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Three more WSOPC Indiana winners
Friday, Saturday and Sunday brought three more events and three more winners from the World Series of Poker Circuit at Caesars Indiana. The three Hold'em events saw an auto parts company controller from Illinois, a pro from Las Vegas and a former WSOPC main event winner coming out on top.
First up was Event 9, $500+$50 No-Limit Hold'em, which saw 339 entrants competing for a $159,265 prize pool. Topping them all to take home $49,372 was Keith Correll, a 42-year-old from Greenwood, Ill., who started out the short stack at the final table.
Proving the virtue of patient, controlled play, Correll waited and picked his spots to hang on in the tournament and turn his short stack into the winning stack. In contrast, the chip leader going into the final table, Eric Crain, busted out in fifth place after some loose and sometimes reckless play.
Correll was quick to build his stack when final-table play began. On the eighth hand, Mohammad Hamid moved in and Correll called along with Crain who called behind him.
Correll had both Hamid's pocket queens and Crain's ace-ten beat with his pocket rockets, and the board didn't help either improve. That tripled Correll up, moving him into second place in the chip count and signaling the beginning of the end for Crain.
It was Marc Wertheim, a 39-year-old player from Cincinnati, who was the first to leave the final table. He moved all-in with Ad-6d and Nick Guagenti made the call and crushed him when all small cards hit the board. He earned $3,185 for ninth place.
When the blinds went up, Correll found himself facing off against Cain once again. On a flop of Q-J-7, Correll bet $35,000, Crain moved in, and Correll called.
They both had queens, but Correll had the better kicker. He doubled-up once again and this time was propelled into the chip lead.
Crain would get some of his chips back from another player a little later, though, and send that player packing.
Crain raised from the small blind with 8-6, and Hamid went all-in from the big blind with A-10. Things were looking good for Hamid after a flop of A-Q-10, but a jack on the turn and a nine on the river gave Crain the inside straight.
Hamid, a 25-year-old valet parker living in Chicago, earned $4,778 for his eighth-place finish.
Brad Mason, a bank security director from Burlington, Ky., was the next to go when his K-Q lost to Dave Brown's A-K. He was paid $6,371 for his seventh-place finish.
The very next hand, Thad Haas tried an all-in move on the button for $46,000 while holding just 8-5. Guagenti called with A-Q and Haas' luck wasn't good enough to pull him through.
The 33-year-old from Naperville, Ill., is a consulting actuary and picked up $7,963 for the win.
Crain played his final hand of the match not long after the blinds went up. He and Guagenti got all-in with Crain holding pocket nines against Guagenti's pocket jacks. A board of 10-5-4-8-7 was no help to Crain and he was out.
Crain, a 23-year-old poker player from Murphysboro, Ill., previously won a WSOPC event last year in Tunica. He was paid $9,556 for his fifth-place finish in Elizabeth.
Guagenti now had the chip lead with about $280,000, and Correll was slowly being blinded down until he was once again the short stack at the table. He began his comeback with A-Q beating Todd Bartley's A-T. He beat Bartley again later to move into a tiny lead, and then on hand 160 he knocked out Bartley with A-6 versus Bartley's Q-3.
Bartley is from Bardston, Ky., where he owns a floor covering store. For fourth place, he received $11,249.
Though the other two players offered Correll a deal at that point, he wanted to continue to play. On the very next hand he took out Guagenti with pocket sevens versus Guagenti's K-5. The board offered nothing for Guagenti and he was out in third.
The 23-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, lists his occupation as "cards," and takes home $12,741 for his finish.
It only took seven hands more to wrap up heads-up play and declare Correll the winner. Dave Brown moved all-in with pocket fives, and Correll called with Q-J. A board of K-K-Q-3-3 left no doubts who the winner would be.
For second place, Brown, an electrician from Minooka, Ill., takes home $25,482.
Saturday's event was the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em match, bringing with it a $276,150 prize pool and plenty of players hungry for a win. It was Las Vegas pro player Amanda Baker who was hungriest of them all and who took down the event.
She won $88,368 for her hard work, and managed to knock out six of her eight opponents at the final table to get there.
It took nearly an hour of play before a player was eliminated from the final table. Jonathan Westra moved in from the small blind with pocket nines, and Shane Masters called from the button with K-T.
Masters flopped a ten to eliminate Westra. Westra, a 22-year-old student turned pro from Gainesville, Fla., took home $5,523 for his ninth-place finish.
Seven hands later, Baker moved in with A-Q and got a call from Ryan Gentry who was holding pocket eights. Baker turned an ace, busting Gentry in eighth place.
Gentry is a poker player from La Jolla, Calif. He's been playing poker for 10 years and has been in 30 WSOPC events. For his eighth-place finish, he receives $8,248.
