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Tommy Nefcy Wins 2022 Bar Poker Open Championship at Golden Nugget Las Vegas ($37,115)

June 16, 2022 @ 06:11 PM

Tommy Nefcy

The 2022 Bar Poker Open Championship at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas has come to an end after four days of action. Tommy Nefcy found himself as the last man standing, defeating a player pool of 1,240 entries and taking home the top prize of $37,115.

The invite-only BPO Championship, which qualified players via bar leagues across the country, was action-packed from the get-go, with the first of three flights reaching a total of 531 entries. Of those 531 players, 54 players made the min-cash of $500 but only 26 found a bag at the end of the night, advancing to Day 2. The second flight was at 4 p.m. on the same day and attracted a total of 219 entries with 22 players making the money and just 11 advancing to Day 2.

The 'second chance' final flight was the following day and attracted 490 entries, with 49 making the money and 25 bagging at the end of the day. All three flights combined had a total of 1,240 entries, creating a prize pool of $229,400.

Two players had bagged twice, earning themselves an extra $1,500 each, meaning Day 2 started with 60 players and it was extremely fast-paced as only 31 were remaining by the first break. The day continued with rapid bustouts, and just eight players remained after 10 hours of play. The eventual champion had bagged an impressive 10,725,000 to lead the final table into Day 3, more than double the second-highest stack which was Ruben Vancellete with 4,800,000.

2022 Bar Poker Open Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Tommy NefcyUnited States$37,115
2Kourtney SimsUnited States$25,385
3John KellyUnited States$16,665
4Carlin SotoUnited States$11,460
5Adam IaccarinoUnited States$8,800
6Ruben VanceletteUnited States$7,335
7Michael SchnitzerUnited States$6,120
8Martin BenderUnited States$4,915

Final Table Action

2022 BPO Final Table
2022 BPO Final Table

The final table kept with the theme of the tournament with players busting especially quickly as Martin Bender was eliminated in eighth place within the first couple of hands as he got his short-stack in with jack-eight and couldn't get there against Vancelette's ace-queen.

About 15-minutes later, Mike Schnitzer was all in with queen-jack against John Kelly's queen-five and both players had flopped a queen. However, Kelly ran out a backdoor straight to eliminate Schnitzer in seventh place.

Vancelette was next to hit the rail as he finished in sixth place after his ace-queen couldn't win a flip against Kourtney Sim's pocket nines.

Adam Iaccarino exited in fifth place after getting it all in preflop with ace-six against Nefcy's king-jack suited and losing to the latter's two pair.

Carlin "Ox" Soto tried his best to be patient after finding himself getting short and eventually got it in with king-jack and was called by Kelly's ace-eight. Soto hit a king on the turn but Kelly smashed his ace on the river to eliminate the former in fourth place.

Kelly battled it out three-handed for quite some time before getting his stack in the middle with queen-jack but found himself dominated by the ace-jack of Sims, who flopped an ace. That sent Kelly to the payout desk in third place.

Kourtney Sims
Kourtney Sim

Heads-up play lasted about an hour with both competitors trading pots and playing aggressively. Sims lost the chip lead when she missed an open-ended straight draw against Nefcy's king-high. Eventually, Sims found herself on the wrong side of a cooler as she flopped top pair against Nefcy's flopped flush to bust her in second place.

Nefcy, who qualifier via the Sunshine Poker League, was more than excited to take home the championship.

"I can barely stand here right now," Nefcy said after his victory. "I feel great! This is the best feeling. Everybody should try it."

He came into the final table as the massive chip leader and never let his foot off the gas. Once he was heads-up he had quite the battle as runner-up Sims went toe to toe with him in the aggression department.

"This hand made me feel a lot better, as it validated my thinking," he commented in regards to the hand he won with king-high.

Although he felt confident that he was going to win throughout the final table, Nefcy said everyone who made the final table deserved to be there as they played hard.

"This was a great game," he said. "It was difficult to play this game today."

The Sunshine Poker League is super ecstatic to have this victory as they have only been around for a couple of years. They began only a year or so before the pandemic hit and were shut down for two years, which made it extremely hard on the league.

The owner of the Sunshine Poker League, Donny, had a couple of words of his own to close it out: "I am just so proud. I am happy for all of the leagues that came out, this is what the Bar Poker Open is all about. We get together and have fun and enjoy ourselves."

That does it for the 2022 Bar Poker Open Championship, but the action continues at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas with more events in the 2022 Grand Poker Series. The venue will also play host to next week's $1,100 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD PokerNews Cup, which you can read more about here.

