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Allen wins Winter Bayou Poker Challenge

Dec 12, 2008 11:00 PM
by GT Staff |

The 2008 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge held at the special events center at Harrah’s New Orleans was won on Dec. 11 by Justin “ Lockdown Tex ” Allen, who collected first-place prize money of $158,290.

Allen, a 21-year-old poker pro from Dallas whose only previous cash in a major poker tournament was at the World Poker Open last month, received a travel package to the 2009 World Series Poker Main event in Las Vegas which includes a seat in next year’s world poker championship along with his first-place prize money.

The Bayou Main Event cost $5,150 to enter and about half of the 103 total entrants earned their way into the tournament by winning a satellite seat. The top 18 finishers received prize money.

The championship event was played over three straight days and included world-famous chef and restaurateur Paul Prudhomme. The tourney marked the seventh major poker series which Harrah’s has hosted within the last four years – more than any other Harrah’s property.

The tourney generated a prize pool totaling $488,500. The nine events on this year’s schedule attracted 1,367 combined entries, generating $1,024,854 in prize money.

Seventy players were eliminated on Day1 of the championship while Day 2 saw the number whittle down to eight players instead of nine as two players were eliminated on the final hand of the day when three players all flopped sets, with the two lower sets (held by James Kelly and Core Albertson) being eliminated.

The final table took place on Day 3 and took about four hours to play from start to finish. The chip lead only changed once. Larry Price of Gretna , Louisiana , was the early chip leader (1.2 million chips) but Allen (900,000) seized the lead away on the first hand of heads-up play and never relinquished his lead.

When heads-up play began, the two finalists became involved in a pre-flop raising war. Price tabled his hand and showed A-2 while Allen had 6-6. A deuce flopped, but the pocket sixes held up. That meant Allen had seized a massive chip lead – about 20-to-1, due primarily to Price overplaying his hand.

A few hands later, the final hand of the tournament was Dealt when Price moved all in with Q-4 while Allen called with pockets nines (9-9). The pair held up and Allen won his first-ever tournament. Price received $85,053 for finishing second.

Here is a complete list of the top eight finishers in the Bayou Main Event along with their hometowns:

1-Justin Allen, Dallas , Texas

2-Larry Price, Gretna , Louisiana

3-Matt Culberson, New Orleans , Louisiana

4-Wil Payne, Ft. Worth , Texas

5-Phillip Sparta , Jr., Fairfax , Virginia

6-Jeremy Gaubert, Lockport , Louisiana

7-Jake Bazeley, Cincinnati , Ohio

8-Justin Jones, Rockdale , Texas