Jonathan Poche started Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship among the big stacks, and he’ll start the final table the chip leader when play resumes Sunday afternoon. Thirty-five players returned on Saturday, but only ten would collect a piece of the $1,000,000 prize pool with $300,000 going to the winner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Less than two hours into play, a third of the field had been eliminated. WSOP-C Main Event winners Kenny Nguyen and Brian Ali, double gold ring winner Kyle Cartwright, and three-time winner Dwyte Pilgrim were among the early casualties. Bernard Lee, Tim West and Curt Kohlberg joined the list of recognizable names that hit the exit early with under three tables remaining.
The two women in the field at the start of play Friday remained in contention as the field went down to the final two tables. Day 1 chip leader La Sengphet retained her lead after busting Chris Klodnicki with a flopped full house against Klodnicki’s flopped trips. However, Traci Brown was eliminated in 16th place.
Allen Kessler battled with his usual short stack, but hopes at another cash stalled when his pocket eights were outflopped by the pocket fours of Hui to become the short stack. Kessler would hit the rail a few hands later in 14th place.
The elimination of Shiva Dudari in 12th place started the “double bubble” as the money and TV final table bubbles would take care of the next two eliminations. The unlucky player out on the money bubble was Doug “Rico” Carli, considered the poster boy of the WSOP-C with 50 cashes over the past seven seasons. Carli shoved on the river with K-Q on a queen-high board, running into the pocket aces of Hui to combine the field to one table.
The final hand would feature a pair of WSOP-C Main Event winners tangling in a pot. Choctaw Main Event winner Huy Nguyen ran K-Q into the A-K of New Orleans winner Jonathan Poche. Nguyen would collect $27,500 for his tenth place showing and the televised final table was set.
The final nine players return Sunday at 12pm for the televised final table at Caesars Palace with Poche holding a wide chip lead. Jim Anderson and Sam Barnhart started the day among the short stacks, but good fortune smiled among the pair, as they survived the day to make the money. Sengphet slipped a bit late in the day, but she won’t be backing down from any of the players at the final table. Be sure to check out www.BluffMagazine.com for the final table recap after the conclusion of the tournament.
Here are the final nine players at the WSOP Circuit National Championship:
1. Jonathan Poche – 534,000
2. Adam Hui – 239,000
3. Jim Anderson – 235,000
4. Josh Evans – 222,500
5. La Sengphet – 215,000
6. Sam Barnhart – 166,000
7. Matt Lawrence – 140,000
8. Drazen Ilich – 118,000
9. Charles “Woody” Moore – 65,500
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