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Paul “Kwick Fish” Wasicka Wins At WSOPC In Tunica

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Paul Wasicka, The 2006 WSOP Main Event second place finisher took first in the WSOP Circuit Tunica Championship Event Wednesday, banking $139,422 and a seat in this year’s Main Event. The $5,000 buy-in tournament attracted a total of 96 players consisting of mainly local pros and some big-name out-of-towners like poker player Paul Wasicka.

The fifth stop of the WSOPC 2009-2010 season at Harrah's Tunica in Tunica, Mississippi begins Jan. 20 with the first of 19 ring events. The tournament began on Monday with 96 players putting $5,000 on the line to take down a WSOP Circuit Championship, a diamond and gold ring and, perhaps more importantly, their buy-in for the 2010 WSOP Main Event. With slightly over $440,000 on the line for the final 9, play was marked in the early going by the professionals taking the lead over the best amateurs the Mid-South had to offer. Top online professional Matt “All In At 420” Stout was atop the leader board, with such players as 2009 European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona champion Carter Phillips, two time WSOP Circuit ring winner Dwyte Pilgrim, and Victory Poker sponsored pro Paul Wasicka. Such pros as Gavin Smith, Tommy Vedes, and Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler were among those not to survive Day One.

WSOP-C Tunica Results
1.Paul Wasicka - $139,422
2. Larry Gurner - $94,488
3. Richard Robb - $62,965
4. Shane Zell - $44,975
5. Carter Phillips - $35,980
6. Dwyte Pilgrim - $26,985
7. Matt Stout - $17,990
8. Robert Thornhill - $14,617
9. Jerry Saucier - $12,368

“This is something that I’ve been searching for, for a very long time, “This is just awesome, it was always about the money, but now it was about just taking one down.” poker pro Paul Wasicka said.

Paul Wasicka then made flush in a battle of ace-ten suited hands to send Shane Zell out fourth and just a few hands later, Robb’s ace-jack fell to Gurney’s ace-nine to set up the heads-up match. Wasicka and Gurney began about even, but after winning a 270,000 pot right at the outset, Wasicka took a lead he would never relinquish.
He eventually built up more than a 5-1 chip lead before Gurney shoved with pocket fours on a 9 of Hearts, 8 of Spades and 6 of Clubs flop. Wasicka called with 9 of Diamonds, 8of Diamonds for top two and the title was his.

About Paul Wasicka: Paul Wasicka was born in Dallas, Texas on February 17, 1981. At the poker table he has a nickname of “Kwick Fish.” Paul hasn’t been a poker player very long, he began playing in 2004 when he went to an underground tournament in Denver, Colorado. Before he had started playing poker, Paul had worked as a bartender and restaurant manager.

Paul Wasicka is known primarily for his second place finish to Jamie Gold in the 2006 World Series Of Poker Event (WSOP). Paul Wasicka won $6 million for his performance. Paul also won the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, taking home $500,000 for his victory He has also made one final table at the World Poker Tour, finishing fourth at the LA Poker Classic, earning $455,615. To date, Paul Wasicka has won over $7.3 million and play online poker at Full Tilt Poker.

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