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Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:40 PM Local Time
Local salesman collects more than $13,000 in his return to tournament poker
Hammond, Indiana (October 27, 2016) — Nate Crawford is the champion of Event #11 at Horseshoe Hammond, defeating a field of 269 entries to earn his first gold ring. Crawford also collected the top prize of $13,178 and 50 points toward the season-long race for seats in the Global Casino Championship.
Crawford is a 33-year-old cable salesman from Chicago. He used to play the game more regularly, but family responsibilities have taken over his primary focus in recent years, limiting his opportunities to play tournaments, in particular. He decided to come take a little shot with the Circuit in town, and it paid off with a big victory in one of the series’ most popular events.
“People don’t ever believe me,” Crawford said of his own playing style. “I just play premium cards. I only wear shades and a hoody so I can watch other people — so I can figure out what they’re doing.” Crawford said he showed down big hands all throughout Day 1, and he ran up a huge stack in the first few levels on his way to collecting 10 bounties. “I hit a lot of sets, so…,” he laughed. “I had quads… Maybe it’s beginner’s luck all over again. I’ll take it.”
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though, as is often the case in tournament poker. During the middle stages of Day 1, Crawford took a bad beat that almost cost him the tournament. His pocket tens were cracked by an opponent’s pocket eights, and he admittedly tilted off most of his hard-earned stack thereafter.
The dinner break interrupted what might have been a complete catastrophe, and Crawford came back from the break and “got back into the groove,” as he said. By the time the day concluded with 17 players, he was once again near the top of the leaderboard, tied for third place entering Day 2.
Crawford proceeded to plow through the remaining field on Monday, collecting five more bounties on the way to a heads-up match against fellow-Chicagoan Geremi Wicinski. Wicinski began the match in a big hole that he could not climb out of, and Crawford soon collected the last two $100 bounties — Wicinski’s and his own — and a gold ring to mark his first Circuit victory.
Monday, October 24, 2016 8:12 PM Local Time
The journey from five-handed to heads-up play took more than four hours. but the final duel lasted just one hand.
Geremi Wicinski quickly gets the last of his stack into the middle preflop with , and Nate Crawford (pictured above) puts him at risk with . The board runs out , and Crawford turns trip kings to leave his opponent drawing dead and seal the win. More details about his victory will be published shortly.
Wicinski (below) collects $8,144 for his runner-up finish.
Monday, October 24, 2016 7:55 PM Local Time
With the elimination of Leonid Sagalovsky (pictured) in third place, Nate Crawford and Geremi Wicinski are heads-up for the ring in Event #11. The former begins the duel with a big chip lead.
Nate Crawford - 1,850,000
Geremi Wicinski - 840,000
Blinds are 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante in the current level, putting about 67 total big blinds in play.
Monday, October 24, 2016 2:39 PM Local Time
The starting field has been trimmed to nine players, and they're now seated around the event's final table. Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Dheeraj Naredlla - 170,000
Seat 2: Kui Ho Jung - 264,000
Seat 3: Leonid Sagalovsky - 249,000
Seat 4: Geremi Wicinski - 295,000
Seat 5: Nate Crawford - 635,000
Seat 6: Cody Brinn - 95,000
Seat 7: Nadya Magnus - 150,000
Seat 8: Ali Pabarja - 750,000
Seat 9: Garry Kalmanovich - 70,000
Blinds are about to move to 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante, putting the average stack just under 25 big blinds.
Monday, October 24, 2016 12:03 PM Local Time
The final 17 players are back for Day 2 inside The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $677 this afternoon, and play will continue until a winner is determined. More than $13,000 and one of the series' last few rings await the champion.
Cards are in the air.
Monday, October 24, 2016 3:15 AM Local Time
Monday, October 24, 2016 3:14 AM Local Time
The clock has run out on Day 1 with 17 players remaining.
Ali Pabarja showed the biggest chip profit on the day, turning his 10,000-chip starting stack into an impressive 443,000 through the first 18 levels of play. Kui Jung's stack of 287,000 represents the nearest threat to Pabarja's lead. There's a two-way tie for third behind those two, with Nadya Magnus and Nathaniel Crawford bagging up 232,500 chips apiece.
Cody Brinn (148,000) also advanced to Day 2, and he's playing for more than the ring tomorrow. Brinn represents the most immediate threat to the leader of the series' points race, Art Harb. Harb finished in the money in this event, bumping his total to 70 points with just one new event remaining for him. Brinn has 37.5 points, and a runner-up finish or better would move him ahead of Harb.
Blinds will be 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante when play resumes, putting the average stack just over 25 big blinds. Day 2 begins at noon.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 11:03 PM Local Time
About midway through Level 17, the field has been reduced to 27 players, and Event #11 is now in the money. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $435.
One of those who's most excited to clear the bubble is Art Harb (pictured), the current leader in the race for Casino Champion here at Horseshoe Hammond. Although he's desperately short on chips, Harb has just snuck into the money, padding his running tally of 67.5 by at least 2.5 more points. He only needs to fade three more events worth of points chasers to lock up the title, but a lot can change in the series' final 24 hours.
Blinds are 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante in the current level, putting the average stack at 20 big blinds.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 5:45 PM Local Time
Registration is closed for this event, and the numbers have been finalized. This $365 bounty tournament drew a field of 269 entries, putting $53,800 in the main prizepool and $26,900 in the bounty pool. The prize money will be shared by the final 27 players, with a min-cash worth $435. The winner's share is $13,178 and one of the last few rings up for grabs at Horseshoe Hammond.
The full breakdown of the payouts can be found in the "Prizepool" tab above.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 11:53 AM Local Time
Today's noon event is another $365 no-limit hold'em event, but this one features $100 bounties. Here are the vitals:
- This is a two-day event
- Players begin with 10,000 chips
- $100 bountiesLevels 1-12 are 30 minutes apiece
- Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes apiece
- Late registration is available until the start of Level 9
- View the structure sheet
Play begins shortly.