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Nick Scholz Comes from Behind to Win PPO Event 3 for $16,860

2023 Pinktober Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
Event 3

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 256

Prize Pool: $75,710
October 23 – 25, 2023

Nick Scholz

Pinktober Poker Open Event 3 was the last warmup tournament on the schedule before kicking off the Championship. It drew 256 entries to beat its $50,000 guarantee and Nick Scholz took the top spot with an outright win for $16,860.

Scholz began the final table among the leaders but dropped to less than five big blinds when they were three-handed. Former Tampa champ went out in third and Scholz was down 7-to-1 versus Alexander Grassia but came all the way back to capture the title.

Congrats Nick and good luck in the Championship!

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
2AlexanderGrassiaPalm HarborFL$11,220
16ChaseBesudenClearwater BeachFL$970
17JacobFerroCrystal RiverFL$860
18SeanBolandTreasure IslandFL$860
22MichaelSilvaSan AntonioFL$780
24EdgardoRosario FigueroaLakelandFL$780
29BrandenRosarioNew HamptonNY$720

Event 3: We Have a Winner!

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante

Nick Scholz

Alexander Grassia began heads-up play with a big chip lead but Nick Scholz came back to take the title after a few big hands including flush over flush.

Grassia took home $11,220 for his runner-up finish while Nick Scholz earned $16,860 along with his first career trophy.

1st: Nick Scholz – $16,860 + PPO Trophy
2nd: Alexander Grassia – $11,220

Alexander Grassia

Event 3: Counts on Break

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 226

The four remaining players were sent on a 15-minute break while the 5K chips were colored out of play.

Seat 2: Nick Scholz – 1,575,000 (21 bb)
Seat 3: Frank Weigel – 2,125,000 (28 bb)
Seat 6: Fred Paradis – 1,150,000 (15 bb)
Seat 7: Alexander Grassia – 1,975,000 (26 bb)

1st: $16,860 + PPO Trophy
2nd: $11,220
3rd: $8,140
4th: $5,990
5th: Gabriel Fuller – $4,480
6th: Walter Thornton – $3,390
7th: Jason Block – $2,610
8th: Jeevan Nomula – $2,040
9th: Yan Jiang – $1,620

Event 3: Gabriel Fuller Doubles Through Walter Thornton

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 226

Gabriel Fuller

Gabriel Fuller caught a break, then caught a double.

First up, he moved all in for 275,000 with As4c and ran into Fred Paradis with a big ace holding AdTd. The dealer ran out the Kc9h5dJc9c for a chopped pot to save Fuller’s final table run.

One hand later, he open-shipped for 340,000 and this time it was Walter Thronton calling to put him at risk.

Fuller: KdKs
Thornton: AsJd

Fuller found a monster after getting his save and the 9c7s3cTs4s board put him back in the game.

Gabriel Fuller – 805,000 (16 bb)
Walter Thornton – 390,000 (8 bb)

Event 3: Jeevan Nomula – 8th Place ($2,040)

$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 226

Jeevan Nomula

Jason Block opened to 80,000 from under the gun and Jeevan Nomula shipped for about 280,000 next to act. The rest of the table folded and Block quickly called.

Block: KdKc
Nomula: QdQc

A big cooler from Nomula and he could come from behind on the 6c4d2c4s9d board to exit in eighth place.

Jason Block – 850,000 (21 bb)
Jeevan Nomula – Eliminated in 8th Place ($2,040)