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Eric Blair Wins WSOP Circuit Main Event At The Lodge

Eric BlairA total of 330 entries were made in the 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event at The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.From that field only one player could emerge victorious with the title and in the end it was poker pro Eric Blair that came out on top, earning $ 116,325 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring for the win.

“They all played really well,” said Blair of his final table opponents after his win. “They were tough. No one was giving it away. It was mentally grueling.”

Blair entered the final day in the middle of the pack, but less than an orbit into the day a key hand arose that rocketed him toward the top of the chip counts when he eliminated Corey Zedo in fifth place ($ 28,967) by besting his 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit with the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. From there he was able to make it to heads-up play with Nicholas Petitti. The two battled it out for over three hours, but in the end Blair was victorious.

In addition to the title, the hardware and the money Blair also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third title of the year, having just won a $ 1,172 Deepstacks Extravaganza $ 300,000 guaranteed event at the Venetian roughly two weeks earler and a $ 2,100 prelim at the Wynn Classic in April. With another small final table finish already under his belt for 2014 as well Blair now sits in 20th place in the overall POY standings, with 1,632 points and year-to-date earnings of $ 279,996.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

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Blair Hinkle Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event For Third Time

Blair Hinkle has written his name in the poker history books as the first player to ever win the same World Series of Poker Circuit main event three times. It started when Blair took down the 2010 WSOP-C Horseshoe Councl Bluffs main event. In 2013 he found his way through the field again, and now just one year later he defended his title to win the event for a third time. Not only is he the only player ever to win the same event three times on the WSOP Circuit, he’s only the second player to win three main events period. The first was Chris Ferguson.

“I don’t think it’s set in exactly yet. I think I just take a lot of pride in my play and winning the tournaments,” Hinkle told WSOP.com after his win. “I think that my play is pretty good as we get deeper and it really starts to turn up to a higher level as we get closer to the final table and throughout the final table. I think that’s what I’m proud of. Winning each time doesn’t matter as much to me as playing well and feeling like I deserve to win it, I guess.”

Hinkle topped a field of 247 entrants to win $ 90,700 and 408 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his first live tournament score of 2014, although he did receive quite a payday earlier this spring when he finally was reimbursed the more than $ 1 million that he had locked up on Full Tilt Poker after having no access to it for nearly three years. Hinkle also won the gigantic $ 10,000,0000 guaranteed prizepool event held last August at the “Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open “:http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-tournaments/4218-2013-seminole-hard-rock-poker-open/1099549/resultsfor $ 1,745,245.

Hinkle got off to a fast start in Council Bluffs, ending day one with more than twice as many chips as the next competitor. In fact his end of day 1 chip count was higher than two stacks that players brought to the final table. By the time the field was narrowed to nine Hinkle was only second in chips, but he was able to make it to heads-up and successfully overcome runner-up Matt Bond to defend his title.

By the time the final hand arose Hinkle had better than a 3-to-2 chip lead. Bond limped in from the button and Hinkle shoved from the big blind. Bond made the call with AClub Suit8Heart Suit which was a coin flip against Hinkle’s 7Heart Suit7Club Suit.

The board ran out KSpade Suit3Heart Suit3Club Suit4Diamond Suit5Club Suit and just like that Hinkle and secured the pot, the title and his place in WSOP Circuit history.

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Mike Leah Wins Two WSOP Circuit Rings In One Day

Mike Leah achieved one of poker’s most rare feats on Friday, March 14th at the Bicycle Casino. In the span of one day he took down two live poker tournaments, winning his first World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring in a $ 580 no-limit hold’em event and then hoping into the $ 365 no-limit hold’em turbo later that afternoon, only to come out on top of that as well to earn his second ring in one day.

The two wins combined to give Leah a $ 32,385 payday. Leah has now won four tournaments just two and a half months into the year. Leah got 2014 off on the right foot when he came out on top in a $ 5,300 no-limit hold’em turbo side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $ 119,770. He then went on to take down a $ 1,100 CAD no-limit hold’em prelim at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic for $ 118,982 CAD ($ 107,084 USD).

