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Thomas Millward Victorious Following Four-Way Chop in Last Night’s $130/$30K

Final report for Event 12 which finished Thursday at about 2:30am

2016 Coco Poker Open
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, FL
Event #12
$130 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 258
Prize Pool: $30,000
September 28, 2016

Thomas Millward
Thomas Millward

Chip leader Thomas Millward earned the top spot in last night’s $130 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed Coco Poker Open Event 12. The tournament drew a tough field of 258 entries and played out over the course of about eight hours before the final four players agreed to a chop. Millward and his pile of chips went home with $5,500 while Vito Polera and Peter Chin each pocketed $4,750 and short stack John Holley earned $3,945.

Millward is a 52-year-old sales manager from Boca Raton. His tournament resume is modest, but boasts a handful of cashes in the South Florida region. The $5,500 score in Event 12 marks his largest reported in-the-money finish to date.

The late stages of play in the $130 were headlined by Rafael Indriago Salazar. Salazar has played four events this series and final tabled each of them. He followed up a victory in Event 2 with a runner-up finish in Event 7 and an 8th-place finish in Event 8. He kept the hot streak going in Event 12,  but was eliminated shy of a second title. He ended up busting 5th good for a $1,710 score.

In addition to his prize money, Salazar has been rewarded with the Coco Poker Open leaderboard points lead. The 15-tournament race awards points for all entries and bonus points for tournament buy-in, field size and place finished. Following the conclusion of the Coco Poker Open, the top 10 points earners pocket prizes with the leader earning a $1,200 bonus.

There was some talk of chop early in Event 12, but with nine players remaining nothing materialized. It wasn’t until Salazar’s 5th-place finish that Millward and Holley — somewhat reluctantly — agreed to a deal shortly after 2:30am. Millward’s $5,500 score amounts to hourly earnings of just under $650 an hour. Not a bad haul for Wednesday night’s work.

Event 12 final results:

1st: Thomas Millward – $5,500
2nd: Vito Polera – $4,750
3rd: Peter Chin – $4,750
4th: John Holley – $3,945
5th: Rafael Indriago Salazar – $1,710
6th: Barry Price – $1,320
7th: Andrew Turzak – $1,020
8th: Misty Abeln – $750
9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420
11th: Howard Goodsite – $420
12th: Robert Transue – $420
13th: George Davila – $360
14th: Wanlop Phonphornwithoon – $360
15th: Tomislav Krizanic – $360
16th: Rinat Haviv – $315
17th: Lance Goldenberg – $315
18th: James Oliver – $315
19th: Marc Zeitlin – $270
20th: Jill Rukeyser – $270
21st: Mark Carattini – $270
22nd: Albert Efremoff – $270
23rd: David Poces – $270
24th: Steve Raeman – $270
25th: Monroe Collins – $270
26th: Marc Levy – $270
27th: James Salmon – $270

Event 12: We Have a Four-Handed Deal; Thomas Millward Wins ($5,500)

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Total Entries: 4 of 258

Thomas Millward
Thomas Millward

Moments after Rafael Indriago Salazar’s 5th-place finish, the final four agreed to a deal. Chip leader Thomas Millward pocketed $5,500 while Vito Polera and Peter Chin each earned $4,750. Short stack John Holley rounded out the payouts with a $3,945 cash.

Vito Polera - $4,750
Vito Polera – $4,750
Peter Chin - $4,750
Peter Chin – $4,750
John Holley - $3,945
John Holley – $3,945

A full report on the tournament will be posted Thursday afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a look at its final results:

1st: Thomas Millward – $5,500
2nd: Vito Polera – $4,750
3rd: Peter Chin – $4,750
4th: John Holley – $3,945
5th: Rafael Indriago Salazar – $1,710
6th: Barry Price – $1,320
7th: Andrew Turzak – $1,020
8th: Misty Abeln – $750
9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420
11th: Howard Goodsite – $420
12th: Robert Transue – $420
13th: George Davila – $360
14th: Wanlop Phonphornwithoon – $360
15th: Tomislav Krizanic – $360
16th: Rinat Haviv – $315
17th: Lance Goldenberg – $315
18th: James Oliver – $315
19th: Marc Zeitlin – $270
20th: Jill Rukeyser – $270
21st: Mark Carattini – $270
22nd: Albert Efremoff – $270
23rd: David Poces – $270
24th: Steve Raeman – $270
25th: Monroe Collins – $270
26th: Marc Levy – $270
27th: James Salmon – $270

Event 12: Rafael Indriago Salazar — 5th Place ($1,170)

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Total Entries: 4 of 258

Rafael Indriago Salazar
Rafael Indriago Salazar

Rafael Indriago Salazar was eliminated in 5th place earning $1,170. The deep run marks his fourth final table of the series and adds to his Coco Poker Open points lead. Just three points-eligible events remain and Salazar is in good position to pocket the contest’s $1,200 top prize.

Updated 10-handed final table results:

5th: Rafael Indriago Salazar – $1,710
6th: Barry Price – $1,320
7th: Andrew Turzak – $1,020
8th: Misty Abeln – $750
9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420

Event 12: Barry Price — 6th Place ($1,320)

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Total Entries: 5 of 258

Barry Price
Barry Price

Barry Price open-shoved his last 100,000 from middle position and Vito Polera raised from the cutoff. The remaining players folded and Price was at risk.

Polera: TcTs
Price: KcJh

Price never improved and was eliminated in 6th place for $1,320.

