Poker player Brian Cavaliere says that he got interested in poker because of something that happened ten years back—Chris Moneymaker’s spectacular poker victory during the main event of World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013. He was deeply inspired by the fact that Moneymaker, who was just an amateur accountant, became a poker hero and a millionaire overnight. He began playing poker, won his way into the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) Charlestown regional event, and emerged as its champion.

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Here are the final table results of the HPO Charlestown Main Event. As the champion, Brian took home a prize of $39,756. Joseph Stiers and Mark Castaldo, the players who finished second and third, won prizes of $24,555 and $18,708, respectively. The players who finished fourth and fifth were Lee Childs, who won $11, 693, and Jim Boyd, who won $9,354. The players who finished sixth and seventh were David Lackey, who won $7,016, and Mike Summers, who won $5,846.

After he won the tournament, Cavaliere, who is a resident of Hazlet in New Jersey, expressed his gratitude to his parents, who had supported him throughout. He had invested $235 to purchase a ticket to a HPO satellite and had won a seat to the HPO Charlestown Regional Main Event, an event with a buy-in of $1,800.

Cavaliere, who used to play online poker and prefers cash poker games over tournaments, says that the HPO Charlestown Regional Main Event was the third live poker tournament he had played in the course of his poker career, and this includes the qualifier satellite he had participated in earlier this week. Although he had to face experienced poker pros such as Joseph Stiers and Lee Childs, he survived through Day 2.

When he finally reached the final table, he eliminated David Lackey in the sixth place and then knocked Jim Boyd off the table. He continued playing with a steady chip stack till he reached a heads-up match against Stiers, who had 1.2 million chips in his stack against Brian’s 200,000. Chiefly owing to this huge difference in chip stacks, the heads-up match lasted for a long time and ended with Cavaliere as the champion.

Cavaliere’s prize of $39,756 includes a prize package to the HPO Regional Championship, which will be played at the Las Vegas based M Resort Casino Spa. This prize package includes a buy-in of $2,500 to the HPO Regional Championship along with travel and accommodation charges.