It’s interesting seeing WSOP-Circuit events matter again. After an initial strong run of big fields, buy-ins, and winners, WSOP-C events fell off the map for everyone not named Dwyte Pilgrim.
But with a new championship series style structure and TV deal with Versus, WSOP-C events are back, more or less. Not a knock at the WSOP-C, but now they’re doing basically what the Heartland Poker Tour has been for the past few years.
The latest event at the Horseshoe Hammond (in Indiana, 30 minutes from Chicago) drew a record field of 872 for the $1,600 buy-in Main Event (albeit, there were plenty of rumors about Hammond adding seats to satellite events and giving seats away, but hey, not going to complain when a casino is actually giving something to the players instead of taking away).
Kurt Jewell (this guy) took it down, banking $242,909. Some notables to make the money included Bryan Devonshire (7th – $37,047), Kathy Liebert, a woman (35th – $4,945), Dean Hamrick (45th – $4,410), and Brett Richey (51st – $3,974).
The $10,000 Regional Championship starts today, with an expected field of “big names.” Be interesting to see the tournament.
Get a full recap of the Main Event here.
More pics of Diana Morales (above) here.