Atlantic City, NJ (December 18, 2009) – Lee Childs is the winner of event #12 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Events at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The first of two deep stack events scheduled for the Harrah’s Resort AC Circuit, the $1,500 (+100) no-limit hold’em tournament attracted 186 entrants, for a total prize pool of $270,630.
By the end of day 2 of the three-day event, the field had narrowed down to ten players. Day 3 play resumed at 2:00 pm and the official final table was set 15 minutes later. Childs, the 2007 WSOP Main Event 7th place finisher, had the chip lead going into the final table and maintained a commanding position throughout most of the day.
Ninth Place- $8,119
With blinds at 2,000/6,000/12,000, the first elimination of the day was dealt to Peter Malkoun. All-in with his few remaining chips, Malkoun got a call from Childs. It was Malkoun’s pocket nines vs. Child’s 6-3 off. The board gave Childs the straight and Malkoun’s day was over.
Eighth Place- $10,825
Will “The Thrill” Failla was the eighth place finisher. After a flop of , Failla was all-in with against Josh Brikis, who flopped a set of Jacks. A nine on the turn gave Failla a possible gutshot, but the river was an ace and “The Thrill” was gone.
Seventh Place- $13,532
The next player out was Greg Joslyn. The short stack, Joslyn made his move, going all-in preflop with , but his hand was eclipsed by Andrew Youngblood’s . A benign board meant the end of the 22-year old poker pro’s tournament run.
Sixth Place- $16,238
Gordon Eng busted out soon after Joslyn. Eng ran his pocket jacks all-in against the pocket aces of no other than Lee Childs. The board helped neither player and Eng, a former Merck rep turned poker pro with over $540,000 in lifetime earnings, added another $16k to that figure.
Fifth Place- $18,944
Jesse Cohen of Ardmore, PA finished in fifth after taking a beat from Josh Brikis. All-in with , Brikis made the call, turning over . Cohen was looking good until Brikis spiked the six on the flop. Queens on the turn and river completed the boat for Brikis, while Cohen was sent up the creek.
Fourth Place- $21,650
Andrew Youngblood was going strong until he shipped a massive million dollar pot to Steve Geonnotti. With the pot built up to about half a million with a flop of , both players were all-in after a hit the turn. Youngblood had flopped middle pair, but Geonnotti was sitting on a set of aces. A harmless came on the river, dealing Youngblood a major blow.
He moved all-in a few hands later with and after a few minutes in the tank, it was none other than Lee Childs who made the call with [K9] suited. A king on the flop flanked by deuces virtually ended Youngblood’s run. A jack turn and ace river actually ended it. Youngblood, who finished sixth in event #34 of the 2009 WSOP, added a second major final table to his resume.
Third Place- $29,769
While Childs picked his spots and played his position well, a good run of cards didn’t hurt his game either. In the hand of the day, the flop saw the remaining three players in the pot after Childs and Geonnotti called Brikis’ raise to 40,000. The flop came . Geonnotti led out with 100k. Childs made the call and Brikis folded. The turn came and both players checked. A nine on the river prompted a 100k bet from Geonnotti and was followed by a re-raise by Childs. Geonnotti moved all-in and Childs called. Geonnotti revealed a boat with 9’s and 4’s, but Childs was sitting on the nuts, quad fours. Steve was eliminated while Childs added to his monster stack.
Second Place- $37,888
Heads up play began at 6:08 pm with Childs holding a 10-1 chip lead over Brikis with blinds and antes at 3,000/10,000/20,000. In the tournament’s closing hand, Childs raised to 40,000 before Brikis moved all-in for his remaining 339,000. Brikis’ was dominated by Lee’s . The board came and the tournament was over. For first place, Lee picked up a nice $63,733.
Having had just achieved his biggest live tournament accomplishment since final tabling the main event in 2007, Childs talks about his career over the last couple of years.
“I’ve been playing online and have been having some pretty good success,” said Childs. “I’ve won a Sunday Major and am sponsored by Lock poker where I play a lot online.”
Childs says his current poker regimen compliments a major upcoming life event for his wife and himself.
“My wife and I are in the process of adopting, so it’s good for me to stay at home and play online.”
Another obligation that has kept Lee from attending many live tournaments is his upstart poker training academy, Acumen Poker. Lee says that many players would benefit from poker training regardless of their current skill level.
“The boot camps are phenomenal, whether it’s one-on-one, a group session or online,” said Childs.
“A lot of poker players have big egos and think they know it all when there is always more to learn. I’m always trying to learn and actually learn so much from teaching at the boot camps.”