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Ali Knocks Out WSOPC Atlantic City Win
Brooklyn, New York's Brian Ali took down the World Series of Poker Circuit main event title at Caesars Atlantic City this weekend.
Ali earned $139,284 outlasting a field of 442 in the $1,500 event and was ecstatic with how it all worked out.
"This is so exciting for me to win this,” he told WSOPC staff. “I was just thinking about this last night that I could win the same amount of money buying a lottery ticket or something like that. But it would not mean the same at all.
"This victory is something I really had to earn. I had to beat some really, really tough poker players, not just here but over the past three days. So, I’m flying high right now.”
Last year's champ Roland Israelashvili came into the final table with a shot at becoming the first-ever repeat WSOP Circuit Main Event champion in the seven-year history of the tour and Maryland's Patrick Houchins held the chip lead.
However, Ali rivered the nut flush against Houchins' trip jacks to double up just a few hands in to take control.
Israelashvili finished fifth as Ali went on to win, rolling over the quickest final table of the WSOP Circuit so far this season - lasting just 3 hours and 55 minutes.
A 51-year-old telephone company retiree, Ali also booked himself a seat in the WSOPC $1 million National Championship in Las Vegas this May with the win.
He will be joined by Pittsburgh's Mun Nguyen, who won the race for the Best All-Around Player at the Caesars Atlantic City series with a first and second-place finish in two prelims.
Next up for the WSOPC is a stop at at Harrah's Rincon, outside of San Diego, California. The third $10,000 WSOP Circuit Regional Championship will go off at Rincon March 27-30.
Here's how the final table finished up in Atlantic City:
1 Brian Ali $139,284
2 John Andress $86,071
3 Patrick Houchins $62,893
4 Ellis Frazier $46,698
5 Roland Israelashvili $35,213
6 Jeff Rowland $26,951
7 Jerry Van Strydonck $20,930
8 Albert Winchester $16,486
9 Joe Caffrey $13,168