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Maurice Hawkins (cover image) promised himself he would win two tournaments in April and now, he has gone beyond that and made history by becoming the first to win back-to-back World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Main Events.
On April 25, Hawkins took down the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,675 Main Event for a $279,722 and his seventh gold ring. Barely two weeks ago, he had won the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluff’s Main Event for $113,152. At the same stop, Hawkins also won the $365 Monster Stack event for $19,477. In all, Hawkins collected three gold rings and accumulative cash money of $431,561 in the last three weeks of April alone.
With this, Hawkins is now tied at fifth place with Cory Waaland for seven gold rings. Ari Engel and Chris Reslock hold the record for eight gold rings each, while Alex Masey leads with nine.
Indian-origin player Karthik Ramakrishnan made a fourth place finish for $96,617.
1,008 players signed up for the Main Event generating a prize pool of $1,512,000 and 108 made it to the money.
Among the notables who cashed were Mike Gracz (34th), Orlando Romero (35th), Juan Mendoza (36th), Ryan Tepen (50th), Rex Clinkscales (57th), Carey (61st), Ralph Massey (63rd), Zal Irani (65th), Aditya Prasetyo (66th), Justin Liberto (69th), Richard Seymour (93rd), and Kyle Cartwright (101st).
Hawkins began the final table as the third smallest stack of 450,000 among 19 survivors. He slid further by the time the official final table was reached, but a timely double up carried him forward. It was Hawkin’s pocket kings against Chip Ervin’s queens that held up on a seven-high flop giving him a crucial pot.
Three eliminations later, Brannon Cashion added to Hawkins kitty, when his proved powerless before Hawkins and Cashion was out at sixth place for $56,519.
Indian-origin Karthik Ramakrishnan was next to benefit Hawkins, as he exited at fourth place for $96,617.
Three-handed play saw bracelet winner Lief Force eliminate Ervin at third place setting the stage for heads up.
Force was fighting a 4 to 1 deficit and the final hand was not too far. Hawkins had and check-called on a flop of . The turn was the and Hawkins again check-called. Force with called after the river of only to find himself at second place for $172,943.
Hawkins made his largest cash, taking his live tournament earnings past the $2 million mark.
1. Maurice Hawkins – $279,722 + WSOP Circuit gold ring
2. Leif Force – $172,943
3. Chip Ervin – $128,520
4. Karthik Ramakrishnan – $96,617
5. Randy Lowery – $73,468
6. Brannon Cashion – $56,519
7. Corey Bierria – $43,984
8. Marty DeBruhl – $34,625
9. Hamid Izadi – $27,579