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Ian Auvil Wins Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship ($50,000)

November 21, 2023 @ 01:17 AM

Ian Auvil

It was expected to be wild from start to finish, and the final day of the Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship more than lived up to those expectations, crowning Ian Auvil of the No-Limit Pub Poker Tour its newest champion.

After a thrilling roller coaster of a final table, Auvil defeated Ronald Kaepernick heads-up to take home the title and the $50,000 first prize.

That purse was the very sizeable lion's share of the $122,688 prize pool, built from a field of 426 entries in the latest successful iteration of the BPO here at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

The win is by far the largest of Auvil's career. He was at a loss for words afterward, but the recreational player from Stuart, Florida was sure to thank his boisterous and supportive rail.

Auvil certainly embodied the spirit of the Bar Poker Tour, as he was the most vibrant and exuberant character at the final table. Auvil had an absolute blast from start to finish, almost ignoring the pressure of playing for a tournament score the likes of which he'd never before been so close to.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPoker ClubPrize
1Ian AuvilStuart, FLNo-Limit Pub Poker Tour$50,000
2Ronald KaepernickStuart, FLNo-Limit Pub Poker Tour$22,500
3Gregg BloomDelray Beach, FLNo-Limit Pub Poker Tour$10,000
4Paul ChamberlainNorwood, MAEastern Poker Tour$5,200
5Miguel MedranoNew York City, NYNew York Free Poker$3,438
6John PurdyNorth Attleboro, MAEastern Poker Tour$2,500
7David PhillipsParker, COOver the Top Poker$2,000
8Chris DavisLos Angeles, CACowboy Kings Poker$1,500
9Bogdan ZavuFramingham, MAEastern Poker Tour$1,250

Day 2 Action

Monday was expected to be a day of lightning-quick eliminations with the chip leader having less than 40 big blinds once the level changed just three minutes into the day and it was certainly that.

Just 30 minutes into the day, the 43 returning players had been trimmed to 27, and by the first break just over two hours in, the field was down to 17.

Billy Hayes
Billy Hayes

Among the early casualties shockingly was start-of-day chip leader Billy Hayes. In a blind vs blind clash, Hayes three-bet jammed bottom pair into John Purdy's middle pair and flush draw in the biggest pot of the tournament at that point.

Purdy made a flush to take the chip lead, and Hayes was left on fumes and eliminated shortly after.

The frantic pace of eliminations continued once down to two tables, and after less than four total hours of play, the final table of nine had been reached.

Players then broke for just over three hours to do some interviews, take a breath, and regroup before returning in the early evening to finish things on the BPO and Palm Beach Kennel Club livestream.

Once play resumed, the elimination of Bogdan Zavu in ninth place also saw a massive shift in the fortunes of the two chip leaders at that point, leading to the elimination of Chris Davis in eighth place.

Davis, who held the lead opted to slow play kings in the big blind after Zavu moved all in. He then jammed two times the size of the pot on a ten-high flop with Auvil behind him. The eventual champion had flopped a set of nines and happily called. Auvil held to score a massive double-up, while Davis was left short and eliminated shortly after.

David Phillips was the next to fall in seventh, followed by Purdy in sixth before the eliminations slowed considerably.

It wasn't until Auvil's kings held against Miguel Medrano's ace-jack that another player was truly short-stacked. Medrano was eliminated shortly after in fifth place.

Auvil was down to three big blinds four-handed but managed to spin his stack back into contention to the point that after Paul Chamberlain's elimination in fourth place, he was able to double-up through his eventual heads-up opponent, Kaepernick, to regain the chip lead. It would be one he wouldn't relinquish.

Auvil then eliminated Gregg Bloom in third place after flopping the latest of several sets at the final table and holding on versus Bloom's open-ended straight draw.

Heads-up play then lasted just two hands before Auvil finished the job by making Kaepernick his final victim to claim the title and that $50,000 first prize.

Ian Auvil (and runner-up Ronald Kaepernick to his right)
Ian Auvil (and runner-up Ronald Kaepernick to his right)

This concludes our coverage of the Bar Poker Open Florida World Championship. Stay with PokerNews for continuing coverage of tournament action around the world.

Ronald Kaepernick Eliminated in 2nd Place ($22,500)

November 20, 2023 @ 11:40 PM

Ronald Kaepernick

In just the second hand of heads-up play, Ronald Kaepernick moved all in with for his last 2,800,000 and got called by Ian Auvil with .

Auvil was on the verge of an incredible win after coming back from three big blinds.

The flop came , bringing no help to Kaepernick.

The turn brought Kaepernick some chop outs, but the locked down the hand for Auvil with a pair of nines to take the title.

Kaepernick takes home $22,500 for his runner-up finish, while Auvil was declared the champion.

Ian Auvil13,000,0003,300,000
Ronald Kaepernick0-3,300,000
Gregg Bloom Eliminated in 3rd Place ($10,000)

November 20, 2023 @ 11:27 PM

Gregg Bloom

Gregg Bloom raised on the button with to 1,200,000, leaving himself 1,700,000 behind. Ian Auvil called in the small blind with .

The flop came and Auvil moved all in with his set of threes. Bloom called with his open-ended straight draw.

The turn though was the , filling up Auvil to cinch the hand. Just for good measure, he drilled the on the river to make quads and bring the tournament to heads-up play between Auvil and Ronald Kaepernick.

