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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:05 PM Local Time
Florida standout takes down PLO event for $14k on home turf
Over the past couple years, David Prociak has added his name to the list of Florida’s elite poker players. The 2016 bracelet winner picked up his first WSOP Circuit ring on Wednesday, outlasting a field of 181 entries in the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha event. The victory earned him the top payout of $14,118.
Prociak, 34, is a part-time poker player from Orlando, Florida. As the owner of a small online shoe/clothing business, he is, by definition, an amateur on the felt. He’s a pro in practice though, having won a WSOP bracelet among dozens of other live results. In total, has more than $750,000 in earnings in his part-time career.
Still, Prociak reaffirmed his primary profession once again. “I’m an amateur poker player,” he said proudly. “But I want to be one of the best amateurs.”
After picking up the game online “a really long time ago,” Prociak took an extended hiatus earlier this decade. “When I started my business, I took six years off,” he said. “Cold.”
He got back on the bike in 2015 and picked up right where he left off. Last summer, Prociak won his bracelet in a $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo event, and he has posted tournament results across most poker disciplines. He said pot-limit Omaha is his favorite game, though.
Prociak’s face is a familiar one around the halls of Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, too. He won its in-house Player of the Year race last year, and he proudly represents the poker community in his home state.
“I play the tournaments here and at the World Series [of Poker],” he said. “I’m trying to win one of everything.”
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 3:44 PM Local Time
About 90 minutes into Day 2, the field is trimmed to 10 players, and they're now gathered around the final table for Event #6. Start-of-day chip leader David Prociak is still setting the pace.
Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: John Holley - 131,000 (16 bb)
Seat 2: Tim Garles - 53,000 (7 bb)
Seat 3: Benjamin Parker - 30,000 (4 bb)
Seat 4: Matt Kaplan - 241,000 (30 bb)
Seat 5: Jason Wells - 204,000 (26 bb)
Seat 6: Wally Maddah - 96,000 (12 bb)
Seat 7: David Prociak - 350,000 (44 bb)
Seat 8: Nicholas Vita - 265,000 (33 bb)
Seat 9: Daren Stabinski - 209,000 (26 bb)
Seat 10: Jon Borenstein - 235,000 (29 bb)
Blinds are 4,000/8,000 in the current level, putting the average stack around 23 big blinds.
Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $1,030 this afternoon, but the last man standing will earn the gold ring and the top prize of $14,118.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:59 AM Local Time
This $365 Pot-Limit Omaha event drew well today, attracting 181 entries by the time registration closed. The first 15 levels were put in the books, and the field was trimmed to 16 survivors by the end.
David Prociak (pictured) has opened up a massive lead over the field. The 2016 bracelet winner ended the night with 387,000 chips, good for more than 75 big blinds at the Day 2 starting level. The group chasing him is not going to make things easy for him, though.
Six-time ring winner John Holley has won tournaments in this building before, and he lurks in second place with 252,500 chips. Jon Borenstein (123,500), Wally Maddah (53,500), Alex Rocha (46,000), and Vinny Moscati (24,000) are also among the remaining field.
Day 2 chip counts | Day 2 seat draw
Blinds will be 2,500/5,000 when play resumes. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn a payday tomorrow, but all eyes are on the gold ring and the top prize of $14,118.
Day 2 begins at 2 p.m.
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