James Bradley chops pot for WSOPC win

Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts points out his winning hand for Event 8 of the 2007 WSOPC Indiana.

Brian Roberts, from Ridgeville, Ind., made his trip to the Caesars Indiana worthwhile Thursday after taking down Event 8 of the World Series of Poker Circuit for an official payout of $35,470. He got there with a flopped straight and by chopping the prize with two other competitors.

During his trip to the winner's circle, it was a hand against James Bradley when play was down to four people that turned the tide for Roberts and sent him on a hot streak.

Bradley had a monster chip lead for most of the final table, but on the 81st hand, Roberts flopped a straight, cracking Bradley's pocket rockets. He raked in a $600,000 pot and didn't look back.

Thirty-three hands later, he knocked Bradley out of the final table and brought play down to the final three. At that point, the action was stopped as they discussed a deal and decided to chop the prize to end the game.

To make things legal, they played one more hand. Roberts had Ah-3h, and his opponents just mucked their hands.

The official top prize for the event, which drew 424 entrants to create a $118,234 prize pool, was $35,470, plus a $5,000 seat in the main event that starts next week.

Roberts is a 39-year-old manufacturing supervisor in an auto parts plant. Poker is one of his many hobbies, which also include demolition derbies and barrel racing with horses.

He's been playing poker since he was a kid, but in the last year and a half he's gotten into Texas Hold'em. He's had three cashes in the Midwest Regional Poker Championships this year, along with a $15,000 cash in last year's WSOP Main Event.

This new win for his poker resume didn't take long to achieve at all despite the large turnout for the event. It only took 8.5 hours to get down to the final table of nine.

The final-table results are as follows:

Place Name Residence
1st Brian Roberts Ridgeville, Ind. $35,470
2nd Hong Nguyen Evansville, Ind. $19,036
3rd Rick Stinson Henderson, Ky. $9,459
4th James Bradley Las Vegas $8,276
5th Jenny Branham Radcliffe, Ky. $7,094
6th Paul Givens Kokomo, Ind. $5,912
7th Kevin Wade Danville, Ky. $4,729
8th Michael Day Chelsea, Mass. $3,547
9th Brandon Howard Fort Wayne, Ind. $2,365

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