Philadelphia’s Jennifer Shahade won the €10,000 buy-in Open Face Chinese (OFC) Poker World Championship High Roller Tournament held at Prague’s King’s Casino by Tonybet Poker. She took home the first-place prize of €100,000.
The high-roller event had a field of 23 players, who generated a €218,500 prize pool, the biggest to be created at a live OFC poker tournament. Among the poker players who took part in this event were Sorel Mizzi, Jason Mercier, Alexander Kostritsyn, Rafi Amit, and many others. The event turned out to be a record breaker not only in terms of the size of the prize pool generated, but also on the number of people who watched it live.
A TonyBet Poker representative told PokerNews: “This is huge. The game of poker is changing right here, right now. This is our first live event, and it’s already the biggest in history. The number of entries has sent us to fantasy land. The event was bigger than any WSOP or European Poker Tour OFC poker event, and the players just loved it. The viewers loved it as well, as tens of thousands of OFC fans watched and interacted with the live broadcast and their responses were positive, to say the least.”
Four players finished in the cash in this tournament, which lasted for 13 hours. Shahade, who has emerged as the women’s chess champion twice, not only won the first-place prize of €100,000, but also a celebratory belt.
Shahade said that it was the largest buy-in tournament she had ever played and that she was happy that she had won it. She said that she almost reached the point of busting several times and did not play her best initially. However, she began playing better later on. Stating that this was her first Pineapple OFC live poker event, she said it was great fun.
In the course of the tournament, she had to fight a long battle against Jason Mercier, who had won the EPT 2013 Grand Final OFC tournament. Revealing her opinions about Mercier, she said that he is “really good.”
The players who finished second, third, and fourth were Ilya Bulychev, Iakov Onuchin, and Maxim Panyak, who won €58,250, €33,500, and €20,195, respectively.
The TonyBet OFC Poker World Championship continued on Tuesday at Prague’s King’s Casino with Day 1 of the Main Event, which had a buy-in of €1,000. The event’s Day 2 was streamed live at the TonyBet Poker Blog.