Day 2 Completed
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Day 2 Completed
A 31-year-old Syracuse, NY Alarm Company Account Executive, who played poker for a living online before Black Friday, took down the 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam $200 No-Limit Hold'em Event #2 Sunday night.
Mike Latour, who came all the way up from the bottom of the leaderboard at the start of the final table to dominate short-handed play, earned the $21,246 first-place prize outright, after ultimately defeating a field of 562 entries.
The event drew big numbers over four starting flights Friday and Saturday, smashing the $50,000 guarantee to create $92,378 prize pool. A total of 90 players survived the opening heats and quickly moved past the 55-player money bubble and onto the final table Sunday evening.
Local star Blake Napierala had the chip lead when the final table began, but after Cara Brewer busted tenth, he was on the wrong end of three big hands and ultimately finished ninth. Latour got some of those chips hitting an open-ender against an overpair and was back in the thick of it by the time John Stempien busted eighth. Latour sent Tomasz Werstler home seventh, but Rodolfo Navas began building a massive chip lead at that time.
Thomas Mader busted John Huening sixth, coming from behind to flop a set of jacks, and Abe Reinhardt ran big slick into a Latour pair to go home fifth. Matt Devins ran into Latour's kings to go out fourth, and Latour inched closer to even with Navas.
Three-handed play saw the hand of the tournament with Latour turning a straight, and getting both a 1 million chip check-raise and 1.1 million chip value bet through with Navas unable to fold pocket aces. Latour had a 2:1 lead on the table after that, and when Mader ran into Navas' pocket aces to go out third, Latour took that same lead into heads-up play.
A few hands in, Navas switched gears and started shoving , but ultimately ran into Latour's pocket kings and took runner-up.
That ends PokerNews' coverage of the 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam $200 No-Limit Hold'em Event #2, but the Live Reporting Team will return to Seneca Niagara this Thursday July 28 to present coverage of the $300 Pot-Limit Omaha $15,000 Guaranteed Event.
Mike Latour made it 200,000 on the button, and seeing the rising tide, Rodolfo Navas, who had been reduced to shoving the past few hands, did so again.
Latour called with the and was miles ahead of Navas' . Kings held on the board and as Navas hit the cage to collect second-place money, Latour became the 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam $200 No-Limit Hold'em Champion. A recap will follow.
Thomas Mader shoved the on the button, and for the second time in the last few hands, Rodolfo Navas woke up with two aces and called, having Mader covered by a few thousand in chips.
Navas flopped a set and turned a boat for good measure, sending Mader out third. Navas now enters heads-up play with Mike Latour down about 2:1 in chips.
Rodolfo Navas made it 200,000 and Mike Latour called. Latour checked the flop and Navas continued for 300,000.
Latour called and checked the turn. Navas bet 300,000 and Latour check-raised to 1,000,000. Navas called and the river came the .
Latour bet 1.1 million and Navas snap-called with the . Latour had turned the straight with the and dragged the massive pot to take a stranglehold on this event.
Matt Devins raised under the gun and Mike Latour three-bet the small blind. Devins called and when Latour put 350,000 in on the flop, Devins shoved.
Latour snap-called with the and Devins needed a lot of help with the . None came on the turn and river and Devins took fifth.
After toying around with his short stack for a while, Abe Reinhardt woke up with the in the small blind and shoved for around 100,000.
Mike Latour had the in the big blind and called, making the big end of a board straight on the run out to bust Reinhardt.