John Richards Wins WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant $580 No-Limit Hold’em

The WSOP Circuit’s Choctaw Durant stop is progressing at full throttle and seven gold rings, a coveted piece from the series, have already found their owners. Last night, John Richards bested the field of the $580 No-Limit Hold’em for his career’s second gold ring and the amount of $22,008.

The player from Roxana, Illinois won his first gold piece from the WSOP Circuit this spring. He topped a $365 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament at Horseshoe Baltimore to collect the ring. In fact, it can be said that Pot-Limit Omaha is Richards’ game of preference. It is also interesting to note that the player has been playing cash game poker for a living for quite some time now. Given the fact that he has scooped two WSOP Circuit titles within a couple of months, we might say that he is doing quite well in tournament poker as well.

At Choctaw Durant, the gambling venue that currently plays host to the WSOP Circuit, Richards was one of 163 participants in the $580 No-Limit Hold’em. The event’s field generated a prize pool of $81,500, which was distributed among the top 18 finishers.

The $580 No-Limit Hold’em was played over two days and was completed on Wednesday with Richards posing with the gold ring. The final day of play kicked off with 21 survivors, led by Keith Hall. The start-of-the-day field was reduced to the money bubble and then to unofficial ten-handed final table in several hours of play.

Final Table Action

Richards had outpaced Hall by the time the final ten players were all moved to a single table. The eventual winner entered that final stage of the tournament as the chip leader with 342,000. Hall occupied the second position in the chip counts chart at that point.

It took a little more than four hours for the remaining ten-player field to be reduced to the winner. After a dominating performance at the final table, Richards faced Matthew Newcombe from Ada, Oklahoma heads-up. The two players fought for a while, but a lucky pocket tens in an all-in confrontation locked the victory for the Illinois resident. Newcombe collected the amount of $13,599 ending his deep run into the tournament with a second-place finish.

There are five more gold ring tournaments on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant, including four No-Limit Hold’em and a $1,125 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha one. The poker festival will celebrate its end with the $1,675 Main Event, which will be played from November 10 through November 13. A three-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 is also yet to take place at the host casino as part of the WSOP Circuit’s stop.

A separate stop on the WSOP Circuit’s schedule for the 2017/2018 season is set to begin today. Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas will be welcoming players through November 20.

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