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2013/14 WSOP Circuit - IP BILOXI (Mississippi)

Friday, September 13, 2013 to Sunday, September 15, 2013

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

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $453,000
  • Entries: 302
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:13 AM Local Time

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After 31 grueling levels of poker, a winner has finally emerged here at the IP Biloxi. Martin Zentner was able to defeat Hank Sitton heads up and win the gold ring, the seat to the 2014 WSOP National Championship in Atlantic City, and $106,455 in first-place prize money.

The day began with nine hopefuls hitting the felt with the six-figure prize in their sights. The man closest to achieving that goal was start-of-day chip leader Daniel Lowery, who was appearing at his fourth career Circuit Main Event final table. Also headlining the final table was Survivor's "Boston" Rob Mariano who came in seventh of nine in the counts.

As play progressed, the likes of Jonathan Thomas and Michael Putaansuu were eliminated from play. Nolan Burton, who was still in the race for the Casino Championship, was next the next player to go. His seventh-place elimination saw him come up short for the title, which allowed November Niner Ylon Schwartz to take the crown and earn his seat to the National Championship.

Gil George was the next player to go and after a lengthy five-handed match up that lasted for over two levels, start-of-day chip leader Lowery was eliminated in fifth place. Lowery fell at the hands of Mariano and this began Mariano's rush. Soon after, Mariano eliminated Raymond Weaver and was sitting on two-thirds of the chips in play.

Three-handed play would last some time with all three players representing both the chip lead and the short stack at one time or another. Eventually, however, it was Mariano to fall in third place, ending the reality star's run and scoring him his biggest lifetime cash in an open event.

The heads-up battle between Sitton and Zentner seemed like it would come to a quick end after Zentner found victory in a large preflop all in confrontation. Sitton, however, would battle back and double up a whopping five times before finally falling in second place, while Zentner claimed the title and his first Circuit ring.

Here is a closer look at the final table results from the IP Biloxi Circuit Main Event:

1st: Martin Zentner - $106,455
2nd: Hank Sitton - $65,821
3rd: Rob Mariano - $47,805
4th: Raymond Weaver - $35,311
5th: Daniel Lowery - $26,510
6th: Gil George - $26,510
7th: Nolan Burton - $15,660
8th: MIchael Putaansuu - $12,313
9th: Jonathan Thomas - $9,826

That does it from the tournament floor of the IP Biloxi! Be sure to follow along with our coverage as the World Series of Poker Circuit hits its next stop at the Horseshoe Cincinnati!

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:44 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton limps from the button and Martin Zentner moves all in from the big blind. Sitton calls for his last 1,560,000 and the hands are turned up.

Sitton:   

Zentner:   

The dealer raps the table and spreads out a flop that reads    . Both players pair up and Zentner keeps his lead with a pair of sixes. Sitton picks up a flush draw and is looking for a heart moving forward. The   pairs the board on the turn and the   finishes off the community cards on the river. Sitton is eliminated in 2nd place and Zentner wins the Main Event!

Hank Sitton - eliminated in 2nd for $65,821

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:38 PM Local Time

Martin Zentner moves all-in from the button and Hank Sitton calls with   . Zentner trails with   .

The     gives Zentner a gutshot, but Sitton remains out front in the hand. Zentner picks up a pair with the   on the turn, but it also gives Sitton a club flush draw and the same straight draw, taking away some of Zentner's outs.

The river   complete Sitton's flush and he scores his fifth double up of this heads-up battle.

Hank Sitton - 1,560,000 (31 BBs)
Martin Zentner - 4,480,000 (65 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:32 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton moves all-in from the button for about 400,000 and Martin Zentner calls with roughly 5,000,000 behind.

Hank Sitton:   
Martin Zentner:   

Hank's king-high is ahead of Zentner's and nothing changes on a flop of    . The same goes for the turn and river that bring the   and the  .

Sitton doubles up for a fourth time in a row and is approaching 1,000,000 chips after being down to just 80,000.

Martin Zentner - 5,180,000 (86 BBs)
Hank Sitton - 860,000 (14 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:26 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton moves all-in for 240,000 and Martin Zentner calls. Zentner holds    and Sitton is racing with   .

The     flop pairs Sitton up. Zentner gets no hepl from the   on the turn or the   on the river and Sitton doubles up once again.

"This is going to be the third greatest comeback in poker history," Sitton says.

Tournament Director Kevin Ferguson is curious. He asks, "Third, huh?"

"Third," Sitton affirms. "First is Treetop [Jack "Treetop" Strauss of chip and a chair fame]. Second is Bill Edler at the Beau [Rivage] a couple of years ago."

Hank Sitton - 500,000 (8 BBs)
Martin Zentner - 5,540,000 (92 BBs)

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Monday, September 16, 2013 11:23 PM Local Time

The very next hand after doubling up, Hank Sitton moves all-in from the small blind for 150,000 an Martin Zentner calls.

Zentner tables    while Sitton holds   . The eerily similar hands to SItton's previous double up play out similarly, as the board runs out       and Sitton's ten-high takes the pot.

Hank Sitton - 320,000 (5 BBs)
Martin Zentner - 5,720,000 (95 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:21 PM Local Time

Martin Zentner calls from the small blind and Hank Sitton moves all-in for an additional 10,000 from the big blind. Zentner calls with    and Sitton shows   .

Sitton pairs his ten on the       board and he takes the pot to double up.

Hank Sitton - 160,000 (3 BBs)
Martin Zentner - 5,860,000 (98 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:19 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton makes it 250,000 to go from the button and Martin Zentner three-bets to 550,000.

