The World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City $1,675 Main Event ended in a flash on Sunday. After approximately five hours and 107 hands of action, Robert Kuhn emerged victorious to win the event for $122,098.
The victory proved the largest score of Kuhn's live poker career, topping his previous best of $72,137 and increasing his career earnings to $394,801. He topped a field of 370 entries, including Ari Engel, who Kuhn denied a record-tying ninth gold ring by sending Engel home in fourth place.
Final Table Results
When the final table began on Saturday, Kuhn was the man on top of the pack, and he wasted little time in increasing that lead. According to the event's live updates, on Hand #5 of the final table Kuhn busted Oliver Entine by ripping off a flush with the against Entine's .
Then, Joseph Liberta busted Jared Jaffee in eighth place and Joseph Cappello in seventh place.
In sixth place, it was Liberta hitting the rail when be busted to Kuhn on Hand #73 of the final table, and then immediately after, on Hand #74, Kuhn scooped a pot of 1.5 million in chips against Engel to move even further in front.
Shortly thereafter, two more big back-to-back hands went down. First, on Hand #88, David Cossio busted to Dorian Rios in fifth place when his lost a flip to the of Rios. Then, on Hand #89, Engel was bounced in fourth place by Kuhn. Again it was the all-in player with a pocket pair against ace-ten — Engel had the and Kuhn had the . Kuhn hit an ace on the flop and held from there to score the elimination.
For Engel, he scored $40,937 in prize money that he'll add to the $17,221 he won earlier in the series for winning his eighth WSOP Circuit gold ring and move into a tie with Chris Reslock, one behind the current leader, Alex Masek with nine rings. Reslock had won his eighth ring also at the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City stop.
On Hand #105, Rios was eliminated by Kuhn, setting up heads-up play between Kuhn and Nenad Cvetkovic. When the field began, Kuhn held 6.305 million in chips to Cvetkovic's 1.105 million.
Heads-up play only took two hands. First, Cvetkovic gave Kuhn a walk, and then the two got all the money in on Hand #107.
Kuhn min-raised on the button to 80,000, Cvetkovic called from the big blind, and the flop came down . Cvetkovic and Kuhn checked, and the turn was the . Cvetkovic bet 90,000, and Kuhn made the call to see the land on the river. Cvetkovic slowed down with a check, which seemed innocently enough, but after Kuhn fired 100,000, Cvetkovic check-raised all in for 905,000. Kuhn thought for a bit, then called with the for a pair of eights. Cvetkovic held just the for king high and was eliminated in second place.
For his runner-up finish, Cvetkovic earned $75,452.
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