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.
Here is a look at the final table results
Results are listed in order of place won.
- Tae Gon Kim of Providence, RI – $111,075
- Santiago Cortijo of Reina, Spain – $68,655
- Peter Cross Glendale, CA – $49,410
- Mats Gavatin Stockholm, Sweden – $36,115
- Ari Shin from Hermosa Beach, CA – $26,810
- Andy Ghebre – $20,220
- Sean Yu Los Angeles, CA – $15,500
- Travis Tachibana from Torrance, CA – $12,075
- 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 Stack||Marshall Cooper||$20,145|
|Event #2: $400 NLH Monster Stack||Pedro Rincon||$48,955|
|Event #3: $250 NLH Turbo||John Topham||$10,180|
|Event #4: $1,100 NLH||Edvin Setaghian||$20,665|
|Event #5: $1,700 Main Event||Tae Gon Kim||$111,075|
|Event #6: $2,200 High Roller||Jared Griener||$42,555|
|Event #7: $500 NLH Mammoth||John Sul||$30,105|
|Event #8: $300 NLH||Dustin Wills||$13,965|
|Event #9: $250 Ladies Event||Stephanie Taylor||$7,945|
|Event #10: $400 NLH||Beth Hall||$13,885|
|Event #11: $400 NLH||Alexis Lopez||$11,415|
|Event #12: $400 Omaha 8 or Better||Shirley Rosario||$9,775|
|Event #13: $250 NLH||Rick 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