TUNICA, MS – Jonathan Elliott, a 35-year old chemical operator from Soddy Daisy, TN is the newest owner of a Circuit Event gold ring after winning the $340 buy-in no-limit hold’em event #2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Events at Harrah’s Tunica.

Event #2 attracted a field of 293 players vying for a first place prize of $19,401 and the ring.

Elliott was the chip leader coming into the final table and maintained his lead for much of the evening.




Chip Count

Jeff Houston

Fort Madison, IA



Jim Mink

Houston, TX



Joe McArthur

Palatine, IL



Houston White

Nashville, TN



Jonathan Elliott

Soddy Daisy, TN



Donald Holford

Norris, IL



Kevin Buck

Lockport, IL



Jack Armstrong

Burlington, IA



Josh Kassinger

Dexter, MO



Ninth Place

Shortly after tripling up his 34k stack to 118k with pocket aces, Joe McArthur was the first elimination after moving all-in pre-flop with    . Kevin Buck was the benefactor after calling with    . An 8 on the turn left McArthur drawing dead. Ninth place paid $1,653.

Eighth Place

After about an hour of final table play, the eight remaining players stuck a deal during the break. While details were not disclosed, they decided to play it out for the ring.

Halfway through the next level, a monster hand developed when Jack Armstrong moved all-in pre-flop. Josh Kassinger and Donald Holford made the call and saw a flop of      . Holford moved all-in with     and Armstrong made the call turning over a flopped set of 8’s. Armstrong was far ahead of both of his opponents with    .

After a   on the turn came the whammy.

An   on the river gave Kassinger quads, sending Holford out in 7th and a dismayed Armstrong to the rail in 8th. 7th and 8th places officially paid $2,404 and $1,949 respectively

Sixth Place

The sixth place finisher was Jeff Houston. All-in, Houston was eliminated after his     was outflopped

by Jim Mink’s    . The 50-year old farmer from Iowa officially collected $3,602.

Fifth Place

Joshua Kassinger was the next player escorted to the payout table. After seeing his stack dwindle to just over 150,000, Kassinger moved all-in with     and was unable to improve on Houston White’s    . Kassinger took home $4,800 for fifth

Fourth Place

A few hands after players returned from dinner break, Kevin Buck moved all-in with pocket 10’s. Mink made the call with A-K suited. An ace on the flop and blanks on the turn and river ended Buck’s tournament run. Buck is a 32-year old musician whose music can be heard at Fourth place officially paid $6,006.

Third Place

Houston White was eliminated in third place after his pocket 10’s were unable to hold up against Kassinger’s    . The 24-year old from Nashville was officially picked up $8,402

Second Place

Heads-up play began shortly before 10:00 pm with Elliott holding nearly a 5-1 chip lead over Mink. With blinds and antes at 20,000/40,000/5,000, mink raised pre-flop to 80,000 and Elliott moved all-in. Mink made the call with his remaining chips, turning over A-2 suited. Elliott showed A-K. The jack-high board missed both players, giving Elliott his first Circuit Event ring and an official payout of $19,401. Mink officially took home $11,804 for second.

"Yeah a bit disappointed, I really wanted that ring," said Mink, an oilfield consultant from Houston, TX who has been chasing his first Circuit Event ring since 2005. This was his third Circuit final table appearance.

Mink’s WSOP history was in stark contrast to Elliott’s, whose win also marked his first Circuit Event cash ever.

"I’m stoked," said Elliott. "I’ve been playing Hold’em about seven years, but this is my first Circuit cash."

Still to come are 17 more events and daily (single-day) non-ring $230 and $340 buy-in events which begin at 4 pm and 7pm. The WSOP Circuit at Harrah’s Tunica runs through February 10th.