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First-Ever Pinktober Poker Open Concludes with $11K+ Raised for Charity

Pinktober Poker Open branded felt

 The first ever Pinktober Poker Open ran October 6th through the 14th concluding during the early morning hours of Monday. The unique, charitable series boasted six primary tournaments and a handful of secondaries. A portion of each buy-in was withheld for charity raising more than $11,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Headlining the play was the $565 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event which drew over 500 entries. Claiming victory and scoring $39,102 along with a guitar trophy was Vinny Censabella.

Full tournament results:

That’s a wrap for the Pinktober Poker Open. Next up, the Winter Poker Open December 6th-17th!

Vinny Censabella Wins First-Ever Pinktober Poker Open $565/$200K Headliner

2018 Pinktober Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 5
$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 505
Prize Pool: $252,500
October 11-14, 2018

Tampa, FL – It took until the wee morning hours of Monday, but Vinny Censabella is a Pinktober Poker Open champion following a win in the series-headlining $565 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee. The title came after a long Day 2 that saw Censabella take the top spot following a five-way chop just before 3am. As chip leader, Censabella earned the lion’s share of the prize pool — a $39,102 payout — along with the property’s token guitar trophy.

Officially recognized as Event 5 of the first-ever series, the Pinktober Poker Open headliner drew 505 entries easily surpassing the $200,000 guarantee. Censabella was among a tough crew of talent that included John Dolan, Justin Zaki and Jonthan Hilton — all of whom finished in the money. Unfazed, Censabella took the chip lead midway through the day and never looked back riding it all the way to short-handed play.

Joining Censabella in the chop was Tampa regular Tony March who took home $20,560 for his performance. A portion of all tournament buy-ins already went toward the American Cancer Society, but March doubled down donating all of his winnings to his charity, the Pay it Backward Foundation.

The Pinktober Poker Open kicked off October 6th and ran all the way through Sunday’s $565 final table. In that time, more than $11,000 was raised for charity and Censabella co-headlined the event as the standout champion. Censabella is a 26-year-old project engineer from Winter Springs, Florida. He has a handful of recorded cashes both here in Tampa and in Hollywood, but his winnings are modest — less than $10,000. The Pinktober Poker Open win marks his largest and most notable poker accomplishment to day.

Stay tuned as the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa looks to run it back in October 2019!

Full $565 results:

1st: Vinny Censabella – $39,102
2nd: Gregory White – $31,298 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd: Michael Garavuso – $20,812 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th: Tony March – $20,560 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th: Joseph Skarzynski – $14,906 + $1,650 WPO Seat
6th: Anthony Dianaty – $8,299
7th: Trevor Hurst – $6,701
8th: Lahcen Imkhaoun – $5,471
9th: Ryan Sullivan – $4,734
10th: Wayne Daley – $4,119
11th: Rafael Perez Guerrero – $4,119
12th: Chris Williams – $4,119
13th: Brian Hooser – $3,627
14th: John Dolan – $3,627
15th: Mark “Bud” Wiser – $3,627
16th: Sarbjit Singh – $3,135
17th: Helberth Ortiz – $3,135
18th: Huyen Vo – $3,135
19th: Eric Mutschler – $2,643
20th: Timothy Shortell – $2,643
21st: Dushyant Gulati – $2,643
22nd: David DiBernardi– $2,385
23rd: Tara Schwartz – $2,385
24th: Daniel Brown – $2,385
25th: Sanjib Archarya – $2,139
26th: Steve Collins – $2,139
27th: Wil McCraney – $2,139
28th: Petr Hruska – $1,906
29th: Bradley Patton – $1,906
30th: Andre Rakusa – $1,906
31st: Ron Lane – $1,906
32nd: Kevin Malick – $1,906
33rd: Zo Karim – $1,906
34th: Fernando Rodriguez – $1,906
35th: Dmitriy Konikov – $1,906
36th: Allen Hedin – $1,906
37th: Christopher Holland – $1,623
38th: Rami Mikhail – $1,623
39th: Justin Zaki – $1,623
40th: Daniel Rogers – $1,623
41st: Witold Wasik – $1,623
42nd: Jonathan Hilton – $1,623
43rd: Alex Beece – $1,623
44th: Aaron Speer – $1,623
45th: Saj Illikal – $1,623
46th: Oscar Lindo Zeledon – $1,352
47th: Meir Barack – $1,352
48th: Brandon Lamora – $1,352
49th: Steve Trizis – $1,352
50th: Michael Traficante – $1,352
51st: Patrick Murphy – $1,352

