Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
It's been an incredible four days here at Harrah's Cherokee, where the first ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event has come to a conclusion with North Carolina's own John Bowman topping a field of 856 entrants to win the title and $250,380 first prize. The Hickory native also won a seat in the WSOP National Championship as well as a 2013 WSOP Main Event seat (a special prize for the winner here at Harrah's Cherokee).
Just 11 players made it through that huge field to today's final day of play, led by Hugh Henderson who brought a hefty chip lead to Day 3.
After a slow-moving end to play late last night, today began with rapid action as two of the short stacks — Mark Handy and Todd Osborne — got their chips in on the second hands of the day on their respective tables, with both being eliminated. Handy took 11th after James Kinney knocked him out, while Osborne took 10th following a hand against Kory Kilpatrick. Both hands, coincidentally enough, saw the short stacks all in with small aces versus opponents' pocket tens, with the tens holding up both times.
Players then reassembled around the final nine-handed table, with start-of-day chip leader Henderson still in front. Before long, Jerry Monroe was forced to commit his short stack with the against Kinney's . With the board bringing no improvement for his hand, Monroe was eliminated in ninth.
The next couple of hours saw Raymond Weaver taking over, winning pot after pot to move up over 6 million by the first break at a time when no one else had half that much. Then Jonathan Moseley was the next short stack to fall in eighth after his failed to catch up to Weaver's .
Henderson's Monday was a struggle pretty much from the start of the final table, and after steadily sliding throughout the afternoon, he finally was knocked out in seventh after getting his short stack in with ace-six versus Daniel Weinman's queens and not being able to catch up.
During those first few hours, Kinney pushed up the counts and was even challenging for the chip lead, but lost a big preflop all-in pot with the versus Weinman's when four spades came on board. Then a short while thereafter, he was knocked out in sixth by Kilpatrick.
By then, both George Zinaty and Kilpatrick had become the short stacks with five left, and soon it was Weaver knocking out both in preflop battles. First, Weaver flopped a full house to knock out Zinaty in fifth, then the 69-year-old took out Kilpatrick in fourth by flopping the nut flush.
Weaver enjoyed a big chip lead at the start of three-handed play while Bowman found himself the short stack. But Bowman would double up once through Weaver, then soon after chipped up to take the lead. Finally, Weaver found himself ground down to short-stacked status, then ended up calling a river shove from Bowman with second pair when Bowman had an ace-high flush, ending Weaver's run in third.
Bowman began heads-up play with more than 13 million in chips to the stack of about 4 million of Weinman, and immediately began chipping away at his opponent. Finally, Weinman got his last chips in with the versus Bowman's , the latter flopped two pair, and two cards later Weinman was the runner-up and Bowman the champ.
Final Table Payouts
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John Bowman opened with a raise to 200,000 from the button, and Daniel Weinman responded by saying he was reraising all in. When Bowman inquired how much the raise was for, Weinman looked down and back up.
"1.4 and change," he said, indicating he had about 1.4 million left. "I call," replied Bowman, tabling .
Weinman stood and turned over his , and walked over to stand with his girlfriend on Bowman's side of the table.
"See yourself taking a picture with ace-three?" asked Weinman with a grin to Bowman, and he chuckled in response.
The dealer then spread the flop — — and indeed it looked as though Weinman had asked a prescient question of Bowman. The turn did bring the to give Weinman a chance to come back against Bowman's two pair, but the river was the and it was all over.
Weinman shook Bowman's hand as the pair congratulated each other, with Weinman taking away a nifty $154K-plus score for his finish. Bowman, meanwhile, has won over a quarter million dollars and the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event title!
Daniel Weinman raised to 200,000 from the button and John Bowman called. Both checked the flop. The turn then brought the and a check from Bowman. Weinman bet 200,000, and Bowman called.
The river was the . Bowman checked again, and when Weinman bet 450,000, Bowman thought about 15 seconds before calling.
"I've got a four," said Weinman, showing . Bowman turned over for sevens, and took the pot.
After trading the first two pots, John Bowman raised to 200,000 on the button. Daniel Weinman three-bet to 550,000, and Bowman called.
The flop fell , and Weinman led out for 300,000. Bowman called.
The turn was the , Weinman led again - this time for 650,000 - and Bowman again called.
The river was the , and Weinman checked for the first time. Bowman took the opportunity to bet 850,000, and Weinman flicked his cards into the muck.
The break is over, and the cards are in the air.
Raymond Weaver limped in from the small blind, John Bowman raised to 300,000 from the big blind, and Weaver pulled chips off of his stack to call, leaving himself a little over 2 million behind.
The flop came , and both players checked. The turn then brought the . Weaver checked, Bowman bet 200,000, then Weaver check-raised to 600,000 and after pausing a beat Bowman called.
The river brought the . Weaver pushed out a bet of 300,000, and after sitting silently for about a half-minute Bowman declared he was all in. Weaver waited just a few seconds then said he was calling, saying "I have a king" as he turned over .
Weaver had flopped top pair, but Bowman had turned the nuts as he held for the queen flush, and Weaver's impressive Main Event run came to an end in third place.
There will be a short break before heads-up play begins, at which point John Bowman will be starting with a better than 3-to-1 chip lead over Daniel Weinman.
Raymond Weaver limped in from the small blind, John Bowman kicked it up to 275,000 in the big blind, and Weaver called. The flop fell , and Weaver check-called a 300,000-chip bet.
The turn was the , Weaver checked again, and Bowman fired 500,000.
"How much?" Weaver asked.
The dealer told him the amount.
"Make it 10," Weaver said, min-raising to one million.
Bowman asked for a count of Weaver's stack, and then moved all in for effectively 4.1 million or so. Weaver tanked for over two minutes, then folded.
"You have a flush?" he asked Bowman.
Bowman neither confirmed nor denied Weaver's suspicions.