WSOPC National Championship final table set

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 08, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

Yesterday the 39 remaining players (from a starting field of 157) took to the tables at the Rio to play down to the final table of the World Series of Poker Circuit Series National Championship. The WSOPC National Championship is a $1,000,000 freeroll for the 14 winners and 86 qualifiers on the WSOPC tour, and this year the Top 100 players on the WSOP Player of the Year leader-board were also invited to enter the event, but they would have to buy-in for $10,000.

57 players did buy-in to the tournament, for $10,000 (rake-free), and yesterday 10 of the 39 left at the end of Day 1 would make the money, with another eight making the final table, which is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, when Day 2c of the WSOP Main Event is taking place.

The final table dynamics are very interesting, considering most of the players qualified through the WSOPC, and are even more interesting considering Amanda Musumeci and Ryan Eriquezzo both made the final table (up until very recently, this past week to be precise, the pair had been a couple). Without getting into specifics, let’s just say the relationship didn’t end well between the two which could make for some very awkward moments at Wednesday’s final table.

Joining Musumeci (who has the chance to be the fourth female bracelet winner at the 2012 WSOP and avenge her runner-up finish in an earlier $1,500 NLHE event) and Eriquezzo at the final table will be a tough lineup of seasoned tournament players like Sam Stein and Matt Keikoan, as well as a WSOP Player of the year contender, David “ODB” Baker.

Here is a look at the final table chip-counts for Wednesday’s final table tilt:

1. Yung Hwang — 1,224,000

2. Matt Keikoan — 957,000

3. Sam Stein — 651,000

4. Ryan Eriquezzo — 474,000

5. Nikolas Stone — 471,000

6. Huy Nguyen — 331,000

7. Amanda Musumeci — 322,000

8. David ODB Baker — 281,000

A number of big names were unable to make the final table but did cash in the event, including One Drop final table participant Brian Rast, PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov, and Allen Kessler who made his usual min-cash in the event squeaking into the money and finishing in 18th place.

* 9th place: Justin Gardenhire — $39,030

* 10th place: David Peters — $31,855

* 11th place: Drazen Ilich — $31,855

* 12th place: Mark Bonsack — $31,855

* 13th place: Eugene Katchalov — $26,439

* 14th place: Brian Rast — $26,439

* 15th place: Nick Binger — $26,439

* 16th place: Hao Le — $22,278

* 17th place: Jonathan Sorscher — $22,278

* 18th place: Allen Kessler — $22,278

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