The World Series of Poker Circuit continues to bring some great poker action throughout the country, and the most recent event was held in Tunica, Mississippi. As has been the case with many of these circuit events, it was a local man that was able to win the biggest event of them all.
Matthew Higgins played some great poker at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, and he was able to win his fifth WSOP Circuit gold ring, with his four previous victories coming in the state of North Carolina. Since the WSOP Circuit tends to bring out the top players in a given area, Higgins proved that he is an elite player at this level.
Since starting to play live poker, Higgins has now won more than $1.75 million, and he has become a name to watch on the WSOP Circuit. It was a dominant performance from Higgins, and he was able to keep things pretty drama free for much of the event.
Massive Number of Entries
The name “World Series of Poker” usually has poker players running to the tables, and that was the case with the $1,700 buy-in, no-limit hold’em tournament. There ended up being 568 players that entered this tournament, and it pushed the prize pool all the way up to $791,673, while the original guarantee was just $500,000.
While it was Higgins that took home the biggest prize, each of the top 60 entries were able to bring in at least $3,500. This was an event that featured many former winners on the WSOP Circuit, and that made things even more challenging for Higgins.
Even though there was some exciting action in the later stage of this event, a majority of the players were eliminated pretty quickly. By the time that it was time for the final table, there were just six players still in the hunt.
Higgins was actually in second place when the final table was down to just six, but he was the first to send someone home. By eliminating Marty Martin, Higgins was able to take over the chip lead, and he would remain in that position for the rest of the event.
Plenty More Action
There have been some dramatic finishes at WSOP Circuit events already this year, but this one didn’t play out that way. Not only was Higgins making the right moves along the way, but all of the cards seemed to be in his favor.
Dale Roesel tried to keep things interesting between the two competitors, but ultimately Roesel finished in second place. B.J. MacBrayer was another player that kept the pressure on Higgins as he was able to take home close to $75,000 with a third place finish.
Poker players won’t have to wait long for the next chance to win a WSOP Circuit bracelet as the action will continue on February 1st. This time those events will be held down in Florida as Harrha’s Pompano Beach is going to be the host.