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World Series of Poker Circuit -- Kenny Nguyen Wins Chester, PA Main Event

A Happy Nguyen Takes Home a Gold Ring and $94,901


Kenny NguyenThere were 269 players who entered the $1,500 no-limit hold’em main event at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Harrah’s in Chester, Pennsylvania. From those starters there were a few notables who survived to the final table on Tuesday, May 10 and they were Ari Engel, Kenny Nguyen, and Robert Hwang. In the end it was Nguyen who topped the field to take home a gold ring, $94,901, and a seat in the upcoming WSOP Circuit National Championship that will take place later this month at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Read on below to see how he captured the tournament title.

Here is a look at the chip counts when the final table began:

Seat 1: Huy Nguyen — 429,000
Seat 2: Robert Hwang — 274,000
Seat 3: Ed Cotter — 686,000
Seat 4: Ryan Waddell — 321,000
Seat 5: Sean Knitter — 226,000
Seat 6: Ari Engel — 411,000
Seat 7: Ramana Epparla — 1,950,000
Seat 8: Kenny Nguyen — 622,000
Seat 9: Robert Scott — 467,000

The first player to fall, in ninth place ($8,685), was Huy Nguyen when his pocket fours ran into the pocket kings of Ed Cotter. There was a flurry of double ups after that which prolonged the eight-place elimination for a while. More than two hours into the proceedings Ryan Waddell fell in eighth place at the hands of Ramana Epparla and he took home ($10,858). Robert Hwang was the next player to exit in seventh place ($13,790) when his A-5 was dominated by the pocket aces of Robert Scott.

Ed Cotter advanced to sixth place but no further. He took home $17,799 in prize money after his J-9 was unable to come from behind to beat the pocket aces of Epparla. Sean Knitter was the next victim when he moved all in with Q-10 in the hole on a J-10-8 flop. Scott had him covered with A-6 in the hole and he was bailed out by aces on both the turn and river. Knitter took home $23,358 in fifth place.

Then close to an hour transpired before the biggest name left in the tournament busted in fourth place and took home $31,179. Ari Engel moved all in preflop with A-K and Kenny Nguyen made the call with 8-6, which made a straight on a Q-J-9-7-5 board. The final battle was set when Epparla busted in third place, which was good for $42,366. His pocket eights lost a coin flip against the A-4 of Scott on a 9-2-2-K-A board.

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

Kenny Nguyen – 3,160,000
Robert Scott – 2,220,000

It took just 20 minutes for Nguyen to lock up the tournament title. On the final hand Nguyen moved all in preflop and Scott made the call for this tournament life. Their cards:

Nguyen: Kh 8s
Scott: Ad 6h

Board: 7h 5c 3d Qs Kc

Scott took home $58,639 as the runner up and Nguyen claimed the top prize of $94,901 as he smiled gleefully from ear to ear.

The next WSOP Circuit $1,500 no-limit hold’em main event will take place at the Harrah’s in New Orleans from May 16-18.

Final-Table Results:

1: Kenny Nguyen — $94,901
2: Robert Scott — $58,639
3: Ramana Epparla — $42,366
4: Ari Engel — $31,179
5: Sean Knitter — $23,358
6: Ed Cotter — $17,799
7: Robert Hwang — $13,790
8: Ryan Waddell — $10,858
9: Huy Nguyen — $8,685