The final day began with an impressive group of players at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino and when the dust had settled it was Canadian Victor Adams taking down the Fall Poker Classic $1,000 Main Event.
The day started off full of action, with many players taking part in the fireworks. Adams sat back and watched as the tournament began to shrink in front of his eyes.
The Canadian played well, showing great patience and was not afraid to push it all in the middle when needed. He began the day at the bottom of the leader board and grinded his short-stack until finally finding a double through Tim Vance, when he spiked an ace against Vance's ladies.
Adams would jump over the million mark for the first time and didn't look back from that point on, ending the day as the champion of the Fall Poker Classic Main Event for a staggering first place prize of $53,853.
Buffalo native and poker professional Chris Meyers would end up battling Adams in a heads-up match, with Adams having a seemingly overwhelming chip lead. Meyers quickly picked up a double up to even out the playing field as the two players then took turns having the chip lead. After over three hours of heated heads-up play, Meyers would find himself busting to Adams who was holding cowboys, but would still pocket a respectable $33,848 for his efforts.
Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event Final Table Results:
|2||Chris Meyers||United States||$33,848|
|5||Tim Vance||United States||$13,407|
|6||Alex Visbisky||United States||$10,110|
|9||Steven Calvaneso||United States||$4,945|
Final Table Action
The unofficial final table started off with a bang, on the very first hand there was a three-way all in that included Jeremy Hoeltke, Maximilian Droege, and Peter Mancini. Hoeltke would be eliminated in the hand, dubbed as the official final table bubble boy, while Mancini catapulted his stack into the chip lead with kings through Droege's pair of jacks.
The original plan was to end Day 2 once the tournament had only nine remaining, but the players agreed to finish one level before everyone would bag up their chips. During this level there would be two eliminations. The first to bust the official final table was Steven Calvaneso, when he got all of his chips in with nines against Vadim Rozin's ladies.
A big first hand of the unofficial final table left Droege as one of the shorter stacks after running up a monster stack on Day 2. The Canadian moved his remaining chips in the middle with queens, only to run into the aces of Meyers and he would take an exit in eighth place.
Jason James was one of the first players to aid in the tournament victory of Adams. James played patiently throughout the final day, when he finally picked up a hand it was no good as he ran into Adams and his pocket rockets, being eliminated in seventh place.
Second in chips to start the day was Alex Visbisky, who was looking to surpass his sixth place finish in this exact tournament last year. Visbisky lost a large percentage of his stack earlier in the day and when he finally picked up a decent hand he moved all in, only to run into the dimes of Rozin. He took an exit in sixth place for a second straight year.
The fifth place finished would be Vance, who was on a roller coaster ride all day, coming into the day around average and at one point was the chip leader of the tournament. He would catch a string of losing hands that ended in Adams sending him home with pocket tens.
Final day chipleader Mancini played a solid few days of poker, building up a monster stack for the last day of the tournament and applying pressure after doing so. The Canadian lost a few hands, leaving him a short-stack and he would move that stack all in on the button. Meyers would hook Mancini up with a call and the two would have a classic coin flip that ended in the favor of Meyers, Mancini headed out the door in fourth place.
When the tournament hit three-handed it seemed to take a leap in the passive play category and it would take over six hours of play before someone took an exit in third. Unfortunately for Rozin he was that individual as he would grind down to a short-stack and move all in, being called by Adams and heading home on a flip.
The heads-up battle was long, grueling and full of post-flop play. Meyers started as a dog, but quickly caught up to Adams and the two would take turns as the chipleader for several hours before a final hand would happen. The tournament would end when Meyers moved all in with ace jack and Adams called with his snowmen.
Adams is no rookie to the game, after just final tabling the WSOP Circuit event in Montreal earlier this year. He now has over $100,000 in tournament cashes with this win and will forever be the Fall Poker Classic 2018 Main Event Champion.
This concludes the PokerNews coverage of the Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event. Congratulations to all the winners! Watch for details on all of the upcoming events happening near you.