Joey Couden Wins Hollywood Poker Open Columbus After Dramatic Comeback

Joey Couden Wins Hollywood Poker Open Columbus After Dramatic ComebackJoey Couden has won the 2014 Hollywood Poker Open Columbus Regional Main Event, after not only overcoming a field of 126 players but also a 7-1 chip disadvantage against his final opponent to take down the title, and the first place prize of $60,827.
Couden now boasts $523,673 in live tournament earnings and commenting after his latest victory, said: “It’s a poison. I was born to win this tournament. I’ve been playing in the Columbus area since I was 15.”
The Main Event was held at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, with the record sized field creating a prize pool worth $202,754. Amongst the notable pros entering the tournament was Hollywood Poker Open ambassador Chris Moneymaker, who after being eliminated early on Day 1, tweeted:
“Ran real poor on first shell of @hwpokeropen and pushed too much in several spots.”
By the end of the day just 29 hopefuls returned for Day 2 with only 13 places reserved for a money spot. David Westfall subsequently became the bubble-boy, while Nick Guagenti would finish in 13th place for $4,055.
Couden (10-10) then proceeded to eliminate Stephen Birtcher (J-10) in 9th ($5,576), before being dealt A-K and doing likewise to Danny Clements (Q-Q) in 8th for $7,096. Continuing his assault at the final table Couden (5-5) dispatched Scott Dehm (Q-7) to the rail in 6th ($11,151), Todd Funderburg in 4th ($17,944), and Chris Collins in 3rd ($24,330), to force heads-up play against his final opponent John Michalak.
As heads-up got underway, Couden held a slight chip advantage over Michalak, but in time Couden would find himself at a 7-1 chip disadvantage before doubling up holding A-10 to Michalak’s A-6. From then on Couden never looked back and eventually the situation was reversed with Michalak all-in preflop holding A-4 to his opponent’s A-J. The dealer subsequently put out a Q-6-3-2-7 board to consign John Michalak to a runner-up finish worth $36,496, while Joey Couden walked away with the title.
Final Table Results:
1 Joey Couden      $60,827
2 John Michalak      $36,496
3 Chris Collins      $24,330
4 Todd Funderburg $17,944
5 Jimmie Adams      $13,483
6 Scott Dehm      $11,151
7 Patrick Grace    $9,124
8 Danny Clements   $7,096
9 Stephen Birtcher $5,576

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