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2010/11 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S ST. LOUIS The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, April 10, 2011 to Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Event #30: $1,600 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

EVENT IN PROGRESS:    Level: 29  |  Blinds: 25000/50000  |  Ante: 5000
  • Buy-in: $1,600
  • Prizepool: $0
  • Entries: 449
  • Remaining: 1
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04/13/11 02:03:16 PM PST
 
Congratulations to Kyle Cartwright, WSOP-C Harrah's St. Louis Champion ($142,290)
 

Kyle Cartwright- Harrah's St. Louis Champion ($142,290)

The World Series of Poker Circuit, Harrah's St. Louis continued today with the final nine players of a 449-player field. Each was competing for their share of a $646,762 prizepool, including a first-place prize worth $142,290. Entering the final table as the monster chip stack we two-time WSOP-Circuit ring winner and National Championship qualifier Kyle Cartwright; however, he had some stiff competition from a table full of local players, circuit grinders, and one established online pro by the name of Chris "PiMaster" Viox. Here are how things looked at the start of the day:

[H]WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis Final Table[/H]

SeatPlayerChips
1Kyle Cartwright2,875,000
2Mitch Franks460,000
3Nick Jivkov206,000
4Ron Segni983,000
5Asheesh Boyapati1,138,000
6Chris Viox346,000
7Troy Weber1,006,000
8Steve Goff1,270,000
9Phil Stelzer637,000

The day got off to a lightning-fast start when a hort-stacked Nick Jivkov moved all in under the gun for his last 185,000 and received a call from Ron Segni in early position. The rest of the field folded and the cards were turned up:

Jivkov:   

Segni:   

Although he was behind, Jivkov had two overs and was looking for an ace or nine. The     flop was no help and neither was the   turn. It was down ti the river for Jivkov's life, but it was not meant to be as the   peeled off. Jivkov finished in 9th place and was the first final table casualty.

The next elimination came as quite the surprise when action folded to Steve Goff on the button and he raised to 33,000. The small blind folded and Cartwright, who was in the big blind, opted for a raise to 200,000. Goff moved all in for 984,000 and Cartwright quickly called.

Cartwright:   

Goff:   

The     flop didn't hit Cartwright, but it did provide him a straight draw to any jack. The   on the turn was a blank, meaning Goff would double if he could avoid an ace, king, or jack on the river. The dealer slowly burned and put out the  . Cartwright shot his arms up in the air in celebration while Goff, who began the day second in chips, was eliminated from the Main Event in eighth place.

The eliminations kept mounting as Mitch Franks was the next to go in seventh place after running pocket tens into the pocket kings of "Columbia" Phil Stelzer. Following him out the door in sixth was perhaps the most established player at the table in Viox, whose    couldn't outflip Cartwright's   .

Cartwright wasn't the only one eliminating players. Asheesh Boyapati got busy when he raised to 76,000 on the button only to have Troy Weber reraise to 225,000 from the small blind. When action was back on Boyapati, he moved all in and Weber called for his tournament life.

Boyapati:   

Weber:   

Weber was ahead, but not after the flop came down    . Boyapati had paired his jack to take the lead and left Weber looking for a five. The   turn was no help and neither was the   river. Boyapati took down the pot, chipping up to 1.8 million, while Weber made his way to the payout desk in fifth place.

Four-handed played last awhile before Segni raised to 125,000 under the gun only to have Stelzer move all in for 900,000. Segni, who had less chips, called for his tournament life and the cards were flipped:

Segni:   

Stelzer:   

It was a race and Stelzer pulled out in front when the flop came down    . However, that all changed when Segni his the   on the turn for a set. After the   was put out on the river, Segni took down the 1.5 million pot while Stelzer was left with just 200,000. A few hands later, Stelzer moved all in under the gun with    and was called by the    of Boyapati. The board ran out       and Stelzer became the fourth place finished. As a consolation, Stelzer became the WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis Casino Champ with 82.5 points and locked up a spot on the National Championship $1 Million Freeroll in May.

Segni was the next to go after running    into the    of Cartwright, leaving the latter to play heads-up againt Boyapati with a nearly 5-1 chip lead. The match didn't last long, less than five hands in fact.

In the end, Cartwright became the World Series of Poker circuit Harrah's St. Louis Main Event Champion, was awarded his third gold ring, and claimed the $142,290 first-place prize. In addition, given that Cartwright had previously qualified for the National Championship, the spot usually awarded to a Main Event winner will instead be applied to the National Leaderboard, meaning another point earner will be awarded a spot, courtesy of Cartwright.

