Former 'Loose Cannon' Nadya Magnus Wins WSOPC High Roller
Nadya Magnus won the $2,200 High Roller event at World Series of Poker Circuit Potawatomi in Milwaukee for $71,398 and her second WSOP Circuit ring. It's the biggest career cash for Magnus, who beat out a field of 119 in the single reentry event. The score comes on the heels of her ninth-place finish at PokerStars Championship Bahamas for $56,260.
Magnus was made famous in the poker world for her appearance on the PokerStars Big Game. That show featured five well-known or professional players and one amateur, dubbed the "loose cannon." Magnus was one of a few loose cannons to win big on the show, banking $63,600.
Official Final Table Results
|1||Nadya Magnus||Palatine, IL||$71,398|
|2||Eric Rivkin||East Hampton, NY||$44,130|
|3||Niel Mittelman||Libertyville, IL||$31,421|
|4||Matt Shepsky||Skokie, IL||$22,824|
|5||Craig Trost||Madison, WI||$16,908|
|6||Kenny Nguyen||Lansing, IL||$12,764|
|7||Steve Lauson||Manitowoc, WI||$9,818|
|8||Jim Juvancic||Westchester, IL||$7,690|
The tournament paid out only 12 places. Ryan Van Sanford and Johanssy Joseph were a couple of notable eliminations in the money who did not make the final table.
According to the live updates, Eric Rivkin took a big lead into the final table after he picked up aces and won a three-way all in on the unofficial final table bubble. One player went bust after missing a flush draw with all in preflop, while Dennis Elliott was unable to get away from jacks on a ten-high flop. He busted his remaining crumbs in ninth after the final table began.
Magnus was one of a trio of short stacks to start the final table. Fellow shorties Jim Juvancic and Steve Lauson found themselves out the door shortly after play began.
Rivkin, who had busted two-time ring winner Juvancic, enabled Magnus to continue laddering when he busted colorful character Kenny Nguyen. Nguyen decided to take a stand with ace-ten, but the short-stacked player found himself outflopped by Rivkin's when a seven appeared and neither player improved. That pot gave Rivkin about half of the total chips five-handed.
Magnus then picked up the and shoved over a raise from Craig Trost, who was on a heater at Potawatomi after winning a recent Mid-States Poker Tour event and final tabling the big reentry to open the WSOPC stop. Trost needed help with and found some when a five flopped, but a king followed it to send him packing.
Matt Shepsky got unlucky to bust in fourth when he shoved in 10 big blinds on the button with and Rivkin looked him up with . A six on the turn doomed Shepsky.
Rivkin scored yet another knockout when his ace-jack outran a pair of fives held by Niel Mittelman and Rivkin went heads up with Magnus holding more than two-thirds of the chips.
Magnus turned the tables on Rivkin when she turned a straight with five-four after flopping open-ended as the board ran out . Rivkin tank-called her river jam and showed a six, leaving Magnus in complete command with a 6-1 lead.
Rivkin managed a double with king-queen against , hitting a straight on the river. Rivkin got it in with live Broadway cards again with against Magnus' . A board of gave him myriad outs to the river, but the wasn't one of them, enabling Magnus to take down the event.
Photo courtesy of WSOP
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