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Longtime Poker Player Campbell Davis Wins First Major Tournament and $134,058: Newlywed to buy house with prize money
One day after the largest tournament in Jack Binion World Poker Open history, the second-largest tournament ever in the Mid-South took place on a weekend filled with plenty of excitement and action. A whopping 1,117 players paid $500 each for the chance to become this year’s latest poker champion. The ultimate winner was Campbell Davis, a serious part-time poker pro, who lives in the Dallas area. Davis entered his first tournament 15 years ago, but this marked his first major win. He received $134,058 and the coveted gold and diamond bracelet for first place.
The tournament was a real marathon. After playing for 15 hours during the previous day in which the 10th-place finisher busted out at 3 am, the nine finalists took their seats at the final table on Day Two. Players were eliminated in the following order:
9th Place – Al Capozzi started-off second-lowest in chips and was down to just $5K when he made his final stand with A-5 suited. He lost to two-pair and exited as the 9th-place finisher. For Capozzi, a building contractor from Massachusetts, it was his first final table at a major event.
8th Place – Bill Mann went out a few minutes later when his pocket Fives were blasted away by pocket Aces. Mann, a 55-year-old retiree from Louisiana playing in his first poker tournament, collected $15,468.
7th Place – Dave Tobin, a 44-year-old storeowner from Prairie Du Chien, WI, came to the final table with high hopes but lost a few critical pots early and was short-stacked when he played his last hand of the night, K-8 suited, which ultimately lost to trip 6s. Tobin, the winner of two poker Limit Hold’em tournaments at Canterbury Park (Minneapolis) has played in the JBWPO five straight years. This was his best finish here, which paid $20,624.
6th Place – David Warren, age 31, took one of the worst beats at the final table when he lost with K-K to Campbell Davis’ 7-7 after a 7 flopped for trips. The huge pot was a major turning point for both players. It gave Davis a huge stack of chips, and knocked Warren out of the tournament. Warren, who is in the construction business, nailed down $25,780 for 6th place.
5th Place – Vipul Kothari arrived on Day Two second in chips, but had a horrible run of bad cards and miserable luck en route to a disappointing 5th-place finish. Kothari went out with J-8 versus K-J on his final hand and collected $30,936 in his first JBWPO appearance.
4th Place – David Notaro, who calls himself an “unemployed poker player,” suffered the nightmare of all nightmares, when he was dealt K-K and ran into the only possible hand that was better, pocket Aces. Campbell Davis’ raked in the big pot, which left Notaro crippled. After the tough loss, he fought to stay alive for the next hour as the blinds increased to the point where he had to make a stand. On his final hand, he lost with A-6 versus 8-8. The pocket 8s held up and Notaro, who has made final tables at the “Pot of Gold” tournament in Reno in the past, was paid 36,092 for 4th place.
3rd Place – Glen Banks, age 44, came to the final table third in chips, and shot par at the poker table – finishing third. He lost a few key pots to Chad Moore, each time having the better hand pre-flop, but missing when blanks fell on board. He played his last hand of the night with A-3 against Moore, who made two pair. Banks made a final table at the Mid-America Open (Tunica) in 2004 and won several entries through satellites (including this one). He later said, “I got hooked on the game two years ago and have had the fever ever since.” $41,248 in prize money is sure to make his temperature rise even higher.
The last two players were arguably the most experienced of the tournament finalists. Heads-up play between Campbell Davis, from Texas, and Chad Moore, from Indiana, began with Davis enjoying a 4 to 1 chip advantage. Up to that point, Davis had clearly been the more aggressive player. Davis won several key pots, while Moore – the chip leader from the start -- played more cautiously, patiently waiting for the opportunity to play one-on-one.
Within a few hands, it looked like the poker duel might end quickly. Davis immediately rocketed up into a 18 to 1 chip lead. Then, a remarkable reversal of fortune took place, as Moore won the next seven consecutive hands. On the third hand of the rush. Moore rivered a heart flush, putting him down about 4 to 1, but within striking distance of the chip lead. Four hands later, the chip count was close to even.
Bu all bubbles eventually burst. All rushes end. Moore’s momentum ended abruptly when he went for his eighth-straight pot. Campbell made two pair, Kings and Jacks, against Moore’s top pair. The result was like a roaring freight train running into a brick wall. Moore never recovered. Just as quickly as it had come, the momentum abruptly ended. And just four hands later the tournament was over.
On the final hand of the night, Moore (with Q-6) flopped a pair and was ‘all in.’ Davis (with 7-4) called and when the final board showed 9-6-5-4-8, Davis had made a straight to lock up the victory.
Chad Moore, a 37-year-old poker pro, has now made final tables at the United States Poker Championships, the World Poker Finals, and the JBWPO. He received $71,152 as the runner up in this event.
The winner, Campbell Davis is a longtime poker player, who spent many years playing in private games around Dallas. The 49-year-old salesman and semi-pro, has made final tables at Canterbury Park, the Bicycle Club, and here at the JBWPO (Po-Limit Omaha in 2004).
“The first few rounds, I was getting blinded off and was starting to worry I might not go very far,” Davis said afterward. “Then, about halfway through I won with pocket Aces and against pocket Kings – and everything took off from there.”
Indeed, Davis cracked his opponents’ Kings twice (with trip 7s on one key hand and with pocket Aces on the other), as those two hands propelled him into the chip lead and on to victory.
Davis was recently married to his wife Laticia in November, and was obviously encouraged by her presence at the final table. The newlyweds are expecting their first child soon and will use the prize money to help purchase a house. For Davis, his first poker championship could not have come at a better time.
Final Table Started at: 4:15 pm CST
Final Table Ended at: 7:55 pm CST
Report by Nolan Dalla – JBWPO Media Director
Tournament Director – David Eglseder
Co-Tournament Director (Horseshoe) – Ken Lambert, Jr.
Co-Tournament Director (Gold Strike) – Robert McGovern
2005 Jack Binion World Poker Open Event 3 Results