Amateur player Tom Creel took the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, beating a great field and pocketing a rather nice $144,537 too. In a monumental 3 hour heads up session Creel and Sean Small battled it out, but it was Creel, the Bossier City hometown hero who finally came through. This was by far and away his biggest win and he admits to only playing a few times a month at the casino, however he may want to get a little more table time in because as well as the circuit ring and the cash he also has a trip to the National Championships in Atlantic City to prepare for.
Creel, the retail grocery manager came to the final table with the bigger stack however with players like Cord Garcia, Salaburu and five time final table maker Daniel Lowery all present it was a tough ride. It wasn’t until it was Lowery that went to the rails in 6th place that Creel really started to accumulate the chips and by knocking out James Phelps he became owner of over 50% of the chips in play. Garcia went out in 3rd place setting up the titanic heads up battle and Creel eventually overcame Small, with his pocket tens holding out against the pocket deuces of Small. After the 3 hour stint Creel said, “Sean was a great player, he’s a good guy, and you can tell he is a skilled player, but I play a lot of poker too.” The Main Event boasted a field of 438 players which created a prize pool of $657,000 and other notable players included Jordan Smith, Abraham Araya and 3 time circuit ring winner Jessie Bryant.