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Jejelowo Earns First Cash, Wins WSOPC Southern Championship
Medical researcher A.J. Jejelowo outlasted a final table that included pros Allen Kessler and Allie Prescott to win the WSOP-C Southern Regional Championship this weekend.
The 27-year-old from Houston, who had never cashed in a poker tournament and only plays poker recreationally, won a mega satellite on Friday to earn his entry in the $10k Championship.
Four days later, he emerged from a 12-hour final table as the WSOP-C Southern Regional Champion with $235,956 in his pocket.
Said Jejelowo after his win:
“This feels great to win. I’m really stoked right now. But I’m really tired, too."
Entering the final nine at Harrah's New Orleans Jejelowo was in good position as the chip leader, but he still had a tough road ahead with limited experience in high-pressure situations and veteran poker pros Kessler, Prescott and Matthew Waxman standing in his way.
Prescott in particular was coming in on a high, having cashed in the two big prelim events (3rd in the $1k Hold'em and 18th in the main event).
In the end, however, none could mount a challenge as Waxman bowed out in seventh, Kessler in sixth and Prescott in fourth.
Jejelowo entered heads-up play with a 3-1 chip lead over Gary Friedlander, but it took a brutal beat to end the battle about 20 minutes in.
Jejelowo three-bet shoved pre-flop with A♥ 9♦ and Friedlander snap-called with his A♦ K♦.
The flop came Q♠ 6♦ 5♦, keeping Friedlander in control. Both players caught an ace on the turn, but the shocking 9♠ on the river gave Jejelowo two pair and the win.
Jejelowo was presented with a WSOP-C gold ring and also earned a seat in the upcoming $1 million WSOP-C National Championship in Las Vegas.
Final results below:
1. A.J. Jejelowo $235,956
2. Gary Friedlander $145,442
3. Harry Cullen $95,214
4. Allie Prescott $66,202
5. Scott Lipshutz $48,673
6. Allen Kessler $37,736
7. Matthew Waxman $30,794
8. Kunal Patel $26,401
9. Jeremy Gaubert $12,000