Event 5: Vinny Censabella Wins in Five-Way Chop

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 505

Vinny Censabella

Soon after Anthony Dianaty hit the rail, the remaining players agreed to a modified ICM chop. Vinny Censabella held the chip lead and gave up his $1,650 seat to short stack Joseph Skarzynski. Additionally, Skarzynski negotiated for $1,000 from everyone.

Here were the rough chip counts at the time of the deal followed by the agreed payouts:

Vinny Censabella – 4,800,000 – $39,102
Gregory White – 3,850,000 – $31,298 + $1,650 WPO Seat
Michael Garavuso – 2,600,000 – $20,812 + $1,650 WPO Seat
Tony March – 2,575,000 – $20,560 + $1,650 WPO Seat
Joseph Skarzynski – 1,300,000 – $14,906 + $1,650 WPO Seat

Greg White
Michael Garavuso
Tony March
Joseph Skarzynski

Additional information on the event will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Vinny Censabella – $39,102
2nd: Gregory White – $31,298 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd: Michael Garavuso – $20,812 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th: Tony March – $20,560 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th: Joseph Skarzynski – $14,906 + $1,650 WPO Seat
6th: Anthony Dianaty – $8,299
7th: Trevor Hurst – $6,701
8th: Lahcen Imkhaoun – $5,471
9th: Ryan Sullivan – $4,734

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 5: Anthony Dianaty — 6th Place ($8,299)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 505

Anthony Dianaty

Anthony Dianaty was short stacked and shoved preflop. Michael Garavuso called and tabled adks — well ahead of Dianaty’s ac4h.

Runout: jc2c2dtd7s

Dianaty was eliminated in sixth place and the remaining six players promptly talked chop.

Anthony Dianaty – Eliminated in 6th place ($8,299)

Event 5: Trevor Hurst – 7th Place ($6,701)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 505

Trevor Hurst

Tony March raised to 150,000 and Trevor Hurst shoved for his last 500,000. March called Hurst was at risk.

Hurst: ahqd
March: khqc

A tired table started calling for a king.

Runout: td8s5sks9d

The king came on the turn giving March the best of it. Hurst was eliminated in seventh place.

Tony March – 2,400,000
Trevor Hurst – Eliminated in 7th place ($6,701)

Event 5: Rough Chip Counts on Break

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 505

Players are in the midst of a 10-minute break. Here’s a look at the rough chip estimates followed by the remaining payouts:

Seat 1: — Empty —
Seat 2: — Empty —
Seat 3: Michael Garavuso – 920,000
Seat 4: Joseph Skarzynski – 2,300,000
Seat 5: — Empty —
Seat 6: Tony March – 1,900,000
Seat 7: Greg White – 3,000,000
Seat 8: Trevor Hurst – 1,025,000
Seat 9: Anthony Dianaty – 1,925,000
Seat 10: Vinny Censabella – 4,030,000

1st: – $49,711 + $1,650 WPO Seat
2nd: – $31,352 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd: – $20,656 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th: – $14,262 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th: – $10,697
6th: – $8,299
7th: – $6,701

Event 5: Ryan Sullivan – 9th Place ($4,734)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 505

Ryan Sullivan

There was five-way action between Trevor Hurst in the small blind, Anthony Dianaty in the big, Vinny Censabella under the gun and Ryan Sullivan UTG+1.

