Guy Klass, a 46-year-old heavy-duty truck salesman from Buffalo, New York, took down the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge Main Event in Niagara Falls Monday afternoon.
Klass earned $47,016 for the win, getting the best of a 267-entry field that created a $235,681 prize pool. After two starting flights at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino on Friday and Saturday, the event played down to a final four on Sunday.
They returned with more than $120,000 up for grabs today and Klass had the chip lead. World Series of Poker Bracelet winner Michael Malm chipped up a little to start play, but became the first casualty of the final four when he turned top two pair against Klass’ flopped set of threes.
Klass had a monster lead at that point, but Peter Beshay chipped away to draw closer. Anne Jones doubled through Klass once, but couldn’t manage it a second time, losing a race with big slick versus Klass’ jacks for all her chips.
Klass would have started heads-up play with a 5-3 lead, but they never played a hand. Klass struck a deal with Beshay to chop the money evenly and take the title and trophy, keeping it here at home in Western New York.
In less than a single level, the 2017 WNYPC Main Event Final Four was over and Klass was posing for winner photos.
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