Four hands after that, Baker took on another player. Kevin Cook tried an all-in move on the button with Q-8 and Baker called with A-Q.
Cook was sent to the rail in seventh place and received $11,046 to take back home to Greenwood, Ind.
Sixth place went to Masters when he too ran into Baker. Masters moved in on the button holding Kd-7d, and Baker called with pocket fives. Two diamonds fell on the flop, giving Masters some hope, and then a king on the turn gave him the better pair.
But the river gave Baker a five to complete her set and no more diamonds for Masters. Masters, a firefighter from Huntington, W. Va., takes home $13,807 for sixth place.
Luis Rodriquez, who had come to the final table second in chips, was the next to leave. He moved in with A-9, and after much calculating and counting, Baker called with 8-5. On a flop of K-5-6 she made a pair, and the queen and ten that followed didn't help Rodriquez.
Rodriquez, a 38-year-old business owner from Miami, pocketed $16,569 for fifth place.
Baker knocked out yet another player a few hands later when Paris Heard pushed in with Kd-9d. Baker called with pocket 10s, and after a board of 9-7-3-8-3, the table had one player fewer.
Heard, from Prairie, Miss., takes home $19,330 for fourth place.
Wilber Futhey got in on the action to take out the next player. Futhey moved in from the button with K-7, and Chad Hahn called with pocket treys. On a board of A-T-7-T-5, Futhey had flopped a higher pair and then added a pair of tens by the time the hand was over.
Hahn, a 33-year-old land surveyor from Indianapolis, learned to play poker from his grandfather and has played in more than 10 WSOPC events. For third place, he takes home $24,853.
That left Futhey and Baker to battle during heads-up, with Futhey sitting at about $500,000 in chips and Baker close to a million. It took 32 hands to settle the matter.
It came down to Futhey moving all-in with Kd-10d, and Baker calling with Ac-Jd. Nothing on the board could help Futhey, and Baker claimed the $88,368 top prize.
Futhey, a 66-year-old poker player from Crossville, Tenn., has been playing poker for 50 years and takes home $48,602 for second place.
Event 11 on Sunday saw a few familiar faces gracing the final table. Two WSOPC main event winners from last year made the table, Chad Batista and Mark Smith, as well as David Fox who had won an event at the Venetian's Deep Stack Extravaganza II this year.
In the end, Smith was the one who'd be adding another first-place win to his poker resume after cutting a deal when play got down to the final three.
First out from the final table was Kau Vang. He went all-in with his last $500 chip and was called by Danny Sweeney and Larry Kozlove without either player even looking at their hands.
The pot was checked down, and Kozlove won it with T-4 after flopping a four to make a pair. For ninth place, Vang, a pro player from St. Paul, Minn., takes home $3,020.
Sweeney didn't last much longer either when a few hands later he moved all-in with A-K and Fox met him with pocket aces. Sweeney, a truck driver from Ashland City, Ind., received $4,027 for eighth place.
Batista, who had played wildly to earn his WSOPC main event win last year, was playing much more solid this time around. However, it didn't work out to give him another win as he moved in after a flop of 9-7-6 while holding 9-5.
Mohammad Yennes called him with T-3. Batista was looking good after a queen on the turn, but an eight on the river gave Yennes the win. After a mild tantrum from Batista, he still had one chip left which he promptly lost on the next hand and headed to the rail.
For seventh place, he received $5,034.
Kevin Stammen was next to go when his K-9 ran into Fox's pocket aces. Stammen, a 21-year-old player from Coldwater, Ohio, pockets $6,041 for sixth place.
One hand later John Denman went all-in with A-K and got a call from Smith who was holding A-Q. Smith got lucky on a flop of Q-J-6, and a four and a seven later didn't help pull Denman back ahead.
Denman, a meteorologist from Louisville, Ky., was paid $7,047 for fifth place.
Yennes was the next to go when he took a bad beat against Fox. Yennes was holding K-J and went all-in against Fox's Q-J.
The board came 9-9-2-8-T, giving Fox a straight. Yennes, from New Albany, Ind., was sent to the rail in fourth place with $8,054.
Third place went to Larry Kozlove, a Louisville banker. He was all-in with A-T and lost to Fox's J-7 when the turn brought a seven. Third place paid $11,074.
Despite the two combatants being nearly even in chips to start, heads-up between Fox and Smith only lasted three hands. Fox was crippled after two hands, and he went all-in with 8-2 on the third hand and was dominated by Smith's J-8.
Fox is a full-time poker player from Coram, N.Y. Second place paid $20,135.
Event 12 is playing today and the main event of the WSOPC Caesars Indiana kicks off Wednesday when Arthur Crowson will be bringing you updates and more, live from the event.
Stay tuned to the news for more updates and to the Live Tournaments Section for our live coverage beginning Wednesday.