Updated 10-handed final table results:

6th: Barry Price – $1,320
7th: Andrew Turzak – $1,020
8th: Misty Abeln – $750
9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420

Event 12: Andrew Turzak — 7th Place ($1,020)

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante
Total Entries: 6 of 258

Andrew Turzak
Andrew Turzak

In a heads up pot versus Peter Chin, Andrew Turzak shoved about 350,000 on a KcTs4d5h turn. Chin called and had Turzak’s 5d3d at risk holding 8s8h.

River: Jh

Chin’s pair of eights held and he eliminated Andrew Turzak in 7th place.

Updated 10-handed final table results:

7th: Andrew Turzak – $1,020
8th: Misty Abeln – $750
9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420

Event 12: Play Moving Fast

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 10,000/20,000/2,000 Ante
Total Entries: 8 of 258

Play has been moving fast since reaching the final two tables barely one hour ago. Here’s a look at the eliminations since our last update:

9th: David Jalava – $540
10th: Evan Dollinger – $420
11th: Howard Goodsite – $420
12th: Robert Transue – $420
13th: George Davila – $360
14th: Wanlop Phonphornwithoon – $360
15th: Tomislav Krizanic – $360
16th: Rinat Haviv – $315
17th: Lance Goldenberg – $315
18th: James Oliver – $315

Event 12: Down to 10; Salazar Eyes Commanding Points Lead

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante
Total Entries: 10 of 258

Rafael Indriago Salazar
Rafael Indriago Salazar

Just over seven hours later, the 258-entry starting field in Event 12, tonight’s 6pm $130 No Limit Hold’em tournament, is down to 10 and seated at one table. Headlining the action is Rafael Indriago Salazar who’s in the midst of his fourth final table appearance of the series and going for a stranglehold on the Coco Poker Open leaderboard. Indriago won Event 4 before finishing runner up in Event 7 and 8th in Event 8. He holds 274,000 chips at the 10-handed final table and is in position to make a charge for a second title.

Seating assignments with chip counts:

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Seat 1: Misty Abeln – 102,000
Seat 2: John Holley – 342,000
Seat 3: Thomas Millward – 695,000
Seat 4: Evan Dollinger – 159,000
Seat 5: David Jalava – 275,000
Seat 6: Barry Price – 225,000
Seat 7: Andrew Turzak – Unknown
Seat 8: Rafael Indriago Salazar – 274,000
Seat 9: Vito Polera – 103,000
Seat 10: Peter Chin – 630,000

Here’s a glance at what they’re playing for:

1st – $8,400
2nd – $4,950
3rd – $3,300
4th – $2,295
5th – $1,710
6th – $1,320
7th – $1,020
8th – $750
9th – $540
10th – $420

Event 12: In the Money with Two Tables Left

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante
Total Entries: 18 of 258

The bubble burst roughly an hour ago sending the final 27 players in tonight’s $130 buy-in event into the money. In the time since, a total of nine hit the rail leaving the tournament with 18 remaining. Here’s a look at the bustouts to this point:

19th: Marc Zeitlin – $270
20th: Jill Rukeyser – $270
21st: Mark Carattini – $270
22nd: Albert Efremoff – $270
23rd: David Poces – $270
24th: Steve Raeman – $270
25th: Monroe Collins – $270
26th: Marc Levy – $270
27th: James Salmon – $270

John Holley (left) and Rafael Indriago
John Holley (left) and Rafael Indriago

With two tables left, it’s a pair of familiar faces that headlines the action. Florida pro John Holley and Coco Poker Open points leader Rafael Indriago found their way to the late stages of play and are seated next to eachother. Holley is looking to add to an impressive poker resume that includes nearly $1,500,000 in career earnings while Indriago eyes the top spot on the points leaderboard.

We will provide another update when the event hits the 10-handed final table.

Event 12: Prize Pool Finalized; Winner Earns $8,400

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 11: 1,000/2,000/200 Ante
Total Entries: 90 of 258

Event 12 of the Coco Poker Open kicked off tonight at 6pm. The $130 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament drew a field of 258 entries leaving the event with a $30,000 prize pool. Each of the top 27 finish in the money with a min-cash worth $270. Payouts escalate from there and top out in the form of an $8,400 top prize.

Prize structure:

2016 Coco Poker Open
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, FL
Event #12
$130 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 258
Prize Pool: $30,000
September 28, 2016

prize_pool

The clock currently shows 90 players remaining toward the middle of Level 11. Among them are Evan Dollinger, Howard Mash, John Holley, Blaine McRae and Rafael Indriago.

The Omaha Hi/Low final table has most of our attention right now, but we’ll pick up Event 12 as it approaches the late stages of play.

Event 12: Counts Climbing

$130 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 2: 75/150
Total Entries: 98

Abbey Daniels
Abbey Daniels

The Event 12 field is close to crossing into triple-digit territory at the start of the second level, a nice pace early in the tournament.

We found a few familiar faces in the game early including Abbey Daniels making her first appearance. She has a victory here from 2012 when she took down a WPT Regional event but Daniel’s biggest cash came when she finished fourth in the 2011 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown televised final table.

Coco Poker Open Leaderboard front-runner Rafael Indriago is also back looking to extend his lead. He already owns one title along with a second and eight place finish this series. He’s joined SHRP regular Alan Dobrow on his left who is still looking for his first SHRP title.

Rafael Indriago (left) and Alan Dobrow (right)
Rafael Indriago (left) and Alan Dobrow (right)