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A relative newcomer to the poker scene picked up his first title Tuesday at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop. Austin Farmer, a 22-year-old player out of Virginia, took down the $600 NLHE Six-max Big Blind Ante tourney for his first recorded title and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. The $23,648 first-place prize was also a nice addition.
Farmer had hoped to participate in the recent WSOP Circuit tournament at Coconut Creek. However, a bout of bronchitis kept him away, so he made the eight-and-a-half-hour trip to Indiana for the next WSOP installment. It was well worth it, as Farmer bested a field of 164 players for the win.
The prize pool swelled to $84,451 because of the turnout and the 18 finalists all took home some cash in the two-day event. At the end of the first day, Farmer set the stage, amassing 639,000 chips.
He maintained his lead throughout virtually all of Day 2 and, with only seven players remaining, was still the chip leader. He was also the only player to break the one-million chip mark. His closest competition at the time was Kyle Cruse, who would wind up being eliminated in third place for $10,495.
Farmer would ultimately face off against William Davis in the final heads-up battle. The duel was tough, but Farmer managed to hold onto his lead and finally eliminated Davis, who took home $14,619 for his second-place finish.