However, the festivities unofficially came to a close Tuesday with host venue Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and PokerStars hosting a charity event to benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts in South Florida. PokerStars pledged to match funds raised through the charity poker tournament up to $100,000.
The 12-day WSOP Circuit stop at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Fort Lauderdale, FL represented the WSOP Circuit’s first ever trip to the South Florida venue.
Joe Gotlieb wins the $1,675 Main Event
On Monday, 52-year-old local small business owner Joe Gotlieb captured the WSOP Circuit $1,675 Main Event crown. It came with a first-place prize of $257,638. Gotlieb told reporters he was taking a break from his cell phone parts business to play poker professionally. He started this journey with the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock. In the end, he had to get past a relatively tough final table to win the title.
Three-time WSOP Bracelet winner Brian Hastings has been headed the other direction for the past year. He had chosen entrepreneurial life over the professional poker circuit. However, he managed a fourth-place finish at Hard Rock.
Plus, 2015 World Poker Tour Championship winner Asher Conniff finished runner-up. Gotlieb’s sevens held over Conniff’s big slick in a final-hand race that sealed the deal for Gotlieb.
The $1,675 main event drew 904 entries creating a $1,356,000 prize pool.
Anton Wigg wins World Series of Poker Circuit High Roller
In the meantime, perennial European online qualifier Anton Wigg won the WSOP Circuit’s $3,250 High Roller event. The tournament drew a field of 133 entries and the 30-year-old Swede collected $111,719 for the win.
However, the series’ second biggest winner was actually the player that took down the $580 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry Multi-Flight opening event.
Miami Lakes, FL’s Niovel Chirino Alvarez walked away with $135,022 after beating a field of 1,612 entries and local Gil Aboodi ($83,751) heads up.
The 14-event series did not produce any other six-figure winners. However, Ryan McAllister took home $48,600 winning the $1,125 Single Reentry event. Plus, David Gunas earned $28,379 capturing the $365 Monster Stack Single Reentry title.
Gotlieb, Yassa earn Global Casino Championship seats
Gotlieb’s WSOP Circuit $1,675 Main Event win also earned him a seat in the 2018 WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship. The invitation-only event features a minimum prize pool of $1,000,000. It is held at the end of the WSOP Circuit season.
Nagui Yassa collected four cashes throughout the 12-day series. As a result, Yassa earned the Casino Champion title and a seat in the 2018 WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship as well.
Next up on the World Series of Poker Circuit is the Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop in the Louisville, KY area running from now through October 9. Plus, the Horseshoe Hammond stop in the Chicago, IL area will go from October 12 through October 23.