WSOPC Harrah's Rincon Won By Joe KuetherMarch 28, 2012 2:30 pm
Joe Kuether has won the WSOPC Harrah’s Rincon, after overcoming a field of 332 players over three days to win a gold ring, and collect the $111,104 first place prize.
Joe Kuether’s victory in San Diego, California follows recent wins at the Wynn Classic series, in which he collected around $20k a piece for two $500 entry tournaments. Along with other cashes in 2012, Joe Kuether has now taken his year earnings so far to an impressive $191,083.
The $1,600 WSOPC tournament attracted a whole slew of pros hoping to carve out a slice of the $483,060 prize pool. Amongst those falling along the way were Gavin Smith, Bryan Devonshire, Fabrice Soulier, Dennis Phillips, Scott Clements, and Gavin Griffin.
Dropping just short of the final table were Eric Baldwin (16th) and Brandon Cantu (11th), but emerging top of the high profile pros was the two times WSOP winner Freddy Deeb who started the nine man final table as the chip leader.
However, Deeb suffered a series of hits, not least from Joe Kuether who took the chip lead with 9-8 on a J-7-10 flop, with Deeb then paying him off on every street. Four handed play subsequently saw Kuether eliminate Deeb (Ac-Jc) who pushed his short-stack into Kuether’s A-K.
Chris Cronin then sent Ryan Gentry to the rail in 3rd ($50,108) and took a slight advantage into the heads-up phase of the competition, but Kuether managed to take the lead before the defining hand was played.
Kuether was dealt A-A to Cronin’s Ks-9s, with all the money going in on the K-4-2-7 board after Cronin check-raised his opponent all-in. The A on the river then sealed Joe Kuether’s victory, whose life time earnings have now reached over $430,000.
The final payouts were as follows:
1st: Joe Kuether – $111,104
2nd: Chris Cronin – $68,686
3rd: Ryan Gentry – $50,108
4th: Freddy Deeb – $37,167
5th: David Funkhauser – $27,998
6th: Ty Spires – $21,414
7th: Chris Bratene – $16,617
8th: Stephen Plache – $13,081
9th: Ryan Buckholtz – $10,444