Kyle Bowker wins the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event, to capture his first gold ring and $115,920 in prize money.
Kyle Bowker is the latest player to book himself a ticket on the WSOP National Championship express, after taking the gold ring in the $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Main Event Championships in Philly.
It was the ninth event of the series and the most prestigious of the lot, with 336 players creating a total prize pool of over half a million dollars.
The lion share of that haul went the way of Bowker who collected his sixth six-figure score of his career after a series of close calls in all three of the major live tournaments around the world.
“It feels pretty awesome.” The 31-year old pro from Walton, NY, told the WSOP officials after his victory. “I’ve come close a lot…it’s hard to get a win.”
The last time he made a WSOPC final table was in 2009 when he finished runner-up to Chris Klodnicki in the $4,900+250 NLHE event at the Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City for $128,357.
The Philly main event attracted a whole host of stars that included former November Niner Russell Thomas, and WSOP bracelet holders Jeff Madsen, Loni Harwood, Ryan Eriquezzo, Ken Aldridge, David Baker, Eric Baldwin and Dan Heimiller.
None of that motley cure made the cut, but 36-players did and they included the likes of Kenny Nguyen (25th), Dennis Philipps (21st) and Matt Stout (13th). The recent World Poker Tour (WPT) World Champion, Keven Stammen, also sneaked into the money with a 32nd place finish.
The final table contained three players with WSOPC rings. Joe Kuether was the chip leader when the final table started and he has two rings; Kevin Saul also owns one, as does Antonio Payne who won his the day before the Main Event began after taking down Event #8 for $14,000.
Kyle Bowker ultimately beat Justin Liberto in heads –up action to take the title.
Final Table Results
1st. Kyle Bowker – $115,920
2nd. Justin Liberto – $72,664
3rd. Joe Kuether – $52,280
4th. David Bivins – $38,778
5th. Kevin Saul – $29,212
6th. Antonio Payne – $22,342
7th. Timothy West – $17,338
8th. Thomas Cannuli – $13,648
9th. Anthony Minniti – $10,896