Cincinnati, OH (September 20, 2013) — Caufman Talley lived up to his newly-bestowed nickname at Horseshoe
Casino Cincinnati Friday night outlasting 307 others to don the first
WSOP Circuit gold ring ever awarded on Ohio soil. The one they call “The
Cincinnati Kid” now lays claim to four WSOP Circuit wins placing him in
a tie for fourth all-time.
In addition to joining an elite group
of four-time ring winners, the victory awarded Tally $21,716 and gave
him the early lead in the Casino Championship.
“It feels good
[to win my fourth ring], especially because it’s in Cincinnati and
I’m the Cincinnati Kid,” Talley said. “Cincinnati is a great place. This
is a real awesome casino and the tournament was ran well. The staff is
More so than at other more established WSOP Circuit
stops, such kind words from a winner are taken to heart in Cincinnati.
The 12-day series marks the state’s first time to host a WSOP Circuit
event and serves as a grand opening of sorts for the poker room and the
tournament poker scene in the Ohio area.
“We’re very excited to
host the WSOP Circuit players for Ohio’s first-ever WSOP event,”
Horseshoe Cincinnati poker room manager Jason Newman said. “This
property is amazing and we look forward to showcasing it. Early feedback
from the players is overwhelmingly positive and that’s who we do it
Horseshoe Casino could not have hand-picked a better finale
to kick off its Circuit series. The final nine players included two
multiple gold ring winners in Talley and the 2011/2012 Harrah’s New
Orleans Main Event champion Justin Truesdell (3rd), gold ring winner
Robert Hankins (7th), WSOP final tablist in Darren Rabinowitz (6th) and
16-time WSOP Circuit casher Bill Varga (2nd). The finale set the bar
high for events going forward and has players and staff excited for
what’s to come.
Horseshoe Casino opened in March of this year and
is recognized as the nation’s first truly urban casino. Located in the
heart of downtown Cincinnati, the property was designed with its
surroundings in mind and is meant to blend in perfectly with the
World Series of Poker Circuit events began
yesterday and run through September 30. The talk of series is the Main
Event and the almost 200 seats expected to be awarded through on-site
promotions at Horseshoe Casino.
Event 1 was the first of 12 gold
ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Horseshoe Casino. The $365
No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 308 entries. The total prize pool came
to $92,400 and the top 33 players were paid.
Final table results:
1. Caufman Talley – $21,716
2. Bill Varga – $13,426
3. Justin Truesdell – $9,751
4. John Mingus – $7,203
5. Thomas Willingham – $5,407
6. Darren Rabinowitz – $4,124
7. Robert Hankins – $3,194
8. Frank Heitker – $2,511
9. Duy Tran – $2,004
Full results available on WSOP.com.
Official updates from the Horseshoe Cincinnati tournament floor are available on the WSOP Circuit Blog.