After three long days of action and an off day for the Easter holiday a winner has been crowned at the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event. Scott Stanko emerged victorious after a two-hour heads-up battle against Charles "Woody" Moore. For the win, Stanko takes home a seat to the $1 million National Championship freeroll in Las Vegas, a WSOPC gold championship ring, and $101,266.
Stanko began the final table as the chip leader at the start of the day:
The first player to depart the final table was Jeremy Jagoda. He was significantly out-chipped at the beginning of the day, and was looking to double up early. He shoved from the button holding
Pej Niyati entered play with an above-average chip stack, but the early goings were brutal for him. He lost three key hands in the second level of the day to Stanko, Casey Cavanaugh and Mark Bonsack. In his elimination hand, Niyati shoved from the cutoff and James Smith called from the small blind. Niyati held
The next elimination occurred when Sean Moore jammed from the small blind and James Smith called from the big blind. The two were almost dead even in chips with Smith holding a 40,000-chip advantage. Moore was on a hope and a prayer holding
Charles Moore ended James Smith’s fate about 15 minutes later. The two saw a flop of
Mark Bonsack’s day ended with a curious hand that arched a few eyebrows around the room. Charles Moore opened for 80,000, Bonsack called from the button, and the flop rolled out
Stephen Ma entered four-handed play close in chips with his opponents. He slipped under 1,000,000 when he shipped about 300,000 to Moore, and then got involved in a hand with Stanko. Ma, holding
There were dramatic swings for each player during three-handed play. Stanko, Moore and Casey Cavanaugh were not shy about getting chips into pots. Cavanaugh’s fateful hand occurred when all three committed 80,000 preflop and watched the flop fall
The heads-up match between Stanko and Moore lasted nearly two hours. Moore doubled up with pocket aces and seemed to have gained the momentum, but Stanko would not relent. He ground Moore down over the next level and a half, taking mostly medium-sized pots. During the last 20 minutes of play, Moore was teetering just over 1,000,000.
The final hand began when Moore limped on the button and Stanko raised to 250,000. Moore moved in and Stanko called holding
WSOPC Horseshoe Council Bluffs Final Table Results
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