Ronnie Pease Wins CPPT Foxwoods In ConnecticutFebruary 18, 2014 11:38 am
Ronnie Pease has won the Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT Foxwoods) main event, after overcoming a field of 340 players over three days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the $91,347 first place prize.
The $1,650 buy-in main event was held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket in Connecticut and attracted a good-sized field to create a prize pool worth $494,700. By the time Day 2 was reached, just 13 players remained with Ronnie Pease out in front as the chipleader. It would then take a further 13 and a half hours of play before the title was decided following a marathon heads-up battle between Chris Tryba and Ronnie Pease.
As the heads-up got underway, Tryba held a 7-to-1 chiplead over Pease, but after grinding his way back to even the players subsequently struck a deal that would see them equally share the remaining prize pool.
“I had pretty much wire to wire chiplead but the low points were pretty low. It was different to have to change gears, but at the same time, when you play tournaments and play poker for a living you have to be able to switch it up. You can’t always be gas pedal when you lose that chip lead. You have to change your strategy,” explained Pease.
Eventually, the defining hand was played with Tryba all-in preflop holding Jh-9h to his opponent’s A-5, and after the board rolled out K-Q-7-Q-9, Chris Tryba finished the runner-up, while Ronnie Pease was crowned the CPPT Foxwoods champion.
Commenting later on his heads-up opponent, Ronnie Pease, said: “Chris is a friend. It was weird playing heads-up with a friend but it was fun. He is a really good player and it’s cool to get heads-up with a friend. It was a long battle but I’m happy.”
Final Table Results:
1 Ronnie Pease $91,347
2 Chris Tryba $91,346
3 Mike Jarvela $45,760
4 Frank Paul $36,360
5 Ben Bianco $26,714
6 Mark Lieberman $21,767
7 Brad St. Vincent $17,809
8 Josh Albin $14,898
9 Anthony Ruberto $10,898