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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:16 PM Local Time
Former Army medic breaks out of a funk, wins first gold ring in Hammond
Hammond, Indiana (October 19, 2016) — Kenny Jackson is the champion of Event #5 at Horseshoe Hammond, defeating a field of 116 players to win the $580 H.O.R.S.E. event. The victory is Jackson’s first on the Circuit and the first significant result on his live tournament record. He collected the top prize of $17,399, his first ring, and 50 points in the race for Casino Champion at this venue.
Jackson is a 29-year-old Political Science student at DePaul University. He recently finished a stint as an Army medic in Alaska, and he’s back at home focusing on his education. And poker. He’s been dabbling in the game for about a decade, originally finding some good success in online mixed games. “I had a few big wins when those sites were still around,” he said. “But after they took that away, I switched to playing live whenever I could. So it was mostly just hold’em them. But my game was seven-card stud.”
Jackson certainly flexed his mixed-game muscles in this H.O.R.S.E event, building a huge stack early on Day 1 before a late tumble down the leaderboard. He ended the day in tenth place with 22 players remaining, but he found his stride once again on Day 2.
Entering the final table with one of the biggest stacks, Jackson tore through his final eight opponents, beginning the heads-up match with a huge chip lead against Bill Higgins. Higgins had been heads-up for a ring twice before, and he’d been denied a win on both occasions. Unfortunately for him, the third time was not the charm; Jackson was simply unbeatable, and Higgins was once again forced to settle for a runner-up finish.
As an observer of the final table, the outcome almost seemed foregone, and Jackson saw it that way, too. “I was thinking about the ring before the tournament even started,” he said. “This was my plan. I got in a little funk outside of poker, and I was just at home bumming and being lazy. I didn’t even want to come play poker sometimes. I told my friends, ‘I got this H.O.R.S.E. tournament, I’m going to try to take it down. I think I have a good chance.’”
Jackson says he’ll continue to pursue the game in a more serious capacity in the future, but for now, school and family come first. His little sister, Kat, is a tattoo artist and one of the stars of VH1’s series Black Ink Crew: Chicago, while his younger brother lives a more traditional life. “He’s the straight-forward one,” Jackson said with a laugh. “He’s getting married next year… he does normal stuff.”
Poker may not be “normal stuff” for most people, but the new champ seems to have found his second home at the tournament tables. “I just felt like I was going to take this one down,” he said. “It was about time. And it happened exactly the way I imagined it.”
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:47 PM Local Time
The heads-up match lasted less than an hour, and Kenny Jackson (pictured above) has just collected the last of Bill Higgins' chips to win his first gold ring.
The duel ended during the Omaha Hi-Lo round, when Higgins got the last of his short stack in preflop with . Jackson put him at risk with , and the board ran out to give him the pot and seal the victory.
The champ, who recently left the Army, is a 29-year-old bartender and student at DePaul University, and this $17,399 score is the largest on his tournament record. More details about his win will be published shortly.
Higgins (below) collects $10,754 for his runner-up finish, his third such result in his Circuit career.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:39 PM Local Time
With the elimination of Kinjal Shah (pictured) in third place, Kenneth Jackson and Bill Higgins are now heads-up for the H.O.R.S.E. ring. Here's how they stack up as the duel begins:
Kenny Jackson - 1,085,000
Bill Higgins - 305,000
Limits are 20,000/40,000 in the current level, putting about 35 total big bets in play.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:16 PM Local Time
Just nine players remain in this H.O.R.S.E. event, and they're now gathered around the final table. Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Kevin Brewer - 126,000 (8 BB)
Seat 2: Kinjal Shah - 133,000 (8 BB)
Seat 3: Bill Higgins - 68,000 (4 BB)
Seat 4: Jason Gola - 253,000 (16 BB)
Seat 5: Kenny Jackson - 196,000 (12 BB)
Seat 6: Michael Younan - 126,000 (11 BB)
Seat 7: Nedjeljko Sego - 253,000 (16 BB)
Seat 8: Shane Martin - 111,000 (7 BB)
Seat 9: William Bradbury - 124,000 (8 BB)
Everyone left is now guaranteed to earn at least $1,494, with more than ten times that amount and a gold ring reserved for the winner.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:34 PM Local Time
The starting field has been trimmed to 12 players, and Event #5 is now in the money, with everyone left guaranteed to earn a profit on their entry.
Players are on a break right now following the bursting of the bubble. When they return, limits will be 8,000/16,000, putting just over seven big bets in the average stack.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3:01 PM Local Time
This $580 H.O.R.S.E. event began with 116 players, and the final 22 of them have returned for today's decisive Day 2. The cards are in the air, and action will continue until a winner is determined. A top prize of more than $17,000 and the series' fifth gold ring are up for grabs this evening in Hammond.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3:52 AM Local Time
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:24 AM Local Time
Sixteen levels are in the books, the final hands have been played out at each table, and Day 1 is complete. Just 22 players remain from the starting field of 116, and only 12 of those will finish in the money.
Jerry Miller ended the day atop the leaderboard with 157,000 chips. Also still in the hunt is eight-time Circuit winner Valentin Vornicu, whose stack of 91,500 puts him in sixth place heading into Day 2. A ninth ring would tie him with Alex Masek for the all-time lead.
The complete list of chip counts and the Day 2 seat draw are available in the "Reports" tab.
Action restarts Tuesday at 3:00 PM and will continue until there's a winner.
Monday, October 17, 2016 10:18 PM Local Time
Registration has closed for this H.O.R.S.E. event with an official field of 116 players. Those entries generate a prizepool worth $58,000, which will be shared by the final 12 players. A min-cash is worth $1,212, and the prizes escalate all the way to a top payout of $17,399. The eventual winner will also collect the series' fifth gold ring.
The full breakdown of the payouts is available in the "Prizepool" tab above.
Monday, October 17, 2016 9:28 PM Local Time
Level 8 is about halfway complete, and this represents the last chance to join the field for Event #5. There will be a break following this level, after which registration will close. The board shows 116 entries so far, another significant increase over the turnout from last season.
The official numbers and the prizepool information will be released once finalized by the staff.
Monday, October 17, 2016 6:31 PM Local Time
It's another big turnout at Horseshoe Hammond. Event #5 is barely an hour old, and the field has already surpassed last season's turnout. The board shows 104 entries so far, with late registration available for about three more hours.
Monday, October 17, 2016 4:32 PM Local Time
Yesterday's pot-limit Omaha event was a popular one, and today's evening tournament is another non-hold'em event that should draw a big turnout. The $580 H.O.R.S.E. is the second of three such events on the series' schedule for this stop.
Last season, Jim Juvancic (pictured) defeated a field of 101 players in this event, earning more than $15,000 and his first gold ring. The local pro began the final table near the bottom of the leaderboard, but he stormed through some tough competition to snag the title.
Here are the vitals for today's event:
- Players begin with 12,000 chips
- Levels 1-16 are 30 minutes apiece
- Levels 17-21 are 40 minutes apiece
- Late registration is available until the start of Level 9
- Day 1 concludes at the end of Level 16
- Structure sheet available on site
Cards go in the air at 5:00 PM.