Justin Boggs Wins WSOPC Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event

Justin Boggs
  • Justin Boggs, a teacher with $22K in cashes, banked $139,920 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

Justin Boggs won the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana $1,675 Main Event for his first Circuit ring, banking $139,920 in the process. The teacher and recreational player from Ohio, who previously had about $22,000 in live cashes, displayed dominating form in ending the first two days of the tournament with the lead en route to victory in the field of 424.

“It’s nice to be able to play and finally get a monkey off my back, one I have had for quite a bit," he told reporters after the win. "I respect the game so much and I respect the players. I am just grateful to be in this position."

Official Final Table Results

1Justin BoggsNew Paris, OH$139,920
2Wendy FreedmanLas Vegas, NV$86,464
3Michael FoleySaline, MI$63,180
4Al HencheckLoveland, OH$46,911
5Scott MontgomeryOttawa, Canada$35,374
6Hamid IzadiRoswell, GA$27,074
7George LusbyGeorgetown, KY$21,026
8Jerry RobinsonRaleigh, NC$16,561
9Christopher CareyEfland, NC$13,228

Robert Hankins, Kurt Jewell, Maurice Hawkins and Josh Reichard, who won his eighth ring during the course of the series, were among the 45 players who cashed in the event but fell short of the final table.

According to the live updates, with the tournament dwindling toward the final table, Boggs had lost his lead and played a huge pot against former November Niner Scott Montgomery. The board between the two read {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} and Boggs called a bet holding {a-Spades}{j-Spades}. He shoved for 534,000 over a river bet of 200,000 when the {a-Hearts} hit, and Montgomery made a painful call after some thought with {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, having turned the nuts with a redraw.

Boggs would score two of the next three eliminations to go into the final day and the official final table once again in the lead.

The final table also began fortuitously for Boggs as he won a flip against Chris Carey early to score the first elimination, holding with pocket threes against ace-king. After Jerry Robinson followed in eighth, Boggs won another huge pot off of Montgomery.

The Ohioan defended his big blind at 15,000/30,000/5,000 with {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and saw a {k-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop, check-calling a bet of 70,000. He checked the {8-Clubs} turn and Montgomery bet 125,000. This time, Boggs made it 315,000 and Montgomery went nowhere. Boggs fired 850,000 on the {10-Diamonds} river and Montgomery paid it off, dropping to 10 big blinds while Boggs launched to 3.2 million.

Despite his short stack, Montgomery managed to outlast one-time leader George Lusby and Hamid Izadi, both of whom got short and failed to survive preflop all ins.

Montgomery would hit the rail after that, losing most of his stack in a preflop beat against Wendy Freedman. The Canadian opened up with a raise early and called when Freedman shoved for about 20 big blinds, nearly all of Montgomery's own stack. It was Montgomery's {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} against {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and a jack-high board favored the American.

Al Hencheck then shoved in for 11 big blinds under the gun with {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Boggs woke up with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs} and called in the big blind, flopping an ace to end the drama early.

Freedman and Michael Foley would jockey for position three-handed against Boggs, each scoring doubles, mostly through each other. Finally, Boggs cut his opponents from two to one when he three-bet a Freedman button open with {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and snap-called a Foley worth just under 20 big blinds. Foley had {a-Clubs}{9-Spades} but found no solace in a {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Hearts} runout.

Boggs had about a 3-1 lead going heads up and soon reduced Freeman to less than 10 big blinds. She called those chips off with {a-Spades}{2-Spades} when Boggs shipped on the button, finding herself dominated by {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Neither player paired up and Boggs' kicker played on the {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{10-Spades} board, giving him the win and a seat in the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

Here's a look at all of the ring winners from Southern Indiana:

$365 Double Stack TurboDanny Lawson$12,474
$365 ReentryRoss Ward$39,360
$365 TurboBrian Roberts$11,676
$365 NLHEDaniel Jimmerson$10,248
$365 NLHEMark Smith$10,668
$580 Six-MaxSimon Samokovski$14,849
$365 NLHEAndrew Gurley$11,676
$365 Monster StackJosh Reichard$21,024
$365 PLO RebuyDavid Thurston$23,327
$365 TurboDanny Lawson$10,260
$365 NLHERyan Leng$10,164

Photo courtesy of WSOP

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