It's been a long, hard grind since action kicked off Saturday morning for the World Series of Poker Circuit Chester Main Event. Some 322 players put up the $1,600 entrance fee with dreams of capturing the title, the gold ring and $109,760. But only Christopher Bonn made those dreams a reality after defeating Ken Silverstein in heads up play.
Bonn entered the final in the bottom third of chip counts and didn't get involved in too much of the action. He sat back and let the other players pick each other off. He did get involved the maniacal Tuan Phan at eight-handed play. They got it all in preflop with Bonn holding and Phan . Phan caught a six on the flop and an ace came on the river. That hand cost Bonn half his stack.
Shortly after Eugene Fouksman opened under the gun, Phan called and Bonn moved all in. Fouksman got out of the way and Phan said, "You've got a small pocket pair. We never lose this hand, we never lose. Alright, I call."
Phan tabled and Bonn tabled . The board ran and Bonn was back in the black and Phan was left crippled.
Bonn continued the act of doubling another player and then earning it right it back. Fouksman caught a four flush when Bonn whiffed with but then earned it all back. He doubled up holding against Fouksman's when he spiked a ten on the river on a ragged board.
Bonn's quiet table image and steady play kept in contention for the title. When he got to heads up play he ratcheted up his aggression and chipped away at Silverstein for nearly an hour before finally clinching victory. His next stop will be the National Championship in Las Vegas.