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Josef Tittjung and Askia Ingram won their first Circuit rings; Events 6 and 7 return for Day 2

Tulsa, OK (March 21st, 2018) - Two events awarded rings on Tuesday, with both players being first-time winners. Event #4 was the Double Stack event and bragging rights went to Josef Tittjung. He defeated a tough competitor in three-time ring winner Justin Gardenhire. The two battled for a couple of levels before Tittjung chipped away and finally sealed the deal. He pocketed $23,806 for the win and Gardenhire earned himself $14,717 for his runner-up finish.

A few hours later, Askia Ingram found himself heads-up against 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Tulsa Main Event champion Will Berry. The two battled back and forth, exchanging chip leads, but Ingram came out on top in the end. The last hand saw Ingram shove with two fives and Berry called with king-seven. It was a flip, but Ingram flopped a set and Berry was left drawing dead by the turn. Ingram earned $6,998 plus $800 in bounties along with his first ever WSOP Circuit ring. Berry took home $4,327 for second place.

Event #6 was the two-day $365 No-Limit Hold'em ring event and finished the day with four players. Day 2 is slated to resume at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and play down to a winner. Leading the way is Shawn Sparks, with Charles Bass in contention for his second Circuit ring and sitting in second in chips.

Event #7 was the two-day #580 Pot-Limit Omaha ring event and finished the day with 10 players. Day 2 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday as well. The chip leader is two-time ring winner John Richards, with 13 total rings on the final table. Dan Lowery has six, Justin Gardenhire has three and Damian Radanov and Robert Cote each have one.

With the $1,675 Main Event with $1,000,000 guaranteed beginning on Thursday, just one new event is on the schedule for Wednesday. The $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed ring event is at 11:00 a.m. and will carry over into Thursday.

There will be a 9:00 a.m. $65 satellite into any $365 ring event, a 4:00 p.m. $135 turbo satellite into the Main Event and a 7:00 p.m. $250 mega satellite into the Main Event also.

The Hard Rock Tulsa will be hosting this event, with an amazing hotel and dining options available throughout the series. Information can be found on their website, and the hotel code is WSOP2018.

This hub will be updated daily with information on day-to-day events and results as they complete.

Wednesday's Events


11:00 AM - Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed (2-Day)

  • 10,000 starting stack
  • 30-minute blinds for 18 levels, 45-minutes thereafter
  • Unlimited entries until the close of registration (start of Level 9 at ~3:30 p.m.)
  • 15-minute breaks every two hours
  • 60-minute dinner break after Level 12 (~5:30 p.m.)
  • Day 1 concludes at the end of Level 22 (~1:00 a.m.)
  • Day 2 resumes at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday
  • Structure

1:00 PM - DAY 2 Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

1:00 PM - DAY 2 Event #7: $580 Pot-Limit Omaha

9:00 AM -
$65 satellite into any $365 ring event
4:00 PM - $135 NLH Turbo Satellite into the Main Event ($1,675)
7:00 PM - $250 NLH Mega Satellite into the Main Event ($1,675)

 Completed Events

Event #1: $365 Monster Stack - J.W. Lorett tops 422 entries to win $27,853
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #2: $365 NLH $250K - Yordanos 'Yoyo' Mebrahtu tops 1,458 entries to win $75,454
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em 1-Day - Nick Koliastasis tops 278 entries to win $20,018
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #4: $365 NLH Double Stack - Josef Tittjung tops 345 entries to win $23,806
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

Event #5: $365 NLH Black Chip Bounty - Askia Ingram tops 125 entries to win $6,998
Results | Official Report | Winner's Photo

 Casino Champion Race

As usual, the winner of the Casino Champion race, along with the winner of the Main Event, will receive entry into the 2018 Global Casino Championship in August. J.W. Lorett and, Yordanos Mebrahtu and Nick Koliastasis currently sit in the lead in a tie with their wins, however that will change once results are processed overnight.

About the Winners

Event #1: J.W. Lorett
Supported by a massive rail behind him, J.W. Lorett took down the $365 Monster Stack in his hometown in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is Lorett’s biggest score worth $27,853, along with his first ever Circuit ring. “It feels great. I really started playing poker when the Hard Rock opened (2009). Ever since, I have never left. Except to go to Choctaw and some other big tournaments.”

Lorett has made many final tables in his time but he said to a couple of other players: “This is the hardest final table I’ve ever been on.” He came in to the final table with one of the top stacks and managed to hold on. “It was very tough. I was down and then back up, down and then back up again. It was done on a lot of instinct. I’ve always said, any two cards can win” exclaimed a smiling Lorett.

Event #2: Yordanos 'Yoyo' Mebrahtu
The winner of Event #2: $365 No-Limit Hold’em with $250,000 guaranteed is Yordanos ‘Yoyo’ Mebrahtu. The local poker player is a regular on the tournament scene and booked her biggest career win for $74,454 and her first Circuit ring. “It feels good. It’s a lot of pressure” admitted Mebrahtu.

The final table was full of tough opponents, but Mebrahtu said “I’ve played with all of them – I’ve played for years. It was a lot of pressure.” Mebrahtu was soft spoken, but clearly a fan favorite with a big rail cheering her on the whole time.

Event #3: Nick Koliastasis
Nick Koliastasis has taken down Event #3 at Hard Rock Tulsa for $20,018, booking his biggest career win. This may have been his biggest win, but it was also his 12th, making him no stranger to the tournament scene. When asked what his secret was, Koliastasis smiled and said, “I'm too old. I have a little experience!”

Coming into the final table, Koliastasis was in the middle of pack but he spun his way to the top. Koliastasis said he didn’t have a set plan. “Just play like everybody else and just get lucky. I started to play the players - that's all!” exclaimed Koliastasis. The newly-crowned champ plans on playing everything this week with the hopes of snagging a second ring.

Event #4: Josef Tittjung
Josef Tittjung is a regular poker player in Oklahoma and has competed in tournaments with Scotty Nguyen. He finally won his first WSOP Circuit ring in one of his home casinos and couldn’t be happier. “This stuff is great, you know. I love it. I love the challenge - there's some super players here.” Tittjung won the Double Stack for his second-biggest score worth $23,806. He defeated three-time Circuit ring champion Justin Gardenhire.

Tittjung is a veteran of the game and started playing five and seven-card stud back in the day. “I was in Vegas in the early part of the 70's and I was walking around these tables and thought, what the heck? What's with these community cards?” laughed Tittjung. He eventually became accustomed to the game and the rest is history. The newly-crowned champion is now a regular in these parts and hopes to continue his winning streak the rest of the week. “I love that challenge. It's a mind game” continued Tittjung.

Event #5: Askia Ingram
A proud Askia Ingram has taken down the Black Chip Bounty event for $6,998 and his very first ring. He defeated a tough competitor in Will Berry and said, “he’s a beast, man.” Ingram came in to heads up play down six-to-one in chips and clawed his way back. “I've been searching for a win for a while. I used to watch all these guys on TV and figured I could do it too” said a confident Ingram.

When talking about his strategy, Ingram said he spoke with a good friend and player about it. “I talked to one of my friends, kind of pow-wow chatted with him. Hand ranges and stuff. I do very well in tournaments. The other cashes were bigger, but this means the most because it's a ring” explained Ingram. He mostly plays cash games, but is in the hunt for more points and more rings.

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