Carter Phillips Wins WSOP $1500 NL For $664,130

Carter Phillips Wins WSOP $1500 NL For $664,130Carter Phillips has won WSOP Event#31: $1,500 NL, after overcoming a field of 2,811 players over three days to capture a gold bracelet, and collect the $664,130 first place prize.
The 23 year old pro now has 2 WSOP bracelets to his name, as well as around $3.5 million in live and online winnings. However, despite his poker successes Phillips went back to college recently to develop other career options for the future. Apparently, a lack of breaks and arduous traveling between tournaments had left Phillips feeling worn out, but it now looks like his time away from the game has done him some good. As he explains:
“I had a chance to go back to school and refresh and refocus, and it made me a better poker player for this summer..I remember last summer..I just played really bad in every tournament, and that’s because I didn’t care if I was in them.”
As the final table got underway, other notable names vying for the WSOP bracelet on offer included the 2009 Main Event winner Joe Cada, Tom Chambers, Jonathan Poche and last woman standing Cherish Andrews. Cada then proceeded to eliminate Jonathan Poche in 8th ($64,399) and Michael Aron in 7th ($85,043), before dispatching Cherish Andrews in 4th ($210,083), who held pocket eights to Cada’s A-K. Cada (K-K) then sent Tom Chambers (8-8) to the rail in 3rd ($290,875) to go heads-up against Carter Phillips.
Nevertheless, despite his initial 2 to 1 chip disadvantage, Phillips soon managed to even the score and battled away for a further two hours before eventually capturing the winners bracelet. Heaping praise on his opponent, Phillips commented:
“Joe is probably one of the toughest opponents I could have been playing..There was a lot of three-betting, a lot of different difficult situations, I was lucky to come out on top. It was frustrating at times, I’d gotten him all in for his tournament life in flipping situations a couple of times, and I couldn’t seem to hit any of them.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Carter Phillips $664,130
2 Joe Cada      $412,424
3 Tom Chambers      $290,875
4 Cherish Andrews $210,083
5 Najib Kamand      $153,578
6 Maximilian Lehmanski $113,618
7 Michael Aron      $85,043
8 Jonathan Poche  $64,399
9 Huy Quach      $49,33

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