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Jeff Fielder Wins the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Main Event

Jeff Fielder

Jeff Fielder began Day 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event first in chips, and ended the day with all of them, earning $312,080, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and a ticket into the Southern Comfort 100 Proof WSOP National Championship.

Final Table Results

1stJeff Fielder$312,080
2ndMatt Kirby$192,751
3rdDale Roesel$143,230
4thBryan Campanello$107,730
5thKrissi McFarland$82,092
6thDrazen Ilich$63,202
7thCliff Stewart$49,265
8thPaul Phillips$38,834
9thDoug Ashmore$30,951

At the start of play on Monday, 15 players had their sights set on the glory, the gold and the cash. In the first level of play, three players bowed out, including Kasra Khodayarkhani, Brenda Bassett and Reginald Roberts.

Roberts busted when he three-bet jammed for 430,000 over an open to 120,000 from Krissi McFarland with the blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000. McFarland tank-called, and her {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} was racing against Roberts’ {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. The {k-Spades}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop gave Roberts a leading pair of kings, but the {j-Clubs} turned, giving McFarland a myriad of outs to win the hand. The {q-Diamonds} on the river was one of them, and Roberts was eliminated in 13th place.

The next two players out were Jon Wood and Lee Abramson. With the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000, Abramson opened to 110,000 on the button, and Fielder three-bet to 240,000 from the small blind. After Abramson made the call, the flop fell {3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Then Fielder led out for 200,000, Abramson raised to 450,000, and Fielder moved all in for effectively 975,000. Abramson called.

Abramson: {q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Fielder: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

The turn and river bricked with the {7-Diamonds} and {4-Hearts}, respectively, and Abramson exited.

The remaining 10 players joined at an unofficial final table, but it only took six minutes to move to the official final table on the main stage. Fielder opened to 110,000 from early position at the same blind level, Bryan Companello three-bet to 250,000 in middle position, and Brant Hale cold four-bet jammed for 600,000. Fielder folded, and Campanello called.

Campanello: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Hale: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The {9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop missed Campanello, and so, too, did the {5-Hearts} on the turn, but the {q-Diamonds} spiked on the river to give him a winning pair of queens. Hale was out in 10th place, and the official final table was set as follows:

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Doug Ashmore670,000
2Dale Roesel2,320,000
3Cliff Stewart1,110,000
4Jeff Fielder6,560,000
5Drazen Ilich1,100,000
6Bryan Campanello5,155,000
7Matt Kirby2,000,000
8Paul Phillips2,535,000
9Krissi McFarland1,700,000

The first player to bust from the final table was Doug Ashmore. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Ashmore open-jammed for his last 330,000 from middle position. Cliff Stewart, who received an early, fortuitous double at the final table, re-shoved from the hijack seat, and the other players folded.

Stewart: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Ashmore: {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Stewart had Ashmore crushed, and held as the board ran out {3-Spades}{k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

Paul Phillips was the next player to exit. Matt Kirby opened to 160,000 on the button with the blinds at 40,000/80,000/10,000. Phillips three-bet to 270,000 from the small blind, and Kirby called. Phillips led out for 215,000 on a flop of {7-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, Kirby tank-called, and the turn was the {j-Clubs}. Phillips led again — this time for 305,000 — and Kirby made the call. The {3-Hearts} completed the board, and Phillips fired 415,000. Kirby moved all in for effectively 1.6 million, and Phillips tank-called.

Kirby turned over {6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for the nuts, and Phillips flashed the {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} before hitting the rail.

A few hands later, Stewart was eliminated in seventh place. After being crippled by Campanello, Stewart was all in for less than the big blind with the {10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Kirby had him at risk with the {6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, and made a pair of sixes on the {6-Clubs}{a-Spades}{j-Clubs} flop. He held as the turn ({k-Clubs}) and river ({k-Diamonds}) both brought kings, sending Stewart off to the cage to collect his winnings.

