Guy Klass Wins 2017 Seneca Fall Poker Classic Main Event

46-Year-Old Truck Salesman Tops 271-Entry Field To Win $58,608

Guy Klass has won the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 No-limit Hold’em main event at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort. The 46-year-old truck salesman from nearby Buffalo, New York topped a field of 271 entries to win the $58,608 top prize, becoming the latest Card Player Poker Tour champion and securing his spot on an upcoming issue of Card Playermagazine. Despite not being a professional player, Klass has found plenty of success on the felt in 2017. Back in April he came out on top of a field of 267 entries to win the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge at this same casino. Guy Klass now has lifetime live tournament earnings totaling $157,848.

In addition to the title and the money, Guy Klass also scored 432 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him into 413th place in the overall standings. In addition to his two title runs he also finished third in another $1,000 buy-in event held at Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort.

Klass entered the final table as the shortest stack with nine players remaining. His 139,000 was worth less than six big blinds when play resumed. He was able to find a triple-up right off the bat and then was able to build from there. Klass eliminated Lou Procopio in sixth place ($11,004) to climb even higher on the leaderboard. From there Klass was able to take control of the short-handed final table, and after he knocked out Hassan Jamil in third place ($26,553) he took more than a 3-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Mark Roberts.

The blinds were at 30,000-60,000 and an ante of 5,000 when the final hand of the tournament was dealt. The two players saw a flop of ASpade Suit5Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Roberts bet 300,000. Klass moved all-in and Roberts quickly made the call with the AHeart Suit5Diamond Suit for two pair. Klass was in trouble with the ADiamond Suit8Spade Suit, but quickly turned the tables by spiking the 8Club Suit on the turn. Roberts was left needing to hit a five in order to double up. The five did not come and Klass secured the pot and the title while Roberts was sent to the rail as the runner-up with $36,839.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Guy Klass $58,608 432
2 Mark Roberts $36,839 360
3 Hassan Jamil $26,553 288
4 Jason Sagle $19,615 216
5 Ernest Guardarramas $14,592 180
6 Lou Procopio $11,004 144
7 Brad Girdler $8,612 108
8 Robert Bourkney $6,698 72
9 Thomas Tomasello $5,382 36

The Seneca Gaming and Entertainment poker room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the first floor of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel. The 23-table room features 13 big screen televisions, free wifi, free drinks, free parking, player rewards and spreads a large selection of hold’em, stud and Omaha games. The gaming floor offers roughly 4,000 slot machines, table games and keno.

The world-class gaming facility opened in 2002 as the result of an $80 million remodel of the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center into a full-service casino. The property also features fine dining, star-studded entertainment, a health and wellness spa and many other premium guest amenities. For more information, or to book a room, call 716-299-1100 or visit the casino homepage.