Martin Ryan Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Monster Stack for Ring Number Eight

Trinidad and Tobago’s Martin Ryan captures an eighth gold ring from the WSOP Circuit, taking down his largest poker event so far

Martin Ryan claimed last night his eighth WSOP Circuit title after topping the whopping field of the $400 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack at Harrah’s Cherokee. The player from Trinidad and Tobago also added a career’s highest payout of $70,226 to his WSOP Circuit bankroll, which soared to over $400,000 after last night’s triumph.

As mentioned above, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina is currently playing host to the WSOP Circuit. The $400 buy-in Monster Stack took place over two days, November 28-29. The tournament drew a massive field of 1,166 entries who created a prize pool of $384,780.

Ryan built a solid stack on the first day of the event to end that day fourth in chips with 1.455 million. The player was one of 61 hopefuls who survived through all 23 levels played on Day 1. Rob Reed was leading the pack of 61 into Day 2 with 1.83 million.

The second day of action saw Ryan continue where he left off. The player pressed forward, adding to his stack. He scooped a massive pot right before the unofficial final table was set and he never looked back from that point on. Ryan was the outright chip leader at the final table, but he also led in pedigree as the player with the most gold rings from the series previously won.

Final Table

The tournament’s final table appeared to be a smooth ride for the eventual winner. Ryan navigated easily, never losing his momentum. The final table was whittled down to just two players fairly quickly. It was Forrest Raleigh from Georgia whom Ryan had to face heads-up.

That closing stage of the tournament was an equally quick and smooth ride for the champion. As for Raleigh, he had to settle for the runner-up finish and a cash prize of $43,372. Ryan collected $70,226 for outlasting the behemoth field of the Monster Stack event.

It is interesting to note that the player has been on a hot streak lately, winning three gold rings from the Circuit in as many months. Ryan actually won his latest two pieces in less than three weeks’ time. He took down a $600 No-Limit Hold’em event at Choctaw Durant earlier in November. Back in September, the player won the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. As mentioned earlier, Ryan now has eight WSOP Circuit gold rings, which makes him a member of an elite club of just a few players who have accomplished that in the history of the series.

Despite his terrific run over the past several months, Ryan has decided to take some time off the Circuit and go back to his homeland.

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