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21 year old wins Winter Bayou Poker Challenge

The 2008 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge ended today and was won by Justin “Lockdown Tex” Allen. He took the first-place victory as well as the prize money which totaled $158,290. Also this year, all winners from the Bayou poker series, including Allen, were presented with a gold ring. As well as this, Allen also received a travel package to the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas valued at $11,000.

Of the 103 total entrants, only the top 18 were able to collect prize money. The event took place over three consecutive days inside the special events centre at Harrah’s New Orleans. Among the famous names playing poker in the event this year was Paul Prudhomme, world-famous chef and restaurateur.

The tournament generated a prize pool of $488,550. However, the nine events in the Bayou schedule generated total prize money of $1,024,854.

After the first day of play, 70 of the 103 players were eliminated, and day two reduced the players down to the final eight. On the last day, the chip lead only changed once with Allen seizing it early on. Allen, who turned 21 two months ago, is a poker pro from Dallas, TX, who has only recently moved from online to live play.

The 2009 World Series of Poker Circuit will be returning to Harrah’s New Orleans in May, making it the fifth consecutive year that New Orleans has served as the final stop on the annual circuit.

Danielle Almond
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