[H]WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis Final Table[/H]

PlacePlayerPrize
1Kyle Cartwright$142,290
2Asheesh Boyapati$87,927
3Ron Segni$64,249
4Phil Stelzer$47,705
5Troy Weber$35,973
6Chris Viox$27,533
7Mitch Franks$21,382
8Steve Goff$16,842
9Nick Jivkov$13,453

That does it for our coverage here in St. Louis, but be sure to catch our updates from the NAPT Mohegan Sun as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action from that Main Event and High Roller Bounty Shootout.

04/13/11 01:44:19 PM PST
 
Asheesh Boyapati Eliminated in 2nd Place ($87,927)
 

Asheesh Boyapati- 2nd

Heads-up play didn't last long. The final hand occurred when Kyle Cartwright raised to 110,000 on the button and Asheesh Boyapati moved all in for around 1.6 million. Cartwright called and was in great shape:

Boyapati:   

Cartwright:   

The board ran out       and Boyapati was eliminated as runner-up.

04/13/11 01:39:59 PM PST
 
Heads Up
 
Kyle Cartwright6,800,0000
Asheesh Boyapati2,100,0000
04/13/11 01:38:35 PM PST
 
Ron Segni Eliminated in 3rd Place ($64,249)
 

Ron Segni- 3rd Place

Ron Segni raised to 115,000 only to have Kyle Cartwright move all in. Segni called off for around a million chips and the cards were turned on their backs:

Segni:   

Cartwright:   

Segni was in bad shape and even more so when the flop came out    . Suddenly he needed runner-runner to survive. Unfortunately for him, the   turn and   river did not help and he was sent to the rail in third place, taking home $64,249.

04/13/11 01:31:05 PM PST
 
May I Be Paid in Silver?
 

While the answer is a negative, the remaining three players will take home a good chunk of cash.

1st- $142,290

2nd- $87,927

3rd- $64,249

04/13/11 01:27:06 PM PST
 
Phil Stelzer Eliminated in 4th Place ($47,705)
 

Phil Stelzer- 4th Place

Ron Segni raised to 125,000 under the gun only to have Phil Stelzer move all in for 900,000. Segni, who had less chips, called for his tournament life and the cards were flipped:

Segni:   

Stelzer:   

It was a race and Stelzer pulled out in front when the flop came down    . However, that all changed when Segni his the   on the turn for a set. After the   was put out on the river, Segni took down the 1.5 million pot while Stelzer was left with just 200,000.

A few hands later, Stelzer moved all in under the gun with    and was called by the    of Asheesh Boyapati. The board ran out       and Stelzer became the fourth place finished. As a consolation, Stelzer became the WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis Casino Champ with 82.5 points and locked up a spot on the National Championship $1 Million Freeroll in May.

04/13/11 01:19:55 PM PST
 
Segni Triples
 

Asheesh Boyapati raised to 120,000 under the gun and received calls from both Ron Segni and Phil Stelzer. When the flop fell    , Segni moved all in for 125,000 and was called by both his opponents, who proceeded to check down the   turn and   river.

Stelzer turned over    while Boyapati showed   ; however, they were both behind the    of Segni.

Asheesh Boyapati1,400,000-300,000
Phil Stelzer900,000100,000
Ron Segni700,000225,000
04/13/11 01:10:47 PM PST
 
Boyapati Wins a Small One
 

Kyle Cartwright raised to 120,000 on the button and received a call from Asheesh Boyapati in the big blind. Both players then checked the     flop and the   was put out on the turn.

Boyapati check-called a bet of 135,000 from Cartwright and both players proceeded to check the   river. Boyapati showed    and it was good as Cartwright simply mucked.

Kyle Cartwright5,850,000250,000
Asheesh Boyapati1,700,000400,000
04/13/11 12:59:07 PM PST
 
Level 29 started
 
Level: 29 Blinds: 25000/50000 Ante: 5000
04/13/11 12:44:02 PM PST
 
Break Time & Chip Counts
 

Players are now on their first break of the day.

Kyle Cartwright5,600,000-700,000
Asheesh Boyapati1,300,000-200,000
Phil Stelzer800,000-100,000
Ron Segni475,000-25,000
04/13/11 12:42:51 PM PST
 
Stelzer's Turn to Double
 

Phil Stelzer moved all in for 400,000 on the button holding    and was called by the    of Kyle Cartwright in the small blind. The board ran out       and Cartwright lost yet another race. Stelzer is up to 800,000.

