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Friday, April 3, 2009 | Francis Lee


The next stage of the World Series of Poker Circuit tour was held at the Harrrah’s Rincon Casino and resort, just outside San Diego California.  106 players entered the $5,000 buy in main event which was down on last years attendance of 147 players.

The field consisted of quite a few well known pro’s, local players and satellite qualifiers all looking to win the $125,775 first place prize and the WSOP ring to go with it.  As the field was quite small only the nine players who made the final table would make the money.

The first days play saw the field reduced to just 16 players over twelve hours of play.  The session was extended to change this event from a three day event to just a two day tournament.  It was not a very good day for the pro’s as many of them fell at this first hurdle.  A few big names included in the first day casualties was Steve Bilirakis,  Jason Young, Bryan Devonshire, Shaun Deeb and Michael Binger.  Esther Taylor had the best of the play accumulating a chip stack of $339,500 which put her firmly in the chip lead.

Play started out on the second day with two table of eight and when the field was reduced to just 10 players they were brought together to make a final table of 10 players.  It was decided to give 10th place a $5100 pay out, so the official bubble boy who didn’t make any money was 11th placed Steve Kim.

Final 10 Chip Rankings

  • 1st  Charles Williams $570,000
  • 2nd  Esther Taylor $300,000
  • 3rd  Thao Thiem $300,000
  • 4th  Josh Prager $185,000
  • 5th  Pogos Simityan $150,000
  • 6th  Dwyte Pilgrim $140,000
  • 7th  Chris Tryba $105,000
  • 8th  Matt Hyman $100,000
  • 9th  Jonathan McGowan $100,000
  • 10th John Farrell $80,000

Play started cautiously as there were a few players considered to be on the short stack, on and around $100,000 in chips.  The first elimination came when Matt Hyman moved his last $25,000 in pre flop with :ah :2h Two players made the call with Dwyte Pilgrim having :kd :jc and Charles Williams in the lead with :10h :10c Both players checked the board down :kc :8s :qh :2d :6h and Pilgrim scooped the pot with a pair of Kings.  Hyman colleted the $5,000 saver to break even on his original buy in.

John Farrell was unlucky to go out next when his :kd :kh was cracked by Chris Tryba’s :js :10c Tryba moved all in after the Flop had come down :3c :9h :10h with top pair but found himself behind Farrell’s Kings.  The :7s on the Turn made no difference but with nine outs Tryba hit the :10d to scoop the pot.

The next exit came shortly after in a coin flip race between Jonathan McGowan and Esther Taylor.  Taylor held the slight lead with :8h :8d against :ac :qh and this proved to be just enough with the final board coming down :9s :2c :3c :2d :jd Within the same level Pogos Simtyan was eliminated by Tryba in almost the same way as John Farrell’s exit a little earlier.  Simtyan was ahead all in when the first four cards down was the :2h :kh :5s :7d having :as :qc against  :qs :10s Again the :10d came to Tryb’a rescue eliminating Simtyan in seventh place.

Just after the break Josh Prager moved all in on the button with :7s :7c and found a caller in Pilgrim with :9s :9c No surprises came on the final board showing :4h :3d :qd :qh :4c leaving Prager to head for the rail in sixth place.  Pilgrim picked up another big pot and elimination shortly after to make it four handed.  This came when Thao Thiem got all his chips in with :js :qd after hitting a nut straight on the flop showing :kh :10s :as Pilgrim made the call tabling :ks :3s looking for a flush.  The trun brought the :2s leaving Theim drawing dead with one card to come.

Chris Tryba’s luck came to an end during four handed play loosing two big pots to Pilgrim and Williams which left him crippled down to just one big blind.  When this came round he had two callers in Pilgrim and Williams.  Both players checked down the cards until the final board was showing :jd :3s :6c :7h :jh Tryba had hit two pair with :3d :6s but the River was the decisive card as Pilgrim had :9c :6d duplicating the same two pair but having the higher kicker.  Williams hit no piece of the board having :10h :2h

Three handed play started off with Pilgrim holding the chip lead with just over $1.1 million in chips, Williams held $660,000 in second just ahead of Taylor with $405,000.  Taylor got off to a quick start doubling up against Williams. Williams had hit a full house with :10s :7s on the final board showing :8s :8h :7d :10d :7c but Taylor had :jc :8c having a better full house.  Williams with just $140,000 made a brief fight back beating Pilgrim’s :ac :10d with :ad :jc but this was short lived as he then lost all his chips with :as :6c against Pilgrim’s :8h :8d

Heads up took just over half an hour as Pilgrim dominated play and eventually had Taylor crippled.  Taylor’s end at trying to become the first lady WSOP circuit champion came when getting her last chips in with :9h :3c and came up against :kh :2h The board blanked out for both players and the King high was good to win the pot and the championship for Pilgrim.  As well as the $125,775 and WSOP circuit ring Pilgrim also won a WSOP main event package worth over $10,000.

Final Result

  • 1st Dwyte Pilgrim $125,775
  • 2nd Esther Taylor $100,620
  • 3rd Charles Williams $75,465
  • 4th Chris Tryba $50,310
  • 5th Thao Thiem $40,248
  • 6th Josh Prager    $35,217
  • 7th Pogos Simityan $30,186
  • 8th Jonathan McGowan $25,155
  • 9th John Farrell $20,124



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