Justin Boggs is a hobbyist player who occasionally catches some cash, but the Ohio teacher scored his biggest win yet this week with a $139,920 payday at the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana $1,675 Main Event. He earned his first-ever Circuit ring and came out on top of 423 other players to bring his total live earnings to $162,292.
Boggs outlasted Maurice Hawkins and Josh Reichard to make it to the final table, which he landed at with the lead in chip count. He was quick to score his first elimination when his pocket threes bested the king-ace of North Carolinian Christopher Carey to eliminate the ninth-place player.
Jerry Robinson, also of North Carolina, fell in eighth place and Boggs saw a fall from the top when he lost a close matchup to Scott Montgomery. George Lusby and Hamid Izadi fell in seventh and sixth, respectively, after some poorly-timed all-ins came back to bite them. Seventh place paid $21,026 and sixth earned the Georgia native $27,074.
Next would see Montgomery, the only player that had truly challenged Boggs up to this point, hit the rain in fifth place. The Canadian got in on an A-Q against the K-J of Wendy Freedman, and hit the rail for $35,374. Al Hencheck then shoved under the gun with an unsuited 9-8, Boggs called with an A-J and an ace on the flop sent the game into three-handed play.
Michael Foley was in a bad spot when Boggs three-bet a pair of kings and snap called Foley’s A-9. The board ran blank and Freedman found herself down 3-1 going into heads up. It was a short final matchup, eventually ending with Freedman’s A-2 calling to the dominant A-9 of Boggs. Neither player managed a pair and second place earned $86,464.
“I respect the game so much and I respect the players. I am just grateful to be in this position,” Boggs said after the win.
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Photo credit: WSOP.
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