2009 USPC Final Results
Event #17 - Allie Prescott Wins PL Omaha Championship
One of the two highlights to the USPC was the televised Pot Limit Omaha Championship. 32 players turned out and the final seven returned to take their shot at the $36,000 top prize. Heads-up play was between pros Allie Prescott and Matt Glantz.
Prescott started the final table as the chip leader and he rode that lead all the way to the win. Prescott took the title and $36,000 top prize.
Event #20 - Brindise Beats Men "The Master" Nguyen to Win USPC Main Event
The Main Event of the USPC saw tremendous growth this year, nearly tripling in size to a field of 154 players. Each player put up $5,250 to make a prize pool of $770,000. $261,000 went to first place with 18 players paid.
After three days, seven players made the final table. Pros Nick Binger, Brian Lemke, and Men "The Master" Nguyen all were in contention. The chip leader going into the final table was local NJ player William Brindise. Brindise started the final table with a 3 to 1 chip lead over the next nearest players with 1.5 Million in chips.
In the end, heads-up play was between Men Nguyen and Brindise. Brindise would emerge victorious to take the Main Event bracelet and $770,000. The final table of the Main Event will also be broadcast on Spike TV in 2010.
Event #21 - Deep Stacked Event Draws Huge Crowd
The event that drew the largest crowd of the United States Poker Championship was Event #21, a $560 NL Deep Stack event. This was one of three events that went on during the USPC Main Event. 245 players turned out to make a prize pool of $122,500. 27 players finished in the money and the top prize was $39,200. With most of the poker world focused on the Main Event, Ian Palomo quietly took down this title and the top prize.
Event #22 - Whitely Takes Seniors Event
The USPC Seniors event drew a modest crowd of 105 players. The $340 NL event had a prize pool of $31,500 and first took a modest $10,710. Norman Whitely finished in the top spot, taking the $10,710 prize.
Event #23 - John Womack Wins Mixed Bracelet
Event #23 was a rare mix of Limit Holdem and Seven Card Stud. A small crowd of 37 players turned out for this last mixed bracelet of the series. The prize pool was $11,100 and the winner took home $4,995. That winner turned out to be John Womack of Lauderhill, FL.
John Womack wins 2009 USPC Event 23
Event #24 - Chow Takes Final Event
The final event of the USPC was a $340 "Last Chance" event. Only 61 players turned out for the event, making a prize pool of $8,300. The last bracelet winner of this years USPC was Han Y. Chow of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He took the top spot and $6,588.
Han Y. Chow wibns 2009 USPC Last Chance Event
The United States Poker Championship has been considered a success by all. The new contract caused a tremendous jump in Main Event participation and now that the word is out, the only way that this event can go is up.
The Main Event and PLO Championship will air at a later date on Spike TV, so hopefully next years USPC will be bigger than ever.