Illinois man takes home poker event’s biggest prize
Ryan Summerlin November 22, 2011
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – After 12 days and more than 30 poker tournaments, it was Carpentersville, Ill. resident Bryan Schultz who took down the 2011/2012 World Series of Poker Harveys Lake Tahoe Circuit Event’s biggest pot.
The 25-year-old part time poker player won the circuit stop’s No Limit Hold’em Main Event Tuesday evening, collecting $111, 812 and his first major tournament victory, according to an official report of the event.
Schultz outlasted a near record field of 326 other competitors to win a gold ring and a pre-paid entry into the $1 million 2011/2012 World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship in Las Vegas this May, in addition to the prize money.
Schultz won after pairing a nine on the river, securing top pair against Arkansas resident Daniel Lowery, who flopped a pair of eights. Lowery received $69, 132 for placing second.
Each of the Main Event’s players posted a $1,600 entry fee to create a prize pool of $475,785. The four day tournament saw several local residents end up in the money.
South Lake Tahoe resident Dennis Pevarnick finished 10th, collecting $8,360. Stateline resident Trevor Pierce finished 29th in the Main Event, winning $3,183, and South Lake Tahoe resident Nicolas Long finished in 17th place, taking home $5,720.
The 17th place finish capped off a successful stretch for the semi-pro Ohio native who moved to the South Shore three years ago.
Long ended up in the money four times during the twelve day circuit event, including a first place finish in the circuit stops $345 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Six Handed tournament. The win netted Long a World Series of Poker gold ring and $14,705.
San Francisco resident Michael Rosenbach won two gold rings at the circuit event, made three final tables and was awarded the “Best All-Around Player” for the Lake Tahoe series. Rosenbach’s three final tables also gained him an automatic seat at the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship in May.
The number of players who entered this year’s Main Event at Lake Tahoe is the highest turnout in five years and a 20 percent increase over last year, according to the report.
The events second gold ring event, a No Limit Hold’em tournament was the biggest poker tournament at Lake Tahoe in the last six years, with 521 entries.