Tripp Kirk Wins WSOP Circuit Harrahs St. Louis Main Event
Alexandru Masek was still in the field at the start of the day when twenty-one players remained, hoping for his record-tying fifth WSOP Circuit win. But it was not to be. After the elimination of Michael McKuin, Masek opened to 32,000 from early position, Dave Schwartz make the call, prompting a 3-bet from Brian Davis who made it 100,000 to go from the small blind. Masek quickly moved all-in, Schwartz folded, and Davis called.
Davis turned over A-A, dominating the pocket fives of Masek. The board came 3-K-A-K-2, no help for Masek who was sent to the rail, collecting $8,021 for his 20th place finish.
Kirk came into heads-up play with a 2-to-1 chiplead over Tim Killday and quickly eliminated his final opponent. On a board of 7-4-A-2, Killday checked to Kirk who made it 200,000. Killday paused briefly before declaring an all-in check-raise. Kirk snap called holding A-2 for two pair as Killday sheepishly revealed Q-T for no pair, no draw. Seeing that his opponent was drawing dead, Kirk immediately began celebrating with his friends on the rail.