The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Rio Las Vegas came to an end this week with its two biggest events – Main Event & High Roller crowing champions on Wednesday, February 27.
The WSOP Circuit $1,700 buy-in NLH main event drew 952 entries in total, surpassing $1 million guarantee and generating $1,442,280 in prizepool. The largest share of the prizepool went to Viet Vo, who emerged as the champion to secure $274,030 in top prize and his second WSOPC gold ring.
“It feels good. I’ve been wanting this for a long time. I got second in the Main Event in Chicago three years and a half ago. I got 11th last year in the Main Event at the Bicycle Casino. I bubbled the final table. To finally be able to close it out today, it feels good,” Vo told WSOP reporters post his win.
Talking about the final table, the champion said, “The final table was tough. I was just my playing my hands. I didn’t want to look at the players’ stats because I didn’t want to be intimidated. I just wanted to play my game and do the best I can and it worked out. I’m just glad I came out on top.”
The final table was tough and it included some big names, including WSOP bracelet winner and 2017 WSOP Circuit Bike main event winner Jared Jaffee (7th for $42,244), 2010 European Poker Tour Barcelona main event winner Kent Lundmark (6th for $54,403), 2012 WSOP main event 22nd-place finisher Cylus Watson (5th for $70,917), and recent Heartland Poker Tour Denver main event champion and 2017 WSOPC Thunder Valley main event winner Nicholas Pupillo (4th for $93,604).
Final Table Payouts
1st place: Viet Vo – $274,030 + 2019 GCC Seat
2nd place: Sohale Khalili – $169,497
3rd place: Peter Lockwood – $125,103
4th place: Nicholas Pupillo – $93,604
5th place: Cylus Watson – $70,917
6th place: Kent Lundmark – $54,403
7th place: Jared Jaffee – $42,244
8th place: Terry Fleischer – $33,216
9th place: Barbara Sargent – $26,423
2019 WSOP Circuit $2,200 Buy-in NLH High Roller
While Vo won the main event, the 2019 WSOP Circuit $2,200 buy-in NLH high roller was taken down by Almedin Imsirovic who beat a strong field of 179 entries, which created a $358,000 prize pool.
Imsirovic won his second title of the year, earning his first WSOPC gold ring and the $96,569 top prize. He had also won a $26,000 buy-in high roller event at the 2019 U.S. Poker Open just eight days earlier for $442,500. His two big wins in February have increased his live earnings to $3,998,396.
Talking about his run, he said, “I fired six [bullets] yesterday, and then busted on the stone last hand. Then, I fired one more today and this one worked out… The heart of commitment, you know?”
At the final table, Imsirovic faced a stiff competition from some top players, including three-time WSOPC ring winner Aaron Massey (7th for $13,182), 2015 WSOP $1,500 shootout winner Barry Hutter (6th for $17,209), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva (4th for $30,931) and 2015 World Poker Tour Championship main event winner Asher Conniff (2nd for $59,718).
Final Table Payouts
|4th||Upeshka De Silva||$30,931|