Jean-Pierre Didier Wins the first ring at the 2016 WSOPC Caribbean

The first elusive World Series of Poker Circuit ring has been awarded at the 2016 WSOPC Caribbean festival on the sunny island of Sint Maarten. Only 43 hopefuls out of a 236-entry strong field returned to the tables of the Casino Royale and 18 of them would leave empty-handed.

It took almost 10 levels to eventually determine a winner and it was Jean-Pierre Didier who emerged victorious after the Frenchman sent Dueval Fenton and Patrick Alain to the rail in quick succession and take home $17,700.

Among those to bust early were Brett Murray and Tahar Slamani, and the field was reduced to 39 after the first level of play. Stephane Genet took care of Slamani with set against two pair and also knocked out Jose Delgado soon after when flopping quads sixes. Layne Flack defended in the big blind and then shoved an ace-high flop with gutshot and a flush draw, Werner Eder looked him up with two pair and that ended up as winning hand.

Chan Ping Hsiung, Ashram Ragoonanan and Sean Stoll fell before the money and the elimination of Jose Duzanson set up the bubble. After a few hands without any showdowns, there were two all in and call at different tables. William “Timmy” Hicks, who started Day 2 as chip leader, shoved with eight-six on the button and Mario Eder called with ace-eight to instantly spike an ace on the flop. Erwin Hammer ran with king-eight into the aces of Alain and the duo chopped the min-cash of $670.

Once the money was reached, the eliminations came at a steady pace. Claudie Nannini ran into the flopped nut flush of Pierre Goetz and she was soon joined on the rail by Frederic Maniez, Peter Hajszan, Felix Sang and Ben Beighle. The latter was short and faced the limp of Hatice Demir and shoved with ace-three, Demir called with ace-jack and made a straight. Once Rodrigue Robineau and Arman Bosnakyan were eliminated, the last two tables were set.

Mario Eder faced a huge setback after a trips versus trips setup against Alain and 16 players headed into the dinner break. Tommie Janssen lost all but one ante, but then survived the next all in and made a money jump. Robbie Bakker’s exit in 16th place was a big upset, after the Dutchman flopped trips sevens only to see Werner Eder fill up to a full house with pocket eights on the river. Janssen joined his countryman on the rail right after and they were down to 14.

The following eliminations of Angelo Flanders, Goetz, David Allafort and Marvin Browne brought the field down to the last 10. Demir then four-bet shoved with ace-queen into the aces of Alain and fell one hand later.

The first casualty on the final table was Jacco van Limpt, who ran with ace-ten into the ace-king suited of Christophe Enrici. Augusto Cavazzini had to settle for eighth place after losing a flip with fours against the ace-nine of Alain and Enrici came seventh. He lost most of his stack in a straight over straight spot against Werner Eder to bow out soon after.

Mario Eder followed in sixth, he shoved the small blind with king-seven suited and fellow Austrian Werner Eder called with queen-three suited to flop a three and river a queen. Stephane Genet sent the chips to the very same opponent, his king-jack was no match to the ace-jack of Eder.

What followed was a roller coaster ride for Werner Eder, who eventually got short and busted under cruel circumstances. Dueval Fenton had raised to more than four big blinds and called the shove with six-five suited. Eder had pocket tens and turned a set, but Fenton rivered a gutshot.

The final trio didn’t waste much time in getting their stacks into the middle and it was all over no longer than 20 minutes later. Fenton turned top pair with queen-seven and Didier snapped him off with aces. After less than a dozen hands of heads up, Alain four-bet shoved with ace-jack and Didier called with ace-seven to spike a seven in the window.

Final result of Event #3

Place Player Country Payout
1 Jean-Pierre Didier France $17,700
2 Patrick Alain Sint Maarten $10,900
3 Dueval Fenton Sint Maarten $7,900
4 Werner Eder Austria $5,900
5 Stephane Genet Sint Maarten $4,400
6 Mario Eder Austria $3,400
7 Christophe Enrici Sint Maarten $2,600
8 Augusto Cavazzini Italy $2,050
9 Jacco van Limpt Netherlands $1,640

Tuesday November 8th will see the final nine players of the $365 Six-Handed Event #10 return to the tables at 3.30 p.m. local time and the top seven spots get paid at least $940, the winner will receive $6,400 and the second WSOPC ring of the festival.

The $365 Monster Stack Event #13 will kick off with Day 1 at 6 p.m. local time, a $65 Turbo Satellite for it runs two hours earlier. And as of 9 p.m. local time, there is also another edition of the $135 Survivor Event that pays $500 to the top 20% of the field.

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