The flop came qhjc3d and Hurst and Dianaty checked to Censabella. Censabella bet 150,000 and Sullivan shoved for about 675,000. It folded around back to Censabella.

“Alright,” he said. “It stinks of queen-jack, but I call.”

Censabella: asah for a pair of aces
Sullivan: ksqc for top pair

Turn and river: 4d9s

Censabella’s aces held and Sullivan was eliminated in ninth place.

Vinny Censabell – 3,550,000
Ryan Sullivan – Eliminated in 9th place ($4,734)

Event 5: 10-Handed Seating Assignments and Chip Counts

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 505

Seat 1: Wayne Daley – 640,000
Seat 2: Ryan Sullivan – 2,200,000
Seat 3: Michael Garavuso – 430,000
Seat 4: Joseph Skarzynski – 1,030,000
Seat 5: Lahcen Imkhaoun – 785,000
Seat 6: Tony March – 1,690,000
Seat 7: Greg White – 2,300,000
Seat 8: Trevor Hurst – 2,600,000
Seat 9: Anthony Dianaty – 2,000,000
Seat 10: Vinny Censabella – 1,980,000

1st: – $49,711 + $1,650 WPO Seat
2nd: – $31,352 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd: – $20,656 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th: – $14,262 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th: – $10,697
6th: – $8,299
7th: – $6,701
8th: – $5,471
9th: – $4,734
10th: – $4,119

Event 5: Rafael Perez Guerrero — 11th Place ($4,119)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 505

Rafael Perez Guerrero

Anthony Dianaty raised to 90,000 and Rafael Perez Guerrero shoved 290,000. Dianaty called and the cards were put face up.

Guerrero: acks
Dianaty: khqh

Runout: 9c7h2h5h6c

Dianaty hit an unlikely flush coming from behind to bust Guerrero in 11th place. With that, the tournament narrowed to 10 players and staff began the redraw.

Updated seating assignments and chip counts will be posted shortly.

Rafael Perez Guerrero – Eliminated in 11th place ($4,119)

Event 5: Chris Williams — 12th Place ($4,119)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 12,000/24,000 with a 24,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 505

Chris Williams

Almost simultaneously with Brian Hooser, Chris Williams got all-in versus Trevor Hurst. It was a classic race — Williams’ axkx versus Hurst’s jxjx. The flop fell blanks, while the turn brought a jx improving Hurst to a set. Williams was drawing dead from there and went on to finish in 12th place.

Trevor Hurst – 2,420,000
Chris Williams – Eliminated in 12th place ($4,119)

Event 5: Brian Hooser – 13th Place ($3,627)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 12,000/24,000 with a 24,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 505

Brian Hooser

According to the table, Brian Hooser was short stacked and got all in with ax8x against Ryan Sullivan’s qxjx. Hooser was ahead, and got a little help pairing his eight on the flop. A queen on the turn, though, spelled the end for Hooser. Sullivan improved to a better pair and there was no help for Hooser on the river.

Hooser was eliminated in 13th place.

Ryan Sullivan – 1,720,000
Brian Hooser – Eliminated in 13th place ($3,627)

Event 5: John Dolan — 14th Place ($3,627)

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 13 of 505

John Dolan

Gregory White was on the button and opened to 40,000. It folded to John Dolan in the big blind and he three-bet to 140,000. White called and the pair saw a flop.

Flop: jsts4h – Dolan lead for a little over 100,000 and White shoved. Dolan called off and the hands went face up.

“Oh wow,” White said.

Dolan: kckh for an overpair
White: kdqh for an open-ended straight draw

Turn and river: ahtc

The river brought one of White’s outs. He improved to Broadway while Dolan was left busted. The 14th-place elimination earned the former November Niner $3,627.

