|Written by Michael|
|Friday, 19 November 2010 17:27|
After all the drama at the Crystal Casino in Compton had concluded, Joe Tehan and Eric Baldwin had earned the two NAPT titles up for grabs and some coveted TV time on ESPN2 in December.
Entering the final table of the $5,000 main event, Tehan was fifth in chips, dramatically trailing Chris DeMaci who looked to be in control. After an early doubled up holding kings to DeMaci's A-K, very quickly, Tehan turned the tables and would eliminate every other opponent at the final table en route to victory.
Tehan said he didn't have a strategy coming in, but if he did have a strategy, it would be to knock out every player and win the trophy. He also said he had all these hands that were 50-50 type hands and all the pots in between he was just picking up chips as they went along.
Tehan earned $725,000 for the title, his first major victory since his World Poker Tour win in 2006. The eliminations started with Tehan knocking out Jake "psutennis11" Toole holding A-Q to J-J and followed that up by taking out the biggest name at the table, Jason Mercier, holding J-J to Mercier's A-K. The coinflips continued with Michael Binger going out in sixth, losing with 10-10 to Tehan's A-J. Tehan then took out Ray Henson and Anh Van Nguyen in one hand holding K-5 and turning a K to beat his opponent's A-J and A-Q, respectively. Al Grimes was next and finally, after a two-hour heads-up battle, DeMaci was eliminated in second place.
Wednesday was Tehan's day and with a marriage upcoming, the money provided to be an early present and he said he'd be using some of his profit for the wedding.
As for the Bounty Shootout, on Thursday the final nine players returned to face off for the winner-take all top prize of $134,280. Justin Young, Clint Coffee, Tom Marchese, Michael Mizrachi, Eric Baldwin, David Williams, Pat Pezzin, Moshin Charania and Kevin MacPhee battled it out and Baldwin, CardPlayer's 2009 Player of the Year, would go on to take down that top prize and put another notch in his already successful poker career.
What made this final table even more interesting is that besides all the top-tier players in competition, the final two, Baldwin and Young, and extremely close friends and have learned a lot from each other since joining the poker circuit. When the two faced off, it would take more than three hours of play to determine a champion until finally, Baldwin held pocket kings while Young was dealt A-Q and the two had all the chips in the center preflop. The kings held and Baldwin earned the victory and cash. Young didn't walk away empty handed as he eliminated the most players throughout the shootout (six) and earned a free seat into the High Roller Bounty Shootout at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January.
Baldwin Tweeted that he Won the NAPT bounty shootout! And also said he can now proudly claim to have won a shootout in Compton. Who doesn’t love a guy with a sense of humor?
Baldwin now has over $3.5 million in live tournament earnings throughout his short five-year career at the felt.
For making the final table, all players earned $20,000 and each player they knocked out was worth $1,000. For sports betting fans here's a look at the top 5 results:
1) Eric Baldwin ($157,280)