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Saginaw, Michigan's Henry Zou is the 2018 Western New York Poker Challenge (WNYPC) Main Event champion. Zou topped a record-setting field of 315 at the Seneca Niagara poker room, defeating Matt Marcinkiewicz heads up to claim a top prize of $66,736.
Zou came into the final table sitting in the middle of the pack but found an early double up through then chipleader, Patrick Tighe, with pocket aces. Zou cruised from there only relinquishing the chip lead for a brief spell. The win is a huge boost to Zou's career earnings which previously sat at $39,736. In fact, Zou's previous best cash was for just $8,599 which came way back in 2014. With the money, Zou plans on playing the Main Event at the upcoming World Series of Poker.
Final Table Results:
|1||Henry Zou||United States||$66,736|
|2||Matt Marcinkiewicz||United States||$40,484|
|3||Andrew Miller||United States||$27,110|
|4||Jeff Mahoney||United States||$18,907|
|5||Mike LaTour||United States||$14,181|
|6||Patrick Tighe||United States||$11,956|
|7||Victor Smith||United States||$9,398|
|8||Scott Murawa||United States||$7,785|
|9||Jeff Hobrecker||United States||$6,673|
Jeff Hobrecker entered the final table as the shortest stack and was the first player to put himself at risk. Hobrecker's stack had slid to just four big blinds and got two callers, one of which was Zou, against his shove. Zou would make two pair and Hobrecker would fall in ninth.
An unfortunate cooler sent Scott Murawa home in eighth place when he called off a three-bet shove from Marcinkiewicz with pocket queens only to see Marcinkiewicz show up with pocket kings. Not too much longer after that, Marcinkiewicz picked up kings again and once again was up against pocket queens, not only knocking out Victor Smith in seventh but doubled through Mike LaTour as well to take a big chip lead.
Patrick Tighe began to roll over the table and got the chip lead for himself not long after but before the next break had doubled up both Zou and LaTour to fall to the shortest stack. Tighe was the next to fall, getting his last five big blinds in against Jeff Mahoney, and couldn't make a pair with seven-six losing to king-four.
Departing the final table in fifth was LaTour. LaTour open-jammed on the button and found himself snapped-off and dominated by Zou. Just a couple hands later, after battling the short stack for most of the final table, Mahoney lost his last race with king-queen to Marcinkiewicz's pocket tens.
Zou had a monster lead against Marcinkiewicz and Miller at the final three and turned down the possibility of a chop immediately. Three-handed play went on for the better part of two levels as Miller and Marcinkiewicz chipped away at Zou, eventually dethrowning him. Marcinkiewicz grabbed a slight lead over Miller with Zou bringing up the rear.
Zou would narrow the gap and eventually retake the chip lead after knocking out Miller. Miller shoved with ace-nine in the small blind and Zou had him dominated with ace-jack in the big. Unable to improve, Miller was out in third. Zou had the slightest of advantages against Marcinkiewicz when heads-up play began, both having about 60 big blinds.
The heads-up battle did not last long. Zou took a big pot just a couple hands in and on the very next hand, Marcinkiewicz bluff-shoved with just ace high on the flop of a four-four-nine board but Zou was waiting with a four in his hand.
That's a wrap for the PokerNews coverage of the 2018 WNYPC. Congratulations to all the winners and to the staff of the Seneca Niagara poker room for a well-run series and breaking their $1,000 Main Event attendance record.
Things escalated quite quickly on the flop of a board. Matt Marcinkiewicz led with a bet of 215,000 only to see Henry Zou raise to 600,000. Marcinkiewicz three-bet jammed all in and Zou snap-called to put the title on the line.
Marcinkiewicz was in trouble and found no help as the board ran out . Marcinkiewicz earned $40,484 for second place while Zou banks $66,736 for the win.
Matt Marcinkiewicz opened from the big blind after Henry Zou limped and Zou put in the extra to see a flop. Marcinkiewicz bet 260,000 and Zou called. The landed on the turn and Marcinkiewicz checked. Zou bet 500,000 and after a short time in the tank, Marcinkiewicz folded.
The final two players have taken a short break.
Andrew Miller open-jammed from the small blind for 1,100,000 with the and Henry Zou put him at risk, calling out of the big blind with the . Miller was unable to improve on a board and was eliminated in third place.
After Andrew Miller limped from the small blind, Henry Zou checked the big blind, and a flop was dealt. Miller bet 150,000 and Zou called bringing the on the turn. Miller bumped it up to 200,000 this time and Zou still just flatted. The completed the board and Miller fired 200,000 one more time.
Zou quickly called and tabled the . "I can't fold top pair," stated Zou as the Miler mucked.
Andrew Miller bet 100,000 on the turn of a board and Henry Zou made the call. The hit the river and Miller checked. Zou bet 200,000 only to see Miller raise it up to 500,000 and Zou eventually folded.