Arizona-based Talking Stick Resort located at Scottsdale held the state poker championship this year. Poker Pro Vance Fitzgerald came out tops in the tournament after defeating 1580 players to qualify for the main event and winning it with $ 253,600 in total. This five day annual tournament is now almost a decade old and has prize pool of $1 million. The toughest players for Vance to defeat were Chad Mizner and Jake Balsiger that are regular participants at these events and had to battle non-stop for three hours to gain the title of 2015 Arizona State Poker Champion during second week of August.
Details of the tournament
According the organizers of the event at Arena Poker Room, this year was special as there was higher turnout of players when compared to last year’s figure which shows growing interest of players in the game. Final nine players in the main event that battled for the champion’s title besides Vance were Chad Mizner, Jake Balsinger, Matt Shultz, Gail Getzwiller, Hooman Nikzul, Matt Elsby, Alex Shelton and A.T. Gruzak. Tournament of No Limit Hold ‘Em began on August 14th and the semi -finals were held on 17th August and finals on 18th. The final table was emceed by four time WSOP title winner Tom Schneider who kept up an engaging commentary for the spectators.
Details of last few minutes of the game
Besides the prize money of $ 253,600, Vance took home a Presidential Rolex watch along with a customized trophy. Semi -finalists Chad Mizner and Jake Balsiger also received trophies along with prizes of $ 189,600 and $ 134,300 respectively. In the final defining moment when only Chad Mizner and Vance remained on the table, the latter ended the game and won the championship with a pair of queens that helped him pick up the pot.