..and just like that, we have a winner! Allen Cunningham made quick work of heads-up opponent Ben Fineman en route to capturing his first WSOP Circuit Championship title. The Team Full Tilt Pro entered the final table as its third smallest chip stack, but his resilience carried him through to the end, eventually helping him overcome a 3.5-1 chip disadvantage in the heads-up match. Cunningham's win pushed him past the $10 million mark in career tournament earnings and further solidifies his position as one of poker's premier tournament professionals.
Meanwhile, while Fineman surely would've preferred a victory here today, he's got to be pleased with his overall performance at Caesars this month. The young pro grossed over $325,000 in prize money since the Circuit came to town and won a championship ring of his own for taking down a $1,060 buy-in no-limit hold'em event just ten short days ago.
Thus, for now our time is up but we'll be back on May 19th reporting from the 'Big Easy' with live coverage of the 2008 WSOP Circuit's Boyou Poker Challenge, set to take place at Harrah's New Orleans.
Until then, from Caesars Palace in Sin City, good night and good luck!
Team Full Tilt Pro Allen Cunningham has just eliminated heads-up opponent Ben Fineman from the championship event to claim the 2008 Caesars Palace WSOP Circuit Championship; here's how the hand went down:
Ben Fineman raised 80,000 from the button and saw Allen Cunningham call, sending the two to see a flop of . Checks by both brought the on the turn. Cunningham led out with 100,000 and was promptly raised by Fineman who made it 400,000. Cunningham then sat still for a moment, before announcing "I'm all in." Fineman exhaled a deep breath, looked down at his chip stack and made the call.
At the showdown, Cunningham tabled giving him a flush and the advantage over Fineman's and made straight. Cunningham had Fineman drawing dead as an irrelevant river fell, giving the pot, the cash and the title to Cunningham.
Runner-up finisher Ben Fineman will take home $257,637 for his commendable performance.
We're about one half hour into heads-up play and Allen Cunningham has stolen the chip lead from Ben Fineman. Cunningham currently sits with about 1,730,000 and Fineman trails close behind with 1,610,000.
Ben Fineman opened the pot with an 80,000 pre-flop raise and was called by Allen Cunningham. A flop of hit the board and Fineman led out with a continuation bet only to see Cunningham move in over the top for his remaining 750,000. Fineman made the call and tabled a pocket pair of sevens only to find himself well behind Cunningham's . The turn brought the and the river fell in favor of Cunningham, who doubled up to 1,660,000 in chips.
The double-up left the two contestants just about even in chips.