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Reslock, Golin take WSOPC titles in Tunica
The cards continue to fly at the World Series of Poker Circuit event stop at the Grand Casino in Tunica, MS, with two more players capturing titles, including a very familiar name.
Sunday was a day for the women in poker to shine as 287 of them showed up in the Grand for the $200 Ladies' No-Limit Hold'em event. The tournament was an outstanding one marked by significant swings atop the leader board after it looked like there was a dominant leader.
The final nine women were led to the final table on Monday by Tennessee's Peg Ledman, who had dominated the action the previous day.
With a chip stack of 1.377 million, Ledman had nearly half the chips in play at the start of the final table and held almost a 5-1 lead over her nearest pursuer, Shelia Carwile. Many expected a quick final table and Ledman to take the title from a view of the chip counts.
The ladies played cautiously in the early going, with the first elimination coming after more than two dozen hands. Nancy Manley was the first lady to leave when, after she was all in from the blind, she ran into Jennifer Golin's pocket aces.
Golin, who had moved all in a few times before the elimination, continued the charge at the final table to slowly climb up the leader board. She eliminated Connie Rice in seventh and, after almost 50 hands were played, was responsible for dismissing Sherry Hollis in sixth.
Although Ellen Van Buren came to the table as the short stack, she doubled-up twice to extend her stay at the final table, but only by a little as she went out in 8th.
After crippling former chip leader Ledman in a three-way all-in situation more than 60 hands later, Golin completed the job the next hand and put Ledman out in fourth place.
After Shelia Carwile dumped Jo Cain in third place, Carwile was able to pull ahead of Golin by about 600,000 chips. The two players swapped the chip lead over the next sixty hands before Golin, with the chip lead, moved all in pre-flop with 9-8os.
Carwile called and had the edge with her Qc-9c but, when the board rolled out 10-9-8, Golin seized the lead in the hand. Although Carwile had draws to the inside straight as well as a backdoor flush draw, neither came home, and Golin took down the $17,291 first-place prize, the WSOPC championship ring and gold and diamond necklace from the tournament's co-sponsor, the High Heels Poker Tour, an East Coast organization that will hold it's next event at the WSOPC Council Bluffs festivities.
It is estimated that Golin moved all-in around a dozen times and survived each one after being called, an amazing statistical anomaly that you don't normally see in poker. Golin, who normally works as a registered nurse in Nashville, said she only plays about three or four tournaments per year. When asked if she would continue playing cash games, she joyfully stated, "Not anymore!"
The final table played out as such:
|Place ||Name ||Hometown ||Prize |
|1st ||Jennifer Golin ||Nashville, Tenn. ||$17,291 |
|2nd ||Shelia Carwile ||Chelsea, Ala. ||$9,512 |
|3rd ||Jo Cain ||Walls, Miss. ||$5,011 |
|4th ||Ped Ledman ||Gallatin, Tenn. ||$3,897 |
|5th ||Darlene De Jesus ||Cordova, Tenn. ||$3,341 |
|6th ||Sherry Hollis ||Pomona, Mo. ||$2,784 |
|7th ||Connie Rice ||Forrest City, Ark. ||$2,227 |
|8th ||Ellan Van Buren ||Deltona, Fla. ||$1,670 |
|9th ||Nancy Manley ||Olive Branch, Miss. ||$1,114 |
Tuesday saw final-table play in the $500 Omaha Hi-Lo tournament after the field had been winnowed from its original field of 207 players on Monday. Looking down the 27-player payout sheet, there were some notable players who didn't make the final table.
WSOP bracelet winner and former "Crew" leader Russ "Dutch" Boyd showed that he had skills beyond just No-Limit Hold'em with his 25th-place cash. Another notable name, World Poker Tour final-table finisher and 2007 WSOP bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell, drove a bit further than Boyd but came up short of the final table in one of his favorite games, finishing 14th.
The final table saw nine men come to the felt and there were dangers all around. Randall Witt, who had finished 10th just two days prior to this in Event 3, came to the table in the middle of the pack; veteran Roland Israelashvili sat just behind Witt and WSOP bracelet winner and Circuit event champion Chris Reslock was in the mix as well, ahead of those two but behind chip leader Tom Chambers.
There were several changes to the top of the leader board throughout the play of the final table, but two men made a significant impact before departing. Gregory Giannokostas came to the table with only $37,000 of the more than $2 million chips in play, but battled it out at the final table to take the chip lead at one point before departing in third place.
Martin Berchenko, down to one big blind at a point in the tournament, fought back to go against Reslock as heads-up play began.
Berchenko started at a $500,000 chip disadvantage against Reslock, but was able to pull into the lead in the early going of heads up action. Reslock resolutely chipped away at Berchenko's lead before administering a brutal hit to Berchenko's chip stack when Reslock flopped quad sevens and Berchenko turned queens full.
Although he battled admirably, Berchenko could not stay ahead of the blinds and finally fell to Reslock by the 100th hand of the tournament.
The $30,860 first-place prize drives Reslock's career earnings up to nearly $1.5 million, not bad for a guy who is a self professed "semi-professional." Reslock was joined at the final table by these gentlemen:
|Place ||Name ||Hometown ||Prize |
|1st ||Chris Reslock ||Atlantic City ||$30,860 |
|2nd ||Martin Berchenko ||Woodland Hills, Calif. ||$16,979 |
|3rd ||Gregory Giannokostas ||Atlanta, Ga. ||$8,690 |
|4th ||Douglas Lorgesse ||Hernando, Miss. ||$6,763 |
|5th ||Tom Chambers ||Chicago ||$5,800 |
|6th ||Randall Witt ||Nashville, Tenn. ||$4,968 |
|7th ||Brooke Stephens ||Frisco, Texas ||$3,974 |
|8th ||Peter Dawson ||Rolla, Mo. ||$2,981 |
|9th ||Roland Israelashvili ||New York City ||$1,987 |
Action this week will run the gamut of poker games available. Pot-Limit Hold'em, another Omaha Hi/Lo tournament and Seven-Card Stud will fill out the week before several No-Limit tournaments take place over the weekend.
It is all leading up to the $7,500 championship event a week from Saturday. As you can see, the action down on the delta is just beginning to heat up for the WSOPC Tunica stop.
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