Ian Auvil9,700,0001,800,000
Ronald Kaepernick3,300,000800,000
Gregg Bloom0-2,100,000
Level 30 started

November 20, 2023 @ 11:17 PM

Level: 30 Blinds: 150,000/300,000 Ante: 300,000
Auvil Extends Chip Lead Through Bloom

November 20, 2023 @ 11:06 PM

Ian Auvil

Ian Auvil raised to 700,000 on the button with and got called by Gregg Bloom in the big blind with .

On the flop, Bloom bet 600,000 with his pair of kings, and Auvil instantly moved all in for 2,000,000 more effective with his set of eights.

Bloom folded to preserve his remaining ten big blinds, while Auvil is back over seven million chips.

Ian Auvil7,700,0002,300,000
Gregg Bloom2,000,000-2,000,000
Kaepernick Rebuilds Through Auvil

November 20, 2023 @ 10:57 PM

Ian Auvil raised to 800,000 on the button with and was met with a jam from Ronald Kaepernick with for 1,400,000.

Auvil called, trying to finish Kaepernick off.

The dealer had other ideas though, running a board of to send a double-up to Kaepernick with his set of tens.

Shortly after, Kaepernick would flop a set of deuces against Auvil who bet into him with ace-high, but then folded to an all-in raise for just over three million from Kaepernick, who has quickly climbed back into contention.

Ian Auvil5,400,000-1,900,000
Ronald Kaepernick4,300,0002,900,000
Auvil Doubles Through Kaepernick

November 20, 2023 @ 10:51 PM

Ian Auvil

Ian Auvil moved all in from the small blind for 3,600,000 and ran into Ronald Kaepernick's in the big blind.

Kaepernick called, and Auvil was at risk and dominated.

That was until the flop came , bringing Auvil trip kings.

The board completed , scoring a huge and unlikely double-up into the chip lead for Auvil.

Ian Auvil7,300,0003,800,000
Ronald Kaepernick1,400,000-3,900,000
Paul Chamberlain Eliminated in 4th Place ($5,200)

November 20, 2023 @ 10:48 PM

Paul Chamberlain

Folded to Paul Chamberlain in the small blind, he moved all in for 1,400,000 holding , obviously hoping for a fold to steal the pot and add some chips to his shrinking stack.

Unfortunately for Chamberlain, Gregg Bloom held in the big blind and called.

The flop came , pairing Chamberlain's deuce to take the lead.

The turn gave Bloom additional outs to Broadway, and the river brought the , giving Bloom the win with a rivered ace to send Chamberlain home in fourth place.

The three remaining players are all now guaranteed at least $10,000.

Gregg Bloom4,000,0001,500,000
Paul Chamberlain0-1,600,000
Level 29 started

November 20, 2023 @ 10:35 PM

Level: 29 Blinds: 100,000/200,000 Ante: 200,000
Kaepernick Takes Over Chip Lead

November 20, 2023 @ 10:31 PM

Ronald Kaepernick

Gregg Bloom raised to 400,000 in the cutoff with and got called by Ronald Kaepernick in the small blind with .

The flop came and Kaepernick led for 400,000. Bloom called to see the on the turn.

The players now checked, and did so again on the river as Kaepernick's two pair were good to take the pot, and the chip lead from Bloom.

Ronald Kaepernick5,300,0001,500,000
Gregg Bloom3,700,000-1,300,000

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Payouts

1: Ian Auvil

$50,000 USD

2: Ronald Kaepernick

$22,500 USD

3: Gregg Bloom

$10,000 USD

4: Paul Chamberlain

$5,200 USD

5: Miguel Medrano

$3,438 USD

6: John Purdy

$2,500 USD

7: David Phillips

$2,000 USD

8: Chris Davis (CA)

$1,500 USD

9: Bogdan Zavu

$1,250 USD

10: Nick Sims

$1,100 USD

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11: Andrew Ferguson

$1,100 USD

12: Charles Gudaitis

$1,100 USD

13: Liz DiBernardo

$1,000 USD

14: Paul Cassella

$1,000 USD

15: Antwan Tate

$1,000 USD

16: Samantha Skelly

$900 USD

17: Merrill Eversman

$900 USD

18: Richard Ellis

$900 USD

19: Will Unruh

$800 USD

20: Raymond Lizzol

$800 USD

21: Matthew McGuire

$800 USD

22: Angela Ford

$700 USD

23: Sherrie Stumbo

$700 USD

24: Steven Mayer

$700 USD

25: Pieter Arundel

$600 USD

26: John Kelly

$600 USD

27: William Alley

$600 USD

28: Charles Olson

$500 USD

29: Billy Hayes

$500 USD

30: Steven Witzke

$500 USD

31: Steven Hibbs

$500 USD

32: Adam Rodriguez

$500 USD

33: Joy Martinek

$500 USD

34: David Edwards

$500 USD

35: Eric Wilson

$500 USD

36: Matthew Lemmel

$500 USD

37: Kenneth Goff

$500 USD

38: Nicholas Pacheco

$500 USD

39: Frazier Tedford

$500 USD

40: Justin Angelo

$500 USD

41: Lawrence Campagno

$500 USD

42: Paul Hair

$500 USD

43: Rock Shepherd

$500 USD

Top Chip Counts

1: Ian Auvil

13,000,000 Chips

2: Ronald Kaepernick

Busted

3: Gregg Bloom

Busted

4: Paul Chamberlain

Busted

5: Miguel Medrano

Busted

6: John Purdy

Busted

7: David Phillips

Busted

8: Chris Davis (CA)

Busted

9: Bogdan Zavu

Busted

10: Nick Sims

Busted