The recently concluded World Series of Poker Circuit Series stop in Hammond, Indiana had some impressive attendance numbers, and one of the most impressive numbers was the number of entrants in the Main Event, a $1,500 buy-in No Limit Holdem tournament. The final tally was an impressive figure, topping off at 1,536 players. When all was said and done the total prize-pool reached over $2.3 million, with a first-place prize of over $385,000.
The field wasn’t just large, it also contained some very big names in the poker world, with players like Mike Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, Brian Hastings, Gavin Smith, Chad Brown, Victor Ramdin, Jean, Allen Kessler, Matt Affleck, Ryan Julius, Harrison Gimbel, Amanda Musumeci, Faraz Jaka, and Dan Heimiller all taking part in the Main event in Hammond.
Unfortunately none of these players would reach the final table, as the only fairly well-known player amongst the final nine players was WSOPC ring winner Tripp Kirk, with rising star Claudia Crawford finishing in 10th place after going completely card-dead on the final day of the tournament, after entering the day as the chip-leader.
The final day ended up belonging to Josh Williams, who surged to the chip-lead as the field was pared down to the final nine players, and was able to hold on and close out the tournament by defeating Ryan Reiss in heads-up play. This was Williams first big tournament score, although he did finish 5th in a $250 buy-in event during the Chicago Poker Classic this past February. All four of Williams career cashes have come at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
In addition to the massive payday, Williams also won a seat at the WSOPC National Championship, a $1,000,000 freeroll tournament that will be held at the conclusion of the WSOPC season. This time around the event will not take place at the World Series of Poker, instead it will be held in New Orleans in May of 2013.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:
- Josh Williams — $385,909
- Ryan Riess — $239,063
- Tripp Kirk — $180,403
- Sean Szurko — $137,088
- Zal Irini — $104,371
- Brad Albrinck — $80,179
- Shiva Dudani — $62,438
- Nick Guagenti — $49,075
- Erik Roussakis — $39,168
The next stop on WSOPC tour will be at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, Canada beginning on October 27, 2012. This will be the first trip to Canada for the tour.
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