The nine remaining players in the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event returned to the felt Tuesday to duke it out for the championship ring, a buy-in to the 2009 WSOP Main Event and $143,064 to the winner. After five hours of play, Samuel Oberlin came from behind for the win, besting Jerry Martin in a brief heads-up match. The seating assignments and chip stacks looked like this as Day 3 kicked off, as Oberlin began the day with the lead:
1. Jerry Martin - 139,500
2. David Kopacz - 151,000
3. Samuel Oberlin - 229,500
4. Jamin Stokes - 189,500
5. Dean Schultz - 114,000
6. Joey Couden - 128,000
7. Derek Whelan - 117,500
8. Ray Lynn - 17,500
9. Len Ashby - 177,000
After an early triple up, micro-stack Ray Lynn busted in ninth place ($11,922). He moved all in from the small blind with , and Joey Couden called from the big blind with . Dominated, Lynn needed help to stay alive, and it didn't come on the board.
Dean Schultz finished eighth in the last Circuit event held at this casino, which was then called Caesars Indiana. He failed to better that finish this time around, busting in exactly the same position for $15,896. With a short stack in front of him and in his hand, Schultz moved all in preflop. Jerry Martin called with and sent Schultz packing when the board ran out .
Schultz's elimination sparked a small flood of bustouts, as Derek Whelan and Jamin Stokes followed him to the rail. Whelan busted in seventh place ($19.870) in a three-way pot against Samuel Oberlin and Jerry Martin. Oberlin raised preflop with , and Whelan called all in for less. Martin also called with , and he and Oberlin checked down the board of . Whelan's was third best, and he was done.
Next, Stokes got all his money in preflop with pocket tens against David Kopacz, but was drawing thin when Kopacz tabled . Kopacz flopped a set on the board, and Stokes was crippled. The two tangled again on the very next hand when Stokes picked up and moved all in from early position. Kopacz called with , and hit an ace on the turn to send Stokes packing in sixth place ($23,844).
Joey Couden busted in fifth place ($27,818) after his comeback streak ran into Len Ashby in a brutal hand. Couden limped in from the small blind, and Ashby checked the big blind. Couden checked the flop, and Ashby led out. Couden check-raised all in with , and Ashby snap-called with . No ace would show on the turn or river for Couden, and his cracked aces sent him to the rail.
Ashby was next to fall when Jerry Martin sent him home in fourth place ($31,792). Ashby raised preflop with , and Martin called from the big blind with . The flop came down , and both players checked. Ashby led out on the turn, and Martin min-raised. Ashby moved all in over the top, and Martin called. Ashby needed a five or a ten for the straight, but the on the river ended his tournament.
Martin then took out David Kopacz in third place ($43,714) when Kopacz moved all in from the big blind with . Martin quickly called with , and Kopacz needed a lot of help. The board ran out , and Martin's set thinned the field to two. After busting a large percentage of his final-table opponents, Martin took a 4:1 chip lead into heads-up play.
Oberlin doubled up on one of the first hands of heads-up play with pocket queens. A series of big hands then ended Jerry Martin's tournament run in second place ($79,480). After jockeying back and forth the first two hands, swapping big stacks, the deciding hand came down to pocket queens again for Oberlin. Oberlin raised preflop, and Martin called. The flop came down , and Oberlin led out. Martin moved all in over the top, and Oberlin snap-called. Martin showed for top pair, but Oberlin's overpair held up as the turn and river ran out to give Oberlin the hand and the championship.