@import url(; Cincinnati, OH (October 3, 2013) — The WSOP Circuit series at Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati may have marked the first time for Ohio to host a major tournament series, but it saw a grizzled veteran record two gold ring victories and a 30th-place finish in the Main Event to nab Casino Champion honors.

At just 21 years old, it might seem out of place to refer to Samuel Panzica in such a manner, but one look at his WSOP resume and there's little debate he's been there and done that.

Following the Cincinnati series, Panzica boasts 12 WSOP-related cashes, six WSOP Circuit final tables, a WSOP final table, three gold ring victories and a 16th-place finish in the 2013 WSOP National Championship. In addition to all this, he's pocketed more than $160,000 in career earnings at the WSOP alone.

Panizca, who is now a two-time WSOP National Championship qualifier, came to Cincinnati from his hometown of Saline, MI. He kicked the series off earning his first ring in Event 3, a $365 Limit Omaha Eight tournament. He later admitted he doesn't really play non-hold'em games, and if he does it's usually pot-limit omaha.

Three days later he made it clear his pot-limit game is up to snuff, too.

Panzica carded his second gold ring of the series in Event 8, a $365 Pot-Limit Omaha with Re-Buys tournament. The victory earned him an additional 50 points toward the 12-day race bringing his total to 100 and giving him a stranglehold on the points lead.

"About 95 percent," Panzica said with a laugh when asked what he thought his odds of winning the Casino Championship were.

In true baller form, he requested the Event 8 winner photo and interview be postponed until the next break in the Main Event -- a tournament he late registered for immediately.

Panzica came back from the Main Event 20 minutes later having doubled his 20,000-chip starting stack to more than 40,000.

"It's easy when you get dealt the nuts all the time," he laughed.

A few hours later he bagged more than 80,000 chips on Day 1A -- but he wasn't done. Panzica parlayed his Main Event stack into a 30th-place finish earning 10 more points and bringing his total to 110. Believe it or not, the 21-year-old had still had a sweat on his heads.

Pavlin Karakikov from Bulgaria, began the 12th and final ring event of the Cincinnati series as just one of two players who could catch Panzica. He needed a second-place finish or better in the $365 No-Limit Hold'em One-Day tournament to snatch the honor and played his way all the way to the final table before exiting fifth, coming up 7.5 points shy of besting Panzica.

In the end, no player was able to catch Panzica and his 110-point pace and the 21 year old punched his ticket to National Championship number two.

Top 10 Horseshoe Cincinnati point earners:

1. Samuel Panzica - 110 points
2. Pavlin Karakikov - 102.5 points
3. Darren Rabinowitz - 72.5 points
4. Aaron Steury - 60 points
5. Robert Edelstein - 60 points
6. Bill Varga - 60 points
7. Jason Gwinn - 60 points
8. Kevin McColgan - 55 points
9. Mark Fink - 55 points
10. Andrew Spears - 55 points

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