Ben Rock Wins Event #3: $100 NL “Crazy Pineapple”

In the final hand of the heads up battle between Rock and Tracy Stearman, there was an all in and a call on the turn of this board: A♣ Q♥ 8♣ T♠.  Their two hands:

Ben Rock: K♣ J♥
Tracy Stearman: T♣ 5♣

Ben’s broadway straight was in the lead, but Stearman had some outs with her flush draw.

The 7♥ on the river meant Ben Rock won the pot — and at this point, the dealer had to do a count down to see if he covered her.

He did by just a little bit, and with that hand, we have our newest PIFT champion!  Congrats, Ben Rock!  And congrats to Tracy Stearman on her second place finish tonight, this after final tabling last night’s $250 NLHE “Winners Shown.”  Both Rock and Stearman won $1,109 for their finishes tonight, with Rock also taking home the trophy.

If you’d like to view the final results of this tournament, click here.

Unofficially, through out this weekend, we raised $8,396.60 for Ronald McDonald House – Upper Midwest.  This sum of dollars raised and donated by all the generous poker players in this region is truly, TRULY epic!  So awesome.

Within the next week or two, be looking for us to add a blog post with a pic showing a successful delivery of every dollar that was raised.  A big thank you to Our Response for the $1500 matching gauntlet throw down offer to Saturday’s players, and a big thank you to the 3 businesses that pledged charity matches: Good Day Cafe for its 100% match up to $1000, We Fix Fireplaces for its 10% up to $100 match, and Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings for its 10% up to $100 match.  Lastly, a HUGE thank you to all the poker players who pitched in donations of all shapes and sizes.


Our Heads Up Players!

23 10,000/20,000 3000

Ben Rock, and Tracy Stearman are now battling heads up and agreed to chop, meaning each get $1,109 a piece, and play it out for our spiffy pineapple trophy.  The two are very close in chip count.

Steve Krogness Busts in 3rd ($600)

22 8000/16000 2000

On a flop of 5♥ 2♠ 2♣, Ben Rock bet 25,000.  Steve Krogness raised to 70,000, and Rock made the call.

The turn was the 2♥, and Rock checked.  Krogness moved all in for about 200,000.  Rock went into the tank for over a minute, sitting on a 265,000 stack of his own.  Finally, he decided to call.

Krogness: 3♥ 3♠
Rock: 7♥ 7♦

The river was of no help to Krogness, and with that hand he finished today in 3rd place.  Super awesome work, Steve!

Our Final 3, Battling Hard

22 8000/16000 2000

Kunkel Busts In 4th ($600)

21 6000/12000 2000

Action has been fast and furious at the final table, still without any additional deals made.

We observed Scotti Kunkel get all in on the Tx 9x 7x flop for about 50,000 against Steve Krogness.  After their discards, Kunkel revealed QQ and Krogness JT suited.

Unfortunately for Kunkel, an 8 on the turn and 5 on the river ended his day just short of the coveted “Crazy Pineapple Trophy.’

We wish a sincere, hardy thank you to you Scotti for being here with us all weekend long firing in all of the PIFT events.  Well done on cashing in 2 of the 3!

Aces vs Kings

21 6000/12000 2000

Tracy Stearman and Steve Krogness just tango’ed in another big all in preflop pot, for Stearman’s tournament life with her 263,000.

After the hands got revealed, she was in the lead with pocket aces, against Krogness’s kings.  They held and she secured a massive double up.

Tracy Stearman: 550,000
Steve Krogness: 100,000

Krogness Doubles up Off Rock

21 6000/12000 2000

On a J♠ T♦ 2♦ flop, from the button Ben Rock moved all in, with more than enough covering Steve Krogness.

After a bit of deliberation, Krogness made the call for his remaining 140,000.  After the discards, Rock revealed his Q♦ Q♥, and Krogness A♦ 6♦.

A low diamond on the turn locked it up for Krogness.

Steve Krogness: 300,000
Ben Rock: 480,000

Grayson Scoggin Busts in 5th ($600)

21 6000/12000 2000

Real well played all day long Grayson, thanks for playing today!

Chip Counts of Our Final 5

As we’re on break here, here’s the approximate chip counts of the five remaining players:

Steve Krogness: 185,000
Tracy Stearman: 280,000
Scotti Kunkel: 45,000
Grayson Scoggin: 270,000
Ben Rock: 365,000

They’ll be playing 6000/12000 with a 2000 ante, shortly.

Leo Castrillon-Moreno Busts in 6th ($600)

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We returned to the table just at the tale end of an all in and call between Leo C, and his opponent Steve Krogness.  Krogness had flopped a set of fives, and after a jack on the turn, Leo got all in with jacks and fives.  The river wasn’t a jack, meaning Leo C busted in 6th place.

Congrats on a deep run, Leo!