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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CPPT Event 5: 4th Place - Nick Palma ($3,637)

Event 5
Level 25 (20,000/40,000/4,000)
Total Entries: 216
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 1,000,000
Nick Palma (New Rochelle, NY)
After losing a massive hand against Teddy Geddes a few levels earlier, where Teddy flatted a pre-flop open and called the shove from the blinds of Nick Palma, with Teddy showing up with [Ad][Ah], Nick Palma was more or less on the defensive for the rest of the night, rarely finding a playable hand or spot and he was eventually down to his final big blind and would move all-in from the button.

Andrew Lauer would then raise from the small blind and Palma would be at risk, but only against one opponent, increasing the chances that his [Kc][Jh] would end up being good.

He'd need to hit though, as Lauer held [As][9c], but it would be Lauer that would hit, as the board ran out [8d][6h][7s][2d][Ac].

Palma would quietly leave the table and the tournament area, taking his rail with him, visibly disappointed by the way the tournament finished.

But, after starting the new year strong with good results at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Palma has continued that to the Card Player Poker Tour, cashing in both events he's played and we expect that the best from Palma might be ahead of him this series, as he'll be a player to watch over the next few days as the "bigger" events take center stage.

We are now three handed for the Event 5 title with Geddes and Lauer holding a sizable advantage over Spencer Champlin.