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The third RPT tourney of the year brought us to Brian Bennett’s Grandparents home in Dundalk.  This house was hand built by his grandfather and some other family members.  I thank all the Bennetts for sharing this place one last time with the RPT crew.  The food spread was excellent.  Thanks to all of the Bennetts for their hospitality.

 

26 players made it out to play the March tourney.  We got a new player as well who attended: Nick Bennett, Brian Bennett’s son.  I never thought the RPT would be going on so long as to see another generation start playing as well.  We had 3 generations of Bennetts at this one with Chick in attendance as well…  We also had a herd of Herd’s and a gaggle of O’Connors as well…

 

Speaking of Herd’s, our Beer Bitch for the night was Rob Herd Jr.  I couldn’t believe it but this is Rob Herd Jr.’s first Beer Bitch finish in his 34 regular season tourneys.  He has been out 2nd twice in his career but this is an impressive run.  This is his worst finish since August of 2016 when he was out 2nd.  The only other time he had finished 2nd out was his first tournament ever back in October of 2013.  I am sure this will not impact Rob’s season and will just be a score to drop at the end of the year.  Rob currently sits in 22nd place.

 

Here is a summary of the middle of the tournament as I remember it:  Tony was destroying souls and Voldemort was just raking in chips…  and then Voldy put out Tony and he had a TON of chips…  lets fast forward further.  Going into the Final Table, Voldemort was a

 

Finishing on the bubble was Trueman.  After finishing as Beer Bitch last month, Trueman had a great tournament just finishing outside the RPUs.  He is now in 8th place.

 

 

In fifth place: Brian Bennett.  He was knocked out of the tournament after Voldemort said “Avada Kedavra.”  Brian continues to just play great poker and, when he can make a majority of the tournaments in the year, seems to be a lock to make the final table.  This is his first RPU finish since he finished third in Oct 2016 tournament.

 

In fourth place: Angie Brower.  Angie has been a ghost lately.  This is her first tournament since May 2016 and she made it count.  This was Angie’s first RPU finish since she finished 3rd in February of 2015…  however, there with a flick of his wand and a green light…  Voldemort dispensed of Angie…

 

In third place: Paul O’Connor.  Paul has had a solid season and now sits in spot #1 on the RPT 2017 standings. This is Paul’s first top 3 finish since he finished third in July of 2016.  But, He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named sent Nagini to dispense of one more Muggle on his way to a heads up matchup with…

 

Gene O’Connor.  Gene was behind in chips but put up a nice battle heads up with Voldy… but it mattered not.  Gene ended up being the last of Voldemort’s victims.  Gene plays roughly 2 or 3 RPT events a year and seems to always make a solid showing.  In his last 4 tournaments, he has 2 wins and one 2nd place finish…  that is not a typo.  Gene is a Machine.  This was Gene’s 13th career top 3 finish putting him in a tie for 7th all-time.

 

This brings us to Jason Ostendorf AKA Voldemort AKA Tom Riddle AKA Who-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.  If you are wondering, I did just finish book 7 of the Harry Potter series so all of these Voldemort references are top of mind.  This is Voldy’s 6th win all time which puts him in a tie for 4th all-time with Gene O’Connor and Jason Trueman.  Voldy has played great poker with lots of RPU and top-3 finishes but this was his first win since January of 2015.  Please join me in congratulating Voldemort on his most recent victory.

 

See everyone in April where we will celebrate the 4th RPT Tourney of the year and Mr. Tinker’s Birthday as well.

 

 

 

 

The second tournament of the 2017 season has come and went.  It was the 147th tournament since the beginning of the RPT (including Final Tables).  That is quite a feat.  Thanks goes to Stan Lynch and his wife for hosting us.  My Dad had never been there before and was quite impressed with the sports memorabilia.  I always thank the hosts because without them, the RPT would not be able to keep going.  We have been blessed to have some RPTers with awesome man caves and facilities.  When you are playing your next tournament, be sure to thank the host for their gracious hospitality.

 

 

 

 

 

I would also like to welcome some new and old faces to the RPT.  Joe Milich and Jon Zahner had their first RPT event in February of 2017.  They are friends of Glenn Tana.  Welcome to the RPT gentlemen.

 

 

 

 

 

I would also like to welcome Vince Powers back to the RPT.  Vince was a dedicated member from 2007 through 2013.  His last RPT event was back in April of 2014.  His RPT highlights include winning the 2008 Final Table.  Hopefully we will be seeing more of Vince.

 

 

Now – on with the results…

 

It comes with a mixture of emotion that I announce the latest Beer Bitch as it is none other than our beloved Trueman.  For those of you new to the RPT, Trueman is one of the founding members back in 2005.  That year, Trueman finished as Beer Bitch 3 times.  He was an aggressive player back then and got caught a few times.  He was ridiculed a bit for that and since that inaugural year, Trueman is one of the more accomplished players in the RPT.  Last month, Trueman got his 6th career Beer Bitch finish.  So, after he got 3 Beer Bitch finishes in 2005 in his first 11 tournaments.  He has gotten the other 3 over his last 105 tournaments.

