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$5,150 Championship Main Event

Event Info

Prize Pool $788,250
Players 165

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000
$5,150 Championship Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Steve Billirakis Wins WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond!

Steve Billirakis Wins
Steve Billirakis Wins
Steve Billirakis pulls off the amazing feat of going wire-to-wire the entire way, from leading the field at the end of Days 1 and 2, to leading the final table from beginning to end.

Steve takes home $208,885, the gold and diamond WSOP Circuit ring, the $10,000 buy-in to the 2009 WSOP Main Event, and $2,000 spending money for that event. Steve was already the youngest domestic WSOP bracelet winner (bested only by WSOP Europe's Annette Obrestad), and now becomes the youngest WSOP Circuit champion.


That will do it for PokerNews here at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond. Thanks to Charlie Ceresi, Steve Frezer, and the other fine tournament staff and dealers. The next stop for the circuit is Lake Tahoe. See you then!

Tommy Koral Eliminated in 2nd ($126,120)

Tommy Koral raises to 100,000 from the button and Steve Billirakis reraises all in. Tommy calls.

Tommy: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Steve: {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

Steve's large entourage rushes the stage to watch the drama unfold...


And the crowd goes wild. The river is the {9-Spades} and Tommy Koral takes home $126,120 for a stellar second-place finish.

Steve Pulling Away

Steve Billirakis raises to 95,000 and Tommy Koral calls from the big blind.

The flop is {9-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and both check. The turn is the {9-Hearts} and Tommy checks. Steve bets 145,000 and Tommy calls.

The river is the {7-Diamonds} and Tommy checks. Steve bets 285,000 and Tommy folds.

Steve has 2,340,000 after the hand and Tommy is down to 996,000.

Tommy Draws First Blood

Steve Billirakis raises to 80,000 and Tommy Koral calls.

They check the flop of {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. The turn is the {10-Spades} and Tommy checks. Steve bets 90,000 and Tommy calls.

The river is the {8-Hearts} and they check again. Tommy shows {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and takes it.

Break Time

The heads-up players are taking an impromptu ten-minute break.

Gary Leibovitz Eliminated in 3rd ($80,796)

On the button, Steve Billirakis raises to 78,000. Gary Leibovitz reraises all in for 413,000 in the big blind. Steve calls.

Steve has {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and Gary has {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. The board runs out {Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{A-Hearts} and Gary is eliminated.

Kyle Schertz Eliminated in 4th ($63,060)

Kyle Schertz raises to 425,000 from the button and Tommy Koral reraises all in from the small blind. Kyle calls all in and flips over {A-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. Tommy has {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}.

The board runs out {3-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and Kyle is busted. Tommy moves up to 1,300,000.