Los Angeles-based poker player Patrick Karschamroon won the Cal State Poker Championship at the Commerce Casino in the early hours of May 23rd, 2010, Sunday, outwitting well-known poker players like Gavin Griffin and "Miami" John Cernuto.
The $162,000 dollars victory significantly increased his $68,491 dollars poker tournament winnings. Karschamroon has only one previous poker tournament victory, which is in August 2009, cashing in for $31,400 dollars. Tournament director Matt Savage said that Karschamroon played an excellent game against a formidable final table.
Savage said that "Miami" John and Gavin are excellent opponents and the final nine also featured a stellar line-up of online poker players. He added that he is very happy for Karschamroon's win in the tournament. More than 175 poker players vied for the championship in the $3,085 dollars buy-in No Hold'em Champion Main Event that concluded the month-long series.
The overall prize pool for the championship event was $509,250 dollars. The 2nd place finisher was Lenny Tam of West Covina who earned $86,570 dollars. It was Tam's first poker tournament ever, urged by his boss in the real estate agency where he works to participate in the tournament.
Griffin, who is from Ladera Ranch, California, had the chip lead for much of the day, came in 3rd place with Cernuto of Las Vegas, Nevada, in 4th place.
The final standings are: 1st: Patrick Karschamroon, Los Angeles, CA ($162,970 dollars), 2nd: Lenny Tam, West Covina, CA ($86,570 dollars), 3rd: Gavin Griffin, Ladera Ranch, CA ($56,020 dollars), 4th: "Miami" John Cernuto, Las Vegas, NV ($40,740 dollars), 5th: Harold Wasson, Corona, CA ($33,100 dollars), 6th: Milad Jorshari, Newport Beach, CA ($24,950 dollars), 7th: Matthew Elsby, Chandler, Arizona ($19,860 dollars), 8th: David Moskowitz, Sunset Beach, CA ($14,770 dollars) and 9th: Payman Arjang, Woodland Hills, CA ($10,690 dollars).
28 year-old Karschamroon said that he will probably use some of his winning for buy-ins at the 2010 WSOP. The next major poker event series on the schedule of the Commerce Casino will be the Commerce Hold'em Series on September 9th, 2010-September 26th, 2010 but the casino will continue to feature cash games and daily poker tournaments.