This is the central page for information about the ongoing WSOP Circuit series at Horseshoe Hammond. Check back here ( daily for updated schedule and results.


October 22, 2018 (Hammond, Ind.) - Four ring winners crowned today, Zachery Schneider wins the Main Event for $302,492. Jason Mangold wins the $5,300 High Roller, Craig Trost Wins Event #12 for $16,335 and Ken Baime wins Event #13 for $16,559. 

Completed Events

Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry - Chris Fuchs defeats 2,563 entries to win $125,385
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Event #2: $250 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack - Kennii Nguyen defeats 387 entries to win $17,027
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Event #4: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Bryant Miller defeats 172 entries to win $23,981
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Event #5: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha - Jordan Helstern defeats 175 entries to win $24,330
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Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack - Josh Reichard defeats 554 entries to win $39,392
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Event #7: $600 H.O.R.S.E Mo Nuwwarah defeats 95 entries to win $14,008
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Event #8 $600 No-Limit Hold'em 6 Max - William Watson defeats 220 entries to win $30,592
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Event #9 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em Big Blind Ante - Tyler Payne defeats 170 to win $45,900
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Event #10 $400 Omaha 8 or Better - Wendy Freedman defeats 132 to win $12,197
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Event #11 $1,700 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - Zachery Schneider defeats 1,094 to win $302,492
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Event #12 $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Craig Trost defeats 296 to win $16,335
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Event #13 $5,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller - Jason Mangold defeats 68 to win $119,000
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Event #14 $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Ken Baime defeats 193 to win $16,559
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Casino Champion Update

With his second runner-up finish of the series and a third cash David Larson takes he lead with 85 points. Josh Reichard is in second place with 60 points

About the Winners

Event #1 - Chris Fuchs

Chris Fuchs, a Chicago native won his first career gold ring and big win after ten years of playing recreationally. The 41 year old outlasted a massive field of 2,563 entrants.  Fuchs is in IT Sales which he will be calling in sick tomorrow to.

Fuchs came into the final table as the chip leader, James Gregg who he defeated heads up was among the shorter stacks after bagging the chip lead on Day 1C. Fuchs said he “stuck it out most of the day, I got a lot of good hands, I got the cards and ran well”

This is Fuchs fifth year playing the Hammond Circuit series and he was thrilled to score his first WSOP ring. He says he wasn’t planning on it but is now going to return next weekend for his shot at the Main Event. 


Event #2 - Kennii Nguyen

Kennii Nguyen won his third career World Series of PokerCircuit ring Sunday night with a victory at the Horseshoe Hammond. Nguyen won Event #2: $250 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack, earning $17,027 for his victory.

“Nowadays winning a tournament in No-Limit Hold’em is pretty hard.. I played Event 1, I went deep and had my aces cracked by ace seven, he hit a flush draw. Then my friend told me about Event 2 and I jumped in”

“It was up and down for me, I came into the final table as the shortest stack. They were playing crazy so I just let them, all I had to do was say ‘call’ a few times. The final hand played itself.” 

On the final hand Nguyen cracked Andreas Halikias’s pocket aces with king jack… a little poker justice. 

“It feels awesome to win my third ring, the first one I won here at Hammond was the Pot Limit Omaha, I’m going to go play that one now and try to win again.”


Event #4 - Bryant Miller 

Bryant Miller scores his first career win and World Series of Poker Circuit ring. He topped the 172 entrant field to earn $23,918 for his victory.  

The 21 year old says he got into poker from watching it on TV when he was five years old. “I remember watching it and I fell in love.. playing a game for money” 

He took the three hour drive from North West Ohio yesterday and will be driving back with hardware. He says he plans on returning for the Main Event this weekend. As far as future plans go, Miller says “I’m going to play a few more years then I don’t know where life will take me but I love it.”

No events have been completed yet. The first event is scheduled to end on Sunday October 14th.

Event #5 -Jordan Helstern

Chicago native Jordan Helstern, who started playing poker at twelve years, old won his first career World Series of Poker Circuit ring. His victory at the Horseshoe Hammond, wasn’t an easy one. Helstern came to the final table as the chip leader and claims he set the record for doubling up his opponents. “I kept trying to stick it in, we were all gambling a lot. That’s how I got a stack” 

WSOP Bracelet winner Ben Keeline asked Helstern if he was getting it in good or bad and Helstern said “Mostly bad.. I came in last six ways at one point”. Helstern says he loves to play Omaha and played till 10:00 AM this morning, and was subsequently late for todays restart. 


Event # 6 - Mo Nuwwarah

Mo Nuwwarah, hailing from Omaha NE, won Event 7: $600 H.O.R.S.E., earning his first career WSOP Circuit ring and $14,008. Nuwwarah, a member of poker media, came into the final table as the chip leader but it wasn’t an easy road to victory. Nuwwarah endured three hours of heads up play against Michael Hanson. 

