$300+$40 Mike Sica Memorial Seniors NLH
Level 18: Blinds 4,000/8,000/1,000 ante
Total Entries: 108
Players Remaining: 8
Average Stack: 202,500
The hand between Rich Forte and Gokhan Saldirdak pushed Forte far into the chip lead. He held 40% of the chips in play with eight players remaining and everyone was having too much fun. They made quick work of an adjusted payout deal that saw the bottom seven players bank $3,000 with the remaining $4,771 of the prize pool going to Forte.
“Do I get the trophy?” Forte joked/negotiated.
When he found out he would be declared the champion for real, he quickly agreed and the deal was done. The remaining eight players celebrated, joked, laughed, and they all walked to the cage together to collect their earnings.
Adjusted payout deal:
1st: Rich Forte – $4,771
2nd: Jose Malave – $3,000
3rd: Mark Akerman – $3,000
4th: Will McMahon – $3,000
5th: Mike Rauschenberger – $3,000
6th: Craig Robinson – $3,000
7th: David Hausmann – $3,000
8th: Tadeusz Bak – $3,000