The second series of the World Series of Poker Circuit kicked off Saturday at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana.  A total of 570 entrants put up the $350 buy-in for the first No-Limit Hold ‘em event of the series, creating a prizepool of $171,000.  The top 54 spots would finish in the money and earn points towards the first ever WSOPC National Championship event.

At the end of play on Saturday, only 37 players survived to make Day 2.  Play resumed at 2 P.M. local time and it took less than ten hours to determine a winner.  In the end, Sam Serdar came out on top to claim the Circuit Ring, $47,171 and 50 points towards the National Championship event. 

Serdar, an RN from Racine, Wisconsin, was on the brink of elimination with five players remaining when he was all in with K-8 against the A-K of Wally Shearer.  However, Serdar spiked an eight on the river to double up on the hand and never looked back.

Mainly a cash game player, Serdar does play tournaments from time to time but is very selective on the events he plays.  However, with this victory, Serdar said he definitely plans on playing more events in order to try and secure his spot in the National Championship event.

It has been a busy and tiresome few days for the young man who just graduated school in May.   On Saturday, the day of the event, Serdar worked until 5 A.M..  Once off work, he and his father Mick hopped in Mick’s car with their dog Bentley and made the seven hour drive to the Horseshoe Southern Indiana.  Serdar actually arrived six minutes after the event started. 

Serdar didn’t have much time to enjoy his victory at the Horseshoe as he and Mick had to make the long drive back to Racine so that Serdar can make it to work at 7 P.M. tonight.  Despite pocketing over $47,000 for the win, Serdar said he was not planning on taking today off of work.

Payouts at the final table were as follows:
1.    Samuel Serdar  $47,171
2.    Hiep Atkins  $24,887
3.    Matthew Blair  $13,013
4.    Wally Shearer  $11,386
5.    Barbara Walston  $9,760
6.    Joseph Couden  $8,133
7.    Bradford Zohlmann  $6,506
8.    Andrew Rubinburg  $4,880
9.    Luther Lewis  $3,253

Play continues today at the Horseshoe with Day 2 of the $550 NLHE Event #2 as well as the start of Event #3, the $350 Six-Handed NLHE.

For the full schedule of events at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Circuit, click here.
For more information about the WSOP Circuit National Championship, click here.