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The $1,650 H.O.R.S.E. was the first mixed game event at the 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party. The event pulled in 22 entrants creating a prize pool of $32,010. After 19 levels of gruelling play, American pro Joey Couden (cover image) emerged as the champion and claimed $13,500 in prize money.
Ranked ninth on the Ohio, USA All Time Money List, Couden is a one-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner having won the coveted prize in Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better this summer.. His current live winnings stand at over $2 Million.
Even though Couden entered the final table with the top stack, he faced tough competition from the likes of partypoker ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich, partypoker pro Marcel Luske and Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi.
In the heads-up finale, Couden came up against a formidable opponent in partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton, but the Ohio native came out on top to win the title!
1. Joey Couden – 318,000
2. Joe Brindle – 88,000
3. Mike Sexton – 66,000
4. Bruno Fitoussi – 48,000
5. Bas De Laat – 47,000
6. Marcelo Correa Da Cunha – 34,000
7. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 33,000
8. Marcel Luske – 25,000
With only the top four places set to receive payouts, the race to the money line was intense.
Following the eliminations of Marcel Luske, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Bas De Laat, the play was down to the last five.
Brazil’s Marcelo Correa Da Cunha went out on the money bubble in fifth place.
Joe Brindle‘s run ended in fourth place and he was the first player to finish in the money.
Bruno Fitoussi was eliminated next. On his final hand of the tournament, he raised from the button with and Mike Sexton called from the big blind holding . The flop opened and Sexton checked, while Fitoussi fired a c-bet. Sexton check-raised and Fitoussi called to see the turn . All the chips went in the middle with Fitoussi the player at risk. Sexton was ahead with pocket deuces and Fitoussi needed an ace or nine to double up. Sexton dodged those outs on the river and the Frenchman was eliminated in third place.
The heads-up play started with Joey Couden (365,000) leading Mike Sexton (295,000).
In Omaha hi-lo, Sexton picked up a pair of aces on the flop with the nut flush draw. Couden check-called a bet with possibilities for several outs. Eventually, Couden hit a six-high straight to snag the title and walked away with the trophy and the top prize of $13,500.
1. Joey Couden – $13,500
2. Mike Sexton – $9,000
3. Bruno Fitoussi – $6,000
4. Joe Brindle – $3,510
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