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AawwNutz! Allen Carter wins 2009 WPT SPC
Texas-based Allen "AawwNutz" Carter outlasted all five of his opponents to take down the World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship title last night.
"It's been a long four days and this is a dream come true," said Carter just minutes after his victory.
Carter willingly admitted that he only plays poker part time and spends most of his time running a successful business in Dallas. One could easily have mistaken Carter for an experienced pro, however, as the 40-year-old cut a swath through the 283 entries that made up the field.
The early stages of the final table were dominated by the play of Soheil Shamseddin, who seemed intent on running the table over all by himself. Shamseddin was involved in almost every pot with cards most players wouldn't even include in their loose range.
Carter went so far as to call Shamseddin "a maniac," but is as usually the case with such players, it wouldn't be long before the rest of the table caught on. In his final hand Shamseddin bluffed his way out of the tournament with nothing but J-7, while Carter easily called with trip tens. Shamseddin was eliminated in third to leave Bobby Suer and Carter to fight for the bracelet.
None of the six final-table players was that well-known, Shamseddin being the most famous, having final-tabled the WSOPC Caesars Atlantic City in 2008. Team PokerStars Pro's Hevad Khan nearly made the final table, and fellow teammate Vanessa Rousso came the closest of all, eventually finishing seventh and bubbling the final table.
The Beau Rivage Casino & Resort was packed with both poker fans and fight fans alike as the WBO welterweight championship took place on the same day with defending world champion Andre Berto winning a close decision over challenger Luis Collazo after 12 rounds of boxing.
It would take much, much longer for Carter to land the knockout blow at the final table of the WPT SPC: he did not eliminate Suer until well after midnight.
Carter received exactly $1 million for his first-place finish, while Suer settled for the $501,028 that came attached to second.
The PokerListings live tournament crew was on location for the entire span of the tournament and you can read more in-depth coverage by Owen Laukkanen in a recap blog here.