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Saturday, May 04, 2019 to Saturday, May 04, 2019

Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $400
  • Prizepool: $55,440
  • Entries: 168
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, May 5, 2019 2:19 AM Local Time

Chris Lynch, a full-time truck driver and amateur poker player, has won Event #12 at Circuit Horseshoe Tunica, $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack (1 Day). Lynch collects a career-best $14,969 payday in addition to his first Circuit ring.

Lynch plays poker once or twice a week as his driving takes him around the country, though he usually ends up playing cash games. He was in the Memphis suburbs this weekend, however, and noticed the single-day event at Horseshoe Tunica. A late night's effort of cards later, he's the winner.

"I play when I can," he told the WSOP. "My focus is on our trucking business right now, but it gives us a lot of freedom around the country to play different places."

Lynch did it in true underdog style, too, being down to just a few chips against six-time ring winner Maxwell Young, who was looking for his second triumph of the series. Instead, Lynch doubled up several times when all in, including an unlikely two-outer when he had    against Young's   . The flop was     and the turn a brick, leaving Lynch those two outs, and one of them arrived on the river.

Young, from Portland, Oregon, appeared set to close out his seventh career Circuit triumph when he took a dominating lead during four-handed play. Instead, his late run of tough luck ended as a third-place finish for $6,659, while Memphis's Jamie Strickland held on for second and $9,251. Strickland got the last of his chips in good with    against Lynch's   , but a         runout sealed Lynch's come-from-behind win.

As for his winnings, Lynch said, "I'm going to share it with my kids a little bit, to give them a leg up. And pocket some of it and use it for the next tournament."

Sunday, May 5, 2019 12:12 AM Local Time

Event #12 has reached its unofficial ten-player final table, led by Chattanooga's Matt Higgins with 526,000 in chips. Here are the final ten, with seat assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: David Henderix - 58,000
Seat 2: Robert Hankins - 151,000
Seat 3: Shane Yokley - 385,000
Seat 4: Craig Flood - 150,000
Seat 5: Robbie Matthews  246,000
Seat 6: Maxwell Young - 332,000
Seat 7: Matt Higgins - 526,000
Seat 8: Chris Lynch - 278,000
Seat 9: Jamie Strickland - 135,000
Seat 10: Will Givens - 227,000

Saturday, May 4, 2019 8:13 PM Local Time

Registration has closed for Event #12 and prizepool information has been posted. Here are the topline numbers:

Entries: 168
Prizepool: $55,440
Places Paid: 18
1st Place: $14,969
Min-cash: $743

A complete listing is available under the "Prizepool" tab above.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 2:14 PM Local Time

Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack (1 Day) gets underway at the top of the hour. This official ring event offers a $25,000 prizepool guarantee and will play down to a winner tonight. Among this event's features:

15,000 in starting chips
20-minute levels
Late registration until the start of Level 13
Single re-entry event

Registration and payout numbers will be available later tonight.

Friday, May 3, 2019 9:12 PM Local Time