Novice player Neil Patel triumphed in the $1675 WSOP Main Event at Horseshoe Tunica. He earned a massive $192,152 in winnings. He reigned supreme over a field of 610 players for his first circuit ring and first cash of any kind for more than $6,000.
“I was prepared because I knew there were some World Series ring winners at the table," Patel said to tournament staff. "It was fun to play with them and I think that was a good experience for me."
The highly anticipated Main Event attracted 610 competitors. BJ McBrayer, Kyle Cartwright, Chris Conrad, Kane Lai and Josh Lowing were among the few players cashing but busting before the start of the final table.
According to live updates, it was four-time ring winner Scott Stewart who lead the way and was searching for his first WSOP Circuit Main Event title. Patel was in the middle of the pack.
Following a short stack Chris Davis and then Lytle Allen went down to begin the final day, Patel scored his first huge pot with . He overcalled after Stewart opened andCharlie Nguyen, and everyone, checked a flop. Patel turned the tables when the hit and he called a bet from Nguyen before making a big river raise, getting paid off by Nguyen, who had a set of twos. Nguyen finished up in seventh place for his efforts.
In his pursuit of another ring, six-time ring winner Robert Hankins ultimately ended up sixth after Patel’s aces sent him packing.
Martin Ryan followed him shortly after he lost a big race to Aaron Plaisted. Plaisted's success, however was short-lived. Cory Smith’s raise and an all-in shove from Stewart saw him calling his own stack for less. Stewart held sixes and found a third six on the river.
Patel held about a 2-1 lead heading to heads-up play but the two were very deep with Smith sitting with almost 90 big blinds. Finally, a cooler situation cropped up with Smith holding and Patel . The two got into a preflop raising war that culminated with Smith shoving all-in and Patel calling, and when no ace appeared, Patel stole the ring and the first-place prize.
FINAL TABLE STANDINGS:
|1||Neil Patel||St. Louis, MO||$192,152|
|2||Cory Smith||Oklahoma City, OK||$118,149|
|3||Scott Stewart||Lakewood, CA||$86,907|
|4||Aaron Plaisted||Toccoa, GA||$64,489|
|5||Martin Ryan||Trinidad and Tobago||$48,522|
|6||Robert Hankins||Murfreesboro, TN||$37,012|
|7||Charlie Nguyen||Houston, TX||$28,621|
|8||Lytle Allen||Nashville, TN||$22,436|
|9||Christopher Davis||McCalla, AL||$17,824|
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