Ryan Stevenson Wins WSOP Tunica For $204k

Ryan Stevenson Wins WSOP Tunica For $204kRyan Stevenson has won the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harrah’s Tunica main event, after defeating a field of 666 players on his way to winning a gold ring, and collecting the $204,795 first-place prize. Following his remarkable win at Harrah’s, Tunica Mississippi, the 26-year-old engineer commented:
“I’m dumbfounded right now. This is a dream come true, especially for us grinders who put in a lot of work on and off the felt.”
By the time the $1,675 tournament reached its final table of nine, Ryan Stevenson was lying in 3rd place (1.5m) behind Andrew Rothfolk    (4.575m) and Michael Sanders (3.055m). Chip leader Rothfolk (A-Q) then proceeded to eliminate a short-stacked David Kruger (5-5) in 9th for $19,161. Subsequently, Norman McKeldin (A-K) dispatched Jerry Barlow (A-7) to the rail in 8th ($24,136), before then being dealt K-J and eliminating Mark Maletic (A-K) in 7th ($30,789) after the board rolled out 2-K-3-J-J.
Next, it was time of Ryan Stevenson (A-J) to enter the fray by eliminating James Watkins (10-10) in 6th ($39,790), and then Jonathan Cary in 5th ($52,098), whose A-3 short-stacked shove was no match for the A-Q of Stevenson. Continuing his run, Stevenson (A-10) then knocked-out Michael Sanders (Q-J) in 4th ($69,121), but it would be another four-and-a-half hours before his A-K would see off the A-J of Andrew Rothfolk to herald in the heads-up phase of the competition.
In contrast to three-handed play, heads-up was decided after just one hand with McKeldin’s (Ad-Kd) tournament hopes on the line on a 10d-8d-4s flop against the top pair (10-7) of Stevenson. Unfortunately for him, the turn and river produced a Kc and 7h to relegate McKeldin to a runner-up finish worth ($126,723), while Ryan Stevenson was crowned the WSOPC Harrah’s Tunica champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Ryan Stevenson $204,795
2 Norman McKeldin $126,723
3 Andrew Rothfolk $92,947
4 Michael Sanders $69,121
5 Jonathan Cary    $52,098
6 James Watkins    $39,790
7 Mark Maletic    $30,789
8 Jerry Barlow    $24,136
9 David Kruger    $19,161


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