The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Crowns Christopher Trombley As Its Champion

Harrah's Pompano Beach hosted the just concluded World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP) Circuit Main Event. Christopher Trombley beat his opponents to win the ring and $266,186 first-place prize. It was the poker pro's maiden WSOP Circuit ring in the state and the biggest tournament score in his career.

Reports state that Trombley's latest victory increased his poker career earnings to $335,656. The $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold 'em event attracted 1,015 entrants who created a $1,537,725 prize pool.

Its leading 145 participants took home at least $2,558. Besides, only 102 players advanced to Day 2 and they set a nine-handed final table after 12 hours of intense action. Some of the entrants who missed a seat at the final table but won money included James Calderaro, Brian Battistone, Scott Baumstein, Dylan Smith, Ryan D'Angelo, Daniel Couzens, Nadya Magnus, Brett Apter, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Paul Snead, Aaron Thivyanathan, Maxwell Young, Jeremy Joseph, TK Miles, Loni Harwood, Matt Waxman, Natasha Mercier, Jake Schwartz, Jeffrey Trudeau, Chris Tryba, Steven Karp, Neil Blumenfield and Luke Graham.

The Top Players Prizes and Player of the Year (POY) Points

  1. Christopher Trombley-$266,186 and 960 points
  2. Robert Lupo-$167,072 and 800 points
  3. Ryan Eruquezzo-$121,111 and 640 points
  4. Vitalijs Zayorotnijs-$90,196 and 480 points
  5. Roman Hrabec-$67,961 and 400 points
  6. Jeremy Eyer-$51,816 and 320 points
  7. Blake Whittington-$39,981 and 240 points
  8. Chet Sickle-$31,225 and 160 points
  9. Ian Cohen-$24,686 and 80 points

How Things Unfolded at the Final Table

Ryan Eriquezzo reached the final table being the stack leader. Still, he controlled the first half of the play. Trombley got his first elimination after sending Roman Hrabec packing in the fifth position.

Trombley busted Eriquezzo in the third position after his flopped set of kings thrashed his opponent's aces and fours. The former increased his stack to 18.2 million chips against Robert Lupo's 12.6 million chips before their heads-up action began.

Their battle lasted for three and a half hours. Also, they exchanged the stack lead several times.

The board read KClub Suit10Heart Suit3Club Suit9Heart Suit5Club Suit as the money got in the final hand. Lupo used JClub Suit8Diamond Suit to make a 7,000,000 all-in shove on the missed straight draw.

Trombley used 9Spade Suit2Spade Suit to call after a few minutes’ tank to win the top prize and title. Lupo received a 4164,511 second-place consolation prize that increased his poker career earnings to $449,796.

The champion informed WSOP Circuit's journalists after the event that he took a risky route in the final hand as he raised a pair of nines to lure Lupo to call. The latter stuffed the river after missing the draw.

Trombley was willing to lose a flush despite believing that his pair was useful. He remained calm after losing the chip lead and aimed at catching cards.

Another WSOP Circuit tournament is ongoing in the Horseshoe Las Vegas casino and it will end on February 23. Ardent poker fans can review the tournament series' schedule as the $1,700 buy-in main event kicks off on February 17.


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