Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:58 PM Local Time
Ryan McAllister Wins Second Ring in Two Months, $48,600 in Cash
Budding tournament grinder collects second Circuit win of the season
Ryan McAllister is doing what he can to become the WSOP Circuit’s newest success story. Fresh off a breakthrough win at Cherokee, McAllister took down the $1,125 event at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for a career-best payout.
McAllister, 28, is a professional poker player from Waymouth, Massachusetts. He now makes his home in Charleston, South Carolina, and he’s starting to travel to tournaments more frequently of late.
“Cherokee has me following the Circuit now,” he said. “I have to.”
McAllister has already accumulated 120 points in the season-long race for seats in the Global Casino Championship. That puts him in second place right now and well within striking distance of the projected cutoff for qualification. He’s earned more than $100,000, too.
As was the case with McAllister’s previous win, the final table provided quite a test on the way to the title. Double bracelet winner Loni Harwood was among those standing in his way, as were ring winners Mark Fink (4) and Alex Rocha (2).
McAllister outlasted them all, though, conquering the deep-stacked affair that stagnated at points.
“A lot of it was just waiting it out,” he said. “There were some tough ICM spots where I was handcuffed. All the sudden, we’re five-handed. Then we’re heads-up.”
Then, we're posing for winner’s photos for the second time in as many months.