“It was a long battle, it was back and forth. I was down to nine bets, then he was down to five bets then he came back. It’s limit poker you just have to go through the swings.” Nuwwarah says he prefers played mixed games over Texas Hold’em. “I like the all of the Stud games, not a fan of Omaha 8 or Better but thats what I won in, so I like it more now”

Nuwwarah, turned 32 years old today and celebrated his birthday in victorious fashion. At the start of heads up play around 9:00 PM Hanson joked that he needed to stick around until  after midnight to outlast the “birthday run good”. Nuwwahrah made it with five minutes to spare as the final hand ended at 11:55 PM. 

When asked what his plans for the ring itself are he said that he was going to give it to his mother

Event # 7 - Josh Reichard

Josh Reichard won his tenth career World Series of Poker Circuit ring Tuesday night with a victory at Horseshoe Hammond. Reichard won Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack earning $38,392 for his victory.

“It feels great, this was especially fun because it was a really friendly talkative final table everybody had a good time.” 

Reichard came to the final table with a commanding chip lead. “There was one point where my buddy [Chris] Conrad on my left got a double knockout so he was close to me in chips. I lost the chiplead for a little while but I hung in there, won some all ins, got lucky in some pots and it ended up working out.” 

Richard wanted to shout out to his dad who taught him to play poker, his wife for being so supportive, and Amanda Heidbrick for letting him win King Queen to Ace King before the money. 


Event # 8 - William Watson

William Watson is the champion of Event #8 at Horseshoe Hammond, defeating a field of 220 players to win the $600 Six-Max.  The victory is Watson’s second on the WSOP Circuit, he won his first exactly one month ago a Seminole Coconut Creek. “It feels good, it took a lot faster to get than my first one. I’ve been playing poker for nine years.” 

Watson enjoys the six-max format “I love it, there’s more space at the table and it plays faster.” Watson came to the final table as the shortest stack, he doubled through the chip leader two-time ring winner Blake Whittington and ran that momentum to victory.  The heads up battle against Whittington was “Long, hard and tough. I ran really good heads up though, I can’t complain”.

The Lexington Kentucky native took home $30,592 for his victory.


Event # 9 - Tyler Payne 

Tyler Payne won his first career World Series of Poker Circuit ring Thursday evening with a victory at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino.  Payne came into Day 2 as the chip leader and had a smooth ride to victory “It felt like it was mine the whole time, no tough spots or bad beats.” 

Payne beat a stacked final table that concluded with defeating bracelet winner Kevin Eyster. “I thought I missed my opportunity at Cherokee when I bluffed it off in 7th.. I was wondering when I would get another opportunity, and to come right back and redeem myself, feels great”

Tyler Payne won his first WSOP Circuit ring but it wasn’t the most important ring he received this year. One month ago Payne married his wife Korissa. “She one hundred percent supports me the whole way” 


Event # 10 - Wendy Freedman

Wendy Freedman won her third career World Series of Poker Circuit ring Friday night with a victory at the Horseshoe Hammond. Freedman won Event #10: $400 Omaha 8 or Better, earning $12,197 for her victory.

She started heads up against David Larson by saying “I’d like to see you win, I just don’t want you to beat me.” When it seemed like the heads up battle would never end Larson said “Eventually the blinds will be everything-everything and then we’ll have to go home." Larson got pocket kings against Freedman’s pocket aces and won twice but it was Freedman who prevailed. She said “It was to fun play against him, I’ve known him forever he’s one of the first guys I’ve ever played poker with.” This is Larson’s second runner-up finish of this series.

Freedman started Day 2 at the bottom of the chip counts with only one and a half bets. She made it to the final table at the middle of the pack. “The final table was a lot of fun, I had a really good time. So much can happen, I came in as the short stack and the cards fell in my favor”  

Event # 12 - Craig Trost 

Craig Trost, from Madison, WI has just won his very first WSOP Circuit ring. Trost took down Event 12, the $400 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Event. Trost finished second to Leevy Yoesep earlier this year at Potowatami, Milwaukee and it left a bad taste in his mouth. “It was really sad, I had a huge chip lead heads up and got crushed. I ran really bad.” This heads up however was very different “It didnt last very many hands”

Trost says that his heads up opponent Michael Ma was “Short most of the day and worked his way through, we played a big pot earlier in the day where his ace king made quads against my pocket aces” It all worked out for Trost in the end, “This one feels good”

Trost earns $16,335 for his victory, as well as the gold ring. He wanted to thank his wife Megan for being “Super supportive.. I’m happy to have her in my life.”