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Eric Blair Wins World Series of Poker Circuit The Lodge Casino for $116,325

Eric Blair

The penultimate stop of the 2013/2014 World Series of Poker Circuit wrapped up its $1,675 Main Event on Monday at The Lodge Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado.

The tournament attracted 330 entries to create a prize pool of $495,000. After three days of play, Eric Blair walked away with the $116,325 first-place prize and a seat into the 2014 National Championship.

Final Table Results

1Eric BlairLas Vegas, NV$126,325
2Nicholas PetittiDenver, CO$71,924
3Craig VarnellFt. Collins, CO$52,237
4Alexander GreenblattAtherton, CA$38,585
5Corey ZedoDenver, CO$28,967
6Gino LevriniLas Vegas, NV$22,092
7Jonathan HaidsiakLaramie, WY$17,112
8Michael WolfAurora, CO$13,454
9Brian HartnerNorthglenn, CO$10,737

Notable finishes: Tim West (21st - $5,039), Jesse Capps (23rd - $4,321), Alex Masek (24th - $4,321), Bernard Lee (25th - $3,757), Joe Kuether (29th - $3,312)

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Brian Hartner

According to the WSOP Blog, the final table was reached late on Day 2. In Level 23 (8,000/16,000/2,000), a short-stacked Brian Hartner moved all in and was in bad shape against Alex Greenblatt.

Hartner: {q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Greenblatt: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Hartner had some kicker issues, and he would receive no help as the board ran out {10-Spades}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades}. Hartner took home $10,737 for his ninth-place finish.

After Jamie Wolf and Jonathan Haidsiak fell in eighth and seventh place, respectively, Gino Levrini followed them out the door in sixth for $22,092, and play was halted for the evening.

Five players returned to action on Day 3, which kicked off in Level 26 (15,000/30,000/5,000). Corey Zedo was the first to go in fifth place for $28,967 after his pocket sixes ran into Blair’s kings, and then it was Greenblatt’s turn to go after his nines lost a race to Craig Varnell’s {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}.

A little later on, Varnell moved all in from the button holding the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Nicholas Petitti called with the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. The {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop gave Varnell the lead with a pair of eights, but it was short lived as the dealer burned and turned the {A-Diamonds}. Petitti retook the lead and kept it as the {4-Hearts} blanked on the river. Varnell took home $52,237 for his third-place finish.

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Craig Varnell

Blair began heads-up play with a sizeable lead over Petitti, but it proved to be a back-and-forth affair. The final hand played out in Level 29 (30,000/60,000/10,000) and began when Petitti opened for 130,000 from the button only to have Blair three-bet to 370,000. Petitti responded with a four-bet to 680,000, and then hit the tank hard when Blair moved all in. Petitti thought for a few minutes before making the call, and he was ahead.

Blair: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Petitti: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

It was another race, and while Petitti had a bit of a head start, Blair pulled ahead on the {q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Spades} flop. The {8-Diamonds} turn gave Petitti a gutshot straight draw, but he missed as the {4-Diamonds} appeared on the river. Petitti had to settled for runner-up and a $71,924 consolation prize.

Congratulations to Eric Blair, winner of the WSOP Circuit The Lodge Casino Main Event for $116,325, a gold ring, and a seat into the 2014 National Championship.

The 2013/2014 WSOP Circuit continues at Harrah’s New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will play out May 8-19. You will be able to find a recap from that Main Event upon its completion right here on

Photos and data courtesy of the WSOP.

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