After three long days, a hard-fought final table, and an intense heads-up battle culminating in a truly gutsy call, Adam Teasdale of Marinette, Wisconsin has claimed the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event title here at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, topping a field of 616 entries to win the ring and $194,040 first prize.
Just 26 players made it through the first two days to today's final day of play, and it took a little over six hours for them to work their way down to the final nine. By that point Terry Grimes had won enough big pots to push into the chip lead, just ahead of Aaron Overton, Pete Rios, Sung Kim, and Teasdale.
Teasdale then knocked out Overton in sixth when the latter jammed with , Teasdale called with , Overton turned a ten, then Teasdale rivered an ace.
That actually marked the second time on Monday Teasdale had nearly been crippled but ultimately knocked out an opponent, his elimination of Travell Thomas in 19th earlier in the day with versus Thomas's being the other.
The remaining five would battle for two more hours before the next three eliminations came in rapid succession, during which stretch Teasdale assumed the chip lead.
Grimes had been open-shoving all in fairly frequently during the final table, then did so again following a flop with pocket eights only to have Teasdale call his bet holding a jack for trips. Teasdale's hand held, and Grimes was out in fifth.
Just moments later Teasdale took care of Kim in fourth, using to better Kim's . Then came a huge three-way all-in between the final trio in which Woelfel held , Teasdale , and Rios . An ace came among the community cards to give Woelfel the best hand, and Rios was eliminated in third.
That big hand gave Woelfel a slight chip lead to start heads-up play, remarkable to consider given how he'd begun Day 3 sitting in 24th of the final 26. However, Teasdale would soon retake the advantage from Woelfel and increase it steadily as they played through an hour-and-a-half of cautious, well measured poker. Then as the clock was edging toward two in the morning, the final hand took place.
Teasdale had about a 2-to-1 chip lead when the hand began with Teasdale calling a Woelfel three-bet preflop, then calling a flop continuation bet with the board showing . The on the turn saw Woelfel checking, Teasdale taking a stab, and after a lengthy pause Woelfel jamming all in.
Teasdale tanked for several minutes, his intense search of the situation ultimately yielding a call, and his opponent instantly complimented him for finding it. Teasdale had but for queens and fours, but was in excellent shape versus Woelfel's . A third queen then came on the river, and Teasdale had ended Day 3 just as he had started it — at the top of leaderboard, this time with all of the chips.
Congratulations to Teasdale who in addition to the first prize and ring gains an entry into the $1 Million WSOP National Championship in May 2013!
Thanks for following our coverage here at PokerNews, and see you later this month for the next WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah's Rincon!