McEuen wins HPO qualifier; Pupillo rolls



The Hollywood Poker Open regional in Lawrenceburg, Ind., recently concluded with Jesse McEuen coming out on top of a record field. He earned a seat to the HPO Championship at the M Resort in June and $50K.

Short-stacked with two tables left, the 35-year-old pro from Akron, Ohio, used a series of all-in moves to get a better idea of players’ strategies. McEuen won the World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em ante-only bracelet in June and has close to a half-million in career winnings.

John Moe of Cincinnati finished third in the main and captured two titles (PLO, NLH) to earn $30K from three events. Harlan Hunt won the seniors event. Cincinnati’s Steven Mink won $22K in the $450 deepstack.

LOCAL SUCCESS: Chicago native Nick Pupillo recently picked up a couple of tournament victories at the Seminole Hard Rock’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open. The talented 22-year-old pro is off to a good start, winning three tournaments within 30 days and nine 2014 final tables with $250K in winnings.

HORSESHOE S.I.: Since the turn of the century, stud games have vanished from poker rooms across the nation, but at Horseshoe Southern Indiana a $30-$60 game has been running on weekends for years. During the recent WSOPC, games were running as big as $50-$100.
Also, as of press time, the NLHE bad-beat jackpot was at $250K (quad eights) and the limit bad beat was $158K. You can find updates on the poker room’s Facebook page.

WCPC: The Windy City Poker Championship held its year-end charity event with its best turnout. More than 100 players came to Jenny’s in Mokena in an event that raised funds for the American Legion of Round Lake Park.

The noon Ante Up Chicago Charity Championship qualifier awarded the top seven players $1K main-event seats with eighth and ninth place winning $250 seats for a qualifier on Jan. 24.

The event also included the championship for the Windy City Poker League, which featured a $3K-plus prize pool that included a $1K main-event seat.

The Jan. 31 televised main event guarantees a minimum of 30 players participating with many more expected. For information on how you can win a seat or play in the event, which will be live online with commentary from Ante Up’s Scott Long, contact kirk@windycitypokerchampionshi or check outwindycitypokerchampionship. com.

There will be two events Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 in the Tinley/Orland area, as well.

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