Jesse McEuen won the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) Lawrenceburg Regional Main Event, the first event of the HPO’s third season, for which he got to take home the first-place prize of $50,000. He had to play against and defeat a field of 207 players, who generated a $207,000 prize pool. Both the player field and the prize pool were HPO record setters.
McEuen is a successful poker player, who has already bagged a World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet in the $1,500 NL Hold’em Ante up Tournament, for which he won $212,093. He also finished third in the WSOP 2013 $1,000 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament, for which he won a six-figure prize. For winning the HPO Lawrenceburg Regional Main Event, he also won an entry into the HPO Championship Tournament, which is scheduled to be held in June 2015 at the M Resort.
The final table results are as follows. The players who finished first and second were Jesse McEuen and Michael Hahn, who won $49,676 and $30,636, respectively. The players who finished third and fourth were John Moe and Jeff Armstrong, who won $20,700 and $14,697, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Andrew Jeffrey and Josh Burdick, who won $11,385 and $9,315, respectively. The players who finished seventh and eighth were Libby Wilson and Jamie Mills, who won $7,763 and $6,521, respectively. The player who finished ninth was Sam Smith, who took home a prize of $5,382.
Chris Moneymaker, who won the WSOP 2003 Main Event, also took part in the event, but was eliminated on Day 2. Only 27 players finished in the cash and the bubble boy was Shane Delaney.
McEuen attracted attention only when the finals were being played. When the last hand was being played, his opponent Hahn bet all-in, but his Jack Pair was no match for the double pair that McEuen held. Eventually, Hahn was unable to improve his hand and McEuen was declared as the winner of the HPO third season’s first event.
McEuen later said: “I actually came here to test my skills in tournaments before going to Florida since I mainly play cash games. I love the place, staff, dealers here. Everyone was great. It was the coolest staff I’ve ever dealt with as a poker player.”
Another HPO regional main event will be played at Toledo in Ohio in February 2015. The event will be covered live by PokerNews.com.