After Mendoza caught an ace on the river to double thru Kelsall, he carried that momentum over the next 20 minutes or so into the chip lead.
Finally, A.J. Kelsall raised to 125,000, Romeo Mendoza reraised to 425,000, and Kelsall thought for a while before he moved all in for 1,445,000.
Mendoza thought for a bit before he called with , and Kelsall turned over . Kelsall needed his hand to hold to stay alive.
The board came , and the board double-paired to counterfeit Kelsall’s pocket tens, giving Mendoza the victory with the two pair on the board and his king kicker.
Kelsall finished as the runner-up, earning $54,831, while Mendoza won the title, the WSOP Circuit Ring, and $88,717.
Stay tuned for a recap for this event.
1st: Romeo Mendoza – $88,717 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: A.J. Kelsall – $54,831
3rd: Eric Salazar – $38,190
4th: Steven Veneziano – $27,206
5th: James Calderaro – $19,834
6th: Miguel Hernandez – $14,805
7th: William Medina Diaz – $11,322
8th: Hamid Izadi – $8,876
9th: Ben Diebold – $7,138
10th: Arkadiy Tsinis – $5,891