 

It should also be noted that Tom Ross Sr. was an eyelash away from getting his SECOND Beer Bitch finish.  He was making quite a show about how he has never been a Beer Bitch in all the years he has played… but the RPTDB remembers.  It was back in May of 2007…  Just wanted to jog his memory J  Now…  Tom Sr. got out so early because of Grover getting quads on the same card that gave Tom Sr. a full house.  I am amazed he wasn’t put out on that hand…  Grover was nervous that Tom Sr. had a higher quad which seemed unlikely.

 

Our top 4 finishers were:

 

#4)         Glenn Tana.

 

Glenn had 5 kills in this event.  This is his first RPU finish since he won the September 2016 tourney.  This is Glenn’s 11th career RPU finish moving into a tie for 10th all-time with Mr. Tinker.  Glenn is an excellent poker player and through his OCD habits regarding chip stack heights and color coordinated betting, he continually in the running for the Final Table.  In looking through Glenn’s history, his greatest nemeses are Trueman, Huckestein, and Ostendorf.  They are the players most likely to put him out.

 

#3)         Grover Sauter.

 

Grover continues his streak of excellent play with 3 RPU finishes in his last 4 RPT events.  This is his first top 3 performance since he won the November 2016 tourney last year.  Grover also had 5 kills in this event.  This is Grover’s 13th career Top 3 finish moving him into a tie with Rob Schilling for 6th place all-time.

 

#2) Doug Deleo

 

For the record…  Doug should have won this tournament… several times.  More on that later.  Doug has struggled over his last 3 tournaments, averaging just 5 points over that span with a high of 6 points.  He was also out first in the RPT Final Table after what can only be considered the worst stretch of cards that humanity has ever seen.  This is Doug’s first top 3 performance since March of 2016.

 

#1) Matt Straffin

 

As I mentioned above, Matt should not have won this tournament and I know he would say the same.  Doug had him all-in pre-flop at least 3 times where Matt was a strong underdog and somehow, would catch the card he needed.  Doug, as always, handled these occurrences of bad luck with grace. Regardless, Matt ended up with the victory after a fairly long heads up battle.

Matt has become one of the best RPTers on the tour.  After joining the RPT in September of 2014, Matt has 4 wins.  That is 4 wins in 22 tournaments.  That is impressive.  The other impressive thing is that he has no other top 3 finishes.  If he is in the top 3, he is going to win that tournament.  Matt’s 4 career wins put him in a tie for 5th place in the all-time standings.

 

Congratulations to Matt on his victory and a shout out to Doug for his grace under such ridiculously bad luck.  See everyone in March!

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 RPT season kicked off at the friendly confines of Grover’s Playhouse.  Believe it or not, this marks the 13th year of the Ross Poker Tour.  I still find it hard to believe that a little structure and a few folks could keep something going for so long.  The RPT is totally made up of its players and we need new bodies to keep the tournament going for years to come so be sure to ask folks around you if they want to join a poker league.  Having folks join in the beginning of the year is the best bet…  bring a buddy next tournament and I promise that Grover will only harass them for a little while with minimal screaming at their genitals….  (if you don’t get that joke…  you have missed the Final Table and the January tournament…)

 

We had a smaller than expected showing in January with 18 loyal RPTers showing up to Grover’s. As I always say, I love playing at Grover’s Playhouse.  It is a perfect central location for most RPTers and has all the amenities we require.  Thanks to Grover for his hospitality.

 

After winning 2016 RPT Player of the Year, Bob Herd Sr. has started his 2017 season with a Beer Bitch finish.  This is Bob’s 3rd Beer Bitch finish in his RPT career and his first since October of 2014.  Bob’s play has really come a long way since he first started at the RPT and I assume we will see him back to his old ways next month.

 

 

 

 

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We had a ton of big hands all night but one of note was when a nut flush was beat by quad aces.  You can see below…  Don Berry had As-10h versus Rob Herd Jr.’s Qs-5s.  The flop comes out as Ac-Ks-6s.  This gives Bob a flush draw and Don has top pair.  At this point, Don has a 66% chance of winning.  The next card is an As.  This gives Rob the nut flush and Don now has trip Aces.  Rob is now a 77% favorite to win this hand…  then the river hits the other Ace giving Don QUAD ACES.  Rob was not excited to see that…

 

 

Our top 3 for the tournament are:

 

Third Place: Dave “FedEx” Levin.  FedEx is starting off his 2017 on a high note by getting his first Top 3 finish since July of 2014…  That is 21 tournaments played before this month’s Top 3 finish.  Kudos to you FedEx finally breaking that draught.

 

Second Place: Brian Ross.  Yours truly…  This is my first top 3 finish since February of last year.  This breaks the tie for career top-3 finishes that I had with Tony Huckestein and now sit on top (for now).  It should be noted that I have played in 91 tournaments and Tony has played in 73 so…  My tenure is giving me a bit of a boost in this statistic J

 

First Place: Don Berry.  Don starts 2017 with his first RPT victory.  Don has been on a quiet streak lately having finished in the top 3 in 3 of his last 4 tournaments.  Don didn’t get into any RPUs in his first 21 tournaments until finishing third in September of last year.  Congrats to Don.

 

See everyone in February…  and bring a friend J