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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:01 PM Local Time
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.
Monday, March 7, 2016 5:47 PM Local Time
Cory Waaland has won Event #13: $365 No-Limit Hold'em. He earns $14,096 and his seventh career WSOP Circuit ring. He is now tied with Ari Engel, Val Vornicu, and Chris Reslock for second place on the all-time rings list.
A full recap of Waaland's victory will be posted Tuesday.
Monday, March 7, 2016 1:58 AM Local Time
Play has concluded for the night. The chip leader after Day 1 is Mark Lackritz, with 439,000 in chips. He's followed by Cory Waaland, who has a shot to earn his 7th WSOP Circuit ring.
Day 2 was originally scheduled for 11:00 a.m., but the players have unanimously agreed to resume play at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 5:23 PM Local Time
There are officially 174 entries, generating a prize pool of $52,200.
The top 18 spots will be paid. A min-cash is worth $700, and the eventual winner will earn $14,096. Here are the final table payouts. A fill list of payouts is available in the Prizepool Tab, above.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 7:39 AM Local Time
Event #13: $365 No-Limit Hold'em begins at 11:00 a.m.
- Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips.
- Late registration is available until the start of Level 9.
- Blinds start at 25/50. See a full structure sheet here.
- Day 1 is scheduled for 21 levels.
- Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes.
- Levels 13-21 are 40 minutes.
- There is a 60-minute dinner break after Level 12 and shorter breaks every two hours.
- Players who advance to Day 2 will return at 11:00 a.m. on Monday to play down to a winner.