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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:19 AM Local Time
Arkansas part-timer climbing the Circuit’s all-time list, now tied for 13th place
By definition, Daniel Lowery is not a professional poker player — he runs a sawmill in Arkansas and only plays the game on a part-time schedule. His tournament results would be the envy of a fair amount of full-time pros, though.
On Tuesday night, Lowery became the WSOP Circuit’s newest five-time winner, taking down the $365 one-day event at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Lowery outlasted a field of 174 entries on his way to claiming the top prize of $14,096. Two of his five wins have come at Lake Tahoe, and this one moves him into a tie for fifth-most on the Circuit’s all-time list.
Lowery, 43, is a full-time business owner and husband to his wife, Krista. The two make their home in Peter Pender with their four children; Christian (20), Jenna (17), Reagan (12), and August (17 months).
“Little Gus is the reason I’ve been off the road,” papa Lowery said.
He’s been playing less poker during the last 17 months, but he credits a renewed focus for an impressive string of results. And his new son, too.
“Everyone calls him Baby Rungood,” he said.
Lowery has posted more than $1.1 million in total tournament earnings over the course of his career, with close to $700,000 of that coming on the WSOP Circuit. Only 12 players have won more times than him, and he’s one of the few recreational players anywhere near the top of the list.
Lowery late-registered the tournament with 25 big blinds and “never looked back,” as he put it. He was second in chips by the time he reached the final table, and it took less than three more hours for him to complete the victory.
The win is nice, but Lowery indicated that he has even loftier goals for this trip to Lake Tahoe: “I told Krista I was going to win Casino Champ before I came out here.”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:53 PM Local Time
It took just over 10 hours of play to shrink this field from 174 entries down to an unofficial final table of 10. Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Cary Marshall - 205,000
Seat 2: Andrew Villegas - 94,000
Seat 3: Terence Reardon - 138,000
Seat 4: James Flannery - 59,000
Seat 5: Daniel Lowery - 335,000
Seat 6: Brett Nalder - 60,000
Seat 7: Lian Liu - 158,000
Seat 8: Taylor Hart - 105,000
Seat 9: Paul Kossluk - 391,000
Seat 10: Rick Tinsley - 175,000
Daniel Lowery is already a four-time WSOP Circuit winner, looking to add a fifth ring to his collection. Cary Marshall has two rings of his own, while the rest of the table is seeking what would be their first. Lian Liu is appearing at his second final table of the week.
Blinds are just about to move to 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante, putting the average stack at 29 big blinds. Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $1,017 this evening, and play will continue until a winner is determined.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:31 PM Local Time
Registration is closed for Event #7, and Level 9 is under way.
This $365 one-day event drew 174 entries, creating a prizepool worth $52,200. That money will be shared by the final 18 players, with a min-cash worth $700.
The winner will earn the series' seventh ring and the top prize of $14,096.
Monday, October 30, 2017 11:21 PM Local Time