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Matthew Leecy Wins Pinktober Championship Outright for $111K

2022 Pinktober Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  358
Prize Pool:  $537,000
October 14-17, 2022

Matthew Leecy, 2022 Pinktober Poker Open Champion

The 2022 Pinktober Poker Open Championship headlined the two-week festival, and it drew a great group of players. After getting through a tough field and a talented final table, Matthew Leecy won the Championship outright for $111,240.

The $1,700 buy-in tournament drew 358 entries to push the $400,000 guarantee into a prize pool worth $537,000. That is the biggest PPO Championship prize pool in our history, and the last 45 players earned some money.

Leecy bagged the biggest stack coming back for Day 2 on Sunday, and he closed the day with the chip lead coming back for the final table on Monday. But it wasn’t all easygoing for Leecy; several times along the way he lost the lead and dropped to the bottom of the counts.

“I came in as an overwhelming leader,” Leecy said after his win. “But with six people left, I was last.”

“Having the history, being a little older now, knowing it’s not going to be perfect,” he continued. “The tournament doesn’t have to go perfect for you to win it, but you have to keep your head.”

Even with a big lead starting the final table, it wasn’t an easy path to victory for Leecy with Debbie Lee taking a commanding lead of her own with half the chips when it was four-handed.

Leecy battled back, got hot at the right times, and took the title with an outright win against runner-up Jebhar Patterson.

This is Leecy’s second major Tampa title, another guitar to go along with the one he picked up for his Tampa Poker Classic Main Event win in 2019.

Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameCityStatePrize Amount
1MatthewLeecyTrinityFL$111,240
2JebharPattersonTampaFL$73,950
3SungLeeAtlantaGA$54,340
4DavidDiBernardiTampaFL$40,340
5YazdiMehtaKissimmeeFL$30,250
6SanjibAcharyaTampaFL$22,910
7RichardSmithBradentonFL$17,530
8JamieSmithLargoFL$13,540
9AlainMedesanEberndorf$10,550

Championship: Matthew Leecy Defeats Jebhar Patterson for the Title

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante

Matthew Leecy

Jebhar Patterson lost 800K in a pot almost as soon as they came back from break and had to take a shot. He opened to 650,000 from his button and Matthew Leecy announced all in. Patterson thought for a few minutes and called at risk for about 3,500,000.

Leecy: Ac2d
Patterson: 8c8s

Patterson was a big favorite to double back near the lead but Leecy took the lead when he paired his ace on the As7c6h flop. The board finished with the Jc turn and Jh river and Leecy earned every chip in the Championship.

1st: Matthew Leecy – $111,240 + Guitar trophy
2nd: Jebhar Patterson – $73,950

3rd: Debbie Lee – $54,340
4th: David DiBenardi – $40,340
5th: Yazdi Mehta – $30,250
6th: Sanjib Acharya – $22,910
7th: Richie Smith – $17,530
8th: Jamie Smith – $13,540
9th: Alain Medesan – $10,550

Jebhar Patterson

Championship: Heads-Up on Break; Matthew Leecy Leads

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

Matthew Leecy and Jebhar Patterson continued to battle it out for the title and grabbed a ten-minute break from the action to regroup. Leecy leads and the blinds start to catch up to both.

Seat 6: Jebhar Patterson – 5,725,000 (23 bb)
Seat 7: Matthew Leecy – 8,600,000 (34 bb)

1st: $111,240 + Guitar trophy
2nd: $73,950
3rd: Debbie Lee – $54,340
4th: David DiBenardi – $40,340
5th: Yazdi Mehta – $30,250
6th: Sanjib Acharya – $22,910
7th: Richie Smith – $17,530
8th: Jamie Smith – $13,540
9th: Alain Medesan – $10,550

Championship: Jebhar Patterson Bounces Back; Blinds Up

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

With the board reading Qs8h6s8s, Jebhar Patterson bet 650,000 and Matthew Leecy called. The river was Kh and Patterson reached for some chips and bet 1,100,000. Leecy thought for several minutes, tossed out a chip to call, and Patterson showed 8c2c for trip eights.

Leecy double-checked his cards and put them in the muck.

After the hand, blinds were increased to 100,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante.

Seat 6: Jebhar Patterson – 6,800,000 (45 bb)
Seat 7: Matthew Leecy – 7,525,000 (50 bb)

Championship: More for Matthew Leecy

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

With the board reading Td5c5s4s, Jebhar Patterson bet 250,000 and Matthew Leecy raised to 750,000. Patterson called, the river was As and Patterson checked.

Leecy bet 1,225,000 and Patterson thought for several minutes before calling. Leecy showed 5h3s for trip fives and Patterson mucked.

Jebhar Patterson – 3,900,000 (31 bb)
Matthew Leecy – 10,425,000 (83 bb)

After the hand, blinds were increased to 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante.

Championship: Matthew Leecy Back in the Lead

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

Jebhar Patterson opened to 200,000 from his button, Matthew Leecy raised to 600,000 and Patterson called. The flop came 8h7s3d, Leecy bet 500,000 and Patterson called.

The turn was Qs, Leecy checked Patterson bet 500,000 and Leecy called. The Th river finished the board and both players checked. Leecy showed 9h9c for a pair of nines and Patterson mucked the big pot to Leecy.

Seat 6: Jebhar Patterson – 6,100,000 (61 bb)
Seat 7: Matthew Leecy – 8,225,000 (82 bb)

Championship: Counts on Break; Jebhar Patterson Leads

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

It was a virtual dead heat at the start of heads-up play but Jebhar Patterson took a nice lead going into the break. They return to blinds at 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante and levels now last 30 minutes each.

Seat 6: Jebhar Patterson – 8,675,000 (87 bb)
Seat 7: Matthew Leecy – 5,650,000 (57 bb)

1st: $111,240 + Guitar trophy
2nd: $73,950

Championship: Dead Heat Heads-Up

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

With Matthew Leecy holding a tiny lead over Jebhar Patterson for the title, head-up action is underway. They will play out Level 26, take another break, and blind levels will last 30 minutes until we have a champ.

Seat 6: Jebhar Patterson – 7,150,000 (89 bb)
Seat 7: Matthew Leecy – 7,175,000 (90 bb)

1st: $111,240 + Guitar trophy
2nd: $73,950
3rd: Debbie Lee – $54,340
4th: David DiBenardi – $40,340
5th: Yazdi Mehta – $30,250
6th: Sanjib Acharya – $22,910
7th: Richie Smith – $17,530
8th: Jamie Smith – $13,540
9th: Alain Medesan – $10,550

Championship: Debbie Lee – 3rd Place ($54,340)

$1,700 Pinktober Championship (Re-Entry)
$400,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 358

Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee was down to 1,100,000 after a tough run and put her chips to work against Matthew Leecy.

Leecy: AsTc
Lee: Kc5d

Lee had two live cards to double back into the game but Leecy moved further ahead when he paired his ten on the QdTs3d flop.  She needed to catch a king but blanked the Jc turn and 6c river to exit in third place.

Matthew Leecy – 7,175,000 (90 bb)
Debbie Lee – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($54,340)