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Sunday, February 17, 2019 1:57 AM Local Time
Asheville, NC's David Moses has won Event #12 at Circuit Coconut Creek, $400 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo (1 Day). Moses earns his first Circuit ring and a $10,591 payday after coming from well behind during heads-up play against nine-time Circuit ring winner Martin Ryan.
Moses, 36, who was born in Clover, South Carolina, faced an uphill battle at the final table. First, six-time ring winner John Holley held a large lead over the table, only to falter late. However, it was Ryan, looking for his fifth ring of the season, who then owned the dominant stack.
It stayed that way into heads-up play, with Ryan holding over three-fourths of the chips in play, but then Moses played back against the aggressive Ryan, while also getting the better of several huge hands. One such hand saw Moses with pocket aces against Ryan's pocket nines -- and the aces held. Another came in the event's final hand, when Moses rivered a flush while Ryan rivered a straight. The chips went in, Moses had Ryan slightly covered, and the victory was his.
"I've played with Martin a lot," said Moses. "And I got really, really fortunate and he got really unlucky in that aces-versus-nines hand."
Moses though, wasn't daunted, particular during heads-up play. He's a long-time online player with a fondness for HUNL (heads-up no-limit hold'em), and he thought it factored into his win. "As good as he is, I've probably played more heads-up matches. I knew I probably had an edge there," said Moses, even acknowledging Ryan's considerable skill.
The nice payday also marked the first time Moses has cashed in a Circuit event not held at Cherokee, NC, only an hour's drive from his Asheville home. Next time he visits there, he'll have a new story to share.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 12:17 AM Local Time
Event #12 has reached its unofficial 10-player final table. Here are the 10, with seat assignments and chip counts:
Seat 1: AJ Umstattd – 47,000
Seat 2: Wally Maddah – 70,000
Seat 3: Frederico Robert – 155,000
Seat 4: John Holley – 526,000
Seat 5: David DiBernardi – 91,000
Seat 6: Martin Ryan – 295,000
Seat 7: Paul Prager – 39,000
Seat 8: David Moses – 179,000
Seat 9: Nadeem Hirani – 101,000
Seat 10: Hank Sitton – 100,000
Saturday, February 16, 2019 9:14 PM Local Time
Late registration has closed in Event #12 and prizepool and payout information has been calculated. Here are Event #12's topline numbers:
- Entrants: 107
- Places paid: 12
- Total prizepool: $35,310
- Winner's prize: $10,591
- Min-cash: $738
Complete payout information is now available under the "Prizepool" tab above.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:05 PM Local Time
Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo (1 Day), starts up at 4 pm. Among this event's features:
- 15,000 in starting chips
- 20-minute levels
- Late registration until the beginning of Level 13
Prizepool and payout information will be available later tonight.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 3:03 PM Local Time