11May
Kurt Jewell Wins Hammond Main Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit is doing pretty well this year as its stop in Hammond just generated a record-breaking field, the biggest in the WSOP Circuit’s history. A whopping 872 players turned up to get a chance to get the $242,090 grand prize, but ultimately, it was Kurt Jewell who would go home with the title and the money, as well as the WSOPC Championship ring. He also won a seat at the $10,000 Regional Championship and the National Championship.

A Record Breaking Field

The Hammond Stop at the WSOP Circuit has always been rather popular. This year, however, the stakes were especially high, the prizes especially tempting. This is probably one of the reasons why the field this year was particularly impressive. However, the biggest contributor to the record breaking field would no doubt be the WSOPC’s decision to reduce the price of the buy-in. Last year, the tournament required a $5,000 buy-in, so only a few people turned up. This year, they reduced the buy-in to just $1,500. With more people being able to afford it, the tournament managed to draw three times as much as last year. So, with this incredible turn up of participants, the main event managed to raise a prize pool of more than 1 million dollars – quite rare in the WSOPC. Of the 872 who joined, however, only 90 finished in the money. The rest of them had to go home empty-handed.

The entire tournament lasted for three whole days, with 16 making it into the final day. Jewell was already at the lead at the start of Day 3, and he managed to successfully hold on to this lead until the very end.

The Final Table

Nine players made it into the Main Event’s final table, though some of them were quick to be eliminated. Casey Hayes, for example, was short-stacked at the beginning and was therefore the first to go among the nine. He was followed by Daniel Cohen, then Bryan Devonshire, and Corey Souther. Exiting at fifth place was Nick Jivkov. At fourth place was Edwin Choi. Following him closely was William Reynolds. Only Kenworthy and Jewell were left to vie for the title. However, Jewell had a big advantage, holding over 12 million chips, while Kenworthy only had about 5 million chips.

Despite the big handicap, however, Kenworthy managed to keep the game running for a full hour before they finally got to the final hand, where a Jack on the river gave Jewell the upper hand.

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