By Dan Ross
When play came to a close at the end of the night on Nov. 19, Joseph Dudek was atop the 268-entry field in the 2017 Turlock Poker Room and Casino $75,000 Guaranteed Championship $550 Main Event.
Dudek picked up $15,317 as the final group of players agreed to an ICM chop to close the tournament. Steven Geralis of Stockton took second for $15,224.
Players from across the Central Valley came out for the $550 tournament. The 268 total entries created a $129,980 prize pool, with 36 players earning money in the Main Event.
The other players at the final table were: Jim Fraser (3rd, $14,511), Albert Brandeo (4th, $13,898), Noe Rivera (5th, $11,186), Bradley Link (6th, $10,223), Tony Le (7th, $8781), Raj Kapoor (8th, $3,834) and Victor Paredes (9th, $2,873).
Defending champion Rafael Gonzalez made a run at going back-to-back but was eliminated in 16th place this year.
The annual 10-event Championship offers a Series Champion title for the player who finishes with the best results in the 10 tournaments offered during the championship.
Mike Jobe dominated the race for the Series Champion title from the very first of the 10 series events, winning one of the best Series Champion titles anywhere in the country.
Jobe earns one complimentary entry into every tournament and satellite Turlock Poker Room hosts from 12/1/17 to 11/30/18, a year’s worth of complimentary entries.
Jobe did this by winning Event 1 ($150 with $25 Bounties), coming right back to win Event 2 ($150 Hold’em), following that up with a second place in Event 3 ($200 Monster Stack), pretty much eliminating the rest of the players by that point. He locked up the title by taking down Event 9 ($115 with $50 Bounties) for his third series victory.
Here are the individual tournament winners from the 2017 Turlock Poker Room and Casino Championship Series.
Event 1: $150 w/$25 Bounties – Mike Jobe
Event 2: $150 Hold’em $10,000 GTD – Mike Jobe
Event 3: $200 Monster Stack – Michael Babayan
Event 4: $335 Mexican Poker – Jerry Utke
Event 5: $125 Hold’em – Jose Esparza
Event 6: $40 All In or Fold – Armando Perez
Event 7: $125 w/ $25 Bounties – Jennifer Alaya
Event 8: $125 Omaha 8OB – Icha Ux
Event 9: $115 w/$50 Bounties – Mike Jobe
Event 10: $550 Championship $75,000 GTD – Joseph Dudek