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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pictures from MPT 2009 #4

Pictures from MPT 2009 Event #4, held in Stone Harbor, New Jersey on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

The control center for the MPT technical operations

The always popular MPT bar

TSS777 deals late in the tournament, as Sass prepares to bet while Betdponies checks his cards

Syrorange3042 rakes in a pot, while Ging and Eileen watch

More action from late in the tournament

The MPT Monkey guards the trophy and prize money

Syrorange3042's pocket Jacks hold up to give him the win

The champion with his trophy

Tournament Director, Harv29, presents the trophy to the new champion

Mrs. Harv29 celebrates with her friend from college

Monday, September 28, 2009

MPT 2009 #4 - ECLVA Fall Classic (9/26/2009)

STONE HARBOR, NJ - He was there in the beginning and watched the MPT grow. Syrorange3042 won the first Mattress Poker Tour Event. There was no prize money, no trophy, and no web site to promote his victory. A few leftover cream puffs and bragging rights over his friends was all that he could take home, so it must have been extra special for the former "uncrowned champion" to finish off a field of MPT veterans in his return to the series.

The ECLVA Fall Classic started quietly, with the all players lasting past the first break. The field of ten matched the largest New Jersey field since last year's end of year Main Event and marked the second consecutive time the tournament participants hit double digits. Syrorange3042, who retained his MPT "rookie" status for this event, was joined by Eileen in debuting on the MPT felt. They marked the 34th and 35th different players to play in an MPT tournament.

The action started to heat up after an hour and a half of play, when Sass scored her fifth career knockout, eliminating Bigfus, who became the eleventh different player to finish in last place in an MPT event. Only a few hands later, another of the MPT's most consistent winners, TSS777 fell victim to Betdponies, while Janek13 busted soon after at the hands of Ging, who collected her sixth career "kill" and second career bounty. The eliminations kept coming, as Harv29 and Eileen were knocked out within the next ten minutes, then Betdponies burst the bubble by busting Ging.

With the bubble not even lasting for an entire blind level, RowanB survived to cash for the first time since last year's Las Vegas event, ending the longest cashless drought in series history, but his night would end only a few hands later after a small preflop raise with pocket kings gave Syrorange3042 a chance to call from the big bling with 8-2o. After flopping trip 8's, Syrorange3042 checked to the MPT veteran, who shoved his remaining chips into the pot and was left to begin preparations for dinner sooner than he had played. The influx of chips put Syrorange3042 in command, though the final three players battled for nearly and hour before Syrorange3042 eliminated the husband and wife duo of Betdponies and Sass to earn his first official MPT victory.

The results:
  • Syrorange3042
  • Sass
  • Betdponies
  • RowanB
  • Ging
  • Eileen
  • Harv29
  • Janek13
  • TSS777
  • Bigfus

Statistics Posted Following MPT 2009 ECLVA Fall Classic

Notable observations following the fourth event of the 2009 season.

  • Syrorange3042 became the fifth player to win his MPT debut, joining Betdponies, RowanV, Scurvydog, and Trojanrabbit
  • Syrorange3042 and Eileen became the 34th and 35th players to play an MPT sponsored tournament
  • The field of 10 players, tied the third largest in MPT history, trailing only last month's tournament at the Rio Las Vegas and the July 2008 Showboat House of Blues event
  • Sass tied Harv29 for second place in all-time number of cashes, with seven
  • Sass moved into second place on the season money list, trailing only Las Vegas champion Trojanrabbit
  • Sysorange3042 became the 23rd different player (out of 35 participants) to earn money from an MPT event
  • Syrorange3042 became the 19th different player to "cash" in an MPT event, based solely on prize money earned from finishing position (not counting bounties and bonuses)
  • With a third place finish, Betdponies cashed for the first time in a tournament that he did not win. The cash moved him into second place on the all-time money list, trailing only Bigfus
  • The career average finish list shook up quite a bit over the weekend, as perennial top finishers Bigfus and TSS777 were the first players eliminated; Sass moved into a tie for first place on that list with Harv29, while Bigfus dropped to third place, just ahead of RowanB and TSS777
  • Sass moved into the top spot in the Sealy Cup standings, taking a 15 point lead over the closest series regulars, Bigfus and RowanB, who are tied for third place
  • Syrorange3042 earned the third most points in a single event, with 20
  • Bigfus became the 11th different MPT player to finish last in the 18 series events