Who's the best poker player in Florida?
Well, when it comes to the cash, there are nine of them.
As is the case at many poker tournaments in Florida, the inauguralhttp://www.floridamillion.com Florida Million poker tournament ended Sunday with a negotiated division of prize money, known as a "chop" in poker parlance.
The Florida Million involved six poker rooms across the state, who had play-in events, eliminating 90 percent of the field at each event. Then everyone met this weekend at Derby Lane to play it out.
The top nine decided to chop the pot and keep out $50,000 for the final three. They chopped it according to their chip count when they sat down at the final table, which explains why, say Randy Mueller got more cash for eighth than some folks above him. (He had a pretty good stack when the deal was made, so he got a bigger piece of the chop.)
Of the final three, all play at Derby Lane regularly. When the table got to two, they had close to equal chips so Alexander Gregory made a deal with Charlie Miller. The money left was $37,000 for first and $10,000 for second. So out came a second chop.
Gregory (right) took $24,000 and Miller (left) took $23,000 plus the fame of being on the Rounders and Ante Up magazine covers. (Personally, I have no problem with chops, because if I get to the final few players, I'm usually the worst one, so I'm better off making a deal.)
The order of finish:
1.Charlie Miller, Palmetto FL, $123,000
2-Alexander Gregory Tampa FL, $73,000
3-Toan Trinch, St. Petersburg FL, $73,000
4-Dave Bennett, Toms River NJ, $78,000
5-Joseph Parrish, River View, FL, $62,000
6-John Burger, Palm City FL, $55,000
7-Richard Grant, Jacksonville FL, $55,000
8-Randy Mueller, Largo FL, $63,000
9-Roy Cohen, Boca Raton FL, $55,000