It took just over eight hours of play, but things have finally ended here at Caesars Atlantic City with Samuel Chartier left as the last man standing.
Over 200 players began the Main Event a few days ago and it came down to two natives of Canada playing for the title. Chartier would emerge victorious, but it wasn't an easy road. He battled all day long after entering the final table second from the bottom as one of the short stacks. Some early double-ups soon followed to put Chartier amongst the chip leaders.
The key pot came in a big confrontation with Frank Vizza. Chartier put in an aggressive all-in reraise, which prompted a fold from Vizza and netted him a huge chip lead in three-handed action. Vizza was eliminated by John Nixon shortly thereafter, immediately following the dinner break. Nixon would then only last a handful of hands against Chartier.
Chartier's biggest cash to date was just over $250,000 when he final-tabled the EPT Barcelona Main Event, but this finish surely trumps that. Chartier took home over $322,000 for his finish, the coveted gold championship ring, and the $10,000 seat into the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas this summer.
Congratulations to all of our final table players, especially the champion Samuel Chartier!
We'll see you all for the next stop on the WSOP Circuit schedule in Rincon.
A handful of hands into heads-up play, John Nixon opened the action from the button for a raise to 100,000. Samuel Chartier reraised to 280,000. Nixon then moved all in and Chartier snap-called.
This would be it if Chartier could have his hand hold up.
The flop came down , giving Chartier two pair and further control of the hand. The turn then brought the , meaning Nixon would need a five on the river to chop the pot. The river was the though and that was it. Chartier's aces and jacks proved to be the best hand and give him the victory!
Nixon took home over $177,000 for his runner-up finish.
We're now heads up between John Nixon and Samuel Chartier, both Canadians. Not only is the money up for grabs, but also the $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat and the coveted gold Circuit ring. Here are the chip counts:
Samuel Chartier - 2,550,000
John Nixon - 1,610,000
Since Vizza lost that last big pot, each of the following pots has been won with a preflop all-in bet. In the last hand, Samuel Chartier folded the button. John Nixon then announced an all-in from the small blind, and Frank Vizza quickly made the call, putting himself all in for his tournament life.
There was paint on the flop, but it was safe for Vizza, coming out . The turn was the , adding a few more outs for Nixon. Vizza wouldn't like the river card one bit. The was the last card off the deck, and Nixon came from behind to eliminate the gregarious Frank Vizza out in third place. For his efforts, he'll take home more than $90,000.
The money is now on the table, and we're heads up for the title.
On the second hand back from dinner, Frank Vizza opened for 110,000 on the button. Samuel Chartier folded in the small blind and then John Nixon moved all in for 615,000 total from the big blind. Vizza quickly made the call.
The crowd stood from their chairs and gathered as closely to the rail as possible. The dealer then dealt the flop: . Nixon's ace high was still in the lead going to the turn.
The turn brought the and kept Nixon in the lead.
The river was the and just like that, Nixon doubled through Vizza and now has over one million chips. Vizza was left with around 300,000.