Eric Bunch won the 2019 WinStar Labor Day River Poker Series $1,500 Main Event for $260,000.
The tournament attracted 1,242 entries comprised of both intermediate and professional players. The tournament lasted a little shy of three days and Bunch had to agree to a chop with Spencer Chaplin in heads up.
Eric Bunch dominates final day
Every player who made it to day three was guaranteed to finish in the money, but everyone’s objective was to win the first place $300k prize.
Out of 1,242 players, only 10 made it to the final day of play.
After a tough day 2, Chuck Barker was the first to be sent to the rails in 10th place for $24,338. After Barker’s elimination, the remaining 9 players formed the final table.
Not long after Barker’s elimination, Katherine Offutt was eliminated in 9th place after she tried to double through Spencer Champlin. Champlin became the new chip leader and at that point, he was the favorite to win the tournament.
Being the short stack, it was only a matter of time before Jim Harris found himself on the wrong side of the table. He was eliminated in 8th place for $35,273. Using his chip advantage, Champlin managed to pull away further after eliminating three players in less than an hour. Kris Burchfield, James Jewell, and Viet Vo were eliminated by Champlin setting the stage for four-handed play.
In the four-handed play, Champlin’s impressive run continued. He eliminated Jeremy Liu in fourth place.
The three-handed play included Bunch, Champlin, and Eluterio Rodriguez. For over an hour, they traded chips back and forth. Champlin held roughly about 21 million chips while Rodriguez and Bunch had 5 million. Rodriguez’s stack was later trimmed to below $2 million and he was later eliminated when he shoved with King-deuce against Champlin’s ace-ten.
Going into heads up play, Champlin had a 3:1 chip advantage and it looked like he could hang on. However, bunch won several hands back-to-back to turn the game on its head. After 40 minutes, Champlin’s chip advantage was no more and so was his chip lead.
After a few minutes, Champlin was eliminated in second place for $234,887.
Final Table Results
|1st||Eric Bunch||United States||$260,000*|
|2nd||Spencer Champlin||United States||$234,887*|
|3rd||Eluterio Rodriguez||United States||$119,046|
|4th||Jeremy Liu||United States||$97,000|
|5th||Viet Vo||United States||$74,955|
|6th||James Jewell||United States||$57,318|
|7th||Kris Burchfield||United States||$44,091|
|8th||Jim Harris||United States||$35,273|
|9th||Katherine Offutt||United States||$29,982|
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