Gregory White – 1,820,000
John Dolan – Eliminated in 14th place ($3,627)

Event 5: Anthony Dianaty Trending the Right Way

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 505

Anthony Dianaty

Anthony Dianaty’s stack is headed the right way at the right time late in the Pinktober $565. With 14 players remaining, he sits at 1,800,000 chips good for one of the chip leaders in the room.

Each player still in has locked up $3,627, but all are vying for a $49,711 top prize.

Anthony Dianaty – 1,800,000

Event 5: Mark “Bud” Wiser, Sarbjit Singh and Helberth Ortiz Eliminated

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 505

Mark “Bud” Wiser

In a rush of bustouts since combining to two tables, Mark “Bud” Wiser, Sarbjit Singh and Helberth Ortiz have been eliminated.

Sarbjit Singh

Mark “Bud” Wiser –  Eliminated in 15th place ($3,627)
Sarbjit Singh – Eliminated in 16th place ($3,135)
Helberth Ortiz – Eliminated in 17th place ($3,135)

Event 5: John Dolan Eliminates Eric Mutschler in 19th Place; Huyen Vo Goes Shortly After in 18th

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 505

John Dolan flops a pair to bust Eric Mutschler

Eric Mutschler busted within minutes after dinner break ended. The fateful hand saw him face off against John Dolan preflop for the last of his stack. Mutschler had the best of it — ahqc versus ac7c — but a kh9c7d flop changed that. Dolan hit an unlikely pair to bust Mutschler and send the event to the final two tables.

As the tables were consolidating, Huyen Vo followed Mutschler to the rail busting in 18th.

John Dolan – 600,000
Huyen Vo – Eliminated in 18th place ($3,135)
Eric Mutschler – Eliminated in 19th place ($2,643)

Event 5: Dinner Time with 19 Remaining

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Heading to Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 19 of 505

The remaining 19 players are on a 40-minute dinner break. Play resumes just before 8:40pm with Trevor Hurst, Vinny Censabella and Ryan Sullivan topping the counts.

Trevor Hurst – 2,650,000
Vinny Censabella – 2,585,000
Ryan Sullivan – 1,380,000

Here’s a look at the remaining payouts followed by the complete results thus far:

1st – $49,711 + $1,650 WPO Seat
2nd – $31,352 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd – $20,656 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th – $14,262 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th – $10,697
6th – $8,299
7th – $6,701
8th – $5,471
9th – $4,734
10th-12th – $4,119
13th-15th – $3,627
16th-18th – $3,135
19th – $2,643

20th: Timothy Shortell – $2,643
21st: Dushyant Gulati – $2,643
22nd: David DiBernardi– $2,385
23rd: Tara Schwartz – $2,385
24th: Daniel Brown – $2,385
25th: Sanjib Archarya – $2,139
26th: Steve Collins – $2,139
27th: Wil McCraney – $2,139
28th: Petr Hruska – $1,906
29th: Bradley Patton – $1,906
30th: Andre Rakusa – $1,906
31st: Ron Lane – $1,906
32nd: Kevin Malick – $1,906
33rd: Zo Karim – $1,906
34th: Fernando Rodriguez – $1,906
35th: Dmitriy Konikov – $1,906
36th: Allen Hedin – $1,906
37th: Christopher Holland – $1,623
38th: Rami Mikhail – $1,623
39th: Justin Zaki – $1,623
40th: Daniel Rogers – $1,623
41st: Witold Wasik – $1,623
42nd: Jonathan Hilton – $1,623
43rd: Alex Beece – $1,623
44th: Aaron Speer – $1,623
45th: Saj Illikal – $1,623
46th: Oscar Lindo Zeledon – $1,352
47th: Meir Barack – $1,352
48th: Brandon Lamora – $1,352
49th: Steve Trizis – $1,352
50th: Michael Traficante – $1,352
51st: Patrick Murphy – $1,352

Event 5: Tony March Picks Up Aces to Bust Tara Schwartz 23rd

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 22 of 505

Tony March

Tony March had the goods picking up asah preflop and getting the last roughly 400,000 of Tara Schwartz in the middle. She held jcjd and was drawing slim to stay in the tournament.