These four wins have given Leah 1,404 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him into 15th place in the overall POY standings. Leah’s year-to-date earnings have grown to $ 243,799 as a result.

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Tyler Morris Wins 2014 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Main Event

Tyler Morris topped a gigantic field of 1,428 entries in the $ 1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw no-limit hold’em main event, earning his first major title, the $ 369,503 first-place prize and 960 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. As a result he moved into ninth place in the overall POY standings.

“I started feeling good with five people to go,” Morris told WSOP.com after his win. “Everyone at the final table was so cool. It really helped out play and made decisions easy.”

The huge turnout built a $ 2,142,000 prize pool, blowing away the event’s $ 1 million guarantee and in the process becoming he fourth largest main event in the WSOP Circuit’s decade-long history.

Morris outlasted plenty of top-flight tournament talent that turned up at the Choctaw Resort Casino in Durant, OK including Joe Kuether, Kevin Eyster, T.J. Cloutier and 2009 Player of the Year Eric Baldwin. He made it to heads-up play against Shelby Penka holding about a 3-to-2 chip lead. The battle lasted several hours, but eventually Morris was able to land the knockout blow.

He raised to 600,000 from the button and Penka moved all in. Morris called with the KDiamond SuitJClub Suit and found that he was ahead of Penka’s 8Club Suit6Club Suit. The board ran out KSpade SuitKClub Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond Suit10Spade Suit securing the pot and the title for Morris and sending Penka to the rail with $ 229,194) for his runner-up showing.

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World Series of Poker Circuit Announces Venue Swap For March 2014 Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit is set to return to St. Louis next with a brand-new, 12-gold-ring stop at Lumière Place from March 20th through March 31st, 2014. This time slot was originally slated for a tournament series at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, but the WSOP felt that the space they had originally planned on using for the event would be insufficient.

The WSOP-C had previously held an event at the former Harrah’s St. Louis, which was sold by Caesars Entertainment in 2012. In a press release from Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky it was made clear that the WSOP , “still desires to make Horseshoe Cleveland a future WSOP Circuit stop and will continue to have dialogue with the property to weigh options for future events there.”

“We are pleased to be able to return a signature event to the great poker community in St. Louis,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We’re thrilled that Lumière Place management was so passionate about bringing the WSOP back to St. Louis. With their experience running large poker tournaments and a luxurious destination, we are confident they will put on one of the Midwest’s premier poker festivals.”

Lumière Place features a 75,000-square-foot casino with a mix of gaming, poker and other entertainment attractions. Also located at Lumière Place is the Five Diamond Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and the all-suite, upscale HoteLumière, complete with a four-story waterfall inside the atrium.

“Our casino is well-suited to host this prestigious event as we’re right in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Lumiére Place already features an action-packed poker room and we’re ready for the added excitement that the WSOP event will bring,” said Jeff Babinski, Vice President and General Manager of Lumiére Place.

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Martin Zentner Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event At IP Biloxi

27-year-old New Orleans resident Martin Zentner topped a field of 302 entrants to emerge victorious in the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. For the win he earned $ 106,455 and 480 Card Player Player of the Year points.

“It feels wonderful,” said Zentner. “This is by far the biggest score I’ve ever had. It feels unbelievable.”

"Boston" Rob MarianoZenter, who works in sales, entered the final table in third chip position. He survived to three handed play, where he eliminated popular reality TV star “”Boston” Rob Mariano”:http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-players/36810-robert-mariano in third place to take a solid lead into heads-up play. Mariano has been a contestant on Survivor four times, winning $ 1 million dollars in his fourth appearance. At this final table he also made use of his survival skills, eventually taking home $ 47,805 for his third-place showing.

“It was great having [Mariano at the final table],” Zentner said. “He shocked me how good he was. He was definitely a lot better than I thought.”

Zentner fought off a comeback attempt from eventual runner-up Hank Sitton to secure the title and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Sitton earned $ 65,821 for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of WSOP.com.

