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World Series of Poker -- Carter Phillips Wins Event No.16

Phillips Captures Bracelet in His First World Series of Poker


Carter PhillipsCarter Phillips is a World Poker Tour title away from the poker hat trick.

Wednesday evening at the Rio, Phillips won event No. 16 (no-limit hold’em six handed) at his first ever World Series of Poker.

The 21-year-old dominated the final table of the event, needing less than three levels of play to walk away with the $482,774 first-place prize.

Phillips had already accumulated over $1,000,000 in live tournament earnings before his 21st birthday in October of last year, thanks to the 2009 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event he won for $1,212,263.

The young pro now just needs a WPT victory to join Gavin Griffin and Roland De Wolfe as the only players who have won a title in all three major competitions.

Phillips said he will play as many WPT events as he can in the near future, but the more alluring goal is to repeat his success on the EPT.

“My main goal now after this is to be the first two-time EPT [main event] winner,” Phillips said.

However, even with his poker favoritism going to the European circuit, Phillips holds his first victory at the WSOP in the highest regard.

“The second table I had today was by far the toughest table I have ever played at in any tournament,” Phillips said. “I think the European tour is softer than [the field] deep in these WSOP tournaments. I think this is a bigger accomplishment.”

Here is a look at the final results:

1. Carter Phillips — $482,774
2. Sam Gerber — $298,726
3. Craig Bergeron — $189,661
4. Hugo Perez — $124,690
5. Russell Thomas — $84,256
6. David Diaz — $58,483

Here are the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

David DiazDavid Diaz Eliminated in 6th Place ($58,483)

Craig Bergeron bet 70,000 from under the gun. Action was folded to David Diaz in the big blind, who moved all in. Bergeron called and exposed the 10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit and was up against the ADiamond SuitJSpade Suit of Diaz. Bergeron flopped a set of tens and they held to eliminate Diaz. Bergeron was at 1,700,000 after the hand.

Russell Thomas Eliminated in 5th Place ($84,256)

Sam Gerber bet 70,000 on the button and Russell Thomas reraised to 200,000 from the small blind. Action was folded to Gerber, who moved all in. Thomas made the quick call and tabled the ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit, but was up against the pocket kings of Gerber. The kings held and Thomas was gone. Gerber was at 2,100,000 after the hand.

Hugo Perez Eliminated in 4th Place ($124,690)

Huge Perez moved all in for 385,000 with the QClub Suit8Diamond Suit and Craig Bergeron made the call with the KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit. Bergeron flopped a pair of jacks and Perez was unable to catch up. He was eliminated and Bergeron was at 2,200,000 after the hand.

Sam GerberCraig Bergeron Eliminated in 3rd Place ($189,661)

Carter Phillips raised on the button and Craig Bergeron reraised to 295,000 from the small blind. Phillips four-bet shoved with the JSpade Suit7Spade Suit and was called by the 7Diamond Suit7Heart Suit of Bergeron. The flop brought a jack for Phillips and it held to eliminated Bergeron. Phillips was at 5,800,000 after the hand.

Sam Gerber Eliminated in 2nd Place ($298,726), Carter Phillips Wins Event No. 16 ($482,774)

From the button, Samuel Gerber bet 100,000 and Carter Phillips three-bet to 275,000. Gerber moved all in and Phillips made the call. Phillips tabled the ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and was head of the QClub Suit8Diamond Suit of Gerber. The board ran out AHeart Suit9Diamond Suit7Spade SuitJClub Suit5Diamond Suit and Phillips won the bracelet.



almost 11 years ago

all in preflop J7 beats 77. Wait a minute, was this on Pokerstars?


almost 11 years ago

dave...that comment had me fall out of my chair...if I could change my name on that horrible site, it would be to "death by 3 outter"...