Learn more about the 2022 Grand Poker Series here!

BPO Club Winnings

June 16, 2022 @ 06:07 PM

TourWinnersTotal Prize Money
Eastern Poker Tour29$63,660.00
Sunshine Poker League5$39,125.00
New York Free Poker9$23,985.00
Riverchasers8$21,660.00
No Limit Pub Poker Tour18$18,960.00
Kontenders Poker USA13$11,230.00
One Time Poker Tour6$10,795.00
Bar League PRO7$10,590.00
Pikes Peak Poker7$9,465.00
Over the Top Poker Tour3$7,705.00
Resort Poker League3$5,145.00
Aces Cracked Poker League6$4,620.00
Premier Island Poker3$4,015.00
No Limit New York6$3,300.00
Texas Poker Tour3$3,130.00
Deepstacks Poker League5$3,105.00
Freeroll Atlanta1$1,445.00
Pocket Aces Poker League1$550.00
BPO World Championship Results

June 16, 2022 @ 06:05 PM

PLACELAST NAMEFIRST NAMECITYSTATEPRIZELEAGUE
       
1NEFCYTHOMASNIPOMOCA$37,115Sunshine Poker League
2SIMSKOURTNEYWARWICKRI$25,385Eastern Poker Tour
3KELLYJOHNFRANKLINMA$16,615Eastern Poker Tour
4SOTOCARLINSTATEN ISLANDNY$11,460New York Free Poker
5IACCARINOADAMFOREST HILLSNY$8,800New York Free Poker
6VANCELETTERUBENMAGNAUT$7,335One Time Poker Tour
7SCHNITZERJAMESAURORACO$6,120Over The Top Poker League
8BENDERMARTINLOMPOCCA$4,915Bar League PRO
9COLLINSCARLOUSFRANKFORD $3,710Resort Poker League
10SOOMROWASIMMONUMENTCO$3,060Pikes Peak Poker
11HAYESBILLYWEST PALM BEACHFL$3,060No Limit Pub Poker Tour
12CARSONROYCANTONNY$3,060Pikes Peak Poker
13BERIOSTEFANOGLASTONBURYCT$2,415Eastern Poker Tour
14LOCKWOODEDWARDOLD ROUND ROCKTX$2,415Kontenders Poker USA
15JONESMATTHEWLANTANAFL$2,415No Limit Pub Poker Tour
16EATONMATIJAMESCENTENNIALCO$2,045Aces Cracked Poker League
17STEPANIANRICHARDNORWICHCT$2,045Eastern Poker Tour
18REESMANMICHAELLONG BEACHNY$2,045Premier Island Poker
19BRYANTSHANNONWEIRTX$1,725Kontenders Poker USA
20SILVERMANYETTEJENSEN BEACHFL$1,725No Limit Pub Poker Tour
21MURPHYWENDYE WORTHFL$1,725No Limit Pub Poker Tour
22HELMSNATHANIELATLANTAGA$1,445Freeroll Atlanta
23SIMSNICHOLASCHARLTONMA$1,445Eastern Poker Tour
24BUDDHASANIVALLEY STREAMNY$1,445Premier Island Poker
25PRETAZACHARYCOLORADO SPRINGSCO$1,245Pikes Peak Poker
26MORDENTIJOSHUAFORT CAMPBELLKY$1,245Texas Poker Tour
27WOMACKROBERTALTAMONTE SPRINGSFL$1,245No Limit Pub Poker Tour
28HOVEYPHILIPPORTLANDTN$1,085Bar League PRO
29GULICKGERRYEASTONPA$1,085Riverchasers
30BUBELNIKMATTHEWAURORACO$1,085Over The Top Poker League
31GROOVERAARONLAS VEGASNV$1,085Bar League PRO
32DASILVASONIACRANSTONRI$1,085Eastern Poker Tour
33PETERMANNNANCYLAS VEGASNV$1,085Bar League PRO
34DRIGGANSJOHNNYDALTONGA$1,085No Limit Pub Poker Tour
35ANTONINOAMANDARIVERTONUT$1,085One Time Poker Tour
36PETTITROGERKILLEENTX$1,085Texas Poker Tour
37COVINGTONDONNIEVALPARAISOIN$935Bar League PRO
