WSOP Circuit Crowns Youngest Champion
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer
The WSOP Circuit Event stop in West Palm Beach concluded Tuesday. The winner of the $1,600 Main Event was 19 year old John Riordan from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Riordan pocketed $210,180 for the victory and became they youngest player to ever win a WSOP Circuit Ring. His win would normally qualify him for the $1 Million Circuit Championship in Las Vegas in a couple of months but his age will not allow him to compete.
A lot of notable names turned out for the Main Event including ‘Captain’ Tom Franklin, Greg Raymer, Jerry Yang, TJ Cloutier, ‘Bodog’ Ari Engel, Tom Schneider and circuit mainstay Dwyte Pilgrim. Another entrant in the Main Event field was your humble Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer writing this recap who busted in the final hour of day one. A total of 712 players entered the Main Event creating a prizepool of over $1 million.
The first major poker series to ever hit Florida was not without its bumps along the way. Players encountered long registration lines early in the series but were quickly resolved. Bigger field events were played at opposite ends of the Palm Beach Kennel Club causing players to lose time during levels relocating to different tables. One other interesting item to note was a male player who tried playing in the ladies event was arrested and held in handcuffs for a period of time as noted on the Two Plus Two Forums.
Final table finishers were as follows:
1 – John Riordan (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) $210,180
2 – Mike Morton (Mays Landing, NJ) $130,057
3 – Thomas Aprea (East Marion, NY) $95,392
4 – Austin Buchanan (Winter Park, FL) $70,939
5 – Ryan Lenaghan (Mobile, AL) $53,468
6 – Jon Brody (Davie, FL) $40,837
7 – David MacDonald (Jupiter, FL) $31,599
8 – Jesse Okonczak (Destin, FL) $24,771
9 – Jerry Timmons (Cooper City, FL) $19,665
The next WSOP Circuit stop is at Caesars Atlantic City and runs March 2-13.