04/13/11 12:39:16 PM PST
 
Another Double for Segni
 

Ron Segni raised to 95,000 under the gun only to have Kyle Cartwright move all in from the big blind. Segni called off for a total of 250,000 and the cards were revealed:

Segni:   

Cartwright:   

It was another race situation as the flop came down    . While Segni had the best hand with pocket fours, Cartwright's two overs and flush draw made him a favorite in the hand. Luckily for Segni, the   turn and   river blanked and he doubled to right around 500,000. Cartwright is still the massive chip leader with 6.3 million.

04/13/11 12:25:50 PM PST
 
Segini Doubles Through Boyapati
 

Ron Segni moved all in under the gun for his last 234,000 holding    and received a call from the    of Asheesh Boyapati on the button. The blinds got out of the way and it was heads up as the board ran out      . Segni's ace-high held and he double to 500,000. With that hit, Boyapati is down to 1.5 million.

04/13/11 12:15:58 PM PST
 
All In and a Chop
 

We know chop pots aren't all that exciting, so we'll spare you the details. Just know we did have an all in and a call at the Main Event final table. Other than that, things have been relatively quiet as the remaining four players feel out one another.

04/13/11 12:03:39 PM PST
 
Segni Hits an Ace
 

Phil Stelzer made a standard raise on the button and and Ron Segni called from the big blind, leaving himself just 62,000 behind. When the flop fell    , Segni shipped that remaining 62K and Stelzer made the call.

Stelzer:   

Segni:   

Segni had hit his ace to take the lead. The   turn and   river ensured his double, though he is still short with 375,000. Meanwhile, Stelzer took a small hit down to 900,000.

04/13/11 11:46:29 AM PST
 
The Rich Get Richer
 

Kyle Cartwright raised to 85,000 on the button and received a call from Asheesh Boyapati in the big blind, leading to a flop of    . Boyapati checked, Cartwrighti bet 115,000, and Boyapati called. The dealer proceeded to burn and turn the  , which both players checked.

When the   peeled off on the river, Boyapati bet 115,000 and Cartwright called. The Boyapati turned over    but it was no good as Cartwright showed   . Boyapati dropped to 1.9 million while Cartwright is up to 5.2 million.

04/13/11 11:38:16 AM PST
 
Level 28 started
 
Level: 28 Blinds: 20000/40000 Ante: 5000
04/13/11 11:27:12 AM PST
 
Troy Weber Eliminated in 5th Place ($35,973)
 

Troy Weber- 5th Place

Asheesh Boyapati raised to 76,000 on the button only to have Troy Weber reraise to 225,000 from the small blind. When action was back on Boyapati, he moved all in and Weber called for his tournament life.

Boyapati:   

Weber:   

Weber was ahead, but not after the flop came down    . Boyapati had paired his jack to take the lead and left Weber looking for a five. The   turn was no help and neither was the   river. Boyapati took down the pot, chipping up to 1.8 million, while Weber made his way to the payout desk in fifth place.

04/13/11 11:19:54 AM PST
 
Chris Viox Eliminated in 6th Place ($27,533)
 

Chris Viox- 6th Place

Action folded to Chris Viox in the cutoff and he raised to 60,000. Kyle Cartwright then moved all in from the big blind and Viox called off his remaining stack.

Viox:   

Cartwright:   

As is so common, this all-in situation was a coinflip. With Viox at risk and needing to improve, the flop came down    . He had missed and needed some help on the turn. He got a little as the   hit and awarded him some extra outs. Unfortunately for him, the   on the river blanked and he was eliminated in sixth place. On the other hand, Cartwright continues to roll and is up to 4.7 million.

04/13/11 11:05:32 AM PST
 
Mitch Franks Eliminated in 7th Place ($21,382)
 

Mitch Franks- 7th Place

The eliminations keep mounting here at the WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis. Most recently, Mitch Franks raised to 65,000 under the gun and received a call from Troy Weber on the button. Phil Stelzer then reraised to 230,000 from the small blind, Franks called all in, and Weber got out of the way.

Franks:   

Stelzer:   

It was a rough spot for the short-stacked Franks as his pocket pairs had run into cowboys. The     flop gave him some extra outs to a straight, but neither the   turn nor   river provided salvation. Franks was eliminated on the hand in seventh place and will take home $21,382 for his efforts. Meanwhile, Stelzer is up to 1.3 million.

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