Brad Lawn Wins WPT Foundation Pala Poker Open

The WPT Foundation Pala Poker Open held at Pala Casino Spa & Resort was completed last night with Brad Lawn from San Diego winning his first-ever poker title and the amount of $27,305.

The three-day event with a buy-in fee of $1,100 attracted a field of 109 entries. It is important to note that $100 of each entry’s fee are to be donated to the so-called Special Olympics Southern California – an organization devoted to help people with various intellectual disabilities. The entries created a prize pool of $97,000. However, the event featured a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The top 12 finishers received their share of the prize pool, with the payouts starting from $1,990.

Day 2, or the last one in the event’s schedule, saw 20 players returning to set the final table and eventually determine the winner. Play resumed from Level 15 and it took four levels for the name of the nine finalists to be announced.

The final table started in Level 19 with Heath Klock as the chip leader. Klock had a total of 542,000 in chips and was followed by the eventual champion with 378,000 and Shaun Davis with 345,000.

John Sarkistan was the first to leave the final table. His 9th place secured him with a payout of $2,735. Klock was the next to go. His elimination came in Level 21. The player’s payout amounted to $4,549.

Cliff Lindroth took 7th place in the special charity event. He took home $4,549. Davis finished 6th to collect $5,461.

In Level 23, David Sheunemann was eliminated in 5th place for $6,828. The next elimination came two levels later, when Reynaldo Camanyang hit the rail, taking home $9,108 for his fourth-place finish. Sam Korn took 3rd place to scoop $12,289 of the entire prize pool.

Lawn faced Tim Anders heads-up. On what turned out to be the last hand in play, the eventual winner held [Ac][Kc], which secured him with the victory, the tournament trophy, and the amount of $27,305. The player revealed that this has been his best live cash so far.

As for Anders, he had to content himself with the runner-up finish and the consolation prize of $19,118.

Minutes after his victory, Lawn told interviewers that he had a spectacular night and was extremely happy with the fact that his family and friends were there to watch him. The winner also revealed that he is a frequent visitor to Pala Casino and he finds it a really nice venue to play poker at.

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