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Chartier wins WSOPC Caesars AC
Samuel Chartier outlasted seven players and then beat fellow Canadian John Nixon to win the 2009 edition of WSOPC Caesars Atlantic City last night.
The event, which was one of the largest circuit events of the season, drew 208 players, who each ponied up the $5,000 to buy in.
The total prize pool amounted to just over $1 million, with Chartier taking $322,944 for first place.
"It's amazing. I can't describe the feeling I have right now," said Chartier in a post-tournament interview.
"I knew the final table lineup was pretty tough so I hoped to pick up a few good spots to put my money in, and that's what I managed to do."
The final table offered a few more well-known players than people are used to seeing at circuit events, as WSOP bracelet winner Jason Young, Matt Brady, Chris Klodnicki and the always-dangerous Alex "Diesel" Bolotin all earned spots at the final table.
They couldn't beat the Canadians, however, as Toronto's Nixon eliminated the last American, Frank Rizza, in third place, paving the way to an all-Canadian final. Chartier hails from Montreal.
By the time the last cards had fallen at the WSOPC Caesars Atlantic City main event, the casino had hosted a total of 11 events with over 5,000 players taking part. The total prize money awarded topped $3 million.
Last year well-known online player Eric "Sheets" Haber outlasted 275 players and then beat Miami's Dan Hicks in heads-up play to take down the $431,136 first-place prize. Haber attempted to repeat as champion at this year's Atlantic City event but was eliminated on the first day.
There are only three more stops on the '08-'09 WSOPC schedule: Harrah's Rincon, Caesars Palace and finally Harrah's New Orleans.
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