Wisdom may come with age but - at least at the poker table - there are some astute young guns. Though he's just old enough to avoid getting carded in a casino, 21-year-old Cody Slaubaugh dominated the final table to win the $300 No-Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker Circuit in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday.
At this point, it's almost old hat: Players no older than 22 have won all three of the circuit events at the Horseshoe Casino so far.
Slaubaugh, a native of Sauk Rapids, Minn., arrived at the tournament equipped with three years of poker experience, impressive live event cashes and hours of online play.
Using this to his advantage, Slaubaugh was well-heeled coming into the final table, holding $136,500 of the $594,000 of chips in play. He proved to be a controlling presence at the felt, taking down four of the first seven players before going heads-up with Danny "Danimal" Walker.
Though Walker, 22, managed to double up during the eight-hand showdown, Slaubaugh finished him off with big slick in the final hand of the game.
Final table results are as follows:
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