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The World Series Of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Milwaukee Main Event recently played out at the Potawatomi Casino, Wisconsin. The event brought in 604 runners, creating a prize pool of $906,000. After all was said and done, Keven Stammen (cover image) took home the first-place prize of $190,265 and his first WSOP gold ring.
The 32-year-old poker pro Stammen from Coldwater, Ohio, earlier captured a WSOP bracelet at the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2009 and in 2014 he picked up his biggest cash till date after taking down the $15,400 WPT Borgata World Championship for $1,350,000.
This particular win did not come easy for Stammen as he had to face some stiff competition at the final table in ten-time WSOPC gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins and three-time gold ring winner Andy Philachack.
After the two starting days and the Day 2 of play, just eight players comprised the final table. John Reading was chip leading with Maurice Hawkins entering the final table as the short stack. Stammen started out in the middle of the pack.
1. John Reading – 2,685,000
2. Barry Schmiess – 1,835,000
3. Andy Philachack – 1,500,000
4. Keven Stammen – 1,465,000
5. Keith Heine – 1,450,000
6. Jose Montes – 1,140,000
7. Michael Crawford – 975,000
8. Maurice Hawkins – 925,000
Final Table Recap
Jose Montes was the first to fall, as he shoved with king-queen after Barry Schmiess opened with ace-six. Schmiess called and hit an ace on the flop, the turn was a deuce that left Montes drawing dead and he was confirmed to exit in eighth place.
Next up, Keith Heine and Schmiess followed Montes to the rail at seventh and sixth place respectively.
Thethree-time WSOPC gold ring winner Andy Philachack was unable to convert his experience into a title and exited in fifth place.
Maurice Hawkins was the next casualty of the table after he shoved with king-nine and got called by Crawford with ace-deuce. The ace on the flop guaranteed Hawkin’s exit in fourth place.
The eventual winner Stammen then eliminated John Reading (3rd place) as the latter’s ace-seven couldn’t beat Stammen’s pocket aces.
Stammen entered heads-up play with a slight disadvantage but soon turned things around as he doubled up after a few hands and left Crawford with just eleven big blinds. In the final hand, Crawford shoved with seven-six, and Stammen called with ace-eight. The board blanked out and Stammen took down the Main Event title claiming the coveted gold ring.
1. Keven Stammen – $190,265
2. Michael Crawford – $117,680
3. John Reading – $86,052
4. Maurice Hawkins – $63,855
5. Andy Philachack – $48,045
6. Barry Schmiess – $36,648
7. Keith Heine – $28,340
8. Joe Montes – $22,215