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Saturday, May 5, 2007 | Francis Lee

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The 5000 dollar three day main event for the WSOP Circuit tournament started at the Caesars Palace casino on Monday 30th April in Las Vegas with a prize pool of 1.6 million dollars shared between the final 32 players. Cory Carroll, an unknown player to most on and around the Poker circuit until now came through victorious winning $506,176.

The tournament started with 366 entrants with some of the biggest names in poker including Greg Raymer, Chris Jesus Ferguson, Scotty Nguyen, Men the Master, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, David Williams, Max Pescatori and two time Circuit event winner Peter “Nordberg” Feldman.

Day one ended with David “The Dragon” Pham leading with a chip stack of $143,800 with only 75 players left to battle out day 2 to decide the 9 seat final table to be played on the final day.

Day two ended with the eventual winner Cory Carroll in the chip lead going into the final table with $713,00 in chips.

Official Chip Counts - Final Table
Seat 1 - Chad Brown - $136,000
Seat 2 - Vasile Buboi - $349,000
Seat 3 - Justin Pechie - $307,000
Seat 4 - Cory Carroll - $713,000
Seat 5 - Eric Davis - $272,000
Seat 6 - Steve Wong - $573,000
Seat 7 - Michelle Law - $192,000
Seat 8 - Paul Kitsos - $327,000
Seat 9 - David “The Dragon” Pham - $491,000
Blinds started: $8000/$4000 Ante: $1000

The final table started slowly and it wasn’t until the 15th hand when we had our first casualty, Chad Brown on the short stack went all in pre flop with :8d :8h and was called by Vasile Buboi holding :9d :9h Chad thought his luck was in hitting a set with the flop showing :kc :5c :8c but this quickly turned to despair when the :9s hit on the turn. :ad didn’t help on the river and Chad walks way with $32,592.

It was only 3 hands later when the only female to make the final table Michelle Law went out of the tournament in 8th place winning $48,888. Cory Carroll raised Under the gun for $26,000 and Michelle in the small blind re raised to $66,000. Carroll re raises again to put her all in and she called. Carroll shows :9s :9c which held up against Michelle’s :ad :10h with the board coming down with :7s :3c :2d :8d :3h

Steve Wong was next to go on hand 23 beaten by Vasile Buboi. Buboi raised $31,000 and Wong re raised $91,000 on the button. Buboi calls, the flop came down :jd :7s :6c Buboi checks and Wong bets all in, immediately called by Buboi flipping over :10d :10h Wong turns over :ad :kd and was not helped by either the turn :qc or the river :7d and walks away with $65,184 in 7th place.

At the break Carroll was holding onto his chip lead with the official chip count at:

1. Cory Carroll - $1,166,000
2. Vasile Buboi - $736,000
3. Eric Davis - $450,000
4. Paul Kitsos - $419,000
5. David “The Dragon” Pham - $344,000
6. Justin Pechie - $245,000

Shortly after play resumed David “The Dragon” Pham lost almost 90% of his stack to Justin Pechie leaving himself with $31,000 and went out on the very next hand to the same player. Pechie raised $35,000 which was called by Carroll and all in for the Dragon. Flop came down :jh :9s :2s Peschie forces Carroll to fold going all in with a $137,000 bet. Pechie shows :ks :kc followed by The Dragons :ad :2d the pocket kings held up with the turn :4h and river :kh not helping The Dragon eliminated in 6th going home with $81,840.

The game quietened down over the next 20 hands until hand 59, Carroll raised $38,000 which was followed by an all in raise from Paul Kitso a local man from Henderson NV for $183,000. After a few minutes carrol called showing :ad :4c against Kitso’s :qs :jc the board came down :7h :7s :3d :3h :2d knocking Kitso out in 5th winning $97,776.

With four players remaining, Carroll regained the chip lead from Davis with a stack over $1.5million as Davis slipped to $962,000, Buboi had $706,000 and Pechie was on the shortest stack with $176,000.

After the break Pechie doubled up twice in 4 hands firstly dominating carol with :ks :10h vs. :kh :4c and then hitting and A on the flop with :ad :jc against Buboi’s pocket jacks taking his stack to $700,000 leaving Buboi with the short stack out of the 4 remaining players.

Buboi went out in 4th winning $114,172 going out with :10s :9s against Carroll’s :ad :8d Carroll hitting a straight on the turn with the board showing :9h :7d :5c :6c leaving Buboi needing an 8 to stay in the tournament but the dealer shows a :6d on the river leaving 3 players.

Eric Davis went out 8 hand later winning $130,368, Carroll calls the BB for $16,000 and Davis checks, flop comes down :10s :6h :3s Carroll checks and Davis follows with a $65,000 bet, Carroll moves all in and is instantly called by Davis with :ac :10c Carroll shows :as :3s needing a spade to hit the flush which swiftly comes on the turn with the dealer showing :7s leaving Davis’s hand dead. River showed :3d for good order.

Going into the head up showdown Carroll was in a good position having almost double of Justin Pechcie’s stack

Cory Carroll - $2,167,000
Justin Pechie - $1,193,000

Once play resumed after the money presentation it wasn’t until the 7th hand of heads up play that Carroll took a big pot winning $1.4m forcing Pechie to fold going all in after the turn with the board showing :8s :6s :5c :10h

Pechie doubled up on hand 12 taking the chip lead with $1.7m going all in with :as :kd with the board showing :ks :10c :9c This was called by Carroll showing and open ended straight draw :jd :8h The turn :3c and river :10s was no help for Carroll.

Only two hands later Pechie lost a big pot and was crippled down to a chip stack of $145,000. Pechie raised $60,000 on the button which was re raised $200,000, Pechie came back over the top with an $800,000 raise which was instantly re raised all in by Carroll. Pechie thought about it for a couple of minutes before calling showing :kd :jh Carroll flipped over :9d :9s Board comes :10c :8d :2s :4d :3d which was no help for Pechie giving Carroll the pot.

The tournament was all over the very next hand with Pechie calling Carrolls raise all in. Carroll was a big favourite with his :ah :jc against Pechie’s :7h :5c which held up with the board showing :qs :10d :3h :9c :3d

Pechie taking away 2nd prize of $260,736 which leaves caroll taking 1st prize of $506,176 and a Circuit Championship Ring.

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