WSOP Circuit has a Successful Run

October 27, 2011

The World Series of Poker Circuit recently stopped at the Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Indiana nearby to the massive player base that occupies Chicago. Event #1 saw an attendance of 3,001 players, though the 11 events thereafter did not match its attendance, as expected. The tournament was overall a smashing success.

Changes to the 2011-12 WSOPC saw that the re-entry main events allows for more players to enter, and leading up to the main event, it was expected that this would be the largest main event in the history of the WSOPC. The main event included 1,615 players, which made one of the biggest prize pool at $2.3 million.

After four days, nearly $400K and the WSOPC ring was awarded to 51-year-old, semi-pro Robert Chow, who will also receive an automatic bid into the National Championship. Chow had never won more than $23K and some change before this victory.

“I’ve been the bridesmaid a couple times,” said Chow. “This is the first time I’ve actually cracked through and made first place. I’m ecstatic. I thought I had a deep run this year at the WSOP Seniors event when I came in 66th.”
After being eliminated on Day 1A, Chow won a satellite and was able to re-enter on Day 1B. By the end of Day 2, he was in 9th place out of the 20 remaining players.

Chow described Day 2:

“When we came back with 20 players, I just felt good. I never had the chip lead until we got down to the final table and I knew there was a lot of very accomplished, very aggressive players here, but I just felt good. I didn’t try to push the game, I let the game come to me and that was the best way to handle it and it worked. Everything just fell into place.”
Among those he was up against included Eric Cain, three-time WSOPC winner; Aaron Steury, 2011 WSOP bracelet winner; Mark “Poker H0” Kroon, online poker pro; and Drazen Ilich, two-time WSOPC winner.

“It’s validation of all the grinding and the hard work,” explained Chow. “I’ve come close and never finished. This is definitely a very significant, major event. It’s the main event, a Circuit, and I beat out 1,600 people. I can’t feel any better.”
The next stop for the WSOPC is at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi and begins today.


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