Mukul Pahuja Wins WSOPC Atlantic City For $148kDecember 24, 2014 11:58 am
Florida pro Mukul Pahuja has just topped off a successful 2014 by taking down the WSOP Circuit Main Event held at Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino for an impressive $148,345 payday. With his latest victory, Pahuja has now won $3,376,584 from live tournaments, $1,518,795 of which has been earned this year.
“I’ve been feeling great about everything I’ve been doing lately,” explained Pahuja after the event was over. “But a lot of things have to go well as you saw today. A lot of guys got it in really good today and it didn’t work out. There were a lot of good players at this final table, a lot of high-level play and there were some crazy swings.”
The $1,675 Main Event attracted enough players to create a prize pool worth $690,000, and amongst those notable players cashing in at the event was Tim West in 53rd ($2,650), Ralph Massey in 51st ($2,650), Paul Sokoloff in 45th ($2,891), Brian Lemke in 33rd ($3,567), Tony Sinishtaj in 30th ($4,037), Julie Cornelius in 27th ($4,623), and Greg Kolo in 24th ($5,368).
After the final table was set, Mukul Pahuja (K-Q) then eliminated David Matthews (K-7) in 9th ($13,766), before doing likewise to Jesse Cohen in 7th ($22,046), and Adam Teasdale in 6th ($28,497). Next, Mukul Pahuja (K-10) dispatched a short-stacked Michael Dentale (A-5) to the rail in 4th ($49,673), and Pahuja’s J-J was then good enough to see off Gajan Jeganathan (A-K) in 3rd ($67,006) to go heads-up against Jake Toole for the title.
As the final showdown got started, Pahuja held a 5-to-1 chip lead over his final opponent, and a few minutes later the deciding hand was played with Toole all-in preflop with K-J, only to be called by Pahuja with pocket fives. The board subsequently ran out Q-8-2-4-8 to consign Jake Toole to a runner-up finish worth $91,722, while Mukul Pahuja was awarded the WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Final Table Results:
1 Mukul Pahuja – $148,345
2 Jake Toole – $91,722
3 Gajan Jeganathan – $67,006
4 Michael Dentale – $49,673
5 Jim Petolicchio – $37,357
6 Adam Teasdale – $28,497
7 Jesse Cohen – $22,046
8 Joseph Liberta – $17,298
9 David Matthews – $13,766