Michael Scott Wins WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley Casino $365 Monster Stack

Michael Scott, a medical consultant from Elk Grove, California, locked last night a first WSOP Circuit title and a first WSOP Circuit cash after besting a 376-strong field in the WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley $365 Monster Stack event. The player scooped a $24,812 portion of the prize pool for his excellent performance.

The event was played over two days, January 16-17, at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. Its field of 376 entries generated a prize pool of $112,800, more than doubling the original guaranteed prize pool of $50,000.

Day 1 of the tournament was completed with 22 survivors bagging and tagging for the night. The Day 2 starting field was then reduced to an unofficial ten-handed final table, which featured WSOP Circuit regular Charles “Woody” Moore. The player celebrated his 100th cash in the popular series. He entered the final table as the shortest stack and he was eventually eliminated in seventh place.

Scott was second in chips at the time ten-handed action kicked off. The player held 1.25 million in chips, with Jed Hoffman being the only player with a larger stack at that point in play. Hoffman marked a second WSOP Circuit final table within the past week.

Good Hands Well Played

In his post-victory interview with WSOP staff, Scott said that he felt like he would win the tournament. The player had some really good hands over the course of the event and he apparently made the best possible use of them.

Scott revealed that pocket aces went his direction as many as nine times during the event, and he had pocket kings eight times, as well, which gave him an inkling that Lady Luck might smile upon him and secure him with the victory.

Laughingly, Scott said that his wife would be shocked by his triumph. The player went on that his significant other knew that he would participate in the event but she did not thing he would win eventually.

As mentioned above, WSOP Circuit’s latest winner scored his first cash from the series last night and his first victory in a Circuit event. And Scott captured his first WSOP Circuit gold ring, of course. The player emerged victorious after surviving through the two days of play and after beating fellow Californian Rickey Evans in a heads-up match. The latter collected $15,812 for his runner-up finish.

The $365 Monster Stack event Scott took down was designated as the sixth gold ring tournament on the schedule of the ongoing WSOP Circuit Thunder Valley festival. Thunder Valley Casino will play host to the major poker series through January 22, when the final table of the $1,675 Main Event is set to be played. The tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000 and will secure its winner with a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

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