Dec 11 11:00 pm

Championship: John Beady Wins the Bar Poker Open National Championship

2017 Bar Poker Open
$100,000 Guarantee Championship

Entries: 706
Prize Pool: $104,285
December 9-11, 2017

John Beady, 2017 Bar Poker Open National Champion

The 2017 Bar Poker Open was another successful series that brought bar league poker players from around the country to take part in ten tournaments which culminated with the $100,000 Guaranteed Bar Poker Open National Championship. This special tournament was invitation only; some players were able to win their seat and enter for the $35 registration fee while other top league players were invited to join for the $150+$35 buy-in.

The two starting flights combined to put 706 entries into the game to top the $100,000 guarantee for the first time in the tournament’s history. Of those entries, 71 players advanced to Day 2 with Ron Burke bagging in both flights. Each flight played down into the money so everyone returned on Monday knowing they would hitting the payout desk at some point.

Ron Licari ended Flight A with a huge lead and it held on through Flight B on Sunday. He returned as the only player with a one million chip stack at the start of Day 2 and he stayed among the leaders throughout the day. Licari’s lead was not unchallenged with other players chasing him including Bill Schuch, Margie Dailey, and Manny Avila. The tournament quickly played down towards the live-stream final table and they were on the bubble before the third break of the day.

With 13 players remaining and ten making the final table, there were three sudden eliminations to get them there. Troy Velez and Dailey were eliminated on the same hand at Table 1 while Vince Buffone, the last Canadian in the tournament, went out in 11th place at the other. Tournament staff paused the clock, chips were counted, and they redrew new seats.

After an extended break for relaxation and player interviews, the final table kicked off and play continued to move along at a fast pace. James Jett, Josh Mogel, and Darin Wright were knocked out in quick succession followed by Licari, riding his big Day 2 lead to a seventh-place finish. Bill Schuch was a big stack at the start of the final table but he caught a bad beat to exit in fifth and Robert Oswald was eliminated on his heels.

Chips swapped hands during three-handed action before G Dull was sent out in another tough beat. The heads-up battle between John Beady and Avila was tight at the beginning but it did not last long. Beady called all in with a flush draw/straight draw that got there on the river to crack Avila’s kings. Tournament staff counted down the stacks and Beadle was ahead when the chips went in the middle to propel him to the title.

Avila earned $14,078 for his runner-up finish after a great run that saw him hold the chip lead for much of the final table. Beady earned $24,190 for his biggest career cash and he will take home the Bar Poker Open trophy for bragging rights in his poker league games.

Final table results:

1st: John Beady (Eastern Coast Poker) – $24,190
2nd: Manny Avila (Eastern Coast Poker) – $14,078
3rd: G Dull (KOntenders) – $8,604
4th: Robert Oswald (Riverchasers) – $7,091
5th: Bill Schuch (Riverchasers) – $5,736
6th: Wayne Phillips (Riverchasers) – $4,693
7th: Ron Licari (Riverchasers) – $3,754
8th: Darin Wright (Riverchasers) – $2,868
9th: Josh Mogel (Riverchasers) – $1,981
10th: James Jett (Deep Stacks) – $1,304

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Dec 11 9:33 pm

Championship: Heads Up Underway

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 34: 175,000/350,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 706

John Beady
Eastern Poker Tour

After a quick break to get the table set up for heads-up play, Manny Avila and John Beady are back in their seats ready to play it out for the title. They are in a virtual dead heat to began the action so this might last a while.

Either way, an Eastern Poker Tour player is walking away with the trophy.

Seat 6: Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 8,825,000 (25 bb)
Seat 9: John Beady (Eastern Poker Tour) – 8,880,000 (25 bb)

Manny Avila
Eastern Poker Tour

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Dec 11 9:31 pm

Championship: G Dull – 3rd Place ($8,604)

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 34: 175,000/350,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 706

G Dull
KOntenders

John Beady opened his button to 1,200,000 and G Dull moved all in from the small blind for 2,150,000. Manny Avila mucked his big blind and Beady called trying to get the Championship to heads-up play.

Dull:
Beady:

Beady was ahead but Dull hit the flop to take the lead. He had a lot of outs to dodge with the flush draw and aces left in the deck and the turn changed nothing. The KOntenders crowd was on its feet cheering for a good river but the was only good for Beady. Dull had an energetic rail but they will have to settle with third place for their guy.

John Beady (Eastern Poker Tour) – 8,880,000 (25 bb)
G Dull (KOntenders) – Eliminated in 3rd place ($8,604)

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Dec 11 9:10 pm

Championship: Manny Avila Doubles Through G Dull

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 34: 175,000/350,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 706

Manny Avila
Eastern Poker Tour

Manny Avila moved all in from the button, John Beady released his small blind, and G Dull quickly called in the big blind without asking for a count.

