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 awesome.”

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 for.”

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 downtown scene.

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

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Official updates from the Horseshoe Cincinnati tournament floor are available on the WSOP Circuit Blog.