The penultimate event of the CPC was the $360 buyin Turbo that started at noon today. Poker pro Shawn Rice (pictured) outlasted a field of 169 players, and a pretty tough final table, to emerge victorious. For the win, Rice gets $13,595, a WSOP Main Event seat worth $10,000, and a trophy.
Rice has been in the poker world for a long time, going back to the Amarillo Slim days in Texas. Rice is from Amarillo, Texas, and by his mid-twenties, he was traveling around the world playing poker with Amarillo Slim himself. He sees himself as a hybrid poker player, bridging the old school poker days and the newer internet-style play of the younger pros. He says that hanging around with a lot of younger players, he learns the new concepts. He was also a big part of the internet poker boom and was a pro for Ultimate Bet back in the day.
Rice cashed in a couple other tournaments this series and made Day 2 of the Main, but was eliminated before the cash. This is a nice way to wrap up the series for him. It is also his second win here at the Horseshoe, as he won the H.2.O. event in 2015 for $10,127.
He says he didn’t have many chips early in the day and was just grinding away for awhile, but then started catching some good cards. When he was showing down big hands, he was able to get some bluffs through too, which allowed him to build up his stack.
He went into the final table second in chips with 407,000, though Kennii Nguyen was the overwhelming chip leader with 1,600,000. Fortunately for Rice, he got an ideal seat draw for the final table, with Nguyen directly to his right, and WSOP bracelet winner Jean “Prince” Gaspard two to his right. Rice says he was determined to play a big pot with Nguyen, and that because of the $10,000 Main Event seat added to first place, “Second’s not really an option. You have to play to win it.” And that’s what Rice did.
After awhile, Rice had taken over the chip lead, and then he mixed it up with Nguyen. Nguyen completed in the small blind with sixes, Rice raised with A-T suited, and Nguyen shipped less than 20 big blinds. Rice called, flopped a gut-shot straight draw, and turned Broadway to eliminate Nguyen in 5th place for $3,122. Rice went on to win the tournament, the $13,595, and his seat in the WSOP Main Event this summer.
Final Table Payouts:
1st place: Shawn Rice – $13,595 (plus a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat)
2nd place: Eddie Matthews – $8,360
3rd place: Sampath Desilva – $5,792
4th place: Jean Gaspard – $4,180
5th place: Kennii Nguyen – $3,122
6th place: David Daciolas – $2,377
7th place: Sean Chapman – $1,868
8th place: Miguel Dabul – $1,506
9th place: Caryn Percifield – $1,234
10th place: Johnny Tan – $1,053