Karr Races To Victory at Parx Open Poker Classic

McLean Karr Parx
McLean Karr with sister Kelly (left) and girlfriend Tatjana (right).

McLean Karr’s tournament success continues as he won the main event at the Parx Open Poker Classic in Philadelphia yesterday.

Karr, who won the WPT Shooting Star in 2010, as well as High Roller events on the WPT and EPT, defeated a field of 181 in Pennsylvania to take home the first-place prize of $74,725.

This win brings Karr’s lifetime tournament earnings to just under $2 million.

Karr outlasted a talented final table that included Ronald Lee, Mike Sica, Will Failla and Dan Smith.

Smith, who has had considerable success playing online poker under the screen name King Dan, finished second to Karr and received $51,969.

Smith entered the heads-up match with a nearly two to one chip lead but saw the advantage swing in Karr’s favor before the final hand. Karr was able to get Smith’s stack in the middle with pocket aces versus A-J, with Karr’s bullets holding up to eliminate Smith and end the tournament.

After the match was decided Karr conceded his luck advantage by tweeting at Dan Smith, “It was an honour to play HU w/ u. Defo feel fortunate to get the hands I did.”

The $2,000 buy-in main event was well attended, with names like Mike Matusow, Michael “Grinder” Mizrachi and Matt Stout.

Karr was supported at the final table by his sister Kelly and girlfriend Tatjana Pasalic, a poker player on the Bodog roster of pros.

Here are the final table results from the 2011 Parx Open Poker Classic:

  1. 1. McLean Karr – $74,725
  2. 2. Dan Smith – $51,969
  3. 3. Ronald Lee – $38,897
  4. 4. Matt Bowers – $29,241
  5. 5. Mike Sica – $21,924
  6. 6. Dean Donahue – $17,052
  7. 7. Will Failla – $12,992
  8. 8. Larry Nelson – $10,556
  9. 9. Joe Palma – $8,932
Photo Credit to ParxPokerBlog.com.

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