One particular word pops into WSOP Circuit fans’ minds when they hear the name Maurice Hawkins – unstoppable. Hawkins has indeed been unstoppable since last spring. He has won six WSOP Circuit gold rings since April 2016, capturing the last of them only last night and has become the player with the most gold pieces in the tournament series’ history.
Hawkins took down on Monday evening the $1,675 Main Event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs for a first-place prize of $97,561 and his tenth gold ring. The player’s amazing run began at that exact gambling venue and almost exactly a year ago. He captured two gold pieces at the property, then won a WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee and another one at Palm Beach Kennel Club. He won a second gold ring at the latter venue, although during a separate festival several months ago. And then came last night’s victory.
The WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event generated a prize pool of $406,500 from the 271 entries who had paid the $1,675 buy-in fee. The tournament was played over four days, with two starting flights and two more days for the winner to be determined.
When the time for the final table came, Hawkins was not the only former gold ring winner among the nine finalists. Another player with multiple gold pieces, though much fewer than Hawkins’, was also among those making it to the final stage of play. Charles Moore was that player, with three gold rings won over the course of his career. However, he exited the tournament in third place, setting the heads-up duel between Hawkins and William Perpich.
Ending up as one of the last two men standing, Perpich entered heads-up as the short stack with 1,720,000 in chips against his opponent’s 3,700,000. It did not take that long before the final hand for the night and the tournament as a whole was dealt.
Action unfolded with Hawkins raising to 95,000 and Perpich re-raising to 250,000. Hawkins called ahead of the [6c][5h][5d] flop. Perpich bet another 250,000 and his opponent called. The [8c] came on the turn to see Perpich slide 400,000 toward the center of the table. Hawkins called once again. The [As] made Perpich move all in and Hawkins snap call. The former showed [Ah][Kh] for two pair and the latter turned over [6h][6s] for a full house. Perpich took home $60,292 in the end.
As for Hawkins, he shared some of his thoughts in a post-victory interview, telling interviewers that he realized how enormous his accomplishment was only after he got hold of the gold ring.
Hawkins has had a really tough season, playing almost all of the events on the schedule. He took part even in some side events and satellites. The player revealed that he will certainly be seen at the tables of the upcoming WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s New Orleans festivals to close out a thrilling season.