The $2080 buy-in Main Event of the California State Poker Championship 2013 came to an end on the night of Sunday, with Brent Hanks winning the first place prize of $117,760. Hanks, the winner of a World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012 bracelet, had to battle with a field of 258 players to emerge as the champion. The total prize pool generated was more than $500k.
The final table results of the event are as follow. As the last man standing, Brent Hanks of Las Vegas won the first place prize of $117,760. The players who finished second and third were Gavin Griffins of Ladera Ranch, who won $82,640, and Daniel Park of Arcadia, who won $53,160, respectively. The players who finished fourth and fifth were David Mallka of Los Angeles, who won $39,340, and Dong Tao of Laguna Niguel, who won $29,530, respectively. The players who finished sixth and seventh were Jesse Martin of Northboro, who won $23,620, and Babken Vardanyan of Burbank, who won $19,620, respectively. The players who finished eighth and ninth were Ramzi Srour of Burbank, who won $15,720, and Zhong Chen of Riverside, who won $11,760, respectively.
The chip leader of Day 1a was Ernest Avanesian, and at the end of Day 1b, Levi Berger emerged as the chip leader. The noteworthy players of Day 2 were Barry Greenstein, Jeff Madsen, Mimi Tran, and Eric Baldwin, but none of them won cash prizes.
The first player to win a cash prize was Bobby Suer, who finished in the 27th position. Later, Avanesian, who was the chip leader on Day 1a, finished in the 18th position and won a cash prize of $6,010. Berger, who was the chip leader on Day 1b, finished in the 12th position and won a cash prize of $8,610.
The final table held 10 players with Hanks as the chip leader. The shortest stack of chips was held by Gavin Griffin, the winner of a WSOP gold bracelet. However, Griffin managed to build his chip stack and ended up playing heads-up against Hanks.
When the last hand was being played, Griffin bet all in with an Ace and a Six of Hearts against Hank’s Ace of Spades and Nine of Clubs. When the board presented a Seven of Hearts, a Seven of Spades, a Four of Spades, a Nine of Diamonds, and an Ace of Clubs, Griffin finished as the runner-up and Hanks emerged as the champion.