John Holley Wins 2016/17 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $580 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max

Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Hammond, Indiana is currently the arena for quality WSOP Circuit poker battles. The popular poker tour arrived at the gambling venue on October 13 for a festival that will be running up through October 24.

Event #6 on its schedule was completed mere hours ago. It was John Holley, a well-known player among WSOP Circuit fans, who emerged as the $580 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max victor for a WSOP Circuit gold ring and a first-place payout of $31,318.

The Destin, Florida-based player knows very well what it feels like to win a Circuit gold piece, as he has done this five times. Holley has been a tournament regular for the past six or seven seasons of the WSOP Circuit. Since May 2010, when he first cashed in a Circuit event, the player has collected more than $600,000 out of 53 in-the-money finishes.

Holley won his first gold ring in 2014 for besting the field of a multiple-starting-flight $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event at IP Biloxi. This has turned into his favorite moment as a poker player, as he himself has previously said.

The $580 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max at Horseshoe Hammond was a two-day event, played on October 18-19. The tournament attracted 232 entries. The prize pool amounted to $116,000 by the time registration was closed. Eventually, the top 24 finishers left the tournament with a portion of the money. Min-cashes totaled $1,041.

Day 1 of the tournament was concluded with ten players left to battle it out for the gold ring and the first-place prize. The next day of play kicked off with Cody Brinn, a two-time gold ring winner, as the one at the top of the chips leaderboard. Brinn started the new day with more than 100 big blinds. Holley was third in chips at that point. The ten left players were guaranteed a minimum payout of $2,564.

It took an hour and a half of play for the unofficial seven-handed final table to be set. At the time when cards were thrown in the air for final-table play, Holley had already made his way through the chip lead. The player did not relinquish his leading position for the rest of the day. He faced Brinn heads-up, but left his last remaining opponent with little chance for survival. The moment of victory came shortly after the two-handed duel’s beginning.

Odds were against Brinn and him winning his third WSOP Circuit gold ring. Instead, the player had to settle for a second-place finish and $19,351 in consolation money. Greg Jennings took 3rd place in the event for $13,557. Elizabeth Tedder finished 4th for $9,563. Bryan Skeens collected a payout of $6,798 for his fifth-place finish. Paul Fisher took 6th place, good for $4,871.

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