Jacob Bazeley, a professional poker player from Cincinnati, has beaten an impressive field of 766 players to win the $3,500 buy-in and $2 million guaranteed SHR Rock N Roll Poker Open NL Hold’em Main Event. He has received 1,368 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) Points and the first-place prize of $568,687. This is the largest prize of his poker career, and the POY Points he has earned have taken him to the 24th position on the POY leader board.
So far, Bazeley has bagged two major championship titles and won over $3.1 playing live poker tournaments. A year back, he won big in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event. His latest achievement puts him in the list of poker’s top young players.
A tournament blog belonging to the Seminole Hard Rock quotes him as saying: “I think there’s something to be said for the luck factor of winning one. I think the second one kind of gives you a little more respect. I know everyone around me respects me, but you get some titles, you get a little bit more love, you know? It’s just a little bit nicer.”
Bazeley had to defeat several formidable opponents at the final table. Among the finalists were Nipun Java, who finished seventh and took home $88,243; Jessica Dawley, who finished 6th and won $110,304; and Marvin Rettenmaier, who finished fifth and won $134,816. When the final table action began, Bazeley held the fourth biggest stack of chips. However, when he started playing heads-up against David Prociak, he had 12 million of the total number of 22 million chips in the game.
The final table play lasted for 68 hands, featuring a number of double ups and lead changes. When the last hand was being played, Bazeley had a chip lead of 2 to 1. He moved all-in and his opponent Prociak bet his last 8.8 million chips. While Prociak held a hand with the Three of Spades and Three of Diamonds, Bazeley held the King of Spades and Four of Diamonds. The cards on the board acted in favor of Bazeley, helping him win the championship title and the pot. Prociak finished as the runner-up and won a pot of $330,912.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth were Joshua Gibson ($202,224), Martin Carnero ($166,682), Marvin Rettenmaier ($134,816), Jessica Dawley ($110,304), Nipun Java ($88,243), and Peter Walsworth ($67,408), respectively.