Prince crowned at Bayou Poker Challenge

Jean Gaspard
Jean "Prince" Gaspard dominated play at Wednesday's WSOPC New Orleans final table.

Jean "Prince" Gaspard went wire-to-wire at the final table of the Bayou Poker Challenge, winning $211,722 and his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring on Wednesday.

Gaspard, a professional poker player from Chicago, came into the third and final day of the Circuit's $5,000 New Orleans finale with a commanding chip lead and never relinquished it over the ensuing five hours of play.

He personally eliminated Kurt Scheer (9th) and Justin Allen (7th) in a pair of fortuitous hands to build his stack up to more than double his closest rival and maintain his dominance as his rivals handled the rest of the eliminations.

Ultimately, Gaspard and runners-up Billy Kopp and Ken Christopher decided to chop the remaining prize money while three-handed.

When negotiations concluded, so too did play, as none of the remaining players deemed it necessary to finish the contest.

Gaspard, who held more than half of the chips in play at the time of the chop, earned the WSOPC title and a $10,000 buy-in to the Main Event of the World Series of Poker this summer.

The former pro basketball prospect now has over $950,000 in career tournament winnings since turning his attention from the hardwood to the felt.

"The reason I play sports is because I love doing it - it's as simple as that," he said. "I am very competitive by nature. Basketball meant a lot to me, but after I discovered poker, I found something new that I could compete - and win - at."

In total, 167 players played the final WSOP Circuit event of the season.

Among those to cash were Shaun Deeb (14th place), Matt Brady (12th place) and Dwyte Pilgrim, whose 18th-place finish marked his thirteenth cash of the 2008-2009 WSOPC season, earning him unofficial "Player of the Year" honors.

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