Robert Tanita Crowned 2014 Arizona State Poker Champion

Robert Tanita Crowned 2014 Arizona State Poker ChampionThe Arizona State Poker Championship was held at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale, and its $1,100 buy-in main event attracted a huge field of 1,460 players to create a prize pool worth $1,460,000. After three starting days, followed by two further days of action it was Arizona’s own Robert Tanita who captured the title, and walked away richer to the tune of $257,690.
The main event attracted some of the most talented players in the game, with just 150 place then being paid. Phil Hellmuth fell short of a money spot but amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their investment was  Max Steinberg in 74th ($3,431), James Bechtel Jr. in 61st ($3,577), Mike Wattel in 51st ($3,650), Karina Jett in 41st ($4,015), Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke in 35th ($4,380), Thomas “Thunder” Keller in 23rd ($4,745), Leif Force in 22nd ($4,745), and Dylan Hortin in 11th ($7,884).
By the time the final table of ten had been reached, Robert Tanita then took his place at a packed table which included the likes of David Williams, Matt Affleck, and Kenna James. Interestingly, Matt Affleck then proceeded to eliminate fellow pros Kenna James in 9th ($25,550), and David Williams in 8th ($40,150), before being dealt pocket fours and being eliminated himself by Brayden Quackenbush (A-K) in 5th for $83,950.
Eventually, Robert Tanita did likewise to Steve Buell in 4th ($98,550), and Quackenbush in 3rd ($131,400) to usher in the heads-up phase of the competition. As the final battle got underway, Tanita held a 3 to 1 chip advantage over Jerry Sanchez and just 10 minutes is all it would take before a short-stacked Sanchez shoved preflop with J-8 only to be called by his opponent with pocket eights. The dealer then put out a 6-6-10-K-9 board to consign Sanchez toa runner-up finish worth $175,200, while Robert Tanita was crowned the Arizona State Poker Championship winner.
Final Table Results:
1 Robert Tanita       $257,690
2 Jerry Sanchez       $175,200
3 B. Quackenbush   $131,400
4 Steve Buell       $98,550
5 Matt Affleck       $83,950
6 Mark Atanovich   $69,350
7 Huy “Spike” Le   $54,750
8 David Williams   $40,150
9 Kenna James       $25,550
10 Pierce McKellar $18,250


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