Waterloo, Iowa, resident Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken beat a number of highly experienced pro players at the final table of the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harrah's Rincon championship to take home first place, it was announced today.
Dicken, 28, is a professional poker player with many years experience. He was awarded a coveted WSOPC gold and diamond ring and collected $372,780 in first-place prize money. Final table play lasted for more than 13 hours.
The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship event had a 109-person playing field and a total prize pool of $1,035,500. Final table finishers included world-famous pros Kathy Liebert, Andy Bloch, and Tom McCormick.
"We played a lot longer than I thought we would," Dicken said in a post-tournament interview. "We were four handed for something like seven hours. That has to be some kind of record."
When asked about keys to surviving a marathon finale, Dicken replied: "I was just playing good cards and position, waiting for the right moments. I got lucky once in a big pot, and also got unlucky once. So, it balanced out."
Before yesterday, Dicken's best tournament finish was fifth place at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas where he was awarded $241,495.
Final table results are as follows:
|1st||Darrell Dicken||Waterloo, IA||$372,780|
|2nd||WeiKai Chang||Albany, NY||$207,100|
|3rd||Kathy Liebert||Las Vegas, NV||$113,905|
|4th||Gary Lent||Riverside, CA||$82,840|
|5th||Jim Pechac||Phoenix, AZ||$72,485|
|6th||Adam Kagin||Henderson, NV||$62,130|
|7th||Andrew Bloch||Las Vegas, NV||$51,775|
|8th||Yosh Nakano||Long Beach, CA||$41,420|
|9th||Tom McCormick||Fargo, ND||$31,065|
This was the second consecutive year that Harrah's Rincon hosted a WSOPC event. Last year Chris "Jesus" Ferguson took top honors. He was not present to defend his title at this year's event.
Harrah's Rincon is located on the Rincon Tribal Nation Reservation, high in the mountains about 60 miles northeast of San Diego, California.
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