Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||25,000 / 50,000|
Day 3 Completed
What a final table it was. At the beginning of the day, nine hopefuls remained from the starting field of 270 that began a couple of days ago here in Biloxi, Mississippi in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the IP Casino Resort and Spa.
At the start of the day, two men entered the final table with commanding chip stacks. Travis Lutes and Farid Nasserazad each held more than 3x as many chips as their next closest competitor. That being the case, action was fast and furious. It took only 90 minutes for the final table to be whittled from the original nine to the final two players. Not surprisingly, it was Lutes facing off against Nasserazad heads up.
While the final table was action packed, the heads up battle was the opposite. The players jockeyed back and forth, carefully picking their spots and playing with equal patience. For five hours they played, with the chip lead changing hands numerous times. In the end, Lutes emerged victorious and sent Nasserazad home in second place. As a result, he won the $95,253 first-place prize, a gold circuit ring, and a spot in the WSOPC National Championship $1 Million Freeroll in Las Vegas.
Coincidentally, Farid Nasserazad's performance earned him 75 points and will likely make him the points leader for the WSOPC-Biloxi, which would award him a seat into the Freeroll. A nice consolation prize to say the least. Perhaps the two will have a rematch come May.
That wraps up our coverage from here in Biloxi. The next stop on the ciccuit schedule is the WSOPC-Lake Tahoe where we will bring you all the action from the $1,500 Main Event. From everyone here at PokerNews, thanks for following along and we hope to be covering you at the next final table!
Farid Nasserazad called on the button and Travis Lutes checked his option.
The flop came and Lutes checked. Nasserazad bet 120,000 and Lutes re-raised all in. A quick call from Nasserazad followed. The hands were:
Nasserazad flopped well, but Lutes' two pair had him drawing thin. The turn card was no help to Nasserazad, down to just seven outs to survive. The river did pair the board, but it was the and Nasserazad was eliminated in 2nd place.
Travis Lutes limped on the button and Farid Nasserazad checked his option from the big. Both players proceeded to check the flop and then Nasserazad checked-called a bet of 160,000 from Lutes when the was put out on the turn.
The was revealed on the river and once again Nasserazad check-called a bet from Lutes, this time to the tune of 350,000. Lutes turned up for three tens and Nasserazad mucked.
Lutes is up to 3.51 million while Nasserazad dropped to 2.1 million.
It took just 90 minutes for the original final table of nine to be reduced down to just two, Travis Lutes and Farid Nasserazad. Both the media and tournament staff hadn't seen anything like it in any WSOP-Circuit Main Event. It looked like things would end quickly, but that has not turned out to be the case.
It has been nearly five hours since we lost Bob Talbot in third place. In that time, there has been only one all in and call, which resulted in a Lutes double up. One thing is for sure, the players can play as patiently as they'd like but the blinds will eventually force the action.
The two remaining players seem to be mixing it up a little more. In a recent hand, Farid Nasserazad was on the button and raised to 135,000. Lutes responded by making it 335,000 and Nasserazad called in position.
The flop fell and Lutes bet 325,000. After Nasserazad called, the dealer burned and turned the . Lutes continued to be aggressive and bet 450,000. Nasserazad mucked and dropped down to 2.3 million while Lutes jumped up to 3.31 million.
Farid Nasserazad raised to 150,000 from the button and Travis Lutes called from the big blind. Nasserazad then checked the flop and Lutes fired out 165,000. Nasserazad called and both players checked down the turn and river.
Nasserazad showed and Lutes mucked. With that, Nasserazad is up to 3.5 million while Lutes dropped to 2.11 million.
Players are now on a break.
On a flop of , Farid Nasserazad bet 150,000 and Travis Lutes called behind. Nasserazad then bet 200,000 when the appeared on the turn. Once again Lutes called and the was put out on the river. Nasserazad bet 270,000 and Lutes moved all in.
This was the largest pot in hours and it sent Nasserazad into the tank. Eventually he folded and Lutes showed . Could that have been the best hand? Regardless, he took down the pot and claimed the chip lead with 3.18 million to Nasserazad's 2.43 million.