Chad Brown Poker Tournament Champion Crowned

Andy Chitty took home the title at the first annual Chad Brown NL Hold 'em Poker Tournament. (This is not a picture of the actual trophy, nor are they the hands of the winner.)

Over 200 professional and amateur poker players from Florida, and all across the world, attended the Chad Brown NL Hold ‘em Poker Tournament, held last weekend at the Orange Park Kennel Club in Jacksonville, Florida.

When the dust cleared on Monday, it was Andy Chitty who walked away with the top prize of $53,070, and the title of ‘Champion’ of the first annual Chad Brown NL Hold ‘em Poker Tournament.

The prize pool for the tournament guaranteed $50,000; however, that number was far exceeded with the final pool ending up at $171,200.

Chitty out dueled Fremio “Eli” Gomez at the final table. Gomez raked in $34,240 for his second place finish, and Kenneth “Chilli” Williams took home third prize of $19,688.

The tournament had two exciting Day Ones on Friday and Saturday and an eventfull Day Two on Sunday. By Monday, just four players were left to battle it out at the final table.

Going into the final day, Gomez held the chip lead with 1,353,000 chips. Thomas Conner was second with less than half of Gomez’s stack. Horace Thomas and Andy Chitty were in third and fourth position, and they both still had over 400,000 in chips.

Numerous satellite tournaments were held at Orange Park, and Orange Park’s sister site, St. John’s Greyhound, for weeks prior to the main event. At St. John’s, satellite tournaments were still running while Day 1A of the event began on Friday at Orange Park.

This is the first year of the tournament’s existence, but Brown is no stranger to Florida and plans to run this tournament every year. He is married to another poker pro, Vanessa Rousso, who called Florida home growing up. The pair have won many events between them, and their winnings are in the millions.

The tournament structure for the Chad Brown event allowed players to be patient and wait for the right spots to make their move. Blinds moved every hour, and players started with 20,000 in chips. The entry fee for the tournament was $880.

Here is a list of the top ten finishers and their earnings:

1. Andy Chitty – $53,070
2. Fremio “Eli” Gomez – $34,240
3. Kenneth “Chilli” Williams – $19,688
4. Maurice “Mo” Gottlieb – $11,125
5. Barry Price – $8,560
6. Thomas Conner – $6,845
7. Horace Thomas – $5,990
8. Josh Doody – $4,965
9. Jacob Garding – $3,935
10. Dave Rittenhaus – $2,910

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