Day 4 Completed
|Blinds||10,000 / 20,000|
Day 4 Completed
About 12 hours after the first hand of the final table was dealt, we have a winner here at Harrah's New Orleans. AJ Jejelowo topped the field of 75, taking home a first-place prize of $235,956.
Entering the final table with the chip lead, Jejelowo slipped a little at the start. From there, however, it was smooth sailing as he played a slow and steady game to consistently add to his stack. He was by far the most aggressive at the table constantly putting his opponents to the test with three-bets. Those preflop wins suited Jejelowo just fine as he watched the other players drop one by one. It wasn't until three-handed play when Jejelowo got in on the eliminations, sending a short-stacked Harry Cullen to the rail. On the final hand, Jejelowo's got there against Gary Friedlander's on the river when the board ran out .
Born in England, Jejelowo moved to the United States with his parents before his ninth birthday. After going to Johns Hopkins University, he moved to Houston, Texas where he is a medical researcher at Rice University. He arrived here in New Orleans on Wednesday, winning a mega-satellite to play in the Regional Championship. On Day 1 he finished as one of the short stacks, but vaulted his way up the chip counts and held a place near the top the rest of the way, en route to his first-place finish.
Final Table Payouts
Congratulations to Jejelowo for a job well done. He'll have a few days to celebrate before heading to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the WSOP-C National Championship. That concludes our coverage from New Orleans, but we'll be back at it on Friday to bring you the conclusion of the WSOP-C season.
Until then, all that's left is good night!
AJ Jejelowo opened to 40,000 from the button and Gary Friedlander made only his third three-bet of the heads-up duel, making it 140,000 to go. Jejelowo responded with an all-in shove with the big stack. Friedlander called all in for a total of 639,000 and the cards were on their backs.
The flop came down , keeping Friedlander ahead and also giving him a flush draw. Jejelowo still needed to catch one of three nines in the deck to take the lead. The turn changed nothing, but the spiked on the river to lock it up the tournament for Jejelowo.
Instead of doubling up and taking the chip lead, Garry Friedlander is out as the runner-up for $145,422.
Gary Friedlander has closed the gap a bit and is up to about 650,000.
Gary Friedlander raised to 52,000 on the button and AJ Jejelowo called from the big blind.
The flop was checked by both, landing the on the turn. Jejelowo bet 60,000, enough to get a fold from Friedlander.
AJ Jejelowo - 1,691,000
Gary Friedlander - 560,000
Harry Cullen went all in on the button for 106,000 and AJ Jejelowo called from the big blind.
The board ran out , failing to help Cullen and bringing his tournament to an end with a third-place showing.