Live Events 2
$100,000 Guaranteed Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $675
Players 317

Level Info

Level 22
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 5,000



$100,000 Guaranteed Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Ross Bybee, Three Others Chop Hard Rock Tulsa

mnuwwarah • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Ross Bybee took first as part of a chop.
Ross Bybee took first as part of a chop.

Ross Bybee, Brady Bullard, Vince Pironti, and Sam Panzica agreed to a four-way chop after a short negotiation to end the Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event, taking home slightly descending prize money in the order listed. Each player got at least $21,000 as part of the deal, while tour-sponsored pro Bybee claimed the first-place title, trophy, and prize watch. The four deal makers topped a field of 317.

Bybee also ran deep in the inaugural tournament this spring, when he finished second to Bernard Lee for $29,722. With this chop, the McKinney, Texas, native now counts just under $400,000 in lifetime live tournament cashes.

Fifty-two grinders made their way through the Day 1a and Day 1b fields on Friday and Saturday, but only 36 would walk away with money for their efforts. The bubble arrived just two hours after play began on Day 2, but it was quickly over when Rodney Spriggs flopped a set of twos and dragged a monster pot, busting John Newcombe in the process.

AP Phahurat, Day 1a leader Terry Presley, Ruth Hall, Brett Wells, Matt Bond, Ben Reason, and Spriggs were among those collecting payout tickets as the tournament was whittled down to the final table.

When Greg Jennings was crippled and then busted in two hands sandwiched around the dinner break, the final 10 runners took their seats at the last table in the room. Interestingly, the four eventual winners occupied the top four spots in the counts at that point, attesting to their consistency in the tournament.

Short-stacked Jerry Dixon was the first to go when jammed it in with the {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and failed to improve against the {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} of Gerald Kahl. Noah Nodine went next, losing the majority of his stack when he tried to let Day 1b leader Eric Bunch barrel off on a board of {j-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Nodine called down with {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades} — top two on the river — but the {10-Diamonds} was the last card he wanted to see since it gave Bunch a Broadway straight with the {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}. Dan Martin finished Nodine off shortly thereafter.

Bybee looked like he might fall soon after, as he lost most of his stack when he bet-called the turn on a board of {j-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Spades} with the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, only to see Pironti roll over a set of threes. He kept his composure, however, and after the elimination of Clint Tolbert in eighth, Bybee found another big pair, the {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}. This time, he held up all in preflop against the {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} of Kahl to send him packing in seventh and get back to big-stack status.

Possibly the most aggressive player at the final table, Bunch saw his tournament come to an end when he shoved all in during Level 21 (10,000/20,000/4,000) from the big blind for 243,000 over a button raise from Bybee, who made the call.

Bybee: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Bunch: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The dealer spread a flop of {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, giving Bybee top two. Bunch needed only a jack after the {7-Hearts} hit the turn, but the {q-Clubs} river wasn't enough for the former leader.

Dan "Wretchy" Martin was the final elimination in fifth. Martin grinded a short stack masterfully throughout Day 2, seeming to hover between below average and average the entire time. His final shove came during Level 22 (15,000/30,000/5,000), when he put in 385,000 or so under the gun and was called by Bybee, who flopped two pair with the {a-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} to all but end things for Martin's {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Martin turned a pair of nines but found no further improvement on the {8-Spades}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{q-Hearts} board, and the deal was done in short order after that.

Final Table Results

1Ross Bybee$26,440*
2Brady Bullard$24,460*
3Vince Pironti$23,760*
4Sam Panzica$21,000*
5Dan Martin$10,848
6Eric Bunch$9,352
7Gerald Kahl$8,603
8Clint Tolbert$7,855
9Noah Nodine$6,920

*Denotes a four-way deal.

The series will return October 1 at Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Oklahoma, just outside of Joplin, Missouri. PokerNews will be back on hand to provide live coverage, so don't forget to tune in then.

Tags: Brady BullardRoss BybeeSam PanzicaVince Pironti


mnuwwarah • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

The remaining players have agreed to a deal.

Ross Bybee will take home the most money and the first-place title.

Martin's Short-Stack Journey Continues

mnuwwarah • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Sam Panzica opened to 60,000 in the cutoff and then called the shove of Dan Martin, who had 195,000 on the button.

Panzica: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Martin: {a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

The {10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{j-Hearts} flop brought a straight draw for Panzica but a flush draw for Martin. Nothing else of note hit the board as the {7-Diamonds} and {j-Spades} arrived, leaving Martin's ace-high best.

Sam Panzica us
Sam Panzica
us 620,000 -180,000
Dan Martin us
Dan Martin
us 460,000 -84,000

Tags: Dan MartinSam Panzica

Color Up

mnuwwarah • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Players are on a short break while T1,000 chips are colored up.


Eric Bunch Eliminated in 6th Place ($9,352)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 4,000 ante
Eric Bunch - 6th Place
Eric Bunch - 6th Place

Ross Bybee raised to 40,000 on the button, and Eric Bunch shoved all in for 203,000 more in the big blind. Bybee called.

Bybee: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Bunch: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The dealer spread a flop of {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, giving Bybee top two. Bunch needed only a jack after the {7-Hearts} hit the turn, but the {q-Clubs} river wasn't enough for the Day 2 chip leader.

Ross Bybee us
Ross Bybee
us 1,450,000 100,000
Eric Bunch us
Eric Bunch
us Busted

Tags: Eric BunchRoss Bybee

Panzica Pays Off Pironti

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 4,000 ante

There was already a massive heap of T5,000 chips in the middle when we got back to the table, and the board read {j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Vince Pironti was cutting out and pushing 250,000 forward. Sam Panzica sighed an announced a call. Pironti showed {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}.

"That's so sick," Panzica said as he mucked. "That's like the only run out..."

Vince Pironti
Vince Pironti
1,900,000 500,000
Sam Panzica us
Sam Panzica
us 800,000 -500,000

Tags: Sam PanzicaVince Pironti