After a roller coaster of a heads up match, Bryan Campanello has been crowned the victor in the 2013/14 World Series of Poker Harrah’s New Orleans Circuit Main Event. For his championship win, Campanello was awarded his third gold Circuit ring, a seat to this week’s National Championship, and $175,459 in first-place prize money.
The day began with 10 players returning for the unofficial final table of the Main Event. John Parten became the unofficial final table bubble boy when he fell by Campanello’s hand on just the second hand of the day. From there, the official final table of nine was set.
Coming into the final day, Blair looked to become the first ever back-to-back Circuit Main Event winner. That dream was dashed before the day’s end, however, as Blair fell to eventual champion Campanello. In Blair’s final hand, he called all in for his tournament life with against a four-bet ship from Campanello. Campanello rolled over , paired his ace on the flop, and eliminated Blair in fifth place for $44,037.
Despite beginning heads up play with a slight chip advantage, Campanello was unable to gain any ground early on. After looking bleak for a moment, Campanello found a double up and battled on. The chip lead changed hands several times over the course of the roughly four-hour heads up match with Campanello all in and at risk for his tournament life three separate times. The third time was a charm, however, as from there he was able chip away at Friedlander’s remaining stack and assume a distant chip lead.
On the final hand, Campanello’s pocket queens held up against Friedlander’s queen-jack after a preflop all in. The Texas-native was crowned his third Circuit ring, first Main Event title, and a seat to this week’s National Championship.