The Foxwoods Poker Classic $2,500 NLH Championship drew a total of 220 entries to create a prize pool of nearly $500,000. It was a stacked field full of plenty of big name tournament pros including Vanessa Selbst, Olivier Busquet, Galen Hall, Brian Altman and David Paredes just to name a few.
When the dust settled it was Omar Saeed in the winners circle. Saeed bought in at the start of Day 2 and quietly climbed the chip counts throughout the day. He came into Day 3 just 10,000 chips behind chip leader Curt Kohlberg.
Saeed picked his spots and steadily chipped up at the final table before rocketing to the top of the counts when his ace king held up against the ace jack of Chris Tryba in an all in pre-flop confrontation.
He never looked back brining a 2-1 chip advantage in to heads-up play against Curt Kohlberg. It was a heads-up match for the ages as the stacked swung back and forth.
In the final hand all of the chips went in on the10♠️8♦️6♣️ with Saeed holding 10♦️8♠️ against the Q♥️10♣️ of Kohlberg.
Saeed will take home $119,270 for his victory along with his second Foxwoods Poker title bringing his live career tournament earnings to over $600,000.
Omar Saeed raises to 150,000 and Curt Kohlberg calls. They see a flop of 10♠️8♦️6♣️ and Kohlberg checks to Saeed who bets 200,000.
Kohlberg check raises to 800,000 and with the action back on Saeed he moves all in covering Kohlberg who has about 1,300,000 behind. Kohlberg makes the call turning over Q♥️10♣️ for top pair but Saeed shows 10♦️8♠️ for top two pair.
The turn is the K♥️ and the A♦️ river seals the deal for Saeed. The two players shake hands and Kohlberg is our Foxwoods Poker Classic $2,500 NLH Championship runner up earning $75,341.
Just as the momentum had swung to Curt Kohlberg it went right back to Omar Saeed. There was already more than 500,000 in the pot on a board reading Q♣️8♠️4♦️3♥️.
Saeed check raised all in for 2,055,000 and Kohlberg snap called turning over K♠️K♣️. Saeed however tabled his Q♦️8♦️ for top two pair. The 6♥️ river was no help to Kohlberg and Saeed regains control of the chip lead with 4,650,000.
Omar Saeed raises to 125,000 and Kurt Kohlberg calls. They see a flop of Q♠️4♦️3♥️ and both players check. The turn is the 5♥️ and Kohlberg leads out with a bet of 125,000. Saeed calls and the 10♥️ completes the board. Kohlberg checks to Saeed who slides out a bet 400,000 and Kohlberg check raises all in for 1,360,000. Saeed lays it down and as Kohlberg scoops the pot he asks Saeed "Would you like to see it." "Sure if you want to show it" replies Saeed and Kohlberg turns over his K♥️6♣️ for just king high. Kurt Kohlberg- 2,270,000 Omar Saeed- 4,330,000
With the elimination of Brian Altman in third heads up play is now underway here in the Foxwoods Poker Classic NLH Championship event. Omar Saeed is holding a 2-1 chip lead with 4,400,000 to the 2,200,000 of Kurt Kohlberg.
We are just moments away from crowning our newest Foxwoods Poker Challenge Championship winner who will take home $119,270 along with trophy.