This season of the Tom Kat Poker League has been the smoothest
season in the history of the league.
The Grand Finale was no exception. EVERYONE showed up almost
on time which makes it easier on us...
We lost 15 players from last years 54 player inaugural
Grand Finale BUT we gained 20 NEW players this year for a total of 59 players and we hope that trend continues for Season
As for this years Grand Finale...
Butch Liggett had the largest
starting stack in the history of the T.K.P.L. with $42,000!!!!
D. has the smallest starting stack with $7,000!
We came up with a
fun idea of creating a Queen of Hearts Board and every player who didn't finish in the money would take a card when eliminated.
Every card had a prize that can be used next season ranging from Two Times Cash Game Raffle tickets, a Free POY add On, A
Free First Break add on, a Free Rebuy in our Rebuy event, Keep your bounty in our Bounty event, and a Free entry into the
Kick Off Classic!!! We hope to see most of those certificates turned in next year!
The final 16
players went out in the following order along with how many tournaments they played in this season:
16th: Tim Loudon (12)
15th: Jeff M. (15)
14th: Sherry Barto (18)
Tony Sabino (19)
12th: Dennis Scullion (16)
11th: Alton Crothers (14)
10th: J.T. Myers
9th: Jim Brandon (16)
Tony Flasco (16)
7th: Patty Holecko (17)
6th: Ben T. (19)
5th: Bob Guzman (18)
4th: Tony Thomas (17)
Jim Nestor (17)
2nd: Terry Lunder (17)
Season 9 Grand Finale Champion: Ryan Ashman (15)
I know coming
from me it may sound bias, but I still believe that the easiest and best possible chance any "NON PRO" poker player
in North East Ohio has to playing in the World Series Of Poker Main Event WITH $1,500 included
for travel expenses is by playing in the Tom Kat Poker League.
I am by no means putting down any
other leagues around because I am good friends with many of the people who run them, support them, and play in them...
Ryan Ashman is a good player, but he did not cash one time in the 14 tournaments he played in this season. That happens
a lot in poker because you need a few things to go your way in a tournament to win the whole thing no matter how good you
But he won the ONLY event that mattered... The Grand Finale!!!!
also didn't play in EVERY event and he didn't have to call around looking for someone to subsitute for him!!!
I try to relay that message on to as many people who play poker in our area that WE DO NOT KEEP TRACK OF POINTS ANY
MORE! I can't tell you how many times I get told they wont play in the T.K.P.L. because they can't play in them all and get
enough points to play in the Grand Finale.
When I explain that all you have to do is get credit
for playing in just 10 tournaments and you lock up your seat, the look on their faces is priceless.
We have evolved over the last few seasons and I wouldn't be surprized to see other leagues follow suit in the near
So now, Ryan Ashman will be playing in the $10,000
Main Event at the World Series of Poker this summer. He will get to keep 60% of any winnings he gets in that event. I know
a lot of leagues cut it down the middle but I feel that the person doing all the playing should get more for doing all the
The other 40% will be split amongs everyone who finished in the finale 16 of the Grand Finale
and those who played in 15 tournaments or more this year. Those 34 people are:
|Tony Sabino |
|Tony Balista |
|Chrissy Weazy |
|Jack Womer |
|Jeff Greene |
|Vickie G. |
|Bob Guzman |
|Sherry Barto |
|Tony Thomas |
|Dale Sicilianio |
|Joe Mudd |
|Jim Nestor |
|Don Haas |
|Jim Brandon |
|Dennis Scullion |
|Tony Flasco |
|Paul Simon |
|Tod Newman |
|Jeff M. |
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We are already starting to put together Season 10 of the Tom Kat Poker League.
also be doing the referral program again next year which will get you even more chips at the next Grand Finale so make sure
you tell anyone who likes to play poker about our league.
Please come back to this web site for
more info throughout the summer as we will be passing along any and all info along with progress of Ryan Ashman's attempt
to take down the 2018 W.S.O.P.
Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you back in the
Audra, Tom and Tom