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

June 15, 2023 @ 07:37 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.

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