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Jonathan Chehanske Wins Harrah’s Rincon Championship

Las Vegas Poker Pro Earns Biggest Victory of Career

Jonathan Chehanske won the final championship event of the calender year tonight, taking down the Main Event held at Harrah’s Rincon, near San Diego. Chehanske won his first World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring, plus the top cash prize totaling $107,862. The new champion also wins a seat into the WSOP National Championship by virtue of his victory.

Chehanske overcame the odds more than once in this tournament, ultimately beating out a field of 306 entrants. His victory was something of a surprise given the stiff competition at the final table, which included several seasoned tournament veterans, most notably Soi Nguyen – best-known for making the final table in the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Moreover, Chehanske began play outchippped by a large margain. When the cards were dealt, he was down by a 4 to 1 margin to the chip leader, Edmund Liu, who finished fourth.

The final hand was dealt when Chehanske ended up flopping a set of deuces, and rivering a full house against Nguyen, who completed a flush. Unfortunately for Nguyen, this diamond flush also paired the board. That dramatic final ended what has been a memorable 11 days north of San Diego. “I had like 18 pocket pairs in this tournament, and I never flopped a set until the very end,” Chehanske said. “As soon as I saw I’d flopped a set, I knew I was about to win.”

Chehanske is a 32-yearold professional poker player originally from Brigantine, NJ. Prior to playing poker full-time, he was a real estate agent. He primarily played in cash games in Atlantic City casinos and has since transitioned to Las Vegas, where he now lives. Chehanske travels around to many major tournaments, and expects to continue his growth as a player.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the National Championship (in New Orleans),” Chehanske said. “I can’t wait. But between now and then, it’s back to the grind.”

 

HARRAHS RINCON
WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT
EVENT #10 12/14/12
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM MAIN EVENT
BUY-IN $1,675
PLAYERS 306
PRIZE POOL $459,000
1. Jonathan Chehanske $107,862
2. Soi Nguyen . . . . . . . $66,693
3. Phuong Tran . . . . . . $48,438
4. Edmund Liu . . . . . . $35,779
5. Erik Roussakis . . . . $26,861
6. Lorenzo Bosforo . . . $20,485
7. James Czarnecki . . $15,868
8. David Randall . . . . . $12,476
9. Ted Jivkov . . . . . . . . . $9,956

EVENT #12 12/16/12
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM TURBO
BUY-IN $365
PLAYERS 103
PRIZE POOL $30,900
1. Atrayon Trevino . . . . $9,270
2. Valentin Vornicu . . . . $5,729
3. Jody Cooper . . . . . . . $4,079
4. Lori Persinger . . . . . . $2,963
5. Jack Converse . . . . . . $2,195
6. Malik Adawi . . . . . . . $1,657

EVENT #11 12/15/12
NO LIMIT HOLD’EM
BUY-IN $580
PLAYERS 107
PRIZE POOL $53,500
1. Fedor Truntsev . . . . $16,048
2. Marcos Rodriguez . . $9,920
3. Robert Pagcaliwagan $7,063
4. Ting Ho . . . . . . . . . . . $5,131
5. John Kral . . . . . . . . . $3,801
6. Rex Clinkscales . . . . . $2,869

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