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Phoenix Student Wins Absolute Poker’s APCC Title

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In the fall of last year, the Absolute Poker College Challenge (APCC) was held where college students vied for over $25,000 free tuition prizes. At the end of the APCC Main Event on November 30th, 2009, the final six players won their spot to advance to the final table, which would take place on the real felt in Los Angeles, California. After cooling their heels for a couple of months, the ‘Fall Five’ landed in L.A. to do battle at the land-based final table.

Trading the virtual felt for the real felt, five of the top six students from the APCC Main Event showed up to fight for their share of over $25,000 in free tuition. The prize package included a first prize of $10,000, a custom-made APCC championship ring, and the opportunity to tell their story to the poker playing world in Bluff Magazine. When ‘BROCK_1923’ bowed out of making the trek to Los Angeles due to his study schedule, he accepted a 6th place finish and $2,000.  

That left only these five to go to war on January 21st and battle live on the green felt for the APCC title:

•    Frank Alberts ‘FUHRANKLAN’ the    18 year old freshman at City College of New York, went to L.A as chip leader with 23,100.

•    Mike Hofer ‘MSBHVNTWIN’ a 28 year old freshman at Anthem College in Phoenix, Arizona was second with 17,500 in chips.        
•    Greg Shevach ‘CRISSTOOPHER’ the 20 year old sophomore at ITT Technical Institute in New York was third with a chip count of 14,100.

•    Vincent Lay ‘MOONLIGHT220’ a 21 year old student at New York College of Technology went to L.A with 10,200 in chips for the fourth spot.    
•    Bryan Wooley ‘KAZIBETTA’ the 22 year old business student at Ashworth College in Georgia was in fifth position with a stack of 4,200.

Having fought their way through the tough field of other College hopefuls, the players who made the APCC final table were more than ready to vie for the prize money which ranged from $10,000 for first place, through to $2250 for fifth place. Looking to add to their student funds, the College students played very cautious until early afternoon. But when the action finally started, it was FUHRANKLAN, the original chip leader, who was the first man out when his Q-5 fell to MOONLIGHT220’s two pair of kings and fours.

At the end of the day, it was Mike Hofer, aka MSBHVNTWIN, who had the upper hand going into the heads-up battle. With 59,000 chips, Hofer dominated CRISSTOOPHER’s 10,200 chip stack and used his power to force CRISSTOOPHER all-in with the A-4 of clubs. Hofer’s Ad-9h held up and the Absolute Poker College Fall Semester Player of the Year was crowned.

“I’ve been so impressed by Absolute Poker’s hospitality, and all the Pros. I tried to pick some good spots to chip up, and it worked for me. This has been amazing,” said Hofer.

For his win, Hofer earned $10,000, an AP College Challenge ring, and a profile in Bluff Magazine, while runner up CRISSTOOPHER added $5,000 to his college fund for second place.

Commentary was provided by AP Pro player Matt Vengrin and Team UB Pro Joe Sebok and
after the match, Vengrin commented, "I started playing poker in college, so to see these guys have a chance to pay for their tuition was fun to watch. I wish Absolute Poker offered this chance when I was coming into the game.” Vengrin enjoyed the game and noted, “From the first hand I could see Mike was the most aggressive. He continued to put pressure on his opponents who seemed scared to risk the bigger prize money. MSBHVNTWIN is a deserving winner, and a great addition to the AP Poker Room.”

For those viewers who couldn’t attend the live event, they were able to follow all the APCC action streamed live online at Absolute Poker and at BluffMagazine.  

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