Heather Alcorn Wins 2018 WSOPC Southern Indiana for $130kOctober 10, 2018 2:28 pm
The Horseshoe Southern Indiana played host to the WSOP Circuit from Sept. 27 to Oct. 08, with its 12 event schedule culminating in the conclusion of its $1,700 Main Event. The tournament drew a field of 389 runners to create a prize pool of $589,335, and following three days of action it was WSOP dealer Heather Alcorn who would eventually walk away with her first major title, and a top prize of $129,654.
She was also awarded a $10k seat through to the 2019 Global Casino Championship (GCC), an exclusive, invitation-only tournament to be held at the end of the season.
Heather Alcorn’s Golden Year
Heather Alcorn has been a WSOP dealer for six years, and has dealt at the WSOP Main Event final table for the past three years. The Missouri resident was previously a real estate agent before choosing a “fun” career that allowed her to travel. The 41-year-old mother of two evidently enjoys playing the game, too, and since her first cash in 2013 has now amassed $174,573 in winnings, all but $23,036 has been won in 2018.
Needless to say, Heather Alcorn has been on somewhat of a tear this year, and has made four final tables from four cashes. Three of these occurred during the recent WSOP Circuit Southern Indiana, including finishing the $400 NLHE event in 8th ($1,752), the $400 NLHE Monster Stack in 4th ($10,150), and taking down the $1,700 NLHE Main Event for $129,654. Commenting upon her unprecedented run in Elizabeth, Indiana, the poker dealer said:
“I couldn’t work this event for personal reasons so I just happened to be driving through town so I thought I’d just stop and say hi to everybody. I thought I was going to stay one night and play one tournament, ended up final tabling, so I stayed the next day and final tabled that one. So I went ahead and played the main.”
$1,700 WSOPC Main Event
The $1,700 Main Event paid 45 money places, and amongst the noticeable pros booking a cash was Corey Bierria in 41st ($2,664), Alan Percal in 37th ($2,664), Reginald Roberts in 28th ($3,689), Alan Engel in 16th ($6,777), and Benjamin Grise in 14th ($8,145).
On Day 3, Heather Alcorn subsequently entered the final table in second place behind David Sill, while WSOPC ring winner Kevin Iacofano was in third place, and 2-times WSOPC ring winner Michael Lech had the shortest stack of the eight finalists. Despite Alcorn dropping to just 13 big blinds at one stage, however, she managed to stage a remarkable recovery to eventually triumph over her competitors. As she later explained:
“I just got coolered one hand and honestly I was pretty sure I was going out at that point but I was not ready to give up. It just turned around I got a few good hands right away.”
Kicking off the action was David Sill, who eliminated Daniel Loizzo in 8th, followed by Saleem Delawalla in 7th, and Michael Lech in 6th.
Next, Alcorn (K-K) sent Michael Foley (A-8) to the rail in 5th, while Kevin Iacofano (Q-Q) took care of Abhishek Yerra (A-Q) in 4th. Not long after, Alcorn (K-K) dispatched David Sill (K-9) to the rail in 3rd to set up the final battle for a coveted gold ring.
Heather Alcorn started heads-up holding a roughly 2.5 to 1 chip lead over Kevin Iacofano, a talented pro with $1.5 million in live earnings to go with the $3,354,237 he has won online under the screen name Kice32. The two players then traded blows for a while, but eventually Iacofano would sink to just 15bbs before shoving his remaining chips preflop with pocket fives. Alcorn opted to call with her A-9 holding, and after the board ran out K-10-7-10-7, her ace kicker won her the tournament.
“I didn’t really have a strategy per say. I just wanted to keep playing the way I was playing. It was a great final table,” stated Alcorn following her impressive victory.
Final Table Results
1st: Heather Alcorn $129,654
2nd: Kevin Iacofano $80,120
3rd: David Sill $58,545
4th: Abhishek Yerra $43,469
5th: Michael Foley $32,799
6th: Michael Lech $25,088
7th: Saleem Delawalla $19,483
8th: Daniel Loizzo $15,346