Veteran player Sewell, two others win at SNPC

Charlie Sewell
Charles Sewell brings home SNPC IV victory.

Familiar names are becoming the norm as the preliminary events continue at the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge in Tulsa, Okla.

Monday saw action for 198 players in the $200 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, with 18 taking away a piece of the $32,470 prize pool that was created.

Veteran poker player Charlie Sewell, whose tournament success stretches back several years, followed up a second-place finish in the $500 No-Limit event on Saturday by capturing the title this time around.

"It's been a great run," Charlie humbly stated, adding, "If I stay on my game, I have confidence I will make it to that final table too."

Sewell and those who were unable to derail him on this day finished as follows:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Charlie Sewell Edmond, Okla. $10,711
2nd Barry Axe Pennsylvania $5,910
3rd Eugene Alloway Edna, Kan. $3,247
4th John Bigheart Tulsa, Okla. $2,598
5th Matt Newcombe Ada, Okla. $1,948
6th David Tobin Roswell, N.M. $1,624
7th Arthur Purma Jr. Rockport, Texas $1,299
8th Vincent Leonardo Kansas City, Kan. $947
9th Andrew Watson Tulsa, Okla. $649

Lance Tate
Tate tackles $100 No-Limit Hold'em event.

Monday evening opened up the felt for the $100 No-Limit Hold'em event, where 273 players went to battle. Twenty-eight players went away from the game with a piece of the $24,570 prize pool, with Lance Tate earning $7,864 for taking the championship of the event.

Tate was joined by the following players at the final table Monday night:

Place Name Prize
1st Lance Tate $7,864
2nd Ronald Bittner $4,324
3rd Linda Kemp $2,211
4th Cosby Longess $1,720
5th Joan Villa $1,474
6th John Evans $1,229
7th Kevin Kaylor $983
8th Jeffrey Holman $737
9th Bobby Kelley $491

John Hillman
Hillman climbs to top of SNPC IV event.

Tuesday's action featured the $300 No-Limit Hold'em event, which was spiced up a bit more with the addition of a cruise for the winner of the tournament. There were familial ties at the final table with a married couple, David and Dina Rylander, both in attendance. The presence of SNPC Seniors champion Johnny "Blaze" Short and former WSOP Circuit champion Gregg Merkow in the mix made for an added challenge.

They all were unable to stop the charge of John Hillman, though, who took the cruise, the trophy and the first-place check of $15,716 over the 182-player field.

"This was fun. I didn't expect to lose, but I'm not sure I expected to win," the exhausted Hillman said after the tournament.

In the end the chips fell like this:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st John Hillman Okmulgee, Okla. $15,716
2nd Douglas McElyea Oklahoma City, Okla. $8,669
3rd Dina Rylander Collierville, Tenn. $4,763
4th David Rylander Collierville, Tenn. $3,810
5th Abteen Vaziri Dallas, Texas $2,858
6th Louis Lee Plano, Texas $2,382
7th Terry Dopson Savannah, Texas $1,905
8th Gregg Merkow Plano, Texas $1,429
9th Johnnie Short Joplin, Mo. $953

The $5,000 championship event of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge starts this Sunday and should feature a host of strong professionals, satellite winners and the individual champions of each preliminary event in action.

The prize pool for the tournament will potentially reach the half-million-dollar mark and could go bigger, giving someone a great opportunity to take down a very prestigious title when the SNPC concludes Tuesday.

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