Tuesday, March 8, 2016 6:01 PM Local Time
Cory Waaland Wins 7th Career WSOP Circuit Ring
Cory Waaland - seven-time ring winner
Las Vegas (7 March, 2016) – Cory Waaland won his seventh career WSOP Circuit ring Monday night. He bested a field of 174 players to win Event #13: $365 No-Limit Hold’em for $14,096.
With seven rings, Waaland is now tied for second on the all-time list, along with Ari Engel, Val Vornicu, and Chris Reslock.
Three of Waaland’s seven rings have come this season. This ties him for the single-season record, but he feels he has more work to do. About eight months ago, Waaland set a goal for himself: he wanted to break the record for most Circuit rings in a season. The record heading into this season is three. “Initially my goal was to win four,” Waaland said. “But I wanted to crush it. I decided I wanted to win six. So the way I look at it, I still need to win three more for this season to be a success.”
There are two other players who currently have three rings this season: Cody Pack and Clayton Jiang. Jiang won his third ring of the year less than a week ago here at Bally’s. And Pack nearly won his fourth of the season at Bally’s, but he fell just short and finished in second place. “I was actually rooting for Cody,” Waaland said, despite their ongoing race to break the record. “This poker game is so hard. So anytime someone does well, congrats.”
Waaland has come very close to breaking the record already. In addition to his three rings this year, he also has two runner-up finishes, including one here at Bally’s. But those close calls may have been a blessing in disguise. “Getting second in those other events is what keeps me hungry.” His other motivation comes from his faith. “I give all glory to God,” he said after the event.
In the big picture, Waaland expects his Circuit success to be just the tip of the iceberg. “Right now I have Circuit goals. But the Circuit is only a small part of poker.” He added that he wants to play bigger events, like WSOP bracelet tournaments, and his Circuit goals will help get him to that point. He cited playing well against some top-notch players in the Main Event at Bally’s as a big confidence booster.
The tournament started at noon on Sunday with 174 entries. The top 18 finished in the money. At the end of play on Sunday, seven players remained, led by Mark Lackritz. Cory Waaland was in second place at the time. Play resumed at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, and Waaland secured his victory at about 5:30.
Full results from the event are available in the Results Tab, above.