By Dan Ross
The 10-event Turlock Poker Room & Casino 15th Anniversary Semi-Annual Championship Series wrapped up in November with Brent Parise picking up pocket aces on the final hand to defeat Rick Peterson and win the $550 Main Event.
Parise earned $24,831 for defeating the 212-entry Main Event field that created a prize pool of more than $100,000. Peterson took home $17,407 as runner-up. Brandi Boehme ($11,187) finished third, followed by Peunh Farias ($8,287) in fourth. Last May’s Main Event winner, Jose Esparza, finished fifth ($6,221).
With his 16th-place finish, David Covarrubias defended his series title from earlier this year, becoming the first player ever to win back-to-back Championship Player of the Series titles. Covarrubias earned a complimentary entry to every Turlock Poker Room tournament from Dec. 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.
The Player of the Series race is always an entertaining one, and this series was no exception. Seven players were still able to earn the title going into the Main Event. Covarrubias earned the title by just one point over Ken Kajioka.
The series kicked off with Pradip Singh ($1,852) winning the $125 No-Limit Hold’em with $25 bounties, followed by Lucas Hinde (sixth in the Main Event) earning the victory in the $150 No-Limit Hold’em Event #2 for $3,000. Cris Dingle ($2,006) won Event #3, $230 No-Limit Hold’em with $100 bounties, and Charles Schlinger ($2,631) earned the win in the Veteran’s Day $125 No-Limit Hold’em.
Turlock Poker Room sounds like a big home game each time the $40 All-In or Fold with $10 bounties is offered. Frank Coehlo ($651) defeated the 105-entry field, while Singh earned his second win of the series in Event #7, $115 No-Limit Hold’em with $50 bounties, for $1,123.
Covarrubias won both Wednesday tournaments—the $125 Omaha 8 ($1,065) Event #8 and the $125 Mexican Poker ($480) Event #9 to move to second place in the Player of the Series race, leading to his one-point victory over Kajioka after the Main Event wrapped up.