Josh Turner Continues Heater By Winning Fifth Ring and Casino Championship at Planet Hollywood
Las Vegas, NV (September 8, 2016) - Josh Turner earned his third straight at-large bid into next year's Global Casino Championship by taking down the Casino Championship at the World Series of Poker Circuit at Planet Hollywood last Monday.
Turner came into the final day of the series with just 25 points, but with Kindah Sakkal leading atop the leaderboard with 75 points, a win in the $365 no-limit hold'em turbo would tie put him into a tie with Sakkal. The St. Louis native bested outlasted a field of 149 players to win his fifth ring, $12,516, and tie him with Sakkal.
The first place money in the series finale was enough to give him the edge in the tiebreaker - total money won for the series. Turner won $15,936 in his three cashes, while Sakkal earned $15,025 in her three cashes. The extra $911 in earnings was enough to give the title to Turner.
The Casino Champion crown is just another accomplishment on his ever-growing poker resume and continues his dominance at Circuit stops. At the end of last season, Turner cashed four times at the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Horseshoe in Council Bluffs, including his fourth career ring. That performance was good enough to earn him Casino Champion at that stop and secure his spot in the first installment of the Global Casino Championship.
Turner took that at-large bid and rode it to a third place finish in Cherokee, North Carolina for $150,851. He followed that up with a Circuit main event final table at the same venue, finishing sixth for $47,215.
After netting nearly $200,000 in North Carolina, Turner made his way out west, won his fifth career ring, and another Casino Champion crown.
What makes Turner's series even more impressive is that he only played four events. He took a week off in the middle of the series when his girlfriend came out to visit him. While she was out visiting him in Las Vegas, she became more than his girlfriend.
The night before Turner won the final event of the series, he proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and asked her to marry him. Turner came down from the Eiffel Tower engaged and left Las Vegas with even more WSOP hardware.
Here is a look at Turner's results at Planet Hollywood:
Event #1: $365 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry - 14th - $2,132
Event #15: $580 No-Limit Hold'em - 9th - $1,288
Event #38: $365 No-Limit Hold'em - 1st - $12,516