Winner’s Circle: Players Start Summer With Nice Scores in US Online Poker Markets

July 13, 2022
Winner’s Circle: Players Start Summer With Nice Scores in US Online Poker Markets

It was a big month with some big wins in June for online poker players in US markets. Players looked to pad their bankrolls before heading to some big summer events.

Every month USPoker highlights notable winners in states offering legal online poker. PokerStars, partypoker US/BetMGM, and WSOP.com all offer monthly events. Here’s a quick glance of some winners from last month.

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Current legal states

In the US, online poker is legally up and running in the following states: 

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WSOP.com

As players head to the World Series of Poker, some chased gold from their living rooms.  Each month WSOP.com offers Online Circuit Series in the combined New Jersey and Nevada markets.

Pennsylvania and Michigan also host a monthly Circuit Series separate from New Jersey/Nevada.

Winning a ring and a bracelet 

Pennsylvania online grinder Christopher “IamSmirk” Perkins accomplished a truly difficult feat. He scored a ring and a bracelet in the same month. On June 12, he took down the second bracelet event and won the Online Circuit Main Event on June 26. In total he won over $46,000 last month. 

Bracelet winner Jeffrey Dobrin also added a third ring to his collection when he shipped Event 13 for $24,804. That was his second circuit final table of the month.

The Keystone State’s “5betChet” grabbed his second WSOP circuit ring when he out-bet the competition in the PLO event. He won $5,230 for his accomplishments.

Ryan Smith grabbed two rings in Michigan last month. He crushed the series by winning two events, cashing for in over $15,000 for the month. 

WSOP.com Main Event winners

The $525 Circuit Main Event in the New Jersey/Nevada market is one of the largest online events each month. The tournament had over 500 players in the money but at the end it was Christopher Basile that sealed the deal. This was Basile’s third ring and he won $61,369 for the accomplishment.  

In Michigan, Samuel Hamman won his first ring when was victorious in the $100,000 guaranteed championship. He won $21,650 for beating the Wolverine State competition. 

Some other Online Circuit winners included:

  • Anthony Hunstman – Event 2, $27,011 (NJ/NV)
  • Christopher Collins – Event 3, $18,641 (NJ/NV)
  • John Landis – Event 1, $7.088 (PA)
  • Christopher Billinski – Event 2, $10,190 (PA)
  • Ian Crampton – Event 3, $17,124 (PA)
  • Michael Wolf – Event 4, $16,311 (PA)
  • Stephen Benckovic – Event 11, $9,759(PA)
  • Nicolas Oudbier – Event 1, $7,033 (MI)
  • Christopher Lockwood – Event 2, $10,190 (MI)
  • Robert Moldvan – Event 3, $5,413 (MI)
  • Anthony Sabatella – Event 4, $14,000 (MI)

Some previous winners are ready for the Tournament of Champions. The event caps the WSOP in Las Vegas with $1 million up for grabs for all Circuit ring and bracelet winners from the last year.

WSOP.com award all 2022 bracelet and ring winners, live or online, a ticket for the tournament. The event is set for July 18.

PokerStars Summer Stack Series

PokerStars launched plenty of big Summer Stack events in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, Frank “FLD15” DiRe recently took some advice from 2017 Main Event champion Scott Blumstein.

Dire interviewed Blumstein on the Nerdthusiast podcast and then took down Event 69 in the PokerStars series a few days later.

Garden State grinder Jeremy “PokerJermz” Sissman also continues to find success. He won Events 36 and 39, cashing in for over $3,000. 

In Pennsylvania, Mark “TonyBluffing” Defelice scored a win in the series. He had a nice return on his $10 investment and won $365 in event 77. 

Also in the Keystone state Chris “Realcrazy29” won Event 98 for $2,648.This was his second win of the month after conquering event 14 as well. 

In Michigan Kevin “Clockles87” had his biggest win to date after coming up big in Event 96. He scooped $1,805 for the win. 

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BetMGM/partypoker US

Available in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, partypoker doesn’t share a combined player pool at this time. Currently each state hosts these partypoker skins:

In June, the platform sent satellite winners to the BetMGM Poker Championship at the Aria in Las Vegas. The event featured a $1 million guarantee with the final table streamed from the PokerGO Studio.

New Jersey online player Benji Felson converted a $500 online satellite into more than $50,000.  

Players from New Jersey scored big in the series. Tim Byrne won a $25,000 freeroll after securing a package in an online satellite. Two other players from the Garden State also landed on the final table.

Michael Wang and Felson accounted for over $116,000 between them. Ferguson had won the seat from the online promotional series. 

USPoker will update big winners each month in the “Winner’s Circle” feature. Please tag @uspoker on Twitter with your wins.

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