The biggest poker series in Texas history is currently underway with the Texas Poker Championship at Houston’s Prime Social, which has already awarded players over $1.7 million in prize money.
The series kicked off on March 10 with Event #1: $500 Mystery Bounty, which had a staggering seven starting flights and attracted an enormous field of 1,322 runners. The bounty tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000 and surpassed that with $511,840 in prize money.
Joseph Caffaro took down the opening event for the first-place prize of $45,950, defeating Carlos Saucedo during heads-up play to earn Saucedo $38,500. Other players who made deep runs in the mystery bounty event include Blake Barousse (3rd – $25,000), Derek Normand (4th – $18,500), Laura Hoppe (9th – $5,100) and Kristopher Burchfield (12th – $4,000).
Later in the series, Justin Bond took down Event #9: $1,100 The Big Texas to earn the trophy and a big score of $115,480. Bond defeated Jason Gooch during heads-up play to send the second-place finisher home with $75,960.
The $500,000 guarantee tournament attracted 643 players and generated $630,140 in prize money. Other players who made Bond sparred with at the final table include Sean Cha (3rd – $56,620) Jeremy Meacham (5th – $31,740), Mazen Abdallah (7th – $18,680) and Gabriel Andrade (9th – $11,540).
Bond, a resident of Dallas, now boasts an impressive $1.8 million in tournament earnings, which includes a 35th place finish in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event worth $214,913. His latest victory in The Big Texas gives him the fifth biggest score of his career.
Event #9: $1,100 The Big Texas Final Results
|RANK||PLAYER||HOMETOWN||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Justin Bond||Dallas, TX||$115,480|
|2||Jason Gooch||Vidor, TX||$76,960|
|3||Sean Cha||Houston, TX||$56,620|
|4||Tyler Rawlinson||Tomball, TX||$42,140|
|5||Jeremy Meacham||Oak Bluffs, MA||$31,740|
|6||Peter Lynn||Olympia, WA||$24,200|
|7||Mazen Abdallah||Houston, TX||$18,680|
|8||Thongv Nguyen||McAllen, TX||$14,590|
|9||Gabriel Andrade||Houston, TX||$11,540|
Later in the series, Brandon Johnson earned the trophy in Event #13: $600 One Day after striking a four-way deal at the final table that also left him with $18,500. Johnson had the biggest stack when the deal was made and therefore earned the victory.
The other players who got in on the deal were Southisak Seunsom (2nd – $18,350), Trung Pham (3rd – $17,120) and Dara Taherpour (4th – $14,530).
The one-day tournament had a $100,000 guarantee and surpassed that with 101 runners bringing the prize pool to $121,680.
Additionally, Ricardo Alvarado took down Event #16: $1,100 PLO Championship for $37,640 after defeating Twich streamer Alexander “AlexOptional” Green during heads-up play, who in turn earned $25,100. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Benny Glaser, meanwhile, found a third-place finish worth $17,920.
The PLO Tournament attracted 157 runners to generate $153,860 in prize money, smashing the guaranteed $100,000.
Other Texas Poker Championship winners so far include James Farley, who won $50,820 in Event #2: $400 NLH Jacked Stack, Sergio Braga, who won $7,510 in Event #5: $600 Triple Stud, and Barousse, a two-time WSOP ring winner who took down Event #12: $1,100 Mystery Bounty Turbo for $10,000.
The best of the Texas Poker Championship at Prime Social is still to come with the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event scheduled to get underway on Thursday, March 24. The four-day event has a huge $2 million guarantee and will offer three starting flights.
The Main Event will wrap up on Tuesday, March 29 with the final table being live-streamed with hole cards and commentary at twitch.tv/primesocialtx.
A full list of winners so far in the Texas Poker Championship is available in the table below.
Texas Poker Championship Winners
|Event #1: $500 $500k GTD Mystery Bounty||1,322||$511,840||Joseph Caffaro||Spring, TX||$45,950|
|Event #2: $400 NLH Jacked Stack||154||$50,820||James Farley||Corpus Christi, TX||$13,660|
|Event #3: $600 Omaha 8||55||$28,600||Tim Wong||$8,730|
|Event #4: $400 NLH Short Deck||21||$7,330||Salim Ishikov||N/A||$3,660|
|Event #5: $600 Triple Stud||39||$20,280||Sergio Braga||N/A||$7,510|
|Event #6: $200 Sweat and Go (Canceled)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Event #7: $400 NLH Seniors||72||$21,700||Larry Astolfo||Houston, TX||$8,320|
|Event #8: $600 H.O.R.S.E.||50||$26,000||Jonathan Breneman||Woodbury, MN||$8,840|
|Event #9: $1,100 The Big Texas $500k GTD||643||$630,140||Justin Bond||Dallas, TX||$115,480|
|Event #10: $600 Dealer’s Choice||32||$16,640||Jason Fitzpatrick||Houston, TX||$5,430|
|Event #11: $600 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw||24||$12,480||Christopher Williams||Mesa, AZ||$4,185|
|Event #12: $1,100 Mystery Bounty Turbo||37||$51,800||Blake Barousse||Lafayette, LA||$10,000|
|Event #13: $600 One Day $100k GTD||101||$121,680||Brandon Johnson||East Chicago, IL||$18,500|
|Event $14: $600 PLO 8||36||$18,720||Ravee Sundara||Brooklyn, NY||$7,030|
|Event #15: $250 Ladies Event sponsored by LOUD Lacquer||43||$8,600||Alexis Lee||N/A||$3,250|
|Event #16: $1,100 PLO Championship $100k GTD||157||$153,860||Ricardo Alvarado||Denison, TX||$37,640|
|Event #17: $600 NLH Survivor||96||$50,880||Dirty John||Houston, TX||$5,300|
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