Terry Ogle started the final table with the chip lead at the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Caesar's Indiana, but he had some close competitors and the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year waiting in the weeds as he chased the first place prize money, the Circuit champion's ring and the $10,000 entry into next summer's World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Chips stacks and seat assignments looked like this as the final table began -
1. Terry Ogle 339,000
2. Carlos Uz 329,000
3. James Lindsay 74,000
4. Tom Schneider 42,500
5. Chris Viox 67,500
6. Vito Casullo Jr. 137,500
7. Thomas Hover 43,500
8. Chris Moore 239,500
9. Marc Fratter 115,500
It was going to be a fast-paced day if the first hand was any indicator. Thomas Hover put all his chips in the middle preflop and was looked up by both Carlos Uz and Vito Casullo. The flop brought , and Uz and Casullo both checked. Uz fired at the pot when the turn brought the and Casullo folded. Heads-up with Hover, Uz tabled and Hover turned over . No 7 on the river to fill Hover's gutshot, and he was busted in 9th ($13,768).
Tom Schneider's run this summer included multiple WSOP final tables, a bracelet and the Player of the Year title. This week he added a WSOP Circuit Event final table to his resume, and he put the last of his short stack in the middle with , finding two callers in Vito Casullo and Chris Moore. Casullo fired at the flop and Moore folded. Casullo revealed , leaving Schneider with only one clean out to win, the . It didn't come, and Schneider was busted in 8th for $20,652.
James Lindsey was next to stick the last of his chips in the middle, going all in over the top of Vito Casullo and Carols Uz's preflop limps. Only Uz called, and Lindsey was in good position to double up with against Uz's . The on the flop gave Uz the lead, and no help came for Lindsey as he exited in 7th place ($27,536). Chris Viox went all in after Carlos Uz and Terry Ogle limped a few hands later, and again it was Uz as the only caller. Uz once again held A-9, this time suited in hearts, and Viox tabled . No help on the flop for Viox, and he went to the rail in 6th place ($34,420).
After a brief lull in the action, two back-to-back eliminations picked up the pace again. In the first, Carlos Uz, Vito Casullo and Chris Moore all limped in, and the flop brought . The players checked around on the flop, and checked again when the came on the turn. Moore led out in last position when the hit the river, and Uz raised enough to put him all in. Casullo got out of the way, and Moore made the all in call with for trips on the flop, but was eliminated when Uz showed for the flush on the river. Moore picked up $41,304 for his 5th-place finish.
On the next hand Terry Ogle raised preflop and was called by both Vito Casullo and Marc Fretter. The flop came , and Fretter fired at it. Casullo folded and Ogle went all in. Fretter called with for the flopped set, and Ogle was drawing to two outs with . No more eights came and Ogle was eliminated in 4th place ($55,072).
It didn't take much three-handed play for Vito Casullo to get all his chips in preflop with , finding a caller in Marc Fretter, who showed . The board came down , and the Queen on the river counterfeited Casullo's two pair and sent him home in 3rd ($68,840).
With the remaining chip stacks nearly even, Marc Fretter and Carlos Uz made a deal for the money and decided to play it out for the championship ring and the Main Event prize package. After 42 hands of heads-up play, the stacks were still virtually even, and the two decided to play one last hand for the win. With all the chips in preflop, Fretter mucked his hand on the flop of , giving Carlos Uz the WSOP Indiana championship and the ring, along with $165,000. Fretter's piece of the deal was $175,034 and the $11,000 WSOP Main Event prize package for his 2nd-place finish.