First Annual Billy Mitchell Tournament of Champions
The first ever Tournament of Champions was a wonderful event. Some of the best players in the Tri-Cities came together to see who was best, and to remember our friend Billy Mitchell.
The players included previous champions, members of the TPT Hall of Fame, and members who had made it to at least two final tables at TPCS events. With these kind of entry requirements competition was fierce.
Curtis Williams and Trazel Silvers dominated the tournament amassing huge stacks of chips, which they refused to relinquish. The inevitable showdown began after Trazel knocked out Chris Healey in third place. Sharing nearly a quarter of a million worth of chips between them, the fight was on to crown the champion. Eventually Curtis, who had the larger of the two stacks called a bluff with a pair, and the tournament was all over.
The event was very enjoyable for all, and it was wonderful to see so many players turn out to support a great cause.
Thank you to all players that participated, we hope you all had a great time.
Thanks to the staff and management of Fanatics for their support and hard work.
A special thank you to Billy Mitchell, for all the good memories.
1st - Curtis Williams
Second consecutive final table, third overall final table.
2nd - Trazel Silvers
Second final table, previous TPCS champion.
3rd - Chris Healey
Fifth final table, previous TPCS champion & runner up.
4th - Justin Lester
Second consecutive final table, previous TPCS champion.
5th - Dan Kublawi
Forth final table, previous TPCS runner up.
Curtis Williams, Tournament of Champions 2009 Winner
Trazel Silvers, Tournament of Champions 2009 Second Place
The final four, from the left; Justin Lester, Chris Healey,
Trazel Silvers & Curtis Williams.
Final hand; Curtis had a pair of nines, Trazel had a bluff.
Bad beat of the tournament?
On table three, the three chip leaders end up all in over a hand, surprisingly no one was knocked out.
Player one had pocket nines, and the flop of 955 gave them a full house.
Player two had pocket queens and thought they were probably good with that flop.
Player three had pocket fives, and must have thought it was Christmas when two players started betting into him! After some raises and re-raises all three players got all in, and the quad fives held up to take a monster pot. The winner of this pot went on to make the final table.