CHESTER, PA – With the Harrah’s Philadelphia WSOP Circuit Main Event Final Table underway, closing arguments began at the final table of Event #11, $345 buy-in No Limit Hold’em.
After three hours of final table deliberation, the verdict went to Gabriel Levin, an attorney from Wynnewood, PA. He was awarded a judgment of $12,060 and the WSOP Circuit Gold Ring. In addition, Levin was awarded statutory damages worth 50 points toward the WSOP National Championship, the maximum allowed by this year’s WSOP Circuit format.
It was a paramount victory for the 34-year-old, who had never before cashed at the WSOP Circuit.
148 players entered into the two-day No-Limit Hold’em event, generating a total prize pool of $43,068.
With over a third of the chips in play to start the final table, Levin cruised by as opponent after opponent was dismissed from the final table. However, heads up, he faced a strong defense mounted by career veteran and two-time WSOPC champion David “DC” Clark.
However, Levin kept his wits about him and after a half hour heads up battle, eventually won his case, forcing Clark to accept a runner-up settlement worth $7,453.
While not much of a consolation for Clark, who already has over 200 qualifying points in the WSOP National Championship race, he picked up an additional 37.5. However, the seventh place finisher, Scott Davies is now well above the 110 point mark with the 20 points that he earned for his efforts.
With 11 events in the books and only one remaining, John Alfera, a poker player from Pittsburgh, PA is in prime position to come away with the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino Championship after previous 2nd and 3rd place finishes this series put him atop the leader board with 67.5 points.
The Casino Champion is the player who earns the most points through the 12 events at Harrah’s Philadelphia. This player will earn an automatic seat to the $1 million WSOP Circuit National Championship to be held in late May. More information about the WSOPC National Championship can be found here. An explanation of the points system can be found here.
Still to come is one event. See the complete Harrah’s Philadelphia Circuit schedule and event results here. The WSOP Circuit Events at Harrah’s Philadelphia runs through May 7th. You can find the complete 2011/2012 WSOP CIRCUIT SCHEDULE here.
MORE ABOUT THE WSOP CIRCUIT AT HARRAH’S PHILADELPHIA
Harrah’s Philadelphia is a casino and racetrack located in Philadelphia, PA -- about 15 minutes south of Philadelphia International Airport. It is the 16th (of 17) WSOP Circuit host properties. Harrah’s New Orleans is the last remaining stop of the 2011-2012 WSOPC season.
This marks the second season that the WSOP Circuit has visited Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Harrah’s Philadelphia first opened in 2007, offering slot games and horse racing. Table games were introduced to the casino in 2010 after they were legalized by the state of Pennsylvania.
Harrah’s Philadelphia originally opened as Harrah’s Chester, but is currently in the process of rebranding itself as Harrah’s Philadelphia, which is expected to be complete on May 1st.
Harrah’s Philadelphia’s “12 Rings in 12 Days” series is taking place April 25-May 7. Tournaments are held in the ballroom located on the second floor of the casino. Cash games can be found in the poker room next to the race book also located on the second floor.
Each Ring Event Final Table will be streamed live from the final table stage area in the ballroom. The live stream can be accessed at: http://www.wsop.com/2011/circuit/live-video/. Because final table start times are tentative, viewers should follow the WSOP on Twitter @wsop to be notified when live streams begin.
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