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2012/13 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY (New Jersey)

Saturday, December 08, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012

Event #10: No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $924,000
  • Entries: 616
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:05 AM Local Time

Adam Teasdale - WSOP Circuit Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Main Event Champion

After three long days, a hard-fought final table, and an intense heads-up battle culminating in a truly gutsy call, Adam Teasdale of Marinette, Wisconsin has claimed the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event title here at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, topping a field of 616 entries to win the ring and $194,040 first prize.

Just 26 players made it through the first two days to today's final day of play, and it took a little over six hours for them to work their way down to the final nine. By that point Terry Grimes had won enough big pots to push into the chip lead, just ahead of Aaron Overton, Pete Rios, Sung Kim, and Teasdale.

After Sung Kim knocked out Trevor Deeter in ninth, Grimes took out the next two players, eliminating Ed Modlin in eighth, and Barry Leventhal in seventh.

Teasdale then knocked out Overton in sixth when the latter jammed with   , Teasdale called with   , Overton turned a ten, then Teasdale rivered an ace.

That actually marked the second time on Monday Teasdale had nearly been crippled but ultimately knocked out an opponent, his elimination of Travell Thomas in 19th earlier in the day with    versus Thomas's    being the other.

The remaining five would battle for two more hours before the next three eliminations came in rapid succession, during which stretch Teasdale assumed the chip lead.

Grimes had been open-shoving all in fairly frequently during the final table, then did so again following a     flop with pocket eights only to have Teasdale call his bet holding a jack for trips. Teasdale's hand held, and Grimes was out in fifth.

Just moments later Teasdale took care of Kim in fourth, using    to better Kim's   . Then came a huge three-way all-in between the final trio in which Woelfel held   , Teasdale   , and Rios   . An ace came among the community cards to give Woelfel the best hand, and Rios was eliminated in third.

That big hand gave Woelfel a slight chip lead to start heads-up play, remarkable to consider given how he'd begun Day 3 sitting in 24th of the final 26. However, Teasdale would soon retake the advantage from Woelfel and increase it steadily as they played through an hour-and-a-half of cautious, well measured poker. Then as the clock was edging toward two in the morning, the final hand took place.

Teasdale had about a 2-to-1 chip lead when the hand began with Teasdale calling a Woelfel three-bet preflop, then calling a flop continuation bet with the board showing    . The   on the turn saw Woelfel checking, Teasdale taking a stab, and after a lengthy pause Woelfel jamming all in.

Teasdale tanked for several minutes, his intense search of the situation ultimately yielding a call, and his opponent instantly complimented him for finding it. Teasdale had but    for queens and fours, but was in excellent shape versus Woelfel's   . A third queen then came on the river, and Teasdale had ended Day 3 just as he had started it — at the top of leaderboard, this time with all of the chips.

1stAdam Teasdale$194,040
2ndWade Woelfel$120,018
3rdPete Rios$87,762
4thSung Kim$65,124
5thTerry Grimes$49,000
6thAaron Overton$37,376
7thBarry Leventhal$28,903
8thEd Modlin$22,656
9thTrevor Deeter$18,000

Congratulations to Teasdale who in addition to the first prize and ring gains an entry into the $1 Million WSOP National Championship in May 2013!

Thanks for following our coverage here at PokerNews, and see you later this month for the next WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah's Rincon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:54 AM Local Time

Wade Woelfel - 2nd place

Adam Teasdale opened to 170,000 on the button and Wade Woelfel three-bet to 410,000 from the big blind. A call from Teasdale landed a     flop to the board.

Woelfel fired 380,000, Teasdale called, and the   hit the turn. This time Woelfel checked it to Teasdale who bet 460,000. After about three minutes in the tank, Woelfel re-raised all in.

Teasdale immediately began to squirm in his chair and count through his chips. Woelfel remained still in his seat as Teasdale began saying a number of things, chief among them being "this would be a sick call." Teasdale asked for a count and upon learning it was 3.64 million, Teasdale announced "I've got to call you," after about five minutes total.

"Good call," replied Woelfel, who tabled   .

Teasdale jumped out of his seat and showed    for queens and fours.

"Deuce deuce deuce," Teasdale called for, needing to dodge an ace, six, or five on the river.

The   landed on the river, sealing the deal for Teasdale and ending Woelfel's run in second place.

Adam Teasdale12,315,0004,600,000
Wade Woelfel0-4,600,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:26 AM Local Time

"Uh oh... 40-80...!!!"

So said Wade Woelfel with wide eyes and mock terror at the conclusion of the previous level, and Adam Teasdale chuckled in response. The exchange was in reference to the level concluding and blinds about to increase to 40,000/80,000 — a jump, sure, but when Level 32 began they were still playing with stacks of about 60 and 90 big blinds, respectively.

