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Devonshire Wins WSOPC Rincon
UB pro Bryan Devonshire finally scored his first major tournament victory by winning the WSOPC Rincon main event for $114,975 last night.
Devonshire, a former dealer turned poker pro, had been searching for a title since breaking onto the scene in 2005.
"It feels so sweet to finally win one of these main events instead of taking second," said Devonshire. "I feel like I got a monkey off my back and I'm super stoked."
He came painfully close to winning a major tournament on three occasions with two runner-up finishes at the WSOP and one second place finish at WPT Reno in 2008.
Devonshire outlasted a field of 70 players to claim victory at Harrah's Rincon.
He entered the final table third in chips with 145,800, while WSOPC ring holder Dan Burke took 158,400 into battle and Wei Chang had both players topped with 194,000.
Online poker pro Dan "Rekrul" Schreiber was also hot on Devonshire's heels with 142,400.
In a surprise turn of events Chang managed to burn off all his chips in the early stages of the final table and was the first player eliminated.
Another chip leader, Burke, couldn't get anything going at the final table and was eliminated in seventh place.
Eventually it came down to Shreiber against Devonshire heads-up. Shreiber, who won the WSOP Heads-Up championship in 2007, held the chip lead and looked destined to add another tournament win to his results.
Devonshire had other ideas and, after winning a massive pot where he turned a straight against Schreiber's top pair, was eventually able to eliminate the San Diego-based pro.
The 2009-2010 season of the WSOPC has only three events remaining with the next one scheduled to take place in St. Louis starting April 4. The $5,000 buy-in Texas Hold'em main event will run April 13-15.