38BOWDENJEFFREYNORTONMA$935Eastern Poker Tour
39WILLBURANDREACAMBRIDGEMA$935Eastern Poker Tour
40SHEPHERDDAVIDROANOKEVA$935Kontenders Poker USA
41TEREKPATRICKLOMPOCCA$935Sunshine Poker League
42PLUMPRYANMERTZTOWNPA$935Riverchasers
43WHITEWAYNEREHOBOTH BEACHDE$935Resort Poker League
44PERRINRONNYDRACUTMA$935Eastern Poker Tour
45MOSESCHARLESNEW BRIGHTONMN$935Bar League PRO
46ROSESTEPHENLOMPOCCA$800Eastern Poker Tour
47JEFFERSONLAKISHIAPLANTATIONFL$800No Limit Pub Poker Tour
48MCCAUGHEYCHARLESWARWICKRI$800Eastern Poker Tour
49CURRYSCOTTOJANICESOUTHOLDNY$800No Limit New York
50SMITHRONALDWRENTHAMMA$800Eastern Poker Tour
51MIRANDAWILLIAMDENVERCO$800Aces Cracked Poker League
52SCHIRMERELLENWILLIAMSPORTPA$800Deepstacks Poker League
53MEHROTRAVARUNLEHIUT$800One Time Poker Tour
54JIMENEZRAFAELLAREDOTX$800Texas Poker Tour
55ROSENTHALGARYMANHATTANNY$680No Limit Pub Poker Tour
56STRECKERJENNIFERHORINEMO$680Deepstacks Poker League
57MCCONNELLSANDYNORTH LAS VEGASNV$680Kontenders Poker USA
58OSWALDROBERTHAMBURGPA$680Riverchasers
59LUNDYBRIANCHELSEAMA$680Eastern Poker Tour
60AGUIARPATRICKPROVIDENCERI$680Eastern Poker Tour
61MOREYSTEVENCRANSTONRI$680Eastern Poker Tour
DBL BAGSILVERMANYETTEJENSEN BEACHFL$1,500No Limit Pub Poker Tour
DBL BAGLOCKWOODEDWARDOLD ROUND ROCKTX$1,500Kontenders Poker USA
DAY 1A, FLIGHT 1 PAYOUTS      
27PIASECZNYCHRISTOPHERSTOUGHTONMA$550Eastern Poker Tour
28CATESLESTERFENTONMO$550Deepstacks Poker League
29SHKADRONALEKSANDERFLUSHINGNY$550New York Free Poker
30WOHNIGBRIANCHESTERFIELDVA$550Suit Up Poker League
31GAMBRELISANGELOTORONTOON$550Pocket Aces Poker League
32COCHRANANDREWARWICKRI$550Eastern Poker Tour
33PLENINGERMARYALICEWAYNEPA$550Riverchasers
34BRINKGLENLITTLETONCO$550Bar League PRO
35MARCUSSTEPHENMIDDLETONDE$550Riverchasers
36FIELDSDENISEWEST PALM BEACHFL$550No Limit Pub Poker Tour
37BELANDROBERTN ANDOVERMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
38CLARKCHADCOLO SPRINGSCO$525Pikes Peak Poker
39ZWICKALLANMARYVILLEIL$525Deepstacks Poker League
40GENOVATOMMYELMONTNY$525Premier Island Poker
41CURLEYLAWRENCEBLUFFDALEUT$525One Time Poker Tour
42FRANCKRICHARDPHILADELPHIAPA$525Riverchasers
43CONTRERASANGELCOLO SPRINGSCO$525Pikes Peak Poker
44MINTZJAYSONMARLBOROUGHMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
45LUNDYANTHONYBROOKLYNNY$525New York Free Poker
46SUCHECKIARIELSTATEN ISLANDNY$500No Limit Pub Poker Tour
47BOWDENJEFFREYNORTONMA$500Eastern Poker Tour
48HINEYJOHNRONKONKOMANY$500No Limit New York
49FREYMICHAELFORT MYERSFL$500No Limit Pub Poker Tour
50MCGUIREMATTHEWPJSNY$500No Limit New York
51RODGERSWADECOLO SPRINGSCO$500Pikes Peak Poker
52TULLYEDWARDMERRICKNY$500No Limit New York
