Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||20,000 / 40,000|
Day 3 Completed
What just happened? That's what we're left asking ourselves because if you blinked, you'd have missed this final table as it went so fast. Just about two hours, 40 minutes ago, the first hand was dealt. Now, we're looking at a winner and that player is Chris Johnson. He'll be pocketing $153,599 and the gold championship ring!
Johnson began the day as a chip leader and ran through this final table with ease, eliminating five players at the final table. Brian England got the other four eliminations en route to his second-place finish for $94,944. When asked about how he felt the final table went, Johnson told Nolan Dalla, "I pretty much got run over by the deck."
Johnson wasn't the only winner at this final table, as fifth-place finisher Adam Hui earned himself enough points to win the Casino Champion award and will join Johnson and 98 others in the $1,000,000 National Championship at the end of May. For now, let's look at how the final table wrapped up.
Final Table Payouts
That wraps up our coverage of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event here at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone for following along and congratulations to all of the winners, especially Chris Johnson on his new title. Be sure to follow along with all of PokerNews' live reporting and hopefully we'll see you in Chester, PA at the next WSOP Circuit stop!
For a final table that was on a break-neck pace from the very beginning, it seemed fitting that heads-up play didn't last even five minutes. Third-place finisher Jon Seaman was still being processed at the payout desk when Brian England opened the button to 100,000. Chris Johnson, in the big blind, three-bet to 240,000. England quickly announced he was all-in for 1.5 million and Johnson snap-called!
"Sick," said England in disgust. "Even with ace-queen." He was referencing the fact that his intended second card -- the -- would have given him but was inadvertently exposed by the dealer and became the burn card. Even with ace-queen suited, England would have been dominated.
The flop paired each player, .
"Ace-queen would have been good now," noted Johnson. Indeed -- ace-queen would have flopped the joint! Instead of a double-up to 3.0 million, England hit the rail in 2nd place after the turn and river.
The dealer was absolutely beside himself at the magnitude of the dealing error that led to the final hand. He profusely apologized to England at the payout desk, but England was completely non-plussed. "No worries, man," he said as he shook the dealer's proferred hand.He collected his $94,944 and went on his way.
After Brian England folded the button, Chris Johnson jammed on Jon Seaman's big blind. Seaman had about 575,000 and made the call for all of his chips with the . Johnson held the .
The board ran out and Johnson's ace high stayed in the lead to give him the win. Seaman was eliminated in third place and took home $69,360 for the win.
From the button, Chris Johnson raised to 90,000. Brian England reraised to 240,000 from the big blind and Johnson made the call.
The flop came down and both players checked to see the pair the board on the turn. England fired 145,000 and Johnson folded.
Chris Johnson keeps winning every pot. After a stretch of about 15 minutes of raise-it-and-take-it pots, Johnson opened the small blind to 120,000. Jon Seaman called in the big blind, then called another 120,000 on a highly coordinated flop, . Both players checked the turn. When the hit the river, Johnson fired another quarter million into the pot. Seaman didn't look happy, but called. He was even less happy to see Johnson's , a pair of aces. He mucked and dropped to 500,000.
Chris Johnson has gotten the best of Brian England several times today. It may be starting to get under England's skin. England opened to 90,000 pre-flop from the small blind and Johnson called. Both players checked a king-high flop, . England tried a bet of 80,000 on the turn; Johnson called. Down the river , England bet 140,000. Johnson eyed the 140,000, then announced a raise and started cutting out chips. Before he could even complete the raise, England flipped his cards into the muck.