WSOPC Southern Regional Championship Won By AJ JejelowoMay 23, 2011 8:21 am
AJ Jejelowo has just won the 2011 WSOPC Southern Regional Championship, after overcoming a field of 75 players over four days to lift the title, and collect the $235,956 first place prize.
The 27-year-old is a graduate from John Hopkins University and now works as a medical researcher at Rice University.
Originally, AJ Jejelowo qualified for the $10,000 tournament through a satellite and after triumphing at yesterday’s marathon 12-hour final table exclaimed:
“This feels great to win. I’m really stoked right now. But I’m really tired, too.”
He also said he would now use some of his winnings to pay off his student loans.
As the tournament got underway on Thursday, 75 players were drawn to the high buy-in event to create a prize-pool worth $698,398. These included such top pros as David Williams, Dwyte Pilgrim, Brandon Adams, Chad Brown, Tommy Vedes, Kido Pham, David Singer, Joseph Cheong, and John Dolan.
By the end of Day 2 just 18 players remained with the final table of 9 then being determined on Day 3. As the final table got started on Day 4, AJ Jejelowo held the chip lead with the most notable pros still left in the competition being Allen Kessler, Allie Prescott. and Matthew Waxman.
Despite not being involved in any eliminations until he dispatched Harry Cullen in 3rd ($95,214), AJ Jejelowo still entered heads-up play holding a 3 to 1 chip advantage over Gary Friedlander.
In a brief heads-up battle, the duo then found themselves all-in with Jejelowo holding A-9 to his opponent’s Ad-Kd. However, Jejelowo then managed to close out the tournament in double-time when he hit his card on a Q-6-5-A-9 board, thus relegating Friedlander to the runner-up spot worth $145,422.
In the meantime, the Brit AJ Jejelowo who now lives in Texas, was crowned the 2011 WSOPC Southern Regional Championship Winner. As well as the $235,956 first place prize, Jejelowo has now been entered for the $1 million Championship freeroll at Caesars Palace on Friday, where he will compete for the $300,000 top prize.