53NISSMANAMANDABROOKLYNNY$500New York Free Poker
54MONACOTHOMASANNANDALEVA$500Riverchasers
DAY 1A, FLIGHT 2 PAYOUTS      
12STLAURENTNANCYSWANSEAMA$550Eastern Poker Tour
13OESTRICKERKEITHFESTUSMO$550Deepstacks Poker Leage
14BUCKLEYFLORENCEPHILADELPHIAPA$550Kontenders Poker USA
15COURTRIGHTCHEYENNESANTA MARIACA$550Sunshine Poker League
16RINDFLIESCHGARYMADISONWI$550Bar Leauge PRO
17GLASENAPPBRUCELEANDERTX$550Kontenders Poker USA
18GOLDINGLORENSPRINGVILLEUT$550One Time Poker Tour
19ENGELBERTDOUGLASHOLLADAYUT$500One Time Poker Tour
20COMISKYDOUGLASDENVERCO$500Aces Cracked Poker League
21WILLIAMSJOHNPORT MATILDAPA$500Riverchasers
22FRISCIAELIZABETHSTATEN ISLANDNY$500No Limit Pub Poker Tour
23PIPERROBERTWEST PALM BEACHFL$500No Limit Pub Poker Tour
24WILLIAMSJERRYOCOEEFL$500Bar Leauge PRO
25RINNCHRISTOPHERPROVIDENCERI$500Eastern Poker Tour
26CARRASCOERICKRIDGEWOODNY$500New York Free Poker
27WHORTONCOYAURORACO$500Over The Top Poker League
DAY 1A, FLIGHT 2 PAYOUTS      
26DUNNERELLIOTTWASHINGTON CROSSINGPA$575Eastern Poker Tour
27THOMPSONMICHAELPORTAGEIN$575New York Free Poker
28GLOVERROBBINPALM CITYFL$550No Limit Pub Poker Tour
29BRACEROMICHAELBROOKLYNNY$550New York Free Poker
30MORRISDOUGLASTYNGSBOROUGHMA$550Kontenders Poker USA
31MANGLARELLIRONALDCOLORADO SPRINGSCO$550Pikes Peak Poker
32KAEPERNIKRONALDPALM CITYFL$550No Limit Pub Poker Tour
33LOWECEDRICLEANDERTX$550Kontenders Poker USA
34ZIMMERMANDONALDST PETERSMO$550Deepstacks Poker League
35MORZELLAMICHAELFT PIERCEFL$550No Limit Pub Poker Tour
36BELANDROBERTN ANDOVERMA$550Eastern Poker Tour
37PRADHANRAGHUDENVERCO$525Aces Cracked Poker League
38FAIRNENYJAMESROSLINDALEMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
39SLOOPCHARLESGASTONIANC$525Kontenders Poker USA
40MURPHYROBERTWINTER GARDENFL$525No Limit Pub Poker Tour
41DYKENSJARRODSAUGUSMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
42JOYCETIMOTHYSEEKONKMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
43COLLIERRICHARDWESTPORTMA$525Eastern Poker Tour
44SPRUCKEUGENEBROOKLYNNY$525New York Free Poker
45WILLIAMSSHELBYATASCADEROCA$525Sunshine Poker League
46GONZALEZEMILIOWASHINGTONDC$500Resort Poker League
47WEINBERGJEFFREYRANDOLPHMA$500Eastern Poker Tour
48LENKIEWICZLINDABAYVILLENJ$500Kontenders Poker USA
49RESNICKROBINNORTHFIELDNJ$500Kontenders Poker USA
50HEINLEINTHOMASSELDENNY$500No Limit New York
51CUMMINGSDYLANSHIRLEYNY$500No Limit New York
52NEFCYTHOMASNIPOMOCA$500Sunshine Poker League
53BOYCEROBERTWHEAT RIDGECO$500Aces Cracked Poker League
54MCNEELYDONALDHIGHLND RCHCO$250Aces Cracked Poker League
55COOKSEYPAMELAROUND ROCKTX$250Kontenders Poker USA
Kourtney Sims Eliminated in 2nd Place ($25,385)

