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Plethora of Players Added Rings to Already Crowded Trophy Case at Planet Hollywood
Las Vegas, NV (5 September 2016) - After just shy of two full weeks of tournament poker, the World Series of Poker Circuit at Planet Hollywood has awarded all 12 rings for the stop and wrapped up in dramatic fashion.
The series concluded on a busy Monday with four rings awarded, the Casino Championship being decided in the final event, and some of the game's best squaring off at the final table of the main event. In the main event, Sean Yu defeated three-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra to win his second ring, both coming in Circuit main events, and secure himself a seat in the 2017 Global Casino Championship. The other guaranteed seat to the Global Casino Championship also came on Monday when Josh Turner won his fifth ring in the $365 no-limit hold'em turbo. The win gave him enough points to earn the Casino Champion title, which will give him a chance to improve on his third place finish in the 2016 Global Casino Championship just a few weeks ago.
One of the more interesting stories to come out of the Las Vegas Circuit stop was Erik Sagstrom winning the $5,300 no-limit hold'em poker high roller event. Sagstrom is a high-stakes Swedish pro that took several years away from the game before returning to Las Vegas last spring and making his presence known again in the high-stakes cash games around the area. He took down his first ring and $65,000 in his high roller win.
The other two themes throughout the series were players adding more rings to their collection and well-known pros winning their first. Aside from Yu and Turner, Dale Beaudoin, James Mink, and Vincent Moscati also added rings to their collection. Beaudoin won his third ring in the $580 no-limit hold'em, Moscati won his sixth ring in the $365 no-limit hold'em and Mink added a second to his collection in the $365 no-limit hold'em six-max event.
Jim Willerson and Ben Palmer two notable pros to win their first rings. Palmer had already accomplished a ton in his young poker career. After having a very successful online career, he moved into the live arena after Black Friday and won more than $1.5 million in tournaments on the live felt. He won his first ring in the $365 no-limit hold'em monster stack for $23,889. He had two final tables, including his win, in the series, and finished sixth in the $365 no-limit hold'em six-max that mink took down.
Willerson was most well-known for his bracelet win in 2012, which earned him over $737,000. Willerson won his first major tournament since then on the last day of the series. He took down a $580 no-limit hold'em for $12,519. The Texas native takes his first ring back to his San Antonio residence.
The Circuit takes a few days off before getting started up in Biloxi on September 8.
Casino Championship Race
The race for the title of Casino Champion came down to the very last hand of the WSOP Circuit at Planet Hollywood. Kindah Sakkal and Ben Palmer traded the lead back and forth throughout the entire series. On the last day of action, there were four events with results pending and a couple of them had serious implications on the Casino Championship.
While many people were focused on Sakkal, Palmer, Josh Mammon, and Dale Beaudoin at the top of the leader to take down the title, it was Josh Turner who came from seemingly out of nowhere to take the title and earn himself a seat into the 2017 Global Casino Championship.
Turner finished 14th in the $365 no-limit hold'em re-entry event and ninth in the $580 no-limit hold'em to give him 25 points heading into the final day. The $365 no-limit hold'em turbo event was the last event of the series and Turner bested a field of 149 to earn $12,519, his fifth ring and another 50 points. That tied him with Sakkal at the top of the leaderboard, but gave him the edge in the tiebreaker, which is total money won.
Turner earned $15,936 for the series and secures himself a spot in the Global Casino Championship for the second straight year.
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Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry - Hayden Aalvik bests a field of 556 players for $35,026
Event #2: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Dale Beaudoin Bests a field of 71 players for $12,071
Event #3: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Vincent Moscati bests a field of 83 players for $7,968
Event #4: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max - James Mink bests a field of 170 players for $13,769
Event #5: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Sean Marshall bests a field of 100 players for $14,997
Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack - Ben Palmer bests a field of 339 for $23,389
Event #7: $580 Pot-Limit Omaha - Caleb Shumard bests a field of 57 for $10,686
Event #8: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo - Josh Mammon bests a field of 127 for $10,668
Event #9: $1,675 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - Sean Yu bests a field of 528 for $170,286
Event #10: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - Jim Willerson bests a field of 68 for $11,899
Event #11: $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller - Erik Sagstrom bests a field of 26 for $65,000
Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo - Josh Turner bests a field of 149 for $12,516