WSOPC Chester 2011 Won By Kenny NguyenMay 11, 2011 7:27 am
Kenny Nguyen has just triumphed at the WSOPC Chester, after overcoming a field of 269 players over three days to take down the title, and collect the $94,901 first place prize.
By the time the $1,500 buy-in tournament in Pennsylvania had reached its final table of nine, Ramana Epparla was way out in front on a 1.95m stack, followed by Ed Cotter (686k) and then Kenny Nguyen (622k).
Also vying for a share of the almost $400,000 prize pool was Robert Scott (467k), Huy Nguyen (429k), Ari Engel (411k), Ryan Waddell (321k), Robert Hwang (274k) and Sean Knitter (226k).
An hour into play, Huy Nguyen exited in 9th ($8,685) after pushing his pocket fours into pocket kings, and an hour later Ryan Waddell then joined him on the rail in 8th ($10,858).
Robert Hwang then collected $13,790 in 7th place after his A-5 ran into pocket aces, the same hand also responsible for dispatching Ed Cotter in 6th ($17,799), who hit top pair with J-9 on a 9-6-5 flop, only then to find out the bad news.
Sean Knitter was the next player to fall in 5th ($23,358) followed by a short-stacked Ari Engel in 4th ($31,179), whose A-K shove was called by Nguyen (8-6), who proceeded to make a straight on a Q-J-9-7-5 board.
Eventually, Robert Scott with A-4 eliminated start of the day chip-leader Ramana Epparla in 3rd ($42,366) after spiking an ace on the river, to herald in the heads-up phase of the competition.
At the start of play, Kenny Nguyen had 3.16m in chips to Robert Scott’s 2.22m and just 20 minutes later Nguyen capped off his tournament in style after pushing with K-8 into his opponent’s A-6. The call was made but the 7-5-3-Q-K board sealed Scott’s fate, who walked away with $58,639 for his runner-up finish.
In the meantime, Kenny Nguyen was crowned the 2011 WSOPC Chester Champion and took down his biggest score to date of $94,901. He was also awarded an entry into the National Championship in a few weeks time.