Jonathan Chehanske has claimed the biggest victory of his poker career by winning the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Rincon Main Event.
Chehanske outlasted a field of 306 players to win the $107,862 first place prize as well as his first World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring.
The Las Vegas-based pro was considered an outsider heading into the final table with Edmund Liu and 2010 World Series of Poker November Niner Soi Nguyen having a sizeable chip advantage.
Chehanske was able to dodge a few early bullets and after eliminating Liu in fourth place became a big chip leader.
The tournament was decided by an aggressive heads-up battle between Chehanske and Nguyen with both players looking to apply pressure to the other.
After half an hour of heads-up play Chehanske claimed victory when he flopped a set of deuces that ended up a full house on the river.
Chehanske was delighted with the victory and said he couldn’t believe his luck when the flop came out for the final hand.
“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 characterizes himself as a grinder but is hoping his victory will allow him to take his game to the next level especially with the opportunity to play in the World Series of Poker National Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the National Championship in New Orleans,” Chehanske said.
The first place prize was easily the biggest of Chehanske’s career with his previous biggest score coming all the way back in 2007 when he won $96,091 in the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open.
The World Series of Poker Circuit continues January 3rd 2013 at The Bicycle Casino.
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