2008/2009 WSOP Circuit Event - Harrah's Atlantic City 
 Event #10 - WSOP Championship Event
   Sunday, December 14, 2008 to Tuesday, December 16, 2008
   Buy-in: $5,150
   Prizepool: $867,100
   Entries: 179

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Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:54:50
Congratulations to Brent Roberts, WSOP-C Harrah's Atlantic City Champion! ($280,940)
One hundred seventy-nine players bought into this year's Circuit event here at Harrah's. Some three days later, all of the chips are stacked in front of just one man. That man, Brent "Astrolux85" Roberts, has just knocked off Phillip Reed, sealing the deal and capturing the title of Champion here in Atlantic City. Roberts bested some of the best names in poker this week, coming out on top against some serious competition. Among the amateurs in the field were a number of big-name pros, including Bill Gazes, Dan Shak, Al Krux, Doug "Rico" Carli, Brett "Gank" Jungblut, and defending champion John Racener. The battle was hard-fought today as well, with fierce action in the early going. Roberts came into the day with the chip lead, but he was overtaken by Kyle Bowker on a few short occasions. Roberts battled back hard though, and when the dust settled at the end of the day, he was the only man left standing with chips. For his efforts this week, Brent Roberts will take home $280,940, a beautiful diamond-studded gold ring, and a $10,000 entry into the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Congratulations to Brent Roberts, the 2008 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City champion!
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:42:41
Phillip Reed Eliminated in 2nd Place ($147,407)
Phillip Reed has the button, and he opens for a raise to 90,000. Brent Roberts makes the call. The flop reveals . Brent checks, and Phillip considers carefully before continuing out with a bet of 120,000. With a cocktail waitress serving him a drink during the hand, Brent reraises to 340,000 before giving the young lady a tip. After a moment, Phillip announces, "All in," and before he can even get the words out of his mouth, Brent insta-calls. [uShowdown:[/u Reed: Roberts: With his tournament life on the line, Phillip Reed is looking for a ten to make a straight or running cards to improve. The turn brings the , and the on the river spells the end. With that, Phillip Reed becomes our second place finisher. He will take home $147,407 for his efforts, though he seems disappointed to miss out on the gold ring.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:35:55
Brent Roberts Delivers the First Punch
Phillip Reed called the big blind and Brent Roberts checked his option. The flop came and Brent checked to Phillip who bet 30,000. Brent popped it up to 90,000 total and Phillip called, leading to the on the turn. Both players checked and hit the river. Brent deliberated for a moment before betting 240,000. Phillip called, but threw his hand into the muck when Brent flipped over for the flush. After the hand, Brent Roberts was up to 2,230,000 while Phillip Reed slipped to 1,350,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:24:53
We're Back
Play has resumed.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:24:23
Momentary Pause
The clock has been paused while the two remaining players take a quick unscheduled break.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:24:02
Kyle Bowker Eliminated in 3rd Place ($86,710)
Kyle Bowker limped in on the button and Phillip Reed checked his option. The flop came and Phillip checked to Kyle who bet 50,000. Phillip announced all in and Kyle had a decision to make for all of his chips. He did in fact call, but had a defeated look on his face when Phillip turned over for the flush. Kyle showed and was left drawing to runner-runner. The and filled out the board, and that spelled the end of Kyle Bowker for this event. For his work over the last three days, Bowker will take home $86,710.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:05:57
Reed Pushing Chips Around
From the button, Phillip Reed opened with an 85,000-chip raise. Next to act was Kyle Bowker in the small blind, and he reraised to 220,000. Brent Roberts folded, and Reed asked Bowker how much he had left. When he learned the answer, he announced, "I'm all in." Without much hesitation, Bowker uncapped his cards and flipped them into the muck, sending nearly a quarter of his chips over to Reed.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:59:59
Brent Roberts Wins One from Kyle Bowker
Brent Roberts raised to 75,000 on the button and Kyle Bowker called out of the big blind. The flop came and Bowker checked to Roberts who bet 85,000. Bowker called and both players checked the turn card. The river came the and Bowker checked again to Roberts who bet 195,000. Bowker called, but saw Roberts table for the backdoor two pair to win the pot and retake the chip lead.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:48:49
Let's Get It On
Play has resumed. The three players left are all guaranteed at least $86,710.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:30:22
Updated Chip Counts
Kyle "kwob20" Bowker - 1,401,000 Brent "Astrolux85" Roberts - 1,175,000 Phillip Reed - 1,031,000
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:23:43
Break It Up
The clock has been paused, and the three remaining players have agreed to take a 20-minute break.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:23:05
Robert McLaughlin Eliminated in 4th Place ($69,368)
Robert McLaughlin limped in from the small blind and Kyle Bowker checked his option bringing out a flop. Robert led out 45,000 and Kyle called, leading to the turn card. This time Robert checked it over to Kyle who fired 70,000. Robert called and the river came the . Robert took the initiative now and bet 120,000 and Kyle moved over the top all in. Robert called and showed for a flush, but it was second best to Kyle's . Robert McLaughlin finishes in 4th place for $69,368
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:12:55
A Showdown!