June 16, 2022 @ 05:05 PM

Kourtney Sims

Kourtney Sims raised to 2,000,000 and Tommy Nefcy called.

The dealer fanned a flop of and Nefcy checked to Sims who pushed a bet of 2,000,000 across the line and Nefcy quickly raised to 4,000,000.

The action was back on Sims who announced she was all-in for 12,100,000 and Nefcy snap-called.

Kourtney Sims:
Tommy Nefcy:

Nefcy had flopped a king-high flush, leaving Sims needing some help with her top pair. The turn was not what she needed though and the completed the board on the river. Sims took home $25,385 for her second-place finish.

Tommy Nefcy31,000,00010,900,000
Kourtney Sims0-10,900,000
Nefcy Wins Massive Double with Just King-High

June 16, 2022 @ 04:50 PM

Tommy Nefcy

Tommy Nefcy limped and Kourtney Sims raised to 1,500,000. Nefcy made the call.

The dealer fanned a flop of and Sims continued for 2,000,000. Nefcy wasted no time jamming all-in for 8,900,000. Sims pondered for about a minute and eventually made the call.

Tommy Nefcy:
Kourtney Sims:

Nefcy jammed with just king-high and however, Sims had two live cards and an open-ended straight draw.

The turn didn't change anything and the on the river was another brick, sending a massive double towards Nefcy.

Tommy Nefcy20,100,0008,200,000
Kourtney Sims10,900,000-8,200,000
Level 28 started

June 16, 2022 @ 04:43 PM

Level: 28 Blinds: 400,000/800,000 Ante: 800,000
Nefcy Battles Back

June 16, 2022 @ 04:40 PM

Kourtney Sims raised to 1,500,000 and Tommy Nefcy jammed for 8,300,000.

Sims took her time before tossing her hand into the muck.

Kourtney Sims19,100,000-2,700,000
Tommy Nefcy10,100,0002,700,000
Another One for Sims

June 16, 2022 @ 04:27 PM

Kourtney Sims raised to 1,500,000 and Tommy Nefcy came along in the big blind.

The dealer spread a flop of and Nefcy stacked up a bet if 3,000,000 and Sims instantly raised all-in. Nefcy mucked his hand.

Kourtney Sims21,800,0005,500,000
Tommy Nefcy7,400,000-8,600,000
Sims Raises it Away on the Flop

June 16, 2022 @ 04:22 PM

Kourtney Sims

Kourtney Sims raised 1,400,000 on the button and Tommy Nefcy defended the big blind.

The dealer fanned a flop of and Nefcy led out for 2,000,000. Sims raised it to 4,000,000 and Nefcy quickly mucked his hand.

Kourtney Sims16,300,0002,500,000
Tommy Nefcy16,000,000-900,000
Level 27 started

June 16, 2022 @ 04:20 PM

Level: 27 Blinds: 300,000/600,000 Ante: 600,000

2022 Photo Gallery

Payouts

1: Edward Holt

$100,000 USD

2: Ryan Surdi

$50,000 USD

3: Anthony Lundy

$25,000 USD

4: Brian Lerner

$15,000 USD

5: Dawna Blyleven

$11,555 USD

6: Saverio Biancardi

$10,008 USD

7: Jeffrey Bowden

$7,307 USD

8: John Carr

$5,788 USD

9: Jan Kirk

$4,542 USD

10: Steven Moutrey

$2,500 USD

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11: Justin Jones

$2,500 USD

12: John Dennehy

$2,500 USD

13: Kevin Gray

$2,000 USD

14: Marvin Coon

$2,000 USD

15: Nicol Schnitzer

$2,000 USD

16: Jason Stevens

$1,700 USD

17: Clinton Musson

$1,700 USD

18: William Fierro

$1,700 USD

19: John Kelly

$1,500 USD

20: Chad Miller

$1,500 USD

21: Cedric Lowe

$1,500 USD

22: Basil Congro

$1,300 USD

23: Michael Glaze

$1,300 USD

24: Ellen Schirmer

$1,300 USD

25: John Oetting

$1,150 USD

26: Frank Cordova

$1,150 USD

27: Philip Bellucci

$1,150 USD

28: Bethany Parker

$1,000 USD

29: Vince Carnett

$1,000 USD

30: John Clements

$1,000 USD

31: Scott Kenyon

$900 USD

32: Jeffrey Weinberg

$900 USD

33: Alan oconnel

$900 USD

34: Jason Silva

$800 USD

35: Nicole Theroux

$800 USD

36: William Ducheneaux

$800 USD

37: John Wolfson

$700 USD

38: Andre Cochran

$700 USD

39: Filipe De Freitas

$700 USD

40: Kourtney Sims

$700 USD

41: Linda Montgomery

$700 USD

42: Angel Pelaez

$700 USD

43: Jon McClain

$700 USD

44: Bradley Barham

$700 USD

45: Melissa Huebner

$700 USD

46: Michael Graham

$625 USD

47: Jolanda Tedford

$625 USD

48: Leslie Mildenberg

$625 USD

49: Jeremy Kolich

$625 USD

50: Luis Rodriguez

$625 USD

51: Gregory Boyce

$625 USD

52: Geoffrey Moore

$625 USD

53: Will Unruh

$625 USD

54: Robert Givan

$625 USD

Top Chip Counts

1: Edward Holt

26,325,000 Chips

2: Ryan Surdi

Busted

3: Anthony Lundy

Busted

4: Brian Lerner

Busted

5: Dawna Blyleven

Busted

6: Saverio Biancardi

Busted

7: Jeffrey Bowden

Busted

8: John Carr

Busted

9: Jan Kirk

Busted

10: Clinton Musson

Busted