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2011 WSOP National Championship

Friday, May 27, 2011 to Sunday, May 29, 2011


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  • Buy-in: $0
  • Prizepool: $1,000,000
  • Entries: 100
  • Remaining: 23


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Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:25 PM Local Time

Charles "Woody" Moore and Jonathan Poche saw a flop come down     with Moore in position. Poche checked first and then Moore checked behind.

The turn brought the   and both players checked again to see the   fall on the river. Poche bet 29,000 and Moore immediately called. Poche tabled the    for a straight to the seven and Moore mucked his hand.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:20 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche opened for his usual 16,000 with La Sengphet making the call from the button as both players checked the     flop.

The turn of the   was met by a delayed continuation-bet of 26,000 from Poche that Sengphet called before the   was checked through on the river.

Poche showed a small pair, but it would be Sengphet's    that would see her collect the pot.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:15 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche entered the pot from the cutoff with a raise to 16,000 which was called by La Sengphet in the small blind.

Poche's 24,000-chip continuation-bet on the     flop was enough to produce a fold from Sengphet.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:13 PM Local Time

From the button, chip leader Jonathan Poche raised to 16,000. Josh Evans called from the small blind and was his only customer. After the dealer spread the     flop, Evans check-folded to a bet of 23,000 from Poche.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:07 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Josh Evans moved all in for 190,000 after Charles "Woody" Moore checked. Moore thought it over for a minute or two and then folded, allowing Evans to rake in the pot.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:53 PM Local Time
Jonathan Poche547,00022,000
Charles Moore433,00033,000
Sam Barnhart288,000118,000
La Sengphet260,000-30,000
Josh Evans221,000-19,000
James Anderson214,000-61,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:44 PM Local Time

Sam Barnhart opened to 11,500 only to have James Anderson three-bet next to act to 26,500.

Barnhart made the call as the flop fell     with Anderson's 25,000-chip continuation-bet check-called by Barnhart.

When the turn landed the  , Barnhart checked and Anderson slid out a bet only to have Barnhart announce he was all in.

Anderson quickly mucked as the players headed on break.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:42 PM Local Time

Drazen Ilich - 7th Place

Charles "Woody" Moore raised to 32,500 from the small blind after action folded around to him. Drazen Ilich was in the big blind and reraised all in for a little over 90,000 -- it looked to be 91,500 from our vantage point. Moore quickly called and revealed the   . Ilich held the    to be racing for his tournament life.

The flop came down     and gave Moore the lead with a pair of kings. The turn produced the  , but that wasn't the three Ilich was looking for. The rivered completed the board with the   and finished the tournament for Ilich. He was eliminated in seventh place for $42,500, earning his second-largest live cash ever.

Charles Moore400,00090,000
Drazen Ilich0-95,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:29 PM Local Time

Charles Moore opened the pot with a raise to 11,000 only to have Jonathan Poche three-bet his button to 28,000.

Moore made the call before leading for 25,000 on the     flop with Poche making the call as the   landed on the turn.

Moore paused for slightly longer before tossing in a 25,000-chip bet which Poche again called as the   completed the board.

Checking on this occasion, Moore was then faced with a 100,000-chip bet from Poche, which after a moment of deliberation, he called for his final 79,500 in chips.

"Aces!" announced Poche only to have Moore table his    for a rivered full house to scoop the pot and move to over 300,000 while Poche slipped down to the half a million chip mark.

Jonathan Poche525,000-155,000
Charles Moore310,000140,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:22 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche limped in from the small blind and Josh Evans checked his option to see a     flop fall.

Poche check-called 7,500 as the   landed on the turn and both players tapped the table. The river of the   was checked through as Poche tabled his    to claim the pot.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:20 PM Local Time

Adam Hui (Day 2) - 8th Place

Action folded around to the WSOP Circuit Caesars Las Vegas Casino Champion Adam Hui. He raised to 10,500. WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans Main Event champion Jonathan Poche reraised from the big blind to 28,000. Hui called and the two went to a flop.

The flop came down     and Poche fired 33,500. Hui tanked for quite some time and then raised to 67,000, the minimum he could raise. Poche wasted little time in moving all in and Hui quickly called with the   . His two pair wasn't good though as Poche tabled the    to have Hui in a world of hurt.

The turn and river both blanked off and Hui couldn't find miracle runner-runner. He was eliminated in eighth place for $35,000 while Poche increased his chip lead in a big way.

Jonathan Poche680,000215,000
Adam Hui0-205,000
Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:09 PM Local Time

Jonathan Poche entered his first pot of the day with a raise to 11,000 from middle position.

La Sengphet made the call from two seats over as a     flop was dropped by the dealer. Poche contemplated for a few moments before cutting out a bet of 16,500 which was met by a call from Sengphet as the   landed on the turn.

