The third stop on the 2013/2014 World Series of Poker Circuit schedule wrapped up its $1,675 Main Event on Monday night at the Horseshoe Cincinnati, a venue it was visiting for the very first time. The tournament attracted 740 runners, and after three long days of play local pro Brad Albrinck emerged victorious to capture the top prize and secure a spot on the season-ending National Championship.
In addition, Sam Panzica qualified for the National Championship for the second year in a row after winning two rings in Cincinnati and capturing the Casino Championship title.
According to the WSOP live blog, 15 players began Day 3, which meant six needed to fall before the final table was set. Those men included Jian Zhang (15th - $13,709), Ryan Tepen (14th - $13,709), Matthew Nicholson (13th - $13,709), Dae Kim (12th - $16,850), Chris Lillie (11th - $16,850), and Chaz Deshayes (10th - $20,968).
Final table action began in Level 27 (12,000/24,000/4,000), but it took nearly three hours for the first finalist to fall. That happened in Level 28 (15,000/30,000/5,000) when Greg Kolo opened for 75,000 from middle position and Albrinck three-bet to 190,000. Kevin McColgan then four-bet to 430,000 from the big blind, Kolo folded, and Albrinck moved all in. McColgan tanked for a solid minute before calling off for 1.1 million.
It was a bad spot for McColgan, and according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, he had 33.69% chance of winning the hand while Albrinck was a 65.48% favorite. The flop gave McColgan a gutshot straight draw, but his chances of survival still dropped to 27.47%. The turn knocked it down even further to 15.91%, meaning he needed either a jack or an ace on the river to stay alive. The dealer burned one last time and put out the , which was the last card McColgan would see before exiting the tournament in ninth place for $20,968.
After the eliminations of Rory Monahan and Ray Attiyah in eighth ($26,407) and seventh ($33,666) place, respectively, WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Steury hit the rail.
Steury's elimination happened in Level 30 (25,000/50,000/5,000) when he shoved in his last 390,000 from the small blind holding the and Albrinck called from the big with the . The board ran out and that was all she wrote for Steury, who took $43,457 back home to North Dakota for his sixth-place finish.
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After Josh Williams’ failed to hold against Kolo’s and he was bounced in fifth place for $56,799, Level 31 (30,000/60,000/10,000) rolled around and Viet Vo joined him on the rail. It happened when Vo opened for 125,000 from under the gun and Albrinck, who by this time had pulled out to a healthy chip lead, three-bet to 325,000 from the big blind. Vo thought for a minute or so before moving all in for 1.1 million and Albrinck snap-called.
Albrinck had once again woken up with a big pocket pair against an opponent’s big slick, and just like before he held after the board ran out . Vo took his leave in fourth place for $75,203, which also meant the remaining three players were each guaranteed a six-figure score.
Kolo was the next to go in third place for $100,899 after he ran his into the of David Kash, which left Albrinck (8.36 million) and Kash (5.44 million) to battle it out in heads-up play. The match began in Level 32 (40,000/80,000/5,000), and while the stacks were deep enough to warrant an extended affair, the contest actually finished rather quickly.
In the final hand, Kash opened for 300,000 on the button only to have Albrinck three-bet to 800,000. Not to be outdone, Kash four-bet to 2.1 million and then called off for about 6.1 million total after Albrinck moved all in.
Albrinck had defeated big slick numerous times to get as far as he did, and it seemed fitting that he’d use it to capture the title, which he did after the board ran out . Kash took home $136,863 for his runner-up finish, while Albrinck took down the $221,994 first-place prize, nearly three times his previous best score.
“It feels amazing,” Albrinck told the WSOP after the win. “So many times you can get deep in these things and to actually win something and get this kind of prize is an unbelievable feeling.”
The next stop on the 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit schedule will be at Horseshoe Southern Indiana from October 3-14, 2013.
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