9 March 2020 (St. Charles, Mo.) – The World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Ameristar St. Charles wrapped up Monday afternoon when Zachary Mullennix (pictured) emerged victorious on the final day of the Main Event. This was Mullennix’s third career Circuit ring, and he earned $92,886.

The day before, Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double-Stack – which was nominally the final event of the series, although it concluded before the Main Event wrapped up – saw a major shakeup in the Casino Championship standings. John Gallaher had been in the lead for much of the Circuit stop on the strength of three in-the-money finishes, including one ring victory. But on Friday, March 11, Rodney Spriggs jumped into the lead. He made his third final table of the series that day, to go along with two other cashes. But Christopher Audrain also had a ring victory and three total cashes, and in Event #13 he added a runner-up finish to propel himself to the top of the leaderboard.

As Casino Champion, Audrain wins a free seat into the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship, tentatively scheduled for August. Mullennix, as the Main Event winner, also earns a free seat. All players who finish in the money in open ring events also earn points on the season-long leaderboard. The top 50 players at the end of the season will earn free seats into the Global Casino Championship alongside Mullinnex and Audrain. With the points they earned at St. Charles, along with their performances at other Circuit stops this season, both Spriggs and Gallaher are well-positioned to make the cut.

This was the second stop of the season for Ameristar St. Charles. It was a late addition to the Circuit schedule. The St. Charles stop in August/September was the first-ever Circuit stop held at the venue, and after there was demand for an additional stop at the venue.


Completed Events

Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack– Charlie Dawson defeats 202 entries to win $15,920.
Official Report | Winner Photo | Results

Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold’em –Brad Bocke defeats 612 entries to win $36,662.
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Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack – Lucas Tae tops a field of 181 players, taking home $14,675.
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Event #4: $400 No- Limit Hold'em 6-Handed - Jeff Sauer defeats a player pool of 141 entries, earning $12,566
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Event #5: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha - Jason Simon defeats an 85-player field to take home $8,563
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Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty - Craig Welko defeats 136 entries to take home $8,336
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Event #7: $250 No-Limit Hold'em - John Gallaher defeats a field of 120 entries to take home $6,682 and fourth WSOP Curcuit gold ring.
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Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack - Chris Audrain defeats a field of 214 entries to take home $16,585 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Official Report | Winner Photo | Results

Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em - Cory Bogert defeats a field of 137 entries to earn fourth WSOP Circuit gold ring and $18,806.
Official Report | Winner Photo | Results

Event #10: $1700 MAIN EVENT - Zachary Mullennix defeats a field of 281entries to earn his third Cricuit ring and $92,886
Official Report | Winner Photo | Results 

Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Eric Salazar defeats a field of 123 entries to earn fourth Cricuit ring and $11,117
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Event #12: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Brett Reichard defeats a field of 112 entries, taking home his fourth career WSOP Circuit ring and $10,468.
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Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack -  Alexander Hoff defeats a field of 159 entries for his 2nd career WSOP Circuit ring and $13,467.
Official Report (coming soon) | Winner Photo | Results


 

Casino Champion Update

Christopher Audrain wins the title of Casino Champion with 115 points. He finishes with four cashes during the series, including a victory and a runner-up finish.


 


About the Winners

 

 Event #1 – Charlie Dawson

Charlie Dawson came out on top of a field of 202 competitors in Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack at Ameristar, St. Charles. The real estate broker earned his third WSOP Circuit gold ring and plans to play more events next week.

Event #2 – Brad Bocke

Brad Bocke topped a field of 612 competitors to earn $36,662 and his first WSOP Circuit ring. Bocke is a heavy equipment operator who enjoys playing poker when he can. He mostly plays home games but says he will play the Main Event at Ameristar after his victory.

Event #3 – Lucas Tae

Lucas Tae came out on top of the 181-player field in this 1-Day event. With this victory he has earned $14,675. Tae enjoys the game and usually plays on weekends at the Hollywood but has taken the time out of his schedule to play the entire series here at Ameristar, St Charles.

Event #4 - Jeff Sauer

Family man Jeff Sauer came out on top of the 141-player field to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Sauer was very excited about this win and plans to celebrate with his two sons, playing baseball and golf on the weekend.

Event #5 - Jason Simon

Jason Simon came out on top of the 85 player field to take home his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and $8,563. Simon has had success winning the previous two Pot-Limit Omaha tournametns he has won but he was excited to book his first win in a WSOP Circuit event. Simon is a poker professional who plays mostly Big-O cash games at the Ameristar Casino but takes the time out to play events like Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments and the Main Event at the Circuit,.

Event #6 - Craig Welko

Craig Welko earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and $8,336 after taking down Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty. Welko has been playing for a number of years and was ecstatic to finally earn himself the WSOP Circuit gold ring. "I am a part of a group of friends taht all have rings, I feel like I am the last one to get it. so I feel like i can join that elite club now."

Event #7 - John Gallaher

John Gallaher took down his fourth WSOP Circuit gold ring as well as $6,682 in Event #7. Gallaher works as an Optometrist but is well known around the Circuit, He dedicates this victory to his good friend Richard Whitener who he was unfortunate enough to lose recently to a battle with cancer. Gallaher not only has a great love for the game poker but says the friends he has made along the way is the most rewarding part of the game. 

Event #8 - Chris Audrain

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

Chris Audrain took down the $400 Monster Stack to earn $16,585 to make his biggest WSOP cash to date and his very first WSOP Circuit gold ring. He is a poker professional who isn't taking his eyes off the prize yet as he continues to play the rest of the events and plans to be a contender for the Casino Champion point race.

Event #9 - Cory Bogert

Cory Bogert took down event #9 for $18,806 and his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring. He plays quite regularly but is also currently a student. Bogert battled through Day 1 feeling sick but managed to get some rest before Day 2 and came in feeling great to take it down.

Event #10 - Zachary Mullennix

 Mullinnex is a relative newcomer to the WSOP Circuit, and he says he’s a relative newcomer to tournaments as well. He has mostly been a cash-game pro, but has been adding more tournaments to his schedule over the past year or so. He’s seen a great deal of success, earning more than $300,000 in tournament cashes since the beginning of 2019. All three of his WSOP Circuit victories have come in that span.

Event #11 - Eric Salazar 

Eric Salazar defeated 123 entries to earn his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring, taking home $11,117. Salazar is a poker professional who travels the Circuit to play poker. He is very confident in his game and loves to keep grinding. After the win he was excited to wake up in the morning and jump into the Ameristar Main Event.

Event #12 - Brett Reichard

After battling through the 112-entry field Brett Reichard has come out on top to win his fourth career WSOP Circuit gold ring and $10,468. “It feels good, it always feels good,” Reichard told media after taking down yet another WOSP Circuit event.