Christopher Bonn Wins the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event



On Monday, Christopher Bonn emerged victorious from a 321-player field at the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event. Bonn defeated Ken Silverstein heads-up to pocket the $109,760 first-place prize, WSOPC gold ring, and a seat to the National Championship.

Day 3 began with 11 players vying for the title of champion. Play was off to a quick start when John Nelson moved all-in preflop and was called by Cory Mascagni. Mascagni’s {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} flopped quads and had Nelson drawing dead on the flop. After that bust out, the players combined to an unofficial final table of 10, where Rex Clinckscales became the final table bubble boy.

Early on, Tuan Phan was the man pushing the action. Phan was involved in a majority of the pots and it seemed like he may run the show for the rest of the day. However, Phan found misfortune when he decided to three-bet Ken Silverstein from the button. Silverstein four-bet to 260,000 and Phan opted to call. The two saw a flop of {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{4-Spades} and Silverstein pushed out a sizable bet of 300,000. Phan moved all in over the top and was snap-called by Silverstein who tabled {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} for top set.

Phan, however, left himself with outs, and was searching for a spade to improve his {10-Spades}{5-Spades}. Fourth and fifth street brought the {3-Diamonds} and {A-Clubs} respectively, providing no help to Phan and giving Silverstein quad aces and a stack of roughly 2,300,000.

Shortly thereafter, the final table saw its first casualty when Georgia Robinson moved all in with {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. She was called by Pete Kaemmerlen,who held {q-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Robinson was sent packing when the {q-Hearts} fell on the flop and she couldn’t catch up on the turn or river.

Despite doubling up after his big hand with Silverstein, Tuan Phan was the next to hit the rail. Phan moved in with {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and was called by Christopher Bonn, who was holding {Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Keeping with the dramatic flare that Phan had throughout the entire tournament, the flop came {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} giving Phan full-house outs against Bonn’s flopped flush. Phan did not get there, however, and was forced to settle with eighth place.

Mike Linster was the next to go when he got his money in preflop against Eugene Fouksman and lost a race. Following Linster’s elimination, play seemed to grind to a halt until Eugene Fouksman ran into Christopher Bonn’s set of sevens. Fouksman was sent home in sixth place for $20,845.

After the dinner break, play picked up at a lightning pace, as John Mitchell moved in with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} but failed to improve against Christopher Bonn’s {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. Two hands later, Cory Mascagni, who was fairly quiet for a majority of the final table, busted when his {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} was all in against Bonn’s {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. The turn and river brought running hearts and Mascagni hit the rail.

Kaemmerlen was the next to go when he three-bet all in against Christopher Bonn. Kaemmerlen showed a flush draw to Bonn’s flopped pair of aces, and Kaemmerlen failed to improve.

Heads-up play included a series of aggressive preflop moves by Christopher Bonn that led to Ken Silverstein bleeding chips. The final hand occurred when Bonn opened for 200,000 and Silverstein replied by announcing that he was all in. Bonn called and the hands were turned over:


Bonn: {K-Spades}{9-Spades}
Silverstein: {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Bonn jumped ahead when the flop came {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and retained the lead through a {2-Diamonds} turn and {3-Diamonds} river.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Final Table Payouts

Place Player Prize
1 Christopher Bonn $109,760
2 Ken Silverstein $67,863
3 Pete Kaemmerlen $49,288
4 Cory Mascagni $36,407
5 John Mitchell $27,332
6 Eugene Fouksman $20,845
7 Mike Linster $16,146
8 Tuan Phan $12,695
9 Georgia Robinson $10,130

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