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WSOPC Harrah's Tunica Final Table Set; Rothfolk Commands Final Table

Josh_Cahlik • Level 28: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
World Series of Poker Circuit

The 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event has officially reached a final table. After 666 total entries, two grueling starting flights, and Day 2 that went into the wee hours of the night, Andrew Rothfolk has emerged as the man on top of the final table. Rothfolk will command a stack of 4.575 million going into the final day.

Circuit regular Michael Sanders brought up the second chip position by finishing Day 2 with 3.055 million. Rounding out the top three is Ryan Stevenson, who found two key double ups at the final table of ten to ultimately finish the day with 1.505 million. Also making the final table was Mark Maletic, who will have his work cut out for him on Day 3. Maletic will enter the final table as the shortest stack with 400,000.

At the start of the day, 93 players took their seats with the hopes of making the ever elusive final table. The bubble burst relatively quickly as the top 72 players finished in the money. The bubble popped during Level 19 when the blinds were at 2,500/5,000/500. Greg McCurry and Emmit Humphrey looked down at a flop of {j-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Clubs} and after a series of raises, McCurry moved all of his chips into the middle. Humphrey called to find that he was behind.

McCurry: {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades}
Humphrey: {J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The turn brought the {7-Diamonds} and McCurry was one card away from a solid double up. The river, however, was the {10-Clubs} and Humphrey's jacks and tens finished as the best hand. McCurry quickly exited the tournament area while others celebrated as they were guaranteed at least $2,797.

Notable names to finish in the money include Matthew Colvin (57th) Allen Kessler (54th), David Clark (43rd), Cary Marshall (40th), Day 2 chip leader Bryan Campanello (36th), Ari Engel (34th), five-time WSOPC ring winner Kyle Cartwright (23rd), and Aaron Massey (12th).

While play moved quite rapidly as the day progressed, everything came to a standstill once the field reached the unofficial final table of ten. Players clung to their tournament live as time and time again the short stack player won their all in and play pressed on. Most notably, David Kruger was all in and at risk twice and managed to stay alive long enough to secure him a spot at the official final table. At one point, Kruger caught a dream flop against Dan Blakeman to double up. Later in the night, he moved in with {K-}{J-} and was called by three opponents. Kruger flopped a gutshot and nailed Broadway on the river to stay alive once more.

The final table bubble finally burst when the blinds were at 15,000/30,000/5,000. Blakeman opened to 75,000 from early position and it folded to Michael Sanders who three-bet to 255,000 from the big blind. Blakeman did not seem to enjoy being pushed around, as he made it 560,000 to go. Sanders five-bet all in and Blakeman called all in for his tournament life.

Blakeman: {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}
Sanders: {A-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The flop was {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Blakeman pleaded with the poker gods for his hand to hold as the {9-Diamonds} hit fourth street. This card killed the king outs for Sanders and he needed an ace on the river to send Blakeman home. Indeed, the {A-Diamonds} drilled fifth street and Blakeman was forced to settle for 10th place and $15,405 in prize money.

WSOP Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event Final Table

1Jerry Barlow800,000
2James Watkins980,000
3Michael Sanders3,055,000
4Ryan Stevenson1,505,000
5Jonathan Cary460,000
6Norman McKeldin1,035,000
7David Kruger505,000
8Andrew Rothfolk4,575,000
9Mark Maletic400,000

The final day of play will commence at 12:00 CST in the Harrah's Tunica Event Center. Be sure to stay tuned to all of our live updates as we crown a Main Event champion and the newest WSOPC ring winner!

Tags: Andrew Rothfolk