Little Rock's Sam Barnhart finishes 17th in World Series of Poker Main Event

LAS VEGAS ( - Little Rock's Sam Barnhart has had an amazing year so far on the felt, especially World Series of Poker-branded felt. He won the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event for nearly $150,000 and then went on to win the $1,000,000 National Championship freeroll to the tune of $300,000.

He had a good run in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, but was eliminated Tuesday night.

From middle position, Sam Barnhart raised to 550,000 chips. Pius Heinz reraised all in from the small blind for 5.51 million. When action got back to Barnhart, he called and was all in for less at 4.025 million.

Barnhart held the 9 of diamonds and 9 of clubs, and Heinz the king of diamonds and king of spades. Barnhart would need a nine or some other form of help in order to win this one and stay alive.

The flop came down jack of clubs, 4 of spades, and 3 of hearts, and Barnhart missed so far. The turn was the 10 of hearts and now just one of the remaining two nines on the river would give Barnhart the double up in order for him to stave elimination.

The river completed the board with the 8 of spades and it wasn't what Barnhart needed. He was eliminated in 17th place for $378,796.

This score puts his 2011 tournament earnings up to over $835,000.