Princess Love won the Celebrity Poker Tour Invitational II on Thursday at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. Love topped the 73-entrant field, which included celebrities, professional athletes, business leaders, and content creators, to win the $20,000 first-place prize.
This was Love's biggest career victory, according to TheHendonMob, topping her $11,629 first-place prize in a $300 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at Wynn Las Vegas in April 2023. This was Love's third-largest career score as she finished 40th in the 2023 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas for $132,500 and 2nd in the 2023 StormX Invitational III for $80,156.
Among those competing in the Celebrity Poker Tour Invitational II included NFL players Calais Campbell, Dalton Kincaid, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Marqise Lee, Brandon Marshall, Will Levis, Laviska Shenault, Eric Ebron, and Aaron Jones, poker players Brad Owen, Ethan "Rampage" Yau, and Alexander "Wolfgang Poker" Seibt, celebrities Princess Love, Jose Canseco, Bryce Hall, Tana Mongeau, and Perez Hilton, and defending champion Qiyu "Nemo" Zhou.
The 73-entrant field was spread throughout the PokerGO Studio across nine tables of play, with each player possessing a second chance chip that gave them a 100,000-chip rebuy or add-on. Once all the second chance chips were cashed and the first break had concluded, former Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver Marqise Lee held the chip lead ahead of 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Calais Campbell.
As the money bubble approached, Ethan Yau, Alexander Seibt, and Bryce Hall were eliminated as just ten players remained. Gordie Gronkowski was all-in on the feature table holding pocket jacks against the queen-deuce of Laviska Shenault. A queen fell on the turn to eliminate Gronkowski, but a double knockout occurred simultaneously on the secondary table as Princess Love rivered a flush against Eric Hansen and Eric Ebron to see the three eliminated players split eighth and ninth-place payouts.
Shenault held a commanding chip lead over the final seven players ahead of Princess Love and Trent "BookItWithTrent" Attyah. Tana Mongeau and Attyah found early doubles, and although professional mixed martial artist Aljamain Sterling managed a double through Tennessee Titans Quarterback Will Levis, he would soon be eliminated in seventh place when his king-deuce couldn't outdraw the king-queen of Shenault. Levis would be eliminated in sixth place when his ace-ten was outdrawn by Love's five-four when she made trips on the river.
A huge cooler of a hand would follow next as Attyah was all-in with top set against the middle set of Shenault and the straight draw of Mongeau. Mongeau's straight came through on the river, and she tripled up to leave Attyah in a state of shock. Attyah exited next when his queen-jack couldn't improve against Shenault's king-ten to leave four players remaining and Love in a commanding position. Shenault's run would end in fourth place when he made a move on the turn with king-high, but ran into Love's flopped full house.
Keith Smith made a flush against Mongeau to double before she would be eliminated in third place after she called all-in with jack-eight and was against Love's ace-king. A king landed on the flop and Mongeau was eliminated in third to leave Love holding an eight-to-one chip advantage over Smith. On the first hand of heads-up play, Smith would be all-in with queen-seven against the king-four of Love. The board ran out king high and Love was crowned the Celebrity Poker Tour Invitational II winner for $20,000 in prize money.
|Trent "BookItWithTrent" Attyah
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