Thus it wasn't surprising to see the pace continue to be slow after play resumed following the break. We did finally see one hand go to the river just now, one that began with Teasdale raising to 170,000, Wade calling, and the flop coming    . Both checked, then checked again after the   turn.

The river was the  . Woelfel checked once more, and when Teasdale fired 250,000, Woelfel let his hand go.

Adam Teasdale7,715,000270,000
Wade Woelfel4,600,000-270,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:55 AM Local Time

The players are on a 15-minute break.

Adam Teasdale7,445,000205,000
Wade Woelfel4,870,000-205,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:47 AM Local Time

Wade Woelfel raised to 130,000, Adam Teasdale called, and the flop came    . Both checked. The turn brought the   and two more checks.

The river was the  . This time Teasdale pushed out a bet of 185,000, and after some thought Woelfel called the bet. Teasdale turned over    for fives and eights, and Woelfel mucked.

Adam Teasdale7,240,000325,000
Wade Woelfel5,075,000-325,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:43 AM Local Time

Adam Teasdale opened to 130,000 on the button and Wade Woelfel defended his big blind.

The flop came down    . Both checked to see the   turn where they checked again. When the   river fell, Woelfel bet 145,000.

Teasdale called, but mucked when Woelfel tabled    for queens and jacks.

Adam Teasdale6,915,000-400,000
Wade Woelfel5,400,000400,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:38 AM Local Time

Woelfel just raised to 130,000 from the button, then saw Teasdale reraise to 320,000. Woelfel came back with a four-bet to 810,000, and Teasdale let it go.

Adam Teasdale7,315,000-250,000
Wade Woelfel5,000,000250,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:29 AM Local Time

Adam Teasdale raised to 130,000 from the button, and Wade Woelfel called. The flop came    . Woelfel checked, Teasdale bet 150,000, and Woelfel called. The pair then checked down the   turn and   river.

Woelfel showed    for aces and eights, and Teasdale mucked.

Adam Teasdale7,565,000-150,000
Wade Woelfel4,750,000150,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:22 AM Local Time

Adam Teasdale has increased his edge here during the early stages of his heads-up battle with Wade Woelfel.

Teasdale gathered some more chips just now in a hand that began with Woelfel opening for 130,000 from the button, Teasdale calling, and the flop coming    . Teasdale checked, Woelfel bet 145,000, and Teasdale called. Both then checked the   turn.

The river brought the  . Teasdale fired 220,000 this time, and when Woelfel called, Teasdale flipped over    for tens and deuces and Woelfel mucked.

Adam Teasdale7,715,000700,000
Wade Woelfel4,600,000-700,000
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:15 AM Local Time

Adam Teasdale

Adam Teasdale raised to 130,000 from the button, and Wade Woelfel called to see the flop come    .

Woelfel checked, and Teasdale continued for 150,000. Woelfel check-raised to 380,000, and Teasdale came back with another raise to 650,000 total. Woelfel then made it 1.38 million to go, and an undeterred Teasdale fired back once again by raising to 2.2 million.

Woelfel then took the opportunity to recheck his cards, and decided to let the hand go.

Adam Teasdale7,015,0001,205,000
Wade Woelfel5,300,000-1,205,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:04 AM Local Time

The cash is on the table, Wade Woelfel and Adam Teasdale are back in their seats, and the heads-up battle for the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Main Event first prize and ring is underway.

Speaking of battles for first, we can report that Brandon Fish has now clinched Casino Champion for this WSOP Circuit stop, as Richard E. Ward has been eliminated in sixth place Event #12. Fish earns a seat in the $1 Million WSOP National Championship in May 2013 for his efforts here at Harrah's AC.

Monday, December 10, 2012 11:45 PM Local Time

Pete Rios - 3rd place

Pete Rios opened from the button with an all-in raise for about 1 million, then Adam Teasdale reraised his leading stack all in from the small blind. Wade Woelfel then checked his cards, and he also called all in for his last 2,665,000. The three players tabled their hands...


The crowd stood as one to see the community cards dealt, as did all three players. The dealer spread the flop —    . An ace to pair Woelfel! The turn then came the   to improve all three players to full houses, though Woelfel's was the best of the bunch.

Then came the river — the  . Woelfel had improved his stack enough to push into first ahead of Teasdale, while Rios is out in third.

There will be a break now while preparations are made for heads-up play.

