Joshua Turner earned his 4th career WSOP gold ring at the Council Bluffs series.
Council Bluff, Iowa (April 14, 2016) – Joshua Turner has just won the Casino Champion title at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs series. He cashed four times, reached two final tables and won one gold ring.
Turner became the 30th player in Circuit history to win four gold rings when he defeated a field of 124 players in Event #10 - $580 No-Limit Hold’em. Turner then nearly won his fifth career gold ring a few days later when he made the final table of the Main Event. Turner’s run in the Main Event fell short when he was eliminated in 6th place.
Doug Hutcheson nearly went wire-to-wire for the Casino Championship title. Hutcheson won the first event of the series to earn his first career gold ring. Hutcheson followed up his victory in Event #1 with a 4th place finish in the six max event just five days later. Those two cashes put him in the early lead for the Casino Championship and he never relinquished it until Turner passed him late in the series. In between those two events Hutcheson also final tabled the senior’s event, but the senior’s event does not award points, because it is not an open event.
Turner attended the Council Bluffs series in search of points. He entered the series with 110 points on the year and set a goal of accumulating 25 points to get him to 135 on the season. Turner calculated that by getting to 135 points he would earn one of the 51 at-large bids being awarded to the top 51 point earners on the season.
Turner picked up 15 points between his two min cashes early in the series. That left him with the goal of getting 10 more points. In Event #10 Turner reached the final table, which meant he would at least add 15 more points to his season total. Sitting at 140 points on the season, Turner was comfortable that he had locked up a spot in the 2016 Global Casino Championship. He was able to forget about points and play for the win from that point forward and it paid off as he went on to win the tournament for $17,359.
Turner finished the series strong with a 6th place in the Main Event for another $21,489, bringing his series tournament earnings to $41,192.
Joining Turner at the 2016 Global Casino Championship will be Maurice Hawkins. Hawkins earned an automatic entry to the Global Casino Championship by winning the Council Bluffs Main Event. The two players will compete for a minimum $1 million prizepool and gold bracelet. Hawkins’ victory was his second of the series and earned him his 6th career gold ring.
More information and full point standings for the year-long race are available on WSOP.com.
Turner’s Horseshoe Council Bluffs cashes:
Event #3 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry – 743 entries – 24th place for $1,592
Event #6 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em – 120 entries – 11th place for $752
Event #10 - $580 No-Limit Hold’em – 124 entries – 1st place for $17,359
Event #11 - $1,675 Main Event – 321 entries – 6th place for $21,489