"Hank raises to 250,000 from the button and Martin raises to 550,000," tournament floor Kevin Ferguson says into the microphone.

"And Hank goes all in!" Sitton continues.

"Call," announces Zentner.

Zentner tables    and Sitton tables    and we're off to the races.

The flop comes    , keeping Zentner ahead and starting to close the door on Sitton's hopes. The turn and river bring no help, coming   .

"Always the bridesmaid," Sitton says as the dealer counts down the stack to reveal Sitton is left with just 80,000.

Martin Zentner - 5,960,000 (99 BBs)
Hank Sitton - 80,000 (1 BB)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:06 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton raises to 200,000 and Martin Zentner reraises, making it 560,000 to play. Sitton calls and they see a flop of    . Zentner bets 350,000 and Sitton gives it some thought. After a little deliberation, he folds, and Zentner takes the pot.

Martin Zentner - 3,570,000 (60 BBs)
Hank Sitton - 2,470,000 (41 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:04 PM Local Time

Hank Sitton raises to 180,000 from the small blind and Martin Zentner pops it up to 500,000 total. Sitton announces he is all-in for around 2.1 million total. Zentner folds his    face-up and Sitton takes the pot, closing the gap between our final two players.

Hank Sitton - 2,640,000 (44 BBs)
Martin Zentner - 3,200,000 (53 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:04 PM Local Time

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Boston Rob Mariano makes it 120,000 from the button and Hank Sitton folds his small blind while Martin Zentner defends his big blind.

We're heads-up to the flop and it brings     and Zentner leads for 100,000. Mariano moves all-in over the top for 975,000 total and Zentner calls.

Mariano:   
Zentner:   

Both players hold a pair of jacks, but Zentner's kicker is better and Mariano needs help heading to the turn. The turn and river bring the   and   improving neither player's hand and sending Mariano home in third.

Martin Zentner - 3,130,000 (52 BBs)
Rob Mariano - eliminated in third place ($47,805)

Monday, September 16, 2013 10:51 PM Local Time
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Monday, September 16, 2013 10:35 PM Local Time
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Hank Sitton is recalling with Tournament Director Kevin Ferguson how he cashed in the 2006 Main Event, a tournament Ferguson actually dealt the final hand of years ago.

"It'll never get that big again," Sitton predicts, referring to the record field of 8,773 players.

Sitton was there for the event and actually made the money, cashing in 673rd place for $17,730. He continues to reminisce, offering two ways of looking at his result.

"I beat 8,200 people," he explains. "Which sounds a hell of a lot better than saying I came in 600-somethingth place."

Monday, September 16, 2013 10:31 PM Local Time

The final three players have returned from their 15-minute break and will play 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante. Hank Sitton is sitting on the biggest stack on the table while Rob Mariano is bringing up the rear.

While on break, Mariano came over to the updates desk to clarify something with those following along with the event.

"You can tell everyone that I know the Q-10 was a bad call," Mariano said. "I'm just getting tired and I thought I could maybe get this thing over with."

Monday, September 16, 2013 10:30 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 10,000
Monday, September 16, 2013 10:28 PM Local Time

Martin Zentner raises to 125,000 from the button and Rob Mariano calls from the small blind. The flop comes     and both players check. The turn brings the   and Mariano check-calls 125,000.

The   hits the river and Mariano checks again. Zentner bets 225,000 and Mariano goes into the tank. Eventually, he opts to fold and Zentner picks up the pot.

Martin Zentner - 2,555,000 (51 BBs)

Rob Mariano - 1,060,000 (21 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 10:13 PM Local Time

Martin Zentner raises to 125,000 from the button and Rob Mariano calls from the small blind. The flop comes     and both players check. The turn brings the   and Mariano check-calls 125,000.

The   hits the river and Mariano checks again. Zentner bets 225,000 and Mariano goes into the tank. Eventually, he opts to fold and Zentner picks up the pot.

Martin Zentner - 2,555,000 (51 BBs)

Rob Mariano - 1,060,000 (21 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 10:05 PM Local Time

The flop reads     and Hank Sitton leads for 100,000. Martin Zentner raises to 250,000 and Sitton three-bets to 600,00 total. A moment passes.

"I'm going to fold a king to you," says Zentner.

"You're going to let me win with an eight?" replies Sitton, flashing the   before dragging in the pot. Sitton has now moved into a slight chip lead.

Hank Sitton - 2,330,000 (46 BBs)

Martin Zentner - 2,215,000 (44 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 9:48 PM Local Time

The flop reads     and Rob Mariano checks. Sitton promptly moves all in for 825,000 and the action is back on Mariano.

Unlike many of his big decisions today, Mariano sits quite still while he ponders his options against Sitton. He decides on a call after only brief deliberation and shows    for a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw. Sitton tables   , for top pair and a better heart draw. Mariano is drawing to a non-heart king for a straight.

The turn and river come    and, leaving Mariano with queen-high and sending 825,000 of his chips to Sitton who holds a pair of aces.

Marin Zentner - 2,645,000 (53 BBs)
Hank Sitton - 1,765,000 (35 BBs)
Rob Mariano - 1,555,000 (31 BBs)

Monday, September 16, 2013 9:42 PM Local Time

Martin Zentner raises to 150,000 from the small blind and Rob Mariano calls from the big blind. The flop brings     and Zentner checks. Mariano bets 150,000 and Zentner sticks around.

The turn is the   and Zentner check-calls 250,000 to see the   on the river. Both players check and Zentner shows    for aces and sevens. Mariano leans back in his chair, sighs, and mucks his cards.

Martin Zentner - 2,660,000 (53 BBs)

Rob Mariano - 1,930,000 (38 BBs)

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