Montgomery native wins $1M in WPT L.A. Poker Classic
Dennis Blieden, formerly of Montgomery, won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic and $1-million dollars last week. He survived a field of 493 entrants, including a final table full of pros.
Dennis attended Sycamore High School and graduated cum laude from Ohio State. He later moved to Los Angeles and drives up to Las Vegas to play.
His parents, Steve and Joyce, still live in Montgomery.
Dennis is a big Bengals fan. He had Bengal season tickets during college used to sit in the last row at the top in the end zone.
There’s a group of 10 or so of his friends, all 2007 Sycamore graduates, that all flew out to see the win yesterday.
Earlier in the event he knocked out poker legend Phil Hellmuth, winner of an unprecedented 13 world championships at the World Series of Poker.
It is Blieden's biggest poker haul of his career. He entered the event with $21,980 in previous lifetime live tournament winnings, with a 13th-place finish in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the 2017 WSOP, and a 2,844th place finish in the 2017 WSOP Colossus.
More details HERE from WorldPokerTour.com
His winning purse includes his $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. Blieden also receives a WPT Champions Trophy, a Commerce Casino Remington trophy, a Hublot Big Bang Steel watch, and a $5,000 JetSmarter membership.
His name will be inscribed on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup, alongside every other WPT champion from all 16 seasons.
*Thanks listener Andy Star for the heads up on this!
Photos courtesy WPT L.A. Poker Classic and Andy Star