Dull:
Avila:

Another race at the final table and Avila needed to hold to stay in the game. The dealer kept the board load as it ran out to send him the big double. They counted down Avila’s stack and he was all in for 4,470,000 and the double is good enough to put him back in the lead.

Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 9,400,000 (27 bb)
G Dull (KOntenders) – 2,100,000 (6 bb)

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Dec 11 8:52 pm

Championship: Huge Double for John Beady

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 33: 150,000/300,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 706

John Beady
Eastern Poker Tour

John Beady opened to 650,000 from the button and Manny Avila called from the big blind before the flop. Avila checked, Beady bet 1,200,000 and Avila called. The turn came , Avila checked once more and Beady kept firing, this time for 1,700,000.

Avila decided to make his check-raise move and put Beady all in with second pair . Beady called with a monster and Avila only had five hands to save the big pot. The river was and Beady jumped into a huge lead while Avila moved to the bottom of the three.

John Beady (Eastern Poker Tour) – 8,600,000 (29 bb)
Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 3,700,000 (12 bb)

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Dec 11 8:31 pm

Championship: Robert Oswald – 4th Place ($7,091)

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 33: 150,000/300,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 706

Robert Oswald
Riverchasers

Soon after coming back from the break, G Dull moved all in from the button and Robert Oswald checked his cards from the big blind. After a few peeks, he tossed in his short stack trying for the double.

Oswald:
Dull:

Dull was ahead for the knockout and faded the flop. Oswald took the lead on the turn but Dull hit the Broadway gutshot draw on the river to knock him out in fourth place.

G Dull (KOntenders) – 5,000,000 (17 bb)
Robert Oswald (Riverchasers) – Eliminated in 4th place ($7,901)

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Dec 11 8:24 pm

Championship: Break Time Counts

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 33: 150,000/300,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 706

The four remaining players took off on a 20-minute break and are now heading back into action with Manny Avila in the lead and Robert Oswald needs to make a move with only three big blinds.

Seat 1: G Dull (KOntenders) – 3,735,000 (12 bb)
Seat 6: Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 7,525,000 (25 bb)
Seat 8: Robert Oswald (Riverchasers) – 935,000 (3 bb)
Seat 9: John Beady (Eastern Poker Tour) – 5,510,000 (18 bb)

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Dec 11 8:07 pm

Championship: John Beady versus Manny Avila

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 32: 120,000/240,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 706

Manny Avila versus John Beady

Manny Avila opened the action big from the button to 650,000 and John Beady called in the big blind to see the flop. Beady put out 800,000 and Avila went deep into the tank. After a few minutes, he checked his cards, rechecked his cards, and put them in the muck.

Not a major hand but it was good enough to draw Beady near even with Avila for the lead.

John Beady (Eastern Poker Tour) – 6,400,000 (27 bb)
Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 6,600,000 (28 bb)

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Dec 11 7:46 pm

Championship: Bill Schuch – 5th Place ($5,736)

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 32: 120,000/240,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 706

Bill Schuch
Riverchasers

Action folded around to Bill Schuch in the small blind and he opened to 545,000. Manny Avila called to see the flop and Schuch bet another 525,000. Avila put Schuch all in and he called with the best hand.

Schuch:
Avila:

Avila was drawing thin with Schuch 90% to win with his top two pair. Avila picked up an open-ended straight draw on the turn and the bad beat for Schuch completed on the river to give Avila the straight.

Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 6,000,000 (30 bb)
Bill Schuch (Riverchasers) – Eliminated in 5th place ($5,736)

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Dec 11 7:36 pm

Championship: Wayne Phillips – 6th Place ($4,693)

2017 Bar Poker Open National Championship
$100,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 31: 100,000/200,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 706

Manny Avila (left), Wayne Phillips (center) and Robert Oswald (right)

Action folded to Manny Avila in the hijack, he opened to 550,000 and Wayne Phillips called all in for his final 520,000 from cutoff. Not to be left out, Robert Oswald moved all in for 1,315,000 from the button and Avila called with a chance to knock out two players.

Avila:
Phillips:
Oswald:

A tough situation for Phillips and he was drawing dead to sixth place before the flop was dealt. The flop was good for Oswald and he pulled the big pot after the turn and river. A bad spot for Phillips but he took home $4,693 for a few days work.

Robert Oswald (Riverchasers) – 3,620,000 (18 bb)
Manny Avila (Eastern Poker Tour) – 3,900,000 (20 bb)
Wayne Phillips (Riverchasers) – Eliminated in 6th place ($4,693)

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