Runout: kc9s3dkh7c

March’s aces held and Schwartz was eliminated in 23rd place.

A reminder that March is playing for his charity, the Pay it Backward Foundation, with all of his winnings going to help the underprivileged.

Tony March – 1,100,000
Tara Schwarz – Eliminated in 23rd place ($2,385)

Event 5: Updated Results

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 23 of 505

24th: Daniel Brown – $2,385
25th: Sanjib Archarya – $2,139
26th: Steve Collins – $2,139
27th: Wil McCraney – $2,139
28th: Petr Hruska – $1,906
29th: Bradley Patton – $1,906
30th: Andre Rakusa – $1,906
31st: Ron Lane – $1,906

Additional results are available in the posts below.

Event 5: Vinny Censabella Eliminates Sanjib Acharya, Crosses 2,000,000

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 505

Vinny Censabella

Sanjib Acharya just became the most recent casualty of Vinny Censabella’s hot streak here late in the Pinktober $565. Holding qd9d on a kd9d8h flop, Acharya got all-in for about 200,000 with a flush draw. Censabella called and turned over jc8s for trips. The turn and river came diamondless and Acharya never improved.

He was eliminated in 25th place while Censabella crossed 2,000,000 chips.

Vinny Censabella – 2,300,000
Sanjib Archarya – Eliminated in 25th place ($2,139)

Event 5: Steve Collins Eliminated in 26th Place by Joseph Skarzynski

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 505

The runout

Steve Collins shoved for about 125,000 and Joseph Skarzysnki re-shoved for more. It folded around and it was Collins versus Skarzysnki with Collins ahead but at risk.

Collins: 9c9d
Skarzynski: acqc

Runout: js4d2dad8s

Skarzynski spiked an ace on the turn to hold a better pair. Collins was eliminated in 26th place earning $2,139.

Joseph Skarzynski – 380,000
Steve Collins – Eliminated in 26th place ($2,139)

Event 5: Three Tables Remain

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 505

Table 1
Table 2
Table 3

1st – $49,711 + $1,650 WPO Seat
2nd – $31,352 + $1,650 WPO Seat
3rd – $20,656 + $1,650 WPO Seat
4th – $14,262 + $1,650 WPO Seat
5th – $10,697
6th – $8,299
7th – $6,701
8th – $5,471
9th – $4,734
10th-12th – $4,119
13th-15th – $3,627
16th-18th – $3,135
19th-21th – $2,643
22nd-24th – $2,385
25th-27th – $2,139

Event 5: Petr Hruska Eliminated in 28th Place by Ryan Sullivan

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 505

There was heads-up action in a three-bet pot between Ryan Sullivan in the big blind and Petr Hruska on the button. Sullivan had a big advantage in stacks and jammed the qctd9s flop.

Petr Hruska contemplates his action on the flop

Hruska had 238,000 behind and called off. He was at risk.

Sullivan: jcjd for a pair and a straight draw
Hruska: ahks for ace-king high and Broadway draw

Turn and river: 3c6s

Hruska’s hand never improved and he was eliminated in 28th place while Sullivan joined the tournament big stacks. Staff promptly stopped the clock and conducted the three-table redraw.

Ryan Sullivan – 1,375,000
Petr Hruska – Eliminated in 28th place ($1,906)

Event 5: Updated Results

$565 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
| Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 31 of 505

41st: Witold Wasik – $1,623

32nd: Kevin Malick – $1,906
33rd: Zo Karim – $1,906
34th: Fernando Rodriguez – $1,906
35th: Dmitriy Konikov – $1,906
36th: Allen Hedin – $1,906
37th: Christopher Holland – $1,623
38th: Rami Mikhail – $1,623
39th: Justin Zaki – $1,623
40th: Daniel Rogers – $1,623
41st: Witold Wasik – $1,623

Additional results are available in the posts below.