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Edward Holt Wins 2023 Bar Poker Open Championship for $100,000

June 15, 2023 @ 06:37 PM

Edward Holt

Following three days of poker action at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, the 2023 Bar Poker Open Championship (BPO) has come to an end with Edward Holt being the last player standing from the 1,053 entry field.

Holt, from the Eastern Poker Tour, defeated New York's Ryan Surdi in heads-up play to capture the $100,000 first prize, the biggest in the BPO's history, as well as this year's title.

Like Holt, the journey for many of these hopefuls started in bars all over the United States, where over one million BPO members took part in daily tournaments online and at their favorite local watering holes for a chance to qualify for the event.

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerLeaguePrize (in USD)
1Edward HoltEastern Poker Tour$100,000
2Ryan SurdiNo Limit New York$50,000
3Anthony LundyNew York Free Poker$25,000
4Brian LernerDeepstacks Poker League$15,000
5Daena BlylevenSunshine Poker League$11,555
6Saverio BiancardiKontenders Poker USA$10,008
7Jeffrey BowdenEastern Poker Tour$7,307
8John CarrNo Limit Pub Poker Tour$5,788
Joey Ingram, Ebony Kenney & Evan Myers for Bar Poker Open
Joey Ingram, Ebony Kenney & Evan Myers for Bar Poker Open

Action of the Final Day

Eight players returned on Day 3 to compete for the title, and the action was fast and furious from the off. It didn't take long for the first elimination to take place as John Carr was first to exit the feature table, which was streamed by Gorilla Gaming. Carr's ace-queen couldn't overtake the ace-king held by Anthony Lundy.

Moments later, Jeffrey Bowden was ousted by champion Holt after the latter cracked Bowden's pocket queens with ace-ten.

The place of play then began to slow down at six-handed play until Saverio Biancardi's queen-ten was no match for Lundy's queen-two.

The bust-outs then came in quick succession with fan favourite Dawna Blyleven exiting in fifth. Day 3 chip leader Brian Lerner fell in fourth place, and Day 1a chip leader Lundy departed in third place.

Heads-up play started slowly, which each player feeling the other out until Surdi found ace-jack and ran into Holt's pocket aces. This left Surdi with less than ten big blinds and made Holt the overwhelming favorite. A few hands later, Surdi called Holt's jam with queen-ten suited and was up against ace-eight. An ace on the flop was enough, and a safe runout saw Holt seal the victory. He then celebrated the win with his daughter on Facetime and even shared a winner's photo with his wife.

PokerNews will be back tomorrow, from the Golden Nugget, with final table coverage of the Bar Poker Open Pro-Am so be sure to tune in.

Ryan Surdi Eliminated in 2nd Place ($50,000)

June 15, 2023 @ 05:30 PM

Ryan Surdi

Edward Holt open shoved with on the button and Ryan Surdi called off his remaining 2,000,000 with .

Surdi was at risk and behind, with Holt only five cards away from taking down the title.

Ryan Surdi:
Edward Holt:

The board ran out and Surdi was eliminated in second place, cementing Edward Holt as the Bar Poker Open 2023 Champion.

Edward Holt26,325,0001,925,000
Ryan Surdi0-2,600,000
Holt Doubles into the Chip Lead

June 15, 2023 @ 05:24 PM

Edward Holt

Ryan Surdi opened the small blind with and raised to 800,000 and Edward Holt woke up with in the big blind. Holt smiled and announced all in for a total of 12,050,000. Surdi took a second before calling with Holt at risk.

The board ran out and the aces of Holt hold to leave Surdi with fumes and play continues.

Edward Holt24,400,00013,400,000
Ryan Surdi2,600,000-13,600,000
Heads Up Chip Counts

June 15, 2023 @ 05:17 PM

Action has slowed down with the final two players trading chips back and forth with Ryan Surdi holding a slight chip lead.

Ryan Surdi16,200,0002,100,000
Edward Holt11,000,000-950,000
Anthony Lundy Eliminated in 3rd Place ($25,000)

June 15, 2023 @ 04:58 PM

Anthony Lundy

Anthony Lundy raised all in from the button for 2,625,000, Edward Holt called from the small blind and Ryan Surdi folded the big blind.

Anthony Lundy:
Edward Holt:

The board ran out eliminating Lundy in third place.

Ryan Surdi14,100,000-600,000
Edward Holt11,950,0002,700,000
Anthony Lundy0-2,775,000
Lundy Fights Back

June 15, 2023 @ 04:51 PM

Anthony Lundy

Edward Holt folded the button, Ryan Surdi raised the small blind to 600,000 with and Anthony Lundy reraised all in for 1,875,000 with .

Surdi pondered for a moment before folding and Lundy added some much needed chips to his stack.

Ryan Surdi14,700,000-450,000
Anthony Lundy2,775,000-475,000
Level 29 started

June 15, 2023 @ 04:44 PM

Level: 29 Blinds: 150,000/300,000 Ante: 300,000
Brian Lerner Eliminated in 4th Place ($15,000)

June 15, 2023 @ 04:31 PM

Brian Lerner

Anthony Lundy folded the button and Brian Lerner called from the small blind with . Edward Holt woke up in the big blind with and raised to 650,000. Lerner made the call.

On a flop of , Lerner shoved his remaining 2,275,000 and Holt snap called, putting Lerner at risk.

Brian Lerner:
Edward Holt:

The turn came the , meaning Lerner needed a seven to survive only, but the river was the and Holt added to his stack, eliminating Lerner in the process.

Edward Holt8,400,000925,000
Brian Lerner0-4,050,000
Level 28 started

June 15, 2023 @ 04:20 PM

Level: 28 Blinds: 125,000/250,000 Ante: 250,000
Holt Continues to Show No Fear

June 15, 2023 @ 04:17 PM

Edward Holt

From first position, Anthony Lundy raised 700,000 with , Brian Lerner folded the button, Edward Holt called from the small blind with , and Ryan Surdi folded his big blind.

The flop came and both players checked to the turn. With a pair and a flush draw, Holt bet out 1,200,000 and Lundy let his hand go.

Edward Holt7,475,0001,695,000
Anthony Lundy4,425,000-1,200,000
Brian Lerner4,050,000-575,000

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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