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World Series of Poker Circuit -- Jim Anderson Wins Midwest $10,000 Regional Championship

Anderson Takes Home a Gold Ring and $525,449


Jim Anderson WinsThe final table of the World Series of Poker Circuit $10,000 Midwest Regional Championship began today shortly after 2 p.m. local time, and just over 10 hours later Jim Anderson was crowned the first ever regional champion. He took home a gold ring, a seat in the National Championship (as did all nine finalists today), and a WSOP Circuit record top prize worth $525,440.

The heads-up final featured two of the lesser known players at the final table after Brandon Adams (seventh place), Shannon Shorr (sixth place), David Sands (fifth place), Curt Kohlberg (fourth place), and Bernard Lee (third place) fell in succession. The first two to fall tonight were Mark Owens (ninth place), and Tony Hartmann (eighth place).

Although Anderson clinched his first major tournament title on the final hand of play tonight, he truly won the final table after taking down the largest hand of the tournament during three-handed play. In that huge hand, Anderson raised to 90,000 on the button and Gabe Patgorski reraised to 300,000 from the small blind. Anderson reraised to 650,000 and after getting a count, Patgorski moved all in.

Anderson called off his 2.4 million and showed JSpade Suit JClub Suit. Patgorski was caught with his ASpade Suit 6Heart Suit and failed to outdraw his opponent when the board fell JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 3Club Suit QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit.

Anderson held about 5 million of the nearly 7 million chips in play at that point and he ultimately rode that advantage over Patgorski to a heads-up victory. Patgorski took home the runner-up prize worth $324,770, after a strong performance where he played especially well during the last two days of the event.

The next WSOP Circuit $1,500 main event will take place from Nov. 7-9 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The next $10,000 WSOP Circuit Regional Championship will take place at the Harrah’s in Atlantic City from December 19-22 to decide the champion in the East.

Read on below to see how all of the action played out on the final day of the event. Here were the chip counts at the start of the final table:

Seat 1: Bernard Lee — 401,000
Seat 2: David Sands — 1,360,000
Seat 3: Jim Anderson — 345,000
Seat 4: Anthony Hartmann — 194,000
Seat 5: Shannon Shorr — 905,000
Seat 6: Mark Owens — 270,000
Seat 7: Curt Kohlberg — 863,000
Seat 8: Gabe Patgorski — 2,263,000
Seat 9: Brandon Adams — 155,000

Here were the elimination hands from the final table as featured on’s live updates:

Mark OwensMark Owens Eliminated in Ninth Place ($48,615)

David Sands raised preflop and was called by both blinds in Shannon Shorr and Mark Owens. The flop came down 6Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 4Diamond Suit. Shorr checked and Owens moved all in. Sands folded and Shorr went into the tank. Eventually, he made the call and showed 8Club Suit 8Spade Suit for the over pair to the board.

Owens showed 8Heart Suit 5Heart Suit and needed some help to stay alive. At this point, Sands announced that he folded the KSpade Suit, which of course was completely irrelevant to the hand. The turn was the 6Heart Suit and the river was the KHeart Suit, ending Owens tournament run.

Tony Hartmann Eliminated in Eighth Place ($60,952)

Tony Hartmann open shoved for his last 95,000 and was called by Gabe Patgorski.

Patgorski didn’t like his hand and showed ADiamond Suit 3Club Suit, but it was well ahead of Hartmann’s 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit. The board fell 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Club Suit 7Spade Suit and Hartmann was eliminated.

Brandon AdamsBrandon Adams Eliminated in Seventh Place ($77,556)
Brandon Adams moved all in from the button for his last 139,000 and was called by David Sands in the big blind.

Adams showed AClub Suit 5Heart Suit, but was dominated by the ASpade Suit QDiamond Suit of Sands. The board fell JDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 2Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit and Adams was eliminated.

Shannon ShorrShannon Shorr Eliminated in Sixth Place ($100,151)

Shannon Shorr raised to 72,000 from the button and Gabe Patgorski reraised to 207,000 from the big blind. Shorr thought it over for a few second before announcing that he was all in.

Patgorski instantly called and Shorr knew he was in trouble with his JSpade Suit JHeart Suit. Patgorski showed ASpade Suit AHeart Suit and they held on a board of 9Club Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Club Suit KSpade Suit KClub Suit. Shorr is eliminated and Patgorksi is now an overwhelming chip leader with over 3.6 million in chips.

David SandsDavid Sands Eliminated in Fifth Place ($131,299)

David Sands moved all in for his last 409,000 and Curt Kohlberg immediately called from the big blind.

Sands showed QClub Suit 10Spade Suit, but he was in major trouble against Kohlberg’s ASpade Suit AClub Suit. The board ran out KClub Suit 10Heart Suit 5Heart Suit 7Club Suit 8Heart Suit and Sands was eliminated. Kohlberg, who had him barely covered, now has nearly 850,000 in chips.

Curt Kohlberg Eliminated in Fourth Place ($174,807)

Jim Anderson raised to 90,000 from under the gun and Curt Kohlberg moved all in behind him. Anderson made the call and showed JSpade Suit JDiamond Suit.

Kohlberg revealed AClub Suit 10Heart Suit and needed a lot of help. The flop of KHeart Suit QHeart Suit 6Heart Suit gave everyone a sweat, but the turn and river fell 9Spade Suit 4Spade Suit to send Kohlberg to the rail. Anderson is now over 2 million in chips.

Bernard LeeBernard Lee Eliminated in Third Place ($236,368)

Bernard Lee moved all in for 710,000 and Gabe Patgorski made the call.

Lee showed 10Diamond Suit 10Heart Suit and was racing against Patgorski ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit. The board rolled out 9Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 3Spade Suit KDiamond Suit JClub Suit and Lee was eliminated.

Gabe PatgorskiGabe Patgorski Eliminated in Second Place ($324,770)

Gabe Patgorski raised to 125,000 and Jim Anderson came over the top to 325,000. Patgorski then four-bet to 655,000 and Anderson moved all in.

Patgorski called and showed AClub Suit JClub Suit, but he was crushed by Anderson’s AHeart Suit ASpade Suit. The board fell 8Spade Suit7Club Suit3Spade Suit7Spade SuitJHeart Suit and Patgorski was eliminated.

Final-Table Results:

1: Jim Anderson — $525,449
2: Gabe Patgorski — $324,770
3: Bernard Lee — $236,368
4: Curt Kohlberg — $174,807
5: David Sands — $131,299
6: Shannon Shorr — $100,151
7: Brandon Adams — $77,556
8: Tony Hartmann — $60,952
9: Mark Owens — $48,615