Tyler Dietz Takes Bounty Title Back to Niagara Falls

2018 Rock N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$360 No-Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty 
Entries: 219
Prize Pool: $43,800
Bounty Prize Pool: $21,900

November 18, 2018 

Tyler Dietz wins $360 Black Chip Bounty

Tyler Dietz made the trek down to South Florida from Niagara Falls, NY to play the $360 deep stack no-limit hold’em with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

He fired a few bullets in that event, busted before the money and didn’t earn the six-figure payout he had hoped for. He will, however, bring a trophy back to Western New York. After falling short in his desired event to win, he hopped in the $360 no-limit hold’em black chip bounty.

The 22-year-old defeated a 219-entry field and earned $10,446 for his efforts, as well as $100 for every player he knocked out.

“I busted that one a few times and took it over here,” said Dietz after his victory. “And I won it.”

Dietz came into the final table with an overwhelming chip lead, but ran into a few bumps in the road along the way. In the end, they just delayed the inevitable – Dietz’s first Hard Rock trophy.

“I was putting a little pressure on and I ran into a few hands,” said Dietz about the final table action. “I got it in ahead and got rivered about three or four times. Got pretty low and then just won some flips.”

In the end, it was Dietz heads-up for the title against Patrick Spence. Spence was eliminated in second for $7,306 and Dietz picked up Spence’s bounty and kept his own.

The bounty aspect encouraged a little more action than in a normal no-limit hold’em tournament. It made the experience more enjoyable for the eventual winner.

“I definitely called some all ins light and other people called all ins light,” said Dietz. “It made it better when I picked up a hand or when someone else picked up a hand. It was pretty cool.”

Unfortunately for the business major at Niagara Community College, the five-figure score and the victory will be the last of the series for him. He has school commitments back in New York and won’t be able to compete in the rest of the series.

“I got to go back to school this week,” said Dietz. “So, I’m going home.”

The 219-entry field paid out the top 28 spots. Here are the full results:

1st: Tyler Dietz – $10,446
2nd: Patrick Spence – $7,306
3rd: Nick Ahmadi – $4,490
4th: Beau Dickinson – $2,731
5th: Michael Merisier – $2,109
6th: Joseph Orsino – $1,748
7th: Dmitriy Konikov – $1,489
8th: Carlos Medina Chintan – $1,270
9th: Jake Embres – $1,045
10th: Charles Gomez – $920
11th: Elias Nassif – $920
12th: Cameron Collins – $920
13th: Peter Hsu – $788
14th: Daniel Kasper – $788
15th: Timothy Tackett – $788
16th: Ryan Jaworski – $657
17th: Fabio Santos – $657
18th: Juan O’Campo – $657
19th: Randy Marker – $526
20th: Edison Barrera – $526
21st: Cory Litke – $526
22nd: Henry Miller – $405
23rd: Ethiel Garcia – $405
24th: Dwight Barclay – $405
25th: Vontz Burke – $325
26th: Donald Scheib – $325
27th: Robert Logan – $325
28th: Carlo Rodriguez – $303