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Southern Comfort 100 Proof National Championship

Level Info

Level 25
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 5,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $1,270,000
Southern Comfort 100 Proof National Championship
Day 3 Completed

At-Large Qualifier Jonathan Hilton Wins the National Championship for $355,599

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet awarded on United States soil outside of Las Vegas, not to mention a $355,599 first-place prize, was bestowed upon Jonathan Hilton on Friday after he topped a 127-player field in the third annual WSOP National Championship.

The tournament—held at Harrah’s New Orleans and comprised of 20 WSOP Circuit Main Event winners, 18 Casino Champions, 62 at-large qualifiers and 27 WSOP POY $10,000 buy-ins—marked the culmination of the 2012-2013 World Series of Poker Circuit season, which awarded 240 gold rings all across North America since August of 2012.

1stJonathan Hilton$355,599
2ndMax Steinberg$219,799
3rdRobert “Uncle Krunk” Panitch$156,743
4thBrock Parker$114,008
5thTim Bowman$84,544
6thJoe Tehan$63,894
7thNicolas Vaca-Rondon$49,187
8thJeremy Ausmus$38,570

The final table of eight was an eclectic mix of personalities including four players who bought in for $10,000 (Brock Parker, Joe Tehan, Max Steinberg and Octo-Niner Jeremy Ausmus), three at-large qualifiers (Robert “Uncle Krunk” Panitch, Jonathan Hilton and Nicolas Vaca-Rondon), and a Main Event winner (Harrah’s Cherokee champ Tim Bowman). Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Parker entered as the chip leader, while Hilton started fourth in chips.

It took about an hour for the first elimination of the day to occur as the first few all-in situations resulted in doubles. Then, in Level 21 (8,000/16,000/2,000) Ausmus, the 2012 WSOP Main Event fifth-place finisher who began the day second in chips but had since waned, raised to 33,000 in the cutoff and Panitch called on the button. After the blinds folded, the dealer fanned {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and Ausmus continued for 35,000. Panitch raised to 77,000, Ausmus thought for 30 seconds or so then moved all in for 480,000 and Panitch snap-called.

Ausmus: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Panitch: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}

Ausmus, who was the one at risk, held an open-ended straight draw but needed some help to double in order to overcome Panitch’s big pocket pair. The {a-Hearts} turn didn’t do it, and neither did the {q-Clubs} river. Ausmus was eliminated from the tournament in eighth place for $38,570.

After Colombian Vaca-Rondon bowed out in seventh place, a huge hand took place in Level 22 (10,000/20,000/3,000) that shook up the chip stacks. It began when Hilton opened for 40,000 under the gun and received a call from Panitch in the cutoff. Tehan then three-bet all in for 319,000, Steinberg called off for 248,000 from the small blind, Hilton folded and Panitch thought for about 45 seconds before calling to put both players at risk.

Panitch: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Steinberg: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Tehan: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

The crowd and pretty much all of the players were on their feet in anticipation of the monster hand. Panitch's supporters were calling for an ace and to use his "one time," while Tehan watched the action with his hands on his head. After the dealer squared away the various pots, he burned and put out the flop—{10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades}.

Steinberg came from behind to flop a set and was a heavy favorite to more than triple. Panitch's supporters then began calling for a king to give their man Broadway, but that was unlikely considering Tehan held two of them. The {8-Diamonds} turn opened up some more options for Panitch to score the double elimination as a nine would also give him a straight, but the {Q-Clubs} river was no help to him. Steinberg's set held to give him a huge triple, while Tehan took down the side pot of 142,000. Little good it did him though as Tehan was eliminated in sixth place on the very next hand.

After Bowman was eliminated in fifth place, Parker’s bid at his third bracelet was cut short.

It happened when Steinberg opened for to 55,000 on the button and Parker, whose stack had dwindled, moved all in for 350,000 in the big blind. Steinberg tank-called and the cards were turned up.

Parker: {a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}
Steinberg: {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Parker was behind, and Steinberg increased his lead when the dealer fanned {8-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}. Parker needed running cards to make a wheel, and the {2-Spades} was one of them. The two-time bracelet winner was left with three outs—the {5-Spades} was no good—to stay alive, but the {10-Clubs} was not what he needed. Parker exited in fourth place for $114,008.

After 62-year-old Panitch, who hails from Northbrook, Illinois, fell in third place after the dinner break, Steinberg took 2.195 million into heads-up play against Hilton’s 1.615 million.

It was a back-and-forth affair, but thanks to a double Hilton was able to take the chip lead. The rest, as they say, is history.