Wade Woelfel6,505,0003,685,000
Adam Teasdale5,810,000-3,490,000
Pete Rios0-1,200,000
Monday, December 10, 2012 11:31 PM Local Time

After Adam Teasdale folded on the button, Wade Woelfel open-raised all in from the small blind for 1,395,000, and Pete Rios called from the big blind.

Woelfel showed    and Rios   . The board came      , and Woelfel and Rios essentially switched stacks — and second and third positions.

Wade Woelfel2,820,0000
Pete Rios1,200,0000
Monday, December 10, 2012 11:19 PM Local Time
Adam Teasdale9,300,000500,000
Pete Rios2,600,000-260,000
Wade Woelfel1,400,000320,000
Monday, December 10, 2012 11:16 PM Local Time

Sung Kim - 4th place

The Adam Teasdale express keeps rolling, with the chip leader having just claimed another victim soon after knocking out Terry Grimes.

Following a Pete Rios open for 125,000 from the button, Sung Kim called from the small blind, then Adam Teasdale reraised to 440,000 from the big blind. Rios folded, but Kim responded by reraising over the top all in for about 2 million, and Teasdale called.

Kim had    and Teasdale   . The community cards came out    , then  , then  , and Kim is out in fourth.

Adam Teasdale8,800,0002,400,000
Sung Kim0-2,210,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 10, 2012 11:09 PM Local Time

Terry Grimes - 5th place

Terry Grimes has been eliminated in fifth place following a hand with new chip leader Adam Teasdale.

The hand started with Grimes raising to 125,000 from the hijack seat and Teasdale calling from the big blind. The flop came    , and Teasdale led with a bet of 140,000. Grimes responded by shoving all in for about 2.45 million, and Teasdale called the shove.


Trip jacks for Teasdale, while Grimes had but jacks and eights. The turn was the   and river the  , and Grimes hits the rail in fifth.

Meanwhile, Teasdale now sits with about 6.4 million and a commanding lead.

Adam Teasdale6,400,0002,600,000
Terry Grimes0-2,780,000
Monday, December 10, 2012 10:55 PM Local Time

Brandon Fish

We've been keeping an eye on the race for Casino Champion here at the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit Harrah's Resort Atlantic City stop.

We mentioned earlier how Brandon Fish — 14th-place finisher in this event and winner of Event #2 ($365 NLHE) — had by virtue of his cash in this event pushed out to the points lead in the Casino Champion race. There were no other players in the Main Event (#10) who could challenge Fish's lead, but with two other events also finishing today (#11 and #12) there were other possibilities to consider.

Now of those two events only Event #12 ($365 Turbo NLHE) is still ongoing, having played down to a final table. And as it happens there is one player at that final table — Richard E. Ward — who has a shot at passing Fish, but can only do so with a win in Event #12. This marks Ward's second final table in a $365 Turbo NLHE event at this stop, as he finished sixth in the earlier event.

But Ward fails to win the ring in Event #12, the Casino Champion title — and invite into the $1 Million WSOP National Championship in May 2013 — will go to Fish.

Monday, December 10, 2012 10:47 PM Local Time

We've had another hand involving some significant chip movement, with Adam Teasdale having taken the lead as a result.

Teasdale opened the hand with a raise to 125,000 from the hijack seat, and Sung Kim called from the big blind. Both checked the     flop. The turn then brought the   and another check from Kim, and Teasdale responded with a bet of 135,000, which Kim called.

The river was the  . Kim bet 250,000 this time, and when Teasdale raised to 675,000, Kim folded.

Adam Teasdale3,800,000700,000
Sung Kim2,210,000-430,000
Monday, December 10, 2012 10:39 PM Local Time

Play has slowed considerably over the last stretch, with players' mostly content to be patient. The average stack at the moment is nearly 50 big blinds, with all but Wade Woelfel sitting with more than that at present.

Just now came a hand involving Sung Kim, Adam Teasdale, and Pete Rios that saw a bit of action to contrast with the otherwise quiet play.

That hand began with Kim raising to 100,000 from the hijack seat and both Teasdale (cutoff) and Rios (big blind) calling. The flop came    , and Rios fired first for 160,000. Kim then made it 400,000 to go, and Teasdale reraised up to 675,000, enough to make both of his opponents fold.

Adam Teasdale3,100,000750,000
Pete Rios2,860,000-490,000
Sung Kim2,640,000-140,000
Monday, December 10, 2012 10:25 PM Local Time

Terry Grimes has finished serving his one-round penalty, and on his first hand back he opened with a raise to 110,000 from the cutoff seat. Sung Kim reraised to 300,000 from the big blind, and Grimes called.

The flop came    , and when Kim fired 400,000, Grimes stepped aside.

Terry Grimes2,780,000-360,000
Sung Kim2,780,000330,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander