Atlantic City, NJ (December 3, 2012) — The field was narrowed to 10 when the clock struck 3:00 a.m. ET. Staff and spectators alike had their fingers crossed the remaining players would opt to bag and return Monday afternoon to play out the finale.

Following some deliberation, the three-day event stayed a three-day event and cards continued to fly.

“You could tell a few (players) were getting tired and they weren’t used to playing (a lot) of hours,” Brandon Fish would say at 8:15 a.m. following his victory. “I think that’s one advantage I had. I’m used to putting in crazy hours and late nights. I’d say that helps.”

Fish outlasted a formidable field of 858 entrants and was compensated richly, pocketing $50,862 for what marked his first gold ring championship.

Day 2 of the $365 Re-Entry event brought back 127 players and Fish began the day in the middle of the pack. He worked his way to third in chips by the time the unofficial final table of 10 hit and was heads-up with Reynaldo Ong by 8 a.m. He was crowned champion shortly after.

“It feels amazing. This is something I’ve always wanted. I don’t know what else to say. I’m speechless at the moment,” Fish said in the morning hours of Monday.

Fish is a 27-year-old pro and can be considered a Circuit veteran at this point in his career. His resume includes four final tables, two of which came in massive re-entry tournaments, 14 cashes, almost $100,000 in career earnings and now a WSOP Circuit ring.

But that’s not enough for the Kearney, NE-based bro.

“I still plan on playing (Monday’s ring event) in like three or four hours as crazy as that sounds,” Fish said.

Fish would be a late entrant in the 12 p.m. event, but an entrant nonetheless. Don’t be surprised if you see him at the final table in a few hours. Hopefully at a more traditional hour this time.

Event 2 was the second of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Resort AC. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament attracted 858 entries. The total prize pool came to $260,832 and the top 90 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Brandon Fish - $50,862
2nd: Reynaldo Ong - $31,430
3rd: Jeffrey Miller - $23,151
4th: Christopher Lim - $17,278
5th: Christopher Cheung - $13,062
6th: Jenchwen Chang - $10,003
7th: Kent DeMott - $7,757
8th: Andrew Machover - $6,090
9th: Jeffrey Olive - $4,841