WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Wraps Up; Maurice Hawkins Denied Record 15th Ring

The Global Collection of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Major Tournament in Mississippi wrapped up this week with Randy Paguio of San Diego successful his 2nd gold ring and cashing for $193,766. Paguio defeated Tennessee’s Kenneth Mason right through heads-up play, who in flip earned $119,755 for his runner-up end.

The Major Tournament attracted 674 entrants to generate an enormous prize pool of simply over $1 million. The seven-figure prize pool was once by means of some distance the biggest of the 13 tournaments at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica forestall, which awarded over $2.5 million in prize cash.

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Major Tournament Ultimate Desk Effects

  PLACE PLAYER HOMETOWN PRIZE (USD)
  1 Randy Paguio San Diego, CA $193,764
  2 Kenneth Mason L. a. Vergne, TN $119,755
  3 Brandon Butler St. Louis, MO $88,163
  4 Sean Maurer Grayville, IL $65,658
  5 Adam Ross Roswell, GA $49,472
  6 Donovan Dean Rainsville, AL $37,719
  7 Michael Esquivel Clarendon Hills, IL $29,104
  8 John Gallaher Lebanon, TN $22,730
  9 BJ McBrayer Tuscaloosa, AL $17,970

Paguio, who now has $230,617 in event income in step with The Hendon Mob, entered the overall day as chip chief and persisted to run up his stack from there. The Californian eliminated five other players on the ultimate desk ahead of getting rid of Mason.

Randy Paguio
Randy Paguio received his 2nd ring by means of successful the WSOP Circuit Tunica Major Tournament

Paguio earned his first ring in 2012 by means of taking down Tournament #1: $355 No-Restrict Hang’em at WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego for $21,844. He completed 2nd in the similar match not up to a 12 months later for $9,878.

“After my mom Rubenita ‘Ruby’ Paguio handed, I received my first ring and that was once for her. I need to commit this one to my grandmother Nenita Cuevas who only in the near past handed,” Pagula mentioned after his contemporary victory.

Different notable gamers who made deep runs within the Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Major Tournament come with four-time ring winner John Gallaher (eighth – $22,730), BJ McBrayer (ninth – $17,970), Eric Salazar (twelfth – $14385), Carl Masters (seventeenth – $9,572) and Stephen Tune (twenty first – $7,960).

Maurice Hawkins Denied fifteenth Ring

Maurice Hawkins
Maurice Hawkins

Maurice Hawkins, who sits very easily on most sensible of the best-ever Circuit ring checklist with 14 rings to his identify, was once at the hunt for a fifteenth on the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica forestall.

Hawkins, of Florida, got here inside of inches of that record-extending ring in Tournament #8: $600 No-Restrict Hang’em Black Chip Bounty however completed in 2nd position for $15,971.

It was once a David-versus-Goliath of a fit that noticed Hawkins fall to John Marlow, a fellow Floridian who handiest had one WSOP money to his identify heading into the heads-up fit (in comparison to the 149 WSOP cashes of Hawkins).

For his first-place end, Marlow earned his first ring and a career-high money of $25,841. The very subsequent day, Marlow completed in twenty fourth position in Tournament #10: $400 NLH for $714, bringing his lifetime event income to $52,825.

Total, it was once an overly robust Circuit forestall for Hawkins. He had a deep run within the Major Tournament, in the end completing in twenty seventh position for $5,725, and in addition completed in twenty ninth position in Tournament #7: No-Restrict Hang’em Knockout Bounty for $996.

Whilst he would possibly no longer have earned a fifteenth ring, Hawkins now has 151 WSOP cashes to his identify to make up a hefty portion of his $4.3 million in reside event income.

Preston McEwen Will get His First

Preston McEwen
Preston McEwen received his first ring at WSOP Circuit Tunica

Every other spotlight of the WSOP Circuit Tunica forestall was once Tennessee’s Preston McEwen successful his first ring. McEwen, who has observed luck in tournaments and Circuit stops during the south, took down Tournament #11: $400 NLH Turbo for $18,157 after defeating David ‘Ruetama’ Moses, every other notable southern grinder. McEwen additionally discovered a nineteenth position end within the Horseshoe Tunica for $7,960.

McEwen, who has $485,890 in event income in step with The Hendon Mob, got here with reference to successful a hoop again at 2019 WSOP Circuit Cherokee, the place he completed 3rd in Tournament #1: $400 Double Stack No-Restrict Hang’em for $22,325. A couple of years previous, he discovered a sixth-place end on the WSOP Circuit Tunica forestall in Tournament #11: $365 No-Restrict Hang’em (Unmarried Re-entry).

McEwen’s greatest reside rating got here simply months in the past when he made a deep run within the 2021 WSOP Major Tournament that prolonged into Day 6. McEwen fell in 57th place for $113,800 when he were given it in with ace-king towards pocket jacks and couldn’t win the turn.

Later within the sequence, John Holley of Destin, Florida received his 7th ring by means of taking down Tournament #12: $400 No-Restrict Hang’em for $14,588.

A complete checklist of gamers who received rings right through the 2021 Global Collection of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica will also be discovered beneath.

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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Ring Winners

  TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL WINNER HOMETOWN PRIZE
  Tournament #1: $400 NLH Double Stack 342 $112,860 John Duke Benton, AR $24,062
  Tournament #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight 1,585 $523,050 Michael Zuro Salem, OR $77,895
  Tournament #3: $400 NLH 181 $59,730 Dale James Tracie Town, TN $14,676
  Tournament #4: $400 NLH 6-Max 253 $83,490 Calvin Kincade Paragould, AR $19,328
  Tournament #5: $400 Pot-Restrict Omaha 154 $50,820 Sokchheka Pho Memphis, TN $13,044
  Tournament #6: $400 NLH Turbo 288 $95,040 Lovell “Da Wiz” Wilkerson Smyrna, GA $20,620
  Tournament #7: $400 NLH Monster Stack 555 $183,150 Donnie Phan Nashville, TN $34,331
  Tournament #8: $600 NLH Black Chip Bounty 287 $119,105 John Marlow Apopka, FL $25,841
  Tournament #9: $1,700 Major Tournament 674 $1,021,110 Randy Paguio San Diego, CA $193,764
  Tournament #10: $400 NLH 229 $75,570 Jonah Labranche Phoenix, AZ $17,461
  Tournament #11: $400 NLH Turbo 240 $79,200 Preston McEwen Murfreesboro, TN $18,157
  Tournament #12: $400 No-Restrict Hang’em 178 $58,700 John Holley Destin, FL $14,588
  Tournament #13: No-Restrict Hang’em Double Stack 163 $53,790 Donnie Phan Nashville, TN $13,641

*Pictures courtesy of WSOP.

Author: Bradley Watson