Winter Bayou Poker Challenge held at the special events center at Harrah’s
21-year-old poker pro from
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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