Mike Cordell Wins 2016/17 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore $1,675 Main Event

Mike Cordell, a poker pro from Little Rock, Arizona, scooped the Main Event title at Horseshoe Baltimore, the penultimate stop on the 2016/17 WSOP Circuit Schedule. The player added a $148,171 payout to his poker bankroll and his third gold ring.

Cordell was the last man standing of the tournament’s 449-person field. The event was held on May 5-8 at the Horseshoe Baltimore casino floor. The eventual winner did not have an incredibly good start to the event, but improved his performance over the course of play.

He started gaining better momentum on Day 2. Later that day, Cordell emerged as a chip leader, holding two-times more chips than ten-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins, the second in the chip counts chart at the time. Cordell never looked back from that point on. He not only maintained his chip lead throughout Day 2 and Day 3, but also increased his advantage.

In fact, there were only six players left at the beginning of the event’s final day, Hawkins not being among them. At that focal point of play, Cordell had more chips than his final opponents together. That certainly bode well for the player and his chances to win.

Cordell literally stormed through Day 3, leaving no room for his fellow competitors to improve. Pennsylvania resident and tournament pro Alex Queen remained as Cordell’s final opponent. Although the player did his best to put up a good fight, his resistance lasted only 12 hands, during which he could not manage to reduce the deficit and only lost what had left of his stack. Queen eventually took the amount of $91,562 for his runner-up finish.

As for Cordell, he added another hefty payout from a WSOP-related event and his fourth WSOP-related gold piece. The player now has three gold rings from the WSOP Circuit and a gold bracelet from the WSOP. He won his first gold ring in 2008 at Caesars Indiana. Ring number two came earlier this year, when the player topped the field of a Hard Rock Tulsa Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.

Despite his excellent performance in WSOP Circuit events around the country and over the years, it can be said that Cordell’s career highlight was his victory in a 2016 WSOP event. The player bested the behemoth field of 1,477 entries of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed to win the precious gold piece and a first-place prize of $346,088. Here it is also interesting to note that he defeated 2015 WSOP Main Event November Niner Pierre Neuville heads-up to come into possession of the gold bracelet.

As a true poker professional, Cordell kept his composure and hid his emotions when talking to interviewers after his most recent triumph. However, the player admitted that he was ecstatic. He further noted that he had not been that much scared during final table play, mainly due to the fact that he had held the majority of chips over the course of that last stage of the tournament.

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