Keven Stammen Wins WSOP Circuit Potawatomi $1,675 Main Event

Keven Stammen, a poker pro from Ohio, outlasted a field of 604 entries last night to claim the WSOP Circuit Potawatomi $1,675 Main Event title. The player added $190,265 to his bankroll and a first gold ring to his collection of poker trophies.

Here it is important to note that while Stammen’s victory last night was his first in the WSOP Circuit series, he previously bested the field of a WSOP event in Las Vegas. In 2009, the player won a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament during the popular summer series for his gold bracelet and a six-figure payout of $506,786.

Stammen has recorded 56 in-the-money finishes in WSOP and WSOP Circuit tournaments over the course of his career and has cashed over $1 million from those.

At Potawatomi Resort & Casino, the poker pro entered the $1,675 Main Event on Day 1A. The player had a roller coaster first day of action, but eventually bagged and tagged a nice stack to secure his seat among the Day 2 hopefuls. He continued building his stack that day to next lock his place among the finalists.

The eventual champion was middle-stacked at the start of Day 3 of the Main Event. There were eight players left at that point in play. The were led by former gold bracelet and gold ring winner John Reading, who had a stack of 2.685 million when cards were thrown in the air for one final day of action.

Final Table Highlights

The final table of the Main Event included several former WSOP trophy winners and seasoned poker pros. Record-breaking WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins was among those to make it to the final stage of action at Potawatomi.

However, the player entered Day 3 as the short stack and did not really manage to improve much. He eventually finished fourth for $63,855. Reading, Jose Montes, and Andy Philachack were the other former winners of WSOP jewelry pieces to reach the final table.

Eventually, Stammen faced Michael Crawford heads-up. The match began with the latter holding the chip lead. However, Stammen quickly began putting pressure on his final opponent to weaken him and get hold of the chip lead.

At some point, the eventual winner won a massive pot that secured him with 80% of all chips in play. Shortly after, Stammen inflicted his final blow. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Crawford went all in for his last 560,000 with [7h][6s] and Stammen called with [As][8c].

The [Kc][Qd][9d][2s][9c] appeared on the board to seal it for Stammen. His opponent left with $117,680 for his runner-up finish.

When asked which one he enjoyed more – winning the gold ring or winning the gold bracelet a few years ago, Stammen said last night that he felt equally happy. The player also revealed that he was playing for more than just the trophy. Stammen and his partner are expecting a child, which needs to be provided for. The champion was asked if it would be a boy or a girl, to which he replied that his significant other does not want to know as she is a bit of a gambler like Stammen himself.

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