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Poker insider wins WSOPC Event 11
The final event of the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas before the main event begins today was a $550 No-Limit Hold'em event won by Jason "J.D." Newitt.
Jason Newitt is a familiar face on the poker tournament scene, but not for his play at the tables. He's been a consultant and public relations specialist for years, traveling around the world to attend many of the game's biggest events.
Event 11 of the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Caesars Palace was Newitt's turn to take center stage and prove that he is just as talented at the poker felt as the players he often deals with. To get there, he had to defeat a 491-player field that included some big names in the game.
One major competitor who made the final table with Newitt was Men "The Master" Nguyen. They were joined by Louis Lee, John Curtis, Trevor Thomas, Sam Petitti, Allan Booth, David Fox and Reza Payvar, who is also a WSOP bracelet winner.
Curtis was leading the pack going into the final table, with Newitt right behind him. Newitt got the eliminations ball rolling, sending Fox to the rail in ninth place, and when it finally came down to heads-up it was Newitt against Lee.
Newitt began heads-up play with a sizable chip lead against Lee - 1,238,000 to 261,000. Newitt didn't relinquish that lead during heads-up play either.
On the final hand, Newitt was dealt T-9, and Lee was dealt T-7. The flop brought T-7-4, and when the turn brought a deuce, Lee moved all-in. Newitt called with his pair of tens, and Lee had an opportunity to double up.
It wasn't to be for Lee, however. A nine came down on the river, giving Newitt the higher two pair and the win.
The final-table results were as follows:
|1st||Jason Newitt||Las Vegas||$71,439|
|2nd||Louis Lee||Plano, Texas||$38,340|
|3rd||John Curtis||Staten Island, N.Y.||$19,051|
|4th||Men Nguyen||Bell Gardens, Calif.||$16,669|
|5th||Trevor Thomas||Las Vegas||$14,288|
|6th||Sam Petetti||Hammonton, N.J.||$11,907|
|7th||Allan Booth||Vancouver, Canada||$9,525|
|8th||Reza Payvar||Irvine, Calif.||$7,144|
|9th||David Fox||Kerrville, Texas||$4,763|
Poker action at Caesars Palace continues today as the main event gets under way at noon Pacific Time. PokerListings will be on the scene to provide the best live coverage of the tournament delivered right to your computer screen.