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WSOP Circuit -- Charles Moore Wins Southern Indiana Main Event

Moore Takes Home a Gold Ring, $98,878, and a Seat in the $1 Million National Championship


Charles MooreThe 2010 World Series of Poker Circuit $1,500 no-limit hold’em main event crowned a winner tonight on the shores of the Ohio River at the Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. The 289 players that entered the tournament this year represented a huge bump from the 55 players that entered last time the WSOP Circuit pulled into town. The year-over-year growth is more than 500 percent and this is the second Circuit event in a row that has experienced a triple-digit percentage increase in participation.

From those 289 players the final nine survived to the third and final day of the tournament. Charles Moore led the way in the chip counts and experience heading into the final day. He led the way with 1,233,000, and he was coming off of a fifth-place finish at the previous WSOP Circuit main event in Council Bluffs a month ago. In the end he took home the tournament victory here in Southern Indiana, but it was a tough battle for him to achieve the WSOP Circuit win.

The final table started out quickly, with ninth through fifth places decided in a prompt and orderly fashion. Things slowed down slightly before Mike Foster took his leave in fourth place, but then a three-handed war ensued between Moore, Kevin Calenzo, and John Handler that led into the dinner break, and powered right past it even though the final three decided to a three-way chop for $62,000 a piece. They played it out honestly for the remaining prize money, WSOP Circuit gold ring, and seat in the $1 million National Championship event, and play pushed into the double-digit territory of the evening.

Holder was the first player to let go of the strangle hold the final three were exerting onto future hopes of a gold ring and his elimination meant that Moore was taking a 2-1 chip advantage into the final with Calenzo. The advantage was advanced even further by the relentless aggression of Moore, which echoed his style of play throughout the final day of the tournament. Through a series of small but consistent pre-flop raises he grinded Calenzo into a corner and he was finally forced to move all in after midnight. When he did so Moore was waiting with pocket jacks and they held on to secure the tournament title. Read on below to see how all of the elimination hands played out.

Final-Table Seating Chart with Chip Counts:

Seat 1: John Holder — 825,000
Seat 2: Kevin Calenzo — 288,000
Seat 3: John Alfera — 636,000
Seat 4: Joel Merwick — 516,000
Seat 5: Charles Moore — 1,233,000
Seat 6: Jorge Solorzano — 506,000
Seat 7: Kris Bradshaw — 251,000
Seat 8: Mike Foster — 850,000
Seat 9: Brian McKain — 677,000

Here is a look at the elimination hands from the final table as featured in’s live updates:

Joel MerwickJoel Merwick Eliminated in Ninth Place ($9,163)

Joel Merwick fell during the course of two hands. In the first, Brian McKain bet 60,000 on a JHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit flop and Merwick raised to 165,000. McKain reraised all in and Merwick pondered an all-in call. He mucked and left himself with a little more than 200,000.

A few hands later he got the last of his chips into the middle with pocket nines and Charles Moore held pocket jacks. Merwick hit a nine on the flop, but Moore spiked a jack on the river of a 9Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit JClub Suit board to send him home in ninth place. He was awarded $9,163 in prize money.

Jorge Solorzano Eliminated in Eighth Place ($11,486)

Jorge Solorzano got the last of his chips all in preflop with John Alfera having him covered. Their cards:

Alfera: ASpade Suit JSpade Suit
Solorzano: ADiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit

Board: JHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 10Club Suit 3Diamond Suit

Jorge Solorzano was eliminated in eighth place on the hand and he will take home $11,486 in prize money.

John Alfera Eliminated in Seventh Place ($14,615)

John Holder raised to 85,000 preflop and John Alfera made the call. The flop fell 10Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 3Spade Suit and Alfera bet 250,000, leaving himself with 171,000 behind. Holder reraised all in and Alfera made the all-in call. Their cards:

Alfera: AHeart Suit ASpade Suit
Holder: 9Diamond Suit 9Club Suit

Turn and River: 6Diamond Suit QDiamond Suit

Alfera was eliminated on the hand in seventh place and he will take home $14,615 in prize money.

Brian McKainBrian McKain Eliminated in Sixth Place ($18,885)

Charles Moore raised to 90,000 preflop from the hi-jack and Brian McKain reraised all in for 490,000 total from the small blind. Moore made the call after a short time in the tank and they flipped over their cards:

Moore: QDiamond Suit QSpade Suit
McKain: ASpade Suit 10Diamond Suit

Board: JHeart Suit 10Club Suit 8Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Club Suit

Moore won the hand to take a nice chip lead with 1.8 million and McKain was eliminated in sixth place. He will take home $18,885 in prize money.

Kris BradshawKris Bradshaw Eliminated in Fifth Place ($24,782)

Kris Bradshaw raised to 418,000 all in preflop from the cutoff and action folded around to Kevin Calenzo in the big blind. He quickly made the call and they revealed their cards:

Bradshaw: 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit
Calenzo: JHeart Suit JSpade Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 4Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit KClub Suit

Calenzo won the hand and he grew his stack close to 1 million. Bradshaw was eliminated in fifth place and he took home $24,782 in prize money.

Mike FosterMike Foster Eliminated in Fourth Place ($33,043)

Charles Moore raised to 125,000 preflop from the button and Mike Foster reraised all in from the small blind. Moore made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Moore: 8Spade Suit 8Heart Suit
Foster: KSpade Suit QClub Suit

Board: 9Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit 4Heart Suit

Moore won the hand and Foster was eliminated in fourth place. He was awarded $33,043 in prize money.

John HolderJohn Holder Eliminated in Third Place ($44,787)

John Holder got the last of his chips into the middle for the third time, but this time was not the charm. Charles Moore had him covered with pocket twos in the hole, and that was enough to best the KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit of Holder on a 8Club Suit 7Heart Suit 3Club Suit 4Club Suit QClub Suit when the dust settled. Holder was eliminated on the hand in third place and he took home $44,787 in prize money, while Moore will take a dominating chip lead into a heads-up final against Kevin Calenzo.

Kevin CalenzoCharles Moore Wins ($98,878) — Kevin Calenzo Eliminated in Second Place ($61,724)

Charles Moore has won the $1,500 main event at the WSOP Circuit stop in Southern Indiana.

On the final hand he limped and Kevin Calenzo raised 205,000 on top. Moore reraised an additional 400,000, and Calenzo moved all in. Moore made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Moore: JHeart Suit JDiamond Suit
Calenzo: AClub Suit KHeart Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 7Club Suit 2Spade Suit 10Heart Suit QClub Suit

Calenzo was eliminated in second place ($61,724) and Moore was crowned the champion of the tournament ($98,878). He is awarded the WSOP Circuit gold ring and a seat in the $1 million National Championship that will take place in May 2011.

Final-Table Results:

1: Charles Moore — $98,878
2: Kevin Calenzo — $61,724
3: John Holder — $44,787
4: Mike Foster — $33,043
5: Kris Bradshaw — $24,782
6: Brian McKain — $18,885
7: John Alfera — $14,615
8: Jorge Solorzano — $11,486
9: Joel Merwick — $9,163