More than 300 players entered the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Main Event over the weekend, and only one was left standing on Monday. Jonathan Chehanske, 32, bested a tough final table that included poker pros Soi Nguyen and David Randall to win the $107,862 top prize, a beautiful gold WSOP Circuit Ring, and an automatic bid to the WSOP National Championship in May.
Day 3 at Harrah’s Rincon began with the final nine players, and the eliminations were fast and furious from the start. The first player to go was short stack Ted Jivkov, who was the victim of the ultimate preflop cooler when his
David Randall was the next player to exit, and he, too, ran into pocket aces. This time, it was Lorenzo Bosforo who held them, and they were too much for Randall’s pocket nines. This was Randall’s second final table of the series; he finished third in the $1,000 buy-in event on the same day the Main Event kicked off.
A few hands later, James Czarnecki hit the rail. He put his tournament life at risk holding
Six-handed action went on for more than two hours before Bosforo was eliminated. Bosforo four-bet shoved preflop for his last 600,000 with
Roussakis was second in chips when he was eliminated in fifth place in what was the biggest pot of the tournament to that point. Action started with Roussakis raising to 75,000 in early position. Nguyen defended his big blind, and the two saw a flop of
Nguyen checked to Roussakis, who fired out 100,000. Nguyen grabbed some raising chips, shuffled them for a bit, then tossed in a raise to 230,000. As he has done often throughout the final table, Roussakis acted quickly and raised it to 500,000. Nguyen let out a brief sigh, and announced all in. Roussakis let out a sigh himself before making the call, and we had the biggest pot of the tournament.
Nguyen flopped bottom set but still had to sweat because Roussakis could still catch a spade to win the hand. The turn was a black king, but it was the
Four-handed lasted for quite some time, but then two players were eliminated on back-to-back hands after the dinner break. Edmund Liu shoved from under the gun with
On the very next hand, Chehanske played executioner again as his
The match between the final two lasted only about 30 minutes as both players were extremely aggressive. There was a raise or three-bet on every hand, and it didn’t take long for the two to get the money in.
On the final hand of the tournament, Chehanske raised to 90,000 and Nguyen three-bet to 210,000. Chehanske made the call, and the flop came
Chehanske was out in front, but Nguyen was still drawing very live as a diamond would give him a flush. The
2012-13 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Final Table Results
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