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Ryan Stevenson Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Tunica

Mississippi Resident Earned $204,795 For Topping A 666-Player Field


Ryan StevensonA total of 666 entries were made in the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Tunica main event, building a prize pool of $999,000. After two starting days and two more long days of play, only one player remained: Ryan Stevenson from Horn Lake, Mississippi. The 26-year-old engineer earned $204,795 and 840 Card Player Player of the Year points, climbing to 19th place in the POY standings as a result.

“I’m dumbfounded right now,” said Stevenson after play ended. “This is a dream come true, especially for us grinders who put in a lot of work on and off the felt.”

Stevenson entered the final table with the third most chips and was able to survive to three-handed play, which lasted for more than four hours. Eventually Andrew Rothfolk was eliminated in third place for $92,947, setting up a heads-up battle between Stevenson and Norman McKeldin.

In contrast to the protracted three-handed fight, heads-up play lasted but one hand. With a flop of 10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit4Spade Suit, all of the money went in with Stevenson holding the 10Club Suit7Diamond Suit for top pair against McKeldin’s ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit for a flush draw and overcards. The KClub Suit on the turn put McKeldin ahead on the turn, but Stevenson was able to redraw to the winning hand when the 7Heart Suit hit the river, giving him two pair, the pot and the title.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Ryan Stevenson $204,795 840
2 Norman McKeldin $126,723 700
3 Andrew Rothfok $92,947 560
4 Michael Sanders $69,121 420
5 Jonathan Cary $52,098 350
6 James Watkins $39,790 280
7 Mark Maletic $30,789 210
8 Jerry Barlow $24,136 140
9 David Kruger $19,161 70