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Rookie Carter Phillips wins Event 16

Updated: June 10, 2010, 4:30 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

In the latest ESPN The Magazine, you'll notice a little small section about rookies to watch at the 2010 WSOP. Carter Phillips was one of those players, thanks to his tremendous success overseas on the European Poker Tour. After winning his first career bracelet in Event 16, he'll be one to follow for quite a long time.

Carter Phillips
WSOPPhotos.comCarter Phillips has $1.8 million in tournament earnings over the last two years.

Event 16 was the largest six-handed poker tournament in history. A $1,500 buy-in attracted a field of 1,663 players and created a prize pool of $2,245,050 and a $482,774 top prize that would go to Phillips. This was the first WSOP cash for the 21-year-old from North Carolina and he was thrilled after the victory.

"It's 10 times more exciting that anything I could have imagined," said Phillips. "After I turned 21, winning a bracelet was my main priority. I was playing a lot in Europe before I turned 21. I won an EPT event in Barcelona in September [2009]. But winning something on my home turf means much more."

Phillips only became a professional poker player 18 months ago, but in that time, he's earned $1.8 million on the tournament circuit.

"I did not start playing poker until I turned 18," he said. "I studied the game really hard. I spend an enormous number of hours playing online. Playing got me a lot of experience. There are a lot of good online training sites. Also, the biggest thing is talking with friends -- that's mainly how I have gotten better is talking with friends and discussing hands."

One of his friends, Craig "HU4ROLLZ" Bergeron, was actually at the table with him and finished in third.

The final table was the second youngest final table in WSOP history with an average age of 22.8 years. The oldest player at the six-player final table was Hugo Perez at age 26.

Other notable finishers from Event 16 include Brian Micon (29th), Jordan Morgan (30th), Lee Childs (33rd) and Mark Seif (35th).

Below are the complete results of Event 16 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 16: six-handed no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 1,663
Prize pool: $2,245,050
Players in the money: 162

