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Michael Rocco (cover-image) topped the 18-player field in the single-day Event #9: $10,400 NLHE at the 2022 Stairway To Millions, hosted at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Rocco walked away with a $61,750 cash prize and a seat worth $26,000 to Event #10. Adam Hendrix cashed $37,050 in second place, also booking a free ride into Event #10.
Rocco has been around the poker scene since 2010. His most notable score dates back to 2019 when he championed the $5,300 NLHE Championship Event in The Wynn Winter Classic. He had a good summer with seven deep runs in the 2022 World Series of Poker, including two FT-finishes, one in Event #12: $50K NLHE – High Roller 8-Handed (7th for $192,570) and another in Event #23: $3K NLHE – Six-Handed (2nd for $87,854).
Cary Katz, the only other player who boarded the money bus, scoring $24,700 in third place, also won a free ticket to Event #10.
The $10,400 buy-in event saw 18 runners clashing for the glittering PGT trophy. The $200,000 prize pool was distributed among the top three finishers.
Francis Anderson bore the brunt of falling on the money bubble. Early in Level 11, when Adam Hendrix shoved all in from the small blind with , Anderson decided to re-shove for his last 160,000 with . The board ran , giving Hendrix a set of treys, busting Anderson on the money bubble.
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After doubling up in the previous hand, Cary Katz was eliminated in third place. In a preflop all-in showdown, Rocco pitched his cowboys against Katz`s . The flop opened , and Katz moved all in for his remaining stack, which Rocco called. However, the turn counterfeited Katz’s two-pair, and the river improved Rocco`s holdings to a full house, sending Katz to the rail.
After an hour-long heads-up battle, Adam Hendrix was knocked out in second place.
The last hand of the tournament saw Rocco moving all in, and Hendrix called for his remaining 145,000.
The community cards opened , and Rocco’s King-high kicker won him the title!
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