We've just seen our first showdown in almost 20 minutes. Brent Roberts, in his typical fashion, opened another pot with a raise to 45,000. This time Robert McLaughlin opted to look him up, moving all in for a total of 265,000. Roberts went into the tank for a minute, standing up to stare down McLaughlin. "I don't think you want me to call," he said with a big smirk. After a minute or two, he did indeed call. [uShowdown:[/u Roberts: McLaughlin: Roberts was right, and he made a fine call before the flop. Unfortunately for him, his play went unrewarded as the board ran out . Coming from behind to win that pot, Robert McLaughlin doubles his way up to 540,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:55:47
Brent Roberts Controlling the Action
Brent Roberts has raised the last 3 pots, winning two uncontested and one on the flop. He has added to his chip lead and now has 1,600,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:46:24
Bowker Bluffs His Way to More Chips
Robert McLaughlin raised to 55,000 on the button and Kyle Bowker reraised to 160,000 total from the small blind. Brent Roberts thought for a while before folding and McLaughlin called, bringing out a flop of . Kyle slid a stack of pink chips worth 10,000 each into the middle and McLaughlin threw his hand away. Bowker flipped up as he collected the chips, and is back up to 940,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:41:22
The Pace of Play
Things have calmed down just a bit now with our final four. The last hour saw furious action, but the remaining players seemed to have settled into their seats a little bit. It appears that we are in the middle of another little feeling-out period. If the last level is any indication though, things should be picking back up shortly.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:27:50
Robert vs. Roberts
Brent Roberts opened the pot with a raise to 50,000 from the cutoff seat. In the small blind, Robert McLaughlin made the call and it was heads up to the flop. It showed up , and both men checked. Fourth street came the . McLaughlin checked, and Roberts bet 75,000, which McLaughlin called. The last card off was the . McLaughlin again passed, allowing Roberts to bet another 170,000 chips. After a moment, he called. Roberts turned over , and it was good as McLaughlin slipped his cards into the muck. After that exchange, Roberts is up over the million mark, while McLaughlin has slipped back to 635,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:21:34
Allen Bari Eliminated in 5th Place ($52,026)
Under the gun, Kyle Bowker opened with a raise to 55,000. Brent Roberts re-raised to 135,000, and Allen Bari called all in for his last 34,000. Bowker ducked out and let Roberts try for the knockout. [uShowdown:[/u Roberts: Bari: With his tournament life on the line, Allen Bari watched the dealer spread out the last board of his day: . Roberts' two pair is the winner, and he knocks off the dangerous Bari. For his work over the past three days, Allen Bari will take home more than $50,000. Not too shabby.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:17:43
A Big Bad Blind Battle
Action passed around the table to the blinds where Allen Bari limped in for the extra half bet. In the big blind, Phillip Reed slid out a big gray stack of T5,000 chips for a total raise of 100,000. Bari quickly moved all in and Reed made the call, putting himself at risk of elimination. "You got a pair?" asked Bari. [uShowdown:[/u Bari: Reed: Reed's overcards caught up on the flop of . The on the turn and the on the river kept him in the lead, and Reed earned himself a double up. When the chips were counted down, Reed had a total of 460,000, leaving Allen Bari with less than 40,000 funny money to play with.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:13:48
Robert McLaughlin Doubles Through Brent Roberts
Under the gun, Brent Roberts raised to 48,000 and Robert McLaughlin reraised out of the small blind for an additional 125,000. The big blind folded and Brent immediately said, "All in," sending McLaughlin into the tank for his last 300,000. He decided to call and flipped over , but was trailing Brent's . The flop came to keep Brent Roberts ahead, but the hit the turn and Robert McLaughlin took over the lead in the hand. The river filled McLaughlin up as he now is sitting on a stack of nearly 1,000,000. Brent Roberts slips down to 760,000.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:52:42
Cards Back in the Air
With the five remaining players back in their seats, play has resumed.
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