Mark Rose of Orlando, Fla., won the Gulf Coast Poker Championship $5K main event at the Beau Rivage, pocketing $177,386, the trophy, the bracelet and a $10K WPT main event seat in the Southern Poker Championships in January.
Last year, Chad Brown, a professional from Margate, Fla., won this main event. This year he made the final table again, but couldn’t defend his title, instead finishing fourth.
Brown and Kai Landry were in the blinds and managed to get all-in. Brown held A-K while Landry was behind with A-J. The flop came 5-8-J, finishing off Brown, who earned $39,419 for fourth.
When play was heads-up Rose made a raise from the button to 40K and Landry moved all-in. Rose wasted little time in calling with A-J, which was a coin flip to Landry’s pocket 7s. The flop took care of the coin flip, when it came 9-J-Q. The turn was a 10, which gave some chop potential to Landry. But the river was the 6 and Landry finished second earning $93,621.
Will "Monkey" Souther finished third.
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