Turks & Caicos Poker Classic - Live Updates

The first-ever World Poker Tour Turks & Caicos Islands Poker Classic has come and gone with the father of Turkoise poker, Rhynie Campbell, taking down the $1 million guarantee - whoops, we mean, the $411,675 first prize and gold WPT bracelet. Campbell defeated a final table that featured Nam Le, Trevor Hebert, Chris Smith, Alan Sass and runner-up Erik Cajelais. Congratulations, Rhynie!

Day 4 Live Updates

09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

The Suck-Out King: Rhynie Campbell is Champion!

Rhynie Campbell limps-in and Erik Cajelais raises $100,000. Campbell moves all-in and Cajelais calls, but he won't like what he sees as Campbell turns up T T to his own Q 9. The gallery of drunken middle-aged women who comprise the Rhynie Campbell Fan Club cheer wildly as we await the flop, but they're silenced when the dealer turns over Q 9 3.

The turn card, however is the K and Campbell picks up a gut-shot straight draw. The river card is the T and just as he's been doing all day, Campbell hits another come-from-behind card, this time the biggest in his poker career as it clinches the first-ever WPT Turks & Caicos Poker Classic!

Campbell is the father of poker on the Turks & Caicos and was the single most important driving force in bringing this tournament to the island. It's only fitting, then, that he walk away with the $411,675 and first-ever WPT bracelet awarded on the island of Providenciales.

Congratulations to Rhynie and to runner-up Erik Cajelais, who will take home $225,000 in a losing cause. Stay tuned for more analysis and our exclusive interview with the champion!

Average Stack
$2,740,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Blinds Up; More Action

The blinds have gone up and the action is still fast and furious. Just after the start of the new level, Erik Cajelais raises to $69,000 and Rhynie Campbell makes the call. The flop comes A 5 4 and Campbell checks to Cajelais, who bets $75,000. Campbell moves all-in and Cajelais folds.
Average Stack
$1,370,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Heads-Up Action

Strength from Campbell

Erik Cajelais raises to $65,000 and Rhynie Campbell announces all-in. Cajelais squirms in his seat and counts his stacks of chips before giving the matter a couple minutes' worth of thought. As the pundits in the audience claim he's bound to call, Cajelais folds his hand and gives the pot to Campbell.

Bluff from Campbell

Cajelais makes it $55,000 and Rhynie Campbell makes the call. The flop comes J 9 8 and both players check. The turn card is the T and Campbell bets $60,000. Cajelais lays it down and Campbell shows 6-4 as he rakes the pot.

Cajelais Doubles

Erik Cajelais limps-in and Rhynie Campbell moves all-in over the top. Cajelais makes the call for his last $425,000 and shows A 8 to Campbell's J T. The audience stands and prepares to cheer their boy home, and the flop comes A J 5 giving both players a pair. The turn card is the 6, changing nothing, and the audience calls for a jack or a ten. The river card is the 4 and Cajelais doubles as the gallery applauds Campbell's effort even in a losing cause.

Average Stack
$1,370,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Heads-Up!

We're now on a quick break for the money presentation before heads-up play begins. Here are the chip counts to tide you over until play begins anew:

Rhynie Campbell: $2,041,000

Erik Cajelais: $719,000

Average Stack
$1,370,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Sassafrazzed

Campbell raises to $60k; Sass moves all-in. Campbell calls and Sass shows pocket fours to Campbell's T 7. The flop comes A Q J and Campbell picks up a gut-shot draw. The turn card is the K and Campbell hits his straight, leaving Sass drawing to a ten for a chip. The river card is the 3 and Alan Sass has been eliminated in third place. The Shipitholla Balla (who probably played the best of all players at the final table) earns $125,000 for his time.

Average Stack
$1,370,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Campbell Doubles

Before the break (and the previously published chip counts), Rhynie Campbell opens for $55,000 and Erik Cajelais announces all-in. Campbell makes the call for his last $360,000 and shows A T to Cajelais' K J. The flop comes 9 8 5 to give Campbell the diamond flush draw and take away plenty of Cajelais' outs. The turn is the 5 leaving Cajelais with four outs to eliminate Campbell. The river card is the Q and Campbell doubles through Cajelais to stay alive.
Average Stack
$913,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Blinds Up

The blinds and antes are on the rise. Or they were an hour ago, when we first tried to publish this post. Incidentally, PokerListings.com would like to apologize on behalf of the The Players Club and the organizers of the Turks & Caicos Poker Classic for the quality of the coverage you're receiving.

Beyond the ludicrous $1 million guarantee, the organizers have otherwise proven their ineptitude in running a major tournament by holding the final table in a sweltering building with no air conditioning (A+) and in providing little to no Internet access for WPT staff and the assembled media.

PokerListings.com updates are taking on average about 45 minutes per upload, but we doubt you'll have better luck elsewhere so don't even bother looking.

We're on a break now with 30 minutes left in the current level and with the chip counts as follows:

Rhynie Campbell: $1,806,000

Erik Cajelais: $735,000

Alan Sass: $219,000

Average Stack
$913,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Smith Smushed

Erik Cajelais opens for $45,000 and Chris Smith moves all-in over the top for $434,000. Cajelais makes the call with A Q while Smith is exposed as a fraud with K 6. The flop comes J 4 2 giving Smith the heart flush draw. The turn is the 3, giving Smith even more outs with the straight draw. The river card is the J and somehow Cajelais dodges all of Smith's outs, winning the pot and sending Smith home in fourth place for a $75,000 payday.
Average Stack
$913,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Sass Doubles Through Cajelais

Alan Sass, Erik Cajelais and Rhynie Campbell see a flop come 5 4 3 with no raisers pre-flop. Campbell bets out $24,000 and is called by both opponents. The turn is the A and Campbell bets $100,000. Sass makes the call and Cajelais moves all-in.

Campbell folds A-3 face up while Sass makes the call for his last $401,000. He shows A 8 while Cajelais has T 2 and is drawing for the straight flush and the straight flush only to eliminate Sass. The river card is the 6, not the six Cajelais is looking for, and Sass doubles-up.

Average Stack
$685,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/30/2007 (7 years ago)

Hebert Hebustified

Erik Cajelais, Rhynie Campbell and Chris Smith all limp-in before Trever Hebert pushes all-in. Cajelais raises to $200,000 over the top to isolate and his rivals get out of the way. Hebert turns up K 5 and is in bad shape compared to Cajelais' A K.

The flop comes Q 9 8 and Cajelais maintains his advantage. The turn card is the J and Hebert picks up the heart-flush draw. The river card is the T and Trevor Hebert has been eliminated in fifth place. He'll earn $50,000 for his efforts this week.

Average Stack
$685,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Turks & Caicos Poker Classic
Venue
The Players Club, Club Med
Date
2007-09-26
Final Day
2007-09-30
Buy In
$7,500
Entrants
137
Prize Pool
$1,004,175
First Prize
$411,675

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Rhynie Campbell $411,675
2 Erik Cajelais $225,000
3 Alan Sass $125,000
4 Chris Smith $70,000
5 Trevor Hebert $50,000

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