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Three more WSOPC event in the books
Events 9, 11 and 12 have wrapped up now on the journey to the World Series of Poker Circuit main event in Tunica. Surprisingly, two of the winners showed humility not often found in a poker player while a third shared some of his winnings with a friend he knocked out of the final table.
Event 9, $500 No-Limit Hold'em, brought out 154 players at the tail end of last week to create a $74,690 playing pool. Gregory Marshall outlasted them all to take home the top prize.
Marshall went into the final table as the chip leader and managed to pull off the win, but he gave credit to his cards rather than his own skills.
"He (runner-up Troy Weber) was a hell of a lot better than me," Marshall said. "I was just catching cards."
Despite his humble statement, Marshall proved his worth at the table when he was down to just 3,000 in chips with 13 players left. He fought back to bring that up to 54,700 when final-table play began.
The final table played out as follows:
1. Gregory Marshall, Ft. Wright, Ky.
2. Troy Weber, West Terre Haute, Ind.
3. James Williams, Atlanta, Ga.
4. Richard Hash, Maryville, Tenn.
5. Juan Garcia, Decatur, Ill.
6. Benjamin Kramer, Terre Haute, Ind.
7. Roman Bayda, Rowlett, Texas
8. Randy Langston, Memphis, Tenn.
9. Will Hammock, Macon, Ga.
When play got down to heads-up, Weber and Marshall chopped the remaining prize money and played for the ring and the title. In the end, with Marshall up to a 5-1 lead, Weber offered him the victory in return for a tax deal arrangement.
Following Marshall's example, Michael Aberle also gave credit to his opponent for being the better player when he won Event 11, another $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament.
The 62-year-old tobacco store clerk from Wonder Lake, Ill., had a slight lead on his heads-up opponent, Dena Leath, when he offered a generous split of the rest of the prize pool.
"You're a better player than I am," he said as he offered to split it, giving her $27,000 and leaving him with $23,000, and they'd play for the remainder and the ring.
When he finally pulled off the win, he too credited good cards for it, downplaying his own skill in the game.
However, he did defeat a field of 246 players to pull off this win. Plus this was only his second Circuit event, and in the first one he made the final table as well, coming in in third place.
The final-table results were as follows:
1. Michael Aberle, Wonder Lake, Ill.
2. Dena Leath, Wichita, Kan.
3. Charles Poindexter, Oakland, Tenn.
4. James Naifeh, Memphis, Tenn.
5. Robert Workman, Greenup, Ky.
6. Thomas Hover, Las Vegas, Nev.
7. Jack Sweesy, Aubrey, Texas
8. Isaac Borrero, Dallas, Texas
9. Dennis Phillips, Cottage Hills, Ill.
Over the weekend, 190 players ponied up the $1,000 buy-in for some No-Limit Hold'em in Event 12 as well. This time it was North Carolinian Jeff Whisnant who went on to take home the $59,712 prize, with no deals.
To get there, he left a lot of poker players in his wake, including his good friend Joseph Bean, whom he knocked out in 10th place, causing Bean to just miss the final table.
It wasn't a complete loss for Bean, though, who took home his $2,949 for 10th place as well as an extra $5,000. The two had agreed that if either of them won the tournament, they would give the other $5,000.
Whisnant pulled off the win after finally getting down to heads-up against A.J. Wallace. Wallace had the lead, but Whisnant began to pull himself up and finally took a small lead.
The final hand finally came when Wallace raised with Qd-Jc, and Whisnant put him all-in with Ah-Qs. He was a big favorite, and his hand held up as the board came 5h-5d-2c-8s-Tc.
The final-table results were:
1. Jeff Whisnant, Morgantown, N.C.
2. A.J. Wallace, San Angelo, Texas
3. Brad Johnson, San Diego, Calif.
4. Brady Neal, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
5. James Neill Jr., Savannah, Tenn.
6. Richard Ferro, Omaha, Neb.
7. Wayne Harvey, Rincon, Ga.
8. Alfred Bailey, Little Rock, Ark.
9. Bob Jones, Southaven, Miss.
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