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“Poker Night in America” Attracts the Largest Tournament Prize Pool Ever at Rivers Casino

PITTSBURGH – Dec. 3, 2013 – Pittsburgh’s Larry Pileggi dominated the first televised poker tournament ever held in The ‘Burgh. The local poker player obliterated a talented final-table lineup, consisting of two other Pittsburgh players and three from out of town. He wrapped up his victory in slightly more than three hours, a lightning-fast pace.

For his victory, the poker champion collected $71,782, plus a crystal trophy presented by the host property, Rivers Casino. Pileggi was accompanied at the final table by his wife Leah, which meant the couple was able to share the special moment together.

This was Pileggi’s first major tournament win, but hardly his first foray into the poker spotlight. He had previously cashed at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. However, this victory was truly special, taking place at the biggest poker tournament ever held in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

Pileggi defeated Dave Tannenholtz from Las Vegas in heads-up play. As the runner up, Tannenholtz’s consolation prize was $35,890. The top six finishers were as follows:

1. Larry Pileggi (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – $71,782
2. David Tannenholtz (Las Vegas, Nev.) – $ 35,890
3. Joseph Couden (Columbus, Ohio) – $20,098
4. Douglas MacKinnon (East Amherst, N.Y.) – $17,227
5. Donald Trenney (Moon Township, Pa.) – $15,792
6. Daniel Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – $12,920

The championship event won by Pileggi was a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament which took place over a four-day period. It was the final event on the 11-day schedule held throughout the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

This was the second time Rivers Casino has hosted the Pittsburgh Poker Open series. The previous “Summer Series” was held last August. This slate of 28 events, appropriately called the “Winter Series,” may become an annual tradition.

Rivers Casino is “Poker Night in America’s” third television shooting location. The initial production took place in August in Upstate New York. The second television show was filmed in Reno, just prior to the Pittsburgh event. Broadcast dates of all three events will be announced soon.

The Pittsburgh Poker Open tournament series concludes this Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a high-stakes cash game, which will be filmed for television on a delayed broadcast. Already scheduled to appear are: Joe Cada (2009 world champion), Greg “Fossilman” Raymer (2004 world champion), Steve Dannenmann (2005 WSOP runner up), Darvin Moon (2009 WSOP runner up), Dan O’Brien (2010 Player of the Year) and others.

Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been named “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine, “Best Overall Casino” in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine and “Best Casino” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The casino features nearly 3,000 slots, more than 100 table games, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multipurpose event space, live music performances, free parking, and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Already, more than $346 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit

Mike Gross
For Rivers Casino
(856) 628-6169

Nolan Dalla (Creative Director)
For Poker Night in America
(702) 358-4642