The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is in Milwaukee to live report action the $1,700 Main Event, but is just one of a dozen gold ring events at the stop. As such, we thought we’d profile some of the preliminary tournaments and those who struck it big.
Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack, a total of 256 entries created a $84,480 prize pool that was paid out to the top 39 players. Among those to cash were Ben Rock (7th - $2,663), Robert Keating (11th - $1,352), Cheryl Choon (17th - $952), Bryan Skreens (19th - $824), Jason Reno (21st - $824), and Josh Reichard (35th - $558).
In the end, poker pro Nick Pupillo came out on top to win $19,413 and his third gold ring.
“It feels really good to win this tournament, but I had a lot of luck,” said Pupillo. “I was all-in a lot needing help and was fortunate enough it came.”
To seal the deal, he had to defeat Brett Reichard, the father of Circuit stud Josh Reichard, in heads-up play. It took him a single hand to do it.
“I thought we were going to have a very long battle,” Pupillo admitted. “Brett is an excellent player who has two rings along with his son who has eleven, but I got lucky and took him on the very first hand.”
Final Table Results
|1||Nick Pupillo||Gilbert, Arizona||$19,413|
|2||Brett Reichard||Janesville, Wisconsin||$11,999|
|3||Carl Felten||Richfield, Wisconsin||$8,565|
|4||Shane Thorne||Sheboygan, Wisconsin||$6,223|
|5||Scott Brooks||Lincolnwood, Illinois||$4,604|
|6||Leonard Lewandowski||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||$3,469|
|7||Ben Rock||Marshfield, Wisconsin||$2,663|
|8||Nicholas Smith||Chicago, Illinois||$2,083|
|9||Joshua Taff||Kaukauna, Wisconsin||$1,662|