and the lead changed hands several times before Alexander pulled way out in front. The two players then struck a deal, giving the title, the trophy, the tax implications of signing for first place money, and a $297,644 top prize to Alexander.
Mermelstein, a two-time World Poker Tour title holder, accepted $240,000 for second.
That ended the Hollywood Poker Open Championship Event with Dejuante Alexander becoming the tour's fourth champion after another fabulous tournament at the opulent M Luxury Resort Hotel Casino. From the PokerNews reporting team, to everyone at the M, and those following along at home, we wish you good night, and good luck.
Dejuante Alexander and Aaron Mermelstein have struck a deal whereby Alexander will take the title, the trophy, the tax implications of signing for first place money and a $297,644 top prize.
Aaron Mermelstein accepted $240,000 for second place and the Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Championship Event is now over.
A full recap will follow.
Aaron Mermelstein limped on the button and DeJuante Alexander checked his option. The flop brought out and Alexander check-called 125,000.
On the turn the hit and both players checked. The river completed the board with the and Alexander bet 275,000.
Mermelstein called after a while and mucked when Alexander showed .
Dejuante Alexander limped the button, and called when Aaron Mermelstein made it 350,000.
Mermelstein led for another 350,000 on the flop and Alexander called. The turn came the , and after Mermelstein bet 675,000, Alexander raised it up another 1.175 million. Mermelstein called, and then checked the brick-like river.
Alexander moved all in and Mermelstein open-folded for two pair, giving the massive pot and a big lead to Alexander.
Aaron Mermelstein raised to 280,000 and DeJuante Alexander called from the big blind. The flop brought out and Alexander check-called 200,000.
On the turn the and and Alexander check-called 350,000.
The river was the and now both players checked.
Alexander showed and he picked up this pot to retake the chip lead again.
Aaron Mermelstein limped the button, then called when Dejuante Alexander made it 370,000.
Alexander led the flop for 280,000 and Mermelstein called. Alexander checked the turn, then called when Mermelstein bet 250,000.
Finally, on the river, Alexander checked and Mermelstein bet 700,000. Alexander called and won the pot without showdown when Mermelstein mucked.
Aaron Mermelstein raised to 280,000 and Dejuante Alexander called and the flop brought out .
Both players checked on the flop and Alexander bet 180,000 on the turn. Mermelstein called and the river was the .
Alexander bet 350,000 on the river and Mermelstein called again.
Mermelstein showed and he raked in this pot to extend his lead.
Dejuante Alexander made it 275,000 and Aaron Mermelstein defended.
Mermelstein check-called 215,000 on the flop and both players checked the turn. Mermelstein fired 400,000 at the river and Alexander called.
Mermelstein showed the for two pair and Alexander mucked.