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Thom Creel Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Bossier City Main Event for $144,537

Thom Creel

The eighth stop on the 2013/2014 World Series of Poker Circuit schedule wrapped up its $1,675 Main Event on Monday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. The tournament attracted 438 entries and created a prize pool of $657,000. After a long week of play, local player Thom Creel topped a stacked final table to win the $144,537 first-place prize and secure a spot in the season-ending National Championship.

1stThomas CreelMonroe, LA$144,537
2ndSean SmallDouglasville, GA$89,319
3rdCord GarciaHouston, TX$65,266
4thJames PhelpsEddy, TX$48,460
5thJason LangSpring, TX$36,542
6thDaniel LoweryPeter Pender, AR$27,968
7thJeffrey NiedelmanHouston, TX$21,270
8thRob SalaburuSan Antonio, TX$17,108
9thSusan KattamuriIrving, TX$13,666

According to the WSOP live blog, final table action kicked off in Level 25 with the blinds at 12,000/24,000/4,000, and it didn’t take long for the first elimination to occur. It happened when Creel opened for 65,000 only to have 30-year-old Susan Kattamuri move all in for 481,000. Jason Lang then moved all in over the top for 485,000 and Creel folded.

Kattamuri: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Lang: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

Rob Salaburu is eliminated.
Rob Salaburu is eliminated.

Kattamuri was in dire straits, and she failed to improve as the board ran out a dry {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Spades}. Kattamuri, who was one of five women to cash in the Main Event, took home $13,666 for her ninth-place finish.

Not long after, action folded to Rob Salaburu, who may recall as a 2012 WSOP Octo-Niner, and he moved all in from late position for 414,000. Action folded to Cord Garcia, who was featured in [PokerNews’ Circuit Grinder series, and he made the call from the big blind.

Garcia: {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Salaburu: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

Garcia barely had his opponent covered, so the hand was essentially for his tournament life, too. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Salaburu would double 59.87% of the time while Garcia had a 39.67% chance of coming from behind. The {k-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Spades} flop was disaster for Salaburu as Garcia found a king to take the lead in the hand. The {2-Spades} turn was no help to Salaburu, and he needed to find an ace on the river to stay alive — something that would happen a mere 6.82% of the time. Unfortunately for Salaburu, this was not one of those times as the {7-Hearts} blanked. Salaburu was sent to the rail in eighth place for $17,108.

After Jeffrey Niedelman, a 52-year-old player from Houston, fell in seventh place for $21,720, circuit regular Daniel Lowery, who was at his fifth career WSOP Circuit final table, followed him out the door in sixth. In happened in Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000) when Sean Small opened for 60,000 and then called when Lowery shoved for around 825,000.

Lowery: {q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}
Small: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

It was a bad spot for Lowery, and he paid the ultimate price after the board ran out {9-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{a-Clubs}. Despite the loss, Lowery seemed to be in good spirits.

daniel loweryThx once again for all the love! Made good money and had a great time this week with good friends! That's what I do this for! #Duma #blessed

Lang and James Phelps were the next to go in fifth and fourth place, respectively, and an intense three-handed battle occurred between Creel, Small and Garcia. In Level 28 (25,000/50,000/5,000), Small opened for 100,000 only to have Garcia three-bet all in. Small made the call and the cards were turned up.

Cord Garcia
Cord Garcia

Small: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Garcia: {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}

Garcia was at risk and in need of some help, which he got when the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop gave him a pair of kings. The {4-Diamonds} turn gave him a flush draw, which mean Small needed to catch a non-diamond ace to win the hand. Wouldn’t you know it, the {A-Hearts} spiked on the river to send Garcia out in third place for $65,266.

Small began heads-up play with a chip lead over Creel, but the local player slowly accumulated chips and pulled out to a lead of his own. The match lasted for a couple hours, but Creel eventually sealed the deal in Level 30 (40,000/80,000/10,000). It began with Creel opening for 250,000 only to have Small three-bet all in for approximately 2 million. Creel made the call and Small discovered the bad news.

Creel: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Small: {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

Small, who finished sixth in this year’s WSOP Event #1 Casino Employees for nearly $14,000, was in desperate need of a deuce, but it wasn’t in the cards as the board ran out {q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{j-Clubs}. Small had to settle for $89,319 for his runner-up finish, while Creel, a retail grocery manager, captured the gold ring, $144,537 first-place prize, and a seat into this year’s National Championship.

The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit Casino Lac-Leamy is taking place in Canada right now. You can find a recap from that Main Event upon its completion right here on

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