Tae Gon Kim Wins $111K In WSOP Circuit Main Event At The Bicycle Casino

Written By Aleeyah Jadavji on March 20, 2023
Bicycle California Casino 2023 WSOP Stop

After 12 days of play, a total of 13 tournaments in the popular World Series of Poker Circuit are officially in the books at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. The California card room casino marked yet another stop on the schedule, with just six stops remaining in the season.

The $1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event prize pool ballooned to $512,070 and Tae Gon Kim took the top spot. He earned $111,075 for his efforts, as well as a coveted WSOP Circuit custom ring and a seat at the Tournament of Champions $1 million freeroll on May 31 in Las Vegas.

All players that win a ring, in any event, this year on the WSOP Circuit also wins a seat in the Tournament of Champions.

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Tae Gon Kim denied WSOP Champion Sean Yu his 9th Circuit ring

Kim may be a cash game player, but after this win, he might just be dabbling in more tournaments from now on.

“Yeah, definitely! How could I not play more tournaments after this one,” Kim told reporters after his win.

Kim said he doesn’t have big plans for the money and looks to put some of it back in play at the cash tables. Kim came into the final table with the chip lead and eliminated five players before making quick work of runner-up Santiago Cortijo.

Among those eliminations was WSOP bracelet winner and eight-time Circuit champion Sean Yu. He fell to seventh place ($15,500) at the hands of Kim.

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Here is a look at the final table results

Results are listed in order of place won.

  1. Tae Gon Kim of Providence, RI – $111,075
  2. Santiago Cortijo of Reina, Spain – $68,655
  3. Peter Cross Glendale, CA – $49,410
  4. Mats Gavatin Stockholm, Sweden – $36,115
  5. Ari Shin from Hermosa Beach, CA – $26,810
  6. Andy Ghebre – $20,220
  7. Sean Yu Los Angeles, CA – $15,500
  8. Travis Tachibana from Torrance, CA – $12,075
  9. Michael Ung from Montclair, CA – $9,565

Actress Beth Hall among 3 women to win Circuit rings

Women make up around 5% of the field in the poker world. Out of 13 ring events, three of those winners were women this week. That means 23.1% of winners this week were women.

Actress Beth Hall, best known for playing Wendy Harris on the CBS sitcom “Mom”, won her first career WSOP Circuit ring in Event 10 for $13,885. Hall has also had a recurring role in “Mad Men” and guest appearances on several other popular TV shows.

Stephanie Taylor took down the Ladies Event for $7,945 and her very first Circuit ring as well.

Finally, mixed game specialist Shirley Rosario went wire-to-wire on the Omaha 8 or Better final table to capture her second career Circuit ring as well as $9,775.

Full series results at The Bicycle California casino

Event #1: $250 NLH Double StackMarshall Cooper$20,145
Event #2: $400 NLH Monster StackPedro Rincon$48,955
Event #3: $250 NLH TurboJohn Topham$10,180
Event #4: $1,100 NLHEdvin Setaghian$20,665
Event #5: $1,700 Main EventTae Gon Kim$111,075
Event #6: $2,200 High RollerJared Griener$42,555
Event #7: $500 NLH MammothJohn Sul$30,105
Event #8: $300 NLHDustin Wills$13,965
Event #9: $250 Ladies Event Stephanie Taylor$7,945
Event #10: $400 NLHBeth Hall$13,885
Event #11: $400 NLHAlexis Lopez$11,415
Event #12: $400 Omaha 8 or BetterShirley Rosario$9,775
Event #13: $250 NLHRick Mechammil$11,380

WSOP Circuit heads to New York next

Here is a look at the remaining WSOP Circuit schedule for the season:

  • Mar. 8-20: Hard Rock Tulsa
  • Mar. 16-27: Turning Stone Resort Casino – Verona, NY
  • Apr. 6-17: Grand Victoria Casino – Chicago, IL
  • Apr. 20-May 1: Horseshoe Tunica – Tunica, MS
  • May 4-15: Harrah’s Cherokee – Cherokee, NC
  • May 11-22: Caesars Southern Indiana – Elizabeth, IN
  • Last stop is the Tournament of Champions – Las Vegas, NV on May 31-June 2
Photo by John Locher, File / AP Photo / illustrated by PlayCA
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Aleeyah hails from Toronto, Ontario in Canada and has been working predominantly in the poker industry since 2015. From writing articles, to interviewing big winners and live reporting on poker's biggest stages, she's seen it all. Aleeyah loves to cook and create content to showcase her passion for food and travel. She also loves sriracha, and doesn't trust anyone that believes it's not a top tier condiment.

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