Bossier City, LA (September 14, 2012) – “Captain Tom” Franklin has been around since poker’s equivalent of the Stone Age.  But he certainly didn’t show his age tonight, wiping out the latest final table in a swift beating that took less than three hours.

Franklin won the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament (Event 3), played over two days and nights at Horseshoe Bossier City.  He topped a field of 142 players.  First place paid $11,930.

This marked Franklin’s third career gold ring victory.  His previous wins took place at Harrah’s New Orleans (2010) and West Palm Beach (2010).  In fact, Franklin would be advised to go out and buy a larger jewelry box, since he already possesses a WSOP gold bracelet to go along with many other tournament amulets won over his illustrious 20-year career in the poker business.  In fact, all ring winners might want to hurry down to Bossier, as through three events, each winner has been a repeat Circuit Champion. 

Franklin is a 61-year-old professional gambler and poker player from Gulfport, MS.  His lifetime tournament winnings total more than $3.3 million.  Prior to touring the country playing in poker tournaments, Franklin was a musician (drummer).  He’s also a proud former Vietnam Veteran.

During the two-day competition, Franklin acted like it was pretty much just another day at the office, even once he was assured of victory.  He raked in the last pot of the night holding trip queens.  After stacking his chips and shaking the hand of the runner up, he briskly asked how long it would take to do a few winner photos, and then raced out the door in order to attend a Saturday night show.

“I’m already late for the show,” Franklin barked as he headed out the side door.  “The show started 20 minutes ago.  I gotta’ go!”

When pressed for a short interview, Franklin did manage to answer at least one hurried question.

“Hey Tom – does winning ever get old?”

“No,” he said.

At press time it remains unknown which major media outlets will be following up on Mr. Franklin’s riveting victory and thoughtful reflection.

A possibility that Franklin might soon be appearing on The David Letterman Show to discuss his victory could not be confirmed at press time.
For more information on this event, please consult the Official Report

Final Table Results for Event 3:

1st    Tom Franklin    GULFPORT, MS    $11,930
2nd    Burt Madden    LITTLE ROCK, AR    $7,372
3rd    Donna Murray    GAUTIER, MS    $5,322
4th    Joseph Martinez    Portland, TX    $3,910
5th    Paul Buckle    San Antonio, TX    $2,923
6th    Grantel Gibbs    WHITBY, ON    $2,222
7th    Bobby Chaler    SHREVEPORT, LA    $1,718
8th    Richard Estep    LAKE CHARLES, LA    $1,350
9th    Will “Monkey” Souther    BILOXI, MS    $1,077