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Team Cincinnati wins the U.S. PokerBowl
The inaugural U.S. PokerBowl final was decided at the Palms casino in Las Vegas Tuesday night. Team Cincinnati won the prestigious team tournament and walked away with $600,000.
The following five teams, out of 25 that started, had qualified for the 2007 U.S. PokerBowl final:
Team Cincinnati: Steve Zoine, Vinny Napolitano, Chip Jett, Jon Friedberg, Shannon Pendergrast, Joe Hill
Cincinnati got off to a rough start, losing two of their top players, Steve Dannenmann and Ari Goldstein, at an early stage, but the other members of the team kept fighting.
Steve Kingsley and Vinny Napolitano were the most successful Cincinnati players, reaching the final table along with Rick Fuller and Scotty Nguyen from Detroit; John Kim and Allen Kessler from St. Louis; Joe Hill and Jon Friedberg from New Jersey; and Brandon Adams from Team Hollywood.
Kingsley, however, was knocked out in eighth place, leaving Napolitano to defend his city's honor all by himself. He managed to double-up right after Kingsley's departure and thus kept Cincinnati's hopes of winning the PokerBowl alive.
Napolitano took command of the tournament with five players left. First, he doubled-up against Scotty Nguyen, and followed that up by busting out John Kim and Nguyen in fourth and third place respectively.
When the heads-up match against Allen Kessler started, Napolitano had a big chip lead, and it only took one hand to seal the deal.
Napolitano moved all-in with A-K and was called by Kessler who had K-J. Two aces came on the flop, and even though Kessler picked up a flush draw on the turn, it wasn't to be for the St. Louis player.
Napolitano won the hand, and Team Cincinnati had taken the 2007 U.S. PokerBowl. The top spot was worth $600,000, while second to fifth places paid out $100,000 each.
Final-table results from the 2007 U.S. PokerBowl:
|2nd||Allen Kessler||St. Louis||$100,000|
|4th||John Kim||St. Louis||$100,000|
|7th||Joe Hill||New Jersey||$0|
|9th||Jon Friedberg||New Jersey||$0|
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