Poche continued his aggression with a bet of 33,500 which Sengphet swiftly called as the   completed the board on the river. Poche checked, as did Sengphet who turned over her    to force a fold from Poche.

As Sengphet raked in the pot to send her to 290,000, Poche took a dive to roughly 465,000 in chips.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:05 PM Local Time

Matthew Lawrence (Day 2) - 9th Place

Action folded around to James Anderson on the button. The WSOP Circuit Midwest Regional Champion raised to 11,500. Matthew Lawrence moved all in from the small blind for just under 70,000, having been knocked back thanks to an ace from space against Charles "Woody" Moore on the first hand of play. Action got back to Anderson and he quickly called to put Lawrence at risk.

Lawrence tabled the   , but was behind the    for Anderson. The flop came down     and Lawrence began shaking hands with the table. His cheering section also began to pack up their stuff, but then the   fell on the turn and gave him some life with a gutshot straight draw. It wasn't in the cards for Lawrence though as the   fell on the river to keep Anderson's set of jacks as the winning hand.

Lawrence finished in ninth place for $30,000 and the field is down to eight.

James Anderson275,00070,000
Matthew Lawrence0-74,500
Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:57 AM Local Time

Josh Evans entered the pot from the cutoff with a raise to 11,500 only to have James Anderson three-bet to 28,000 from the big blind.

Evans paused for a moment before sliding out a stack of chips into the pot amounting to a four-bet of 66,500.

With Anderson now deliberating, he eventually decided to kick his cards to the muck as Evans moved to over 240,000 in chips.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:52 AM Local Time

Drazen Ilich opened the pot from late position with a raise to 11,500 and found a customer in Sam Barnhart from the big blind.

On a     flop, Barnhart pushed out a bet which was enough to force a fold from Ilich.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:51 AM Local Time

The action slowly folded round to see La Sengphet receive the first walk of the final table.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:45 AM Local Time

Charles Moore (Day 2)

On the very first hand of the final table, La Sengphet raised from under the gun to 10,500. Action folded over a couple seats to Matthew Lawrence. He reraised to 28,000. In the next seat on the other side of the dealer sat Charles "Woody" Moore. Starting the final table with 65,500, the shortest stack on the felt, Moore mulled it over and then made the call. Action moved back to Sengphet and she called as well.

The flop came down     and Sengphet checked to Lawrence. He also checked and action was on Moore. The man who won the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event moved all in for 37,000. Sengphet folded, but Lawrence started to tank, not letting Moore get away with this one easily. Eventually, Lawrence slid out the chips for the call and the hands were tabled.

Moore showed the    for just ace high, a surprising and bold move to put his tournament life on the line. Lawrence was amazed he held the best hand with the   .

The turn brought the   and gave Moore a few more outs to a wheel. The river was dealt with the   and Moore jumped back with excitement as his cheering section let out a roar. Moore won the hand with an ace from space and more than doubled up. He's up to 170,000 now while Lawrence was kicked back to 74,500.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:42 AM Local Time

With the television crew all in place and player introductions made, the cards are now in the air for the final table of the WSOP-Circuit National Championship!

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:35 AM Local Time

Matthew Lawrence (140,000)

Matthew Lawrence qualified for the World Series of Poker National Championship through an "At-large bid" after his impressive and consistent performance throughout the 2010/2011 season. He managed to notch 10 cashes worth $52,781, with his largest single cash ($29,092) coming from a fourth-place finish in the Horseshoe Council Bluffs $1,600 Main Event back in August of last year.

Lawrence narrowly missed his second Main Event final table when he finished in 11th place. Interestingly, fellow National Championship final table member La Sengphet bubbled that final table in 10th place while Sam Barnhart, who is also here today, ended up winning that event.

Lawrence starts today's final table with 140,000, which accounts for 7% of the chips in play. With only two short-stacked players behind him, Lawrence will have to fight if he hopes to claim the National Championship.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:21 AM Local Time

James Anderson

Jim Anderson used to pour drinks before he stacked poker chips. Hailing from Wooster, Ohio, Anderson is a former bartender who cashed twice at this past summer's WSOP in Las Vegas. He placed in the money in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event and then finished 242nd in the Main Event for nearly $50,000.

Anderson managed to clear a field of 226 to become the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit Regional Champion, taking down the Midwest stop in Hammond, Indiana for $525,000. The key turning point for Anderson in that tournament came when runner-up Gabe Patgorski had a minor blow up during three-handed play. Anderson called Patgorski's all-in, five-bet shove with pocket jacks and held against the    offsuit for Patgorski. That pot catapulted Anderson to the chip lead and he never looked back from there.

It looks like Anderson has made the right choice when he decided to turn to poker rather than tips. This televised final table, his second of the season, will no doubt showcase his poker skills as he looks to complement his ring with a WSOP gold bracelet.