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Ashton Griffin Wins the $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout at the NAPT Venetian

The 2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Venetian wrapped up on February 26th, 2010 after the $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout final table was finished.

After nearly twelve hours of play at the final table, it was Ashton Griffin who won the title. The event featured a one-of-a kind gaming format in which seven tables of seven poker players started off the action on February 22nd, 2010.

Everyone at the final table qualified there by winning their preliminary table and no matter how many players they sent home, each started the final table with 150,000 chips. Poker pro Scott Seiver was riding momentum going into the final table having dismissed all of his six opponents at his first table.

Each time Seiver sent home a player, he earned himself $5,000. Another $75,000 was given to each poker player for winning their preliminary table and that place Seiver at $105,000 in total wining before the tournament's final table even started. PokerStars.net was placing in a little extra money as well.

The poker player who was the top bounty hunter would rewarded $100,000 and Seiver was the initial favorite to add that amount to his winnings. Peter Eastgate was the sole member of Team PokerStars Pro to make it to the final seven players. He was then the first player to go home from the event.

After Seiver doubled trough Eastgate with a pair of aces, the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion was left short in chips. It was Seiver who sent him to the rail moments later. Next one to go home was Brett Richley, who took a bad beat from Griffin. A three outer on the river was what sent Richley mpacking and he finished in 6th place.

Following him out was Faraz Jaka. Like Eastgate, he went home at the hands of Seiver as well and that put Seiver in a good position to become the top bounty hunter. In order for Seiver to lose his hold at that title at that point, either Hoyt Corkins and Joe Cassidy would have needed to sent home each of the other three participants and win the tournament to tive Seiver and divide the prize.

Things are looking up for Corkins to possibly match Seiver for the bounty hunter title when he sent Seiver home in 4th place. But over three hours into three-handed play, Griffin sent Cassidy home and locked up the bounty hunter title for Seiver. From there, the heads-up showdown only lasted a few minutes. The short break before the heads-up showdown lasted longer than the actual game between Corkins and Griffin.

Several hours had passed of slow action but these two players could get the cash in fast enough and did so on the 2nd card hand they played against one another. Corkins sent home five poker players along the way and earned himself $100,000 dillars but it was Griffin who won the biggest prize of them all.

For his win, Griffin earned himself a total of $560,000 -$75,000 for winning his preliminary table, $30,000 in bounties and $455,000 for finishing in 1st place.

 

03/02/2010, Tuesday
Sherry Barlow

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