WSOP Circuit Crowns a Main Event Champ, Regional Championship Underway
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
The WSOP crowned its latest Circuit Main Event champion Sunday when Kurt Jewell won at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Jewell outlasted 871 other entrants to take down the $242,909 top prize. He also won his seat into the season ending $1 million Tournament of Champions to be held at Caesars Las Vegas in late May.
Jewell, a 25 year old professional poker player from Kentucky won his first career circuit gold ring with the victory. He nearly won his first ring earlier this year when he finished second place in a preliminary event at the Circuit stop at Horseshoe Council Bluffs and a a 3rd place finish in Southern Indiana earlier this month. Jewell held the chip lead entering the final table and was able to beat out a tough field which included UB Pro Bryan Devonshire who finished in 7th place.
The first $10,000 Regional Championship began Monday at Horseshoe Hammond. The event is being taped for showing on Versus, as announced in a recent press release. The event drew 226 of the finest professional poker players known to man to battle it out for the $525,449 first place prize. Some players who played and are alive well into day two include Adam Levy, Chad Brown, Blair Hinkle, Shannon Shorr and Barry Greenstein. The final 24 players will be paid. All nine final table members will also win a seat to the $1 million Tournament of Champions.