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Max Steinberg Continues Breakout Year On Live Circuit At World Series of Poker

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Luke Graham Wins 2013 World Series Of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans

A total of 762-entires were made in the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event, the largest turn out in the event’s nine year history, which built a $ 1,143,000 prize pool.

From that record field Luke Graham emerged victorious, earning his first WSOP Circuit gold ring, the $ 228,600 first-place prize and 912 Card Player Player of the Year points. The 42-year-old stockbroker from West Palm Beach had already won a $ 1,060 no-limit hold’em event and final tabled the WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel Club main event in his native Florida, and as a result of these three scores he has climbed to 32nd place in the overall Player of the Year standings.

“I am ecstatic to win this,” Graham said. “The money means quite a bit to me. It’s going to allow me to do a few things. I’ll definitely use some of it to go out to Las Vegas this summer.”

Graham wins an automatic seat into the $ 1,000,000 WSOP National Championship, presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof. The third-annual championship will award a gold bracelet when it takes place New Orleans for the first time from May 22 -24.

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World Series of Poker Circuit Announces 2013-2014 Schedule

The World Series of Poker Circuit has announced the schedule for its tenth season, featuring 22 stops, a new record for the tour. The season gets underway in early August at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and will continue through May of 2014, when the World Series of Poker Circuit National Championship will take place at Caesars Atlantic City, featuring a $ 1,000,000 prize pool fronted by the WSOP. ESPN will once again televise the National Championship as part of their WSOP coverage.

Other changes include an online tournament series to take place on the upcoming WSOP.com, which will award seats into the National Championship, as well as three new venues, including as two stops in Ohio, at the Horseshoe Cincinnati and the Horseshoe Cleveland, as well as a new stop at the Casino Montreal in Quebec.

As in recent years, each stop will be built around a “12 rings in 12 days” format, with 12 WSOP Circuit gold rings being awarded through the duration of each series. The marquee main event that is the focus of each stop remains a $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em re-entry event, typically scheduled to begin on the second saturday of each stop and featuring at two starting flights.

Each WSOP Circuit main event winner will receive an automatic berth into the year-end WSOP Circuit National Championship. Automatic bids will also go to the “casino champion” at each participating venue. The casino champion is the player at each stop who accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule. There will be 50 automatic qualifiers, with 50 additional players qualifying based on points earned throughout their play on the circuit (all ring-awarding events throughout the season will also award points.)

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Blair Hinkle Wins Second World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event Title

Blair HinkleBlair Hinkle has won his second World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs $ 1,675 no-limit hold’em main event title, topping a field of 367 entrants to win $ 121,177 and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points. Hinkle took down this very same event in 2010, and is the only player in the history of the WSOP Circuit to achieve this feat of winning the same main event twice.

“Coming into the final table, my mom mentioned story lines for the reporters. I thought this would be a good one so I tried to make it happen,” Blair jokingly told WSOP.com after the win.

With this most recent score the 27-year-old professional poker player from Kansas City, Missouri’s live tournament winnings now exceed $ 1.6 million.

Hinkle came into the final day in third chip position, and entered heads-up play at a slight disadvantage with roughly 3 million of the 7,340,000 chips in play. Hinkle was able to wrangle the chip lead away from Brendan Waite, however, and stretched his lead until he held about 75 percent of the chips in play when the final hand arose.

With blinds of 40,000-80,000 with a 10,00 ante, Waite limped and Hinkle checked his option. The flop brought the KSpade Suit 5Club Suit 3Diamond Suit and both players checked. The KDiamond Suit paired the board on the turn, prompting a 125,000 bet from Hinkle. Waite raised to 325,000 and Hinkle called. The 6Spade Suit hit the river and Hinkle checked to Waite, who fired out 420,000. Hinkle moved all-in over the top, and after tanking for a few minutes, Waite made the call. Hinkle rolled over the 4Heart Suit2Diamond Suit for a six-high straight and Waite’s 7Club Suit6Heart Suit was revealed as the second-best hand. With that, Hinkle secured the title and the $ 121,177 payday.

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