The remaining six players then went on dinner break, and on one of the first hands back, Drazen Ilich exited in sixth place. With the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000, Fielder opened to 225,000 from the hijack seat, Ilich moved all in for 1.82 million on his direct left, and the action folded back to Fielder, who called.

Ilich: {k-Spades}{j-Spades}
Fielder: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

Fielder had his friend dominated and held as the flop, turn and river came {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Spades}{q-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}. Ilich fell just short of being crowned Casino Champion — he needed a fourth-place finish or better — but still earned a nice payday ($63,202). Speaking of which, Andrew Robinson earned a seat in the National Championship for finishing as the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Casino Champion.

Meanwhile, McFarland was vying to be the first female ever to win a WSOP Circuit Main Event, but two hands before dinner break left her hurting. After Ilich busted, she called a four-bet shove from Campanello with the {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Campanello’s {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} had her crushed, and he held as the board ran out {q-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, sending McFarland home in fifth place.

By the start of four-handed play, Kirby had amassed a large chip lead. That all changed when Fielder doubled through him with two kings.

Campanello started the action by raising to 200,000 from first position. Kirby three-bet to 405,000 on the button, and Fielder cold four-bet jammed for 4.72 million from the big blind. Campanello folded, and Kirby snap-called.

Kirby: {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Fielder: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The cowboys held as the board came {4-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, and Fielder assumed the chip lead.

Campanello’s stack resembled a yo-yo during four-handed play, oscillating back and forth. He could never get any solid momentum going, though, and busted when he four-bet jammed for 2.9 million over a 560,000-chip three-bet from Kirby with the blinds at 60,000/120,000/20,000. Kirby snap-called with the {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}, which dominated Campanello’s {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}.

The board ran out {2-Spades}{k-Spades}{q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}, and Campanello hit the rail in fourth place. Kirby ascended back into the chip lead with the knockout, and extended his lead as three-handed play began.

Dale Roesel’s stack plummeted during three-handed play, and he finally four-bet shoved for two million over a three-bet to 585,000 from Fielder. Fielder quickly called with the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}, which had Roesel’s {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades} crushed. The {4-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop didn’t change much, but the {4-Spades} on the turn gave Roesel outs to chop. The {j-Clubs} blanked on the river however, and Roesel was eliminated in third place.

Kirby began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead against Fielder, but on the first hand, the two switched places. With the blinds at 70,000/140,000/20,000, Kirby raised to 280,000 on the button, and Fielder three-bet to 740,000. Kirby responded with a four-bet to 1.68 million, Fielder called, and the flop fell {8-Hearts}{5-Spades}{10-Spades}. Fielder checked, Kirby fired 1.45 million, and Fielder check-raised all in for 5.52 million. Kirby thought for no more than 20 seconds, then called.

Kirby: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Fielder: {a-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

Fielder held as the turn and river came the {5-Hearts} and {j-Hearts}, respectively, and the massive 14 million-chip pot was pushed his way.

Fielder extended his lead over the next few hands and then won a flip to end it all. Kirby opened to 280,000 on the button, Fielder three-bet to 880,000, and Kirby four-bet to 1.88 million. Fielder moved all in, and Kirby quickly called.

Kirby: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Fielder: {4-Spades}{4-Clubs}

The {7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop may have missed Kirby, but he had outs to counterfeit Fielder’s pair. Unfortunately for him, the turn and river bricked with the {6-Diamonds} and {7-Hearts}, and Fielder became the champion.

With the win, Fielder more than doubled his career lifetime earnings and added a second WSOP Circuit ring to his trophy collection.

“This one has diamonds,” he said with a grin.

Fielder has locked up a seat in the Southern Comfort 100 Proof WSOP National Championship, which will take place on May 21 at Harrah’s New Orleans. The next WSOP Circuit stop begins on Jan. 24 at Harrah’s Tunica, and PokerNews will be bringing you live updates from the Main Event beginning on Feb. 1st.

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