David Tuthill, a 24-year-old poker player from St. Petersburg in Florida, emerged as the champion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013 Circuit Caesars Palace tournament, an NL Hold’em re-entry event with a buy-in of $1,676. Tuthill had to defeat a massive field of 744 players to win this event.
As the champion, Tuthill collected an attractive first prize of $223,197 along with 912 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) Points, which pushed him to the 23rd position on the POY leader board. Speaking about his achievement, the poker player said, “It’s literally a dream come true.” This happens to be the first poker title Tuthill has won in the course of his poker career.
Tuthill had to play against Jeffery Fielder, who won $312,080 playing the main event of the Choctaw leg of the WSOP Circuit last month, in order to win the event. When the final day of the event began, Fielder was the chip leader and many believed that he would soon win his second WSOP Circuit title. However, he finished in the sixth position and collected a prize of $43,691 along with 304 POY Points, an accomplishment that gave him the 12th position on the POY leader board.
Tuthill soon found himself playing heads up against A. P. Phahurat, a regular circuit player. The heads up match lasted for more than one hour before the final hand was played. Phahurat placed a wager of 450,000 on the flop, which Tuthill raised to 975,000 chips. Phahurat then bet all in, following which Tuthill called. Ultimately, Tuthill turned out to be the player with the better hand and won the championship title as well as the jackpot. As the runner up, Phahurat won a prize of $137,603, along with 760 POY Points.
Here are the final table results, along with cash prizes and POY Points earned. As the champion and the runner-up of the event, David Tuthill and A. P. Phahurat won $223,197 (912 POY Points) and $137,603 (760 POY Points), respectively.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth were Bradley Zusman ($101,444 and 608 POY Points), Fabio Coppola ($75,609 and 456 POY Points), Brian Kay ($57,106 and 380 POY Points), and Jeffrey Fielder ($43,691 and 304 POY Points), respectively. The players who finished seventh, eighth, and ninth were Ping Liu ($33,848 and 228 POY Points), Steven Goldberg ($26,550 and 152 POY Points), and Salvatore Dicario ($21,018 and 26 POY Points), respectively.