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Harrahs Tunica Poker Tournament / WSOP Circuit Event

No Limit Hold'em
Harrahs Tunica
13615 Old Highway 61 North
Robinsonville, MS, 38664, US
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Submit Photo Michael Crump wins first event of Harrah’s Tunica WSOP Circuit
Mark “Pegasus” Smith falls short of record fifth Circuit Event championship The first event of the 2009/2010 World Series...
Profile: Michael Crump
Date: January 20, 2010 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $300 + $40
Prizepool: $83,064
Entries: 304
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Michael Crump $20,185
2 USA James Rogers $12,277
3 USA Ryan Enis $8,738
4 USA Gerard Thorpe $6,246
5 USA Mark Smith $4,992
6 USA J Austin Hijar $3,746
7 USA Joseph Pace $2,500
8 USA David Couch $2,027
9 USA James Whittinghill $1,719
10 USA Michael Bowling $1,503
12 USA Warren Carps $1,503
13 USA Tracy Larson $1,238
14 USA Amy Haberstein $1,238
15 USA Robert Flowers $1,238
16 USA Donnie Marks $1,030
17 Brandon Gardner $1,030
18 USA James Quick AKA "Sarge" $1,030
19 USA John Miraglia $905
20 USA Nick Cook $905
21 USA Brent Elza $905
22 USA Matt Duffy $806
23 USA Jarrod Brown $806
24 USA Jason Mayfield $806
25 USA Sokehheka Pho AKA "Cheeko" $731
26 USA Ross Rehrig $731
27 USA Todd Bartlett $731
28 USA Joseph Gorman $665
29 Ireland Judah Merriman $665
30 USA David Morris $665

Tournament Report

Michael Crump wins first event of Harrah’s Tunica WSOP Circuit

Mark “Pegasus” Smith falls short of record fifth Circuit Event championship

The first event of the 2009/2010 World Series of Poker Circuit at Harrah’s Tunica drew to a close Thursday evening with Michael Crump emerging as the victor.

Crump is a 47-year old insurance broker from Morrison, IL. His win not only marked his first WSOP Circuit Event ring but also his first cash in a major poker tournament.

Crump survived a field of 304 entrants to make it to the final table. Among the remaining nine players was four-time Circuit Event champion, Mark “Pegasus” Smith, who had his sights set on a record fifth gold ring.

Smith’s chip stack was critically low early in the first day, however his short-stack management not only saw him through day one, but also the end of day chip leader with 367,000 in chips.

Day two of the $340 buy-in no limit hold’em event began with 21 players. The first final table of the Harrah’s Tunica Circuit was decided shortly before 3:30 pm after the tenth place finisher, Mike Bowling, was eliminated a few hands after running his Ks-Qs into the pocket aces of William Ryan Enis.

Ninth Place
With blinds and antes at 5,000/10,000/2,000, Smith drew first blood, eliminating fellow Kentuckian, James Whittinghill, after isolating the all-in short stack with pocket 8’s. Whittinghill’s 10h-Qd got no help after a board of As-Kh-5d-7s-2d. The 47-year old restaurant owner finished in ninth for $1,719.

Eighth Place
David Couch, a 49-year old manager from Chattanooga, TN took home $2,027 for eighth after moving all-in with kings only to see them trumped by J. Austin Hijar’s As-Ah. The board was no help to Couch, sending him to the payoutline

Seventh Place
Joseph Pace was the next out after all-in pre-flop, his Qs-Kc failed to improve on Gerard Thorpe’s A-J suited. Pace earned $2,500 for seventh.

Sixth Place
After four players saw a flop of As-Qc-6c, Michael Crump fired out 65k. Two players folded while Hijar moved all-in. Clump made the call. Hijar showed top pair jack kicker but Clumps Ad-6d gave him two pair. No jack or queen on the turn or river meant the end of Hijar’s run. Sixth place paid $3,746.

Fifth Place
Having come into the final table second in chips, Mark “Pegasus” Smith took a huge hit to his stack while doubling Gerard Thorpe 175k after Thorpe completed a flush draw on the turn.

A few hands later, Smith was all-in with Kd-Qh against Jerold Rogers’ Ac-10s. A jack-high board ended his Circuit Event record bid.
Though a bit disappointed, Smith was only minimally deterred. “I lost today, but I’ll win tomorrow,” Fourth Place
Having built up his pot to over 380k, Gerard Thorpe turned up the aggression taking a few sizable post-flop pots after raising his opponents all-in. The maneuvers of the 35-year old contractor from Nashville, TN saw him climb even further up the leader board until he took a few hits to his stack.

Down to 132k, Thorpe put Jerold James Rogers to a decision, moving all-in on the turn after a board of Jc-5c-3d-Ah. After tanking a bit, Rogers made the hero call with 6s-5s. Thorpe turned over 10c-Qd for a gutshot straight draw. Thorpe missed his 10 outs after a 3 came on the river. Thorpe took home $8,738.for fourth.

Third Place
Third place went to Enis after he called Michael Crump all-in on the river after a board of 9d-Qd-7c-5d-8h. Enis showed Qc-Ah for flopped top pair, but Crump turned over Ad-6c for the straight. Third paid $8,738.

Second Place
Heads-up play began at 6:46 pm with blinds and antes at 10,000/20,000/3,000 with Crump holding a considerable chip lead over Rogers. Only a few hands into play, Rogers was all-in after the turn on a board of 2c-9d-ah-10h.

Crump made the call with As-9h. Rogers showed 10s-5d.

A Qs on the river sealed the victory for Clump, earning him $20,185 and a gold ring. Second place paid $12,277. First and second places were impressive results for both players, who have been playing poker for only about two years.

“I was able to double up early after getting some good cards and afterwards picked my spots, “said Crump about his play. “To be honest with you, I’ve had very little sleep the last couple days and got a bit aggressive later which ended up working out for me,” he said.

When asked about how he felt to be the owner of his first Circuit Event Ring, Crump said, “I’m not sure, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I have to absorb this all for a minute.”

Still to come are 18 more events and 23 nightly (single-day) non-ring $230 and $340 buy-in events which begin at 4 pm and 7pm. The WSOP Circuit at Harrah’s Tunica runs through February 10th.

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