Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:54 AM Local Time
Hawkins wins final event at Palm Beach Kennel Club to tie all-time rings record
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2017) — In the conversation about the greatest players in the WSOP Circuit’s 13-year history, it’d be hard to make a good argument against Maurice Hawkins. On Monday afternoon, Hawkins won a ring for the ninth time in his career, tying Alex Masek for the Circuit’s all-time record. Hawkins’ seven-figure earnings set him apart, though, along with his three Main Event titles — three more than Masek.
There are plenty of other things that set the two apart, as well.
Although Hawkins and Masek share the current record with nine rings apiece, the two could not be more dissimilar. Masek is a quiet, unassuming young L.A. grinder without much interest in the spotlight that comes with playing in some of the world’s largest tournaments. Hawkins is far from quiet, and he’s most in his element when the lights are on and the cameras are rolling.
Maybe it’s his football background, or his disciplined upbringing, or the realities of having a family to support. Whatever it is, Hawkins seems to thrive in the heat of competition, and he’s unafraid to put his mouth where his money is. His temperament makes him a polarizing figure at the tables, but he’s entirely unconcerned about that.
“I’m a good dude,” he said during a candid postgame conversation. “Most people are pompous assholes. And I really don’t give a damn if they like me or not. We’re from two different places. I’m not taking anything from them, but I’ve earned everything I’ve gotten in my life. If they don’t like me, they can really kiss my ass. I would rather be under-respected and overpaid than over-respected and underpaid.”
Hawkins straddles the confidence/arrogance line with great finesse, and he tempered his words a bit as he continued. “People didn’t like (Charles) Barkley on the court. People didn’t like Dennis Rodman on the court. I’m not here to be your friend on the felt. Now if I catch you at a bar, it’ll be a different scenario, you know?”
The 37-year-old pro is originally from St. Louis, though he now makes his home right here in West Palm Beach. He and his wife, Aprelle, have four children: Maurice Jr. (age 14), Amadee (age 11), Harmony (age 6), and Phoenix (age 4). In talking further with him, it’s clear they provide a great deal of motivation for his success. “All I think about is keeping the lights on,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m here to make money. And I like the accolades that come with it. But I just want to be able to eat every day.”
With a tournament record that rivals that of anyone else on the Circuit, it’s hard to find fault with his line of conversation. In addition to the nine rings, Hawkins has more than $2.3 million in total career earnings. “Where I’m from, your results speak for themselves,” he said. “You don’t have to tell me how great you are. All you gotta do is pull up the results and see who wins. You know who’s great. Look at who wins.”
Hawkins wins more than most.
This most recent victory came in the closing event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a $365-buy-in event with 167 entries. Hawkins ended up heads-up against fellow-Floridian Waller Everitt with a 4:1 chip lead, but the elder Everitt put up a mighty fight with the ring on the line. It took more than three hours to decide the match, with the whole Hawkins family on hand to witness Maurice Sr.’s record-tying win on home turf.
In the midst of the discussion about his family, the many sides of Maurice Hawkins revealed a few soft edges, too. “Poker’s tough,” he said. “Name one poker player that hasn’t been depressed. Because it’s tough. You have unreal expectations to win a tournament. You go city to city away from your family… to get a win is satisfying. It just makes for that good feeling again, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Monday, February 20, 2017 5:22 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins (pictured above) is now tied atop the Circuit's all-time winners list, having just won his ninth ring here in Event #12. Hawkins defeated Waller Everitt in a marathon, back-and-forth heads-up duel to collect the top prize of $13,527.
Everitt (below) finishes as the runner-up, earning $8,360.
Monday, February 20, 2017 2:16 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins is heads-up with Waller Everitt for what could be a record-tying ninth Circuit ring. He begins the duel with a big chip lead.
Maurice Hawkins - 1,335,000 (67 bb)
Waller Everitt - 335,000 (17 bb)
Blinds are 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante, putting about 85 big blinds in play.
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The final six players are back in their seats, and this unscheduled Day 2 is underway.
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Twenty-one levels weren't enough to decide a winner in this event, so the six finalists will return tomorrow to settle the score. Here's the remaining lineup:
Seat 1: Carlos Loving - 80,000 (7 bb)
Seat 2: Robert Williamson - 148,000 (12 bb)
Seat 3: Waller Everitt - 227,000 (19 bb)
Seat 4: Maurice Hawkins - 293,000 (24 bb)
Seat 5: Deano Maroulis - 803,000 (67 bb)
Seat 6: Joseph Tumminelli - 124,000 (10 bb)
Everyone left is guaranteed at least $2,496 on Monday, while the winner will collect the series' final gold ring and the top prize of $13,527. The players will return to 6,000/12,000 blinds with a 2,000 ante, putting the average stack at about 23 big blinds.
Cards go in the air at 1 p.m.
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Monday, February 20, 2017 2:06 AM Local Time
Level 19 has just begun, and the field has been trimmed to 10 players. They're now combined around the final table like so:
Seat 1: Ray Leone - 107,000
Seat 2: Jeff Riberdy - 58,000
Seat 3: Carlos Loving - 150,000
Seat 4: Robert Williamson - 92,000
Seat 5: Waller Everitt - 181,000
Seat 6: Arkadiy Tsinis - 114,000
Seat 7: Maurice Hawkins - 369,000
Seat 8: Deano Maroulis - 197,000
Seat 9: Joseph Tumminelli - 214,000
Seat 10: Greg Kolo - 155,000
Blinds are 3,000/6,00 with a 1,000 ante in the current level, putting the average stack at about 28 big blinds.
Monday, February 20, 2017 12:54 AM Local Time
Carlos Loving is the chip leader with 18 players remaining, as the field has crossed into the money. Loving won a ring earlier this week in West Palm Beach, and a finish of eighth or better would secure him Casino Champion honors for this stop.
Eight-time ring winner Maurice Hawkins is also part of the remaining field, looking to tie Alex Masek's all-time lead with another victory.
Play is scheduled to continue tonight until a winner is determined, but the field may hit a hard stop prior to that.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:53 PM Local Time
Registration is closed for Event #12, as Level 9 begins ticking off the clock. This $365 one-day event drew 167 entries, generating a prizepool worth $50,100. That money will be shared by the final 18 players, with a min-cash worth $672. The series' final gold ring and a top prize of $13,527 are reserved for the winner.
The full breakdown of the prizepool can be found in the tab above.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:18 PM Local Time
Ten of the 12 rings have been awarded at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, and the Main Event is approaching the money bubble on Day 2. Event #12 is a $365 no-limit hold'em event, the last one on the schedule for this series. It will run from start to finish today.
Here are the vitals:
- This is a one-day event
- Players start with 10,000 in tournament chips
- Levels are 30 minutes apiece
- Late registration and unlimited re-entry are available until the start of Level 9 (7:30 p.m.)
- There is a 45-minute dinner break after Level 12 (9:30 p.m.)
Cards go in the air at 3 p.m.
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