That does it for our coverage from the National Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans, but the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back in less than a week to cover all of the 62 events from the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Max Steinberg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($219,799)

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

It was a back-and-forth heads-up battle, but Jonathan Hilton has emerged victorious while denying Max Steinberg his second World Series of Poker bracelet.

In the final hand, Hilton opened for 85,000 on the button and then called when Steinberg three-bet to 240,000. The {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} flop saw Steinberg bet 275,000 and Hilton call, bringing about the {A-Diamonds} turn. Steinberg paused for a moment before announcing that he was all in and Hilton snap-called.

Hilton: {K-Spades}{10-Spades}
Steinberg: {9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

Hilton got it in good with two pair, but Steinberg held an open-ended straight draw. The railbirds were very vocal for their respective man as everyone seemed to know this would be the determining hand. Either Hilton would clinch victory or he would be crippled. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {A-Diamonds}, the last card of the 2013 National Championship. Steinberg was gracious in defeat and shook Hilton's hand before exiting in second place, good for $219,799.

Jonathan Hilton us 3,810,000 1,810,000
Max Steinberg us Busted

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Three Bullets from Steinberg

SantanaBandana • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Max Steinberg raised to 85,000 on the button, Jonathan Hilton called, and the dealer fanned {k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. Hilton quickly checked, Steinberg continued for 80,000, and Hilton called.

The turn was the {8-Hearts}, Hilton knuckled again, and Steinberg tossed out another 185,000. Hilton called.

The {9-Spades} completed the board, Hilton checked once again, and Steinberg emptied the chamber, firing a third and final bullet worth 450,000. Hilton tanked for 30 seconds or so, then folded.

Max Steinberg us 1,950,000 340,000
Jonathan Hilton us 1,860,000 -340,000

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"No Mashes Potatoes, Bro!"

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Max Steinberg opened for 85,000 on the button and then called when Jonathan Hilton three-bet to 210,000. The {4-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop seemed innocent enough, but then action exploded when Hilton led for 200,000 only to have Steinberg move all in. Hilton thought for about 15 seconds before calling off for 895,000 total.

Hilton: {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Steinberg: {j-Hearts}{9-Spades}

It was a good call by Hilton as his tens were good, but Steinberg could still win with either a jack or queen.

"No sides," Hilton's supports shouted from the rail, urging the dealer to deliver an ace, deuce, or tre on the turn. "No mashed potatoes, bro. No sides!"

Those shouts got a little louder on the {5-Hearts} turn, and then morphed into cheers when the {2-Clubs} river gave their man a double and the chip lead.

Jonathan Hilton us 2,200,000 1,140,000
Max Steinberg us 1,610,000 -1,140,000

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Hilton Clawing Back

SantanaBandana • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Jonathan Hilton raised to 80,000 on the button, Max Steinberg defended, and the flop fell {6-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{k-Spades}. Steinberg led out, firing 90,000, Hilton called, and the turn brought the {5-Spades}.

Steinberg slowed down, checking to Hilton who knuckled behind.

The {q-Clubs} completed the board, Steinberg checked again, and Hilton tossed out 135,000. Steinberg thought for a moment, then flicked his cards into the muck.

Max Steinberg us 2,750,000 -190,000
Jonathan Hilton us 1,060,000 190,000

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Hilton Can't Get by Steinberg on the River

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Jonathan Hilton opened for 90,000 and Max Steinberg called, bringing about a flop of {5-Spades}{a-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Steinberg then check-called a bet of 90,000 before check-calling a bet of 135,000 on the {7-Diamonds} turn. Steinberg checked for a third time on the {3-Clubs} river, and Hilton fired for a third time. Steinberg quickly called the 265,000 bet, and he was correct to do so as his {K-Hearts}{6-Clubs} bested Hilton's {10-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

Max Steinberg us 2,940,000 340,000
Jonathan Hilton us 870,000 -340,000

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Two for Steinberg

SantanaBandana • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Max Steinberg opened to 120,000 on the button, Jonathan Hilton three-bet to 200,000, and Steinberg quickly called.

The dealer fanned {6-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{10-Spades}, Hilton led out for 185,000, and Steinberg folded.

A few hands later, Hilton raised to 85,000 on the button, Max Steinberg called, and the dealer fanned {7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Steinberg check-called 95,000 from Hilton, and the turn brought the {k-Clubs}. Both players checked.

The {10-Clubs} completed the board, Weinberg led out for a bet, and Hilton folded.

Max Steinberg us 2,600,000 345,000
Jonathan Hilton us 1,210,000 -345,000

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