WSOP Circuit Gold Ring Winner Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet

June 5, 2012

Semi-pro poker player Nick Jivkov realized the WSOP motto, “First the ring, then the bracelet,” a slogan that persuades poker players to go for the WSOP circuit ring during the nine months that the WSOP is not in session. The 34-year-old business owner from Illinois has been fervently following the National Circuit and has cashed 10 times in a variety of WSOP Circuit tourneys in the past couple years, winning a gold ring in 2010 in Biloxi. He had not cashed at a WSOP event until this year.

The game was PLH and Jivkov finally earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and a prize of nearly $190K.

Jivkov, originally from Bulgaria, owns a transportation company in Chicago and has two daughters, age 6 and 12. Before winning Event #5, he had amassed $136K in live earnings.

Jivkov had a chip lead about halfway through the final session for which a crowd had grown around the ESPN Main Stage primarily to see Daniel Negreanu who was close to scoring his fifth gold bracelet, but alas he did not succeed, much to the relief of Jivkov who had taken over about 60% of the chips by the time there were four players left.

Bryan Pellegrino came in second with a $117K+ prize and no bracelet. Negreanu finished 5th.

On the difference between the WSOP and other live tournaments, Jivkov told, “To be honest with you, I found myself much more composed and much more patient and not nervous than what I was expecting.”


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