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Martin Zentner Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event At IP Biloxi

27-Year-Old Wins $106,455 After Outlasting Final Table That Featured Survivor's "Boston" Rob Mariano

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27-year-old New Orleans resident Martin Zentner topped a field of 302 entrants to emerge victorious in the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. For the win he earned $106,455 and 480 Card Player Player of the Year points.

“It feels wonderful,” said Zentner. “This is by far the biggest score I’ve ever had. It feels unbelievable.”

"Boston" Rob MarianoZenter, who works in sales, entered the final table in third chip position. He made it to three handed play, where he eliminated popular reality TV star ‘Boston’ Rob Mariano in third place to take a solid lead into heads-up play. Mariano has been a contestant on Survivor four times, winning $1 million dollars in his fourth appearance. At this final table he also made use of his survival skills, eventually taking home $47,805 for his third-place showing.

“It was great having [Mariano at the final table],” Zentner said. “He shocked me how good he was. He was definitely a lot better than I thought.”

Zentner fought off a comeback attempt from eventual runner-up Hank Sitton to secure the title and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Sitton earned $65,821 for his deep run.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Martin Zenter $106,455 480
2 Hank Sitton $65,821 400
3 Robert Mariano $47,805 320
4 Raymond Weaver $35,311 240
5 Daniel Lowery $26,510 200
6 Gil George $26,510 160
7 Nolan Burton $15,660 120
8 Michael Putaansuu $12,313 80
9 Jonathan Thomas $9,826 40

Photos courtesy of WSOP.com.