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Wrapping up the action that took place from Jan. 25 – 28, Scott Blount outlasted a field of 691 players to win the Card Player Poker Tour San Diego Classic. The $250 buy-in no-limit tournament offered a prize pool of $188,400, of which Blount took $37,010 for his first-place finish. The top 94 finalists were awarded cash prizes for their finishes.
The win marks the first for the amateur player, but he’ll sure to be back at the tables for future tournaments. San Diego’s Eugene Goom came in second and pocketed $11,990. Goom has played in tournaments for a number of years, making his first cash win in a third-place finish at the 2013 Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Recurring Tournaments event in Vegas. He followed that up a day later by winning first place in the same event. His largest win came at the WPT Deepstacks tournament in October 2014, when he won $13,001.
This is the fifth year that Ocean’s 11 has hosted the event, and the turnout beat last year’s January event by 51 players. At the July 2017 San Diego Classic, also held at Ocean’s 11, 910 competitors gathered around the tables. For that tournament, Rancho Santa Fe resident Barry Seidman chalked up a first-place win and took home almost $39,000. That largest prize for the San Diego Classic went to Shawn Busse in April of last year when he won $48,910 after outlasting a field of 920 players.