Regional Championship

Event Info

Buy-in $9,700
Prize Pool $698,398
Players 75

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 10,000 / 20,000
Ante 3,000
Regional Championship
Day 4 Completed

Congratulations to AJ Jejelowo, WSOP-C Southern Regional Champion ($235,956)!

123md • Level 25: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
AJ Jejelowo - Champion
AJ Jejelowo - Champion

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 {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} got there against Gary Friedlander's {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} on the river when the board ran out {Q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{9-Spades}.

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

1AJ Jejelowo$235,956
2Gary Friedlander$145,422
3Harry Cullen$95,214
4Allie Prescott$66,202
5Scott Lipshutz$48,673
6Allen Kessler$37,736
7Matt Waxman$30,794
8Kunal Patel$26,401
9Jeremy Gaubert$12,000

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!

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Gary Friedlander Eliminated in 2nd Place ($145,422)

123md • Level 25: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Gary Friedlander - 2nd place
Gary Friedlander - 2nd place

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.

Friedlander: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Jejelowo: {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}

The flop came down {Q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, 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 {A-Clubs} turn changed nothing, but the {9-Spades} 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.

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Friedlander On a Rush

123md • Level 25: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Gary Friedlander has closed the gap a bit and is up to about 650,000.

Heads-Up Chip Counts

123md • Level 25: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

AJ Jejelowo - 1,691,000
Gary Friedlander - 560,000

Harry Cullen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($95,214)

123md • Level 25: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Harry Cullen - 3rd place
Harry Cullen - 3rd place

Harry Cullen went all in on the button for 106,000 and AJ Jejelowo called from the big blind.

Cullen: {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Jejelowo: {Q-Spades}{2-Diamonds}

The board ran out {J-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}, failing to help Cullen and bringing his tournament to an end with a third-place showing.

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