1. Carter Phillips ($482,774)
2. Samuel Gerber ($298,726)
3. Craig Bergeron ($189,661)
4. Hugo Perez ($124,690)
5. Russell Thomas ($84,256)
6. David Diaz ($58,483)
7. Thong Tran ($41,645)
8. Mikhail Lakhitov ($41,645)
9. Alexander Wilson ($30,420)
10. Mark Flowers ($30,420)
11. Matthew Ezrol ($22,787)
12. Kevin Iacofano ($22,787)
13. Matt Zoorob ($17,488)
14. Conrad Monica ($17,488)
15. Michael Meyers ($17,488)
16. Jesse Martin ($17,488)
17. Ryan Snickles ($17,488)
18. Steven Tabb ($17,488)
19. Daniel Johnson ($13,739)
20. Steven Fenic ($13,739)
21. Feming Chan ($13,739)
22. Matthew Schulte ($13,739)
23. Eric Bolinder ($13,739)
24. Sanghyon Cheong ($13,739)
25. Dennis Wong ($11,045)
26. Ray Henson ($11,045)
27. Milad Jorshari ($11,045)
28. Nicholas Davies ($11,045)
29. Bryan Micon ($11,045)
30. Jordan Morgan ($11,045)
31. Blake Slade ($9,070)
32. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy ($9,070)
33. Lee Childs ($9,070)
34. Dorlan Schick ($9,070)
35. Mark Seif ($9,070)
36. Stuart Barclay ($9,070)
37. Roger Teska ($7,610)
38. Chris Viox ($7,610)
39. Wesley Clark ($7,610)
40. JP Kelly ($7,610)
41. Michael Downey ($7,610)
42. Dash Dudley ($7,610)
43. Robert Williamson ($6,533)
44. Chris Bjorin ($6,533)
45. Jorge Arias ($6,533)
46. David Sands ($6,533)
47. Matthew Mercurio ($6,533)
48. Simon Nguyen ($6,533)
49. Timothy Adams ($5,724)
50. Jonathan Duhamel ($5,724)
51. Darren Elias ($5,724)
52. Kevin Boudreau ($5,724)
53. David Olson ($5,724)
54. Steven Kelly ($5,724)
55. Jeffrey Chu ($5,118)
56. William Lin ($5,118)
57. Anthony Lessel ($5,118)
58. Cort Kibler-Melby ($5,118)
59. Kenneth Terrell ($5,118)
60. Chad Layne ($5,118)
61. Joseph Stefan ($4,669)
62. Anthony Licastro ($4,669)
63. Rui Cao ($4,669)
64. Rio Gralnick ($4,669)
65. Matthew Waxman ($4,669)
66. Tyler Netter ($4,669)
67. Gabriels Lepore ($4,288)
68. Angus Lynn ($4,288)
69. Steven Rice ($4,288)
70. Vincent Vanderfluit ($4,288)
71. Dustin Bailey ($4,288)
72. Scott Barrows ($4,288)
73. Daniel Quinn ($4,288)
74. Per Alexander Hildebrand ($4,288)
75. Ralph Ratchford ($4,288)
76. Simon Charette ($4,288)
77. Julien Nuijten ($4,288)
78. Allan Silberstang ($4,288)
79. Marc-Pierre Chadi ($3,951)
80. Steven McNally ($3,951)
81. Michael Kucinski ($3,951)
82. Tristan Wade ($3,951)
83. Christopher Lindh ($3,951)
84. Evgeniy Zaytsev ($3,951)
85. Stefan Rapp ($3,951)
86. Tyler Witteman ($3,951)
87. Arun Chugani ($3,951)
88. Stephen Moss ($3,951)
89. Nathan Huvelle ($3,951)
90. Lance Harris ($3,951)
91. James Guinther ($3,636)
92. Neil Tyler ($3,636)
93. Eric Buchman ($3,636)
94. Eduard Scharf ($3,636)
95. Ronald Grauer ($3,636)
96. Jerry Yang ($3,636)
97. Aaron Mermelstein ($3,636)
98. Tyler Chung ($3,636)
99. Derek Christensen ($3,636)
100. Chris Wafula ($3,636)
101. Samuel Bernstein ($3,636)
102. Francois Billard ($3,636)
103. Benjamin Roberts ($3,636)
104. Andre Akkari ($3,636)
105. Jamie McCarrel ($3,636)
106. James Herndon ($3,636)
107. Jamal Clark ($3,636)
108. Ronald Lee ($3,636)
109. Robert Lipkin ($3,345)
110. David Pederson ($3,345)
111. Kevin Haw ($3,345)
112. Al Barbieri ($3,345)
113. Aaron Steury ($3,345)
114. Bruce Seaquist ($3,345)
115. Manish Patel ($3,345)
116. Judson Dymond ($3,345)
117. Donald Rubinstein ($3,345)
118. Francois Balmigere ($3,345)
119. Justin Filtz ($3,345)
120. Carl Johnson ($3,345)
121. Jan Skampa ($3,345)
122. Jeffrey Palarino ($3,345)
123. Michael Darling ($3,345)
124. Steve Yea ($3,345)
125. Paul Whiting ($3,345)
126. Basile Blancpain ($3,345)
127. Brook Whisenant ($3,075)
128. Richard Robinson ($3,075)
129. Matthew Hawrilenko ($3,075)
130. Jeffrey Levine ($3,075)
131. Hoyt Corkins ($3,075)
132. James Goldstein ($3,075)
133. Andrew Dyonisio ($3,075)
134. Nicholas Petrangelo ($3,075)
135. Anthony Spinella ($3,075)
136. Brian Kennish ($3,075)
137. Ryan Thurlow ($3,075)
138. Ted Lawson ($3,075)
139. Andrew Mullens ($3,075)
140. Joeph Kustosz ($3,075)
141. Mikhael Saakian ($3,075)
142. Dominik Kulicki ($3,075)
143. Steven Dibari ($3,075)
144. Chad Thomsen ($3,075)
145. Steven Schartner ($2,828)
146. Dennis Marinack ($2,828)
147. Felipa Ramos ($2,828)
148. Antonio Girardi ($2,828)
149. Ryhan Hughes ($2,828)
150. Kevin Kansler ($2,828)
151. Cyril Jassinowsky ($2,828)
152. William Mikolay ($2,828)
153. Rodrigo Sirichuk ($2,828)
154. Lance Schuchard ($2,828)
155. Elizabeth Indig ($2,828)
156. Nabih Zaczac ($2,828)
157. Christopher Kassela ($2,828)
158. Thomas Manzella ($2,828)
159. Marc Davis ($2,828)
160. Michael Glasser ($2,828)
161. James St Hilaire ($2,828)
162. Mark Kohner ($2,828)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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