Brad Albrinck Takes Maiden WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event

Local part-time poker player Brad Albrinck won the first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event hosted at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati for $221,994 and a WSOPC ring

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Brad Albrinck Takes Maiden WSOPC Cincinnati Main EventLocal part-time poker player Brad Albrinck won the first ever WSOP Circuit Main Event hosted at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati for $221,994 and a WSOPC ring

The WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event was the highlight of a twelve event series played at the Horseshoe Casino over the last week, and resulted in 740 players paying the $1,675 buy-in and creating a prize pool in excess of $1million.

After two Day 1s and a Day 2 on which players were allowed to re-enter, fifteen players managed to survive into the climax of the tournament. At the top of the chip counts, Greg Kolo had a substantial chip advantage after busting out James Frisby in the penultimate hand of Day 2 K K♣ > J♣ J, but some notable players remained in the field including 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Aaron Steury and twice WSOPC ring winner Kevin McColgan.

# WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event Chips
1 Greg Kolo 2,460,000
2 Brad Albrinck 1,716,000
3 David Kash 1,368,000
4 Aaron Steury 1,300,000
5 Kevin McColgan 1,267,000
6 Dae Kim 1,006,000
7 Ray Attiyah 932,000
8 Viet Vo 860,000
9 Matt Nicholson 845,000
10 Josh Williams 783,000
11 Chris Lillie 727,000
12 Jian Zhang 484,000
13 Chaz Deshayes 355,000
14 Ryan Tepen 331,000
15 Rory Monahan 306,000


Electric Start to Final Day

With blinds of 10,000/20,000 (ante 3,000) few of the players were in any immediate danger of being blinded out; but that did not prevent an electric start to Day 3 of the WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event. Jian Zhang (3 3 < Q♠ Q♣ of Brad Albrinck), Ryan Tepen (9♣ 9♠ < K♣ K of David Kash) and Matt Nicholson (A K < Q Q of Kevin McColgan) all bust out within the first thirty minutes, enabling their three conquerors to move closer to the chip leader.

Before the end of the level, Dae Kim (K 9♣ < A 8 of Chris Lillie), Chris Lillie (K♣ 9♣ < 9♠ 10♣ flopped straight of Josh Williams) and Chaz Deshayes (J J < A♣ A of Josh Williams) had all joined the queue at the cashier´s desk and the final table of nine was set – Kevin McColgan now having taken the lead due a five-bet pre-flop dual with Greg Kolo which cost Kolo 522,000 chips, and Josh Williams chasing him up due to his dual knockouts.

# WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event Chips
1 Kevin McColgan 3,150,000
2 Josh Williams 2,410,000
3 Greg Kolo 2,200,000
4 Brad Albrinck 2,060,000
5 David Kash 1,585,000
6 Ray Attiyah 1,215,000
7 Viet Vo 1,170,000
8 Aaron Steury 695,000
9 Rory Monahan 475,000


McColgan First to Leave Final Table

Incredibly, it was chip leader who would be the next player to leave the tournament after losing a stack of chips to Josh Williams (A J > A♣ 5♠) and doubling up Viet Vo (K♣ K♠ > 9♣ 8♣). Still well stacked, McColgan (A♣ K♣) got involved in a pre-flop raising war with Brad Albrinck (K K) and, when Albrinck shoved all-in, McColgan made the call. McColgan had the chance of a gutshot draw after the flop of Q♠ 10 5, but with neither a Jack nor an Ace being dealt on the Turn or River, he was bust from the WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event in ninth.

McColgan´s departure came two full levels after the final table had been set, and it was nearly another full level before the next player was to be eliminated – Rory Monahan moving all-in with A K♣ against Ray Attiyah (6♣ 6♠) who caught a set of Sixes on the flop. However, Attiyah´s enhanced stack of chips collapsed almost immediately as he doubled up Viet Vo (5 5♠ > A 4) and then he lost the last of his chips to Greg Kolo (K Q > K♣ 2♣) to depart the tournament in seventh.

Albrinck Extends his Advantage as Opponents Fall

With blinds now having increased to 25,000/50,000 (ante 5,000), several players were finding themselves short-stacked. Brad Albrinck increased the lead he had established when eliminating Kevin McColgan by busting Aaron Steury in sixth (A 7 > J♣ 8) and then took big pots from Viet Vo and David Kash to put more than 2 million chips between him and his closest pursuer Greg Kolo.

Kolo got closer to the chip leader when busting Josh Williams in fifth (A♣ Q♣ > 6 6♣), but Albrinck extended his advantage again when eliminating Viet Vo Q Q♠ > A♣ K♠ in third, and then Kolo took a knock to his chip stack from both Albrinck (10 10♠ > J♠ 4♠) and David Kash (9♠ 10♠ > 7 7) before being eliminated in third by Kash Q Q♣ > 10♣ 10.

Heads-Up Over in a Few Hands

The heads-up between Brad Albrinck (7,830,000 chips) and David Kash (5,440,000 chips) lasted less than fifteen minutes and the result of the WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event was in little doubt when Brad Albrinck shoved his chips into the middle with A♣ K and David Kash made the call with A♠ 10.

The flop of J♠ 9 3♠ / 5♣ / {7♣ç did not provide much of a sweat for Brad Albrinck, and the engineer who lives within a couple of miles of the Horseshoe Casino became WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event champion – collecting a WSOPC Ring, $221,994 and a seat at the 2014 WSOP National Championship to be held in Atlantic City next May.

# WSOPC Cincinnati Main Event Prize
1 Brad Albrinck $ 221,994
2 David Kash $ 136,863
3 Greg Kolo $ 100,899
4 Viet Vo $ 75,203
5 Josh Williams $ 56,799
6 Aaron Steury $ 43,457
7 Ray Attiyah $ 33,666
8 Rory Monahan $ 26,407
9 Kevin McColgan $ 20,968
10 Chaz Deshayes $ 16,850
11 Chris Lillie $ 13,709
12 Dae Kim $ 11,289
13 Matt Nicholson $ 9,402
14 Ryan Tepen $ 7,925
15 Jian Zhang $ 6,760